How to Setup, Activate, Security, and Using Android Mobile Phone for Beginners - And Tips

Latest update: October 1, 2020
This is a primer relating to the basic attributes of all Android phones. General beginner tips follow the segment concerning security issues. Be advised that smartphones are a mess; the problem may very well be the Android smartphone and not you. There is a reason there are hundreds of inquiry responses on the search engines as to "how to answer a call", etc. and so much more. This page is just for the real basics; for specific problems, continue you search. A personal note, things are really getting too complicated these days.

A Warning for New Mobile Phone Android Cellphone / Smartphone Users and Tech Tips

Mobile Android Cell Phone / Smartphone SECURITY PROBLEM

All personal information originating from your desktop, laptop, etc. to the cloud could very well end up on your Android smartphone if you are not careful. This page will help you keep that from happening. If it has already happened, this page will help you undue the damage. General information has also been included, mostly for new Android users.

When activating your Android smartphone, never give the Android smartphone your "demanded" Google primary gmail account address and password. If you do, that critter will immediately access all your account data from all your other Google apps, including everything you've ever written on Goggle's cloud drive. If you do give the Android smartphone your primary Google info, you will have a major security nightmare on your hands. It happened to me and took days to figure out and cleanup the mess.

Mobile Android Cell Phone / Smartphone SECURITY SOLUTION

Always create a new, second Gmail account on your desktop, tablet, or whatever. You might even be able to do it directly from your phone. Use that second, new Gmail account to activate your phone. That way, there's no other info for your phone to "steal"; excepting for whatever info you may add to the other Google apps on that account afterwards.

It should be mentioned that simply deleting your data does not remove it from your phone. It can still be recovered with the right software. The only way to truly get rid of it is to overwrite it. Taking a bunch of random pictures should do it, especially if then deleted and done more than once.

Other Android Mobile Phone Beginner Tech Tips

  • Touching the text box where you want to enter text brings up the keyboard. There's a symbol there where one can enlarge it. The little, separate "x" is the backspace key.
  • Holding the phone sideways, i.e., rotating phone to landscape position will give you bigger keyboard keys. This only works with some applications.
  • The thing is a data hog. If your data usage is metered, do what you can to reduce that. There may be a Data-Saver icon you can activate. As long as it doesn't interfere with your other applications, there's no reason not to use it. Excepting for when others need to know my location (Uber, Lyft, etc.), I keep the thing on. For that matter, I keep the Location Icon off except when needed. Likewise if  synchronization isn't needed, I keep that off as well.
  • Swiping down from the top-of-screen should bring up the settings menu. Tapping the upper-right-down-arrow expands it, swiping left gives additional options. Beware the flashlight icon and battery usage, I've kept turning that critter on accidentally. As with the other icons, tapping it again turns it back off.
  • There's also a Settings icon on the main screen, tapping that gives one even more options, especially for the apps.
  • If you are lucky, there may be three buttons below the screen. Center gives the front, main menu. The left and right dots give you back-to-previous and forward-to-next.
  • Smartphones often limit the viewing of the entire webpage. Whatever article you're reading is entirely displayed, but not necessarily everything else on the page. This is usually not a problem; but it is something one should know.
  • Battery longevity is terrible. Two hours usage before a recharge is needed just doesn't make it. In the interests of full disclosure, I'm using a $10 burner phone; so hopefully your phone's battery performance will be better. Picture resolutions at a distance are not that good either when it comes to license plates. However, close-up shots seem to work fine.
Side note: the phrase, "cell phone" was used in this article for newbies who searched for "cell phone" when they really meant "smartphone". Interesting how "smartphone" is one word and the dictionaries say "cell phone" is two words; meanwhile, it is being spelled both ways all over the place. "Mobile phone" conveniently covers both categories.

New Phone? Old Phone? First Phone? Upgrade Phone?
Good Security Info at This Federal Website

Upgrading Your Phone? 4 Things You Should Do First

Has info beyond that of just upgrading.

CNET has a good article concerning security: 5 Google Assistant Features You Should Disable Today

PC Magazine has an article concerning infected apps: Android Users Need to Manually Remove These 17 Infected Apps.

CNET has a good article concerning hidden features. I like the one where I can keep the phone unlocked when at home. The article is: 8 of Android's best hidden features and where you can find them.

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