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General Smartphone Tips, Tricks and Apps

Use voice activation

If you’re walking down the street and need to send a text message, you can use the voice activation feature to instruct your Android phone what to do. This is a much better option than potentially falling headfirst into an open manhole or crashing into a pole and winding up on YouTube, only to become the laughingstock of your company and friends. To use voice activation, long press the Search button on the handset (it looks like a magnifying glass) and then speak into the phone. It is also possible to use the voice activation for various purposes, which include the following:

 

  • Text: send text to [recipient] [message] example: send text to stephanie meet me for burritos after work
  • Email: send email to [recipient] [subject] [body] example: send email to jack wallen reminder don’t forget to pick up pizza
  • Directions: navigate to [location] example: navigate to bazos
  • Place phone call: call [contact] [phone type] call stephanie mobile
  • Listen to music: listen to [artist/song/album] example: listen to rush tom sawyer
  • Write note: note to self [note] example: note to self found model for your book cover
  • Search Google: [query] example: jack wallen books
  • Open website: go to [website] example: go to amazon
  • View a map: map of [location] example: map of munich

Copy a block of text from a web page

If you need to copy text from a web browser, it’s quite simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the web page and then zoom in so it’s easier to tap on the correct text.
  2. Long press somewhere near the beginning of the text you want to copy and then drag the handles to the last bit of text you want to copy.
  3. When you release the handles, a new menu will pop up (the device you’re using will determine the type of menu and where it pops us) that allows various options to be selected.

Add bookmarks to the Home screen

If you want to add a shortcut to a website you frequent on the Home screen of your device, you can do that by following these steps:

  1. Go to the website in the browser.
  2. Create a bookmark for the site.
  3. Go to the Bookmark Manager.
  4. Long press the bookmark for the site to be added to the Home screen.
  5. Select Add Shortcut To Home from the pop-up menu.

Now to get to the site, simply tap the shortcut, and the browser will open to that address.

Add the power strip widget

Since Android 2.1, a new widget that is a power control strip allows for the easy control of battery-destroying services such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. To add this widget, long press the Home screen and select Widget | Power Control. When the widget is added, you can turn various services on and off with one tap.

Shut off unnecessary services

I have found the GPS does little to get me through the day. So unless I am using an application that absolutely must have the GPS turned on, I leave that feature turned off. It can drain the battery the fastest, so when you need battery life over location discovery, turn it off and leave it off. Turn off WiFi as well. It’s another top offender. Although many might argue against this, I find the speed gain of WiFi is not significant enough to offset the battery drain.

Moving apps to the SD card to save space

One of the big perks about Android 2.2 or higher, is the ability to move applications to the microSD card storage. It's easy to do, and if you don't plan on using swappable SD cards it's something you should check out. From the home screen:

  • Hit the menu button, then Settings > Applications > Manage applications
  • Make sure the "Downloaded" tab (the one on the far left) is selected
  • Press any of the apps in the list, and see if the "Move to SD card" option is enabled
  • If so, press it and enjoy the extra space

Autocorrect Control

What if you accidentally add a word that you didn't mean to?

  • On some smart phone platforms, your only recourse to bad suggestions is to reset the dictionary. Not so for Android. Just go into settings, and tap Language & Keyboard. At the bottom, you should see an option for User Dictionary.
  • In this menu you can look at your custom words. Just tap on one to get the option to Edit or Delete it. You can also add new words here by hitting Menu > Add, then typing in the word.

How to Import/Export your Contacts to and from your Micro SD Card

Procedure to create a backup of your contacts:

  • Firstly, you need to open your Contacts from your Android phone, press the Menu button and then select Import/Export from the list of Menu options. (Or select More option from the list of Menu items if Import/Export is not available.)
  • As soon as you click Import/Export, you will get two options, import contacts and back up contacts. Now, you need to select the back up contacts option to proceed.
  • After selecting Export to the memory card, all your contacts are backed up so the next time you lose your contacts, you don’t need to worry about as the contacts have been successfully backed up on your memory card.

Importing Contacts

  • Open your Contacts from your Android phone, press the Menu button and then select Import/Export from the list of Menu options. (Or select More option from the list of Menu items if Import/Export is not available.)
  • As soon as you click Import/Export, you will get two options, import contacts and back up contacts. Now, you need to select the Import contacts option to proceed.
  • Next, select the most recent Back up file and wait for the contacts to be restored into you Android phone’s contact list.

How to free memory to keep your phone running like new

To Clear the Browser Cache:

1. Open the Browser application.
2. Select the Menu key.
3. Select More.
4. Select Settings.
5. Select Clear cache.
6. Select OK.

To Clear Browser History:

1. Open the Browser application.
2. Select the Menu key.
3. Select More.
4. Select Settings.
5. Select Clear history.
6. Select OK

To Clear Browser Form Data:

1. Open the Browser application.
2. Select the Menu key.
3. Select More.
4. Select Settings.
5. Select Clear form data.
6. Select OK.

To Clear Browser Cookies:

1. Open the Browser application.
2. Select the Menu key.
3. Select More.
4. Select Settings.
5. Select Clear all cookie data.
6. Select OK.