By Dan Gookin

Part of Android Phones & Tablets For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You’ll feel like an expert user with your Android after you absorb this assortment of handy, time-saving tricks:

  • Dictation! You can speak to your gizmo as an effective and quick alternative to using the onscreen keyboard.
  • Use the Recent icon to quickly switch between apps.
  • Modify the Home screen: change the wallpaper, add your favorite apps, slap down some useful widgets.
  • Whenever possible, use the phone or LTE tablet’s Wi-Fi Internet connection to avoid incurring mobile data surcharges.
  • Long-press a key on the onscreen keyboard to peruse alternative characters.
  • Spread your fingers to zoom into a web page, which makes clicking links much easier.
  • Swipe the Camera icon on the Lock screen to snap a quick photo.
  • Quickly put the Android into vibration mode by pressing the Down Volume key until the phone vibrates.
  • An Android tablet can make phone calls, but you must first install the proper app. For traditional phone calls, Skype is a good idea. The Google Hangouts app can be used for phone calls, providing the Hangouts Dialer app is installed.
  • Use the various Search icons to look for things on the Android, on the Internet, or in a specific app.
  • When downloading updates, new apps, or for faster Web browsing, activate Wi-Fi.
  • Use the Google Assistant to control the Android with your voice or to search the Internet.