Android Tutorials

A Collection of tutotials organised by theme:



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

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How to Use The Gmail App on Android


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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

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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

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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

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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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Understanding and Managing Android Notifications-Beginners Guide


Interruptions-disabledAndroid Apps can inform you of important events e.g. a new email,an App upgrade etc by using audio and visual notifications.

Some Apps (e.g.email) can generate lots of notifications, whereas others don’t generate hardly any.

However, all Apps seem to install with notifications enabled.

Although notifications can be very useful, they can also very annoying so in this tutorial we look at how to control them. Continue reading

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Using The Gmail App to Send and Receive Email


compose-newmesge-iconOpen the Gmail App which should open displaying your Primary category.

To create and send an email click on the compose icon at the bottom of the screen.

A new message window opens with the cursor positioned on the to line.

Notice the icons at the Top of the message, the screenshot below shows what they mean. Continue reading

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How to Transfer Files From Android to PC Using Wi-Fi


transfer-files-androidYou can transfer files from android to and from your Windows PC using Wi-Fi.

Using Wi-FI to transfer files is much quicker than Bluetooth and often more convenient  than using a USB cable.

It also  works not only for transferring files to your PC, but can also be used to transfer files between a tablet and a smart phone (IOS or sharing files between Android Devices.

However before you can do this you will first need to install a File Transfer  APP.

The one I will be using here is the Fast file transfer App. Continue reading

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Android Location History,Reporting and Tracking


location-markerAndroid tablets and mobile phones have the ability to report your location to online services, usually with pinpoint accuracy, if the device has GPS capability.

Knowing your location,and tracking your location history is very important for many android applications.

For example a weather Widget on your home screen would be more useful if it displayed the weather in your current location rather than in a pre-set home location.

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Accessing and Using the Google Play Store- Beginners Guide


google-play-storeThe Google play store is a collection of Apps,books,videos and music etc which you can download and install on your android tablet/device.

To access the play store you will need the Google a google account.

Google accounts are free and can be used to access many Google services like Gmail, Youtube, and more importantly the Google Play Apps store.

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Android Tablets for Kids-Parental Control


android-parental-controlsMost parents want to restrict what their kids can do online. Generally they want to:

  • Restrict what Apps they can install.
  • Restrict what Apps they can use.
  • Restrict what websites they can visit.

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Printing From Android Tablets and Phones


If you use your Tablet/phone frequently you will sooner or later want to print something.

Many of you will transfer the document to your PC either via email or file transfer and print them from there, as it is usually the easiest method.

However if you are prepared to do a little setup in advance you can also print directly to printers on your network from your Tablet/phone. Continue reading

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Reading and Managing Kindle Books on Android


kindle-book-iconOne of the most common uses of Android tablets in for reading ebooks.

There are many different formats for ebooks some, are proprietary like Amazon kindle, Nook, and others are more open and standard like pdfs (portable document format) ebooks.

The two most common are ebook formats are Kindle and pdf.The Android Kindle reader App can read both formats Continue reading

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Using Google Chrome on Android -Part 2


chrome-logoIn Part 1 we looked at opening and bookmarking websites in chrome. In Part 2 we will look at:

  • Changing The Default Search Engine
  • Logging into a Google Account
  • Saving a Web page To your Home Screen.
  • Downloading Files

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Using Google Chrome on Android- Part 1


access-web-androidTo access websites on your android tablet/phone you will need a web browser.

The Google chrome browser has been the default browser on Android since Android 4.0.

The chrome browser that comes with Android is the same as the desktop version. Continue reading

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Using Google Maps Offline on Android


google-maps-imageGoogle Maps has been popular  web based application used on the desktop for route planning for a long time, and it was also the first free voice enabled  SatNav App for Android.

However Google Maps requires an Internet connection to work.

This isn’t usually a problem on Mobile phones as mobile network coverage is widespread in most countries, but it is a problem with devices like tablets that don’t normally have a mobile internet connection. Continue reading

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Installing The Amazon Appstore App on Your Android


amazon-appstore-iconMost Android tablets and phones come with the Google Play Store App already installed.

If you have a Amazon Kindle fire it will come with the Amazon AppStore App already installed.

These Apps allow you to easily install,upgrade and manage Apps from the respective App stores. Continue reading

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Sharing Your Android Tablet- Android Users


Android-new-usersSince the release of Android 4.2 Android tablets have included support for multiple users.

In 4.3 they also included another user option called restricted profiles.

And In Android v 5.0 they have also added a guest user option.

Before we look at how to setup multiple users we will look at why we might need them, and what the options do. Continue reading

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Android Lock Screen Widgets and Notifications


For security purposes it is normal to configure your tablet/phone to lock the screen after a period of inactivity -See android lock screens.

If you have enabled this option then when the screen locks a lock screen appears which by default shows the clock. Continue reading

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Managing Contacts on Android


android contactsOn a tablet the contacts App is used to manage email contacts.

You should be aware that some tablets may not have a contact App pre-installed and so you will need to install one from the Google Play store.

The true contact app is a Google contact look a like based on the original Google contact App and is the one I installed on my old tablet. Continue reading

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Setting up and Using Email on Android


email-iconOne of the most common uses of Android tablets and phones is for sending and receiving email.

To send and receive email you will need an Email client App.

Most Android tablets and phones come with an Email App already installed.

Very often this is the Gmail App, but it could also be the old stock Email App. Continue reading

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Android Navigation Basics


android-navigationIf you are used to using a keyboard and a mouse then carrying out basic tasks on an android tablet or phone will be tricky at first.

Android tablets and phones use a touchscreen, and are controlled by finger gestures. Continue reading

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Understanding Android Home Screens-Beginners Guide


android-home-screensAndroid OS offers multiple home screens (up to 7) . Each home screen functions like the desktop on your computer and can contain shortcuts, App icons,folders and widgets.

Multiple home screens allow you more effective screen space which is useful as Android tablets and phones have much smaller screens than desktop computers. Continue reading

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