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Getting the Most from Your Android Device

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Lesson 1: How to Use Android Effectively

This How-To Geek School course aims to teach you how to use Android effectively, showing you the most important settings and methods needed to really become an Android pro and get the most out of your device.

Lesson 2: Managing Your Installed Applications

So you know the basics of Android, but what next? Our first real stop on the road to mastering Google’s mobile OS is to help you understand how to manage and organize your installed applications, deal with settings and permissions, or get rid of applications you don’t want.

Lesson 3: Extending Your Android Device’s Battery Life

One of the biggest gripes among mobile users—iPhone or Android—is battery life. The status quo for battery life seems to be about a day: from the time that someone wakes up in the morning and unplugs their phone from the charger to the point where they plug it in at night before they go to bed. That’s an understandable and reasonable request.

Lesson 4: Keeping Your Device Secure

Whenever you walk out your front door with your phone, you carry with you the contents of your life. “Security” may seem like a boring topic, but your phone has all kinds of important, personal, and sensitive information on it—even if you think it doesn’t. When it’s so easy to lose your mobile device or have it stolen, you have to ask yourself: why take chances when protecting your data is so simple?

Lesson 5: Managing Your Device’s Storage and Backups

Your phone’s storage is limited, and it’s amazing how quickly it can fill up with photos, music, and other files. When you start running out of space, you have to do something: without a decent amount of free space, you can’t install new apps, take new pictures, or…do anything else with your smartphone, really.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/20/11

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