Category Archives: Using Android

Using QR Codes On Android

qr-codesA QR code (quick response code) is a two dimensional bar code that consists of black squares arranged in a grid on a white background.

They are very similar to bar codes but are two dimensional and can contain much more information. Continue reading

How to Use The Gmail App on Android


The Gmail App is found on almost all Android phones and tablets.

If it isn’t already installed on your device you can download it from the Google Playstore.

Although it is probably mainly used for accessing email on Gmail It can be used for accessing email on non Gmail accounts e.g. Yahoo Mail.

Gmail App vs Gmail

Gmail is a free email service provided by Google. When you create a Google Gmail account you are automatically provided with 15GB of free email storage on the Gmail service.

The Gmail App is an email client provided by Google. It is available for Android and IOS

Getting Started

In this tutorial we will look at setting up and using the Google Gmail App on Android for sending and receiving email on Gmail. Continue reading

Using The Astro File Manager

android-files-iconMost Android devices don’t come with a pre-installed file manager or file explorer.

On Android access to files is normally via an App. This means that if you want to manage photos then you do it through a photo App etc.

Unfortunately it doesn’t always work that way, and being able to move around the file system is very useful, especially if you need to move files between systems .e.g. a tablet and a PC. Continue reading

Managing Data Usage on Android

data-usage-iconIf you use a connection that has usage restrictions or charges, then having an understanding of how much data your tablet or phone is using, and what connections it is using is very important.

Smart Phones are all equipped with a mobile connection (GSM, 3G, 4G), and so are some high end tablets.

Both Smart Phones and tablets are equipped with Wi-Fi which is the main connection mechanism when at home or in the office. Continue reading

Understanding Android Photo Storage and Backup Options

android-photosOne of the main uses for an android Tablet or phone is for taking photos.

However because the storage space on phones and tablets is limited they can quickly use up all of your available storage space.

In this tutorial we will look at how you can manage your photos to ensure that they don’t get lost if you lose your phone/tablet, or if it breaks.

In addition we look at how to ensure that they don’t use all of your storage space, but at the same time they are easily accessible.

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