If you would prefer not to be told every time an Application has been updated, open the Android Market – Menu – My Apps. Then Menu again. Then Settings. Under General settings, untick the Notifications option.
To view information about your battery and CPU go to your phone dialer and type in the following code: *#*#4636#*#*
On most Android phones, when you rotate the phone when on Homescreen mode, the Homescreen stays in Portrait mode. One way around this is to install a third-party Launcher Application which allows you to customise your phone in many ways.
One popular launcher is called GoLauncher. Or alternatively, open the Android Market and search for the word Launcher.
While the stock standard keyboard is fine, there are much better keyboards available. First, you need to go to the Play Store and download one. Try searching for the word ‘keyboard’ and you will see a number of options.
One of the best keyboards is a keyboard called Swiftkey, which is a top-rate App.
Download your chosen keyboard and go through any install steps that you are presented with.
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.
If you have just purchased an Android device, then you may want to copy your contacts from your old phone. The easiest way to do this is to Export your old contacts to a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file and save this to your PC. You may need to install the correct software for your phone first in order to do the export.
Then, if you don’t have a Gmail account, sign up for one.
Once that’s done, open Gmail. Go to Contacts, then press More – Import. Then import the CSV to your Gmail contacts.
Then on your phone, open the Contacts App. Press Menu and then Sync Contacts. This will pull the contacts from Gmail to your phone.
Most Android phones only come with a fixed amount of homescreens. There is a way around this however.
Go to Android Market and search for ‘launcher’. These are third-party user interfaces that allow you to customize your phone in many ways. Most of them allow multiple homescreens.
A very popular launcher which supports multiple homescreens is GoLauncher EX.
In the Calendar App there is no Year view along the top of the App. You can however use pinch to zoom gestures to zoom in and out of Month and Year view however.
This is useful if you want to quickly jump backwards or forwards through a few months at a time.
To disable the screen lock, go into Settings – Location and security.
Then under Screen unlock settings press Change screen lock. Then chose None.
To set an MP3 as a ringtone, try one of the following. It may depend which version of Android you are using however:
Using the default Music player App, find a song you would like to set as the ringtone. Then while the song is playing, press and hold on the track and select Use as phone ringtone.
Or, find a specific Contact. press Menu – Edit. Scroll down to Additional Info. Press the triangle. Then scroll to Call Handling and set a ringtone from there.
To change the Google Navigation voice, start at the homescreen and press Menu – Settings – Voice input and output – Text-to-speech settings.
Then under the Default settings section, press Default engine.
To change the language, go through the same process, but instead of Default engine, select Language.
If you prefer a different voice when listening to the Google Maps voice navigation, you can also select another language or accent.