A guide to owning Android

Do not install free apps or free games unless they are written by a large or well known company.

Free is never free, be aware of permissions granted to apps you install.

If you simply MUST play the latest free game, install it, play it, and then uninstall it.

Games sap the battery at a much higher rate. Keep that in mind.

Your battery will last longer on a single charge if you dim the screen. Most Android default settings are programmed to run at the highest brightness possible. Cutting that in half pretty much saves half your battery life.

Apps that “phone home” also drain a battery, due to amount of up time for 4G and other hardware on your device. So email programs, GPS programs, Map programs, weather programs, news updates….apps like that continually drain resources. It’s a good idea to limit their use. Just disabling Google Maps will increase your battery life by a good amount.

Turn off the location services entirely, until you need to use it for a maps or gps app. Then turn it off again after you are done using the app.

Facebook and Twitter and other social sites are fun, but their apps are battery hogs. Mainly because they are always running and using location detection as well as 4G and wifi hardware.

Most social sites have web pages you can access with your Android browser instead and save yourself a lot of headache over the battery running out too quickly.

Android and ALL linux-based systems (this includes apple and iphone) are schizophrenic.

I mean this in a kind way, that they are not stable because the build itself is not stable. The greater miracle is if you DO receive some stability for any length of time.

So learn how to restart the device. A removable battery is good insurance that you can always take its power source away and force it to restart. Some manufacturers have small pin holes with a reset button inside them. Another way is to hold down the power button for a long period and force the Android to shutdown.

Taking screenshots is handy…press the power button and volume-down key at the same time to take a screenshot.

The default screen time is always too short. Go into settings>>>>display or settings>>>>lockscreen and change the timeout to something more reasonable like 2 or 5 minutes.

It’s much easier to not have to type in a password if you have no need for one. In the lockscreen settings, change it to “none.”

My experience is that any amount of security you feel with locking your phone, is not worth the amount of time you spend unlocking it yourself.

And that’s it for now. I prefer the stability of a Windows phone, myself. But Android has come a long way since its first inception. It’s more like a schizophrenic on medication now. Which is good enough.

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