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Basics of the Alarm Clock on an Android Phone

Your Android phone keeps constant and accurate track of the time, which is displayed at the top of the Home screen and also when you unlock the phone. When you’d rather have the phone wake you up, you [more…]

How to Watch Movies on an Android Phone

It’s not possible to watch “real” TV on your Android phone, but a few apps come close. The YouTube app is handy for watching random, meaningless drivel, which makes it a lot like TV. Then there’s the Play [more…]

How to Manage Apps on an Android Phone

The apps you install on your Android phone originate from the Play Store. And that’s where you can return to for app management. The task includes reviewing apps you’ve downloaded, updating apps, and removing [more…]

Digital Networks on an Android Phone

You pay your cellular provider for your Android a handsome fee every month. The fee comes in two chunks. One chunk (the less expensive of the two) is the telephone service. The second chunk is the data [more…]

How to Access Wi-Fi on an Android Phone

Making Wi-Fi work on your Android phone requires two steps. First, you must activate Wi-Fi by turning on the phone’s wireless radio. The second step is connecting to a specific wireless network. [more…]

How to Create a Mobile Hotspot with an Android Phone

The mobile hotspot feature allows your Android phone to share its cellular data connection by creating a Wi-Fi network. Other Wi-Fi devices — computers, laptops, other mobile devices — can then access [more…]

How to Tether an Internet Connection with an Android Phone

An intimate way to share the Android 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 capability. [more…]

Basics of Bluetooth on an Android Phone

Bluetooth is a peculiar name for a wireless communications standard. Unlike Wi-Fi networking, with Bluetooth you simply connect two gizmos. One would be your Android phone, and the other would be some [more…]

Transferring Files between an Android Phone and a Computer

You probably have lots of files you want to copy from a computer to your Android phone: pictures, videos, and audio files. You can also copy vCards exported from your e-mail program, which helps to build [more…]

How to Access Stored Files on an Android Phone

Somewhere deep in your Android phone’s bosom lies a storage device. It’s like the hard drive in a computer: The thing can’t be removed, but that’s not the point. The point is that the storage is used for [more…]

How to Connect an Android Phone to an HDMI Monitor

A popular feature on several Android phones is the capability to connect the phone to an HDMI TV set or monitor. To make that connection, the phone must have an HDMI connector, and you need to buy an HDMI [more…]

How to Print from Your Android to a Bluetooth Printer

One of the common ways to print pictures or even documents with an Android phone is to pair the phone with a Bluetooth printer. The secret is to find and use the Share icon, choose Bluetooth, and then [more…]

Android Beam and NFC on Your Android Phone

Quite a few Android phones feature an NFC radio, where NFC stands for Near Field Communications. NFC allows the phone to communicate with other NFC devices, which allows for the quick transfer of information [more…]

How to Read Books on an Android Phone

Your Android phone comes with Google’s own e-book reader app. It has the clever name Play Books, and it can be found in the apps drawer or perhaps on the phone’s Home screen. [more…]

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…]

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