Discover features common to all Android devices and common techniques for performing basic phone actions. Explore the front, edges, and back of an Android phone or tablet to look for basic features. Learn how to power on and unlock the device, how to lock it, and when to turn it off. Understand why it's uncommon to turn of an Android device.
- [Narrator] Whether it's a phone or tablet, all Android devices have similar features. This consistency provides an advantage to you, in that once you learn how to use your Android, you can be productive without having to learn new things all over. But you have to start somewhere. The good news is that just about every Android phone or tablet sports standard features, as well as consistent techniques for performing common activities such as charging the phone or tablet, turning the device on, as well as locking and unlocking the screen, and turning the Android off.
If you already have an Android phone or tablet, pick it up and follow along with me to explore these common features and standard techniques. On the front of the gizmo, you'll find the touch screen, which is not only the display, but an input device reacting to your touches. Navigation buttons are found at the bottom of the touch screen. They may be simulated on the touch screen itself, or in the case with Samsung devices, they could be physical buttons. Not readily visible is the front-facing camera, which is found above the touch screen.
Android phones feature a speaker atop the center, which is where you place your ear during a call. The edge of your Android features several useful items. They may not match the specific locations shown here, but look for them on your own device. The Power/Lock key, the Volume key, which is actually two keys in one, volume up and volume down. A headphone connector, which could be at the top or bottom of the device. The USB cable connector. Speakers, left and right, and a microphone.
On the edge of the device, you may also find a micro SD card slot for removable storage, and a sim card slot, which is used on cellular devices to connect to the mobile data network. The back of the device features a camera called the rear camera, an LED flash can also be found next to the camera. Not every Android tablet features a flash. To charge your Android, connect the power cord to the USB connector, which is usually found at the bottom of the device. Connect the other end of the cable to a charging adapter, then plug that adapter into the wall socket.
The phone or tablet charges whether it's on or off, and you can use the device while it's charging, also, you can charge at any time, there's no need to wait until the battery is completely drained. To turn on your Android, press and hold the Power/Lock key. Keep holding it until you feel the device vibrate or you see a startup logo. At that point, release the Power/Lock key. As the device starts, it works through startup animation, and may display the Android or manufacturer's logo. Once startup is complete, you need to unlock the screen.
The first step is to swipe the screen. Hints on the screen may tell you where to swipe. If you see a padlock icon, swipe that icon outward. If the device has a secure screen lock applied, then you work the screen lock, otherwise, swiping the screen unlocks the device. When the device in unlocked, you can begin using it. Your Android stays on most of the time. When you're done using it, or you need to set it aside, you lock the screen. To do so, quickly press and release the Power/Lock key.
When the device is locked, the touch screen goes dark and it will no longer accept input. The device continues to run, music plays, phone calls can come in, updates are made, and alarms can signal. The device also saves power when it's locked, so your Android locks itself automatically after a given period of inactivity. This automatic locking is similar to the way a computer enters sleep mode when it's bored or ignored. To unlock the phone or tablet, quickly press and release the Power/Lock key, swipe the screen, and then work a secure screen lock if one's applied.
Some devices feature lock screen apps, such as the camera app. Lock screen apps allow you to quickly unlock your Android and instantly run an app. To do so, swipe the app launcher icon across the screen, you don't need to work a secure screen lock, the app just starts. If you need to access other places on the phone or tablet, however, you must work the secure screen lock. It's rare that you need to turn off an Android phone or tablet, most of the time you just lock it. When you do need to turn off your Android, press and hold the Power/Lock key.
When you see the device options menu, choose power off. If you're prompted to confirm, tap the okay or similar icon, and the Android turns itself off. Turning the device off isn't the same as locking it, the device isn't going to be working while it's off. Phone calls won't come in, and alarms won't signal. Remember, it's rare to turn off your Android, most of the time you just lock it, and you'll be fine.
- Exploring basic Android operations
- Understanding the Home screen
- Connecting with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Managing apps
- Creating contacts
- Receiving and sending email
- Handling phone calls and accessing voicemail
- Browsing the web
- Taking photos and videos
- Getting directions and finding locations
- Making appointments and setting alarms and timers
- Managing file storage
- Extending battery life
- Monitoring data usage