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    Talking *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    I'm new and I have almost never used my phone. Could anyone be so kind as to help me with some of these problems and questions?

    Links to good guides would be great!

    ~ Apps ~

    * Apps that you delete are still showing up when you press the application icon
    ** How to fix?

    * What is the best way to dl apps without a google account?

    * How can you transfer apps from your computer to your phone?
    ** Getting apps on the phone isn't very easy (small screen, hard to type, tabs of apps already on the laptop), so it's better to just transfer it from the computer to the phone.

    * How do you know which apps needs wifi so that it works? (I have no data plan, almost never used the phone)
    ** The apps doesn't say "needs wifi/data connection" or "works offline"

    * From the google play app, I'm trying to dl my first app -- mapfactor play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor.navigator
    ** but on the phone, when I search for it, I can't find it. It says "no results found"
    *** When I go to Apps, there's another a few "top" ones. I can't all of them or a list.
    *** Also, when I go to Apps > Categories > Travel & Local > there's only a few apps
    **** I need the gps! I get lost SO MUCH!

    ~ Wifi ~

    * How can you increase the wifi signal strength?
    ** It's very low
    ** Others had different problems like couldn't connect, or random disconnection after the upgrade
    *** One said 4.0.4 wasn't playing nice with an older router
    **** Maybe upgrading would make things better

    ~

    Phone Model: SPH-D710 (samsung epic)
    Android Version: 4.0.4 (trying to upgrade this)
    Build Version: IMM76.FF18

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    Default Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    Hi, welcome to the forums! Those are good questions!

    There are guides, usually called Sticky posts. I saw a great one earlier, which is for those new to Android. I don't have a link, but I think the thread title is Guide. :thumbup::beer:

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    Default Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    Here's a great Guide thread.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/sho....php?p=3298515

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    Default Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    Quote Originally Posted by droidiscute View Post
    * Apps that you delete are still showing up when you press the application icon
    ** How to fix?
    What do you mean? How are you deleting them?

    Quote Originally Posted by droidiscute View Post
    * What is the best way to dl apps without a google account?
    Install the Amazon App Store Install Amazon Appstore

    Quote Originally Posted by droidiscute View Post
    * How can you transfer apps from your computer to your phone?
    ** Getting apps on the phone isn't very easy (small screen, hard to type, tabs of apps already on the laptop), so it's better to just transfer it from the computer to the phone.
    If you don't mind using a Google account, go to while logged in. Make sure that you're using the same account on your phone. You can install apps by clicking install and choosing your device.

    Quote Originally Posted by droidiscute View Post
    * From the google play app, I'm trying to dl my first app -- mapfactor play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor.navigator
    ** but on the phone, when I search for it, I can't find it. It says "no results found"
    *** When I go to Apps, there's another a few "top" ones. I can't all of them or a list.
    *** Also, when I go to Apps > Categories > Travel & Local > there's only a few apps
    **** I need the gps! I get lost SO MUCH!
    Is that app compatible with your phone? See my comment above about installing from the web version.
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    Default Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    I'll try to answer some of your questions.

    (1) sometimes you need to reboot the phone for the icon to be removed from folder
    (2) amazon app store is another option if you don't want to use play store
    (3) most apps will require the use of wifi or data to do certain things. Streaming music, for example, requires data or wifi.
    (4) Map Factor shows up if you just search for gps. It's one of the first apps.

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    Default Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    Welcome to Android Central!

    Quote Originally Posted by droidiscute View Post
    Apps that you delete are still showing up when you press the application icon
    It's important to distinguish between removing an app shortcut from your homescreen and actually uninstalling an app. I suspect that you've just been removing the app shortcuts from the homescreen--this doesn't actually uninstall the app from your device. The homescreen is like the Windows desktop, where you can create shortcuts to a Windows program, but deleting that shortcut won't delete the Windows program.

    Quote Originally Posted by droidiscute View Post
    What is the best way to dl apps without a google account?
    Agree with the Amazon Appstore. To install it, first go to your Settings>Security menu, and check the "Unknown Sources" box. This will let you install apps from places besides Google Play. Then use your device's browser to go to amazon.com/amazonappstoreapp, and follow the instructions to download the Appstore installer. When finished downloading it, swipe down your Notifications shade, tap on the Appstore installer file, and follow the instructions to install.

    Any reason you don't want to start a Google account? Without one, you probably won't be able to realize the full potential of any Android device.

    Quote Originally Posted by droidiscute View Post
    How can you transfer apps from your computer to your phone?
    You can do this using the Google Play Store's website on your desktop browser, but this requires you to have a Google account. If you browse for apps on the Play Store using your computer, you can choose to install an app to any of your devices. As long as your device is connected to the web, it will receive the installation request, and download that app to install. I believe you can do something similar with the Amazon Appstore by going to this site: Amazon.com: Apps for Android

    Quote Originally Posted by droidiscute View Post
    How do you know which apps needs wifi so that it works? (I have no data plan, almost never used the phone)
    You often can't tell until you run the app. One annoying thing that more apps are doing is a license check upon startup, which means an app that you already bought may still want to check the web to make sure your license is valid. A big pain if you don't have web access and want to run the app.

    For wi-fi issues, check out this guide: [GUIDE] Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Connection Problems

    Good luck, and have fun!
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    Talking Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    ~ App Delete ~

    "What do you mean? How are you deleting them?"

    -- Settings > Applications > Click on an app > press 'Uninstall"

    " sometimes you need to reboot the phone for the icon to be removed from folder"

    -- did that
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    Default Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    Can you give an example of an app you uninstalled that is still showing up in the App Drawer?
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    Talking Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    ~ App Delete ~

    Pretty much almost all of the apps I could've uninstalled, I did.

    Like Youtube

    All the Sprint ones are still there.

    They show up on the "Home" screens, and the screens after pressing the "Applications" icon.

    I don't think any of them disappeared.

    There's only like 6 or so apps left on the uninstall screen, but there's a ton on the "Home" and "Applications" screens.
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    Default Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    Remember that apps that came preinstalled on your phone (i.e., all of the Google apps including YouTube, as well as the Sprint apps) cannot be completely uninstalled unless you root the phone (which is like jailbreaking an iPhone). You may have just uninstalled all of the updates to those apps, which reverts them back to the original factory version. You can disable them by going to Settings>Apps>All, selecting the app, and tapping Disable. If the app had been updated before, you have to Uninstall Updates first, and then Disable.

    As suggested above, please review this introductory guide: http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...14-part-i.html
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    Talking Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    ~ Unfindable Apps ~

    "Is that app compatible with your phone? See my comment above about installing from the web version."

    That map app page says,

    "Requires Android
    2.3 and up"

    So I guess it's compatible? How can you tell?

    Even if it wasn't compatible, it should still show up?

    "(4) Map Factor shows up if you just search for gps. It's one of the first apps."

    -- Doesn't. Tried... :/
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    Default Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    Apps aren't always compatible with every device. Sometimes it has to do with screen resolution, sometimes it's a regional thing, and sometimes it's a reason that isn't quite clear.

    If an app isn't compatible with your device, it won't show up in Google Play when you search for it on that device. If you find it on Google Play on your desktop and then click Install, it will probably inform you that it isn't compatible with one or more of your devices.
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    Talking Re: *** ~ Beginners' Questions, Please ~ ***

    Thanks for clarifying.

    Looks like some of the stars couldn't really be solved

    For the ~ Unfindable app ~ problem, I don't think it's the app because nothing showed up when you searched for 'gps' so it's likely the phone.

    I'll read the amazing guide to learn, because learning is great =)

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