5 things every new-to-Android user should know

So you’ve decided to move to the Android side of the street. Amazing – welcome to the country of customization and possibilities.

Now, if you’ve been living in Appleland for a while, you may be a little unsure how to perform even the most basic tasks on your new device. It’s okay. We’ve all been there.

But before we begin – warning. As you may know, Android is an open source operating system. This means that while Google, its creator, has designed what is commonly known as stock Android (found on Pixel phones), manufacturers can build on the OS as they wish. This results in Android versions which can be different depending on who made your phone.

If you find that some of these instructions do not apply to your device or the paths are different, this is probably why.

How to draw an Android (and how to record screen)

This is an easy one: just press the lock button and the volume button down together. When the screen is ready, you’ll see a small preview in the bottom left corner of your screen, along with some options.

To the left, you will find a Share button that will send the image directly to other apps on your phone, and to the right, you’ll find an edit button (looks like a pencil) which will let you prick and duck on your screen cap as you see fit. You will also see the option to Still more, which will allow you to take a longer screen shot – similar to CVS screenshots reception.

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Your device will automatically save your fresh screenshots, which you can find by opening Google Photos, tap Library (lower right corner), and go to the Screenshots folder.

Screen recording is actually new to Android – that is, its stock version. It made its first appearance on Android 12 last October, but Samsung and Xiaomi users, for example, have been able to record their screens for years now.

Whatever your device’s make, you are most likely to find the Screen Record feature in the Quick Settings menu – open it by swiping three fingers from the top of your screen. If you can’t see the Screen Recording button at first glance, turn the menu to the left for a second page of equipment, or tap pencil icon to add the corresponding button.

To start, open Screen Recording and select whether you want to include audio (and the source of that sound), as well as whether you want your video to show anywhere you touched the screen. When you’ve finished tweaking your settings, tap Getting started. You will see a countdown at the top of your screen, and the recording starts when it comes to one. To stop, open the notifications menu (swipe down from the top of the screen), and tap To stop on the Screen Recorder entry. You will be able to find your video in Google Photos.

How to block number on Android

Blocking an unwanted number on Android is simple and pretty much the same as on an iPhone.

If you have a Google Phone app, open it and scroll through the list of recent numbers to find the one you want to block. Once you have it, tap on it, then select History from the drop-down menu. In the top right hand corner of the screen, tap the three dot menu and choice block.

This path may be slightly different if you use your phone’s maker app. But if you want to install Google’s own platform, you can download the Phone app from the Play Store at any time.

How to delete apps on Android

Just like you would on iOS, find the icon of the app you want to delete – it may be on one of your home screens or in the app drawer.

When you find it, press long on it until your phone vibrates, and – without raising your finger – move the app in any direction. You can drag and drop the icon to reset it, but if you want to remove it, you’ll need one of the two pop-up buttons at the top of the screen when you start rearranging . To the left, you will find Delete, which will remove the icon from the home screen, though you’ll still be able to access the app through the app drawer. To delete the app completely, tap the button to the right: Uninstall.

Don’t worry if you do this by accident – before your droid phone deletes the app, it will ask you if you are sure you want to delete it. Tap Yes to say your goodbyes.

If you bought a Pixel, you can get the option by using a launcher, or leaving the apps you don’t want anyone to see in the drawer. To do this, repeat the process described for removing apps, but tap Delete instead of uninstalling the program.

Remember that this will only delete the icon on your phone’s home screen, and you will still be able to easily find the app again by browsing the drawer or using the search bar.

This opened up the platform a bit more, but the ability to make calls or even download the app is still limited to Apple users only. This is frustrating, and it’s not the only time that the company’s desire to keep things in the family will cause you a headache (we’re looking at you, iMessage). But if you want to communicate with your friends who use iPhone, there are other platforms you can use.

Google’s response to FaceTime is Duo – an easy-to-use app, which establishes strong, stable connections, and does most things that Apple’s video chat tool does, except it doesn’t exclude other operating systems. If you want to use something you already know, you can always choose classics like Zoom or Skype, or even use messaging apps like Messenger and WhatsApp.

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