Explain Everything™ for Android – FAQ

The iPad version of Explain Everything has been in constant development for over 4 years, and the Android and Windows versions are much younger. Some of the features are not available yet in Android and Windows but we are continuing to work on making all three platforms have equal features.

Explain Everything for Android does not currently support PPT or PPTx files. In order to open your presentation in Explain Everything, please first convert it to PDF.

When two objects overlap, triple-tap an overlapping region to group them together. Do the same gesture with already grouped objects to ungroup them. To group non-overlapping objects, open the Inspector, tap the desired objects, and select the appropriate Group or Ungroup option.

You can use any photo (from your Photo Gallery, 3rd party service, or a new photo) service, and set it as the background image. First, insert a picture using the “Insert Object” and then select the Inspector. Tap on the desired image and choose “Set as background”.

Tap on the Slide Sorter. Select “Template change” if you want to change the template background for all the slides. If you want to change the template background for just the chosen slide, press and hold the slide thumbnail for which you want to make the change. Tap on the multi-colored icon in the bottom-right corner and select the desired new background template for the slide.

Due to technical differences this suggestion is applicable to Android devices only.

If you see that there are some problems on specific websites, please use the Quicksnap button in the upper right corner which looks like a camera button to capture the moment you want shown during playback. EE’s website capture is based on webpage screenshots that are afterwards scrolled and displayed in sequence. This process will not work with rich media content such as embedded videos (on YouTube, for example). This is for both technical and copyright-related reasons.

Tap on the Slide Sorter. Press and hold the slide thumbnail which you want to delete or duplicate. Tap the red “X” in the top right corner to delete it. The “2X” button in the left corner will duplicate that slide.

For an inserted video to play in your project, you have to press play on the video object while Explain Everything is recording. Insert your video file, press Record on the bottom bar of Explain Everything, and tap the video object once to reveal the Play button (if it is not already visible) and then tap that Play button.

Press any project thumbnail on the Explain Everything Home Screen and hold it for 2-3 seconds. An ‘X’ button will appear on each project thumbnail which when tapped will delete that project.

To redo the recording on a particular slide, press the Rewind button to go to the beginning of the recording and then press the Record button. The new recording will overwrite any existing recording.

While a drawing is active, you can erase portions of it using the Eraser Tool. A drawing changes from being active to being a completed drawing object as soon as a tool other than the Draw Tool or Eraser Tool is selected. A completed drawing object can be moved, resized, and rotated, but you cannot erase portions of it. You can delete the entire drawing object using the delete tool, or you can set the Draw Tool color to match the background of the drawing for a ‘white-out’ effect.

Go to the Preferences -> Accounts tab on the Home Screen and move the login slider of the desired account to OFF and then back ON again. You can then login with a different account. Please note, that if you have a native app for a cloud service (e.g., Google Drive) on your iPad, you may have to logout of your account on that native app as well.

The echo occurs when the sound of a video played within Explain Everything is captured by the build-in microphone during recording. This generally happens when playing a video within the app and simultaneously recording.

To avoid this issue, you might try to use headphones. By using headphones you prevent the build-in microphone from picking up any playback audio. You could also turn your volume all the way down if you don’t need to hear the audio from an inserted video object.

There is no recording size limit in Explain Everything. The only suggestion that we have (for best results) is to keep the length of an individual slide below 20 minutes.

You can find the updated list of available language versions in the Google Play and the Chrome Web Store.

If you are interested in buying multiple copies of Explain Everything, please contact sales@explaineverything.com in order to buy a bulk or site license at a discount of the individual price.

In order to solve the issue, please try to install the Samsung Spen SDK from the Google Play app store – it should help. Here is the link to the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samsung.android.sdk.spen30&hl=en

Open the Discover tab in Explain Everything. Find the project you would like to access. Open the project and tap on the Get button in the upper right corner. Choose either to download the project or to add it to My Discover. Once the project is downloaded it is a fully-editable project file.

You can share your project by sharing a link to it from the browser or by providing others with a CODE. When viewing a project using a web browser, tap “Show more” and copy the CODE. When viewing a project on Discover from within the app, tap on the Export button and choose a destination where to save project’s CODE. You can share it directly by email, Facebook and more!

In order to check which version of Explain Everything is installed on your device, tap on the Explain EverythingTM name in the upper left of the Home Screen. It is important that all participants have the same version of the app for successful collaboration.

My Discover is a space where all your projects uploaded to Explain Everything Discover can be found. You can also save (bookmark) projects made by other users which you wish to access.

A Premium Account is a single licence, while an EDU Group Account consists of 30 licences. You can find more details and pricing here.

The app can be downloaded and distributed for free like any other free app in your institution via the regular app store (iOS, Google Play, Windows) and any MDM solution that supports the distribution of free applications. Once launched, a 30-day trial of premium features (that is editing tools) will automatically begin. To continue using the premium editing, recording, and exporting features of the application after the trial, an Explain Everything Subscription must be purchased. Without a subscription, the app will continue to play back local projects, join collaborative sessions as a participant, and to browse Explain Everything Discover. A license can be deployed to constituents within an organization from an admin console or using distributed join CODE(s).

Explain Everything Classic is available only for people who purchased it before January 2016. Bug fixes and maintenance will continue for the time being.

If you bought the old version of the app you can still download it from the Google Play Store. In order to access the app, please log in to Google Play, then tap on the Menu (three lines next to the search bar) and go to Apps & Games – My apps & games. Explain Everything Classic will be available for you to download from the list of your purchased apps.

Yes! You can use Explain Everything on a Chromebook without a touchscreen.

I am using a Chromebook without a touchscreen. Can I still use Explain Everything?

Yes! You can use Explain Everything on a Chromebook without a touchscreen.

Select the Draw Tool. Click and hold anywhere the stage and then use one finger to draw on the trackpad.

Resize Objects
Select the Hand Tool. With the pointer on an object, press down on the trackpad with two fingers and swipe up or down to resize the object.

Rotate Objects
Select the Hand Tool. With the pointer on an object, hold the CTRL button on the keyboard and then press down on the trackpad with two fingers and swipe up or down to rotate the object.

Using a mouse?
Use the “right click” for resizing and rotating objects instead of a two-finger trackpad press.