How to identify a fake Tecno phone

I got an email from a very disturbed fan a few weeks back. He was the laughing stock of his friends because he’d bought a fake Tecno phone. A few days later, I found myself in the company of some guy bragging about how customized his Tecno M3 was. I happen to own a Tecno M3 … Continue reading How to identify a fake Tecno phone

Monitor the data / bandwidth usage on your Windows PC using Cucusoft Net Guard

Unless you have so much money to throw away, its very important to monitor what’s using up your data subscription on your Windows PC (head over to the guide @ https://blog.hovatek.com/laptop-consuming-a-lot-of-data-mb-solved/ for details) . Today, I’ll be telling you about this really cool freeware called Cucusoft Net Guard that lets you easily monitor and control data … Continue reading Monitor the data / bandwidth usage on your Windows PC using Cucusoft Net Guard

How to remove Adware from Google Chrome PC browser

Online advertisements are a great tool! They help sellers reach a wider market and buyers get more information. Adverts however become a total nuisance when the target audience can’t control them. Adverts pop up when you click a link, adverts appear once a page loads, adverts are made to look like the information / software … Continue reading How to remove Adware from Google Chrome PC browser

How to fix an Android phone that wont send or receive files via Bluetooth

In the previous guide on Bluetooth problems, I explained some causes and fixes for an Android phone when its Bluetooth wont turn on (see https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-fix-an-android-phone-whose-wi-fi-or-bluetooth-wont-turn-on/ ) . The Bluetooth coming on but not being able to perform its function (which is to transmit / receive data or files) is another kettle of fish. The focus … Continue reading How to fix an Android phone that wont send or receive files via Bluetooth

How to fix a Windows PC that doesn’t detect external USB devices

USB detection issues on a Windows PC could result in different error messages and sometimes the Blue Screen of Death (see https://blog.hovatek.com/the-blue-screen-of-death-bsod/ ). These errors could range from the often less serious “USB not recognized” under System tray and “Unknown USB device” under Device Manager to the more serious USB device appearing grayed and unusable under My … Continue reading How to fix a Windows PC that doesn’t detect external USB devices

How to clear default applications on an Android phone

In my previous article on Android applications, I talked about identifying and removing Bloatware (see https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-remove-bloatware-on-an-android-phone/ ). In today’s guide, we’ll be discussing setting and clearing default applications. When you have more than one application that can execute a particular task, you will get a prompt asking you to select which you wish to use. … Continue reading How to clear default applications on an Android phone

How to load a Blackberry 10 OS using Autoloader

In my previous articles on fixing nuked Blackberry devices (refer to https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-fix-repair-a-corrupt-nuked-or-crashed-blackberry-operating-system-software-os/) and upgrading a Blackberry OS (https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-downgrade-upgrade-or-update-a-blackberry-operating-system-os-to-a-prefered-version/), I talked only briefly about such procedures on Blackberry 10 devices. This tutorial will focus on fixing / upgrading a Blackberry 10 device’s OS using the Autoloader technique. What is an Autoloader? An Autoloader is an offline … Continue reading How to load a Blackberry 10 OS using Autoloader

How to locate your missing Android phone using your Google account

There are quite a number of useful applications for locating your missing Android phone(s) but in this guide, we’ll be looking at a way to easily locate your missing Android phone using your Google account. Requirements for tracking The phone must be on and connected to the internet The phone must have been linked to your google … Continue reading How to locate your missing Android phone using your Google account

How to fill a PDF form online and offline

“If your business is not on the Internet, then your business will be out of business.” ….. Bill Gates. The internet has changed how a number of businesses operate. You can make / receive payments online, shop online, school online and more all from the comfort of home. I’m not exactly a fan of having to … Continue reading How to fill a PDF form online and offline

How to remove bloatware on an Android phone

  In previous articles, we’d treated some negatives effects that Bloatware could have on the speed (see https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-easily-make-an-android-phone-run-faster-or-stop-lagging/ ) and user experience (see https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-solve-the-problem-of-heavy-data-consumption-in-iphone-ipad-and-android-smartphones-tablets/ ) of an Android phone . In this brief article, we’ll be looking at how to identify bloatware and remove them. What are bloatware? Bloatware are unwanted applications that come pre-installed (by the … Continue reading How to remove bloatware on an Android phone

How to backup and restore the contacts on an Android phone using a Google account

Backing up the contacts on your Android phone has always been easy. Quite a number of people just don’t know this and end up losing their important contacts from time to time. In my previous article on Android contacts management, I described two methods of backing up Android contacts (see https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-backup-restore-and-recover-accidentally-deleted-or-lost-android-contacts/ ). In this guide, I’ll … Continue reading How to backup and restore the contacts on an Android phone using a Google account

How to fix an Android phone when mobile data automatically turns on

Its one thing for you to implement data (megabytes) saving settings on an Android phone and its another thing for those settings to actually stay that way. In my previous article on Android data management, I discussed heavy data usage on an Android phone due to GPS automatically turning on ( see https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-fix-an-android-phone-whose-gps-automatically-turns-on/ ) . Today, … Continue reading How to fix an Android phone when mobile data automatically turns on

Type faster on your Android phone using TouchPal X

Moving from the QWERTY keypad to touchscreen input could be quite frustrating when it comes to typing. My own transition from QWERTY keypads to touchscreen input was hell. I happen to type A LOT and am quite fast on QWERTY keyboards / keypads. As proficient as I was, I found touchscreen input really frustrating. Here’s a … Continue reading Type faster on your Android phone using TouchPal X

How to fix an Android phone whose GPS automatically turns ON

In my previous article on reducing heavy data usage on Android phones (see https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-solve-the-problem-of-heavy-data-consumption-in-iphone-ipad-and-android-smartphones-tablets/ ) , I listed GPS as one of the major data consumers. GPS could go on to be a nuisance when it just wont stay off (just like Wi-Fi @ https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-fix-wi-fi-automatically-turning-on-or-off-on-an-android-phone/ ). In this guide, we’ll be looking at common reasons … Continue reading How to fix an Android phone whose GPS automatically turns ON

How to create a portable version of Windows on a USB / Hard Disk drive

A portable version of Windows -as the name implies- is a version of Windows you can carry around with you on your storage device. You only need connect such a device to a PC, boot the PC from the device and you have your Windows up and running. You may call it “Windows-On-The-Go”. I – … Continue reading How to create a portable version of Windows on a USB / Hard Disk drive