Android SIG

Android SIG
Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 2:30 pm

Bring your Android questions and we will try to get you answers to your issues. We will continue to review the settings on our devices if we run out of questions. If you would like to help me have extra time to prepare to answer any questions, please send them to me by email.

If you are having problems signing in, feel free to contact me or Joe Callison. We are both listed on the Board tab of the website.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday,
Bob Bowser

Bob Bowser convenes the Android SIG
(785) 608-4904,

Revised Virtual Meeting Procedure:
We miss seeing our members. If you have been having problems joining our virtual meetings using Free Conference Call, please contact a Board Member and one of us will work with you prior to the meeting you are interested in joining. Board Members’ email addresses and phone numbers are under the “About Us” tab of SenCom’s website.


If you have the FreeConferenceCall (FCC) app, please start the app to join our meeting with audio and video. If you do not have the FCC app and do not want to install the FCC app, please click on this link below to enter the virtual meeting and participate with audio only (your picture will not be available to anyone):

You will still need to tell Free Conference Call to use the audio either of your computer or through a separate phone call. If you are using the FCC app on a computer, smartphone, or tablet, turn on your video by clicking on the icon of a video camera so that we can see you. On a phone or tablet, you may need to tap your screen to see the icon.

Here are the complete instructions for our virtual meeting procedure:

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 along with the FCC app will probably give you the best experience. To use your computer to conference into the meeting, follow the instructions that I have assembled in this PDF:

Using your computer to access the Free Conference Call (PDF)→ (Revised)

Also available on our Free Conference Call page→ (Revised)

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 Chrome is the preferred browser, 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). Bob Bowser has assembled 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.

Notice from the Johnson County Library:
Johnson County Library meeting, conference, and study rooms are unavailable through August 31, 2021. Please continue to check our website and social media for the latest updates on Library services.


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 the 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 make 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.

Past Meeting Presentations:

Interesting articles reviewed, 3/24/21
Video Recording →

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. In 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+ were 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 amounts 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 emails 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.
11 Tips to Boost Your Android Phone’s Battery Life

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