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Starting with the new firmware update of Android 4.4+ (KitKat) , phones with External SD Cards do not allow 3rd Party apps to create/modify/delete files on External SD Card. This includes Samsung Galaxy Note 3, S4 and some LG phones.

Because of this problem my Backup and Restore apps cannot create backups on the External SD Card.

This has to do with the way permissions work on Android and currently there is no known workarounds unless the phone is rooted.

If your phone is rooted,
Please take a look at

For more technical information, take a look at

Its a simple app that lets you decide on which network should the phone be allowed to use Mobile Data.
Its useful when you want to roam/connect to networks other than your home network but not use data.

This is a 14 day trial.

It works by monitoring the network operator and enables or disables the Mobile Data via the Settings of the phone.

Most users don’t need this app as the “Data Roaming” setting of the phone works fine for them but there are some cases where either the setting doesn’t work or the user is allowed to connect to multiple roaming networks and only wants to use data on certain networks.

After the trial expires you’ll have to install the paid Unlocker from the Android Market / Play Store.




Please report any problems on my site or email me with detailed error message.



Dave Hope has created a neat utility to convert SMS Messages from Blackberry devices into a format that can be used to import them into any Android phone using my app SMS Backup & Restore.
This utility/tool can be downloaded from his site Thanks to Dave for this utility :)

This process works WITHOUT needing root access on the Android phone.

My car doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth connectivity and only has an Aux audio input (3.5mm Stereo Socket). I had been looking for something which would easily provide Bluetooth conenctivity in the car but won’t need me to change the car audio system or need me to take the car to a mechanic to install something.

I finally found and bought a Belkin AirCast Auto Handsfree from INA Solutions.

Its a very small device that can stick easily on any car dashboard. It connects to the standard Cigarette lighter port for power and also has a USB port so that you can charge your phone while in the car. It can pair with multiple phones (although only one can be connected to it at once). It can play music through the car speakers as well as make/receive phone calls. There’s only 1 button which has multiple uses. It can be used to start/stop the music, accept a call and also long-pressing it starts the default voice search app on the phone, allowing you to make calls by talking to the phone.

Initially I wasn’t very sure about how it’ll work with Android phones but I use it regularly with 2 Android phones (Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus) and am very happy with it :) .


A couple of users of my SMS Backup & Restore app reported that they were not able to see the backup folder (and files) created by the app when using a Galaxy Nexus on Windows 7. For the uninitiated, Galaxy Nexus is a bit different from most other Android phones, it does not have an SDCard slot and it does not support USB Mass Storage mode when connecting the phone to a computer. Instead, it exposes the internal storage as an MTP device.

Initially I couldn’t reproduce this problem (I have the same phone + OS combination) and thought that this may be a problem on their phone or Windows. I could see the folder and the file on my PC. After some more discussions with the user we came to the conclusion that this looked like some type of caching issue where a file created by my app only appeared on Windows after the phone was restarted.

It turns out that only files known by the MediaStore on the phone gets exposed via MTP to the computer.

A simple work-around/solution for this problem is to let the Media Store know that a new file/folder has been created and that file/folder will immediately appear on Windows.

Doing this in code is very simple, just call the MediaScannerConnection.scanFile method with the full path of the file(s) created.