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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Update Applications

For certain reason, you may want to install third-party apps that you can get through Google Play Store, for instance when you're not satisfied with the stock app and want to install third-party app that has the same function, etc. To allow you accessing Play Store, make sure you have had an active Google account on your phone.

See also: How to Download Free Apps from Google Play Store in the Samsung Galaxy S4

To keep all installed apps run smoothly and don't cause any error, make sure to update apps regularly. The latest update usually brings some new features and some fixes for bugs/errors in the previous version. Depending on your need, you can set your phone to automatically update apps or you can also update apps manually.


How to update apps automatically?
There's an option in the Google Play Store which will allow you to set the phone to automatically update apps when there's an update available. Below are the steps to do so:
Open Play Store.Tap the Menu key then s…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Install Apps from Unknown Sources (.apk File)

Most of Android phone users(including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV users) usually install apps from Google Play Store which is the official market for all Android phones. To be able to access Play Store, you need to have an active Google account. As the official market, Google Play Store provide their users with tons of apps that you can choose which one that suit your need. But, it will be better if you read the app's review first before installing the app to make sure that the app has a positive review and less complaints/errors.

See also: How to Install Free Apps from Google Play Store in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Nevertheless, though the Play Store has lot of apps, in some cases you may want to install certain app from other sources than the Play Store, for instance when the app is no longer available in the Play Store or you can't find any alternative app for the app you're looking for in the Play Store. Luckily, in Android, there's an option which will allow you to d…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Setup And Use Call Reject Messages

Aside from making calls, Samsung Galaxy SIV also allows you to receive calls. This of course will facilitate you to communicate with others. When you have an incoming call, you'll be presented with two on-screen icon that you can use to accept or reject a call.

See also: How to Answer, Reject and End a Call in the Samsung Galaxy S4

In certain situation, instead of accepting a call, you may want to reject it, for instance when you're driving or while you're in a meeting. In order to avoid misunderstanding with the person who calls you, you can send him a message contains a reason why you did reject his call. Fortunately, you can reject call and send a message at once by utilizing a call reject message feature.


How to edit, delete and add call reject message?
By default, there are 6 call reject messages available in the phone and you're allowed to edit them, remove one or more of them and add a new call reject message to the list. Well, here are the steps:
Open Phone app.T…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Change Bubble and Background Style in Messaging App

Sending a message is one of the most common used method by most of phone's users to communicate with others. That's why, no wonder if Samsung Galaxy SIV has provided the stock Messaging app to facilitate their users when they want sending a message. As other apps, Messaging app also has some settings which will allow you to customize it according to your need. For instance, you can set the desired message tone for incoming message.

See also: How to Change Message Tone in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from selecting message tone, you can also customize the display of thread in the Messaging app. You can change bubble's shape/color for incoming and outgoing message as well as change the background image of message thread.


How to change bubble style in Messaging app?
Below are the steps to do so:
Open Messaging app.Tap the Menu key then select Settings.Scroll down to find Display section.Tap Bubble style.You'll see some Samsung-provided bubble styles in the bottom of the scre…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Reinstall Apps

Google Play Store is the official market for all Android phones, including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV. Here, you can find tons of apps and then download the one that suit your need, either it's free or paid apps. Unfortunately, in some cases, some of apps can cause your phone encountering error. If that happens, uninstalling app is one of the way to fix the problem.

See also: How to Uninstall Apps in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Even so, for some reason, you may want to reinstall uninstalled-apps that you've ever installed in your phone. If so, you can do so with ease through Google Play Store because this app has a list of all apps that you've ever downloaded before.



How to reinstall uninstalled-apps?
FYI, if you have multiple Google accounts, make sure to access Play Store with an account that you used to download the apps. Well, here are the steps:
Open Play Store app.Swipe the screen from left to the right.Tap My apps.Tap All tab.All your downloaded apps will be displayed her…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Move Apps to SD Card or to Device Storage

Google Play Store is the official market for all Android phones, including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV. From here, you can find tons of apps--either a free or paid version--that you can install which one that suit your needs. To do so, first you need to have a Google account to access Google Play Store and other Google services. All apps from Google Play Store will be installed automatically to the internal storage.

See also: How to Install Free Apps from Google Play Store in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Lot of choices and limited space in the internal storage sometimes make a user facing with the low internal storage problem. Luckily, Samsung Galaxy S4 has an option to move movable downloaded apps to the SD card. It will certainly give you some benefits, you can install lot of apps without having worried the internal storage is run out and experiencing some problems are caused by low ROM.


How to move a downloaded app to the SD card?
FYI, all movable downloaded apps will be displayed under SD…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Set and Clear Default Applications

Though Samsung Galaxy SIV has equipped with some basic apps as the stock apps, you're allowed to install another third-party app per your needs, either from other sources or from the official market of the Android phone: Google Play Store.

See also: How to Install Free Apps from Google Play Store in the Samsung Galaxy S4

In some cases, even there are some users who install an app that has the same function with one of stock app. As the example, Samsung Galaxy SIV has the stock Browser app, but for certain purpose you may need to install another third-party browser app (eg: Firefox browser app or Chrome browser app). Given these apps have the same function, you may will be asked to choose which browser app you wish to use as default when you open a URL link from another apps. When an app has chosen as default app, next time this app will be launched by default when you perform the same action or activity.


How to set an app as default?
To make it easier, we'll use Browser app as …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Disable or Enable Apps

One of causes an error occurs in the Samsung Galaxy SIV is an installed third-party app in the phone. No wonder if most of users use this reason to uninstall particular third-party app in their phones to fix the problem. In addition, uninstalling some unused apps also will help you to keep your phone clean and neat as well as to free up some spaces in your phone. One thing that you should remember that you're only allowed to uninstall third-party apps, not with the stock apps.

See also: How to Uninstall Apps in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Well, given the stock apps can't be uninstalled, then you can disable one or more of them when you don't want to use them. But, make sure that you only disable the user apps, not the system apps because it will be able to make another stock app that connected to the disabled app not works properly and will make your phone experiences some errors.


How to disable a stock app?
I noticed that some of stock apps have a grayed out Disable button whi…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Uninstall Apps

Though Samsung Galaxy SIV has provided some basic apps as the stock apps, you're allowed to install third-party apps from other sources or from the official Android market, Google Play Store. This of course will benefit you because you can install another app that you need into your phone.

See also: How to Install Free Apps from Google Play Store in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from the easiness to install apps, in this phone you're also allowed to uninstall installed apps. There are some reasons why you should uninstall apps, for instance when the app has triggered some problem in your phone or when you no longer want to use certain app so you want to uninstall it to tidy up your phone as well as to free up some spaces, etc.


How to uninstall app with 4 easy ways?
FYI, these methods are only applied for downloaded apps, or in other words you can't use these methods to uninstall the stock apps. Well, generally there are 4 methods available to uninstall app. Here they are:


Meth…

Samsung Galaxy S4: 4 Methods to Send a Message

Given send a message is one of the most common method used by the users to communicate with others, no wonder if Samsung Galaxy SIV has provided the stock Messaging app to facilitate their user when they want to send a message. In this phone, you're also presented with some methods to send a message which you can choose the best one suit your need.


4 Methods to send a message
From what I've known, there are four methods available that you can use to send a message. You can see them below:


Method #1: Send a message from Messaging app
This is the basic method usually used by the user to send a message. You can compose a new message directly from the stock Messaging app.
See also: How to Create and Send SMS or MMS in the Samsung Galaxy S4



Method #2: Send a message from Call Log
Best use this method to send a message to a contact in the recent call or missed call. Here are the steps:
Open Phone app.Tap Logs tab. All of your call histories will be displayed here.Tap the desired contact…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Block Unwanted or Unknown Text Messages

I believe most of phone's users have been choosing a message as one of their favourite method to communicate with others. That's why no wonder if most of smartphones available today--including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV--have provided the stock Messaging app for their users, so the user will be more easier if they want to send or receive a message in their phone without having to install the app first.

See also: How to Create and Send SMS or MMS in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from sending and receiving a message, the stock Messaging app also allows you to block text messages from certain contact matches with the criteria you've specified before, block text messages contain with certain phrase as well as block text messages from unknown senders. This of course will help you to keep your inbox clean from those unwanted or unknown text messages.


How to add or remove a contact in the spam number list?
If you wish to block or unblock text message from certain contact, you can d…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Delete Old Messages Automatically

For those of you who often communicate with others using text or multimedia messages surely ever find your inbox is fully loaded and it brings you some difficulties to organize them. This situation often be the reason of the Samsung Galaxy SIV users to delete their old messages to tidy up their inbox as well as to free up some spaces in their phone. In the stock Messaging app, you're allowed to delete messages under particular thread or even deleting the threads itself.

See also: How to Delete Messages in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from deleting messages manually, you can also set this app to automatically delete the old messages when they reach the limit you have specified before. This of course will be able to help you manage your messages and keep your inbox contains with the newest messages.



How to auto-delete old SMS or MMS?
Below are the steps to do so:
Open Messaging app.Tap the Menu key then select Settings.Check the box next to Delete old messages option to enable auto-del…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to View, Reply and Forward Text Messages

The stock Messaging app is one of pre-installed app which has provided in the Samsung Galaxy SIV to facilitate their users to communicate with others by using text messages or multimedia messages. Despite of the flaws of this app, I personally prefer to use the stock Messaging app--and the other stock apps--because they usually ads-free and we can directly use them without having to install them first.

See also: How to Create and Send SMS or MMS in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from sending messages, you can also receive text messages or multimedia messages by using Messaging app. You'll be informed if you have an incoming message with a new message icon (closed envelope icon) displayed in the status bar. Well, there are some options available when you have an incoming text message, such as read the message, reply the message to the original sender or forward the message to another contacts.



How to view a text message?
There are 2 ways that you can do to open your new incoming text m…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Send, View and Customize Scheduled Messages

I believe that most of us are agree that sending messages uses the stock Messaging app is the favourite method commonly used by the Samsung Galaxy SIV users to communicate with others because they're able to use it directly without having to install it first. By using this app, you're allowed to send or receive text or multimedia messages.

See also: How to Create and Send SMS or MMS in the Samsung Galaxy S4

With this app, you're even allowed to schedule the message. If you like me, this feature has helped me a lot to send a "happy birthday" message to my friends right in the middle of the night when I was sleeping tight. I can create the message and then schedule it to be sent at certain date/time as I wish.



How to create and send a scheduled message?
Below are the steps to do so:
Open Messaging app.Tap Create new message icon to compose new message.Enter the contact's name or number in the Enter recipient field. All matching contacts will be show up, tap the …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Delete Messages

Samsung Galaxy SIV has provided some apps as pre-installed apps to meet the basic needs of their user. One of which is the stock Messaging app which you can use to send or receive messages, either text messages or multimedia messages.

See also: How to Create and Send SMS or MMS on Samsung Galaxy S4

While you're using the Messaging app, for any reason you may want to delete messages or threads, for instance to free up some space, to remove some old messages, etc. Luckily, you can do so with ease, either to remove messages under particular thread or even removing the thread itself.


How to delete text or multimedia messages in particular conversation or thread?
If you wish to delete individual message from certain contact, then you can do so by following the steps below:
Open Messaging app.Tap the message thread from the contact you wish to delete.To delete a single message go to the step #4, while to delete multiple or all messages go to the step #5.Delete a single message:Long tap th…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Change Message Tone with Three Easy Ways

I believe that send a message has been being one of the most favourite way to communicate with others for most of phone's user, including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV users. That's why, this phone has included the stock Messaging app as one of pre-installed app in order to facilitate their user when they want to send a message. With this app, you're allowed to send text message or multimedia message.

See also: How to Create and Send SMS or MMS in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from sending messages, the stock Messaging app also allows you to receive incoming messages, either text or multimedia messages. To make you more easier to know that you have incoming message, you can change the message tone as your wish. In this phone, you're allowed to assign default message tone for all incoming messages as well as assigning different message tone for certain contact.


How to change message tone?
For the record, make sure your phone is not being in the silent mode. Well, generally, …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Create and Send SMS or MMS

Making a call is the most common method used by the phone's user to communicate with others. That's why, no wonder if most of smartphone including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV has provided Phone app and Contacts app as pre-installed apps to facilitate their users when they want to make a call.

See also: How to Make a Call in Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from making calls, sending messages is another common method that is widely used to communicate with others by using the phone. Luckily, Samsung Galaxy SIV has also provided the stock Messaging app to allow the user to send text messages or multimedia messages.



How to send a text message?
FYI, by default this app will convert long message into the multimedia message. Well, below are the steps to create and send SMS:
Open Messaging app.Tap Create new message icon to create new text message.Enter the contact's name or number in the Enter recipient field. All matching contacts will be show up, tap the desired one. Or, tap Contact ico…