Control Apps on Your Droid Bionic - dummies

Control Apps on Your Droid Bionic

The Droid Bionic has a technical place where you can review and manage all apps you’ve installed on your phone. To visit that place, follow these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings, and then choose Applications.

  3. Choose Manage Applications.

    A complete list of all applications installed on your phone is displayed. Unlike the list of downloaded apps in the Market app, only installed applications appear.

  4. Touch an application name.

    An application info screen appears, showing lots of trivia about the app.

Among the trivia on the application’s info screen, you’ll find some useful buttons:

  • Force Stop: Touch this button to halt a program run amok.

  • Uninstall: Touch the Uninstall button to remove the app.

  • Move to Media Area: Touch this button to transfer the app from the phone’s internal storage to the MicroSD card. Doing so can help reduce storage overload on the phone.

  • Move to Phone: Touch this button to transfer an app from the MicroSD card to the phone’s internal storage. (This button replaces the Move to Media Area button when an app is already dwelling on the MicroSD card.)

  • Share: Touch the Share button to send a text or e-mail message to a friend. In the message is a link the recipient can use to install the app on their phone.

There’s brewing controversy in the Android community about whether to store apps on the phone’s internal storage or the MicroSD card. Benefits to internal storage are that the apps stay with the phone and are always available and that they won’t have their shortcuts disappear from the Home screen when you access the media card from your computer.