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Old August 22nd, 2013, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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that is operated problems Im sure. Most problems do come from us old iPhone users to Android. Gets a bit frustrating to the point of sitting here just about 8 hours and still not the right results.

1. Instant messaging. I use Nova Pro as my launcher. I try to make a certain ring tone and message alert for my husband.
Everyone gets the same tone. Why.

2. I try changing the tone for say, Jenny on messages, she gets my husbands ring tone.
Why.

3. I try to send pictures through ams that were in my gallery?
They do not get sent. and I don't' get an alert message not sent so I didn't know the person did not get the message.

4. Why won't it stay on Nova settings?

5. How do I get rid of photos that it chose to get from my old and i mean 6 year old picasa and put them on my new phone and guess what? I can't get them off the phone? WTH!!!!

Yes, I already regret giving up my iPhone At least I could go in the apple store, brick and mortar and get help. Where can you go for Samsung and talk to people not androids?

Frustrated with phone for one week and trying to act like *it's okay*

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that is operated problems Im sure. Most problems do come from us old iPhone users to Android. Gets a bit frustrating to the point of sitting here just about 8 hours and still not the right results.

1. Instant messaging. I use Nova Pro as my launcher. I try to make a certain ring tone and message alert for my husband.
Everyone gets the same tone. Why.

2. I try changing the tone for say, Jenny on messages, she gets my husbands ring tone.
Why.

3. I try to send pictures through ams that were in my gallery?
They do not get sent. and I don't' get an alert message not sent so I didn't know the person did not get the message.

4. Why won't it stay on Nova settings?

5. How do I get rid of photos that it chose to get from my old and i mean 6 year old picasa and put them on my new phone and guess what? I can't get them off the phone? WTH!!!!

Yes, I already regret giving up my iPhone At least I could go in the apple store, brick and mortar and get help. Where can you go for Samsung and talk to people not androids?

Frustrated with phone for one week and trying to act like *it's okay*
Hi I can try to help with a couple of your questions.

3. Sometimes pictures in the gallery won't send via MMS (Verizon) if the phone is on Wifi and not data. I noticed that and so switch off Wifi when sending pics and they go through immediately. Interesting that the iphone and other phone in the house doesn't have the same problem.

5. I had that happen when I bought a Galaxy Note 10.1. Sign into Picassa using your google password and you will be able to delete the unwanted pics, which will also in-turn delete them from your phone gallery.

My Verizon corporate store offers weekend classes on both the androids and the iphones. It shows the classes the store is having when I sign into my MyVerizon. I took the class when I switched to android and it was a big help.
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but i have an at&t Phone. i can go into version and get a class on the phone which may run a bit different? Is it really that much different at all?

I will have to download those photos to my iPhoto and then sync the computer to get them off is that correct?
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Cnet has a manual on the S4, and that is free to Amazon Prime members who own Kindles (lending library). It's about $4 otherwise.

I don't think it offers advice on specific apps, though, which is what you seem to need.
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I have that Cnet kindle app but I don't think it's going to help when I have another installer I'm using. i.e. Nova
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Don't use Nova? Seems like your problems stem from that

What are you trying to gain by using it?
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that is operated problems Im sure. Most problems do come from us old iPhone users to Android. Gets a bit frustrating to the point of sitting here just about 8 hours and still not the right results.

1. Instant messaging. I use Nova Pro as my launcher. I try to make a certain ring tone and message alert for my husband.
Everyone gets the same tone. Why.

2. I try changing the tone for say, Jenny on messages, she gets my husbands ring tone.
Why.

3. I try to send pictures through ams that were in my gallery?
They do not get sent. and I don't' get an alert message not sent so I didn't know the person did not get the message.

4. Why won't it stay on Nova settings?

5. How do I get rid of photos that it chose to get from my old and i mean 6 year old picasa and put them on my new phone and guess what? I can't get them off the phone? WTH!!!!

Yes, I already regret giving up my iPhone At least I could go in the apple store, brick and mortar and get help. Where can you go for Samsung and talk to people not androids?

Frustrated with phone for one week and trying to act like *it's okay*
1) I've come to learn that the Contacts app is not friendly with 3rd party launchers. Many settings are forgotten or overridden.

2) See #1.

3) Odd. Try changing the default launcher back to TouchWiz and see if the issue is still there.

4) Why doesn't what stay?

5) Gallery -> Menu -> Content to display -> Uncheck Picasa
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but i have an at&t Phone. i can go into version and get a class on the phone which may run a bit different? Is it really that much different at all?

I will have to download those photos to my iPhoto and then sync the computer to get them off is that correct?
The class should still benefit you.

Picassa is the culprit for the photos. As Darnell said, go to menu in the gallery and uncheck picassa. On mine, I still had to sign into Picassa first and delete from there...but like you noted, I'm on Verizon.
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The class should still benefit you.

Picassa is the culprit for the photos. As Darnell said, go to menu in the gallery and uncheck picassa. On mine, I still had to sign into Picassa first and delete from there...but like you noted, I'm on Verizon.
YOU SAY TO go to the menu in the gallery. that means.
1. open gallery
2. click the menu button on the left hand corner.
3. there is no option to uncheck picassa there.
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Don't use Nova? Seems like your problems stem from that

What are you trying to gain by using it?
I wanted to get rid of that big red boy advertisement from Samsung and get the cube rotation on my phone. I thought i had to have that launcher to get more customization. make it MY phone instead of an out of box phone.
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1) I've come to learn that the Contacts app is not friendly with 3rd party launchers. Many settings are forgotten or overridden.

2) See #1.

3) Odd. Try changing the default launcher back to TouchWiz and see if the issue is still there.

4) Why doesn't what stay?

5) Gallery -> Menu -> Content to display -> Uncheck Picasa
okay so you're saying all these issues are due to Nova launcher, then why are there so many good stars about using it to make the phone more personalized?
I will go back to the regular launcher and see if that allows me to keep the personal ring and Instant messages separate. Thank you

I felt like some times the phone would respond to Nova settings and sometimes it responds to who knows where that came from.
\I again, don't see the option to uncheck Picasa on the phone but I'll keep looking.
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I wanted to get rid of that big red boy advertisement from Samsung and get the cube rotation on my phone. I thought i had to have that launcher to get more customization. make it MY phone instead of an out of box phone.
I think you maybe should have experimented a bit more with the features of Android. It is very customizable. I don't remember what big red boy advertisement you're talking about, but I don't think my phone has anything any of the home screens that was there when I bought it, except the Google search box and the play store icon.
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1) I've come to learn that the Contacts app is not friendly with 3rd party launchers. Many settings are forgotten or overridden.

2) See #1.

3) Odd. Try changing the default launcher back to TouchWiz and see if the issue is still there.

4) Why doesn't what stay?

5) Gallery -> Menu -> Content to display -> Uncheck Picasa
okay so you're saying all these issues are due to Nova launcher, then why are there so many good stars about using it to make the phone more personalized?
I will go back to the regular launcher and see if that allows me to keep the personal ring and Instant messages separate. Thank you

I felt like some times the phone would respond to Nova settings and sometimes it responds to who knows where that came from.
\I again, don't see the option to uncheck Picasa on the phone but I'll keep looking.
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I think you maybe should have experimented a bit more with the features of Android. It is very customizable. I don't remember what big red boy advertisement you're talking about, but I don't think my phone has anything any of the home screens that was there when I bought it, except the Google search box and the play store icon.
Can you help me get rid of it then. ? please? I meant big red bow in box.

I have to figure out how to take a screen shot so I can post what is going on.
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Can you help me get rid of it then. ? please? I meant big red bow in box.

I have to figure out how to take a screen shot so I can post what is going on.
For most things you put your finger on it, wait for the home screen to become slightly smaller (showing other home screens in the process) and then dragging that item to the top right where it says "remove." But again, I don't remember the item you're talking about.
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okay so you're saying all these issues are due to Nova launcher, then why are there so many good stars about using it to make the phone more personalized?
Many people rate things (positive or negative) too early in using it. I've never used that launcher though.

And many people like things personalized, even if they suck. For example:

http://tattoostars.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/tattoo_mike_tyson_tattoos-5.jpg

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YOU SAY TO go to the menu in the gallery. that means.
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2. click the menu button on the left hand corner.
3. there is no option to uncheck picassa there.
Under your menu, you don't see an option called "Content to display"?
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Under your menu, you don't see an option called "Content to display"?
nope:

I click the gallery app right?
that opens
I click the menu on the bottom of the phone on the left hand side.all that comes up is:

1. Selet item
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So right there. That was a big mess. But it was funny in Hangover
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1) I've come to learn that the Contacts app is not friendly with 3rd party launchers. Many settings are forgotten or overridden.

2) See #1.

3) Odd. Try changing the default launcher back to TouchWiz and see if the issue is still there.

4) Why doesn't what stay?

5) Gallery -> Menu -> Content to display -> Uncheck Picasa
How do I get the launcher back to the Touchwiz Launcher. ?
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nope:

I click the gallery app right?
that opens
I click the menu on the bottom of the phone on the left hand side.all that comes up is:

1. Selet item
2. Slideshow
3. Settings
Is your Gallery View set to "All" or "Albums" (top left corner)? It should be set to Album and you must be on the top level of the gallery. Being inside a folder hides the option.

To get back to TouchWiz, go through Settings -> More... -> Application Manager -> Scroll down to Nova and click it. Once the details open, scroll down and look for the button that says "Clear defaults". Next time you press your Home button, you'll be asked which launcher you want to use.
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Under your menu, you don't see an option called "Content to display"?
those directions helped. No I see the options you were talking about.

Now I see
1. All content
2. content in device
3. content in Facebook .. That is not checked
4. Content in picasa

So now, I'll uncheck that picasa box. Thank you.
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Is your Gallery View set to "All" or "Albums" (top left corner)? It should be set to Album and you must be on the top level of the gallery. Being inside a folder hides the option.

To get back to TouchWiz, go through Settings -> More... -> Application Manager -> Scroll down to Nova and click it. Once the details open, scroll down and look for the button that says "Clear defaults". Next time you press your Home button, you'll be asked which launcher you want to use.
okay, that worked.
should I do touchwiz home or Touchwiz easy home?
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can you tell me also, what does it mean when this screen pops up?

Clear Defaults

clear default app settings by going to Settings > Applications manager> all

what does that do?

did I already do this and then it's like where / what am I doing this for?
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Standard TouchWiz. That is a notice of how to tell you what you already did if you want to change your default launcher.
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Standard TouchWiz. That is a notice of how to tell you what you already did if you want to change your default launcher.
thank you. I see I chose the not so good one. Now my screen looks like plain blue with big app buttons.
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I don't know how I found the right screen again but ya, there is this big advertisement from Samsung HuB on my screen. with a big red bow that says, *tap to tart.. I don't want that on one of my pages and that is the main reason I wanted another launcher to get rid of that. !!!

Can we do it?

The other screen comes up Walking mate and Story album.. ?? what for with someones feet hanging out of a car with sneakers on.
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Press and hold on each item until the phone's buzzes and the item lifts off the screen. Drag each unwanted item up to the top of the screen where a garbage can awaits.
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I've never used Nova as a launcher. I've been experimenting with Everything (Beta) as my launcher and I've not experienced any of the things you've encountered yet.

I came from an Apple phone years ago and switching from the iphone to the android platform has been a very wise choice for me. The Samsung S4 is the third Android I've had.
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akaiveleaf that's good to hear. so I know there will be some better days ahead of me once i get these few things straightened out. Never had an android. Or last one was a black berry years ago
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SWEET Darnell. Thank you so very much. They are gone. Oh man, that is so much better. I thought i was going to have to live with that.
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6086813[/URL]]I don't know how I found the right screen again but ya, there is this big advertisement from Samsung HuB on my screen. with a big red bow that says, *tap to tart.. I don't want that on one of my pages and that is the main reason I wanted another launcher to get rid of that. !!!

Can we do it?

The other screen comes up Walking mate and Story album.. ?? what for with someones feet hanging out of a car with sneakers on.
Welcome to Android and the Android Forums. Nice to see that your questions are being answered. As to the boxes, widgets, you are referring to, all can be removed by long pressing, press and hold, until the trash can pops up, then drag that item to the trash can. It will turn red, then release your finger off the screen.

Touchwiz has two launchers. Easy home which is for someone new to android and makes it easy to get familiar with the phone and android experience. Touchwiz home which is the regular launcher and much hardier for a beginner.

There is an app called "Help" try using it and let us know how it worked for you.

As to the ring tones, use the contacts app and set up your custom tones for messaging and ringtone.
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Welcome to Android and the Android Forums. Nice to see that your questions are being answered. As to the boxes, widgets, you are referring to, all can be removed by long pressing, press and hold, until the trash can pops up, then drag that item to the trash can. It will turn red, then release your finger off the screen.

Touchwiz has two launchers. Easy home which is for someone new to android and makes it easy to get familiar with the phone and android experience. Touchwiz home which is the regular launcher and much hardier for a beginner.

There is an app called "Help" try using it and let us know how it worked for you.

As to the ring tones, use the contacts app and set up your custom tones for messaging and ringtone.
I want the help app. where is that? Thanks for the welcome and making it easier for me. I'll go do the ring tones now.

Can we on the regular launcher that comes with it. Get different themes for the instant messenger or chat?
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6087067[/URL]] I want the help app. where is that? Thanks for the welcome and making it easier for me. I'll go do the ring tones now.

Can we on the regular launcher that comes with it. Get different themes for the instant messenger or chat?
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To find the Help app, from your home screen, press the "Apps" button, which will open the app drawer. Scroll thru the apps until you get to the apps that start with H. (I believe there should be in alphabetical order)

Not sure about the themes selection since I use ADW Launcher. I'm sure someone else will chime in with a solution though.
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I want the help app. where is that? Thanks for the welcome and making it easier for me. I'll go do the ring tones now.

Can we on the regular launcher that comes with it. Get different themes for the instant messenger or chat?
I want to be an android whizz kid too.
The Help app is pre-installed and can be found in your App Drawer.

The Message app has different chat bubbles and backgrounds, and you can select a custom background image from your gallery. To find these different options, open the Message app and while on the main list, click Menu -> Settings -> Scroll down to display. You can choose the bubble look and the chat background.

As for customizing anything else, not really. You would have to install a separate app that takes over for the stock one. Just like Nova took over for TouchWiz, there are other apps that can take over for chat, email, and other things.
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To find the Help app, from your home screen, press the "Apps" button, which will open the app drawer. Scroll thru the apps until you get to the apps that start with H. (I believe there should be in alphabetical order)

Not sure about the themes selection since I use ADW Launcher. I'm sure someone else will chime in with a solution though.
Well what do you know??i see HELP. Cool. Thank you. I got some good info today. I'm going to keep looking for you know. tho is great.
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How do I get the launcher back to the Touchwiz Launcher. ?
None of the problems you are having are remotely related to nova. And, despite what you are being tools above Nova and Apex are both vastly superior to Touchwhiz.

That said, if you find nova on manage apps, and hit clear defaults, it will go back to touchwiz.
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I am an AT&T user also using Nova Prime on an unrooted GS4 with no issues. I think the OPs issues are simply related to the iOS->Android move. Patience is required when you move to a new architecture. You have to give yourself time to learn the new ecosystem.

I believe your patience will be rewarded.

I also learned via this thread how to dump those Picassa images which showed up unannounced.
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None of the problems you are having are remotely related to nova. And, despite what you are being tools above Nova and Apex are both vastly superior to Touchwhiz.

That said, if you find nova on manage apps, and hit clear defaults, it will go back to touchwiz.
okay. I'm back. Since I paid for the Nova Prime. What does it do that the launcher that comes from the phone doesn't do?

What am I missing now that i"m back to home base.
If I used that, is it going to pic up picassa pictures again? i'm not going to launch it as the issues I was having are now gone.

and if they are gone now, that tells me, something was n't set correctly in it.
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To those above, we all know the launchers are awesome and I'm not saying they aren't, but a little time with Google or browsing Androidforums/AndroidCentral/XDA SGS4 forums will show that for some odd reason, 3rd party launchers cause hiccups in the Contacts app with occasional issues in Messaging. If you did the same thing with individual ringtones for contacts and didn't experience intermittent ringtones issues, please share your success stories across the boards (seriously, not sarcastically). I myself am using GoLauncher and have encountered others using it and NextLauncher. In our case, the Contacts app forgets it's "Contacts to Display" option and displays All contacts no matter what. I don't use personalized ringtones/messaging alerts to say if that is messed with as well.

To summber, switching back to Nova will not reintroduce your gallery issue. If anything, it may interfere with your personal preferences as far as the Contacts app, but nothing else. There are many, many things launchers can offer from system appearance to themes, custom widgets, and more. That itself would take a whole other thread to go over. Browse Tesla Coil's homepage on Nova to see a taste of what you can do.
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