Problems, Limitations, and Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy Y or Totoro

Front view of the Samsung Galaxy Young / Y / Totoro
Front view of the Samsung Galaxy Young / Y / Totoro
Back view of the Samsung Galaxy Young / Y / Totoro
Back view of the Samsung Galaxy Young / Y / Totoro

Planning to buy a Samsung Galaxy Y? Before buying the Galaxy Totoro, you should see and know some of its problems and limitations. This post will tackle the disadvantages of the Samsung Galaxy Y and important things to know / consider when buying the said device.

Additionally, this post will not showcase nor discuss complete technical specifications of the Galaxy Y since this kind of information is widely available from other sources on the internet. The only photos and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Y that will be mentioned here are those that are relevant on the main topic.

Why buy the Samsung Galaxy Young after this review?

Naturally, for any disadvantage, there is an equal advantage or “solution” (if you will) to that particular limitation which will also be discussed in this Samsung Galaxy Y review. The benefits and advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S5360 will be shown in the section “Benefits and Reasons why to buy a Samsung Galaxy Y”.

So don't let the the disadvantages and limitations shown here water down your decision. At the end of this post, it is still up to the reader whether to purchase the Galaxy Totoro. For the benefit of those who are confused with the numerous names / handles, Samsung Galaxy Y is also known as Samsung Galaxy Young, Samsung Galaxy Totoro, and Samsung Galaxy S5360.

RAM limit of the Galaxy Young
RAM limit of the Galaxy Young
Galaxy Young with ROOT access - Notice the Android Pirate icon
Galaxy Young with ROOT access - Notice the Android Pirate icon

The first disadvantage and limitation of Samsung Galaxy Y is RAM

As can be seen from the screenshot on the right, Totoro only has 290 MB of user available RAM. Even with 800 MHz of CPU, the lag and slowness is easily noticeable. The animation when going to the home screen or when launching an app will be longer than usual when the RAM being used is over 220 MB.

Fortunately this Galaxy Y problem can easily be resolved with customized ROMs and Kernels. However, be sure to proceed with caution when using such a solution as there is a possibility of bricking the device. Needless to say, when it is bricked, it is will be unusable. Also, customized ROMs requires root access - rooting the device usually voids the warranty.

For a more safety approach, there are numerous Android apps for RAM management or simply use the built-in Task Manager app for clearing up the RAM.

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Horizontal keypad view of Galaxy Y
Horizontal keypad view of Galaxy Y | Source
Vertical keypad view of Galaxy Y
Vertical keypad view of Galaxy Y

Small screen is a limitation of the Samsung Galaxy Y

Some may argue that the Totoro’s screen size is acceptable – not too big, not too small. Just look at the S5360 screenshots on the right and judge for yourself. Only one fourth (sometimes even less) of the viewing screen is left when the virtual QWERTY keypad comes out. Obviously, typing a long message is quite a hassle and the letters of the virtual keypad is placed so near beside each other that it is enough to make some people with stubby fingers scream.

However, don’t let this S5360 product limitation water you down. Galaxy Young’s screen size is quite suitable for other functions such as viewing movies and playing games.

The third disadvantage of Galaxy Young is tied to Internal Memory and the camera feature

As can be seen on the picture on the right, Samsung Galaxy Y only has a small internal storage capacity. With the type of apps and its associated advancement, The problems of having a small internal storage are not that hard to understand - can accommodate only a number of apps, pictures, etc...

Samsung Galaxy Y’s camera is also a let down because

  • it is only 2 Megapixel
  • has no flash
  • no focus
  • no macro shot
  • no dedicated camera key

Hardware keys can be a disadvantage for any mobile phone. As can be seen, Samsung Galaxy Y only has the USB and charging port on its top portion
Hardware keys can be a disadvantage for any mobile phone. As can be seen, Samsung Galaxy Y only has the USB and charging port on its top portion
Volume controls on the left side
Volume controls on the left side
Power Key on the right side (no dedicated camera key)
Power Key on the right side (no dedicated camera key)

Other problems and limitation of the Galaxy S5360

Lastly, the following may be considered as limitations of the device:

  • Only 256K colors
  • Does not have scratch proof screen (not corning Gorilla glass like its higher end counterparts)
  • Battery life
  • Radio needs the headset connected to function
  • Bland packaging

I rarely used the above features so it does not have a big impact as the first mentioned problems. As for the battery life, it is already a given since I use the phone heavily. Besides, Galaxy Y can be charged via USB port – I simply USB-connect it to the TV or laptop and no need to carry the socket charger.

Aside from that, to overcome the Galaxy’s small storage capacity problem, I bought a 16 GB micro SD card and downloaded an app that can transfer internal phone apps to the external SD card. As for the camera, I seldom use it due to its meager functions. Instead, I use my other phone (a Nokia N8) for as-needed photo opportunities.

Below are some essential accessories for the Samsung Galaxy Y to improve its disadvantages in terms of storage, battery, and possible screen scratches.

Advantages and Benefits of Samsung Galaxy Totoro

And now, the part every reader is seemingly waiting for, here are some advantages and reasons why to buy Samsung Galaxy Totoro / S5360 / Young / Y:

  • As an entry level phone budget phone, it is quite cheap (actually got mine for approximately 2,000 pesos which equates to 46.5 US dollars)
  • It is easy to root – rooted mine for less than 5 minutes
  • Useful and reliable apps
  • Custom ROMS and Kernels
  • It can be used as a wireless router wherein other Wifi enabled devices can connect to the Internet through Galaxy Y – use the tether function

  • Can play various movie file formats without converting the files to mp4
  • Supports Office 2010 files
  • The device supports consumer standard basics such as 3.5 mm audio jack for earphones, conventional micro SD card, micro USB port, Bluetooth version 3 with A2DP

That’s basically it. For a really cheap price, I bought Galaxy Y as secondary phone to my Nokia N8. Didn’t really did a lot of research and only found out its features through hands on experience hence this review. However, if you are decided to really buy this phone, it would be advisable to consider the contents of this post and try to check out the related links included on this post.

UPDATE: As of October 14, 2012

Recently, after downloading an app that "soft reboots" the phone, the both soft keys (buttons on the left and right side of the home middle button) are at times unresponsive. A turn-around for this problem is to lock - unlock the screen. Another solution is to use the drop down menu on the top (menu that contains the shortcuts to WiFi, BT, GPS, etc...)

FYI please to fellow SGY owners.

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from gsm arena 4 years ago

2000 php?!?! Nice catch indeed


curious consumer 4 years ago

are you from the PI? where at PI did you bought this?

thanks :)


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Hey! Thanks for the comments. I know this place where they sell phones at reallcy cheap prices. There's HTC's HD7, Nokia C7, etc...


anon 4 years ago

how come I can't use tethering properly? PC is connected but no internet access. plz help


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Hi Anon. Tethering (using samsung galaxy Y as a wifi hotspot) problems usually occurs with Windows 7 OS. something about security might be the cause. I actually encountered the same error. To solve the wifi hotspot problem of Samsung galaxy y, simply use a tethering app :)


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

UPDATE 06/02/2012:

Almost forgot, some tethering apps will require root access while others do not. Be sure to pick one that is compatible with your device.

Using the Samsung Galaxy Y as a wifi hotspot also has a limit to the number of devices to be connected with it.

It is also advisable to use a password otherwise, unwanted guests might connect to your Galaxy Y wifi hotspot :)


Baqar 4 years ago

This mobile has a technical problem. it is hanging up automatically. Your friends and family will not be able to contact you and also you will not know about this problem. If you will try to call someone then you will know about the problem in this case you should reset your mobile. Because of this problem this mobile is useful only for your kids.


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Thanks Waiting for S3 and Baqar for the comments. Well, as I have pointed out, the camera of Galaxy Y is not suitable for macro shots as it has no focus and flash.

As for the hanging problem, it is highly possible that it would be solved by a firmware upgrade. Firmware upgrade can be done online.

Another possible cause of the hanging problem might be related to battery since call functions takes a lot of power.

Hope this helps :)


Cy 4 years ago

Uhh im just wndering where did you exactly brough ur galaxy y for 2000pesos??

Thx :)


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Hi Cy,

I bought mine at Greenhills located in San Juan - it is a shopping center here in the Phil. I am a what you call a "suki" (a known customer) in one of the shops :)

Thanks for reading! By the way, you might also be interested at galaxy pocket or Y-duos ;)


invisibleMAN 4 years ago

i have problem on my SGY the color breaks, if u look at the picture its like its not fully complete, i mean the color of the picture is not what they really are i don't know what happen pls help. thank you


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

@pallavi.k

yikes! blinking screen is more likely a hardware problem. try solving it first with software (master resetting) but if that did not solve the problem, have it serviced.

@invisibleMAN

seems like the problem is similar with pallavi.k. If the color problem only happens to a particular app, it would be advisable to uninstall that app. But if the problem happens every time the phone is On, have it checked as it may get worse.


invisibleMAN 4 years ago

yeah it happen not only to an apps. thank you sir ill let it check.

sir one more thing can u teach me how to format the SGY ? i find it a bit slow and the messaging is hanging what can i do about it thanks.


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Hi again invisibleman,

By format, do you mean master reset? if yes, simply go to settings, then to Privacy. Once inside Privacy, you'll see the option of "factory data reset". Hope this helps :)


invisibleMAN 4 years ago

ahh ok.. if i do that all my data will be deleted ? like phone book, apps. inbox message?


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Yup, the only ones that would be retained are the default ones .


invisibleMAN 4 years ago

ahh ok sir thank you thank you ^^


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

No problem :)


tineeweeny 4 years ago

Good day. what are the best applications that needs to be downloaded on this phone? like tethering apps, built in task manager and what else? thank you.


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Hi tineeweeny,

Here are some of the apps that I find to be extremely useful and productive:

King Office for editing word and excel documents

MX player for playing almost all type of movie files

Fast reboot to force close all apps without restarting the phone (please use moderately and do not overuse)

Quickoffice for viewing documents and pdfs

Diskusage for easy viewing of folders and their file size storage

for the tethering apps, please see my other post regarding using this mobile device as a wifi hotspot

Hope this helps :)


John 4 years ago

I also got a galaxy y but the it destroyed 3 sd card in 2 weeks. Its because of greedy speed of communication the phone throws on sd card for cache due to which the rom is corrupted. And in asian countries samsung (:-( ) has tricked kies software to not update the phone firmware. This phone is worthless without a memory card. And memory card which is blown every other day.


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Hi John,

Thanks for the comment. Your case seems to be the first that I have heard / read regarding SD card.


John 4 years ago

SD Card eating by Galaxy phones is common. You can google and see for your self. It came out that a chip on board is malfunctioning told by a tech guy inside Samsung.


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the head's up John. Will have to look at that since I uses a 16 gb on my Galaxy Young. It would be quite a drag if it gets busted since it already holds 11 gig worth of data.


Pulkit 3 years ago

HEY....I bought my SGY 6 months ago....but now it has started showing its true clours....firstly it use to Drop the packet data often....nd then i ended up with a no network symbol...in full coverage area...


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Pulkit!

Thanks for commenting. Sounds like a network setting issue. Suggest going to to auto-mode (GSM / WCDMA) selection in the network setting options. Hope this helps :)


khianne 3 years ago

can't hear music from earphones?


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Khianne,

Thanks for visiting and the comment. If the audio of the phone is ok without the earphone, then it is possible that the headphone is defective. Suggest trying other earphones if the problem still persist.

Hope this helps :)


khianne 3 years ago

can't send files to others using bluetooth but it can receive..


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi again Khianne,

If you can receive Bluetooth files but unable to send them, it is possible that the problem lies on the recipient's side. it could be a security setting or improper pairing code.

Hope this helps and thanks again for visiting :)


maria 3 years ago

I have a samsung galaxy ,it worked well for 3 months and now is absolutely useless it has so many problems I suggest do not touch it with a barge pole as I am having trouble getting my provider to change it . bewhere in what you purchase.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi maria,

Thanks for the comment. It would be nice if you could tell us what are the issues with your phone for the benefit of other readers.

I have mine for almost a year now and still as useful on the day that i bought it :)


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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

I am also having this device, and it is a headache for me to type message in it. It has got very small screen and is not very user friendly.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Rumanasaiyed,

Thanks for the comment. Yup, the small screen size is a bit of a limitation. But overall, it's a decent low-end smart phone :)


khin 3 years ago

do we really have to install anti virus app on android phone? if yes what best anti virus app would you recommend? only free anti virus app because i don't have credit card.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Khin,

Am not a firm beleiver of such apps so don't have that on my device :) sorry bout that. But am sure there are many free ones with high ratings and good reviews :)


regie 3 years ago

hai sir? can you help me in my problem? my Galaxy y is not working in samsung home. The Go Lancher was only working, and some Force Close has been appear, my camera don't work and my wifi and some apps. pls help me?


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Regie,

Seems like a serious problem. Most likely the Go launcher is conflicting with the default android program. Have you tried removing the Go Launcher? It would also be advisable to backtrack on how / what / when did the problem first occurred.

Hope this helps :)


Roshan 3 years ago

I can't Install any apps in ma Galaxy Y ,,, during installation it showz unable to install in Usb storage or SD card,,,does anyone got a solution for diz ?


AKSHAY 3 years ago

HELLO SIR,,,,MY SAMSUNG GALAXY Y S 5360 is not working.....may be the android software got corrupted .WHAT IS THE SOLUTION FOR THIS????


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Roshan,

It is possible that the option install from other sources aside from Google Play Store is not enabled.

Hope this helps.

Thanks :)


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hello Akshay,

By not working, do you mean that it does not turn on? or does it turn on but it is just stuck to the boot loading section? or it does turn on and boots, but the problem starts after that. For situations like this, it would be best to bring it to the service center. Or if you know the ins and outs of the flash odin software, you may tinker it. be warned though that the latter solution is for techy, advance, and experience users.

Hope this helps.

Thanks :)


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Amanda Fairchild 3 years ago from Dudley

My SD card has also been damaged by my Samsung Galaxy Y phone/Kies software. This happened when I was advised to update the firmware by Kies. The update downloaded up to 100%.... then froze on both my computer and the phone. Eventually I had to disconnect the phone and restart my laptop. This destroyed the SD card - a brand new 32GB one.

My Galaxy Y also intermittently doesn't accept calls when it's on screenlock - an even more serious fault. I am returning it for a refund and would advise everyone to avoid this phone.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Amanda,

Thank you for viewing. Sorry to hear that. I have mine for almost a year now and have not encountered any major issues with it - most were network operator related. I use it mainly for storing files, video viewing, and web browsing. For SMS and call, I used the Blackberry 9220 so I guess my usage of the unit is halved.

Anyway, I hope you find a suitable phone.


natasha 3 years ago

some music files can't be played on my samsung galaxy y.plz help


lowilayn 3 years ago

i have a problem in my phone galaxy young. it was just hang up and i turn off the phone, after that i turn it on and it was always play the welcome note of samsung always, always play. it never go to in the menu. what will i do? please help me.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Natasha,

Thanks for visiting. Yikes, your problem is quite broad. Possible reasons for this error is corrupted app or the main software of the unit. It is also possible that the audio hardware is already malfunctioning. Hope this helps.

Hi lowilayn,

Seems like your unit is stuck on the boot menu. Best course of action for this one is to have it serviced on a authorized dealer. There are some solutions but it may do more harm than good as it involves some tricky complicated process - reflashing the software using the Odin tool! The latter I actually don't recommend and just a FYI. Hope this helps


jupz 3 years ago

Hi Writerjj, I wonder why my SGY often blocked my network signal when I turning on my packet data. I have set it to WCDMA only to have a fast internet access. If I set to auto, I might have a very poor internet connection.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi jupz,

Thank you for viewing and commenting. It is possible that there is no WCDMA signal on the area. If settings are set to auto and there is a letter H near the signal bar, this means that you are having HSDPA access. If it is E or G, this is EDGE and GPRS respectively which likely means that there is no HSDPA access in the area.

Hope this helps.


Luther 3 years ago

Hey, I have a problem

My galaxy-y keeps on saying that he's charching when he is not plugged in, do you know how I can fix this?

Luther


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Luther,

Thanks for viewing and commenting. From the description, am assuming that the battery indicator always has the ligntning symbol even though the unit is not plugged in. Seems like a softeware issue. Have you installed any battery management app? How bout a factort reset? Fyi please that The last one will wipe all data on the phone.


sherjan qureshi 3 years ago

hi my my problem is he was start but not working why give me solution plzzz


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi sherjan qureshi,

Thanks for visiting. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to assist you because I may do harm than good. Kindly, provide a clearer view of the problem.

Thanks and good luck with your unit.


GAAYATHRI . R 3 years ago

hi,

i'm using samsung galaxy pocket,when i open the gallery and facebook messenger the screen starts to blink y?often some applications are force closed.while typing a message it comes out to the home screen.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hello Gaayathri,

Thanks for stopping by. Samsung Pocket is very similar to Galaxy Y. It seems that the problem is either from the software side or that too many apps is open which is the reason why it force-closes current applications. The latter can easily be solved by the task manager while for the first one - try to update to the latest version compatible with pocket. Be sure to have a full battery and reliable / fast internet connection in doing this.

Hope this helps.


Anupam Trivedi 3 years ago

Hi

I have been facing hanging problem. I have dltd many apps and checked the phone memory, it shows I have used less than 30%. Then too why it hangs or rather lags, no idea. Any suggestions


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi there!

Does the hanging problem started after you deleted numerous apps? It is possible that an important app has been removed which is causing the error.


bea 3 years ago

How can i change sd card as the app storage so that if i onstall apps. It will automatically stored in my sd card?


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hello Bea,

Thanks for visiting. If I memory serves, there is an option to make SD card as the default installation drive. However, there are certain apps that are quite persistent that it will install in the internal memory. For such apps, you have to manually transfer the files to the SD card to free up internal space storage.


lem 3 years ago

after i reset my phone then reboot it.. it says "failed to mount data" and "invalid argument" .. what is that mean?? how can i fix this error??


lem 3 years ago

after i reset my phone then reboot it.. it says "failed to mount data" and "invalid argument" .. what is that mean?? how can i fix this error??


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Lem,

Sorry for the late reply. Just wondering if the unit is able to pass the booting process? Are you able to use your phone? Might be with the external memory SD card. Kindly try a different one.

Hope this helps!


peter 3 years ago

My Samsung galaxy y will not go onto the mebu screen , it just alternates between the Samsung black and wwhite screen logo and my o2 screen, it does nothing else.


DogTrooper 3 years ago

Hi Writerjj

Please help! Going crazy!! From the day i got my samsung galaxy young i have been having problems with it: 1st and most importantly when i phone or receive phone calls i get a terrible sound sounds like heavy breathing and an old fax type sound(sound like something from outer space) and then the call disconnects after 20 secs. This has progressivly gotten worse nearly every call now. The stressful thing is of course i get charged for all these calls! Out of the 7 months that i have had it 4 months it has been in the workshop and they tell me that there is nothing wrong with it! The 2nd problem is that it often turns itself off! When it is in my pocket. At least twice a week. And finally it also turns itself to silent at least twice a week! I believe that the software was replaced when it was is the workshop. So must be some kind of hardware problem. In addition it is not the sim card because for the four months i used another phone and it worked fine.Please any suggestions?


shaibayrante 3 years ago

Hi there kuya, my mum bought me a Samsung Galaxy Y La'Fleur just about a month ago. after reading your blog i'm curious of many things and so i have the chance to ask and hope to be answered. i will ask questions that bothers me on my gadget.

1. Is samsung galaxy La'Fleur same with the other SGY? what is the difference of SGY La'Fleur from other SGY model?

2. Since you discussed the issues on RAM i have this habit of clearing the cachet from the application setting "managing applications" i always clear the cachet of downloaded files just because i noticed that my phones internal memory increases and i do click "stop" on the running apps displayed. is this right? what will happen to my phone if i'll keep on doin' that?

3. Do i have to drain my battery and wait for my phone to turn off before to charge it? i don't know when is the right time to charge it. what is your advice regarding this charging issue?

4. And my last question is; What app have you downloaded that helps you transfer your apps from phone to your sd card of "16 G"? is quite huge :) mine is just 4 and all my apps shares from my phone internal memory. i want to download many useful apps but this sd card issue hinders me from downloading :-( and sometimes resulting to uninstall my previous downloaded apps to give way to other new apps. just because i don't know how to tranfer them manualy from phone to sd card. and wow you're watching videos on your SGY? pwede pla yun? i thought it would make your gadget more slow and worst it will log/hang. what can you advice bout' this problems of mine?

Gotcha! i'm done raising questions hope they'll be all answerd thanks thanks thanks thanks! :))


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

@Peter: Thanks for visiting and sorry for the late reply.

Am guessing that you are unable to use your Galaxy Y because it cannot pass thru the booting sequence (welcome screen). Most definitely, this is a software problem and quite serious. Have it checked out if still in warranty. There are many uncoventional solutions like flashing but this is definitely advised as a simple mis-step may render the unit unusable.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

@DogTrooper: Thanks for visiting and sorry for the late reply.

Let us breakdown your scenario for easy reference.

Calling problem with galaxy Y but using the same SIM card does not happen to another unit:

Most likely a hardware problem with the speaker if the sound is not audible. However, the strange thing is the autodisconnect after 20 seconds. May I suggest using a headset in making / receiving calls. If the call is clear and you are not disconnected after 20 seconds, then it is highly possible that the error is with the unit's hardware (might be speaker or mic). As for the auto-disconnect after 20 seconds, and this does not happen using the headset, there is a setting to turn off the screen display during call. It is possible this setting is not enabled thus the end button is accidentally pressed during calls.

Phone turns off or goes to silent while in the pocket:

I suggest locking the screen. The power button on the side when long pressed brings up the power off / reboot / silent menu. It is possible that while in the pocket the button is being pressed when the unit is not locked.

Software update

I also understand that you have already had your mobile phone serviced and they have already upgraded the SW and found that there are no errors in it. It would be great if you would be able to "recreate" the issues / errors while in the service center. In that way, they will explore it more closely rather than doing the regular troubleshooting steps.

Hope this helps :)


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hello kabayan shaibayrante :)

Thank you for visiting and for the comments. Will try to answer your questions as much as I can:

1. It seems that the La'Fleur galaxy line of phones is produced by Samsung especially to target the female users. It is available on different models like S3, Y Duos, and galaxy Y. Am thinking that the core is basically the same with minor difference in terms of cosmetics (hardware design) and other apps that are beneficial for female users.

2. Limited RAM is one of the limitations of the SGY. It is not advisable to do this often – only in cases wherein the unit becomes laggy (bumabagal). Technically speaking, experts says that nothing serious will result to this but personally, when I used an app that clears all cache, running applications, etc. the back key and menu key becomes unresponsive (hindi na gumana) until I reboot the unit

3. I don’t totally drain the battery before charging. Once the phone informs me to plug in the charger or that the battery is already low, I will already charge it – most of the time up to 100%. Of course there are certain unavoidable cases wherein I have to connect it to the computer where the battery will charge automatically, but in this cases I don’t wait for it to fully charge

4. Yikes, the 4g memory card is quite low for me because I use the unit for watching videos, mp3s, eBooks, etc… I suggest going for 16 gb since it is not that expensive – just avoid formatting the SD card regularly as this is the usual scenario where cheap SD cards are damaged :)

I use “app2sd” app to transfer apps from internal memory to SD card. The app will inform you what apps are transferable and what are not. Additionally, the app has a setting wherein it will allow the user to set the SD card as the default memory when downloading and installing apps :)

That’s just about it. Thanks again for visiting and for commenting.

PS: I use MXplayer to watch videos (it can play almost all type of video formats)


Mark 3 years ago

I can't seem to connect my Samsung Galaxy Y properly to my new Kia Sportage. It pairs with bluetooth but it doesn't transfer my contacts onto the cars screen. Is this is problem with the phone?


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Mark,

Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Seems like a compatible issue. Galaxy Y has been introduced last year which might not make it compatible with current vehicle accessories. Suggest exploring apps that might do this or consult with tech support of Samsung.

Hope this helps


shaibayrante 3 years ago

thanks a lot kuya :)) really helpful tips for me & to others. i'll try to download all your suggested apps :))


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Thanks also shaibayrante :)

Happy to help :)


francis 3 years ago

hi sir pilipino po pala kayo, musta na po? may problema din po ako sa galaxy y ko, sana po matulungan nyo ko, lagi po nag memesage ng unmounted sd card for safe removal tapos mag media scanning na, ung na yayari po pag ino off and on ung unit, 2 po ung ganito ko, ung 1 lang po ang my problema ng ganun, ,thanks po and God Bless


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hello kabayan francis :)

Yup, am a filipino but I would answer your inquiry in english because my post also caters to international readers :)

Anyway, as I understand, you frequently encounter the message safe to unmount sd card / media scanner running then you have to restart / on-off the phone. I also see that you have two galaxy y units but this scenario does not happen to the other one.

If I may suggest, exchange the memory cards of the two units (i-swap ang memory cards) and remember which one originally belongs to the malfunctioning unit. It is possible that the error is the memory card since the error does not happen on thr other unit (baka medyo sira ang memory card)

Hope this helps :)


francis 3 years ago

ok po sir, try ko tnx a lot hope it will work, ill just update you what will happen tnx and God Bless


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Welcome kabayan :)


supastaa 3 years ago

Hi, i have had my galaxy y for 1 month now and have had no major problems with it, only real issue i have is not all apps can be transferred from phone to sd card, facebook being 1 of those taking up 28mb so uninstalled it, i regularly clear cache to keep the phone running smooth.

i have put on a screen protector and bought a stylus, i have fat fingers and keep pressing wrong letters, which makes texting a lot easier and using the swype keyboard is easier with a stylus. watching movies and listening to music are great on it, the camera although only 2 mega pixels takes good quality pictures, there are a few settings for different environments.

I have thought, well still thinking, of rooting my phone but keep putting it off incase i brick the phone, it's only a month old so don't want to ruin it yet, i do plan on buying a better phone in about 5 months time. For the price of this phone you get a good quality phone, i would recommend this phone to anyone.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Supastaa,

Thank you for visiting my hub. Yup, its a great phone for its price - get the jobs done for the average user. As for the apps, yup, there are certain apps that cannot be transferred unless you have root access - though there is always the risk of damaging the phone when rooting is not done correctly.

Thanks again for visiting :)


Jack uk 3 years ago

Hi, I have had my Samsung Galaxy Y for around 5months with no big problems other than it keeps saying Sim Error with a pic of a lil Sim card and warning sign appers at the top where the signal bars should be. Turn off then turn back on again used to sort the problem, however that isn't the case now sometimes im turning my phone on and off 20+ times all through the day.. It does it most (nearly every call now) during calls and sending receiving txts which is very frustrating as its a mobile phone that I ultimately can't talk to anyone on! lol.. Internet doesn't work either during this Sim error, but it does if your using it through wifi.. Any help would be grately appreciated, Thank you.


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Jack UK,

thank you for visiting and sorry to hear about the issues you're currently encountering. Seems like a software compatibility problem with the network provider - unit unable to recognize sim, constant call drop, phone restarts, etc... if the unit is under warranty, it is recommeneded to upgrade it to the latest OS supported / provided by the mobile carrier.

Hope this helps :)


iyanne 3 years ago

Hi sir. I would like to ask on how to get my lock screen wallpaper back that was lost and also my right side button only shows "power off".


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi iyanne,

Thank you for visiting. Configuring the wallpaper as well as the screen lock can be found on the settings menu under "Location and Security".

As for the right side button, only the Power Button is located there. The volume keys are located on the left side.

Hope this helps :)


Luigi 3 years ago

Hey, can I ask you how to root my SGY and where can I download the "update.zip"


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Luigi,

Thank for dropping by. There are various sources on the web that teaches how to root the SGY and also contains the mentioned zip file. However, I wouldn't post it here as there are a chance that doing so may damage the unit. Please proceed with caution if you really like to root the device.


Luigi 3 years ago

What are the possible effects of rooting my SGY


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Luigi,

Welcome back. The ultimate benefit you'll get on a rooted phone is access to everything - using apps that only requires root access, changing the rom, partitions, etc...

The ultimate risk on trying to root the phone is making it unusable (bricking). Though there are many solutions on how to revive a bricked phone, usually, the instructions are hard to follow (installing odin, dokng the correct flash, etc...)

Thanks again :)


warren21 3 years ago

my SGY always switching off..what will happen if i root my phone ?


pathik 3 years ago

Why my sgy shows no memory card inserted, although is shows in the my files...


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi warren21,

Thank you for dropping by. The switching off issue may be SW related though it is possible that the power button is frequently pressed while in the pocket. As for root inquiry, have already answered it on previous replies.

Thanks :)


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi pathik,

Thank you for dropping by. It is possible that the memory card is not yet formatted / recognized by the unit. Suggest backing up the files and format the memory card using sgy.

Hope this helps :)


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balletomanehk 3 years ago

Hi, I just got this phone but could not receive any phone calls! There is this green button on the screen for receiving incoming calls. I kept on pressing on it but it didn't work. Neither did the hanging-up button work. I don't otherwise have any problem with the touchscreen function. Has anyone run into this issue? What should I do?


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Balletomanehk,

Thank you for visiting. As for the inquiry, have to admit that it is quite strange. If the touchscreen works well, it might be a setting or software issue. To isolate the cause, suggest trying to connecting a headset and see if answering calls using the answer key of the headset is possible.


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balletomanehk 3 years ago

Hi writerjj, thanks for your reply. It turns out that I had to swipe my finger across the screen after touching the "button"! I didn't know about this until a friend pointed out to me. I had never used a smartphone so I was still in the dumb phone mode, LOL!!!


Rose 3 years ago

How can I download the Candy Crash Saga app in my Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 phone? Can you also answer questions with HTC HD7 phone?


Mohit 3 years ago

I have a strange problem with my sgy.My Phone shows no sdcard detected even sdcard is


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi balletomanehk - glad to hear all is fine :)

Hi Rose - haven't tried that particular app yet. However, if you found the app on Google's PlayStore, you can try downloading it. The unit will inform you if it is compatible with the device. As for HTC HD7, will try as most Android phones are quite similar with each other. Hope this helps :)

Hi Mohit - There are possible reasons for this type of error. Some of the common ones include that the card is not inserted correctly, corrupted memory card, and formatting not compatible. Hope this helps. :)


pem 3 years ago

unfortunately i droped my SGY in water, and screen faded start, after that i turn off my mobile, after that when i tried to open it, it remain only for a second and agn it disappear, can anyone help plz?


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MuhdNurHidayat 3 years ago

I'm Hidayat from Malaysia, I have some questions:

1. in the clock page, there is a part where it wrote 'belongs to' , how to set the owner name? for now it show dashes ----

2. why my wifi seems corrupted if I type something like comment too long time ? I got tired of reconnect my wifi each time I want to post comment

3. why my headset that is provided with my SGY only plays left audio on both sides of headset? it's quite weird… but in normal speaker it play correctly, and when I try the headset on my netbook laptop, it works fine!

4. why facebook app often takes up a lot of memory? I uninstalled it because I'm frustated!

5. what's the actual different between 'sw' and 'hw' mode in video player? I'm using MXplayer.

I hope you can answer me. \(^o^)/

additional note: I really love MXplayer! It can load my .ass and .ssa subtitles correctly even though the timing quite late from video, like 0.3 seconds and fade effect not correct~


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Pem,

Yikes, that sounded bad. Usually, when an electronic device got wet, it is best not to turn it on because the inside components are still wet. Doing so may short circuit said components. It would be a good thing to have dry it first (totally dry) before turning it on. However, if that won't work, better have it checked by an experienced technician.

Hope this helps.

Thanks for dropping by :)


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi MuhdNurHidayat,

Thanks for visiting. Will try to answer your lengthy questions :)

1. Kindly expand what do you mean by clock page - clock settings? screen saver time out? clock on the home page?

2. By corrupted, does this mean frequent disconnection? Normally, this occur when the signal is not strong enough. It would be great to connect with one that has a strong signal to prevent interruption.

3. It is possible that the headset is broken. Try one that you know that is working and see if it work.

4. I don't use that app also.

5. Not really sure with this one. As long as it plays the video, I'm good :)

Hope this helps and thanks for dropping by.


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balletomanehk 3 years ago

Hello I have another question: the screen of my phone seems to be uneven. I makes my eyes very uncomfortable. Also, sometimes when I need to press a certain button on the screen that is located at the corner of the screen, it does not respond to my touching, so I can't even use some applications -- e.g. the "Post" button on the FB app. Do you think it is a hardware problem? Is it common for this model or is it just me?


Netexec 3 years ago

How do I remove quick office from my Galaxy Y phone?


mackenroy 3 years ago

hi i have a problem with d phone i had a screen lock patern and i used it wrongle many times now it is asking for user name and password of google account i start loging it but it is showing that the user name or password is wrong

revert me if it is possible

thanking u

fernandes


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hello balletomanehk,

Thank you again for visiting. Am not sure about the uneven screen but with regard to difficulty in touching the corner of the screen, it might be related to the small screen size of the phone.

Hello Netexec,

By remove, do you mean uninstalling it? Uninstalling the app should remove the entire application.

Hello mackenroy / fernandes,

This scenario happens when the incorrect pattern has been supplied numerous times. Simply key in the correct username and password and it should email the correct pattern to the account.


maimom sajib 3 years ago

somtime my SGY using internet after lock the mbl nd then open lock show unexcept memory card


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kaelaeon 3 years ago

hi kuya, I have a problem with my galaxy y connecting to kies, it just keep saying connecting and then nothing happens, I tried 'Troubleshoot connection error' several times then nothing happens, what shall I do after that?


Polly Kane 3 years ago

Just got Galaxy y today reading these comments scared now wasted my money . I can't even get the SIM card in and battery does the SIM card hook into anything so it doesn't move . Hoping my lack of getting started is due to my hand is in plaster , how embarrassing . Should I take phone back


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi Kaelaeon -

Thanks for dropping by. Actually, we have the same problem regarding Kies :) I don't actually use it because of the error. Anyway, do you plan to upgrade the software using Kies?

Hi Polly Kane,

Thanks for dropping by. The SIM card has a special slot wherein it will be inserted. The slot also has a small picture/icon of the SIM card's position when inserted. As for the battery, make sure that you don't interchange the (+) and (-) connection terminals. Anyway, looking at the my SGY, it appears that you wouldn't be able to fit the battery in if it has the wrong orientation. Hope this helps.


rashid 3 years ago

my galaxy s5360 has a problem of slow response when the packet data is activated..it takes along time to turn on, how can this problem be solved?


man 3 years ago

stupid phone


ceidhy 3 years ago

what should I do if my phone keeps on restarting and shows only the blue flashing logo of samsung?


tomy 3 years ago

What app that uses the micro sd as internal memory thanks in advance


ScottEdgene 3 years ago

Good Day Sir,

The problem with my SGY is that whenever I connect it to my PC, the Screen is Unresponsive or delayed. I can't even use it as a mass storage. I can still transfer files by using KIES but I want a solution to the problem. I searched google for 2 weeks now.

Hope you can help me with this.


imcarrot 3 years ago

good day sir ..

my friend told me to root my galaxy y so that i can play candy crush im so addictive to that game i can't download that game in play store bec its not applicable to my phone so he suggest me to root my phone it is good to root my phone or not? one time im download a theme on play store but after i download it it become low space but my memory card external is 8g then my internal is 2g...i hope you can help me with this ... i buy my phone in sulit.com


jhay 3 years ago

Hello ser.. i have my prob in my cp.. when i plug it it debugg for files etc. The prob is not charging.. i reset it a while ago after that it wont charging tsk... any one who cn help me :( Gb


Ali Abbas 3 years ago

I updated my software of Samsung galaxy pocket s5300 and since then its not working except a Samsung screen on it. pl help me


satish 3 years ago

my samsung galaxy yduos GT-S6102 is not accepting the firmware update .while trying to update through kies an unknown error is occurring .please resolve my problem my current firmware is :PDA:MC1:PHONE:MC1/CSC:MB1 (INO) -


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

@rashid:

Hi and thanks for dropping by. Would like to assist you however, please give more information on your inquiry. Are you referring to slow internet connection with the packet data or the unit itself lags whenever you turn on the internet connection?


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi ceidhy,

thank you for dropping by. As for the inquiry, I think this is a firmware problem. It would be advisable to bring it to the nearest service center. However, if you consider yourself as an advance user familiar with rooting and odin, you may update the firmware yourself but please proceed with caution


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi tomy,

This is an advance process and not advisable if you are not that familiar with rooting and other android configuration techniques. However, if you are referring to make the SD card as the default location for saving, this can be done on the settings page under memory / storage


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi ScottEdgene,

For a clearer picture, are you referring that the apps are no longer working or the unit itself won't work? I think it is the former as you can still transfer files with Kies. Please be advised that to enable the phone as a mass storage, you must enable this option on the "Settings" page under USB / storage / security (options may vary depending on firmware). anyway, once enabled, pull down the notifications area and select the option trasnfer files to PC. Also in this mode, all apps stored on the sd card would not be accessible. Hope this helps :)


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writerjj 3 years ago Author

Hi imcarrot,

rooting is a good thing as you can fully customize the phone. However, it is not advised as the process can also damage the phone. I don't put the rooting process here because of the mentioned information. However, please proceed with caution if you still want to. To answer your query, rooting can enable the SD card to appear as an internal memory.


amira 3 years ago

i bought a samsung grand plus mobile and uploaded whatsapp , the problem is i can't send photos or videos , but i can receive them , so i don't know if the phone itself works like this or there's something wrong with the media thingy! any recommendations please ?


riyaad 3 years ago

Pleasr help me my memory card does not wane read but it did work before I did to reset the phones memory then it didn't wane work after that so please any 1 help me can't downlaod anything and install it


sohil 3 years ago

Hey i want to know if the phone can be upgraded if yes plz tell me how plz


rohit kumar chhetri 3 years ago

hi frnds can you help me about samsung galxy 5630


joseph 3 years ago

hi! sir good day i just want to ask,is it a default setting that you can't access the internal memory in samsung galaxy y,i mean you can't access the folders in the internal memory without using an app? thanks sir


joca 3 years ago

pozzzz, child lock the phone by using a template and having forgotten that he has repeatedly tried to reset it but now requires a Google Account and it is not included Izzat I wonder if there's some sort of code over to emergency calls by typing the phone unlocked, even if and wiped all data, and return it to the factory podešavanja.telefon the Samsun Galaxy S 5360.unapred thanks..


yasith 3 years ago

i send some music files (mp3) frm my lap top to the galxy y..first they were plyng bt in a few time i get some error massege as"file type not suprted" but earlier they were playng well..wht should i do sir..thanxx :(


Paul Browns 3 years ago

I bought one of these last week and am still trying to expand the size of print when searching the net as it is too small to read.I have looked at setting and can't seem to find how to correct it.Secondly I am finding it hard to fit the SD card.I am not very savvy when it comes to mobiles or computers which has led me to this site.

Thanking you in advance.


rupam 2 years ago

hey there..i am having problem with my samsung galaxy young GT-S6312...i can't access my mobile data connectivity,when i am turning it on there no sign of it coming on the top nor i could access the internet..please help


shiva prasad c 2 years ago

In my galaxy young s6312 when i goes to google play store it will be comes to home screen and apps games dosent download. Unfortunately google play store has stoped on comes to scrrenmsg and hanging some time when this sceen msg will be comes. Then what is the solution of this problem.


bodrot 2 years ago

I've been using galaxy y gt-s5360 for 2 years now and find no problem with it.... I only changed sd card once, have rooted it, upgraded it to jelly bean 4.2.2, and installed swap file to expand its RAM. In fact I almost bricked it but was able to restore it to its original firmware myself using Odin V1.85... now it is still running good


arcie 2 years ago

Bonjour!! I have a problem in my samsung galaxy y s5360....my sd card bcome formatting because of wrong upgrading then when i turn off this,instead of no light because it turn off but there's a light even if i turn off,,,what should i do?


markyvonne 2 years ago

When i will connect my sgy to pc using usb my phone vibrates recently tulungan nyo po ako


marvin 2 years ago

hello sir...

ive got a problem with my sgy the wifi icon on the top of the screen disappears momentarily and after a second the icon goes back and after about 2 or 3 minutes it disappears again please help me thnx


ALI 2 years ago

my samsung galaxy y speakers are working in slow voice and donot update the firmware ANY SOL???


sandro 2 years ago

hello my problem of my SGY is that when i turn on the power it appears only white screen no diplay..can u give me some advice thanks..


Tushar 2 years ago

Hi ! My Samsung galaxy y is hanging coz of songs ...what to do...help me


paramjit kaur 2 years ago

I have been purchased Samsung Galaxy Young Duos S6312 model in March 2014. now my mobile data is not working. 3 G is not working. network is not available. what can i do . please help.


paramjit kaur 2 years ago

I have been purchased Samsung Galaxy Young Duos S6312 model in March 2014. now my mobile data is not working. 3 G is not working. network is not available. what can i do . please help.


Ruby 2 years ago

while playing candy crush on samsung duos 3, my songs get stopped as when I start candy crush game.. please help me


Dan Lesley Ablay 2 years ago

Hello po :) pahelp naman po sa problem ko :) kasi po nawawalan walan po ng signal ung phone ko na Samsung Galaxy Y duos (GT-s6310) minsan no service minsan magkakaroon ng signal. TApos nung tinanggal namin ung sim ay nagkakaroon ng sinal pero may nakalagay na no service


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writerjj 2 years ago Author

Hi gais, sorry if I haven't replied for a long time on this hub. I already have a new phone and only uses my galaxy Y as our home hotspot / wireless modem.

To Dan L.A - intermittent signal concerns mostly rely on the SIM card not touching the connectors of the unit. Try inserting a different sim card with flat / good condition and see if the problem still persists.

To Ruby - I don't have a Samsung DUOS but reinstalling the game might help :)


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writerjj 2 years ago Author

Hi gais, sorry if I haven't replied for a long time on this hub. I already have a new phone and only uses my galaxy Y as our home hotspot / wireless modem.

To Dan L.A - intermittent signal concerns mostly rely on the SIM card not touching the connectors of the unit. Try inserting a different sim card with flat / good condition and see if the problem still persists.

To Ruby - I don't have a Samsung DUOS but reinstalling the game might help :)


Vijay 24 months ago

Hi, I bought a samsung galaxy J from Japan. I am unable to type text after some time. When I reboot it works fine but after some time it gain stops.

Any setting or app need to be downloaded please inform me.


saran 23 months ago

unable to install candy crush game what was the problem in galaxy y s5360


yanie suhaidi 20 months ago

My samsung galaxy young gt-s6310 already hard reset but still cannot start on,what i do?


Gcabs 20 months ago

i have some serious problem here, every time i master reset my samsung gt-s6310 there is no option aside from an android that has warning sign on her chest.

any idea?


gama 7 months ago

my samsung pocket phone vibrates continously. i tried to reset. when i reinstall some applications, it started all over. please help

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