Friday, January 3, 2014

Android Basic Tips and Tricks

How to Add and Remove Icons from Home Screen 

 Installing apps from the Google Play store to your Android device is convenient, likewise removing them is pretty straightforward.

1. Tap the All Apps icon on the tray and select the Apps tab on the top.
2. Touch and hold the icon of the app you want to uninstall.
3. Drag and drop the app icon over the Uninstall icon then tap 'OK' to confirm. (The Uninstall icon appears only for the app that can be uninstalled from the system.)

How to Create, Rename and Remove Folders
Other than the apps on the tray, sometimes it's difficult to quickly look for an app to open if you have many icons spreading across a few home screens. Why not create a folder to group similar apps together? It's much easier than you might think.

1. Create a Folder for AppsTouch and hold any icon for a second.
2. Drag the icon over the top of another. The system then automatically groups two app icons in a folder.
3. Touch the folder, then tap "Unnamed Folder", key in a name for the folder and tap "Done".

How to Cut, Copy and Paste

 This looks simple but can be tricky sometimes when you use different apps. In general, these steps can be used in Email or some other apps:

1. Double-tap or touch-and-hold to select a word.
2. Drag the handles to adjust the area if needed, then tap Cut or Copy.
3. Tap an insert point, and drag the handle to adjust it if needed.
4. Select Paste (Hint: tab the handle when the 'Paste' button doesn't appear).

How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

  When you're typing through, the system checks your spelling and suggests a few words. Unless you've selected one of them, the highlighted suggested word overwrites your word when you finish typing it followed by a space, punctuation mark or return character. If you feel that's annoying, you can turn off Auto-Correction.

1. Open the app Settings and select 'Language & input' under PERSONAL.
2. Tap the Quick Settings icon next to 'Android keyboard'.
3. Select 'Auto correction' under TEXT CORRECTION.
4. Select 'Off' to turn off 'Auto-Correction'.

How to Select Wallpapers for your Android

You can easily select a wallpaper from a collection of a few in your system and set it as wallpaper for your Home screens.

1. Touch and hold an empty location of a home screen.
2. Choose either Gallery, Live Wallpapers or Wallpapers from the pop-up menu.
3. Select an image and set it as wallpaper.

How to Backup and Restore your Data

  Using the Android system, you can automatically back up your data, such as a list of apps you've installed, the words you've added to dictionary, your Wi-Fi passwords, Browser bookmarks and other settings via your Google account on the servers.

1. Run the app Settings, tap 'Backup & reset' under PERSONAL.
2. Check both 'Back up my data' and

How to Add a Mail Signature

Each time you send out an email using the Email app, you can have a mail signature, such as 'Sent from my mobile device', automatically added at the end of your message.

1. Open the app Email, tap the Menu button, then Settings.
2. Tap the email account that you've set up.
3. Tap 'Signature', enter a signature in a few words you like then tap 'OK' to confirm.

How to Reboot the System

In the event your Android apps freeze or the system becomes unresponsive, you can try to reboot the system as follows:

1. Press and hold the Power button of your device until a pop-up menu appears. Select 'Power off' and tap 'OK' to confirm. The system will then turn off.
2. Turn the system on by pressing and holding the Power button until the Google logo appears. 

How to Lock your Android Device

Don't like your kids to mess with your mobile or someone to read your emails on your device? Lock it with a password, pin, pattern or even use Face Unlock.

1. Open the app Settings and select 'Security' under PERSONAL.
2. Select 'Screen lock' under SCREEN SECURITY.
3. Tap a type of security either Pattern, Pin, Password or Face Unlock to lock your device.

How to Print Screen

Where’s the PrintScreen button when you need to take a screen shot of your Android device? Instead of using one button, try a combination of two:

1. Press and hold down the Power and Volume-down buttons simultaneously.
2. Open the Gallery app, and you can see your screenshot already saved in the Screenshots album. 
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