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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Ken_1, May 26, 2017.

  1. Ken_1

    Ken_1 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hello,

    I am computer literate, but fairly new to the world of smartphones, so please
    forgive me if my questions appear trivial. Also, I am not sure if I have
    posted this in the right place on the Forum, please let me know if I have
    got it wrong.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 model SM-G900F running Android v 5.0.

    I am a relatively light user, and really don't generally need or wish
    to access the internet from my mobile, so I have a low-cost contract
    that allows me just 100MB of data per month. Now, when I started using the
    phone mobile connection to internet was enabled. I tried the Help app
    and found a lot of very useful info there, but did not realise that it was
    all coming from the internet. In no time at all I had inadvertently used up
    my 100MB allowance, and since then I have kept mobile data access turned off.

    So my first question:
    Is there a way that I can the Help info, ie User Guide, Useful Tips,
    permanently on the phone so that I can get to them when offline?
    There is plenty of memory capacity, so that would not be an issue.

    On my PC I have also signed up for 2 or 3 mobile facilities (eg Kaspersky security),
    and suspect that as soon as I enable data access next month they will automatically
    download, which will gobble up my data allowance again.

    So here is a related question:
    Access to the internet on my Windows PC comes effectively for free.
    It seems to me that I ought to be able to download new apps to my PC,
    and then transfer them to the phone over the USB cable.
    Is this possible ?

    Many thanks, Ken.
     


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  2. philayl

    philayl Android Expert

    Hi, do you have access to wi-fi, if so use that to download to your phone you will not use any data then. Phil
     
  3. Ken_1

    Ken_1 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi, Thanks for reply.
    My PC router is wireless, naturally -- does that count as WiFi access?
    When I try to set up Wi-Fi access on the phone it asks me to add a network,
    then asks for network SSID.
    I tried entering the network name for my router (11 characters). It says it
    is scanning, but always finds it "Not in range". My phone is sitting right beside
    the router. Am I doing something wrong?
     
  4. philayl

    philayl Android Expert

    Hi, it does count as wi-fi, as does any free wi-fi you are in range of, cafe's, pubs, shops, etc; The phone should show the network when you tell it to scan, then ask you for the password (key), it should then connect. You shouldn't need to put in the network it should just pick it up. Phil
     
  5. Ken_1

    Ken_1 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi Again,
    When I let the phone scan for WiFi it finds just one signal which I do not recognise, and
    which I'm certain is not my router, and indeed it does not accept my wireless key when
    I enter it. I think what I need to do is to get in touch with my service provider -- it is the same
    provider for mobile and broadband, and they have very good phone support. So I will call
    them next week. Meanwhile you have confirmed that I CAN get broadband access on my
    mobile, which I think will address my needs. Many thanks, Ken.
     
  6. Ken_1

    Ken_1 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi Final reply,
    I switched my router off and on again, and now everything works as it should!
    Thanks again.
     
  7. philayl

    philayl Android Expert

    Hi, glad you're sorted, very frustrating when things don't work as they should. Phil
     

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