Ask MTE: Setting Specific Ringtone For Contact, Easily Find Things In Play Store, Control What Appears In Notification And Many More… (Android Week 10)

In this episode of the weekly Android Questions and Answers series, we are going to talk about a couple of types of notifications, LumiRead and how the heck to find what you are looking for in the Google Play Store.

Thank you to everyone sending questions. I think those new to Android will have a good resource for any questions they might come up with if all of you keep sending in your questions.

The Q&A

Note: Some of the questions will be rephrased and will not appear exactly as they were written in MTE’s inbox, for the sake of simplifying the question and giving as much space as possible to the answer. If you believe your answer was not adequately answered, go ahead and leave a comment at the bottom. We’ll get to you ASAP.

Q:I have an Acer Android Tablet. I have been downloading books into Lumiread. I have created each tag name in the section “create new tag” for each author. Now, i want to delete one particular author and its books (delete the whole tag name), how can i do it.

A: I believe you will need to delete the books individually. This can be done with a long-press on the title. A trash can will appear. You should be able to drag the title into the trash.

Q:How do I attach a specific ringtone to a contact? Also, I have ringtones downloaded but they are in my music file, how do I make them come up as ringtone?

A: Associating a specific ringtone with a contact can vary a little across Android devices. The generic way is to go to the contact you’d like to add the ringtone to and press the menu button. Some phones have an Options and an Edit choice. If so, I would look in Options first. If there is no Options choice, you may be able to press the menu while in the contact edit screen.

Alternatively, if you are using an application to download the ringtones, many of them have an option to associate the newly downloaded ringtone with a contact.


Q: How can I easily find things in the Google Play Store? It seems like I can never find what I want or there are 30 apps that do the same thing.

A: Depending on the device you are using, there may be a compatibility issue. For example, there are applications that will not work with tablets. Or there are some games in need of a fast processor. What happens when there is a compatibility issue is the application will not appear in the market on your device.

When you are looking through the Google Play Store and there are a lot of similar applications, take a look at how many downloads they have. There is usually one that is A LOT more popular than the rest. Take the reviews with caution though. While there may be a lot of so-so reviews, it may fit your needs well. You can always delete the app if you don’t like it.


Q:Can you change what appears on the notification screen and status bar? For instance, I don’t want to see notifications when apps have been installed, etc. Really just want SMS, email, voicemail, etc notifications?

A: It is somewhat possible to control what you see in the notification bar. There is no central location to turn every application’s notification off, you can go into the annoying ones to see if there is the option. For example, Amazon tells you everything going on when an application is downloading. You can turn all or some of these notifications off in the app’s setting menu.


Why Wasn’t My Question Answered?

If you asked a question and it wasn’t answered here, it could be one of three reasons:

  • Relevance: Your question needs to be totally relevant to the Android operating system.
  • Detail: Try to include as much detail as you can, such as the Android device and version of the Android OS you’re using.
  • Other Reasons: For some unfortunate reason, we couldn’t include your question in this edition. We’ll try our best effort to include the question in the next edition.

What’s your Android question?

If you have questions you think might fit well with MTE’s next edition of “Ask an Android Expert,” send us an email at “android-help [at]“. Leave comments only to discuss the questions presented here. If you want to ask a question, use the aforementioned email address.

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