Running Out of Storage? Expand G-mee device storage with a MicroSD

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.

How To Turn The G-mee Connect Into A Talk & Text Phone

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.

G-mee Talk & Text

Using G-mee’s App Lock

System Software Update – G-mee Connect

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

Resetting Your App Preferences

These steps outline on how to reset app preferences and enable you to update your apps.

  1. 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

Life360 on G-mee Connect

Life360 is a live tracing and communication service. The app is used by families all over the world in part to assist parents track the movements of the children. The Life360 app requires consistent uploading and downloading data to provide the live update feature. This not only uses data that counts to your monthly allowance, but it can drain the battery more quickly. Your G-mee Connect includes a number of pre-configured power management solutions. You can choose a different solution depending on how efficient your battery drain needs to be. We have tested Life360 on the following battery optimisation level and found the service to work correctly. We also heard from other G-mee Connect users they’ve also enjoy the same success. 

Aim is to achieve an outcome where the device is operating in a power efficient way, but the Life360 app is still operating in the background to provide live tracing.

To achieve the optimum setting of the device we want to select the ‘Smart saving mode’. To find this start in the settings menu and choose the ‘Battery’ option.

Then choose the ‘Battery Saver’ option which is halfway down the list.

Inside Battery Saver you are now being offered three different modes. 

Smart saving mode is the best option to choose. We have found that life 360 works as normal, but you will still likely get over a days use of the device when you start with a 100% charge in the morning.

Power saving mode aims to allow your device to last for around two days before needing to be recharged. It does this by stopping the background function of the bulk of apps that are running. Your email will not automatically download, your weather app won’t get the latest alerts and your Life360 service will definitely not update with the devices current position.

Ultra saving mode uses the least matter power, the place is the greatest amount of restrictions on the performance of the apps on the device. Under this option the G-Mee Connect will essentially be useful for calls and text, but not much else.

Changing Ring Tones on your G-mee Connect

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 –  

  1. 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.

How We Protect Your G-mee

We want you to have a great experience with your G-mee and protecting you, and your device is part of that commitment.

Each G-mee device comes with a clear plastic protective case. This is included in every box and our goal is that you attach the case to your device before you start using it.

Every G-mee also comes with a clear protective film that is stuck to your G-mee touchscreen. This is used so that during manufacture, as lots of sets of hands touch the device, your touchscreen is protected from scratches and blemishes. Please remove this plastic film before use, especially if you use a G-mee Connect as the protective film covers the earpiece and the microphone. With the protective film left on, it may affect the ability of your ear speaker and microphone to operate correctly.

Our commitment to safety goes much further than the inclusions we provide with G-mee devices. During the design phase of G-mee devices we conducted a range of tests across a number of standardised areas of the device. The Wi-Fi antenna, the battery, the power adapter and the circuit board are just some of the areas we test to ensure correct operating behaviour. For the G-mee Connect, we also test the cellular antennas across both 4G and 3G frequencies, and for every transmitting band the device operates to ensure the electromagnetic radiation output is well below the maximum allowable to be considered safe for use.

We do all this because we want your G-mee device to be fun and safe to use.

If you’ve got any questions on safety or have any ideas on we can provide further improvements to benefit customers, we would love to hear from you.

Making the Most of Mindfulness

May is mindfulness month apparently. Unfortunately, I missed it, but smiling mind has an initiative in June. That’s better I thought, we haven’t gotten to June yet.

Taking the time to recalibrate yourself has been one of the things I hope to take away from the lockdown adventure. Each day, at some time during the day, taking 10 to 15 minutes to put on some headphones and shut out the noise is made every day that much better for me. No notifications or calls, SMS or email alerts. Just mind balancing exercise and nothing else.

I use my G-mee, of course I’d use this device, I am the creator of it. However, you can use any device that gives you the same result. The key thing is to shut out the interruptions and give yourself the time to just float.

Smiling mind is a great app to use and they run regular exercises to help specifically in this area. But you can choose from a range of different options. Some days I listen to classical music. I have a playlist on my Spotify that goes for 20 minutes. I slip on my Bluetooth, noise cancelling headphones and press play on the headphones. I lean back in my chair with my feet on the desk and everything else melts away.

Other days I listen to a meditation podcast. There are loads of them around just download a couple and save them on your device. Now regardless of whether you have Internet or not you can play that pod cast.

I’ve also found that it helps to change up your location from time to time. There is a nice spot on my office Veranda that gets full sun around 11 AM. I also like to lie back on the grass, again in the full sun, with my sunglasses on. I leave my G-mee nearby and relax.

By moving away from your desk it does help to cut down external distractions. No phone, no laptop and no alerts.

So smiling mind, a classical music playlist or a meditation pod cast, you choose, but do it every day and try and do it around the same time every day. For me it helped clear my head for the afternoon and provided more clarity between the work I’m doing the morning and the things that are most pressing for me to get to in the afternoon.

Good luck and go find your mindfulness solution.

Harry Potter On Spotify, Read By Beckham, Radcliffe and More

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.