10 Android Phone Tricks to Remember

By Dan Gookin

Part of 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 launchers and widgets to Home screen pages. Likewise, remove launchers and widgets you don’t use.

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

  • Long-press 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.

  • Swipe the Camera icon on the Lock screen to snap a quick photo.

  • 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.