Navigating the Market [Android Basics]

Navigating the Android Market is an important part of owning an Android phone. Finding and installing applications are some of the first things you need to master if you want to use your Android device to its full potential.

To find and install applications from the Android Market, you must be logged into a Gmail account on your Android phone. (Do you need help to set up a new Gmail account?) Follow the steps below to navigate to and install an application from the Android Market. Continue reading

Add an email account to an Android phone [Android Basics]

For the average person, you will likely have more than one email address going to your Android phone.

Below is a run through on how-to set up a basic non-Google email on your Android device. Some email providers may need special server or port settings. If you follow these steps, this will explain how to input those settings.

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Adding and removing a widget [Android Basics]

The widgets on your Android phone can be very handy to use. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a widget is, they offer some features of an application. They are more than a shortcut, but not quite the full application.

Many of the Android widgets come in varying sizes and layouts so you choose how much space they will take up. Some 3rd-party Android applications will have a widget, others will not.

Adding a widget to your screen is only a few step process. Below is a quick walk through on adding a widget. Continue reading

Starting a Gmail account [Android Basics]

One of the first things you will need to do when get your Android device, is to sign in with your Gmail account. If you don’t have an account, this poses a problem because, if you don’t have a Gmail account you can’t get any apps from the Android Market.

You can create an account either by going to and filling out the information, or by opening the Market or Gmail application on your device. Below is a walk through on your device.

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Android Basics Series

Starting next week, every Thursday we will post an article on a basic operation for Android devices. Some of the topic may be a little too basic for some. If you are just getting your first Android device, the series will hopefully help ease you into the main applications of the Android operating system.

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If you miss one of the Android Basics posts, they can be found in the Android Basics category tab.