How To Handle Android Smart Phone- For Beginners

Android OS has been in market for quiet some time now.  However first time users, mostly elder people/parents always feel difficulty in handling it.  We have come up with the step-to-step guide for basic settings that android users should know. It will really help them to navigate the settings easily and enjoy the smart phone features.

Do note that the steps may vary a little from one android phone to another due to the differences in the build and the OS version, but if you play around with it, the next step isn’t too far off.

1. How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

You must have experienced the embarrassment due to this auto-correction feature when you mistakenly send weird message to someone which you didn’t even thought of. If you want to turn off auto-correction for peace of mind when texting, follow these steps-

  1. Go to Settings > Language & input.
  2. Tap on the settings icon next to the keyboard that you are using, e.g. Google Keyboard.
  3. Look for Auto spell correction and tap on it.
  4. Select Off to turn auto-correction off.
2. Disable App Notifications

App notifications is one of the contributor in draining your phone’s battery. It also sometimes disturbs us while doing some important work on phone or watching videos. If you want to turn off specific app’s notification then follow the below instructions.

  1. On any of your unwanted notifications in your notification bar, long press on the notification for a message box to appear.
  2. Tap on App Info > Untick  Show Notifications > OK.

3. Disable Mobile Data

Whenever you don’t need to stay connected, disabling the mobile data can help keep your smartphone battery from draining too quickly. Turning off mobile data is as easy as:

  1. Going to Settings > Data Usage.
  2. Disable Mobile data by toggling the setting from ON to OFF.


4. Add Multiple Google Accounts

You need a Google account to use an Android phone. But did you know you can choose to run more than one Google account on your Android device? This is convenient if you use more than one account for several of your Google services. Follow these steps to add multiple accounts-

  1. Go to Settings > Add account.
  2. Select Google and setup your New or Existing Google account.
  3. Once added, choose what you want to sync with the account.

5. Disable automatic App Updates

Do you prefer to read through app permissions and manually pick which app updates to adopt? Yes, you have that option but first you need to disable your automatic app updates. Here are the steps to disable the auto-update for specific apps-

  1. Open Play Store and head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Auto-update apps.
  3. Choose Do not auto-update app

To update your apps manually, just open Play Store, and on the main page swipe in from the left and tap on My apps. You can tap on apps with pending updates and update them manually, or if you like to update them all at once, just tap on Update All.

6. How To Check For android System updates

For Android users that are using stock ROM, you may want to look for new updates to your system. To check for updates.

  1. Go to Settings > About phone/tablet.
  2. Tap on System updates.
  3. Tap Check now to look for system updates.

7. Changing Default Apps

If you have already set some default apps for particular tasks  but wish to change this-

  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Swipe right and look for the All tab.
  3. Select the app you want to remove as default.
  4. Tap on Clear defaults.

8. Organize Setting Shortcuts

If you would like to access frequently used settings like ‘Silent’ profile , ‘Mobile Data’ or ‘Wi-Fi’ then you can arrange setting   shortcut preferences as below-

  1. Swipe from top of the screen to down
  2.  You will see current available shortcuts available.
  3.  If you want to change the preferences, click on ‘Sort’
  4.  Arrange setting icons as per your requirement and done.

9. Create Folders Of Specific Apps

Once many apps are installed on your phone, it gets bit difficult to search the app that you need from the bunch of apps on screen. You can move specific type of apps to  one folder for easy access.  Follow these steps to do that-

  1. Long press on App icon that you want to move to new folder
  2. Bring it near another app with you want it to be clubbed and folder will get created
  3. Likewise you can move as many apps as you want to the folder and name the folder

10. Set Mobile Data Limit

Want to keep track of how far your usage is from your monthly mobile data limit?  You can set a data usage thresholds as per your preference and android can send you notification when you cross the usage limit. It will save you from paying additional charges on data plans.

  1. Head over to Settings > Mobile Data > Set Data Plan.
  2. Set your data limit.
  3. Set your data usage cycle based on when your “month” starts and ends, and you’re done.

You will be alerted once you hit the limit you have set. Note that the tracked data usage of your phone may vary slightly than your carrier’s tracking.


We hope these basic tips will help new android users feel comfortable with the device.

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