12 tips for mastering Android

Android devices are powerful, flexible, and fun, and we keep digging up new ways to use them every day. Check out our best recent Android tips.

There's so much you can do with Android that it can seem impossible to experience all the operating system has to offer. With these tips, tricks, and guides, we show you how to go beyond the tip of the iceberg to unearth Android's most awesome features. Whether you're new to Android, considering making the switch, or looking for new ways to make the most of your powerful device, we've got you covered.

Getting started

How to switch from iPhone to Android
If you feel locked into your iPhone, freedom has arrived! Learn how to transfer much of your data from your iPhone to your new Android device.

How to improve your Android app search
It's all about the apps, of course, but there's no need to waste time searching through thousands of possibilities. Narrow your search results with these simple steps.

How to easily share Android apps with friends and family
Once you've found the perfect app to record your workout or sync your music, it's a snap to share it with the other Android users in your life. Learn how to show off your finds.

Adding accounts on Android in three easy steps
Just because your device asks you for only one Google account when you set it up doesn't mean you can't add more later. Learn how to quickly add multiple accounts.

Easy Android maintenance

How to back up your Android phone
Whether you want to try some advanced mojo or you just want to sleep better at night, you should back up your data. Android makes it easy. Learn how it's done.

How to track data usage on your Android phone
Unlimited data plans are seriously endangered these days, so you should keep track of your usage. It's easier than you'd think, and we show how to use several options.

How to see which apps are draining your Android device's battery
Battery life is most Android users' chief complaint. Learn how to avoid planning your day around recharging stations.

Playing it safe

How to choose the best Android screen lock
Security starts with your screen lock. Learn how to choose the best one for your needs.

How to protect your Android on public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi access is both a blessing and a curse. Learn how to use a few simple precautions to protect your device when you're surfing through public data streams.

How to check your Android device for rogue apps
If you know every app on your device and what it can do, you're way ahead of the curve. Learn how to check to make sure apps aren't secretly costing you or violating your privacy.

Advanced techniques

Root, ROM, restore: How to hack your Android OS
These videos show you how to monkey around in the inner workings of your device. They're not for everyone, but they help you make the most of the power lurking in your Android device.

How to do a factory reset on Android
When all else fails, you can always restore your Android device to its factory-fresh state. Learn how to do it if you've installed the wrong ROM or want to sell it after an upgrade.

About the author

    Rob Lightner is a tech and gaming writer based in Seattle. He has reviewed games, gadgets, and technical manuals, written copy for space travel gear, and composed horoscopes for cats.

     

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