Surf the Web on Your Droid Bionic

The Droid Bionic does a fairly good job of letting you surf the web anywhere you take your phone. It does an excellent job when you can get that 4G LTE signal. Though the process of web browsing works the same as it does on a computer, and the concepts and terms are identical, it’s probably something you may not be completely familiar with.

  • If possible, activate the Droid Bionic Wi-Fi connection before you venture out on the web. The 4G LTE signal may be just as fast (or faster), but at those speeds, you may rack up data charges quickly.

  • The Droid Bionic has apps for Gmail, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, and others), YouTube, and potentially other popular locations or activities on the web. It’s better to use these applications on the phone rather than visiting the websites using the phone’s browser.

Your World Wide Web cell phone adventure is brought to you by the Browser app. It’s found on the App menu, like all apps on your Droid Bionic. You may also find a copy of the Browser app on the main Home screen panel.

When you first open the Browser app, you’re taken to the home page. This figure shows the Google website, which is the home screen preconfigured for your Droid Bionic. You can reset the home page to something else.

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Because the Droid Bionic screen isn't a full desktop screen, not every web page looks good on it. Here are a few tricks you can use:

  • Pan the web page by dragging your finger across the touchscreen. You can pan up, down, left, and right.

  • Double-tap the screen to zoom in or zoom out.

  • Pinch the screen to zoom out, or spread two fingers to zoom in.

  • Tilt the phone to its side to read a web page in Landscape mode. Then you can spread or double-tap the touchscreen to make teensy text more readable.

To visit a web page, type its address in the Address box. You can also type a search word, if you don’t know the exact address of a web page. Touch the Go button by the Address bar to search the web or visit a specific web page.

If you don’t see the Address box, swipe your finger so that you can see the top of the window, where the Address box lurks.

You click links on a page by using your finger on the touchscreen: Touch a link to “click” it and visit another page on the web.

  • To reload a web page, press the Menu soft button and choose the Refresh command. Refreshing updates a website that changes often, and the command can also be used to reload a web page that may not have completely loaded the first time.

  • To stop a web page from loading, touch the Stop button that appears to the left of the Address box.

To return to a previous web page, press the Back soft button. It works just like clicking the Back button on a computer’s web browser.

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The Forward button also exists in the Browser program: Press the Menu soft button and choose the Forward command.

To review the long-term history of your web browsing adventures, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Bookmarks.

  3. At the top of the Bookmarks page, choose History.

To view a page you visited weeks or months ago, you can choose a web page from the History list.

To clear the History list, press the Menu soft button while viewing the list and choose the Clear History command.

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