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Web Controls, Settings and Options on an Android Phone

More options and settings and controls exist for the Android phone Browser app than just about any other app on any Android phone. It’s complex.

The home page is the first page you see when you start the Browser app, and it’s the first page that’s loaded when you fire up a new window. To set your home page, heed these directions in the Browser app:

  1. Browse to the page you want to set as the home page.

  2. Press the Menu soft button.

  3. Choose More and then Settings.

    A massive list of options and settings appears.

  4. Choose Set Home Page.

  5. Touch the Use Current Page button.

    Because you obeyed Step 1, you don’t need to type the web page’s address.

  6. Touch OK.

    The home page is set.

If you want your home page to be blank (not set to any particular web page), set the name of the home page to about:blank. That’s the word about, a colon, and then the word blank, with no period at the end and no spaces in the middle. A blank home page is the fastest web page to load. It’s also the web page with the most accurate information.

Changing the way the web looks on an Android phone

You can do a few things to improve the way the web looks on your phone. First and foremost, don’t forget that you can orient the phone horizontally to see the wide view on any web page.

From the Settings screen, you can also adjust the text size used to display a web page. Heed these steps:

  1. Press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose More and then Settings.

  3. Choose Text Size.

    The command might be titled Default Zoom.

  4. Select a better size from the menu.

    For example, try Large or Huge.

  5. Press the Back soft button to return to the web.

Setting privacy and security options

With regard to security, always be smart and think before doing anything questionable or tempting on the web. Use common sense. One of the most effective ways that the Bad Guys win is by using human engineering to try to trick you into doing something you normally wouldn’t do, such as click a link to see a cute animation or a racy picture of a celebrity or politician. As long as you use your noggin, you should be safe.

As far as the phone’s settings go, most of the security options are already enabled for you, including the blocking of pop-up windows (which normally spew ads).

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