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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 are the only ones.

Lock the phone on a call

Whether you dialed out or someone dialed in, after you start talking, you should lock your phone: Press the Power Lock button. By doing so, you ensure that the touchscreen is disabled and the call isn’t unintentionally disconnected.

Of course, the call can still be disconnected by a dropped signal or by the other party getting all huffy and hanging up on you, but by locking the phone, you prevent a stray finger or your pocket from disconnecting (or muting) the phone.

Things that consume lots of battery juice

Three items on your phone suck down battery power:

  • Navigation

  • Bluetooth

  • Wi-Fi networking

Navigation is certainly handy, but because the phone’s touchscreen is on the entire time and dictating text to you, the battery drains rapidly. If possible, try to plug the phone into the car’s power socket when you’re navigating. If you can’t, keep an eye on the battery meter.

Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking require extra power for their wireless radios. When you need that level of speed or connectivity, they’re great! Plug the phone into a power source when accessing Wi-Fi or using Bluetooth. Otherwise, disconnect from those networks as soon as you’re done, to save power.

Technically speaking, using Wi-Fi doesn’t drain the battery as drastically as you would think. In fact, the Wi-Fi signal times itself out after about 15 minutes of non-use. So it’s perfectly okay to leave Wi-Fi on all day — you experience only a modicum of battery loss because of it.

Check for roaming

Roaming can be expensive. Even though you may have a good cell phone plan, keep an eye on the phone’s status bar. Ensure that when you’re making a call, you don’t see the Roaming status icon on the status bar atop the touchscreen.

Well, yes, it’s okay to make a call when your phone is roaming. Remember to check for the icon, not to avoid it. If possible, try to make your phone calls when you’re back in your cellular service’s coverage area. If you can’t, make the phone call but keep in mind that you will be charged roaming fees. They ain’t cheap.

Properly access phone storage

To access the phone’s storage area from your computer, you must properly mount the phone’s storage. For most Android phones, that includes two storage locations: internal storage and the MicroSD card.

After the storage is mounted, you can use your computer to access files — music, videos, still pictures, contacts, and other types of information — stored on your phone.

When the phone’s storage is mounted on a computer storage system, you cannot access phone storage by using the phone. If you try, you see a message explaining that the storage is busy.

When you’re done accessing the phone’s storage from your computer, be sure to stop USB storage: Pull down the USB notification and choose either the Charge Only or None setting. Touch the OK button.

Do not simply unplug the phone from the USB cable when the computer is accessing the phone’s storage. If you do, you can damage the phone’s storage and lose all information stored there.

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