Learn how to start apps from the Home screen and discover common app features, such as the Overview or menu icon. Topics include using the navigation drawer, finding an app in a folder, locating apps on the apps drawer, leaving an app. Understand why Android apps lack a quit or exit command, and learn how to use the Overview to return to a running app and how to log out of an online service, such as Facebook.
- [Instructor] You'll spend most of your time on your Android phone or tablet running apps. App is short for application. These are the programs that make your Android do useful, interesting, or entertaining things. To start an app, tap its launcher icon on the home screen. You can swipe right or left to view various home screen pages to hunt down the app you want. Also, some apps may may dwell in folders. In which case you tap the folder icon to open it and then you tap the app icon or launcher. The app opens filling the screen.
You can now use the app doing whatever wondrous or fascinating thing that the app does. Most Android apps have similar features and controls. So once you become familiar with one app, using another is easy. The action overflow displays a list of actions or commands, think of it as a menu button. Tap the back navigation icon to dismiss the menu. Most apps feature a side menu icon in the upper left corner. Tap that icon to view the navigation drawer. Which displays various options and additional actions.
The settings action displays a screen where you can control the app's features and make other adjustments. Dismiss the navigation drawer by swiping it to the left off the screen. When you're done with an app you leave it. The easiest way to leave an app is to tap the home navigation icon. The app screen goes away and once again you see the home screen. Now don't worry about finding a quit or exit command in an app. Unlike a computer you don't quit apps on your Android. Instead you just tap the home navigation icon to leave.
When you can't find the app you want on the home screen, visit the apps drawer. Tap the app's icon on the home screen. The icon may not look exactly like this one shown here but it will be similar. This is the apps drawer, it lists all the apps installed on your Android. You can swipe it up and down or in some devices you may swipe it left or right. In this version of the apps drawer, the most frequently opened apps appear on a bar on top the list. The apps drawer may also feature folders, if so tap a folder icon to view the apps that dwell in the folder.
To start an app just tap its icon. Otherwise you can tap the home navigation icon to return to the home screen. Apps on your Android continue to run after you leave them. This is nothing to be concerned about. In fact it's simply the multi tasking feature built in to all Android devices. To switch between running apps or to switch back to a previous app, tap the recent icon. If your device lacks a recent icon, long press the home icon. This list is called the overview, swipe it to peruse all the running apps on the device.
To switch to a recent app, just tap its thumbnail in the list, or to remove an app from the list, swipe it off to the side. This is the closest you can get to actually quitting an app. Although removing an app from the overview doesn't guarantee that the app has actually stopped. Even though you don't really quit apps, some games do offer a quit or exit command. If not it's okay to have the app run in the background. You might also find a quit or exit command on the apps navigation drawer. And some online services such as Facebook, offer a log out or sign out command.
Choose that command to disconnect from the service, though doing so, may not actually quit the app.
- 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