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So you have this huge mp3 library sitting in iTunes and you plug your fancy new Android phone into the USB port and iTunes doesn’t want to play with Android. Well, luckily, there is an app or two or three for that! And even better it works on both Mac and PC, and some even sync wirelessly!
There are actually many apps to get iTunes onto Android, but this article is going to talk about the most popular app, and also one that is pre-installed on some LG Android devices…doubleTwist! DoubleTwist not only gets your playlists, mp3’s, photos and videos onto your Android device, but with a reasonable $4.99 upgrade it will allow you to sync your music wirelessly using their AirSync feature. If you need that $5 to buy a coffee today then the free version does the same over USB.
Step 1: Download and install the Mac or PC client application from here: http://www.doubletwist.com/airsync/
Step 2: If you do not already have doubleTwist installed on your phone, then find it in Android Market and download it. The FREE version syncs over USB, the $4.99 version syncs wirelessly and also streams to your Xbox, PS3, and TV from your phone.
Step 3: Launch the doubleTwist app on your phone
Step 4: Launch the doubleTwist app on your Mac or PC and plug your phone into USB.
Step 5: Enable USB Mass Storage on your phone so that it can mount to your computer.
Step 6: Select “Sync music to device” and then either “All Music” or “Selected Playlists” to select which music you would like to share to your device.
Step 7: Click the “Sync” button and wait for the music to copy over.
Step 8: Unmount your phone by pressing the Eject button in the doubleTwist Mac/PC app.
Step 9: Turn off USB Storage on your Android Device and unplug it from USB
Step 10: Give doubleTwist on Android a few minutes to read the SD Card and update it’s library. You’ll see a notification when it’s complete.
That’s it! You now have music, videos, and photos synced to your Android device and it’s just as easy as using iTunes! Now take it to the next level and use AirSync without the wires if you want an even better solution!
Note: DRM music purchased via iTunes will not work on non Apple devices and will not be copied over. Luckily most of the music sold in iTunes over the last couple years is DRM free and will work just fine!
If you have Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) then syncing your contacts with Android is a snap to setup!
You can sync contacts in your address book with your Google Contacts. If you sync your address book with multiple Mac computers, use just one of those computers to sync with Google Contacts. You can’t sync contacts from a CardDAV or Exchange 2007 account with Google Contacts.
To sync your Mac Address Book contacts with your Google Contacts follow these instructions from the Mac you would like to sync with:
- Open your Address Book
- Choose Address Book -> Preferences, click Accounts, choose On My Mac in your list of accounts, and then click Account Information.
- Select the “Synchronize with Google” checkbox.
- Read the advisory information and then click Agree to continue.
- Enter your Google account name (email@example.com) and password, and then click OK.
– You can sync only one Google account
– When the account name and password you entered are confirmed, the dialog disappears. You can close Address Book preferences now if you want.
- Click the Sync menu in the menu bar (top right) and choose Sync Now.
- Once your Mac syncs to Google Contacts your contacts will automatically be synced onto your Android phone as long as you have setup your phone to sync to the same Google account.
If you change your Google account name or password, click Configure to use the new account name or password to sync your contact information.
If numerous changes are detected during syncing, an alert is displayed; you can choose to continue or cancel the sync.
For more information about Google Contacts, visit: Google Contacts help webpage
Source: Apple Mac OSX 10.6.7 Address Book Help
SmartShare provides you a better way to enjoy multimedia contents with other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) enabled devices.
- Share your media contents to other DLNA devices (DMS) On the Home screen, touch the Applications tab and select Settings. Touch Wireless & networks and SmartShareSettings Touch the SmartShare checkbox to turn thefunction on.You can change your device name and select the sharing content types.
- Let your renderer device (e.g. TV) play multimedia contents from remote content library (e.g. PC)
Touch the Applications tab and then SmartShare. Touch the top right button to select the device from renderer lists. Touch the top left button and select one of the remote content library. You can browse the remote content library.Touch and hold a content thumbnail and flick them to the top area by your finger or touch the play button.
Notice: Check that your device is connected with your home network using Wi-Fi connection to use this application.
Notice: Some DLNA enabled devices (e.g. TV) support only the Digital Media Player (DMP) feature of DLNA. The device (e.g. TV) will not appear in the renderer list if it only supports the DMP feature
According to Wikipedia, Malware, in short, is defined as: “Malware, short for malicious software, consists of programming (code, scripts, active content, and other software) that is designed to disrupt or deny operation, gather information that leads to loss of privacy or exploitation, or gain unauthorized access to system resources, or that otherwise exhibits abusive behavior. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.” (Read the whole definition at “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware”
Malware is becoming more and more prevalent in the Android world, and is now considered by some sources, to be the number one targeted platform in the Mobile Market.
Steps to protect you from Malware.
- Don’t download Apps and content from unfamiliar sites or sites you don’t trust
A good rule of thumb is to only download Apps from the Android Market or other trusted app markets such as Amazon or from your carrier. Unfortunatly criminals are building apps and actively luring people to download them. Some of these apps make it into the Android Market because it’s a relativly open market where almost anyone can publish an app into and it takes time for Google to find these bad apps and remove them.
If you don’t recognize the publisher of the app as a reputable source, then do your homework by reading reviews and even using google to find out what people are saying about the app outside of the app store. If it’s a brand new app with very few reviews…don’t install it…this is very risky!
- Don’t “Side Load”
Applications from sites you do not know or trust. “Side Loading” is Moving files from a local device, such as a computer, to another Local device , like a Phone. To Side Load, you would download an App to your PC and then use a USB cable or Bluetooth to transfer it to your phone to install it, or Open it.
- Check Your Sources
Not all third-party sources of apps are bad, but the odds are much higher. Amazon for example has a thriving healthy app store as do many carriers. If you encounter an app store from a 3rd party that isn’t from a name brand trustworthy source, then do not use this app store.
- Do Your Homework
Think before you download. Just as it makes sense to read some Amazon reviews before buying a book, or some Yelp reviews before testing out a new restaurant, it makes sense to read some reviews of an app before you jump off the cliff. General word of mouth support for an app is good, but it is even better if you can get input from your social networks–friends and family you trust–before downloading an app.
Googling the app is also a great way to research it.
- Install an anti-virus/anti-malware app
Some recommendations: Lookout, Zoner, Norton, Kaspersky, AVG.
- Don’t know what an app does? Then don’t install it.
Avoid installing apps that are new to the scene. Allow some time to pass to have some user knowledge/comments about it to be gathered before trusting and finally installing it.
- Watch the Permissions
Mobile operating systems have security in place that apps generally have to request permission to access core functions and services of the device. Think about the permissions you are granting before you just tap and blindly accept them. Does that Sudoku app really need access to your contacts, camera function, and location information?
Android has various problems when it runs out of memory, one of the most common problems you’ll encounter is not being able to send or receive TXT messages. So, what do you do when your phone tells you it’s low on memory? Here is the best advice we’ve pulled out of our forums from many threads discussing this very topic!
Note: This How-To document primarily applies to phones that shipped prior to Android 4.0 ICS which use a different memory partition scheme than phones that shipped with ICS. Some items may not apply if you have a device that shipped with 4.0 or later.
1) Ensure you have an SD card installed in your phone.
2) Move apps to your SD card: Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> Select an app -> Move to SD card.
Note: This is not available in phones shipping with Android 4.0 or later. Some apps are not capable of being moved to the SD card.
3) Move ALL media files to SD card (music, videos, etc). Using a file manager app such as Astro makes this process easy.
4) Delete TXT and MMS messages (you can back them up to your PC with 3rd party tools)
5) Empty Browser History and Cache (While in Browser app: Menu -> More -> Settings)
6) Delete all apps you do not use
7) Turn off all widgets. (They use up battery, cpu, and memory)
8) Do not install apps that run in the background
9) In extreme cases it may be best to do a full reset on the phone (deletes ALL apps and data). This allows you to start with a clean slate. At that point you can start adding content and apps back slowly to your phone and it will make it easier to troubleshoot what is causing the low memory situtation.
10) There are also apps in the Android Play store which allow you to tweak settings and what apps are loaded into memory during launch process which some might find useful in very low memory situations…but we don’t recommend using these apps unless you cannot resolve low memory any other way.
It seems as if there are an infinite number of ways to backup your Android device, and a lot of them are intimidating. Many pepole have been using apps such as Titanium to do this for years, but the problem with this approach is they required rooting your phone which is not recommended for the average user. At LGForum we love to give out simple, easy to follow advice and below is our best advice around backup, sync, and restore.
Recently Google has added Backup services built into Android which make restoring your phone much easier. And there are a slew of amazing cloud services to not only keep your phone backed up but allow you to sync and share files across many devices and computers to make life simple and stress free. USB is the “old” way, CLOUD is the “new” way of doing things…let’s get started!
Apps Backup from Google Play Store
Google Play remembers all of your purchases. To re-install all of your apps, it’s as simple as opening your Google Play Store app and navigating to “My Apps” where you’ll see a list of all the apps you’ve ever purchased/downloaded. From there you can reinstall them. Amazon’s App Store also has this feature if you choose to download apps via Amazon.
This is one of the top questions we get here on LGForum…how do I back/sync/restore my contacts. Once again simplicity is the advice we like to give out. Because we are talking about Android phones the easiest way to sync/backup contacts is by using Gmail which has native integration with Android and provides the best possible user experience. First if you are not using Gmail you need to import your contacts into Gmail, follow Google’s directions here to do this. You can also use Google Sync to sync your contacts from your PC. If you have a Mac then check out this article. Once you have your contacts in Gmail then it’s as simple as adding your Gmail account to your Android phone and they will automatically sync. The same advice goes for calendar, we highly recommend using your Google Calendar as your master calendar with an Android phone. There are many ways to sync other calendars to your Google calendar and you’ll find directions on how to do that in the same Google help links provided above for the contacts.
If you currently use email, USB, or Facebook to backup your photos, oh boy do we have a treat for you. Using either Google+ or Dropbox to automatically upload every photo you take to the cloud for you is like Tivo for your photos…once you use this process you will never go back. This ensures your photos are backed up within minutes of taking them so you don’t have to worry about it…it all happens in the background…it’s a beautiful thing! But, that’s not all…if you are using Dropbox they are also automagically synced to your PC and ready for you on your PC whenever you need them. Amazing! And best of all it all just happens without you ever thinking about it…what a releif! We must warn you that if you are allowing the sync to happen on cellular networks and you take a lot of photos/videos you will be using a lot of data. Be sure to look at your settings in Dropbox or Google+ and adjust for WiFi Only if you are worried about using data.
Music & Video
This depends on where you get your music from. If you purchase it from Google Play or Amazon then your music is automatically backed up to the cloud and you stream your music from the associated Android App. Essentially you really cannot “loose” your music if purchased through these two popular stores.
Of course we all have a monster music collection on a PC, and that should be your backup to your phone. You can upload your PC music library to Google or Amazon if you wish to keep your music in the cloud. Or you can download your music from Google or Amazon (or iTunes) to your PC and use an app to sync the music to your phone.
There are many different ways to get files onto your phone. I’m a person that loves simplicity, so I’m going to tell you my favorite way to backup files because of how easy and simple it is. There are many amazing cloud services to use that will sync your files between multiple devices and computers and make life so much easeir and stress free. Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive are probably the most popular and it’s up to you to choose your favorite. As of the writing of this Box is offering all LG customers 50GB for FREE!!! I personally use Box for all of my work documents and Dropbox for all of my personal documents. The only drawback to Box is you must be using a paid account to enable PC syncing, with Drive and Dropbox this feature is free. These cloud storage services keep my files synced across MANY Android devices, an iPad, a Mac, and a PC. I can’t imagine sharing my files across devices any other way…it’s simply amazing! If you aren’t using one (or all) of these then I strongly urge you to begin using one of them RIGHT NOW
Backup & reset in ICS (Android 4.0) for key data and settings
If you are lucky enough to have a device running ICS or newer you can now find “Backup & reset” under Setttings. From there you may configure the automated backup of key data and settings. For more information view Google’s help page here.
The best rule of thumb for other media is keep it on your PC as the master source and sync/copy to your phone. If you loose your phone all your media is still backed up on your PC and just waiting to be copied to your new phone. Just make sure your PC is backed up too, because they don’t last forever either…