In this week’s Android Q&A, we talk about the alternative app market GetJar, contact management, Wi-Fi hot spots and erasing your download history.
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: How can I install GetJar on my tablet?
A: Initially you can go to the GetJar website. You will be asked to set a device. You can either skip this part or set any device you’d like. Then, pick out an application you’d like to install and click on download. You will be asked to go to m.getjar.com and enter in a code. The GetJar apk will download.
Q: How can I connect to the Internet on my computer from my Android phone?
A: Many of the newer devices running 2.3 or higher have the option to turn your phone into a wireless hotspot. You can look in the Wireless and network setting tab in your phone’s settings menu. You should see a tab called Mobile hotspot or tethering or something similar. Many wireless carriers block this feature so they can charge you for a tethering package.
There are applications to allow you to tether if your phone doesn’t have this feature built in. Here are a couple of options for you to try.
If your phone is rooted – Barnacle Wifi Tether
If your phone is not rooted – ClockworkMod Tether (no root)
Other devices offer the ability to be connected to your computer with a USB cable. This method also needs some sort of software in most cases. Motorola has this software pre-installed on the phones. HTC and Samsung has this as an option for older models but most people are using the Wi-Fi hotspot option.
Q:Is there a faster way to delete the Download History on Android phones instead of having to click each and every item in the history? Every thread I find dealing with deleting the Download History, has to do with deleting the normal browser history, not the Download History.
A: The application I have been using for a while is called Smart Cleaner. One of the options is download history. The cool thing with Smart Cleaner is, you can select what you would like to erase. So if you want to keep your browsing history and temporary internet files, you can just delete the download history or app caches.
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] maketecheasier.com. Leave comments only to discuss the questions presented here. If you want to ask a question, use the aforementioned email address.