You must be very excited to have gotten your dream smartphone or tablet that runs on Android operating system. But now you discover there are lots of features and you are at sea on where to begin. Don’t worry, we are here to guide you and give you the best tricks and tips for getting the best out of your Android Device.
Android is the most popular operating system adopted by many Smartphone makers in the world today. It is also very powerful and flexible, allowing you to customize it to suit your specific needs the way you want it. Every day, there are more than 500,000 thousand android device being activated somewhere, this means you got plenty to learn about your new phone. We are here to help. Keep on reading to get the best tricks for your new android operated device.
Here are 11 Basic Android Tips for Beginners-
- Set Up Your Google Account
Android is owned by Google. This means to use your android, you need to use your Google account. When you log in to your Google account, you will have access to everything Google such as – Gmail, Drives, Contacts, Calendars, Google+, YouTube, News, Google Maps and lots more.
You can conveniently set up your Google account in your PC so that you can take advantage of bigger screen and wider keyboard before you sign into your new device. If you don’t have PC, don’t sweat it, you can also set it up conveniently on your new android device. Import your contacts from your Gmail account. Managing your contacts with Gmail means they will be available to you in future no matter the device or service provider you are using.
- Save Battery By Turning Power-Draining Apps
Android comes with lots of apps, some of these apps are running in the background without your knowledge causing your battery to run down quickly every time you charge it. You can save battery by turning off those apps you don’t need.
Go to Settings > Applications > tab and drag the “run”. From here you can see those apps that are using more battery power. Close them by simply clicking on the app, then press “Exit” tab to close them down and save your battery.
- Manage Your Data Usage
It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the amount of data your device is consuming. You don’t want to finish your data balance before your contract expired.
To manage your data, go to settings > find “Wireless and networks” > from here you will find an option for data usage. Here you will the amount of data each app is consuming on your phone. You can set an alert for your limits so that you don’t over spend. You can also turn off those apps that are consuming too much data that you don’t need from this area.
- Take Screenshots
Android make it easy to capture what is on your screen. To take a screenshot with your device just hold standby and volume button down at the same time and the device will take a screenshot of whatever is on your screen and save it in their own folder.
- Set Quick Responses For Missed Calls
Are expecting some call that you don’t want to ignore but you are not in the right place to answer the call? You can set up quick response for your missed calls to let your caller know what is going on.
To do this, go to Settings > call settings > Quick Response
- Set Up Speed Dial
If there are some contacts that you frequently call and you need to reach them fast, there is no need scrolling endlessly looking for their contact. You can set up a speed dial so that you can give them a call at one click.
To do this press and hold an empty space on your home screen, then click on the “Shortcuts” tab. From the option that will appear press “contacts” and then select the individual you would like to have on your home screen. If there is image attached to this contact, it will appear on your home screen and you only need to tap it to give him/her a call next time.
- Organize using folders
Too many application icons on your home screen makes a clutter and make it even more difficult to locate an app you are looking for. You can keep things organized by creating a folder and adding all the related app to that particular folder. To create a folder, simply drag one app icon onto another. However on some devices, you may be required to create a folder from the menu button and then drag icons into it.
- Get Back Your Lost Phone
There is always a chance you may misplace your phone someday, you can prepare against this by setting up your the right way. Protecting your phone with password may work against someone tracing you to return your phone. The best way to make your phone easy to recover is by leaving a little info for the finder by going to the Settings > Security and Screen lock > Owner info. Then here you can type the info you want anyone who found you phone to see. This information will be displayed on your phone’s lock screen.
- Find The Apps You Need
Your phone may come with some apps already pre-installed; however you can still get many more apps from the app store.
Today, there is virtually an app for everything you need. To find an app for your new phone log on to Google Play. You can also download the Play Store on your phone to have easy access to your favorite apps if it not already pre-installed.
- Backup Your Files
Your photos are very precious. You don’t want to lose those awesome memories when you lost your phone or it got spoiled. You can back up your photos and videos by installing Dropbox app and use this automatically to back up your important files. You can also backup your files using Google Drives.
11. Track Your Android Phone
Nobody wants to loose their smartphone. Hence it’s very necessary to install antitheft protection features or apps to save it from being lost forever. You can install Google Android’s Device Manager from Google play. Once you install it, you can do multiple things remotely once you loose your phone. Check out our top methods to find android phone.