Your G-mee Connect and Plus come preloaded with Gmail, however the notifications by default are turned off. This is a decision made by Google, and turning the notifications on is easy, as long as you know how!
In this blog, had a switch on Gmail notifications.
You will need to access both ‘Inbox Notifications’ and ‘Manage Notifications’.
Inbox notifications, allows you to select both label notifications and notify for every message.
Manage notifications, allows you to activate show notifications. You also need to decide on a behaviour, we chose ‘make sound’. You can also choose to activate the vibration setting and whether you want the message shown on the screen while it is locked.
You can play around with the exact configurations that work best for you. When you receive an email, you will at least now be able to see the small email icon on the top of the screen and hear an audible alert.
Every Gmee device can incorporate a microSD card that allows the expansion of device storage capacity. The maximum MicroSD size is 64gb (originally we thought it was 32GB, but a recent update allows the higher size to work).
If you’re a customer that wants to install more on the device then it’s easy to purchase a microSD card and insert it into the slot, just above the battery bay, on the left.
Your device will recognise a card has been entered and ask you how you intend to use the memory capacity on this card. At this time, if you want to use the device for storing data for apps, or music or movies, choose ‘extra phone storage’.
Then request the card to be reformatted
Once formatted your G-mee can move data from the internal card to the microSD card, and your Gmee device will manage this transfer for you.
Once this task is complete your new storage solution is ready to use.
Now you’re expanded storage has been added, you may choose to install future apps to the microSD card so that your internal memory does not continue to fill. You can also uninstall apps installed on the internal memory and reinstall them to the microSD memory as a way of generating space in your internal memory storage.
Some customers just want the ability to make and receive phone calls, and send and receive SMS. We get it, having access to modern apps is not always something you want to give to children OR maybe you don’t need anything more than just talk/text.
With G-mee Connect it’s possible to achieve this.
With a few quick adjustments to the G-mee Connect Settings, you switch off cellular data and JUST have access to talk and text.
Each handset requires an ‘Access Point Name’ to be entered into the smart phone. This is an address provided by your mobile operator. This allows the device to talk to the cellular tower so data can upload and download. If you remove this address any feature that requires data will no longer work. This means the device will default back to only allowing phone calls and SMS. This is not a permanent outcome, simply re-enter the APN address for your provider and your Smart features will continue once data begins to flow.
But, some of you are asking whether it’s possible to lockdown this feature, so certain members of your family can’t re-enter the APN address with out you knowing and once again gain access to cellular data! Well, that’s possible to, using ‘G-mee App Lock’ included in every G-mee device.
We have produced a walk-through video that shows you how to do both these features.
Click on these links for the step-by-step guides.
From the point at which we began designing our very first G-mee Connect, our goal was to provide greater control over different areas of the Smartphone experience. At the heart of every smartphone is the ability to make and receive phone calls. As such, the plan was to give customers the ability to take back control of their inbound and outbound phone call traffic.
For parents, it means their kids who they have provided a G-mee Connect can set rules around who the handset can call and who can be called. A parent can set the G-mee Connect to ring Mum and Dad, or receive calls from Mum and Dad, but won’t be able to make any other calls (beyond calling emergency services) outside of that shortlist. Parents can from time to time check the inbound call log and see what numbers have been blocked from ringing on their child’s phone.
For older Australians, call block will assist in gaining control over who can call in and when. Don’t want calls interrupting your dinner, or to receive calls while you are asleep? Easy, set a timeframe when all calls go to voicemail. Don’t want to receive calls from overseas numbers? Yes, you can block any number that does not start with the domestic number dialing prefix. You can even configure G-mee Call Block so the only people that can ring you are those that are on your contact list.
The list of features provided within G-mee Call Block is extensive, and we are really proud to offer this app at no extra charge for our G-mee Connect customers.
To take advantage of G-mee Call Block, download the app from our website to your G-mee Connect and install it to the handset. The app is not included on the Google Playstore, but it is safe to download and install directly from us. Please only download it from this link.
We have put together an explanation video to answer more of your questions and provide guidance on the installation process. Please post any questions you might have to G-mee Support so we can help you make the most of the G-mee Call Block service.
We wanted to share a quick update with you regarding your G-mee Connect smart phone. We have released a patch today that will pop up on your screens over the next 24 hours.
To check if the update is available for your device The latest update fixes a small bug that we found in the G-mee Connect Operating System. Big thanks to our customer who shared the details with us. By installing this patch you will also bring your G-mee Connect up to date with the most recent security update provided by Google for the android 9.0 operating system. This will help keep your G-mee Connect secure when connected to the Internet.
We will have more system software updates over the coming months to keep your G-mee devices secure and working well.
You can check if the update is available for your device now going to – ‘Settings’, then select ‘System’, ‘About Phone’, ‘Wireless Update’. Make sure your G-mee Connect, is connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot and select ‘Check For Updates’. Once available the software update can be downloaded and installed, and your device will then restart.
Once the process is finished your G-mee Connect will be up-to-date
These steps outline on how to reset app preferences and enable you to update your apps.
- Go to Settings then System
2. Choose ‘Reset Options’
3. Choose ‘Reset App Preferences’
4. Once you have done this, go back to the audio settings and you should be able to choose ‘General’ and ‘Edit’. Now when you click on the selected Ringtone you should then be shown the below image.
5. Choose ‘Media Storage’ and ‘Just Once’, then you will be shown the list of available Ring Tones to choose
Your G-mee Connect ships with a range of included ring tones. You can either choose from the list of included ring tones provided or add your own ring tone sourced from elsewhere.
Choose From Included Ringtones –
- To access the ring tone area on the device open SETTINGS/AUDIO PROFILES.
You are now in the ‘audio profiles’ section and can make a range of customisations around how your device will ring or beep or generally make sounds.
3. Under the heading ‘Ringtone’ click on the pre-selected option (for this device ‘Boost Digital Phone) and a pop-up window will display asking you to choose between ‘Media Storage’ and ‘Custom Ringtones’. Choose ‘Media Storage’ and select the option ‘Just Once’. If you are unable to see the ‘Complete action using’ window, you will need to reset your app preferences. Please follow these instructions.
2. To adjust the ring tone the predefined audio profile you are using, and hold it down for two seconds.
A pop-up menu appears showing the word ‘Edit’.
Click on ‘Edit’ and you will be shown further customisations that can be done for the selected audio profile.
4. You will now be presented with a list of ring tones that you can choose from.
Add New Ringtones –
To import a new ring tone to your device click on the ‘+ Add ringtone’.
This will open a new window where you can choose from ring tones that have been either loaded to a microSD card and inserted into the microSD slot on the device OR ring tones that you have downloaded via your browser to the devices download folder.
You can then add these imported ring tones to the list of tones available for selection.
Harry Potter fans take note, you can now enjoy the wonders J.K. Rowling on Spotify and Spotify Kids. Spotify made it clear many months ago they plan to be an audio entertainment platform, not just a place where you listen to music. Podcasts arrived first and now the wonders of boy wizard Harry Potter as an audio book has just been announced.
The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been released on the platform read by well-known stars such as Stephen Fry, David Beckham and of course Daniel Radcliffe.
There are already lots of Harry Potter reading and commentary on the Spotify platform already, but this is the first time we have seen well-known stars, in their homes, reading to you in your home.
Readings are being released on a chapter by chapter basis, with Daniel Radcliffe the first reader, kicking off with Chapter 1. To find the readings under this promotion, search your Spotify or Spotify kid’s app with ‘Harry Potter At Home Reading’. The first chapter goes for 25 minutes and chapters will be released regularly.
Your G-mee device is a great way to play Spotify and Spotify Kids, and with the out-of-the-box safety features of no camera and built-in app lock feature, you can give the whole family access to these Harry Potter audio experiences via the Spotify and Spotify Kids App.
Read the full review on the GagdetGuy website.
G-mee is the brainchild of Charlie and Rachael Brown – you may know him from the Channel 9 Cybershack TV show.
G-mee is really a personal content player that integrates measures for safe exploration of smart technology. It has an innovative pre-installed ‘G-mee app lock’ to guide the user’s smart device experience, and curb temptations to over-share or exposure to online risks, such as cyber-bullying.
You can block apps such as Facebook, YouTube or streaming services that can expose users to unsuitable content, or place them at risk of cyber-bullying. It is parental control on the device!
So, we decided to review the phone. And that is in two parts. Less important is the hardware. Most important is the app lock.