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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:

Samsung Galaxy S8 Features
Sep 7, 2017 Some I love. Some I love less. Link
My New Samsung S8
Aug 28, 2017 After a long time, I finally upgraded my phone. Link
My First New Car of the Decade
Aug 24, 2017 My new car loves my phone. Link
Your Super Secret Email Address
Aug 3, 2017 It's an amazingly smart idea, easy to do, with great security benefits. Link
Texting an Email Address
Jul 31, 2017 It's a nifty feature that I just can't stand. Link
Pick One: A Flying Car or Your Smartphone
Jul 20, 2017 No one foresees what are the biggest things to change our culture. Link
How to Hold Your Phone
Jul 10, 2017 The old AT&T telephone demonstrated genius human engineering. The smartphone, on the other hand, was designed to slip into your pants pocket. Link
A Nifty Android Onscreen Keyboard Trick
Jun 29, 2017 Why are some useful features undocumented? Link

For additional Android-related blog posts, click here.