If your phone is lost and you’re lucky, the finder will want to return your phone to you. To make this easy for them, you can turn on Owner Info. This will display a scrolling custom message on the lock screen saying who the phone belongs to. You can also enter a phone number to call if your phone is found.
Go to Settings – Security – Owner info. Then enter the custom message there. It will then display the message on your lock screen.
To disable / enable vibrate (also called haptic feedback) when you type or press the screen, go to Settings – Language & input – Settings.
Then uncheck Vibrate on keypress.
The standard Android keyboard is good, but not great. There are many third party keyboards available which will improve your typing speed and accuracy.
Go to the Android Market and search for ‘Keyboard’ to see some great alternatives, many of which are more accurate and make typing much easier.
A good one is GoKeyboard.
If you see a warning saying the keyboard will collect all information (including credit cards) just ignore this. This is just a security feature that Android shows for every third-party keyboard that you install.
There is an Easter egg hidden in the Android operating system. To see it, go to your Homescreen, then press Menu – Settings – About phone.
Then tap on the Android version option 5 times and you will get a surprise.
Sometimes it doesn’t work, so try a couple of times. By the way don’t expect to see an actual Easter Egg. That is just the name given to things hidden inside software or operating systems.
We produce a great list of the best mobile phone accessories and if you have purchased a smartphone, one of the first things you will want to do is accessorise it. Our guide shows you the best accessories and the best places to buy them from.
Simply go to the menu at the top of this page and select: Phone Guides – Best Cell Phone Accessories (for US users) or Best Mobile Phone Accessories (for UK users).
If you have decided to ditch your iPhone in favour of Android, then there is a simple way to take your iTunes music, playlists and album art with you.
Simply go the Android Marketplace and download a Free App called Easy Phone Tunes. You will also need the computer version of the software, so go to http://easyphonetunes.com and download it from there.
Then, when that is done, turn your phone into a USB storage device (this will vary from device to device, but instructions are on the website).
Once your phone is connected to your computer, open the computer version of the software and select your device from the Easy Phone Tunes list. Then follow the instructions to Sync your media.
To disable the screen lock, go into Settings – Security. Then select Screen lock.
You can then choose None to disable your screen lock.
This is handy because you won’t have to swipe the lock screen away anymore.
To access the scientific calculator, rotate the phone to landscape mode.
The calculator will change to a scientific one.
To check your firmware version, start from the Homescreen and press Menu – Settings – About Phone.
This should list your Android version, Build number and Model Number.
If you want to install Apps outside of the Android Market (called sideloading), then go to Settings – Security – Unknown sources.
Note: use at your own risk.