Friday, April 20, 2007

Download Mobile Softwares

To download most applications, you'll download directly to your device while you're online and synced to your desktop computer. You may also download applications onto your desktop and sync them to your device later.

First, check the available storage on your device to decide where you will store the application.
On your Pocket PC:
  • Tap Start > Settings.
  • Tap the System tab.
  • Tap Memory.
  • The default view is the main memory of your device. You'll see how much storage is available, and you can adjust the memory allocated between programs and storage.
  • To see how much storage is available on your storage cards, tap Storage Card.
  • Use the drop-down menu to select your available storage cards and view their available memory.
On your Smartphone:
  • Press Start.
  • Press File Manager.
  • Select the storage type you want to view – in my case, Storage for my built-in storage and Storage Card for my miniSD card.
  • Press Menu.
  • Select Properties to view the amount of storage that is currently used.
  • Connect your Windows Mobile powered device to your desktop computer with the sync cable.
  • Browse online for the application you want to download.
  • Click the button to download (after paying or whatever is required).
    • Note: When downloading executables (.exe), make sure your source is reliable.
  • A dialog box of some type should open asking if you want to Open (Run) or Save the software. If you select Open (Run), the application will download, and if zipped, will require you to unzip the program.
  • Navigate to the folder you unzipped or saved the file to and find the Setup file. Click on the Setup file.
    • Note: Every program downloads differently. In most cases, once you click on the download button and select Open or Run, you will go straight to step 6.
  • The program will begin the install process. A dialog will open asking if you want to install the program to your Pocket PC using the default application install directory.
  • This is when you chose where to store the application on your device. I usually store all applications on a storage card. One exception: Today plug-ins. Most programs will let you know in advance if they need to be stored in the main storage on your device.
  • To save the application to a storage card, click No at this screen.
  • You'll see a drop-down menu. Click on the drop-down to see all your storage choices.
  • Select the type of storage you want to use and have available.
  • The installation will start. When it is complete, check your device to see if any further steps are required.
  • Click OK.

Most .CAB files download just as easily as any other file. In some cases, you may have to manage the process. You can install a .hme file in the same way.

For Your Smartphone
  • Open ActiveSync on your desktop
  • Click Explore.
  • Copy the file to \Storage\Windows\Start Menu\Accessories on your device.
On the device:
  • Press Start.
  • Select Accessories.
  • Open the .CAB file.
  • The application will install on your device.
Note: If you don't see the file in Accessories, use File Manager to find and open the file.
  • Press Start.
  • Scroll to File Manager and select.
  • Select Storage/Windows/Start Menu/Accessories.
  • Open the .CAB file.
For Your Pocket PC
  • Open ActiveSync on your desktop
  • Click Explore.
  • Copy the file to your device. You can do this by dragging and dropping the file from the folder on your desktop to the /windows folder for your device.
On the device, open File Explorer:
  • Tap Start > Programs > File Explorer.
  • Open the folder that you copied the .CAB file into.
  • Tap the .CAB file.
  • The application will install on your device.
When you install a .CAB file, it deletes the .CAB file from your desktop. Read Grab That Cab File from iPAQ.net to find out how to preserve your file. If you want to install a .CAB file to a storage card, try the free program CabInstl.
For a Windows Mobile powered device from your desktop:
  • Open ActiveSync.
  • Click Explore.
For a Pocket PC from your device:
  • Tap Start > Programs.
  • Tap Find.
  • Enter the name of the file you want to find.
  • Tap Go.
Or you can search for your files by:
  • Tap Start > Programs.
  • Tap File Explorer.
  • Select My Device from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen.
  • You will see a list of your folders, including your storage card folders.
To find files on your Smartphone:
  • Press Start.
  • Select File Manager.
  • Press Menu.
  • Select Find.
  • Enter your file name.
  • Press Start.

For a Pocket PC from ActiveSync on your desktop:

Note: This will uninstall from your desktop as well as your device. To remove only from your device, follow the second set of instructions.
  • Open ActiveSync.
  • Click Tools.
  • Select Add/Remove Programs.
  • You'll see a list of installed and available programs.
  • Uncheck the program(s) you want uninstalled.
  • Click the Remove button to uninstall from your desktop and your device.
For a Pocket PC from the device:
  • Tap Start > Settings.
  • Tap the System tab.
  • Tap Remove Programs.
  • You'll see a list of installed programs.
  • Select the program you want to remove.
  • Tap the Remove button.
  • A warning message will appear to ask if you really want to remove the program.
  • Tap the Yes button.
For a Smartphone from ActiveSync on your desktop:

Note: This will uninstall from your desktop as well as your device. To remove only from your device, follow the second set of instructions.

  • Open ActiveSync.
  • Click Tools.
  • Select Add/Remove Programs.
  • You'll see a list of installed and available programs.
  • Uncheck the program(s) you want uninstalled.
  • Click the Remove button to uninstall from your desktop and your device.
For a Smartphone from the device:
  • Press Start.
  • Select Settings.
  • Scroll to Remove Programs and select.
  • Select the program you want to remove.
  • Press Done.

Helpful Software

Battery Pack Pro

One of the most helpful software programs I've used is Battery Pack Pro. It will display your available storage on your Today screen, and will even tell you when your storage is low. It sounds a little like the cars that used to say "Your door is ajar." You can turn off that feature if you want. It will also warn you if your battery is low and show your network usage on your Today screen.

You can purchase Battery Pak Pro at Smartphone.net, or download a free trial version.