Android SIG

Android SIG
Oak Park Library
9500 Bluejacket Street
Overland Park, KS 66214
Small Meeting Room


Wednesday,  June 26, 2024, 2:30 ~ 4:00 pm

It’s time for the Android Special Interest Group to have its June 2024 meeting. Bring yourselves, your devices, your friends, and your questions. If you have any questions that I can research before the meeting, please let me know as soon as possible.

Hope to see you there,
Bob Bowser

Bob Bowser convenes the Android SIG
(913) 735-0623,

Joe Callison, SenCom Technical Director, provided me with a couple of Android tips. First, we have one about transferring files (this could be your pictures for backup) between an Android device and Windows PC and the second is how to install Android apps on your Windows PC. You are limited to Android apps from Amazon’s Store and I think you need an Amazon account (can get it for free). I personally was not impressed by the apps available.

This article has many ways to handle file transfers between Android and PC.
This article explains how to install Android apps on Windows 11 devices. Joe did it and installed the Tubi app and watched a movie. Finding useful apps on the Amazon app store by browsing is not very easy to do. He suggests using the search.


Do we need CCleaner on an Android device?

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 of 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:

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Android SIG Links You May Be Interested In, 12/22/2021
1. Here is a link to an Android newsletter that I get, and you may be interested in:
2. One of our topics today was taking screenshots on our phones. Here is a reference that everyone thought might be helpful:
3. Lastly, here is a recent article that was recommended in an email I received:

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 emails 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 emails 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 emails 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

Some Android Websites:

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