Android Hack: Send a “Yo” without the app!
What is the Yo app?
The tech world is buzzing with news of Yo, the app known to many as “the Facebook killer”, “the greatest thing since sliced bread” and “hope for a better future”. What is “Yo”? So glad you asked. It’s an app that allows you to send the word “Yo” to your friends, enemies and your administrative assistants. I first read about the app here.
If you’re like me, you’re waiting for the app that downloads apps for you, and until that happens you “OMG can’t even” put in the time to a) find the Yo app, b) download the Yo app, c) open the app and d) use the app. Not to mention the fact that downloading an app takes up precious room on your mobile device, which means less room for Candy Crush, Angry Birds and G-Massage. So, whats a girl to do? Enter the Android Yo Hack. This is how we do:
For starters, I’m only going to be focusing on Android for this hack (because iPhones are for #@(#%ing $&^$s, if you know what I mean), specifically the Samsung Galaxy 4. I’m also going on the assumption that your device is already turned on. If not, try playing it some Barry Manilow.
Click on the “Cheez-it in Envelope” icon on the bottom of your screen. It’s the one labeled “Messaging”. It does not actually send Cheez-its (I think the app is still in beta), but it does send messages.
You’ll get to a screen showing all of your past messages. If you’re like me, you’re probably very popular and have a ton of them. Sadly, you aren’t me, but you can smell like me if you start showering and use OldSpice.
On the top right of the screen is the “Picasso Pac-man” icon. Tap that.
You’re now on the “New message” screen. This is where you can send a new message. Click on the “Person” icon and choose the person to whom you would like to send a message. I’m going to be sending a message to my wife, Hannah Zuber, arguably the greatest thing to happen in my life since sliced bread (soon to be ousted by this Yo hack).
By way of background, the crazy buttons you see on the bottom of the screen are known as a “keyboard”. It’s a bit confusing because there is a musical instrument by that same name, as well as a hardware device used on computers, but stay with me. On the keyboard are a series of keys, most of which contain letters and numbers. I’m going to focus on the letters.
You’ll notice 27 letters. A-Z and a bonus letter “Sym”, which is used in words like “Symbols”. Amongst those letters, you’ll notice the letter “Y”, not be mistaken with the word “y”, which is commonly used in sentences such as “y?”. Tap that.
Now that you have your “Y” in place, type the letter “o”. Now this part can be confusing because there is a number “0” that looks an awful lot like the letter “o”. You want to hit the one next to the letter “P”.
Hit “Send” and the magic happens. You’ve just sent the word “Yo” to the person of your choice. They will get a notification and a chance to respond.
It’s a few more steps than using the Yo app, but the benefits are a) not having to download yet another app (as mentioned above) and b) you can also send other words as well, which I can cover in a future post.
Also to be covered in a future post is how you can send “yo” through popular email services, such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Mail.
I’m still working on a Facebook Messenger hack, any tips would be much appreciated.