Friday, 27 January 2012

How to blacklist numbers on Android 2.3.5

 Way back when the Samsung Galaxy S2 was released I did a guide on stopping number from calling your phone. Back then I was using an early release of Ginger (most probably 2.3.3 or even 2.3.2) and since then things have changed quite a lot with most people running 2.3.5 or 2.3.6 (if they've not already gone to Ice Cream Sandwich). This has meant the original guide (which can be read here) is now quite dated and lacks a specific step that we will cover in this guide.

Instead of changing the original article, which does still help people running early versions of Gingerbread I thought it was worth starting from scratching and making this a cover all for every phone running Android 2.3.5 (and likely 2.3.6). The
actual method isn't much different to the original guide but their are some noticeable differences so lets start with setting screen (in the top left of this guide). From the settings menu you need to select "Call" and then "Call rejection" which is a screen like the screen shot on the left of this paragraph.

From the "Call rejection" screen you need to select "Auto reject mode" this will open

up a menu with 3 options: "Off", "All numbers" and "Only black list". From here you need to select "Only black list". After this the numbers on your black list won't be able to call your phone. What is actually quite annoying is that this step wasn't there in the original version of the software so you didn't need to do that and now you do.

After you select a choice from the "Auto reject mode" menu you will go back to the previous screen with the "Black list" option. Now you can either click on "Black list" and then click "Add" then add the number you wish to blacklist. Though it can be difficult to remember a whole mobile number so what I would advise is following the original black list guide (click here) and adding the numbers to the black list via your contacts screen.



Note-When you set an "Auto reject" mode you will see a new symbol along the notification bar of a red phone, an "A" and a "No" symbol, this is to say "Calls automatically rejected". The symbol can be clearly seen on the large screen shot alongside this paragraph with a white arrow pointing towards it.

This guide should work on any phone running Android version 2.3.5 and this includes the likes of a Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation XE and many many other.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Gingerbread Android Easter Egg

 When this site first started it was supposed to be a site talking about phone secrets and now we have a wonderful secret Easter egg hidden on phones running the Gingerbread version of the android operating system.


To start you need to open the settings menu on the phone which will look something like the image on left hand side of your screen. From here you need to scroll all the way down to the bottom until you come across an called "About phone". The icon alongside this option should look like an "information" symbol  as you can see in the image to the right.

After clicking on "About phone" you will see a host of options telling you about various facets of your phone and with a number of other sub menu's. From this menu you need to find the option for "Android version"...then press it...repeatedly. You need to press it around 5 or 6 times inside a second or two (so you may want to use two fingers at once as if they were legs).

If done correctly you will see a hidden image that shows the little Green Android
surrounded by zombies. This is (as the screenshot says) an art piece by Jack Larson called "Zombie Art".

Jack's artwork can be found at www.zombieart.blogspot.com and if your a fan of Zombie based artwork it is seriously worth checking out.