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

Published on January 5, 2020
All personal information on your desktop, laptop, etc. could very well end up on your 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.



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


Mobile Android Cell Phone / Smartphone SECURITY PROBLEM

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, I've kept turning that critter on accidentally. As with the other icons, tapping it again turns the other icons 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 obstruct your ability to see an entire webpage. Whatever article you were looking for is indeed entirely displayed, so this is usually not a problem; but it is something one should know.
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.


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Has info beyond that of just upgrading.

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