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Basics of Bluetooth on an Android Phone

Bluetooth is a wireless protocol for communication between two or more Bluetooth-equipped devices. Your Android phone just happens to be Bluetooth-equipped, so it too can use Bluetooth devices, such as [more…]

How to Manually Synchronize an Android Phone and a Computer

The synchronizing procedure involves hooking your Android phone to a computer and then swapping information back and forth. This process can be completed automatically by using special software, or it [more…]

How to Access Stored Files on an Android Phone

Information stored on your Android phone (pictures, videos, music) is kept in two places: on the removable MicroSD card and on the phone’s internal storage. That’s about all you need to know, though if [more…]

How to Connect an Android Phone to an HDMI Monitor

A popular feature on several Android phones is the ability to connect the phone to an HDMI monitor. The phone must have an HDMI connector, and you need to buy an HDMI cable. After doing so, you can hunt [more…]

How to Handle Roaming on an Android Phone

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

How to Dial an International Number with an Android Phone

You can use your Android phone to dial up folks who live in other countries. You can also take your cell phone overseas and use it in another country. Completing either task isn’t as difficult as properly [more…]

Taking an Android Phone Abroad

The easiest way to use a cell 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 throwaway cell [more…]

How to Change the Wallpaper of an Android Phone

The typical Android phone sports a roomy Home screen. It can have anywhere from five to nine or more Home screen panels. You can put a new wallpaper on the Home screen, including a fancy [more…]

How to Add Apps to the Android Phone Home Screen

An Android phone can have anywhere from five to nine (or more) Home screen panels. Of course, the phone comes preconfigured with an armada of icons and widgets festooning every panel. You can customize [more…]

How to Add Widgets to the Android Phone Home Screen

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

How to Move Home Screen Panels on an Android Phone

Some Android phones allow you to rearrange the Home screen panels. You might even be allowed to add or remove panels. Such a feature is offered by the phone’s manufacturer; it isn’t a native part of the [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

Perhaps the most important item you can monitor and maintain on your Android phone is its battery. The battery supplies the necessary electrical juice by which the phone operates. Without battery power [more…]

Regular Android Phone Maintenance

There are only two basic tasks you can do for regular maintenance on an Android phone: Keep it clean, and keep important information backed up. [more…]

How to Force Close an App on an Android Phone

Sometimes, apps that misbehave let you know. You see a warning on the Android phone 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 something’s wrong with your Android phone, and all else fails, you can do the drastic thing and reset all the phone’s software, essentially returning it to the state it was in when it first arrived [more…]

Common Android Problem Troubleshooting

Aren’t all problems annoying? There isn’t really such a thing as a welcome problem, unless the problem is welcome because it diverts attention from another, preexisting problem. And random problems? If [more…]

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…]

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 may not be recognized as being spelled properly. [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…]

Things to Remember About an Android Phone

If only it were easy to narrow down a short list of all the things you should remember when using your Android phone. So even though these are good things not to forget, don’t think for a moment that these [more…]

How to Tether an Internet Connection with an Android Phone

A more intimate way to share the phone’s digital cellular connection is to connect the phone directly to a computer and activate the tethering feature. Not every Android phone has this ability. [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…]

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