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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…]

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 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…]

Browsing Dates and Appointments in the Android’s Calendar App

The ideal datebook and appointment calendar is the Calendar app on your Android phone. Combined with the Google Calendar feature on the Internet, you can manage all your scheduling right on your Android [more…]

How to Review Appointments in the Android’s Calendar App

To see more detail about an event in the Calendar app on your Android phone, touch it. When you’re using month view, touch the event’s date to see the week view. Then choose the event again to see its [more…]

How to Create an Event in the Android’s Calendar App

The key to making the calendar work on your Android phone is to add events: appointments, things to do, meetings, or full-day events such as birthdays or colonoscopies. To create an event, follow these [more…]

Google Now on Your Android Phone

Don’t worry about the Android phone controlling too much of your life: It harbors no insidious intelligence, and the Robot Revolution is still years away. Until then, you can use your phone’s listening [more…]

How to Set the Flash on Your Android’s Camera App

The Camera app on your Android phone features three flash settings. The current setting is shown on the Control icon (refer to the figure, where the setting is Auto flash). [more…]

How to Set the Image Resolution on Your Android’s Camera App

You don’t always have to set the highest resolution for your images in Android’s Camera app, especially when you’re shooting for the web or uploading pictures to Facebook, where you really won’t want the [more…]

How to Use Voice Navigation on Your Android Phone

Maps and lists of directions are so twentieth century; luckily, your Android phone features a digital copilot, in the form of voice navigation. To use navigation, obey these steps: [more…]

The Earth App on Your Android Phone

The Earth app is similar to the Maps app on your Android phone, but with one huge difference: It covers the entire planet. And while you can get around and explore your locale or destination using the [more…]

How to Upload Pictures to Facebook from Your Android Phone

One of the many things your Android phone can do is take pictures. Combine that feature with the Facebook app, and you have an all-in-one gizmo designed for sharing the various intimate and private moments [more…]

Twitter and Your Android Phone

Twitter is a social networking site, similar to Facebook but with increased brevity. On Twitter, you write short spurts of text that express your thoughts or observations, or you share links. Or, you can [more…]

How to Use the Web Browser App on Your Android Phone

Your Android phone features a web-browsing app. The stock Android app is Google’s own Chrome web browser. Your phone may use another web browser app. Common names for that app include Web, Browser, and [more…]

How to Browse Multiple Web Pages on Your Android Phone

Your Android phone’s web browser features a multitabbed interface, where you can browse several web pages in multiple windows or tabs. Sometimes the tabs appear across the top of the screen; other times [more…]

How to Share a Web Page from Your Android Phone

There it is on your Android screen. That web page that you just have to talk about to everyone you know. The gauche way to share the page is to copy and paste it. However, you know the better way to share [more…]

How to Receive E-Mails on Your Android Phone

All Android phones work flawlessly with Gmail. In fact, if Gmail is already set up to be your main e-mail address, you’ll enjoy having access to your messages all the time from your phone. [more…]

Composing New E-Mail Messages on Your Android Phone

When an e-mail message demands an immediate reply, you can compose a new e-mail message on your Android phone using any of the methods presented here. [more…]

How to Work with E-Mail Attachments on Your Android Phone

The key to understanding e-mail attachments on your Android phone is to look for the paperclip icon. When you find that icon, you can either deal with an attachment for incoming e-mail or add an attachment [more…]

Configure the E-Mail Server Delete Option on Your Android Phone

You can control whether the Email app on your Android removes messages after they’re picked up. Non-Gmail e-mail that you fetch on your phone typically remains on the e-mail server. That’s because, unlike [more…]

How to Choose a Texting App for Your Android Phone

Traditionally, Android phones come with one texting app. It’s usually called Texting, although Messages, Messaging, and Text Messaging are also popular. The Google Hangouts app can also handle text messages [more…]

How to Compose a Text Message on Your Android Phone

Text messages are sent primarily from your Android phone to other cell phones. As long as you have a mobile number to send to, or a contact with a mobile phone, you can fire away the text message. Here’s [more…]

Text Message Management on Your Android Phone

You don’t have to manage your messages on your Android phone. But the potential exists: If you ever want to destroy evidence of a conversation, or even do something as mild as change the text messaging [more…]

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