Android SIG

Android SIG
Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 2:30 pm

Notice from the Johnson County Library:
With safety at the forefront of our concerns, we have decided to extend the cancellation of meeting and study room bookings through January 1, 2021. Please continue to check our website and social media for the latest updates on Library services.

Help with virtual meetings:
We are using a service called Free Conference Call that allows all of us to be on at one time through video/audio conferencing or just audio conferencing. If you have a camera and speakers on your desktop computer or a laptop computer with a camera and speakers, you will find that using your PC or Mac computer will probably give you the best experience. To use your computer to conference into the meeting, follow the instructions that Joe Callison assembled.
Using your computer to access the Free Conference Call (PDF)→

When using the Chrome browser to access a video conference, you may see a message that your browser has blocked access to your camera or audio. Look at the icons at the top right area of your browser for an icon with a red X like the following:

Click on the icon and then click on the button to allow access and then click the Done button. If the red X does not disappear after a few seconds you may need to refresh your browser by clicking on the icon near the top left of your browser that looks like the following:

The settings for the site will be saved in your Chrome browser Privacy and security settings so you will not need to do this the next time you access the site.

Although Joe mentions that Chrome is the preferred browser, I know that others have used Firefox without any problems.

For those who wish to use their Android devices (either tablet or phone), we are using an app called FreeConferenceCall that you can download from the Google Play Store (note that there are no spaces in the app name). I have included a set of instructions that you can print and follow to join the meeting.
Using your Android device to access the FreeConferenceCall (PDF)→

Apple iPad/iPhone users can find the same app (Free Conference Call) on the Apple App Store. Installing and using it should be very similar to the Android instructions above.


Access to this video conference is available starting 15 minutes prior to the meeting by clicking this link:

If you do not have a computer or device that you wish to use to video conference, you may use any phone to participate in the teleconference. Dial (425) 436-6335, Access Code 188916*, long distance charges may apply.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. If you have any questions about Android that we can answer on Wednesday, send them to me as soon as possible to allow me to do my research before the meeting.

Happy Computing,
Bob Bowser, (785) 608-4904


I received this question prior to the June meeting of SenCom’s Android SIG. I have been a big fan of CCleaner for Windows for many years and have CCleaner for Android on both my Android Phone and Android Tablet. I tend to use it to clear storage space when my devices get cluttered and out of extra space to store data and new apps.

I have never worried about using it to clear working memory as I have never noticed the need for it, but I never knew why. So, as I am inclined to do, I used a search engine to learn more about this issue. In my research, I came across a gem of an article on the need or lack of need for CCleaner for Android. For a link to the article click here. This is a How-to-Geek article that argues that one does not need a task killer for an Android device and a main function for CCleaner for Android is as a task killer.

It was very interesting to me to find that the Android operating system is much more efficient than the Windows operating system when it comes to controlling tasks that makes the need for a task killer non-existent. If you are interested in this topic, please give this article a read: Why You Shouldn’t Use a Task Killer On Android. By the way, I still keep CCleaner for Android on my devices for the sole purpose of regaining some space for storage, but I will not use it to kill tasks preferring instead to uninstall any app that causes problems.

Bob Bowser convenes the Android SIG.
Call (785) 608-4904 if you have any questions.



Past Meeting Presentations:

Deleting old emails in Gmail, 3/25/2020
Since the topic came up at the Wednesday Android SIG meeting and my quick search didn’t give us a really good answer, I am distributing to all Android SIG members in my list the best answer that I found for deleting old emails in Gmail and that I tested myself. At the end it suggests that you empty your trash to completely remove the old emails, which I decided to do after careful consideration. I had over 16,000 pieces in my trash after deleting all before 1/1/2013 (the format used in gmail is 2013/01/01). Most of the 16,000+ was from the last 30 days, believe it or not. Gmail automatically permanently deletes mail in your trash after 30 days anyway, so you could just let that happen over time and still be able to review the last 30 days worth of mail in your trash if you wish. Here are the detailed instructions:

Emails can be deleted in large amount using the web browser if you follow the instructions below.
These functions are not available on mobile browsers and Gmail Apps.Basically you search for the mails and then remove them:
  • Find mails that you want to delete:
    • You can search for before:2009/01/01 in the top search bar, also use other parameters as found here OR
    • navigate to the label that contains the mails you want to remove OR
    • select the label All mail to remove all messages from your account.
  • Select the messages with the checkbox above the message list.
  • Click on the link Select all x,xxx conversations… that appears if you have more messages than displayed on the current page.
  • Click the delete button to send all mails to Trash.

To finally delete the mails please navigate to the label Trash and click on the link Empty Trash now.
Please remember that this action cannot be undone and once mails are deleted from Trash you can never get them back.

As it says, this must be done in your browser, not on your phone or tablet.

Here is a message I received from Roger Rhoades that he suggested we share with the Android SIG.
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