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[SOLVED] Android.Process.Media Has Stopped Error

I cannot say much about the Android operating systems because everyone knows how good it is. People like android phones because hey have an intuitive user interface and the fact that it has a variety of features and applications makes it incredible. However, it also has its fare share of problems and one of them is the latest android.process.media has stopped.

There is no need to panic if you are facing this error on your device, this article will clearly explain what exactly causes this error and how to fix it safely.

Why does “unfortunately android.process.media has stopped” error pop up?

The android.process.media has stopped is a common problem which can be caused by several factors.

Some of the common reasons behind its appearance are:

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  • Shifting from one custom ROM to another.
  • Failure in firmware upgrade.
  • A virus/malicious attacks.
  • App crashes
  • Application restore using a Titanium backup
  • Failure of the download manager and the media storage

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How to fix “unfortunately android.process.media has stopped”

There are several actionable fixes you can try on your device and see if you’ll be able to fix this problem.

Several android users have managed to have their phones fixed without the support of a technician and so I would suggest you give a try too. Just make sure that you don’t skip a step and if one doesn’t work for you, go ahead and try the next solution.

Let’s get started.

Solution 1: Clear Android Cache and Data

Cached data can be a huge factor that can trigger this type of error message on your smartphone. Clearing the cache and data stored in different applications can work out the magic to fixing the android.process.media error.

Follow the instructions below to clear cache and data for Google Services Framework and Google Play Store.

  1. Open the app drawer and then tap on the Settings icons.
  2. From the next window, tap on the App Settings section and then tap on ‘Installed apps’.
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  1. Now scroll through and tap on the ‘Google Services Framework.’
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  1. Select the clear data option and finally clear cache.
Clear cache

The above process will help you to clear the Google Services Framework Data and cache. Now the next step is to clear Google Play Store data and cache. See the instructions below.

  1. Repeat steps number 1 and 2 above.
  2. However, this time tap on Google Play Store instead of Google Services Framework.
  3. Next, tap on clear data and clear cache.
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  1. Now, after clearing the cache, head back to the app settings for Google Services Framework and then select ‘Force Stop’ and again clear cache.
  2. Finally restart your Android phone and then check if you’re able to Fix Android.Process.Media Has Stopped Error or not.

Solution 2: Disable Google Sync

Before attempting anything on this method, you will first need to backup all your data.

If you’ve already backed up everything …

  1. Open the apps tray and then go to Android Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Accounts.
  3. Tap on Sync and then tap on Google.
  4. Now make sure that you un-check all the sync options for your Google account.
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  1. Shut down your phone and power it on after 30 seconds.

That’s all you had to do and now the android.process.media keeps stopping error should be long gone.

Solution 3: Disable Media Storage and Download Manager

If the above fixes haven’t materialized, clearing the cache and data for your ideal Download Manager and Media Storage could do the magic.

This method has turned out to work for most users. See the instructions below:

  1. Go to Settings and then tap on the App Settings section.
  2. Next, select ‘Installed apps’.
  3. Now tap on the three-dot menu icon on the top right corner of the screen.
  4. From the list of options, select ‘Show all apps.’
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  1. Navigate through and tap on Media storage or Download manager app.
  1. Finally, tap on Force stop on both options the Media storage and Download manager and now your problem should be fixed.

Solution 4: Enable Sync Settings Again

If the error persists, you can try re-enabling the Sync settings and see if you will manage to fix it.

To do so, follow the following guidelines.

  1. Go to Settings and then tap on App Settings section.
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  1. Enable Google Play Store, Google Services Framework, Media Storage and Download manager.
  2. After that, go to Settings again then navigate to Accounts
  3. Select Sync and then tap on Google. Turn on the sync for your Google account from the next screen.
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  1. Restart your smartphone and check to see if you’re able to resolve the android.process.media has stopped error.

If the error persists, check out the next solution.

Solution 5: Resetting App Preferences

  1. Start by opening the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on App and then select installed apps.
  3. On the top-right corner, tap on the three dots icon then select ‘Reset app preferences’.
Reset app preferences
  1. While on the preferences screen, tap on Reset App Preferences and now the issue should be fixed.

Solution 6: Clear contact and contact storage data

If the error is still popping up even after following all the above fixes, you can try clearing the contact storage.

Please note that these steps may delete your contacts and so you should back them up.

This fix is important because if your contacts cannot be synchronized with Google, then you will run into the unfortunately android.process.media has stopped error. Although it seems like a minor thing, it can trouble you so much.

  1. Go to Settings then select Application Manager or Apps.
  2. Select the Installed Apps option and then tap on the three dots icon on the top-right corner.
  3. Tap on show all apps.
  4. Look for “Contacts” and “Contacts Manager” and tap on it.
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  1. Go ahead and clear both cache and data of these apps.
  2. Once that is done, use the above-mentioned steps to clear the cache and data for the ‘Contacts and dialer’ app.
  3. Restart your phone and see if you’re able to fix the Android.Process.Media has stopped error, if not then continue.

Method 7: Update Firmware

Updates are usually key when it comes to the functionality of the operating system. Doing an update turns out to be a viable solution to this problem as it comes with a lot of bug fixes.

Let’s get to it. Make sure that you have a stable Wi-Fi or internet connection before moving on.

  1. Open the settings app on your phone and then scroll down and tap on About Phone.
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  1. Now select ‘System update/Software update’.
  2. Next, tap on ‘check for updates’.
  3. Be patient until your phone downloads the latest updates.
  4. When the process is complete, your phone will automatically reboot. If it does not, restart it manually and see if the problem persists.

Method 8: Factory Reset

When the above solutions fail to work, the only option that remains is to factory reset your phone.

However, this method is risky because it will wipe all your stored data. But you can avoid loosing your data if you back it up in a safe place.

When you perform a factory reset, your device will be restored back to normal (default state it was when you first bought it) and that’s how you’ll manage to fix unfortunately android.process.media has stopped on your android device.

Watch the video below for actionable steps on how to reset your android phone.

Concluding Lines

I believe that by now you have resolved the issue and that you know how to fix unfortunately android.process.media has stopped.

If you are still having the same problem, please let us know so that we see how we can help. Also for those of us who managed to fix it , how was the process? Easy, fair, or complicated? Share your thoughts with us.

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How To Use Whatsapp Without Number 2020

WhatsApp has turned out to be a popular app and has emerged to be one of the most used apps ever developed. The app has become useful, such that its developers have gone ahead to design its versions for Windows and macOS. The demand has risen, and now users want to use WhatsApp without number. However, the question is, is it possible?

Well, there is only one way to find out.

Want to know what it is?

Keep on reading, and I believe you will find useful information regarding the same.

Here is what users have been asking in groups and forums:

  1. “How to verify WhatsApp without code?
  2. I want to use WhatsApp without a phone number, but I can’t find any solution! How do I go about it?”

If you have been using WhatsApp for quite some time, you already know how strict the app can be.

For example, you cannot have two WhatsApp accounts registered with the same mobile number. If you wish to use WhatsApp, then you got to register using a working phone number and verify it.

Strict right?

But there is some good news.

Even though this application tends to be strict on users, there are some loopholes in the entire registration process, and we can take advantage of it and be able to use WhatsApp without a phone.

I know you think that I have written the above statement by mistake.

You have read it right! There is nothing wrong with it. If you want to use WhatsApp without a phone number, you can do so; it is possible for you to get access to WhatsApp without a phone or even sharing your number.

If you think it is impossible, then I dare you to keep reading and learn how to use WhatsApp without number on your own!

Can you use WhatsApp without a Phone?

Several readers have also raised this question, and I thought it would be wise to include it in this post.

Yes, you can use WhatsApp without a phone. However, you must use a PC. It doesn’t matter which operating system you are using. Be it Windows or macOS. See this article for ways on how you can do this.

Before I show you how you can use WhatsApp without a phone, there are several things that you should know.

For you to be able to use the WhatsApp Messenger application on your Android phone, iOS, or Windows Phone, you will first be required to install the app itself on a working device. The device should have a stable internet connection.

Usually, when setting up and configuring your WhatsApp account, you will be asked to input your phone number. Afterward, a one-time verification code generated by WhatsApp will be sent to that particular phone number you’ve provided.

Not this part is the most important. It is the exact stage where you need to be careful if you wish to use WhatsApp without a phone number.

When you are asked to enter your phone number, don’t provide them with your real number. Instead, what you should do is to submit a number or even get a virtual number.

If you do this, you will be able to access WhatsApp without providing your real personal phone number. But that’s not all you to be done. I have listed all the techniques in the next section.

How to Use WhatsApp without a Phone Number?

There are two ways that you can implement in order to use WhatsApp without a phone number.

The first method is to try the landline way. By this, you will be linking WhatsApp to a landline (fixed line) number. The other method is to use a temporarily generated number.

Let’s dive right in.

Method 1: Link WhatsApp with a Landline Number

This method is the easiest solution to use WhatsApp without a phone number.

We will be entering a working number for WhatsApp to link to those of you who have landlines. The idea behind this is that the number we are using is not a personal mobile number.

Here’s how to use WhatsApp without code or SMS verification.

  1. To start with, download and install the WhatsApp application on your device.
  2. Open it and start the initial setup. For those of you who already have a WhatsApp account activated on the mobile device or PC, you will first need to delete it and then reinstall it.

NOTE:

Before you go ahead and uninstall your WhatsApp, we recommend that you back up your WhatsApp to the computer first.

  1. Next, open the app and instead of providing a personal mobile number, just key in the fixed landline digits with the country and state code. When you see the options to verify the number, do choose to verify using the SMS method. Just select the option to call on the number to verify it, and then tap on it to continue.
  2. You can also use the SMS verification method, but you will have to wait for a while. Often, this process fails to deliver the verification code to your fixed number. When it fails, WhatsApp will suggest to call the number and pronounce the verification code to you.
  3. Wait for a while until you get a call on your landline number, delivering the verification code. Once you verify the account, that will be it!
  4. Now you can just enter the recently received code, authenticate the number, and start using WhatsApp.

Method 2: Using a Temporary or Virtual Number

I prefer this method because it is a perfect solution to use WhatsApp without a phone number.

This is also the best method for those of you who don’t have a landline.

To perfectly get through this, we will have to make use of the assistance of a temporary or a virtual number to authenticate our WhatsApp account.

Out of all the third-party apps we have reviewed, TextNow is the reliable app that we found to be working well on both Android and iPhone.

Below is how to use WhatsApp without number using TextNow.

  1. Download the TextNow application on your Android or iOS device from the link above.
  2. Install the application, and once the installation process is complete, launch it.
  3. When you run or open the app, it will ask for your area code. Please provide the exact area code, and the app will generate five options for you to pick from. From th five options, select a number from here and complete the setup.
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  1. Once you have a virtual number with you, download and install WhatsApp on your phone.
  2. In the phone number text box, don’t enter your phone number; instead, enter the temporary number that has been generated by TextNow.
  3. Wait for a while for the SMS verification to be canceled and choose to call the number instead.
  4. Make sure that the TextNow app is running in the background. If you had closed it, launch it immediately so that you can receive the call.
  5. If the app is running, you will get an authentication call on your TextNow number, stating the WhatsApp verification code.
  6. Once you have the verification code for your virtual number, you can launch WhatsApp and complete the initial setup.

These two methods should get you going, and you can now be able to use WhatsApp without having to activate it with your phone number.

Something else came out when I was testing and researching about using WhatsApp without number. People are asking if you can verify WhatsApp without the verification code.

How to Verify WhatsApp without Code?

Is this even possible?

I know that is the question that has come in your mind, and I like it that it has come to your attention. Let’s find out what I have in store for you.

Before we go even further, let me confirm to you that you can’t verify a WhatsApp number without code. This is for those readers who have been asking if it is possible to verify WhatsApp without a phone number.

Without an active phone number, you will not be able to activate it. However, if you don’t want to give your number, use one of the above methods to set up your WhatsApp account and get to use WhatsApp without number.

Whichever approach you decide to use, you will either get a one-time generated code by SMS or call that you need to enter key in and verify the account. I also recommend that you use the call me option for verification purposes. This is just to avoid any delays that might occur during this process.

Also, please note that the code you receive is only active for a while and works specifically for the entered number. It does not matter if you are using a virtual number or not. You will not get your account activated if you try to use someone else’s code as well.

How to Change WhatsApp Number without Verification?

Several reasons can push you to change your WhatsApp number. So, just like setting up an account on this app, changing your WhatsApp number is possible.

When doing this, there is no need to skip the verification process. However, you can enter any other temporary number to complete the process.

You can switch or change numbers on WhatsApp without sharing your number using the following instructions.

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  1. Start by downloading and installing the TextNow app on your device if you had uninstalled it.
  2. Afterward, enter your area code so that you can get a virtual number listed from here.
  3. After you have the virtual number, launch WhatsApp, and go to its Settings.
  4. Afterward, tap on Accounts and then select Change number. This feature will allow you to switch your phone number.
  5. From the next window, Agree to the terms and conditions and enter your existing as well as the new phone number. The new phone number is the number that you just generated in the TextNow application. If you want to use your real phone number, you can key in your exact phone number.
  6. To proceed, you would get a message on the new number. Let the SMS verification fail and choose to get a call instead. Now, launch the TextNow app, accept the call, and use the shared verification code to change your number.

These instructions should help you change your WhatsApp account number without experiencing any difficulties.

How to Get a Free Virtual Number to use it on WhatsApp?

I had said earlier that you need a virtual number for you to be able to use WhatsApp without number. There are several ways you can use to get a virtual number.

Just as in the above procedures of how to activate WhatsApp without your number, we have taken the assistance of a virtual number.

For that case, we have made good use of the TextNow app to get a free virtual number while setting up your WhatsApp account.

However, there are cases that users have reported claiming that the app is not compatible with some mobile phones. That came out to be true after investigating the allegations.

Therefore I tested several apps, and I believe they should work well on your device. The two are an alternative replacement for TextNow.

One of the apps I tested is Google Voice. It is just another perfect option to try that can give you a free virtual number if you already have an active mobile number.

Apart from that, you can also try several other free alternatives like:

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  1. VirtualPhone.com.
  2. Global Call Forwarding.
  3. MyOperator.
  4. FreshCaller.
  5. Grasshopper.
  6. USA Call Forwarding.

Most of these solutions work the same way. Just enter the preferred country/code and pick a suitable number from its lot to set up a new virtual number for call forwarding.

Summing Up

Well, there you go! I am pretty sure that after reading this article, you have succeeded in activating WhatsApp, and now you will be able to use WhatsApp without phone number registration.

I believe that you now understand the loophole I was talking about. In fact, as you can see, there two different ways to make the most of this WhatsApp loophole.

With just a virtual number, there are several other things that you can do. Remember, while you are doing all these, your privacy will be kept intact.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and try out some of these hacks, and don’t forget to share this guide with your friends and family. Teach them how to use WhatsApp without a number like a pro.

How to Track My Phone for Free Online

Have you ever lost your Android mobile phone or Android tab? I can tell you that it’s worst than a nightmare! I have experienced this very recently. Suddenly, you are alone in this world. Your contacts with family, friends, colleagues, etc., all are lost in a moment.

Mobile theft is a fact that can not be denied. At the outset itself, I sincerely hope and pray that nobody should ever lose their Android phones, especially in a foreign country.

Facts about Stolen Mobile Phones

According to a Forbes news report published on the 8th December 2017, approximately 70 million mobile phones are stolen yearly from around the world. The numbers keep increasing every year! A rough estimate based on the percentage of increase in the number of mobile phones sold would put the number of stolen mobiles in 2019 at around 1 billion units.

Lost mobiles not only put additional costs on you (to replace it), it exposes you to identity theft. It is always better to ensure that your mobile is insured and mobile tracking is enabled on your Android phones. Mobile tracking for any Android device can be enabled by just logging into your google account with your Android device.

Article Highlights

I will share my experience with the lost Android phone.

Details of how to check if the mobile tracking facility is switched on or not are explained below. Tips on how to avoid losing your costly Android mobiles along with tips on the procedures involved in the case of lost Android phones are also written in detail. Tips to be followed in case you are able to locate the lost or stolen mobile’s location is known to you, are also given in this article.

I have also written in detail about the official Android tracking app from Google and Samsung; “Find My Device“. Features of 10 Free and Popular Android Tracking Apps are also there in this article. Knowing about the different apps available in the market and their features in advance makes you well equipped to handle any situation if you ever lose your Android devices like your Android phone or your Android tab.

How to Check if Mobile Tracking is Turned “On” or Enabled

If you have added a Google Account to an Android mobile phone, be it a Samsung or any other make, mobile tracking is automatically ‘On’ your device.

I will explain to you how to check if mobile tracking is “On” or “Off”, on your Samsung Galaxy Phone.

  • To know if the tracking facility is turned on your Samsung Galaxy phones, check if there is a tick mark next to “Find My Device”, under Settings > Security & lock screen > Device administrators.

How I Lost My Android Mobile Phone?

How to Track My Phone for Free Online

I will let you about how I lost my Android mobile phone a few months back, in April this year, while traveling overnight in an express train. I slept while the mobile phone was hooked on to the charger unit and it was kept connected to the power socket for recharging purposes. It seems that I fell into a deep sleep. After a couple of hours of sleep, I woke up only to realize that the mobile phone is not there. I searched madly for it; enquired with other co-passengers. In fact, I searched within the whole compartment. By now, my worst fears were confirmed. My Android phone is lost. And it is lost forever!

There was no way I could contact anybody. I do not remember any phone numbers except that of my residence landline. I also lost the habit of keeping the list of phone numbers in the diary. The contact list on my mobile phones took care of keeping the list of contacts for the last two decades or so since I started using the mobiles in 1999. In the initial days when Android phones were not there, I just need to put the old SIM in my new phone to get the contacts. Whenever the SIM card was changed, I used to copy the contacts to the mobile phone as the first step and then transfer them back to the SIM card after the new SIM is inserted.

Since it was past midnight, I did not inform my family about the incident immediately, I don’t want them also to be panicked at odd hours. I informed my family about the incident in the morning around 5.30 am or so, from a co-passengers mobile phone.

OMG! What next?

I was clueless for a moment as to what should be done next. Different thoughts struck me. What if somebody misuses the personal data or family photos on the lost mobile? What if my mobile goes into the hands of some anti-nationals? All other co-passengers are asleep. Do I need to wake them up and tell them about what has happened?

Within 10 to 15 minutes, I realized what is to be done next. I explained what has happened to the ticket examiner, onboard. He directed me to the railway security personal, onboard. I made a formal complaint to them. I also got an acknowledgment of my complaint from the railway security staff deputed on duty on the train. Now I felt that I am safe (to some extent) if somebody uses the phone SIM card for any unlawful activities. To be 100 % legally safe, you also need to file a police complaint with the exact or approximate time the mobile device was lost, which I did the next day. Once you fie a legal case, you are absolved of any malpractice done by the thief, from the time mentioned in your complaint.

Still, there were some more worries like the personal photos, emails and other important documents stored on the mobile, that should not go into any wrong hands. Such data needs to be wiped out from stolen or lost mobiles.

I called my mobile service provider and told them about the incident. They informed me that if they block the phone, I will not be able to track it. Hence I hesitated to immediately block my SIM card and instead decided to try to erase the data first. I was sure that as somebody has lifted my Android mobile phone on purpose, chances of getting it back are very very remote or even nil.

Hence, I decided to use the lost Android mobile phone tracking facility to erase the data from it. I took my laptop and tried to access the phone. Alas! I could not locate the lost mobile phone. I was sure that the thief has switched off my mobile. After a while, I was successful in erasing all my data from the mobile. This was done primarily to prevent any possible identity theft. How I accessed my lost Android and erased the data is explained under the subheading “1. Google’s Find My device”.

I could do all this only because, I had access to the internet. Otherwise, you need to seek somebody else’s help who has got the internet. Or use another android phone to track the lost mobile. In that case, you need to provide your Google account details on that device. If you need to login to your Google account from other people’s devices, do not store your passwords on such devices.

Once I reached my city, I took and a taxi and went home. It was one of the worst experiences I ever had in my life. Since this was my return trip home, I saved myself from many a hassle. Had I been at another place, I may have been forced to skip those programs and return home. Hotel name, room booking details, other meeting details, etc., were all on my lost Android phone, without which spending even a day would have been really tough.

What if You are in a Foreign Country?

As I was in my country, it was easy to get a duplicate SIM card. Had I been in another country, the whole story would have been different.

If you lose your Android phone in another country, you are in for big trouble. I will list out what best can be done to salvage the situation.

  • You need to file a formal police complaint in most cases.
  • For this, you may need to engage the services of some local people who know the local language.
  • Then select any one of the following three options to get another SIM.
  • 1. Enquire about the procedure and time period to get a duplicate SIM from your home country and getting it mailed to the current address. If that is feasible, go for it.
  • 2. If the above option is not feasible, go for a new SIM from the foreign country itself.
  • 3. If the above two options do not work for you, enquire with your hotel or any relative or friend locally, if you can borrow a SIM card for the remaining period of your stay in that foreign country.
  • Also, you may need to buy a new Android phone.
  • Then get all the apps installed.

Police Complaint, Duplicate SIM Card, and New Android Phone

After I reached my home town, within a few hours, I went to the local police station. I narrated the incident to the officer. He helped me to file a police complaint. I took a print out of the police complaint from the police department website.

I also applied for a duplicate SIM card. Within a few minutes, identity checks were completed and a new SIM card with the same number was issued to me. I bought a brand new Android mobile too.

I logged into my Gmail account and synchronized the contacts. Now, I have the contacts of some of the people in my contact list. Few other’s contacts were still missing. Anyway, I was happy that I could save the missing phone numbers if I were to receive a call from them. Now, I am again ready to face the world!

How to Track Your Lost Android Phone for Free Online?

Official Android Phone Tracking Apps

1. Google’s Find My Mobile

The android operating system is an operating system for Mobile devices from Google.

Google’s official Android tracking webpage can track your lost devices.

You can download and install the app “Google Find My Device” from the Google play store. This app is very simple and easy to use. “Google Find My device” should be your first choice for finding your lost Android phone or any other Android device.

This procedure to locate your Android will work only if your lost Android phone is still kept switched on.

Go to the Offical Android “Find My device” webpage or open the Find My device” app from another mobile. Login to your Google account, if not done already.

Now, the screen will show your device name. There is a small circle with the English alphabet ‘i’ inside the circle. Click on that. It will show you the IMEI number of your device. You can note down the IMEI number, in case you want to provide that for police complaint to be given to cyber cell for phone tracking purposes or for claiming insurance benefits. If you have the Android invoice with you, it will also have this number.

By default, the app will try to contact the device by itself. There will be a message “Contacting device” with a rotating circle with an arrow on one side. If it is able to locate the device, it will show the mobile operator’s name and signal strength in the percentage. You can see the GPS location of your phone, via the website or app’s built-in map. You can also use the app to track the smartphones of any family member who syncs their phone to the program. When hunting down a lost or stolen phone, the application provides real-time location updates, which constantly change as the phone in question moves. The app also provides accurate GPS directions and relies on its triangulation algorithm to produce a spot-on location.

You can also delete any messages from a tracked Android mobile phone.

If the app can not locate the device by itself, click on the ‘circle with an arrow on one end’ icon (just below the previously mentioned circle with i), to locate your device’s current location.

The main features of ‘Find My Device’ app are listed below.

  • PLAY SOUND” option is the first option to track the lost Androids. Once Google is able to locate the Android phone, you can make the device ring for five minutes. To do this, click on the “PLAY SOUND” heading. To stop the ringing sound, the one who has got the mobile phone on hand has to press the power key on the device. You can stop the ringing by clicking on the “STOP RINGING button.
  • Keep on using this option to make the phone ring continuously, so as to get the attention of the one who possesses it.
  • You have two other options; “SECURE DEVICE” and “ERASE DEVICE“.
  • Click on “SECURE DEVICE”. You can type an optional recovery message and an optional phone number into the next screen, for those who are in possession of your lost Android phone to contact you. Once you fill in these details, again click on “SECURE DEVICE”. The filled in details will be displayed on the lost Android mobile phone. “Call Me” button will be displayed on your lost Android phone so that those who found it can call the specified phone number by clicking the button.
  • If Android is stolen, nothing much can be done, except going for the option “ERASE DEVICE”, as those who have stolen your Android phone will never ever return it.
  • ERASE DEVICE” option should only be used as the last resort in case your Android phone is lost. If you are sure that it’s theft and chances of getting it back are not there, you can proceed with this option. Otherwise, exercise caution while using this option. If you proceed with this option, all content on your Android phone will be erased (lost) and you can no more track the Android. This option may require you to again sign in to your Google account.

I decided to try this option and erase all data on my mobile, as I feared that it may go into the wrong hands. At least, I have peace of mind that nobody is going to misuse any of the documents or photos from my Android phone.

2. Samsung’s Find My Mobile

If you are a Samsung Android mobile phone user, Samsung’s Find My Mobile app is for you. If you’ve signed in to the Samsung account with your Galaxy phone, this app works. Some of the features of Samsung’s find My device app are listed below.

  • There is a backup service to track down your lost phone.
  • The app can force a remote backup.
  • It can check if someone has changed the SIM card.
  • It has got tools that Google Find My Device doesn’t have.

How to open Samsung’s Find My Device through the website?

Go to the official Samsung Find My Device webpage.

  • If you are not signed in to your Samsung account, please sign in.
  • Select your lost device from the left side of the screen.
  • A map will be shown to you with the location of your lost phone.
  • A menu with different options to lock the phone, sent an alarm message, erase data, etc., are displayed on the right side of the screen.
  • As a first step, lock your phone from the menu options.
  • It will display a personalized message on the locked device.
  • Any Samsung Pay cards are suspended.
  • It will also prevent the phone from being switched off.
  • Now, go for creating a backup of your phone.
  • If you notice that the device has changed its location, use the ‘Track location’ feature. This feature tracks your phone once every 15 minutes.
  • Also, turn on the “Extend battery life” feature. All features, except location tracking, is now disabled on your lost phone.

If you are using a Samsung mobile phone app to track your lost phone, do the following and then follow the same instructions given above.

  • Open your Settings app on the Samsung mobile.
  • Go to Biometrics and security.
  • Then, select “Find My Mobile”. Follow the instructions given above to locate and lock your phone. Also, Backup the phone and go for Extended battery life options.

10 Free and Popular Android Tracking Apps

1. Family Locator

family locator android

The Family Locator app by Life360 is one of the best GPS trackers for Android phones. The app is also known as the ‘Life 360’ app. This app useful if you or your family use multiple Android phones.

The features of the ‘Family Locator’ app are listed below.

  • You can make your family a “Circle“, that is the app’s name for a closed group of people who agree to have their phones tracked in real-time.
  • All the family members will appear on the maps as small icons so that any mobile can be tracked at any moment.
  • The app allows you to chat with those in your “Circle”. The app will track any lost or stolen Android on the live map.
  • A car crash notification facility is also available. It asks for help from within the circle members.
  • Driver Care Support is also available, with a single push of a button, to assist you in roadside situations such as jumps, tows, and lockouts.

2. Prey Anti Theft

prey anti-theft

The Prey Anti Theft app is free to use. Some of the features of the ‘Prey Anti Theft’ app are listed below.

  • This app can track 3 different Android devices.
  • You can make an alarm on the missing Android phone, which can not be muted.
  • Screenshots can also be taken, if the lost phone is in use.
  • You may lock the device, with a custom passcode remotely.
  • Gets the device’s Mac Address.
  • It allows to remotely take the device’s surroundings pictures.
  • Even the high-end features are free.

There are tutorials inside the app that will show you how to track your lost Android phone.

3. Lost Android

track lost android

Other than to locate the lost phone, the Lost Android app has the features which are listed below.

  • Website for tracking the lost Android device.
  • You can read any sent and received SMS messages on your lost Android mobile.
  • Wipe the mobile phone and make erase the data.
  • You can lock the phone.
  • You can erase the SD card, SMS.
  • Forward calls to another number.
  • You can take a picture with the front or rear camera.
  • You can also record sound from the microphone.
  • Get phone status, battery, IMEI, etc.
  • SMS can be locked or unlocked.
  • Remote SMS alarm feature.
  • Start or stop GPS.
  • Start or stop WIFI.
  • Hide from the launcher.

4. Where’s My Droid

where's my droid

Where’s My Droid app allows you to track your Android devices. some of the features of ‘Where’s My Droid’ app are listed below.

  • You can locate your lost Android phone, live on Google Maps.
  • Where’s My Droid app allows you to ring your phone if it is lost or misplaced.
  • You can use a password to prevent unauthorized alterations to the apps on your lost Android phone.
  • Make the phone to vibrate or ring.
  • Remotely lock device for Androids 6.0.1 or less.
  • Passcodes to prevent unauthorized app changes.
  • Location alert on low battery.
  • Notification in the case of SIM card changes.
  • Remotely wipe out any data from your lost Android phone.
  • No battery drain.
  • “Stealth Mode” prevents anyone from seeing your text messages. A customizable attention word tells them that the phone is lost or stolen.

The paid version has extra features which are listed below.

  • Take pictures remotely with the camera.
  • You can use a landline to access your phone.
  • You can also lock the device, remotely.
  • View Device Statistics and nearby WiFi devices.
  • Prevents apps from being uninstalled.
  • Motion Alarm.
  • History. of locations.
  • View Contacts.
  • Geofencing.

5. Lost Phone Tracker

where's my phone

Some of the features of the Lost Phone Tracker app are listed below.

  • View your current location of the lost phone with GPS Tracker.
  • Share “real-time location” with others.
  • View the Map in Satellite view mode or street view mode.
  • You can make the ring alarm even if your android phone is in silent mode.
  • You can lock your lost device.
  • Erase the data selectively.
  • All data can also be wiped out.

6. IMEI Tracker (Pre-installation required)

imei tracker

IMEI Tracker app has the following features. This app needs to be pre-installed on your Android to get the features working.

  • When a new SIM card is inserted into your Android phone with the app installed on it, it automatically sends SMS from the new SIM card. This SMS has details of the new mobile number, the name of the mobile operator, etc.
  • You can store your family members’ or friends’ phone numbers in the app. In case that, it sends SMS to all those stored numbers, whenever a SIM card is changed.
  • GPS Location information about the lost mobile can be accessed through the website.
  • This app is password-protected so that others can not uninstall it.

7. Mobile Tracker for Android

mobile tracker for android

Mobile Tracker for Android app allows to track your lost mobile and delete files. Some of the other features are listed below.

  • Allow the phone to vibrate or ring remotely.
  • You can even take pictures remotely.
  • Delete any data from the lost mobile.
  • GPS location tracking
  • Record phone conversations.
  • Automatic SMS / Email with detail about the new SIM card, if somebody changes the SIM card.
  • Password protection.

8. GPS Phone Tracker

gps tracker

“GPS Phone Tracker” app is a family android tracker app. It is one of the oldest apps in the market. We can call it a legacy app.

  • Dedicated web interface to get an accurate location of your device.
  • Smart dashboard with accessible location history of the device.
  • It’s social too. It allows tracking the location of your dear and near ones.

9. xfi Locator

xfi locator

xfi Locator helps to find a lost Android device and also makes an alarm on the lost Android device if required. Some of the features of this Android tracking app is given below.

  • Different map types including a street map
  • You can use the app from another device to track a lost Android. A single device allows multiple accounts!
  • You can use the website also to track a mobile.
  • Allows ringing the lost device; though data can’t be erased.

10. Safe365

safe 365 android track

Safe365 is one of the most simple apps for Android device tracking. Its features are listed below.

  • It can show you the exact location of the lost Android device.
  • It provides route and battery levels of the device.
  • There is a “panic button” that will allow the user to send a distress signal with the details of their current location details.

Mobile Insurance Claim

If you have insured your Android mobile phone, you may need the following documents for insurance claim settlement.

  1. Properly filled application form; online or printed.
  2. Proof of purchase document.
  3. Detail of the Insurance scheme.
  4. If the insurance was provided free with the new phone, it should be written on the invoice.
  5. If it is part of any group insurance from your company, attach proof for that.
  6. Attach proof if you have insured the Android separately.
  7. A copy of the police complaint.

What is to be Done if You ever Lose Your Android Mobile.

I will explain to you what is to be done if you ever lose your Android mobile phone.

  • If you are sure that your mobile is stolen and chances of getting it back are completely ruled out, use any mobile tracking app and erase the maximum possible data on your mobile.
  • If it is stolen and you suspect that somebody may return it, use any mobile tracking app and locate it. Also, try to ring the phone. The thief might have abandoned the mobile, after trying in vain to unlock the device. You may send a text message with your alternate contact details so that somebody else who is in possession of it, can return it to you. You may also send a voice message, some people may not be proficient in the language you texted but may be able to follow it on hearing the details.
  • If you have misplaced the Android phone while traveling and don’t remember where you left it, use a mobile tracking app and try to find the location. You might have forgotten it at a hotel, medial shop or a grocery store, etc. It may be lying without being noticed by anybody or somebody might have taken and kept it safe, waiting for the owner to contact them. If you could locate it, chances are that you will get it back with proper alert or messages.
  • Contact your mobile phone carrier network and ask for guidance. They may advise to wait for a while or get the SIM card blocked. Based on the network carrier’s advice, you may decide what is best for you.
  • In any case, if the phone is can not be tracked within a reasonable time (if you can’t track it within a maximum of one day or so), then you need to file a police complaint. Also, try to erase any data on the Android device through a mobile tracking app or the website meant for it.
  • Submit the documents for an insurance claim, if the device was insured and is covered for the type of loss.
  • Go to the respective websites and change any passwords which were stored on the mobile.
  • Apps like Google Pay, Apple Pay, Spotify, Venmo, etc., may have attached card details. Please monitor for any suspicious activity or block and get a new card if necessary.

Tips on How to Avoid Losing your Costly Android Phone

  • If you have any spare old phone, carry it while traveling by public transport. The main costly phone should be kept safe inside your baggage, which can be locked and kept.
  • The above tip should be applied when you are visiting any crowded places or public places like the pool, beach, market, etc. Keep the costly phone inside your locked vehicle in silent mode.
  • Try to carry your mobile phone only in the front pocket. This applies to ladies too, even if they carry a purse. This is because it is easier to snatch a purse or pick-pocket from your back pockets or backpack, than to pick-picket from your front pocket. The reason is simple. Your eyes are on the front!
  • Some credit cards offer theft protection for your mobiles. If available, go for it. This is particularly true if you use your credit card to pay for your mobile bills.

Tips to be followed if you are able to Locate the Lost Mobile

Never confront a thief. Follow the instructions given below if you are in a position to locate the lost mobile phone.

  • If your phone was lost or stolen and you are able to locate the location of the phone using any of the apps, do not go to the location.
  • Seek the help of the local law enforcement agencies like the police.
  • Let them go there or let them take you with them.

Conclusion: It’s worst than a nightmare in today’s world to lose your Android phone. If you lose your mobile, you are left with no means of contact or with very limited means of contact with the outside world.

I have listed some tips on how to avoid losing your costly Android mobile phones and what is to be done in the worst case of your Android mobile phone or tab is lost. I have also listed the requirements and the procedures for claiming the insurance amount if your Android mobile phone or any other Android device like the Android tab was lost. Tips on how to go about getting your lost mobile back, if the location is known to you, is also given in this article.

There are official apps from Google and Samsung to track Android devices. There are a large number of third party tracking apps too. Through the use of Android tracking apps, those who are in possession of the lost Android mobile can be alerted. They may return it to you (if they don’t mind doing so). If the lost Android mobile phone is switched off or stolen or GPS is switched off, nothing much can be done. You will not be able to track its location. You may still delete almost all data on your lost mobile phone so that your privacy is protected.

If you have previously logged into your Google account with the lost Android device, you have won half the battle. Your Android mobile can then be traced with Google “Find My Devie” app. There is a similar app from Samsung also, for its users. You need to login to your account with Samsung to use these features. Samsung app has more features than Google’s Android tracking app.

It is always in your best interest to know about the different apps to track lost mobiles. It is even better to have some Android tracking app installed on your mobile in advance so that you have better control over things to do in case your Android mobile phone or Android tab is lost. I have given the features of the official Android tracking app, “Find My Device”, along with ten third party Android tracking apps.

How to Find Someone on Facebook without Logging in

Are you breaking your head on how to find someone on Facebook without logging in to Facebook? Yes; it is possible to find out your old classmate or a friend or a ex-colleague on Facebook, without logging in. I will tell you the secrets to find out someone on Facebook without logging in.

Why do you need to Find Someone on Facebook without Logging in?

There are millions of internet users out there, who does not use Facebook or does not have a Facebook account at all. Some people does not like Facebook, as they think it compromises their privacy.

How to find someone on Facebook without logging in

There were a few recent cases involving leakage of private data from companies like Facebook. This has forced many people to deactivate their Facebook accounts and take the pledge not to use it again.

At times, such people without an active Facebook account, may need to find details of someone on Facebook without logging in. Obviously, without a Facebook account one can not log in. They may be searching for the address or phone number or email id of an old schoolmate or a friend or a colleague or ex-colleague.

How to Find Someone on Facebook without Logging in to Facebook?

There are two methods to find out someone on Facebook, without logging into Facebook. Site specific search feature of search engines like Google and ‘find person feature’ of Facebook web site helps in this regard.

1. By Using a Search Engine like Google

There are site specific search features in search engines like Google. This feature allows you to search anything from a given web site.

I will explain to you how to use this feature to find out somebody whom you are looking for, without logging into Facebook or even without a user account in Facebook. The following is the complete guide to use “site specific search operator” in Google to “find someone” on Facebook.com.

  1. Open the home page of a search engine like Google. i.e. type google.com in your browser’s address bar and press enter.
  2. In the search box, type sitename:https://www.facebook.com “name”.
  3. Please replace “name” with the exact name of the person you are looking for. Without having the exact name (full name), the results may not match correctly.
  4. Press the Enter key or click on the search button.
  5. Google will show you the Facebook profile(s) of the person(s) which closely matches with the given name, in the results screen.
  6. Check each result. You are likely to find the person, if the given name was correct.
  7. If you can’t find the person, space out the first name and surname. eg. If you have first used “HenryPeter” as the name in step 2, try using “Henry Peter” as name.
  8. Remove the quotes around the name, if you still can’t find the right person you are looking for
  9. If you can not find out the details of the person even now, instead of the search command given in step 2, you can use site:https://www.facebook.com “name” in the search box. Then follow step 3-8.
  10. If you are still unsuccessful with the results, try the following. Instead of google.com, you can use country specific google search engine, if the person lives in any of those specific countries like google.cn (Google China), google.ca, (Google Canada), google.com.au (Google Australia), google.co.uk (Google United Kingdom), google.ie (Google Ireland), google.fr (Google France), google.co.in (Google India), google.co.il (Google Israel), etc. There are many other country specific Google search engines also. Many people are ignorant about country specific google search engines. If you want to see the full list of country specific Google search engines, go to this site.
  11. Repeat steps 2-9.
  12. If you are still not lucky to find the person, try the second method given below.

Does Facebook Privacy Settings Affects Google Search Results?

Yes; Facebook privacy setting values surely affect search results. If the value for “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your Profile? ” is set to “No”, your Google site specific search will not not yield the desired results. If the Facebook privacy setting value is set to “No”, the only option to find someone on Facebook without logging in to Facebook is by using the second method of ‘Facebook Find Person’ feature.

To be more specific, the method of using Google’s site specific search feature to find somebody without logging in to Facebook, works only if the value of “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your Profile? ” is set to “Yes” .

2. By Using ‘Facebook Find Person’ Feature

Facebook has a feature called ‘find person’, which is built into the Facebook website. You do not need any specific plugin or additional software to use this feature, to find out Facebook users details.

  • Type https://www.facebook.com/public/name into your web browser like Google Chrome or Firebox, or any other browser. It will display all users with the given name. eg. Type https://www.facebook.com/public/henrypeter into browser’s address bar and press enter key.
  • Please replace the name mentioned in the above step, with the exact name of the person you are looking for.
  • Without knowing the exact full name of the person whom you are looking, the results may not match correctly, as there are hundreds of people with similar names. Knowing the correct full name (first name, surname, middle name) is the secret to find out anybody on Facebook, without logging in. Arabs usually have very longer names.
  • If you are still unlucky to get the persons Facebook details, it is likely that the person does not have an account with Facebook!

Conclusion : There are times when you want to find out somebody in Facebook without logging in to Facebook or without having a Facebook account at all. The first method is by using the site specific search feature of search engines like Google. This search method works only if the privacy setting column value for “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your Profile? ” is set to “Yes”. The second method is by using the ‘find person’ feature of Facebook website.

How to Enable/Disable Notification Badge on Samsung Devices

Notification badge settings on a Samsung Android mobile or tablet decides whether to display new notifications to you or not. This setting can be turned on or off. Notification badges or notification dots are one of the best features of Samsung Android mobiles and tablets. You can easily Enable/Disable notification badge on Samsung Android phone.

Android O (Android Oreo) operating systems support notifications badge. Android 8.0 which uses API 26 and Android 8.1 which uses API 27, support this feature.

How to Enable/Disable Notification Badge on Samsung Android Mobile or Tablet

Enabling the notification badge on Samsung Android mobile phone or tablet displays a new dot on the application icon, whenever a new notification is received. This is the default setting, which can be altered. Total count of the new notifications can also be displayed to you, optionally.

If you disable the notification badge on your Samsung Android mobile phone or tablet, notifications are not displayed to you. Then, you have to go to a particular app to see the notifications for that app.

What is a Notification Badge?

Notification badge is a part of the application’s launcher icon, when it is enabled. It helps in notifying you that there is an unattended notification, which you have not yet seen. For example, a dot will appear on the app’s icon, whenever a visitor adds a new comment to your YouTube video.

Notification badge is also known as notification dot, because a tiny dot appears on the upper right corner of the application icon, whenever there are new notifications.

Note: Your app should support this feature for the dot to appear on the application’s launcher icon. Please bear in mind that notification badge feature does not work with all the home screen launchers.

What is the Functionality of a Notification?

Notification Badge or a dot appears automatically when any unattended notification is received from the supported app. A long press on the application’s launcher icon shows you a pop-up dialog box, which shows the actual notification.

Notifications will disappear automatically, once you attend to the notification.

How Do I Enable/Disable Notifications on Samsung Devices

Enabling or Disabling the Notification Badge on any Samsung Android Mobile or Samsung Tablet, with an Android O operating system, is very simple. Different options for enabling or disabling the notification badge or notification dot on any Samsung Android mobile or tab are given below. Also given below are the procedure to add a count to the notification dot and steps involved in clearing the notification count.

Please bear in mind that tapping the same button enables or disables notification badge (toggles notification functionality). Hence, please check the color of the button, before tapping on the button. If it’s grey, notification badge is disabled. If it’s green, notification badge is enabled.

1. Enable Notification Badge for all Apps

To enable notification badge or notification dots,

  • Go to the settings app on your latest Android mobile phone or android tab. Then select ‘Notifications’.
  • Tap on the ‘App Icon Badges’ and then tap on the ‘All apps’. That’s it.
  • You have now enabled notification badge for all (supported) apps. If you again tap on the ‘All apps’, notification badge will be disabled.

2. Enable Notification Badge for a Single App

If you want to enable notification badge for a particular app on your Samsung Android:

  • Go to the settings app on your mobile phone or tab.
  • Then select ‘Notifications’.
  • Tap on the ‘App Icon Badges’.
  • Then, locate the app for which you need to set the notifications.
  • Tap on the application name to enable Notification Badge on your Samsung Android mobile or tablet for a particular app alone. If you tap it again, notification dots will be disabled.

3. Disable Notification Badge for all Apps

To disable the notification badge on Samsung Android Mobile or Tablet:

  • Go to the settings app on your Android device.
  • Select ‘Notifications.
  • Tap on the ‘App Icon Badges’ and then tap on the ‘All apps’. That’s it.
  • You have disabled the notifications dot or notification badge for all the apps on your mobile.

4. Disable Notification Badge for a Single App

If you want to disable notification badge for a particular app on your Samsung Android,

  • Go to the settings app on your mobile phone or tab.
  • Then select ‘Notifications’.
  • Tap on the ‘App Icon Badges’.
  • Then, locate the app for which you need to disable the notification.
  • Tap on the application name to disable notification badge on your Samsung Android mobile or tablet for a particular app alone.
  • If you tap it again, notification dots will be enabled.

5. How Do I add the Count of Notifications to the Notification Dot?

You can add a count of total number notifications to the notifications dot by selecting the “show with numbers” option, under ‘App icon badges’ , under ‘Notifications, in your settings app.

6. How to Clear the Notification Count?

You can clear all notifications by tapping once on the “CLEAR” button, under ‘Notifications’, on your Android settings app.

Conclusion : Notification Badge on your Samsung device is a new feature, starting with Android O (Android Oreo), which was launched in 2017. When enabled, this feature displays unattended notifications from any supported apps with a dot on the upper right corner of the application’s launcher icon. Optionally, notification dot or notification badge on a Samsung mobile or tab can also include a count of the unattended notifications.

How to Resolve Too Many Redirects Chrome Error Message?

‘Too many redirects chrome’ is a website redirection error message which may appear with some webpages or websites, while using the Chrome browser. Why redirection is necessary? How can you resolve website redirection errors? We will be discussing those things briefly, in the following paragraphs.

Have you Faced ‘Too many redirects Chrome’ Error?

Many website users complain that sometimes, websites or a webpage gives this error message. Did you ever faced this error?

Too Many Redirects Chrome

I am pretty sure that almost 99 % of all website users of Chrome browser (or for that matter any other browser) would have come across this redirection error message. Actually, nothing is wrong with the browser software. It is the problems at user or server level, which is causing the error.

Why Redirection is Necessary?

Let me briefly explain some situations, where URL redirection is necessary.

Over the course of time, some webpages becomes obsolete. Examples are the webpage of a withdrawn product or the webpage of an event that was over. The website administrator would have deleted such an obsolete webpage. Redirection is necessary in such situations.

Sometimes, a whole website address may have to changed to a new website address, which is technically called as domain name change. It may be due to the company name change or due to legal verdict against the website URL. Brand or product name change can also result in a new website address. Proper redirection should be done in such situations.

Such a webpage or website address as mentioned in the above two paragraphs, needs to be redirected to another working webpage or website address. Otherwise, search engines or bookmarked pages will take users to a non-existing or invalid URLs, which results in ‘webpage not found’ errors.

What are the Reasons Behind ‘Too Many Redirects Chrome’ Error?

This error is caused primarily because of wrong redirection entries in the website. Sometimes, previously stored browser cookies or cached webpages can also cause the redirect errors.

Redirection errors can also be caused by the wrong time stamp in your computer system, which is used for browsing the internet. Time stamp problems may be the result of improper operating system settings, BIOS setting problems, motherboard battery problems, etc.

Website Plugin settings can also cause this type of error, especially that of caching plugins and SEO related plugin.

Circular redirection and multiple redirection are the main technical reasons behind the redirection errors displayed in your Chrome browser. If Page 1 is redirected to Page 2 and Page 2 is again redirected to Page 1, it causes a circular redirection error. Multiple redirections like Page A redirected to Page B, Page B redirected to Page C, Page C redirected to Page D and so on, may cause ‘too many Redirects Chrome’ Error.

How can You Resolve Website Redirection Errors?

Website redirection errors can be resolved sometimes quite easily at the user level.

Sometimes, server level problems may be the cause of redirection errors. It may be due to improper redirection commands or due to some wrong settings on the server.

One or multiple remedial actions listed below may help you to resolve the error like ‘Too Many Redirects Chrome’ error.

User level remedial measures to resolve redirection errors are listed below.

  1. Update your computer’s date and time to current date and time.
  2. Use another browser like Firefox or Internet explorer to see if the error is due to a cookie problem. New private window or incognito browsing mode can also be used to identify the problem. If the webpage opens in another browser or private window or incognito mode, it can be due to the cookie. Delete any cookies related to the webpage or website.
  3. Clear the browser cache.
  4. Parameters in a URL may sometimes cause the errors. To avoid this problem, delete the parameters. Parameters comes after the question mark symbol in the webpage address.3

Server level remedial measure to resolve redirection errors are listed below. Proceed the steps which are listed below, only if you understand the implications of what you are going to do. Failure to do so may cause permanent damage to your website. In any case, take proper backups and (or) export the website contents, before proceeding with server side corrections. If you do not understand the implications of what is going to be done, seek professional help.

  1. Clear the server object cache, which is used to store database queries. If you think that object cache is the cause of the error, disable object cache and see if webpage error is there or not.
  2. Clear the server Opcode cache, where the PHP code is compiled and stored. You may disable this and see if webpage is accessible or not.
  3. Server database cache can be the reason for the error. Clear this cache. You can disable database cache and check the webpage again.
  4. Content delivery network like Cloudflare can also cause too many redirection chrome error. If so, please check and correct the cache settings. In case of Cloudflare, it is located under ‘Caching’ menu option, which is shown on the top. Also, purge the cache.
  5. .htaccess file, which is stored on your website’s root directory, contains redirection commands. Make sure that they are pointing to the correct URL’s.
  6. If you are using any plugin for redirection, check the entries there. Update the erroneous entry which is causing the redirection error with a correct one.
  7. Plugins used for speeding up the websites like WP-Rocket, W3 Total Cache, etc, can cause errors. SEO plugins like Yoast SEO Plugin may sometimes cause this error. Check each settings and correct those settings which are causing the error.

Conclusion : It is in the best interest of website owners to avoid redirection errors.

Search engines does not like error pages. It may result in downward movement of the SERP rankings of your other valid website pages, too. DA and PA also goes down due to this.

Users would also leave your website, if there are errors like ‘Too Many Redirects Chrome’, which destroys user experience with your website.

How to Solve This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem

“This Webpage has a redirect loop problem” is an error message which many website users and owners are faced with. The error is shown as “ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS”. What does this error mean? How do you resolve this error? We will discuss these things in detail in the rest of this article.

What is Webpage Redirection?

Webpage redirection is the process of redirecting the users to a particular webpage to another webpage. Webpage redirections becomes necessary due to multiple reasons.

This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem

One common reason for webpage redirection is due to renaming of a webpage. Sometimes, a webpage may become obsolete and hence it may need to be deleted. In both these cases, it would be ideal to redirect users to the deleted page to any other valid webpage, necessitating a webpage redirection.

Common reason why a site-wide redirection becomes necessary is when you change the domain name. It may be due to a company name change. It can be due to other reasons like court order on domain names. To keep the existing bookmarks to your pages and to keep domain and page authority of your existing website and its contents, you will be forced to go for a website-wide redirection, in such case.

Wrong redirection entries can cause “The Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem” errors in such cases.

How to Handle Redirection?

Permanent 301 redirects are the best available option in case of redirection. Any wrongdoings here can cause the redirection errors.

Redirection errors are grouped in the three hundred series (3xx). Examples of redirection error codes are 301 (Moved Permanently), 308 (Permanent Redirect), etc.

Reasons Behind “This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem” Error

Website redirection errors like “ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS” can occur due different reasons.

Sometimes, the problem may be due to the stored browser cookie or cache. Adware or browser hijacker malware may also cause this error. If you are a user trying to access an erroneous webpage, try to use a different browser and see if the error still exists. If the error is not there, it can be due to the cookie or cache error.

Incorrect or outdated date and time settings on your system can also cause redirection errors.

The common reason for website redirection error is circular redirection. Let us assume the following scenario. Page A is redirected to Page B. Page B is redirected to Page A. This causes a circular direction. If page A does not exists, it causes the error message “This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem”.

Another reason for the redirection errors is too many redirects. Let us assume this scenario. Page 1 is redirected to Page 2 and Page 2 is redirected to Page 3. Again, Page 3 is redirected to Page 4. And so on. Multiple redirections like this can also result in website redirection error.

Wrong settings with third party web services like Cloudflare can also result in redirection errors.

If you change your website from http to https without installing an SSL certificate, it can cause redirection errors.

Another place to look for the cause of the “ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS” error is the word-press general settings. Values of WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) should be the same, unless you are having a separate directory for Word-press.

Some ISP (Internet Service Provider) settings can also cause the errors. Try to access the webpage from a different ISP. If it works, contact your ISP and inform them of the error.

Note : Changing the permalink setting (slug pattern changes) and subsequent erroneous cyclic or multiple redirections to overcome the 404 errors in a blogging platform like WordPress, is a common reason for the redirection errors. To avoid this problem, keep a record of all changes in a spreadsheet and make sure that the URL which is going to be redirected, is not redirected cyclic or is not having too many redirections.

How Do I Resolve “This Webpage has a redirect loop” Error?

A word of caution – Do not proceed with the following steps, without properly backing up your website. Do the following steps only if you are an expert or is comfortable with the mentioned procedures. Any wrong step may cause irrecoverable damage to your website.

  • If your PC has incorrect or outdated date and time settings, correct that.

  • Sometimes, the redirection error may be due to existing cookies, as mentioned in one of the earlier paragraphs. As a first step towards avoiding the error, delete the cookie for that particular website. Try to reopen the webpage. If the page works, it is for sure that the error was due to the existing browser cookie. Or, use a different browser and see the error is there or not. Alternatively, try to open the particular webpage in private or incognito browsing mode.

  • Sometimes parameters in a URL can cause direction errors. In such cases remove the parameters and access the webpage. Paramters are the values that comes after the ? (question mark) in any URL.

  • If the error is still there, it may be due to server side caching problems, possibly due to plugin conflicts. SEO plugins like Yoast SEO and Caching plugins can cause problems, if not configured properly. Deactivate all plugins and see if the error is still there or not. If the error is not there, it can be assumed that the plugin is the real culprit behind the error. Now, activate all plugins. Then, deactivate each plugin (one by one) and see if the error occurs. Identify the plugin which is causing the error. Check the settings for the plugin and correct any erroneous ones.

  • The next place to look for the cause of the error is the .htaccess file, located on the root directory of your website. This file has the details of the redirects on your web server. Check for the redirection or cyclic error(s) in this file and correct those error(s), if any.

  • Note: If you are using any plugins for redirection, check the entries there. Update any wrong entries or delete any cyclic redirections. An example of a popular WordPress redirection plugin is “Redirection”, with over 1 million active installations.

Conclusion : If you are website owner, take care of the redirection errors by adding a permanent or temporary redirection command, so that search engines and users are not kept in the dark.

Fix “This Site Can’t Be Reached” Error in Google Chrome

How to fix “This site can’t be reached” error in Google chrome? Most people have no idea how to fix this error. Many people must have encountered this problem in Google chrome while opening some websites. It comes up with few more errors below this site can’t be reached. There are 2 more problems that you can see that are “DNS address could not be found” and DNS_Probe_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN are two more errors that are written below this error. The main cause of the error is that DNS look failed because web page is not available on the server.

DNS or Domain Name System is the network service that translates a website’s name to its internet address. It simply means that whenever you type in a website address into the address bar of Google chrome then DNS service lookup its address (Hosting server). When hosting server is found then webpage becomes available and Google chrome opens the website for you.

Why does “This site can’t be reached” error occurs? It mainly occurs due to poor internet connectivity or no internet connection or misconfigured network on your laptop, PC, Android or iPhone. Sometimes the DNS server of the website is unresponsive due to overload or maintenance then also you will get this error. It’s also caused due to not adding an exception in the firewall of your device for Google chrome or any other browser.

Resolve “This Site Can’t be Reached” Error in Google Chrome

Method 1: Restart DNS Client in Services

Follow the steps below to restart DNS client in services of your computer.

  1. Press Windows + R to open RUN. You can also menu and search for RUN to open it.
  2. Type “Services.msc” and hit enter or click OK to open.
  3. Search for “The DNS Client Service” on right hand side.
  4. Right click on DNS Client Service and click on “Restart”.
  5. It will restart the DNS service. Now open website in Google chrome to see if this method fixed “This site can’t be reached” problem.

Method 2: Change Maximum Allowed TLS Version

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer.
  2. Type “chrome://flags” in address bar and hit enter.
  3. Now scroll down and find an option called “Maximum TLS version enabled”.
  4. Click on drop down menu and select ” TLS 1.3“.
  5. Settings will be saved automatically.
  6. Close the browser and restart. Open the website that was giving error to see if this fixed the problem.

Method 3: Change IPV4 DNS Address

  1. Open control panel and click on “Network and Sharing Center“.
  2. Right click on active Network Connection and click Properties.
  3. Search for “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP)“. Select it and click on Properties.
  4. Now you will see that “Obtain DNS server address automatically” is checked.
  5. Select “Use the following DNS Server addresses” put in the numbers shown.
    • Preferred DNS Server: 8.8.8.8
    • Alternate DNS Server: 8.8.4.48
  6. Put a check in front of “Validate Settings upon Exit“. Click OK and close.
  7. Now open website in Google chrome that was giving error. This method must have fixed the problem.

Method 4: Disable Experimental QUIC Protocol

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Type chrome://flags in address bar of chrome.
  3. Scroll down till you see an option “Experimental QUIC Protocol“.
  4. Click on drop down menu and select DISABLE. It’s set to default.
  5. Close the browser and restart it.
  6. Open the webpage that was giving error. Hopefully it fixed your problem of “this site can’t be reached.”

Method 5: Reset TCP/IP

  1. Right click on Windows button and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” option.
  2. Type following commands one by one and keep hitting enter after every command.
    • ipconfig /release (hit enter)
    • ipconfig /all (hit enter)
    • ipconfig /flushdns (hit enter)
    • ipconfig /renew (hit enter)
    • netsh int ip set dns (hit enter)
    • netsh winsock reset (hit enter)
  3. Now restart your computer to see if it fixed the webpage problem.

Method 6: Windows Network Troubleshooter

  1. Press Windows Key + R. It will open RUN. Type “ncpa.cpl” and hit enter.
  2. It will open “Network Connections“.
  3. Right click on your active WiFi connection and select DIAGNOSE.
  4. It will open Network Troubleshooter. It will diagnose any problem with your network connection.
  5. It might give you an error “DHCP is not enabled for “Wireless Network Connection”.
  6. Click on “Try This Repairs as an Administrator“.
  7. Click on “Apply this Fix” on next window.
  8. Restart your laptop/computer and check to see if it fixed “This site can’t be reached” issue on Google chrome.

Method 7: Reset Google Chrome Settings

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Type chrome://flags/ into the address bar.
  3. On next window click on “Reset all to default.
  4. Finally restart your computer.
  5. Launch Google Chrome and open the troubled webpage and see if the problem is fixed or not.

Method 8: Reinstall Network Driver

  1. Open Device manager from My computer properties.
  2. Right click on your wireless network driver.
  3. Click on Uninstall and confirm again.
  4. Now right click on Network adapter and select “Scan for hardware changes.”
  5. Restart your computer and Windows will install default drivers for wireless adapter which can fix the problem for you.

Method 9: Update Wireless Driver

  1. Open Device manager from My computer properties.
  2. Right click on Wireless Network Driver.
  3. Click on “Update Driver Software“.
  4. Select “Search automatically for updated software“. It also searches online for updates drivers. You can select manual selection if you downloaded latest driver and want to update it.
  5. Reboot PC and see if it fixed “This site can’t be reached” error in Google Chrome.

Method 10: Reinstall Google Chrome

If you are unable to fix the problem using the above methods then you can uninstall the Google chrome from Programs and features. Download the latest version from Google Chrome website. Install it again to see if it fixed the problem for you.

Final Conclusion: People followed above methods and successfully fixed their “Site cannot be reached” in Google Chrome or any other browser. Hopefully it will fix problem in your Computer as well.

How to Play Youtube in Background on Android Phone 2020

Youtube is one of the most popular app in the world. We can literally find video on any topic. You can find videos from cooking to travelling and many more topics which are hard to find. Simply type your query in the search bar and see the magic of Youtube. However many people are too busy to watch videos for hours. If it’s not a tutorial then people barely watch full length video. We can’t keep watching videos.

If we want to listen to our favorite music playlist which contains 50 songs then certainly we are not going to watch all those videos. We have many other tasks to complete. We want to listen to those songs in the background. We want to do important work while listening to songs which is being played on Youtube in the background on Android device.

However Youtube doesn’t allow it to be played in the background. You can only play when the Youtube app is open on android phone or youtube.com is open chrome/firefox browser on your android device. If you minimise the app while playing video then it will simply stop. It will resume when you open the app again. Youtube makes sure that you watch the video because that’s what it is meant for.

Follow the below steps to play Youtube in Background on Android:

  1. Open Youtube.com in Chrome browser on Android phone.
  2. Search for your favourite music or playlist or any other video.
  3. Open the video to play.
  4. Click on 3 dots in the right hand upper corner in Google Chrome to open chrome options.
  5. Scroll down till you see an option “Request Desktop Site”.
  6. Tap on Request Desktop Site .
  7. Youtube.com video will again reload and now you can see the video in desktop mode. Earlier one was mobile mode.
  8. Play the video and now minimise the Google Chrome.
  9. Video will stop playing and you will not hear any sound.
  10. Open up “Notification area” by sliding from top or bottom depending on your android device. Most of the devices support top sliding to open notification area.
  11. You will see Youtube video name with 3 options. You will see “play button” in the middle of it.
  12. Tap on Play button.
  13. Now you can listen to Youtube without any difficulty. Open your favorite music playlist on youtube and do the above steps and listen to Youtube all day long.

This method is the easiest way to play youtube in background on Android phone/tablet 2019. You can play any kind of video in the background without any difficulty. This method is even available for iPhone but with much difficulty. There are certain android phone where you won’t get play options in the notification area once you minimise the Chrome app on your android phone. This method isn’t applicable for such video. You won’t be able to listen youtube in background.

One of the best things about this method is that you can listen to Youtube in Background even when screen is off. Phone display or app opening isn’t required for music to play in background. Simply switch off the Android phone or Android tablet screen and listen to Youtube in background.

5 Best Apps to Play Youtube in Background on Android Phone 2019

There are number of apps which can play youtube in background. You can download these apps from Google play store for free. If it’s not available on play store then you can install from their respective websites. Google Play store keeps banning some apps and that’s why you need to download them from their website. Here is the list of apps to listen youtube in background:

  1. Brave Browser
  2. Floating Tube
  3. Fly Tube Music Player
  4. Tube Master
  5. NetTube

You can use above top 5 best apps to play Youtube in Background on Android phone. You can install these app on any android device such as Samsung, HTC, Redmi, Mi, One Plus, Moto Phones, Lenovo Phones, Micromax, Karbonn, Sony etc… You can install these apps on Android tablets as well to enjoy Youtube in Background.

What Does Reset Network Settings Do (Android/iOS) 2020

People are too much confused regarding reset network settings options in Android and iPhone/iPad. There are basically 3 options in every phone. Reset settings, Reset all settings and Reset network settings are 3 options which you can use for different purpose. Reset settings is a soft reset where your data doesn’t get deleted but settings are reset. Reset all settings option makes your phone go to factory settings. It will wipe data like photos, videos, documents, music and all settings.

Reset network settings option affects call settings, bluetooth settings and Wi-Fi settings of your phone. So if you ask “What happens if I reset network settings on my Android/iPhone?” then here is the list of things that will impact your phone:

  • All call settings will reset.
  • All bluetooth settings will reset. It will also delete any saved Bluetooth devices. You have to again pair bluetooth devices.
  • All Wi-Fi settings will reset. It will also delete saved networks, passwords etc.. Try to save network name and password somewhere before you perform reset network settings on your iPhone/iPad or Android.
  • Reset Network Settings will also remove Wi-Fi issues like “WiFi wont turn on, Wifi won’t connect, IP address unavailable, IP address conflict, authentication error, Saved secured but no internet, connected but no internet etc.. Once you perform reset network settings on your Android/iPhone, most of these problems will go away and you can browse internet from wifi without any problem.
  • VPN connection settings will also reset. It will delete all saved VPN connection settings. You have to configure it again.
  • These settings work same for Android device and iPhone models such as iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR/XS/XS Max and similar ones. It also works same for iPad.

So if you are experiencing problems related to call settings such as “No service” or “Searching…” for mobile network then you can perform reset network settings.

If you are experiencing problems related to Bluetooth settings such as “Bluetooth won’t connect to Android”, Bluetooth device won’t pair, bluetooth pairing code problem, device connection issue etc… then perform reset network settings. Pair your bluetooth device again once phone restarts.

If you are experiencing problems related to Wi-Fi or Hotspot connection issues such as Authentication error, connected but no internet, IP address unavailable, IP address mismatch, Saved secured but unable to connect, wifi wont turn on, wifi won’t connect then perform reset network settings on android/iPhone. It will fix these issues. Connect to your favorite network once again when phone restarts. Try to remember your network and password or note them down somewhere if you perform reset. VPN settings are also related to internet so they will also be wiped off. You can reconfigure that as well.

Hopefully this will clear all the doubts in your mind. One thing you need to remember is that “Reset Network Settings” won’t delete any data such as photos, music, videos or documents. It simply resets the Call, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and VPN settings of your phone.

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