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Android Phones For Dummies

Android Phones For Dummies


Click here to read errata and changes that directly affect the book.

Android App Updates

To get the latest information on common Android apps, get my eBook Dan Gookin's Android Apps A to Z, available at the Amazon Kindle store.

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This book covers the apps Chrome, Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Music, Play Store, YouTube, and more.

Supplemental Material

Google Voice Voicemail
If you're using Google Voice as your Voicemail, be aware that using *72 on Verizon to forward your phone's incoming calls messes up Google Voice. (Well, at least it does on my phone.) You'll need to re-establish Google Voice on your phone: Follow the directions on the Voicemail setup screen: From the Settings app, choose Call Settings, Voicemail Settings, Voicemail Number.
Be Careful of Your Carrying Case / Holster!
Got an email from a reader who used a holster carrying case for his Android phone. The case had a magnetic clip, which apparently zapped the touchscreen. Restarting the phone fixed the problem, but I would be leery of any carrying case or holster that uses a magnetic clip.
How to Dial Your New Rotary Phone
Here is a classic how-to film from the last century. At once time, dial phones were a new concept as well. This type of film would have been shown in classrooms as well as before motion pictures. It would not have been on TV or the Internet, as they didn't yet exist. View the YouTube video.

Blog Posts

Updates for the Android operating system, including lots of good information on using an Android phone, can be found on my blog. Here are some relevant posts:

Android Security
Feb 12, 2018 Is your beloved mobile gizmo secure? Link
I Bought the "Latest" Android Tablet
Feb 5, 2018 I finally broke down and purchased the most current Android tablet, which is almost a year old. Link
Screencasting Wars
Feb 1, 2018 There can be only one! Link
Make the Switch to IMAP
Jan 25, 2018 Time to reconfigure your email account. Link
Where are the Android Tablets?
Jan 22, 2018 Since my Pixel C tablet died, I've been looking for a replacement. So far, nada. Link
2018 Technology Buyer's Guide
Jan 15, 2018 How to select your computer, laptop, or mobile device for the 17th year of the 21st century. Link
Android POP3 Email Coordination
Jan 11, 2018 Matching up email messages between mobile devices and a computer requires extra effort for the POP3 type of mail account. Link
Coordinating Email with Your Android Mobile Gizmo
Jan 8, 2018 Ensuring that you're not reading, replying to, or deleting the same message need not be an artform. Link

For additional Android-related blog posts, click here.