54 Super Smart Android Tips

Security & Search

Lock Your Smart Phone

Don’t be lazy about protecting your identity and your data. Use a pattern-based password or a PIN. Settings > Location & Security > Set screen lock.

PIN-protect Your SIM Card

Here’s how to make a thief who needs to make an urgent call very, very angry: Settings > Set Up SIM Card Lock> enter a four- to eight-digit PIN.

Install Lookout Mobile Security

Use this great app to thwart spyware and malware, scan apps for viruses, download antivirus updates, back up and restore contacts, and locate your Android phone should it go missing. It’s hard to believe this app is free.

Protect Your Passwords

Lock down password credentials saved in the web browser by tweaking the following setting. Settings > Security > Use Secure Credentials.

Search with Your Voice

Why type it when you can speak it? Launch the Voice Search app and speak your search query. Search anything, from “Despicable Me movie times” and “Seattle Seahawks season record” to “double rainbow YouTube video” and “Tom Colicchio’s restaurants.”

Use Google Instant For Mobile

Instant search results aren’t restricted to the desktop. Just search www.google.com from your mobile device, and tap the Google Instant link beneath the search box to enable this feature. You’ll get results about as fast as you can type.

Sync Search

Ever searched for something on your desktop only to do it again on your phone? With Google, you can tie your search history to your Gmail account, creating a synced list of searches for your home and work computers, as well as your mobile phone. Settings > Search > Google Search Settings > select Search History.

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  1. wirecup Says:

    In WinXP, one can type in multiple home pages (separate line for each in box). First line entry is page initially shown. Other home page sites are shown in order as selectable tabs. Is this capability in Android?

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