How to turn on flashlight on Android if it’s missing

Modern smartphones can do a lot of different things, including acting as a flashlight in a pinch. If your Android device has a camera flash (and most devices made in the last few years do), then you can use it as a flashlight. Many versions of Android have the flashlight function built-in, but there are plenty of free apps that can help out if yours doesn’t.

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Reset Android password without losing data

Did you ever forget that password or pattern you set up last time on your phone? It happens to many of us, especially when it has been changed recently. If you can’t recall your phone password or pattern for some reason, performing a factory reset is one option to recover access. But then, unless you have backed up the contents, you’d lose all the data stored on the device. You may be able to reinstall your apps from Google Play, but any preferences or saved progress within the apps will also be lost.

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Pokémon GO

Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!
Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.
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The FetLife App on Android

FetLife is a social networking website that serves people interested in BDSM, fetishism, and kinkFetLife distinguishes itself from competitors by emphasizing itself as a social network rather than a dating site.  FetLife is not dedicated to any particular sexual orientation or gender; everyone is welcome. This app similar to Facebook or MySpace, where each users creates a profile, share comments, photos and videos. Continue reading “The FetLife App on Android”

Top 10 Best Game Controllers For Android – April 2016

Whether you like racing games or fighting games, platformers or RPGs, there’s something to be said for having the feel of a physical controller in your hand when you play games, even on mobile devices. While not all mobile games are going to have gamepad support, many of them do these days which makes the Android game controller that much more useful, especially with all of the good options out there. If you’re not sure what to look for, we’ve put together a list of ten game controllers for Android that are worth checking out.

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R.Mad Catz CTRLR

If you’re a gamer then you should be familiar with Mad Catz as they have been making gaming peripherals for all types of platforms for decades. They have been around awhile so you can expect a certain level of quality when it comes to their accessories. The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R. comes with a full set of buttons that include a D-Pad, dual thumbsticks, a back button, a start button, four action buttons, left and right trigger and bumper buttons up top, and a set of dedicated media button across the top front so you can easily manage playback of media on your Android device. It’s Bluetooth compatible and it comes with a detachable game clip so you can hold your device in it while you play, and it’s shaped like an Xbox 360 controller so it should feel familiar in the hand. Right now you can pick it up on Amazon for $10 off bringing the price down to $39.99.

Moga Pro PowerMoga Pro Power

If you’re looking for a battle-tested option, there’s always the Moga Pro Power. This controller has been around for a couple of years or more now and it’s still one of the most popular options, and it was a favorite of some of us here. It also holds the shape similar to an Xbox 360 controller and has all the same buttons as the controller from Mad Catz minus the media controls. It has a built-in clip to hold your device that folds into the controller so you won’t have to worry about losing it, and it comes with a built-in 2200mAh battery that not only lets you recharge it, but it can double as a power bank so you can charge your device as you play too. Right now you can pick it up on Amazon for $49.99.


While this one can only be used with NVIDIA’s SHIELD tablet and Tablet K1, as well as the SHIELD TV when it comes to android devices, it can also be plugged into a PC and used as a game controller for PC games. It has the standard D-Pad, dual joysticks, four action buttons, and left and right trigger and bumper buttons. It also has a touchpad at the bottom along with up and down volume controls which can be used for in-game chat on supported games when you have a headset plugged into the controller, and there are dedicated buttons on the top for your home, back, and recents keys. You can pick it up on Amazon right now for $59.99.

SteelSeries Stratus XLSteelSeries Stratus XL

The SteelSeries Stratus XL is another controller which has been around for at least a year, but this particular model has been designed specifically for Android devices as well as Windows PCs and it even works with Oculus Rift and Gear VR. It has a D-Pad, clickable dual joysticks with a rubberized top for comfort, four action buttons, and it has home and back buttons for easy navigation of your android device. There’s no built-in battery and instead, it utilizes 2 AA batteries with a 40-hour battery life. There is also a strip of four LED lights across the top front of the controller which indicate your battery status and connectivity at all times so you can be aware. It works off of Bluetooth, naturally, so it connects to your device wirelessly. You can finally grab this controller off of Amazon for $59.99.

Nyko PlayPad ProNyko Playpad Pro

If you’re looking to save a little bit of money but still want a decent game controller experience, the Nyko PlayPad Pro will serve your needs. It’s lightweight making it easily portable, and it has all of the buttons you’ll need including a D-Pad, dual joysticks, four action buttons, and left and right trigger and bumper buttons. It’s fairly basic compared to the others on this list, but it also costs quite a bit less as you can pick it up on Amazon right now for just $23.99.

Razer ServalRazer Serval

Razer is another company who is known for putting out excellent gaming accessories, and their Serval controller for Android and PC is no different. Expect all of the usual buttons for this full-sized controller designed in the signature Razer black style, with a home and back button, and an adjustable game clip so you can play games on the go. If you’re a fan of Razer products, this one is little pricier at around $92 on Amazon.

8Bitdo Classic NES Bluetooth Gamepad8Bitdo NES

If you’re a fan of retro games then this Bluetooth gamepad from 8Bitdo that looks just like the classic NES controller just might be your style. It features the same buttons that you’ll find on an original Nintendo controller so there’s not a lot of extras although it does have left and right bumper buttons, but that should suit the retro fan just fine. Right now you can pick it up on Amazon for about $30.89.

Sminiker Bluetooth GamepadSminiker gamepad

The Bluetooth gamepad from Sminiker is a little more like the controllers towards the top of this list. It has a detachable game clip so you can hold your device in it while you play, as well as dual joysticks, a D-Pad, four action buttons, left and right bumper and trigger buttons, and rubberized grip material on the sides of the controller to help keep it from feeling slippery.
Right now you can pick it up on Amazon for about $22.90.

Satechi Bluetooth Wireless GamepadSatechi gamepad

The Bluetooth gamepad from Satechi is a full-sized controller yet still a little more compact than some of the others on the list. It has 14 buttons in total including the D-Pad, dual joysticks, four action buttons, and the left and right bumper and trigger buttons up top. It also has a start and select button, a 220mAh battery that’s rechargeable, and an extendable game clip that extends upward from the top of the controller to hold your device. Right now you can pick it up on Amazon for about $29.99.

8Bitdo Classic SNES30 Bluetooth Gamepad8Bitdo SNES

Rounding out this list is the Bluetooth gamepad from 8Bitdo that resembles the classic SNES controller. It has the same style, all of the same buttons, but no wires and can be enjoyed completely free thanks to the Bluetooth technology. It has programmable keys so you can set it up just the way you like, and it has a rechargeable battery with a 20-hour battery life. You can pick it up on Amazon right now for about $34.82.


How to fix ‘Application not Installed’ error on Android

A time comes when we try to install an Android app and we see the error “Application not installed”. This is very common with apk files downloaded from the wild. No matter how you try, you still get the same app not installed error. What could be the cause of this? We shall explore the common causes and possible solutions to this issue:

Possible/Common causes of “Application not Installed” error

  • Insufficient storage space: Your storage space may have filled up with no more space to accommodate new apps.
  • Corrupted app or apk file: This is most common with apps downloaded from outside Google Play Store. The app is either corrupted or incompletely downloaded or copied as the case maybe.
  • Incorrect app install location: Some apps are meant to be only installed on phone memory while some others can be installed on both phone memory and SD card. Trying do otherwise with the former can bring up this errors.
  • Installation on a mounted SD card: Maybe, your SD card is mounted on a laptop or elsewhere. Trying to install anything in this state will result in errors because the SD card is inaccessible.
  • Corrupted storage (Phone and SD card): This is probably the most common cause of this error. If the storage of your device is corrupted, any app installation will be impossible.
  • Apk signature/certificate clash: Installing another version of an app (with a different signed certificate) on the same device will probably result in this error. Installing an unsigned app could also result in this error.
  • App permission errors or temporary OS glitches could also bring about this error.

Possible Solutions of “Application not Installed” error

  • Reboot the phone: In times like this, first thing to do is to reboot your device. Or just shut down, remove and reinsert your battery.
  • Make sure to uninstall any apps you don’t use to free up space, also uninstall previous versions of the same app currently installed on your device.
  • Double check the apk files you download and be sure they were completely copied or downloaded.
  • Try resetting app permissions by going to Settings >Apps>All>Menu key >Reset application permissions or Reset app preferences.
  • Change app installation location to Automatic or Let system decide.
  • Make sure your SD card is not mounted or connected to a PC or elsewhere.
  • For worst case scenarios, format your SD card – copy it’s contents somewhere else for backup and format.
  • The last solution would be to totally wipe your device. Either by doing a factory reset under Settings or by doing a full wipe in recovery mode.

To truly confirm the issue is fixed, try installing any app and give feedback.