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Samsung Galaxy S Tips and Tools

March 12, 2011

I have had my Galaxy captivate from ATT for 2 months now and I wanted to share some of the tips and tools I found to help you take full advantage of your phone.

First of all rooting the phone, this will enable you gain Super User access which means bypass some of the ATT “bloated” apps they install. Once you root it, you can delete unwanted apps that phone company installed.  You can also install 3rd party apps and best of all gives you the ability to Tether your phone with your laptop or tablet without paying ATT the tethering fee 🙂

Let us start:

  •  To root your phone it’s very simple, download SuperOneClick (I have tried others but this seems to work like a champ). Link below will give you instructions and where to download it from.

                                     http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=803682

  • Use SuperOneClick and select “Allow third market apps”, this will enable you to download “WiFi Tether” from Android Market

               http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/downloads/list

         Install the apk on your phone SD card and use “MyFiles” app on phone to extract it.

  • If your phone still running 2.1 (Setting –> about phone –> Firmware Version), then time for you to upgrade it to 2.2 and take advantage of 2.2 and tethering capability.  See link below for instructions:

                http://ars.samsung.com/customer/usa/jsp/faqs/faqs_view_us.jsp?SITE_ID=22&PG_ID=2&PROD_SUB_ID=557&PROD_ID=558&AT_ID=368733  

  • If you have issues with your GPS phone, The instruction below will guide you thru it and how to fix. Multiple steps, the third one worked for me. I copied those steps from another site, but had to get the right number to dial from a different site. You don’t have to hunt for it. Here it is:

Method One:

Disable ‘Use Wireless Networks’ under Settings —> Location and Security.

Go into LbsTestMode (*#3214789650#)

Go to Application Settings

Enable MS-Based Mode

Increase Accuracy to 100

Leave the rest stock

Return to the main LbsTestMode menu

Go to SUPL/CP Settings

Select the Serve FQDN Type drop down menu
Hit AUTO Config
Exit to the dialer and reboot your Vibrant twice for good measure.

Method Two :

1 – Disable “Use Wireless Networks” – Settings / Location & Security

2 – Dial *#3214789650#

3 – Under “Application settings” Change “Operation Mode” to MS Based

4 – Under “SUPL/CP Settings” Change the SERVER & PORT to supl.google.com and port 7276 [ Do not use www. in front of supl]

5 – REBOOT

6 – Turn back on the “User Wireless Networks”

Method Three – what worked for me

1 – Dial *#3214789650#

2 – Go outside to get an unimpeded GPS fix.

3 – Choose Delete GPS Data button.

4 – Choose Get Position Test button. Let it run for 3 min or until you have 10 to 12 Sat locks and back out.

Source: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=739662

Source: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=728894

Good luck.

If anyone has extra tips and tools that would like to share please do so.

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