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From helping to understand the difference between two phones to instructions on getting more from your devices, this section aims to educate. We cover everything from the most very basic stuff all the way up to more detailed and focused topics.

Where do I find new Android apps and games?

You finally got yourself a smartphone and now you're wondering, "Where are all these apps that everyone keeps talking about?" We'll show you how...

How do I adjust screen brightness?

Open the app tray (usually an icon that looks like small squares) at the bottom of your phone and scroll until you see Settings. Once in there...

How do I add an icon or widget to the home screen?

This is one of those tips that is much easier to do than you might suspect. Early versions of Android made it easy to...

How do I create a new contact?

One of the great features that we came to love in Android's first build was the cloud-based contact system. Forget losing track of names...

How do I add an email account?

Chances are high that when you'll create or log into your account when you first power on your Android smartphone or tablet.  For many...

How do I check to see if there is an Android update?

Maybe you bought your Android handset secondhand. Perhaps you've switched devices over time and are returning to your first smartphone. Whatever the case, you...

How do I change the wallpaper?

Would you like to change that background image (wallpaper) on your phone to something different or more personal? That's really easy to do and...

How do I lock my Android device?

Face it - you've got stuff on your phone that is invaluable to you and it would be a problem if it got into...

How do I toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc?

As nice as it is to have Wi-Fi, GPS, or Bluetooth running on our devices, it's not always necessary. Every once in a while...

How To Install Google Play Store v4.0

There is a newer version of this article, and the Google Play Store, which you can find by clicking here. It's been quite a while since...

A brief history of Android smartphone display resolutions

Ever wonder what the difference is between HVGA, VGA, qHD, and FHD? We'll help you make sense of the alphabet soup.

Tutorial: Install Android 4.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S3 (All Variants)

Let's face it, Android can be a bit fragmented at times. But who says we need to rely on carriers to push updates? Android...

The best Android phones to buy at T-Mobile right now

Are you a T-Mobile subscriber on the hunt for a new smartphone? Here are the best Android handsets you can choose from today.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 could come with 10GB of RAM, new...

In today's edition of In Brief, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 could launch with 10GB of RAM, Spotify announces new Wear OS app, and more news you need to know.

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