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Android Phones For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Your full-color guide to all the things you need to know about your Android phone

Congratulations on your new phone, and welcome to the world of Android! Whether you're an old hat looking to make sense of a new model or a newbie who's too afraid to even take it out of the box, this fun and friendly guide arms you with the knowledge to make your Android phone your minion. Written by popular and bestselling author Dan Gookin, this new edition of Android Phones For Dummies makes it easy to set up and configure your phone, get up and running with texting and emailing, access the Internet, maps, and camera, navigate with GPS, synch with a PC, and so much more.

Approaching all the features of Android phones from the perspective of someone who's either new to technology or wary of working with a new device, this hands-on guide walks you through the basics and moves on to help you tackle more advances features, like dialing tricks to forward calls, working with predictive text, accessing special characters, manipulating the touch screen, and using a USB connection to synchronize your stuff.

  • Set up your phone, get connected, and start browsing

  • Shoot photos and videos, play games, and listen to music

  • Keep in touch using email, texting, and social media

  • Get the scoop on Google Voice typing

  • If you want to learn the ins and outs of your new Android phone in order to get things done, you've come to the right place!

    Table of Contents

      1. Cover
      2. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. How to Use This Book
        3. Foolish Assumptions
        4. How This Book Is Organized
        5. Icons Used in This Book
        6. Where to Go from Here
      3. Part I: Getting Started with Your Android Phone
        1. Chapter 1: Hello, Phone!
          1. Liberation and Setup
          2. Phone Assembly
          3. Charge the Battery
          4. Android Phone Orientation
          5. A Home for Your Phone
        2. Chapter 2: The On/Off Chapter
          1. Hello, Phone
          2. Add More Accounts
          3. Goodbye, Phone
        3. Chapter 3: The Android Tour
          1. Basic Operations
          2. Home Screen Chores
          3. The World of Apps
          4. Common Android Icons
        4. Chapter 4: Text to Type, Text to Edit
          1. Onscreen Keyboard Mania
          2. The Ol’ Hunt-and-Peck
          3. Google Voice Typing
          4. Text Editing
      4. Part II: Reach Out and Touch Someone
        1. Chapter 5: It’s a Telephone
          1. Reach Out and Touch Someone
          2. It’s For You!
          3. Multiple Call Mania
          4. Forward Calls Elsewhere
        2. Chapter 6: Missed Calls and Voicemail
          1. Who Called Who When?
          2. Boring Carrier Voicemail
          3. The Wonders of Google Voice
        3. Chapter 7: The Address Book
          1. The People You Know
          2. Make New Friends
          3. Address Book Management
        4. Chapter 8: Text Messaging Mania
          1. Msg 4U
          2. Multimedia Messages
          3. Text Message Management
        5. Chapter 9: Email This and That
          1. Email on Your Android Phone
          2. You’ve Got Mail
          3. Make Your Own Email
          4. Message Attachments
          5. Email Configuration
        6. Chapter 10: Out On the Web
          1. The Phone’s Web Browser App
          2. Behold the Web
          3. The Joy of Downloading
          4. Web Controls and Settings
        7. Chapter 11: Digitally Social
          1. Share Your Life on Facebook
          2. A Virtual Hangout
          3. Let’s All Tweet
          4. Skype the World
      5. Part III: Amazing Phone Feats
        1. Chapter 12: There’s a Map for That
          1. Basic Map
          2. It Knows Where You Are
          3. Find Things
          4. Your Phone Is Your Copilot
        2. Chapter 13: Pics and Vids
          1. The Phone’s Camera
          2. Your Digital Photo Album
          3. Image Management
        3. Chapter 14: O Sweet Music!
          1. The Hits Just Keep On Comin’
          2. More Music for Your Phone
          3. Organize Your Tunes
          4. Music from the Stream
        4. Chapter 15: Apps Various and Sundry
          1. The Alarm Clock
          2. The Calculator
          3. The Calendar
          4. The eBook Reader
          5. The Game Machine
          6. Google Now
          7. The Video Player
        5. Chapter 16: Shop at the Play Store
          1. Welcome to the Play Store
          2. Play Store Tricks
      6. Part IV: Nuts and Bolts
        1. Chapter 17: No Wires, Ever!
          1. Wireless Networking Wizardry
          2. Share the Connection
          3. The Bluetooth Connection
        2. Chapter 18: Share and Store
          1. From Here to There
          2. Phone Storage Mysteries
        3. Chapter 19: The Apps-and-Widgets Chapter
          1. Apps and Widgets on the Home Screen
          2. Manage Those Apps
          3. Apps Drawer Organization
        4. Chapter 20: Customize and Configure
          1. It’s Your Home Screen
          2. Lock Screen Settings
          3. Display Settings
          4. Keyboard Settings
          5. Audio Adjustments
        5. Chapter 21: Android Phone Security
          1. Lock Your Phone
          2. Other Phone Security
        6. Chapter 22: On the Road Again
          1. Where the Phone Roams
          2. International Calling
          3. You Can Take It with You
          4. The Android Phone Goes Abroad
        7. Chapter 23: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Help
          1. Regular Phone Maintenance
          2. Battery Care and Feeding
          3. Help and Troubleshooting
          4. Android Phone Q&A
      7. Part V: The Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 24: Ten Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
          1. Quickly Switch Apps
          2. Install Apps from a Computer
          3. The Camera App’s Panorama Mode
          4. Avoid Data Surcharges
          5. Make the Phone Dream
          6. Charge the Battery Without Wires
          7. Add Spice to Dictation
          8. Add a Word to the Dictionary
          9. Employ Some Useful Widgets
          10. Take a Screen Shot
        2. Chapter 25: Ten Things to Remember
          1. Lock the Phone on a Call
          2. Switch to Landscape Orientation
          3. Dictate Text
          4. Enjoy Predictive Text
          5. Avoid Battery Hogs
          6. Beware of Roaming
          7. Properly Use the Plus (+) Symbol When Dialing
          8. Check Your Schedule
          9. Snap a Pic of That Contact
          10. Use the Search Icon
      8. About the Author
      9. Cheat Sheet
      10. Connect with Dummies
      11. End User License Agreement