Category Archives: Android

How to Remove Badges from Sony Xperia Phone

I get nagged enough in real life: I don’t need my phone to add to the problem. I, therefore, turn off ALL notifications except for those that have to do with actual phone calls (which are rare) or SMS messages. Apps should go silently about their business, in my opinion. That especially includes email apps, which should be there for when I *want to* check, not ping and ding me every time someone sends me something.

I feel the same way about “badges”, the little numbers that appear beside app icons on your phone’s screens to tell you how many new notifications you have received, or how many are unread. I don’t need that kind of stress in my life, so I prefer to remove all badges.

HOWEVER…

While you can remove badges on a Samsung phone by disabling the “badgeprovider” app, there doesn’t seem to be an equivalent app on my Xperia XZ phone. From what I can tell (and feel free to correct me in the comments), the only way to solve this problem on an Xperia phone is to replace the default launcher with a third party app such as Nova or Apex. You can do this by going into the Play Store and searching for “Nova Launcher” or “Apex Launcher” and installing one or both of them. After you install the launcher of your choice, click on your “HOME” button (the one on the bottom of your phone, shaped like a house) and you should be asked which launcher you want to use in the future. Chose the one you installed. Note that this will undo any customizations that you have made to your screens, so you will have to sort them out again from the start. (Of course, you will only have to do this once and then the new app will remember your preferences.)

I am using Nova, and from what I can tell, badges are disabled by default. I lost all of the customizations that I had made in the default launcher, but as I prefer a very minimalist interface, this did not take very long.

Can’t Play YouTube Videos through Facebook Links on Android Phone

My Android (HTC J One) suddenly stopped playing videos when I clicked on Facebook links that went directly to a video. I could play videos from links to websites, but not from links to videos.

Here is how I fixed this problem.

I closed the Facebook app and opened the Youtube app. I noticed that the Youtube app didn’t open properly. I tried to delete the app by dragging it to the trash can, but it didn’t delete. However, when I opened the Youtube app again, it asked me which account I wanted to use. I chose a different account than the one I had been using. (I have several Gmail accounts.) Once I chose the new account, the app worked fine. I went back into Facebook and I was able to play Youtube videos again.

It happened again a few days later. I closed Facebook and opened the interface that shows me which apps are open by tapping the “home” key twice quickly. I closed the YouTube app by sliding it off the screen. Then, when I went into YouTube, it asked me some sort of question (I can’t remember now what it was) about some sort of new feature. I answered it and things were fine again after that. I think the problem is that the YouTube app is sending out messages of some sort, but the messages cannot be read when you open the app from inside Facebook. So you have to close the app and open it from the launcher to clear out whatever message is causing the problem.

Google, please fix this!

Problem With Receiving (Yahoo) Email on Android

I received the following message on my Android phone whenever I tried to access my Yahoo mail account.

The application PC-mail (process com.android.email) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again.

This problem happened all of a sudden after the application had been working fine for a long time (since I got the phone). From what I understand, this error message can pop up when the application can’t handle certain email headers. I was able to fix the problem on my phone by going to my Yahoo account online and moving all of my email into another folder (removing it from the inbox). It might be possible to try to guess which email includes the offensive header, and move only that email to another folder, but I found it faster just to move everything. Seems to work fine now.

How to Get Your Android Phone Out of Safe Mode

One of my friends suddenly found that her phone had put itself in “safe mode”. She had no idea how she had done it and no idea how to get it out of that mode. After looking around on the internet, I found a solution that worked for her.

  1. Turn the phone off.
  2. Turn it back on and hold the “up” volume button.

Pretty easy, but it seemed to work for her.

Hope this helps!

How to Fix the “android.process.acore” Problem on an Android Device


Edit: Some people have reported in the comments that this solution DOES DELETE YOUR CONTACTS. Use at your own risk!


The problem:
Your Android device (tablet, phone, Android TV) gives you the following message.

“The process android.process.acore has stopped working.”

The solution:
Settings –> Applications –> Manage Applications –> All (button on the top that lets you see all applications) –> scroll down to “Contacts Storage” –> Click on “Clear Data”.

This worked on my Android TV and I have seen reports of it working on other Android devices.

DISCLAIMER!!!
I do not have any contacts stored on my Android TV, so this solution did not cause any problems with my device. If you are using a contacts list on your device, I cannot say whether this will cause problems with your list of contacts. If you think it might, please look for another solution. (If anyone is brave enough to try it anyway, please let me know!)