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What's on the Home Screen of an Android Phone?

The main screen on an Android phone is called the Home screen. It's where all the action takes place: where you start the apps, work the widgets, and check out what's going on via notification and status [more…]

7 Finger Movements for Operating the Android Phone Touchscreen

On your Android phone touchscreen, you can perform several basic actions that carry out various day-to-day operations. It's just a matter of teaching your fingers to do what you want them to. [more…]

10 Android Phone Tricks to Remember

You'll feel like an expert user on the Android phone with this assortment of handy, time-saving tricks. Use them to boost your productivity — or your hopeless addiction to your Android phone: [more…]

10 Free Android Apps

Nothing stirs up controversy like listing ten Android apps out of the more than the 500,000-plus apps available at the Google Play Store. Even so, when I started out with my first Android phone 20 years [more…]

More Exciting Android Phone Ringtones

Your Android phone comes with a smattering of ringtones. These are either preset by the phone's manufacturer or available from the cellular provider. You are not limited to those offerings. [more…]

The Joys of Contact Groups in Your Android Phone

It's possible to corral contacts from your Android phone's address book app into groups. The purpose of these groups is to make contacting everyone in the group easier. Not only that, groups can help you [more…]

Using Android's Panorama and Photo Sphere Modes

The stock Android Camera app features shooting modes beyond the standard still image and video options. Two additional modes that can be truly engaging are Panorama and Photo Sphere. [more…]

Synchronize Android Photos with Dropbox

The key to photo sharing and synchronization is to get items out of your Android phone and to other locations, such as a computer or the Internet. The Dropbox app features a photo synchronization option [more…]

16 Android Phone Icons to Know

Android phones, as well as most Android apps, feature common icons. These symbols work as buttons on the touchscreen: Touch an icon to perform a specific task or action. The icons are quite consistent [more…]

Android Phones For Dummies Cheat Sheet

New to Android phones and need a little help? Get the most use out of your Android with some useful tips and handy advice: Learn how to peruse the home screen, familiarize yourself with common phone icons [more…]

Account Setup for Android Phones

Your Android phone can be home to your various online incarnations. That includes your e-mail accounts, online services, social networking, subscriptions, plus other digital personas. Adding those accounts [more…]

Google Voice Typing on Your Android Phone

Your Android phone has the amazing capability to interpret your utterances as text. It works almost as well as computer dictation in science fiction movies, though you won’t find the command to destroy [more…]

How to Cut, Copy, and Paste Text on an Android Phone

Selected text on your Android is primed for cutting or copying, which works just like it does in your favorite word processor. After you select the text, choose the proper command from the contextual action [more…]

How to Speed Dial on an Android Phone

Any mere mortal can use the Phone app on an Android phone to key in a number. To take your dialing skills up a notch, consider some of the special tricks of speed dialing. [more…]

How to Handle Multiple Calls at Once on an Android Phone

As a human being, your brain limits your ability to hold more than one conversation at a time. Your phone’s brain, however, lacks such a limitation. It’s entirely possible for an Android phone to handle [more…]

How to Make a Conference Call on an Android Phone

Unlike someone interrupting a conversation by making an incoming call, a conference call is one you set out to make intentionally: You make one call and then [more…]

How to Forward Calls on an Android Phone

Call forwarding is the process by which you reroute an incoming call. For example, you can send all your calls to the office while you’re on vacation. Then you have the luxury of having your cell phone [more…]

How to Set Ringtones on an Android Phone

Ringtones can be lots of fun. They uniquely identify your phone’s jingle, especially when you forget to mute your phone and you’re hustling to turn the thing off because everyone in the room is annoyed [more…]

How to Set Up Carrier Voicemail on an Android Phone

If you haven’t yet done it, set up voicemail on your phone. Do so even if you plan on using another voicemail service, such as Google Voice. That’s because carrier voicemail remains a valid and worthy [more…]

Google Voice on Android Phones

Google Voice transcribes your voicemail messages, turning the audio from the voicemail into a text message you can read. The messages all show up eventually in your Gmail inbox, just as though someone [more…]

How to Import Android Phone Contacts from Your Computer

Your computer’s e-mail program is doubtless a useful repository of contacts you’ve built up over the years. You can export these contacts from your computer’s e-mail program and then import them into your [more…]

How to Create a New Android Phone Contact Using Its Location

When you use the Maps application on your Android to locate a restaurant, a cobbler, or an apothecary, you can quickly create a contact for that business based on its location. Here's how: [more…]

How to Add a Picture to an Android Phone Contact

To add a picture to a contact on your Android, you can snap a picture and save it, grab a picture from the Internet, or use any image already stored in the phone’s Gallery app. The image doesn’t even have [more…]

How to Attach Media to a Text Message on an Android Phone

The most consistent way to compose a multimedia message is to attach existing media — something you’ve already saved on your Android phone — to the outgoing message. Obey these steps: [more…]

How to Call a Favorite on an Android Phone

A special contact category in the phone’s address book is favorites. A favorite is someone you call frequently or whose information you need to have handy. The person doesn’t have to be someone you like [more…]

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