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Get Free Apps for Your Droid Bionic

Your Droid Bionic comes with oodles of interesting and diverse apps preinstalled. Beyond them, there’s a whole galaxy of apps available, not to mention books to read and movies to rent. It’s all found in a handy place called the Android Market. Not only that, but most of the apps, and lots of the books, are free.

After you locate an app you want, the next step is to download it:

  1. If possible, activate the phone’s Wi-Fi connection to avoid incurring data overages.

  2. Open the Market app.

  3. Locate the app you want and open its description.

    You can browse for apps, or use the Search button to find an app by name or what it does.

  4. Touch the Install button.

    The Install button is found at the bottom of the app’s list o’ details. Free apps feature an Install button. Paid apps have a button with the app’s price on it.

    After touching the Install button, you’re alerted to any services that the app uses. The list of permissions isn’t a warning, and it doesn’t mean anything bad. It’s just that the Droid Bionic is telling you which of your phone’s features the app uses.

  5. Touch the Accept & Download button to begin the download.

    As the app is downloaded you see a progress bar dance across the screen. When it’s done the app has been installed.

  6. Touch the Open button to run the app.

    Or, if you were doing something else while the app was downloading and installing, choose the Installed App notification, as shown here. The notification features the app’s name with the text Successfully Installed beneath it.


At this point, what happens next depends on the app you’ve downloaded. For example, you may have to agree to a license agreement. If so, touch the I Agree button. Additional setup may involve setting your location, signing in to an account, or creating a profile, for example.

After the initial setup is complete, or if no setup is necessary, you can start using the app.

  • The new app’s icon is placed on the App menu, along with all the other apps on the Droid Bionic.

  • Peruse the list of services an app uses (in Step 4) to look for anything unusual or out of line with the app’s purpose. For example, an alarm clock app that uses your contact list and the text messaging service would be a red flag, especially if it’s your understanding that the app doesn’t need to text message any of your contacts.

  • You can also place a shortcut icon for the app on the Home screen.

  • Don’t forget to turn off Wi-Fi after downloading your app; Wi-Fi can be a drain on the phone’s battery.