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Android Phone Task Manager Functions

If you want to get your hands dirty with some behind-the-scenes stuff on your Android phone, Task Manager is the app to open. It’s not for everyone. The Task Manager app is found on the App menu. It may [more…]

Quick Launch Feature for Android Phone Apps

If your Android phone features a physical keyboard, you’re in for a treat: You can assign app shortcuts to the 36 keys on that keyboard. That’s one shortcut per letter key, A through Z, plus 10 for the [more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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 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…]

Web Controls, Settings, and Options on an Android Phone

More options and settings and controls exist for the web browser app than just about any other app on any Android phone. It’s complex. Here are a few of the options worthy of your attention. [more…]

How to Pin Music on Your Android Phone

Most of the music you have in your Google Play Music library, especially music obtained from the Play Store, is actually stored on the Internet, not on the Android phone. As long as you have an Internet [more…]

How to Browse the Music Library on an Android Phone

After you start the Play Music app o your Android, you see a screen similar to the one shown here. To view your music library, choose My Library from the navigation drawer. Your music library appears on [more…]

How to Play a Song on an Android Phone

To listen to music on your Android phone, you first find a song in your music library. After you find the song, you touch its title. The song plays on another screen, similar to what’s shown here. [more…]

How to Transfer Music from Your Computer to an Android Phone

Your computer is the equivalent of the twentieth-century stereo system — a combination tuner, amplifier, and turntable, plus all your records and CDs. If you’ve already copied your music collection to [more…]

How to Get Music from the Google Play Store for an Android Phone

It’s possible to get your music from the same source where you get apps for your Android phone — the Google Play Store. The music you buy at the Play Store isn’t downloaded to your phone. It shows up, [more…]

How to Organize Music on an Android Phone

The Play Music app on your Android categorizes your music by album, artist, song, and so forth, but unless you have only one album and enjoy all the songs on it, that configuration probably won’t do. To [more…]

How to Listen to the Radio on an Android Phone

Although they’re not broadcast radio stations, some sources on the Internet —Internet radio sites — play music. Lamentably, your Android phone doesn’t come with any Internet radio apps, but that doesn’t [more…]

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