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How to Handle Roaming on an Android Phone

The word roam takes on an entirely new meaning when applied to an Android phone. It means that your phone receives a cell signal whenever you’re outside your cell phone carrier’s operating area. In that [more…]

How to Dial an International Number with an Android Phone

To make an international call with your Android phone, you merely need to know the foreign phone number. The number includes the international country-code prefix, followed by the number. [more…]

Taking an Android Phone Abroad

The easiest way to use an Android phone abroad is to rent or buy one in the country where you plan to stay. Often, international roaming charges are so high that it’s cheaper to simply buy a temporary [more…]

How to Change the Wallpaper of an Android Phone

Wallpaper is one of the standard items controlled by your Android’s Home screen menu. The Home screen background can be decorated with two types of wallpaper: [more…]

How to Add Apps to the Android Phone Home Screen

You need not live with the unbearable proposition that you’re stuck with only the apps that come preset on your Android’s Home screen. Nope — you’re free to add your own apps. Just follow these steps: [more…]

How to Add Widgets to the Android Phone Home Screen

The Home screen of your Android is the place where you can find widgets, or tiny, interactive information windows. A widget often provides a gateway to another app or displays information such as status [more…]

How to Move Home Screen Panels on an Android Phone

The number of pages on the Android Home screen isn’t fixed. You can add pages. You can remove pages. You can even rearrange pages. These features might not be available to all Android phones and, sadly [more…]

Android Phone Locks

Your Android phone comes with a lock, the simple touchscreen gizmo you slide to unlock the phone and gain access to its information and features. For most folks, this lock is secure enough. For others, [more…]

How to Save Battery Life on an Android Phone

Android phones display the current battery status at the top of the screen, in the status area, next to the time. The icons used to display battery status are similar to the icons shown here. [more…]

Regular Android Phone Maintenance

Relax. Unlike draining the lawnmower’s oil once a year, regular maintenance of an Android phone doesn’t require a drip pan or a permit from the EPA. In fact, an Android phone requires only two basic regular [more…]

How to Choose Default Apps for Your Android Phone

Every so often, you may see the Complete Action Using prompt on your Android phone. It is similar to the one shown in the following figure. [more…]

How to Avoid Data Overages on Your Android Phone

An important issue for everyone using an Android phone is whether you’re about to burst through your monthly data quota. Mobile data surcharges can pinch the wallet, but your Android phone has a handy [more…]

Common Android Problem Troubleshooting

Aren’t all problems with your Android or other devices annoying? A welcome problem doesn’t exist, unless the problem is welcome because it diverts attention from another, preexisting problem. And random [more…]

How to Add Lock Screen Widgets to Your Android Phone

Just as you can adorn the Android Home screen with widgets, you can also slap down a few right on the lock screen. In fact, the time display on your phone’s lock screen is most likely a widget. [more…]

How to Add a Word to an Android Phone Dictionary

Betcha didn’t know that your Android phone sports a dictionary. The dictionary is used to keep track of words you type — words that it may not recognize as being spelled properly. [more…]

How to Quickly Switch Apps on Your Android Phone

Android apps don’t quit. Sure, some of them have a Quit or Sign Out command, but most apps lurk inside the phone’s memory while you do other things. The Android operating system may eventually kill off [more…]

10 Things to Remember About an Android Phone

Following are ten things to remember when using your Android phone, but don’t think for a moment that there are only ten. Continually check for updates. [more…]

Your Android Phone’s Daydreaming Function

Does your Android phone lock or does it fall asleep? If the phone sleeps, that begs the question of whether or not it dreams. Of course it does! You can even see the dreams, providing you activate the [more…]

How to Find Your Lost Android Phone

Someday, you may lose your beloved Android phone. It might be for a few panic-filled seconds, or it might be for forever. The hardware solution is to weld a heavy object to the phone, such as an anvil [more…]

How to Get Support for Your Android Phone

Never discount two important sources of support for your Android phone: the cellular provider and the phone’s manufacturer. Between the two, contact your cellular provider first, no matter what the problem [more…]

How to Force Close an App on an Android Phone

Sometimes, apps on your Android phone misbehave and let you know. You see a warning on the screen announcing the app’s stubborn disposition. Touch the Force Close button to shut down the errant app. [more…]

How to Reset the Software on an Android Phone

When all else fails, you can do the extreme thing and reset all software on your Android phone, essentially returning it to the state it was in when it arrived. Obviously, you should not perform this drastic [more…]

How to Modify the Android Home Screen

The key to unlocking the Home screen on your Android phone can be subtly different from phone to phone. The standard method is to long-press a blank part of the Home screen; do not long-press a launcher [more…]

How to Put an Android App in the Favorites Tray

The line of icons at the bottom of the Android Home screen is called the favorites tray. It includes the Apps icon, as well as other icons you place there, such as the Phone or Dialer app icon, or any [more…]

How to Build App Folders on Your Android Home Screen

Each Home screen page on your Android sports a grid that holds only so many app icons. Even when you can add more pages, an upper limit exists. Although you could use math to calculate the maximum number [more…]

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