10 Android Phone Tricks to Remember

Part of the Android Phones For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You'll feel like an expert user on the Android phone with this assortment of handy, time-saving tricks. Use them to boost your productivity — or your hopeless addiction to your Android phone:

  • Dictation! You can speak into the phone as an effective and quick alternative to using the onscreen keyboard.

  • Quickly switch between apps by using the Recent icon. If your phone doesn't have a Recent icon, long-press the Home icon.

  • You can add icons and widgets to Home screen pages.

  • Whenever possible, try to use the phone's Wi-Fi Internet connection to avoid incurring mobile data surcharges.

  • Press and hold a key on the onscreen keyboard to peruse alternative characters.

  • Spread your fingers to zoom into a web page, which makes clicking links much easier.

  • If your phone features a pointing device (trackball or arrows on a physical keyboard), you can use it to hop between links on a web page.

  • Quickly put the phone into vibration mode by pressing the Down Volume key until the phone vibrates.

  • When you're on the phone, press the Power/Lock key to lock the phone and turn off the touchscreen.

  • Use the Search icon to look for things on the phone, on the Internet, or in a specific app.

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