Tips for First Time Android Users

If you’ve just purchased or planning to buy an Android phone, you always want to have the answers for some questions like, Is Android more prone to malware than other smartphone platforms? Will battery life be a problem, as it is for many Android users? Should I root my phone, and what does that even mean?

Every phone has its issues whether it is an iPhone, an Android or an old flip phone. Luckily there are several apps you can download to maximize your phone’s performance and steps you can take to make sure it stays secure.

Improving Battery Life

The main cause of battery drain for Android phones is the processes that kept running in the background while you don’t need them, or not even using your mobile phone at all. The most common apps and processes that needlessly drain battery are:

  • Display Screen:- Reduce screen brightness via the display menu
  • Bluetooth and WiFi:- Turn them off if not in use.
  • Adobe flash:- Disable via Settings > Enable Plug-Ins, or switch it on-demand only
  • Apps that update frequently:- Twitter, Facebook and E-mail all check for updates frequently. Set each app to manual updating so they only run when opened.

There are many apps available which you can download to manage battery life on your Android. They automatically manage what is running on your phone and prevent other apps from running unnecessarily. Some of these apps include Easy Battery Saver and Juice Defender.

Android Security

Android is the most popular smartphone operating system in the world, so it makes sense that hackers single out the platform in their attempts to make an illegal profit.

There are a few things you can do to avoid downloading malware onto your Android. Always check the permissions an app requests before you download it. If they seem unnecessary, it is probably best to find an alternative. You can also search “app name + malware” and see if other users have complained about the app in the past. Don’t download apps from 3rd party or from any other source than the Google Play store.

Be sure to download updates for Android and your existing apps as soon as they become available, as updates are often released to fix bugs or security flaws that have been discovered in the software.

General Maintenance

Just like your computer or laptop, there are a few things you can do monthly or weekly to keep your Android running optimally.Clear your app’s cache weekly to free up 5-10 MB of space. Clean out your text messaging database and email database monthly to free up space. You can export important messages first to save them.

Follow all of these tips to make most of your Android Mobile!

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