On the surface, getting an Android smartphone or tablet does not seem like that big of a deal, and it should not take too long to figure out how to use the device. However, some people are not that tech-savvy. For them, getting some of the basics can be a significant challenge.
If you are struggling to use your Android device the way you want or believe that you have not been getting the most out of it, why not take a few steps back and start with some basic stuff? This article should work as a decent foundation and push you in the right direction.
Set Up Your Email Accounts
Even if you are using emails for personal communication rather than work, it is still nice to have the convenience of accessing an email on your Android device.
The pre-installed Google app pack comes with Gmail, and it is likely that you have your email on it, so you will only need to log in to your account to access the inbox.
In case you use a different email service provider, you will need to set it up from scratch. Get Outlook or another email app available on Android or use the default Email app and set it up from the device’s Settings.
Transfer Files to Other Devices
Transferring files to other devices comes in handy when you want to free up Android’s storage or share something with others. Of course, if you want to transfer a file, you need to make sure that the receiving device has enough storage. For example, if you copy too many files on a computer that has only a few gigabytes of free disk space left, you will likely need to use one of the available cleaners to free up the storage.
Now, as for the transferring methods, a cable that connects Android to another device, such as a computer, is usually enough. If there are incompatibility issues between the devices because of the operating system, you might need to get a specific application that lets file transfer.
Enable the Dark Mode
It took longer than some people anticipated, but the dark mode was finally introduced a while back. Now, you no longer need to tinker with screen brightness in low-lighting settings. When you use the phone in the dark, simply enable the dark mode, so the screen is not hurting your eyes.
Go to Settings, then click on the Display tab, and select Theme. There, you will see the dark theme, also known as the dark mode, and can enable it.
Check the Official App Store
One of the best things about having a smartphone or tablet is the available applications. From entertainment to finances and planning work, you have a plethora of available options.
It is important to note, though, that you should stick to the official store. It might be tempting to download an app from an unknown third-party site because it comes with extra features or is free, but these benefits come with the risk of catching unwanted malware or other cybersecurity threats. As a rule of thumb, you are better off sticking to official sources.
Another thing to consider is that while on the topic of apps after you get your Android device, check which of the installed applications are redundant and get rid of them to free up storage and have less clutter on the device’s screen.
Keep Tabs on the Battery
You want to avoid having to charge the device constantly. At first, when you are using a new tablet or smartphone, the battery should be fine. However, once the device becomes a bit older, you will notice the need to plug the charger in more regularly.
To preserve the device’s battery, try to limit background applications. Once you finish using an app, close it. Lowering screen brightness and clearing cache and other temporary system junk help as well. Finally, if you can switch to more battery-friendly applications, such as internet browsers that do not require as much.
Rearrange the Home Screen
Rearranging the home screen might not be on your priority list, but it might make using the device better if you have fewer apps distracting you. Simply move unnecessary app shortcuts to a different tab, create folders, or remove applications from the screen.
The need to prioritize updates applies to both the operating system and applications you use. For the OS, it is important to download and install an update because it comes with new features, performance upgrades, and security improvements.
App updates are necessary for those same reasons, but it is also important to understand that not running the latest app version might cause incompatibility with the operating system.