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

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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

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
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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.

Got questions or something to share with the galaxy Y? Put it here

gama on May 09, 2016:

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

Gcabs on April 02, 2015:

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?

yanie suhaidi on March 28, 2015:

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

saran on January 08, 2015:

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

Vijay on December 14, 2014:

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.

writerjj (author) on October 11, 2014:

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 :)

writerjj (author) on October 11, 2014:

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 :)

Dan Lesley Ablay on October 08, 2014:

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

Ruby on September 11, 2014:

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

paramjit kaur on July 21, 2014:

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 on July 21, 2014:

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.

Tushar on July 16, 2014:

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

sandro on May 30, 2014:

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..

ALI on May 28, 2014:

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

marvin on March 29, 2014:

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

markyvonne on February 07, 2014:

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

arcie on January 14, 2014:

Bonjour!! I have a problem in my samsung galaxy y 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?

bodrot on January 10, 2014:

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

shiva prasad c on December 13, 2013:

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.

rupam on December 08, 2013:

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

Paul Browns on December 03, 2013:

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.

yasith on November 11, 2013:

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 :(

joca on November 02, 2013:

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..

joseph on October 06, 2013:

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

rohit kumar chhetri on September 23, 2013:

hi frnds can you help me about samsung galxy 5630

sohil on September 16, 2013:

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

riyaad on September 15, 2013:

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

amira on September 15, 2013:

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 ?

writerjj (author) on September 13, 2013:

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.

writerjj (author) on September 13, 2013:

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 :)

writerjj (author) on September 13, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on September 13, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on September 13, 2013:


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?

satish on September 10, 2013:

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) -

Ali Abbas on September 01, 2013:

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

jhay on August 29, 2013:

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

imcarrot on August 22, 2013:

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

ScottEdgene on August 18, 2013:

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.

tomy on August 14, 2013:

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

ceidhy on August 14, 2013:

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

man on August 11, 2013:

stupid phone

rashid on August 05, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on August 02, 2013:

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.

Polly Kane on August 01, 2013:

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

kaelaeon on July 27, 2013:

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?

maimom sajib on July 14, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on July 06, 2013:

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.

mackenroy on July 06, 2013:

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


Netexec on July 01, 2013:

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

balletomanehk on June 29, 2013:

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?

writerjj (author) on June 29, 2013:

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.

writerjj (author) on June 29, 2013:

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 :)

MuhdNurHidayat on June 26, 2013:

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~

pem on June 26, 2013:

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?

writerjj (author) on June 22, 2013:

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. :)

Mohit on June 21, 2013:

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

Rose on June 21, 2013:

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?

balletomanehk on June 19, 2013:

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!!!

writerjj (author) on June 19, 2013:

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.

balletomanehk on June 18, 2013:

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?

writerjj (author) on May 22, 2013:

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 :)

writerjj (author) on May 22, 2013:

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 :)

pathik on May 20, 2013:

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

warren21 on May 19, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on May 13, 2013:

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 :)

Luigi on May 12, 2013:

What are the possible effects of rooting my SGY

writerjj (author) on May 12, 2013:

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 on May 12, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on May 09, 2013:

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 :)

iyanne on May 08, 2013:

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".

writerjj (author) on May 07, 2013:

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 :)

Jack uk on May 07, 2013:

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.

writerjj (author) on May 04, 2013:

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 :)

supastaa on May 04, 2013:

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.

writerjj (author) on May 02, 2013:

Welcome kabayan :)

francis on May 02, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on May 01, 2013:

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 on May 01, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on April 29, 2013:

Thanks also shaibayrante :)

Happy to help :)

shaibayrante on April 28, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on April 27, 2013:

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

Mark on April 26, 2013:

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?

writerjj (author) on April 26, 2013:

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)

writerjj (author) on April 26, 2013:

@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 :)

writerjj (author) on April 26, 2013:

@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.

shaibayrante on April 26, 2013:

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! :))

DogTrooper on April 26, 2013:

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?

peter on April 24, 2013:

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.

writerjj (author) on April 13, 2013:

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!

lem on April 03, 2013:

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 on April 03, 2013:

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??

writerjj (author) on March 31, 2013:

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.

bea on March 31, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on March 30, 2013:

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.

Anupam Trivedi on March 29, 2013:


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

writerjj (author) on March 28, 2013:

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.

GAAYATHRI . R on March 27, 2013:


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.

writerjj (author) on March 24, 2013:

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.

sherjan qureshi on March 24, 2013:

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

writerjj (author) on March 12, 2013:

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.

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