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Android Phones For Dummies

Android Phones For Dummies


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Android App Updates

To get the latest information on common Android apps, get my eBook Dan Gookin's Android Apps A to Z, available at the Amazon Kindle store.

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This book covers the apps Chrome, Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Music, Play Store, YouTube, and more.

Supplemental Material

Google Voice Voicemail
If you're using Google Voice as your Voicemail, be aware that using *72 on Verizon to forward your phone's incoming calls messes up Google Voice. (Well, at least it does on my phone.) You'll need to re-establish Google Voice on your phone: Follow the directions on the Voicemail setup screen: From the Settings app, choose Call Settings, Voicemail Settings, Voicemail Number.
Be Careful of Your Carrying Case / Holster!
Got an email from a reader who used a holster carrying case for his Android phone. The case had a magnetic clip, which apparently zapped the touchscreen. Restarting the phone fixed the problem, but I would be leery of any carrying case or holster that uses a magnetic clip.
How to Dial Your New Rotary Phone
Here is a classic how-to film from the last century. At once time, dial phones were a new concept as well. This type of film would have been shown in classrooms as well as before motion pictures. It would not have been on TV or the Internet, as they didn't yet exist. View the YouTube video.

Blog Posts

Updates for the Android operating system, including lots of good information on using an Android phone, can be found on my blog. Here are some relevant posts:

Pick One: A Flying Car or Your Smartphone
Jul 20, 2017 No one foresees what are the biggest things to change our culture. Link
How to Hold Your Phone
Jul 10, 2017 The old AT&T telephone demonstrated genius human engineering. The smartphone, on the other hand, was designed to slip into your pants pocket. Link
A Nifty Android Onscreen Keyboard Trick
Jun 29, 2017 Why are some useful features undocumented? Link
Clear the Cache
Jun 1, 2017 It sounds like voodoo, but it works. Link
The Dawn of Android Oh
May 25, 2017 It will surprise me if it's not called "Android Oreo." Link
What To Do When Your Android Keyboard Sucks
May 4, 2017 The onscreen keyboard can be tortuous to use. Link
Android Shortcuts
Apr 10, 2017 The home screen long-press technique has some new effects. Link
Avoid Data Limits and Spying Apps with GlassWire
Mar 27, 2017 This free app is beautiful, ad-free, and very helpful. Link

For additional Android-related blog posts, click here.