Wednesday, 19 December 2012

First 5 Important Things to Do with your Android Phone

The Android Operating System for mobile phones are being used by so many different manufactures and it’s no surprise that they are as android is open source which makes it fully customizable. This allows you to do some really great things with your phone. But before you get into all that, there are a few things you should do with your new android phone once you get it. Below are 5 tasks that you should complete.


New Android smart phones

Create a Google Account

when you first boot up your phone, you will be prompted to login to your Google account. This will allow you to use the Google play store, sync up your emails and contacts etc. If you don’t already have a Google account then don’t worry as it only takes a minute or two to set one up. If you’re too impatient to play with your new phone, you can skip this step and come back to it later by going to Settings > Personal > Accounts & sync > Add account

Sync your Emails

A great benefit of a smartphone is that you can access your email account on the go. Android phones are capable of holding several email accounts, which is great if you have more than one account. To add an email account just go to Settings > Personal > Accounts & sync > Add account. You will have a list of email providers to choose from or you can just enter all the information manually.

Secure your Android Phone

It’s important that you look after your new phone and I don’t just mean buy a cheap phone case for it, I mean use the software provided to add security. With android you have a few options; you can either use a key code or a pattern to lock your phone. The key code is the most secure method of security but having the pattern lock looks much better. To play around with these settings go to Setting > Security > Screen lock.

Check your Battery Usage

You may have noticed that your battery is dropping more rapidly than your older phone. This is because android uses up more juice than an older phone would. If you use your phone right, you will only need to charge your phone once every two days. Android comes pre-loaded with some apps so it’s worth going through your apps and deleting what you don’t need as they may run in the background and use up all your battery. Also, adjust your brightness settings to a level that you find comfortable, you may notice it’s better to have slightly dim and it’s good for your battery too.

Add your Social Networks

Android allows you to login to your favorite social media accounts such as Facebook and twitter. You can either use an app for this or the browser. Some android phones will have social media integration which means you don’t need to download any apps or use the browser, just login and use the default system. To add an account go to Settings > Personal > Accounts & Sync.

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Lewis Morgan is an Android fan, he used to develop apps for the Google Play store but now he spends his time playing around with accessories for smart phones. If you'd like to guest post for US check out our Write for Us page for details about how YOU can share your knowledge with our online community.

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