to know a new mobile device can be pretty exciting, especially if
this is your first smartphone or tablet. The key is to start with
the basics and take it one step at a time so you don't get overwhelmed.
First, make sure you're comfortable with the interface,
including the screen, some of the built-in apps, and the various
gestures you'll use to get around. Then you can move on to some
other fundamental tasks, like connecting to the Internet using
time you turn on your device, you'll be asked to set up a few
different things, including your preferred language, the date
and time, and (most importantly) your Google account. If you don't
have a Google account yet, you can create one during the setup
a few reasons this step is so important. In short, your Google
account is your identity on your device. Not only does it connect
you to the cloud - where things like photos and contacts are stored
- but it also gives you access to the Play Store, where you can
download and purchase apps. The more you use your device, the
more you'll see how integrated your Google account really is.
You may have
a Google account already if you use any other Google services,
like Gmail, Chrome, Google Drive, or even YouTube. For more information,
check out our Google Account tutorial.
to know your device
your device is set up, you should be taken to a simple screen with
some icons, buttons, and other miscellaneous features. This is actually
one of the most important parts of your device - it's called the
Home screen - and it's where you'll store all your favorite apps.
Remember, every Android device is unique. This
means your experience may vary depending on your device.
Phone for making phone calls
Messaging for text messaging, or Hangouts for text messaging plus
Email for managing your email, or Gmail if you have a Gmail account
People for your contacts list (may also be called Contacts)
Chrome for browsing the Web (may also be called Internet or Browser)
Camera for taking photos and videos
Play Store for downloading apps
Settings for adjusting your settings
Some of these apps may be on your Home screen
already. If they aren't, take a look in your Apps view. This special
view gives you access to every app on your device. To open it,
look for the icon near the bottom of the Home screen.
are what you'll use to interact with your device's touchscreen.
For instance, instead of clicking something with your mouse, you'll
tap the screen with your finger. We'll refer to gestures throughout
this tutorial, so make sure you're familiar with the examples below.
Tap to "click", select, or open something
on your device, like a button or an app
Tap and hold to occasionally access other options (think of this
Drag to scroll up and down, left and right, or any other direction
on the screen
Swipe left or right to "flip through" things, like pages
on the Home screen, photos, or pages in an e-book
Double-tap to zoom in or out in certain apps, like Maps or Chrome
Pinch (i.e., open or close your thumb and forefinger) to zoom
in or out almost anywhere
device can connect to the Internet almost anywhere, either though
mobile data (3G/4G or LTE) or nearby Wi-Fi. So what exactly is the
difference? Most data plans only give you a certain amount of data
per month, and there can be repercussions if you go over your limit.
With Wi-Fi, you can use the Internet as much as you want, and it
won't count against your data.
connect to Wi-Fi (optional):
Do you have
access to a nearby Wi-Fi network (for example, at home or at work)?
You can easily connect to it using the steps below. For networks
that you access repeatedly, you generally only have to do this
once. The next time you're in range, you'll be connected to the
network automatically, as long as you leave the Wi-Fi feature
you're on the Home screen, then open the Apps view. Your icon
is usually found in the Favorites tray near the bottom of the
Tap the Settings
icon. You may need to swipe through a few screens to find it.
the list of settings until you find the Wi-Fi feature. If it isn't
already set to ON, tap the control on the right.
done, tap the word Wi-Fi. This will open a list of nearby networks.
To join a
network, just tap the one you want. If the network is secured,
you'll need to enter a password to connect to it.
done, your device will remember the details of the network (including
the password if applicable), so you can connect to it automatically
in the future. If you ever want to change these settings, tap
and hold the network name, then choose Forget or Modify.
If the network
you're connecting to is unsecured, you can access it without a
password, but you should think carefully before you do (especially
if it's a public hotspot, like Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop).
Anything you view or share over an unsecured network is not necessarily
safe from prying eyes.
now, you've probably already encountered the keyboard on your device.
It's designed to pop up automatically whenever you need to type
something; for example, when you're composing an email, searching
the Web, or filling out a form.
This keyboard may be smaller than a traditional
keyboard, but it comes with several convenient shortcuts to make
typing easier. Things like symbols, numbers, and capital letters
are actually easy to access - you just have to know where to look.