1. Uninstall Apps You Don’t Need

Most Android phones come with a healthy helping of preinstalled apps. Many will be welcomed by nearly everyone—maps, email, browser, and so on—but there are undoubtedly some you don’t want or need. If you’re just not a podcast person, you don’t need a podcast app. And phone vendors tend to include a bunch of their own apps that you may never need to use. Simply long-press an app’s icon and then select the i entry to get to its detail page where you can uninstall it.

Unfortunately, there are some stock apps you cannot uninstall. For example, if you only use Firefox or Edge as your web browser, you still can’t uninstall Google’s Chrome browser. For those apps, you can at least choose Disable, which will hide them from the interface and free up system resources.

2. Use Digital Wellbeing Features

It’s not the healthiest thing in the world to stay up all night texting and doomscrolling. Android 11’s Bedtime mode is part of the Digital Wellbeing feature. Not only does it silence your phone at a set time, it also changes the screen to black-and-white, in case you do have to look at the screen after hours. There’s a Pause option in the dropdown menu if you need more time before retiring. If you’re looking for more sleep tips, you should read our feature on how tech can help (and hurt) your sleep.

Another recommended Wellbeing feature is Focus mode, which silences noisy apps’ notifications. Some phones, including recent Pixels and Motorolas, turn on Do Not Disturb mode when you set them down with the screen facing down—a quick and easy way to get relief from disturbances. Finally, using Work Profile hides all those productivity apps when it’s time to relax.

3. Set Up the Your Phone App in Windows

I suspect that most people who use Mac desktops or laptops are also most likely using an iPhone, which offers terrific integration with macOS. But with the Your Phone desktop app for Windows 10, Android users can get just as much continuity with their desktop computer—perhaps even more. It’s easiest to start setup from your PC. Go to the Setting’s app’s Phone section, choose Add a Phone, and you’re off and running. You’ll be able to make calls, send texts, and instantly see and use photos from the phone on your PC.

Recent Samsung devices and the Surface Duo phone get even more possibilities with the Link to Windows option, including running multiple Android apps on the desktop in the Your Phone app. If you’re not running Windows, you can get Android messages on the web—another capability annoyingly not offered by Apple’s mobile OS. You can also run Android apps in an emulator on either Windows or macOS, but that route is not as convenient as Windows 10’s Your Phone.

4. Install Apps From the Web

For me, this is one of the coolest advantages of Android over iOS: You don’t have to have your phone in your hand to install an app on it. Just go to the Google Play store in your web browser and you can remotely install any app or game, as long as you’re signed in to the same Google account the phone uses. If you have multiple Android devices under your account, you’ll see them listed when you go to install. It’s a great convenience for when you discover an app at your computer and don’t want to fumble with your phone to get the app on it.

5. Turn on Find My Device

If you misplace your phone or it gets stolen, both mobile OS have features that help you locate it on a map. Not only that, but these also Find My services let you disable the phone, wipe it, and play a sound on it. Apple’s mobile operating system goes a little further by letting you display your number or another message on the screen of the lost device, something we don’t see why Google hasn’t added.

6. Install a Launcher App

This is one customization type iPhone users don’t get: You can change the basic start screen on your phone by installing a third-party launcher app from the Play Store. A couple noteworthy launchers are Action Launcher, Apex, the cleverly named Lawn Chair, Lightning, the Microsoft Launcher, Nova, Niagara, and Smart Launcher. 

You can even make your Android look like an iPhone with the iOS 14 launcher, which includes Siri shortcuts and an App Store icon in place of the Play icon. Want to go back to the days of Windows Phone? There are launchers that emulate that OS’s design, too.

7. Install Antivirus

Since Android is far more open than iOS—that is, more like Windows than macOS—it’s also more open to malware attacks. Google has built in a lot of strong protections, but we recommend you run an antivirus app on Android. PCMag security guru Neil Rubenking recommends four PCMag Editors’ Choice options: Bitdefender Total Security, Kaspersky Security Cloud, Norton 360 Deluxe, and McAfee AntiVirus Plus. Most of these also cover your desktop devices. They make sure you’re not installing bad apps and run regular malware scans. They also prevent thieves from simply swapping your phone’s SIM card to gain access. Some also include VPN protection.

8. Double-Tap the Power Button to Open the Camera

Unlike the iPhone—which does, however, includes a camera icon on the lock screen—most Android phones let you double tap the power button to turn on the camera. Quick camera access is essential for capturing those fleeing moments. You can also use volume keys to focus and take the shot. Long-press on either to start a video recording.

9. Use Screen Pinning

This is a great tip from our friends at ExtremeTech.com: If you need to hand your phone to someone else and don’t want them snooping around in other apps, just pin the screen. If this isn’t enabled by default, you can turn it on in the Security menu. Tap the app icon on any app in the multitasking interface and select “Pin” to prevent them from switching apps. You can protect switching apps by requiring your phone PIN. Note that the app icon in app switching view also lets you split the screen, pause the app’s notifications, and see its info.

10. Record Screen Activity 

With Android 11, Google added built-in screen-recording capability right into the OS. Previously, Samsung, LG, and OnePlus owners had the capability, but now any phone running Android 11 gets it. It’s simple to use: You just pull down the top shade and choose Screen Record > Start Recording. You get choices for showing touch points and recording audio or not. To stop recording, pull down the shade again and tap the big red bar. It worked like a charm in our testing, producing a standard MP4 file in the photo gallery.


To ensure a high level customer satisfaction, every single Pre-Owned Smartphone that we sell is checked for functionality. We ensure that each individual phone performs as they were intended to when they were brand new.

Gone are days when you can buy a Brand new phone for $200 to $600. Now new phones costs $800 to $1800. With the option of buying Quality Pre-Owned Smartphones, you get a phone that is a fraction of the new cost and one that performs flawlessly.

Here is a Checklist we use when testing all our Pre-Owned Smartphones

  • Power Button
  • Volume Buttons
  • Ringer / VIbrate Swtich
  • Home Button / Fingerprint Senser
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Primary Microphones
  • Secondary Microphones
  • Front Camera
  • Back Camera/s
  • Camera Flash
  • Loud Speaker
  • Earspeaker
  • Display Pixels
  • Backlight
  • Digitizer / Touch 
  • Battery Health
  • Charging port
  • Mobile Signal
  • Wifi Signal
  • Bluetooth Signal
  • IF APPLICABLE***
  • Wireless Charging***
  • Headphone Jack***
  • Status Light***
  • Detachable Pen***
  • FaceID***
  • Heartrate Monitor***

There are hundreds of Used Cell Phones sellers on Sites such as Kijiji, Craigslist, ebay. With this many sellers, how do you know which seller to trust? How do you know the device you are buying is not stolen or blacklisted?

Since no proof of purchase is given when you buy from a private seller, you could lose your hard earned money if the device can’t be use.

What to do before handing over your hard earned money to a Private Cell phone seller:

  1. Before meeting the seller, ask them to provide the device IMEI number. (Finding the IMEI is as easy as Dialling *#06# on most devices ) A trusted seller with nothing to hide will provide the IMEI without objections
  2. Click Here and enter the IMEI provided to check the status of the device. ( A message will appear with the status of the device)
  3. When you meet with the seller, test the device.
  4. Put in your sim card
  5. Make a test phone call / text
  6. Make sure the device receives cellular service.

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We offer a number of New and Used Smartphones for any Budget.

  • Our devices are checked for full functionality
  • Clean IMEI
  • Not stolen.
  • We will gladly provided IMEI info if requested
  • We provide provide proof of purchase and warranty with every purchase.


You just bought a New or Used Device and popped in your Sim Card. Calls, text and everything works, but can’t check your emails or social media because the internet of the device is not working. Do NOT rush back to return the device, this is an easy fix. The APN of the device needs to be set. 90% of the time devices automatically set the APN without any input from you and a number of times the user has to set the APN Once after switching devices in other for Data to work.

 

What is APN?

Access Point Name (APN) is the name for the settings your phone reads to set up a connection to the gateway between your carrier’s cellular network and the public Internet.

Setting APN on your Device.

The first thing you’ll need to do is find the right APN settings for the network you want to use, as all Carriers have different APN settings. We have provided APN settings of popular Canadian Carriers below.

Android Devices

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Wireless & Network
  3. MobileNetworks
  4. Access Point Names or APN
  5. Enter APN settings from your carrier

 

 

Apple IOS Devices

  1. Settings
  2. Cellular
  3. Cellular Data Options
  4. Cellular Network.

OR

  1. Settings
  2. Mobile Data
  3. Mobile Data Options
  4. Mobile Data Network.

 

APN Settings for Popular Canadian Carriers

Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile

APN: pda.bell.ca
Proxy: web.wireless.bell.ca
Port: 80
Username: <Not set>
Password: <Not set>
Server: <Not set>
MMSC: http://mms.bell.ca/mms/wapenc
MMS proxy: web.wireless.bell.ca
MMS port: 80
MCC : 302
MNC : 610
APN type : <Not set>

Virgin Mobile Canada

APN: inet.bell.ca
Proxy: web.wireless.bell.ca
Port: 80
Username: <Not set>
Password: <Not set>
Server: <Not set>
MMSC: http://mms.bell.ca/mms/wapenc
MMS proxy: web.wireless.bell.ca
MMS port: 80
MMS protocol: WAP 2.0
MCC : 302
MNC : 610
APN type : <Notset>

TELUS Mobility

Name: TELUS SP
APN: sp.telus.com
Proxy: 74.49.0.18
Port: 80
Username: <Not set>
Password: <Not set
Server: <Not set>
MMSC: http://aliasredirect.net/proxy/mmsc
MMS Proxy: 74.49.0.18
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 302
MNC: 220
APN type: default,mms

Koodo Mobile

Name: Koodo SP
APN: sp.koodo.com
Proxy server: 74.49.0.18
Port: 80
Username: <Not set>
Password: <Not set>
Server: <Not set>
MMSC: http://aliasredirect.net/proxy/koodo/mmsc
Proxy server: 74.49.0.18
Port: 80
MCC : 302
MNC : 220
APN type: default,mms

Rogers

You will need to create two APN’s

For Internet

Name: Rogers
APN: internet.com
Proxy: <Leave in Blank>
Port: <Leave in Blank>
Username: wapuser1
Password:  wap
Server: <Leave in Blank>
MMSC: http://mms.grps.rogers.com
MMS Proxy: 10.128.1.69
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 302
MNC: 720
Authentication type: None
APN type: default,supl

For MMS (Picture Messaging)

Name: Rogers MMS
APN: media.com
Username: media
Password: mda01
Server: 172.25.0.107
MMSC :http://mms.gprs.rogers.com
MMS Proxy: 10.128.1.69
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 302
MNC: 720
APN Type: mms

Fido Mobile

You will need to create two APN’s

For Internet
Name: fido internet
APN: internet.fido.ca
Username: fido
Password: fido
APN Type: default
Leave All other Settings Blank

For MMS (Picture Messaging)
Name: fido mms
APN: mms.fido.ca
MMSC: http://mms.fido.ca
MMS Proxy: 205.151.011.013
APN Type: mms
Leave All other Settings Blank

Chatr

APN: chatrweb.apn
Proxy: >blank<
Port: >blank<
Username: >blank<
Password: >blank<
Server: >blank<

MMSC: http://mms.chatrwireless.com
MMS Proxy: 205.151.11.11
MMS Port:8080
MCC: 302
MNC: 720
Authentication type: None

PC Mobile (President’s Choice) or Public Mobile

APN: sp.mb.com
Proxy: >blank<
Port: >blank<
Username: >blank<
Password: >blank<
Server: >blank<
MMSC: http://aliasredirect.net/proxy/mb/mmsc
MMS Proxy: 74.49.0.18
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 302
MNC: 220
Authentication type: None
APN type: default,supl,mms

Freedom / Wind Mobile

For Internet
Name: internet.freedommobile.ca
APN: internet.freedommobile.ca
Username:
Password:
APN Type: default
Leave All other Settings Blank

For MMS (Picture Messaging)
Name:mms.freedommobile.ca
APN:mms.freedommobile.ca
MMSC: http://mms.freedommobile.ca
MMS Proxy: 74.115.197.70
MMS Port: 8080
MCC: 302
MNC: 490
APN Type: mms
Leave All other Settings Blank

Sasktel

For Internet
Name: inet.stm.sk.ca
APN: inet.stm.sk.ca
Username:
Password:
APN Type: default
Leave All other Settings Blank

For MMS (Picture Messaging)
Name: SaskTel MMS
APN: proxy.stm.sk.ca
MMSC: http://mms.sasktel.com
MMS Proxy: mig.sasktel.com
MMS Port:
MCC: 302
MNC:780
APN Type: mms
Leave All other Settings Blank

 

 


The Phone is Dead:

This may be an obvious one. Either you accidentally damaged your phone by dropping it or dunking it in water for too long, or the battery is dead. If you’ve eliminated the first as a culprit, check to see if it shows no sign of power – nothing lights up, no sound, nada. If the phone shows no signs of life after charging with a reliable charger, it’s time to call it: your battery is dead. There is a good chance that the battery may need to be replaced.

The Phone Only Shows Power When Plugged In

If the battery is bad, it does not hold a charge to power the phone from its stored energy. However, if the phone functions properly, the phone may still power up when a power source is connected. If the phone does not power up after it has had time to charge thoroughly, it is more than likely time to get a new battery

The Phone Dies Quickly

One clear sign that your cell phone battery might be dying is that it can no longer hold a charge for long. The amount of time your cell phone battery holds a charge depends on how frequently you use it, and what you use it for. Long conversations, excessive video watching, video game playing and other activities can drain a battery faster than just making short phone calls a few times a day. However, if the battery drops from fully charged to half charged to dead within a day despite not being taxed heavily, odds are it’s on its way out. If the battery can hold a charge for only an hour or so with limited use, it’s beginning to fail.

The Phone or Battery Starts to Feel Hot

Regardless of how old or new the battery is, always check its temperature while it’s being charged. If the battery seems to be getting warmer each time you charge it with your charger, it is beginning to die. Batteries should last about two years before showing symptoms of failure, but you should check the temperature every time they charge.

The Battery Bulges

Sometimes, when a battery goes bad, the internal cells rupture, and cause a bulge to appear in the battery. You see this when you hold the battery up or see a bulge on the casing. Additionally, a bulge makes it able to spin like a top when placing the battery on a flat surface.

We offer replacement Batteries for Apple iPhones, Samsung and LGs. CLICK HERE