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7476 No. 7476 ID: 8f04fe
A friend recently gave me her old Galaxy S3, so I could upgrade from the 90's flip phone I've been hanging on to. It's weird, and I'm not sure how to use it when I have a perfectly good laptop that I use for everything. I do want to figure it out, and it seems like it has a lot of applications as a mobile device. That, and I'm tired of looking hipster-ish with my old ass phone.
The problem is I have somehow fucked the camera, which clearly worked before I started playing with it. I don't know what the buttons do, so I just pressed some to see what it did. What's the harm, right? Well I've screwed something up royal. Every time I try to access the camera now it goes black, then the phone restarts. Everything else seems to work ok, but this is annoying as piss.
How do un-fuck this? Will a "factory reset" fix it, or will it screw me into having to unlock the phone, which I'm sure I can pull off at some point, or what. Her son unlocked it and installed something called liquid smooth before she gave it to me. I don't know what that is, though.
There's literally nothing on the phone. No photos, no important info, no apps. Is factory reset the route to go, or do I need to look elsewhere?
>> No. 7477 ID: fc3045
Do you have any critical phone numbers on your phone?

How old are you if you don't mind me asking?

Do you have a gmail (google mail) account?

Here's a decent video to understand how to into smartphones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABa3OvY-jLo

I would suggest a factory reset, that SHOULD solve the issue, if you haven't gotten it wet or anything.

Additionally, since you're used to an old tough phone, I strongly recommend an otterbox case. http://amzn.com/B0085JRQIC
Is an example. Don't fear googling for their model differences and for better pricing. I just paid $15 for a commuter case for my S4

As far as applications, I strongly suggest you download:
>Chrome web browser (set it as the default).
>When you open chrome, click the three dots in the upper right corner, go to settings, and there's a "merge tabs and apps" setting. Click it and turn it off so you can open tabs in the browser.

>Waze app
If you drive at all, it turns reporting hazzards into a game. Worth it, spots cops and warns about speed traps and all sorts of fun stuff. It's like a better google maps.

>MyFitnessPal.
I'm a lardass, I use it to track body stats and what I eat. Self explanatory really.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, I'm sure others will have ideas.

As far as settings, you'll just have to play around to see what you like.
>> No. 7479 ID: 8c5340
>>7476
Since you don't have anything important on it, a factory reset won't hurt.

Let's see... apps...

If you're a lazy bastard like me, a VNC viewer is pretty nice. As is the remote controller for Foobar2000. Because fuck getting out of bed to change the song.

I usually find built-in music players to have "features" I don't want, or are generally shitty. Believe it or not, Winamp is a pretty decent Android music player. Simple, and it handles every common audio format.

OpenOffice has been ported to Android, but the implementation is terrible. I recommend avoiding it.

I don't know if your phone has a built-in QR code reader, but if it doesn't, QR Droid Private is the best one out there that I've found. All the others want access to, well, everything.

If you want to be able to read OBD II codes, there's a program called Torque that interfaces with those little $12 Bluetooth OBD readers.

Oh, and DigiHUD. It's a GPS speedometer. That turns your phone into a shitty HUD. It's neat, and useful.
>> No. 7489 ID: 56cd4e
>>7477
>Do you have any critical phone numbers on your phone?
I don't have anything on it just yet. It was given to me basically blank, I'm just wondering if I'm going to have to unlock the damn thing again if I reset the whole thing.

>How old are you if you don't mind me asking?
Old. 44 and a half. I've build computers, and even worked on laptops a bit, but phones are completely new to me. A friend recently had to replace her cracked screen, and it cost her $200. Something tells me I should learn to fix phones, as people seem to break theirs quite a bit.

>Do you have a gmail (google mail) account?
Yup.


>Here's a decent video to understand how to into smartphones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABa3OvY-jLo
Watching now.

>I would suggest a factory reset, that SHOULD solve the issue, if you haven't gotten it wet or anything.
If nothing else works I will. I got the camera to work by clearing the cache, and resetting the camera app, but activating the forward facing camera reboots the phone. I wonder if deleting that app, and redownloading it, or finding another one would work.

>Additionally, since you're used to an old tough phone, I strongly recommend an otterbox case. http://amzn.com/B0085JRQIC
Is an example. Don't fear googling for their model differences and for better pricing. I just paid $15 for a commuter case for my S4
I plan of getting one soon.
>> No. 7490 ID: f6469b
The questions here is what exactly did you press
>> No. 7491 ID: f6469b
>will it screw me into having to unlock the phone
What do you mean?

>Her son unlocked it and installed something called liquid smooth before she gave it to me.
He replaced the default OS with a custom ROM (a community made, customized flavor of android) which means the phone probably has some sort of custom recovery installed too. Assuming you have the international version of the device, you can read http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/orig-development/10-04-index-roms-t2218825

My best guess right now is that he installed a beta/nightly version of liquidsmooth, which could be why you so easily fucked up the camera. Find out how to boot your device into recovery, make a backup of your phone in it current state, and proceed from there.
>> No. 7492 ID: 4fb1cb
>>7491
Forget about that link, http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/general/howto-rooting-wiping-flashing-ultimate-t1911726 is better if you want to understand exactly what her son did.

Sorry about the triple post.
>> No. 7493 ID: fc3045
>>7491
This anon knows what he's doing.

I was thinking of just going back to vanilla android would be the best idea, but I have no clue on how to do that.

I am scared to root my S4.
>> No. 7494 ID: 56cd4e
>>7490
>The questions here is what exactly did you press
I pressed the "front camera" button that popped up on the camera itself, and I tried to use Snapchat, which uses the front facing camera, and it did the same thing (restarting my phone).

>>7491
>What do you mean?
locked, unlocked, cracked, uncracked, jailbroke... I don't know what the correct term is. I may be making a mountain out of a molehill.

>Find out how to boot your device into recovery, make a backup of your phone in it current state, and proceed from there.
Will do.
>> No. 7495 ID: 4fb1cb
>>7494
>locked, unlocked, cracked, uncracked, jailbroke... I don't know what the correct term is. I may be making a mountain out of a molehill.
Android isn't that different than a computer. The process of gaining root access has to do with modifying files in the /system partition (systemless root is a very recent thing so I doubt it applies to you). Factory reset only clears the /data partition. You'll still have your root access, you might just need to re-enable it in the settings app. If you want to stick with liquidsmooth just do a normal reset. But if that doesn't fix the camera crash then you'll need to try booting into recovery and installing a different ROM.

To be honest though, you don't really sound like you're using root access at all.
>> No. 7514 ID: 6d6cb1
>>7493
Do it. It's not hard.

Install Cyanogenmod. Be slightly more free with your personal spy device.
>> No. 7515 ID: fc3045
>>7514
I own a Samsung S4 spy device. What do you suggest do?
>> No. 7516 ID: 4fb1cb
>>7514
>>7515
Pretty sure official CM builds have shitty camera support. Look for something else unless you don't care about taking pretty pictures.
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