Whether you are a first-time smartphone user, upgrading from an older device, or switching to Android from an iPhone; you will most likely experience a learning curve with your new device. Currently, over 50% of all smartphones around the world are Android devices, knowing that you would probably assume there are some pretty awesome features within the operating system. The only problem is how you find all the different features and learn about just the stock applications that your device comes with. Luckily for you, we have compiled a list, or beginner’s guide to Android if you will, of everything you need to know to get started.
Sync Contacts and Calendar
Let’s start with how to sync your contacts, calendar, and social media accounts. Android easily integrates with Exchange, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, contacts, and other accounts that you may use with your Calendar. Once you set up all your accounts with your Android device, every time a contact updates their information such as an email address or phone number, your phone will also automatically update.
To set up accounts, you will want to go to your settings “app” and then click the Accounts & Sync section. From here you can easily add an account or even change the settings of previous accounts if needed. These accounts can include Facebook, calendar accounts, Twitter, LinkedIn, and many other accounts you may have around the Internet.
Adding a Contact
To add a new contact you will want to make sure to add the contact on your Google account so it is backed up, rather than just saving to the phone. To add a contact, simply open up your dial pad and type in the number. From there you will see a + sign; click that and you will be taken to the “add a new contact” page. From here you can easily add a picture, name, email, address, phone number, and any other notes you may have.
Working with Notifications
Although every Android device is a little different, there is a basic general layout that you can expect on each device. Notifications will most likely always be on the top bar, which can pull down by simply swiping down on the top of your screen. Applications and widgets will always be in the middle (or main) part of the screen and the bottom will have the main buttons such as home, back, and view all open applications.