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How to Download Information to an Android Phone

For the sake of your Android phone, a download is a transfer of information from another location to your phone. When you send something from the phone, you upload it. You can download information from a web page into your phone. It doesn’t work exactly like downloading does for a computer.

  • There’s no need to download new apps to your phone. All the apps you want can be obtained from the Android Market.

  • When the phone is downloading information, you see the Downloading notification. It’s an animated icon. Completed downloads feature the Download Complete icon, which is not animated.

Grabbing an image from a web page with your Android phone

The simplest thing to download is an image from a web page. Long-press the image. You see a pop-up menu appear, from which you choose the command Save Image.

  • The image is copied and stored on your phone. You can view the image by using the Gallery app.

  • Your phone may have the Downloads app. (Check the App menu). You can use the Downloads app to peruse and review your web page downloads.

Downloading a file to your Android phone

When a link opens a document on a web page, such as a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file, you can download that information to your phone. Simply long-press the download link, and choose the Save Link command from the menu that appears.

You can view the link by referring to the Downloads screen.

Reviewing your downloads

You can view downloaded information by perusing the Downloads screen. Summon this screen while using the Browser app by pressing the Menu soft button and choosing the Downloads command. Sometimes you may need to first choose the More command and then choose Downloads.

The Downloads screen presents a list of downloaded items, organized by date. To view the download, you have to choose an item. The phone then starts the appropriate app to view the item so that you can see it displayed on the touchscreen.

Well, of course, some of the things you can download you cannot view. When this happens, you see an appropriately rude error message.

You can quickly review any download by choosing the Download notification.

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