This week we have a few questions about making an Android phone a little easier to read. While some of the problems can be solved through rooting and/or using custom ROM, many times there are applications or simple tweaks that can be done to achieve similar result while keeping your warranty.
Please keep sending us your questions and requests. This is a great way to be more helpful to all of you. We will make an attempt to answer as many questions as we can each week.
Q: I have a Samsung Galaxy Player which I have been putting mostly short video clips on. My problem is they seem to automatically go into my internal storage which quickly takes up space and slows the device. How can the default location be changed?
A: For built-in applications like the camera/video camera, you can follow these steps. Many times however, there are settings to change the default download location within an application. Usually if you press the menu button then preferences, there can be an option to change the download folder location like you see here. Press the “..” and navigate to the folder you’d like to use your downloads to go.
Q: Are there any audio visualization apps? Live wallpapers or player with visualization?
A: Here are a couple different applications to visualize your music.
- Epic Audio Visualizer Lite can be used as a Live Wallpaper.
- Wall Speaker Visualization is a speaker pumping to the music.
- Deadmau5 Audio Visualizer is a Live Wallpaper $2.87.
- projectM Music Visualizer is an application for $2.99.
Q: How can I make the Android Battery meter easier to read?
A: There really isn’t a way to make the battery meter in the application bar any larger. However, you can add widgets to display a larger notifier in the notification bar, or a widget on your home screen.
- Battery Widget will give you larger icon in the notification bar and the option for a home screen widget.
- Battery Status Widget is a home screen widget.
- Battery Notifier (Big Text) gives you a larger digital readout for your battery in your notification bar.
Q: How can I increase the font size?
A: I feel your pain, I recently started needing glasses to read and feel the strain when I use my phone a lot. Big Font (change font size) is a great app for non-rooted Android phones. Using Big Font, the size of the letters and numbers can be increased to 130% the normal font size.
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.
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?
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