Note: This example is from a phone with HTC Sense. Yours may vary.
So you want to use Android's built-in security -- either the pattern, pin or password lock. Good for you. We highly recommend it. But maybe you don't want it to lock every time you hit the power button. (Can't blame you there.)
Go to Settings>Security>Lock phone after and you'll have options as for how much time you want to pass before you have to unlock the phone. If you're going to be picking it up every couple minutes, perhaps "Immediately" isn't the best choice. But even 15 minutes is better than no security, right?
This option isn't available on all phones, but HTC Sense does have it, as do some newer TouchWiz devices.
Go ahead, admit it: You've probably searched Youtube for something you'd prefer nobody know about. Nyan Cat. Teletubbies. Justin Bieber. The iPhone. Hey, we won't judge.
There's a quick and easy way to cover your tracks, though. Just dive into the Youtube app, hit the menu button, then choose settings. There you have a couple of search settings options. One clears the search history. The other will "block videos containing restricted content from appearing in search results." It's a pre-emptive strike, if you will. And while it won't keep Justin Bieber from showing in your Youtube search results, it should keep your more nefarious searches away from prying eyes.
While it may seem an easy task, I will admit when I first started using Honeycomb I used the old school methods of uninstalling apps. However, there is a much easier and simpler method of uninstalling apps on Honeycomb and here is how you do it:
Find the app you wish to uninstall, hold down on it.
Your screen will then change and in the top right will appear a trash can.
Drag your app to that trash can, where it will then confirm uninstallation.
Once confirmed, your app will then uninstall and be removed from your device.
This can be done anywhere on your device that apps icons are visible. You will either see remove or uninstall in the top right, depending on where you are but you will always see a trash can beside it.
Tired of seeing the same apps you've already searched for show up over and over when you search the Android Market? You can easily clear your search history and get rid of the usual -- or incriminating -- list of apps.
Just open your Android Market, hit the menu button, and then the settings button. Tap "Clear search history," and you're done. Easy as pie, and no one is the wiser.
Your smartphone is a pretty personal item, and we all like to do the little things to make them our own -- like setting a signature on outgoing email messages. It's easy to do (and easy to change) on both the Gmail app as well as the Android mail client. Grab your phone, and follow along:
While in the app, tap the menu button, then More, then Settings
Tap the entry for the email address you'd like to attach (or edit) the signature of
Tap the entry that says Signature, and type in what you would like others to see, and hit the OK button
Open the inbox of the account you want to work with, and tap menu, Account settings
Tap the entry that says Signature
Enter the text for your signature, and tap the OK button
Told ya it was easy! Just remember -- all outgoing mail messages will have your signature attached, even messages to your boss or your Mother. Don't make the same mistake I did and have to spend an hour telling Mum that you're sorry and know you shouldn't talk like that.
Here's one that's pretty easy to skip over. When you search the Android Market from a web browser, did you know you can filter the results? Starting from the left in the image above, you can choose to filter by apps, books kor movies. Then there's by price (free or paid), safe search (off, low, moderate or strict), device compatability, or relevance/popularity. It's a nice little way to help get better search results.
When you find a great app in the Android Market, it's only natural to want to go ahead and share it with others. Luckily, the Android Market makes that a fairly easy process when combined with Androids built-in sharing options. The process:
Find the app you want to share in the Android Market
Tap on the share button, as denoted by the blue arrow in the image
Select to where and how you wish to share which, can be pretty much anything
There you have it, that's it. An easy and simple process for sharing apps with others directly from the Android Market. Keep in mind, sharing apps doesn't mean if you buy it and share it will be free for people you share with -- it's more suggesting and app to another user.
Now that a couple days have passed, and you have had ample time to read about the Amazon Kindle Fire, talk it over with all your "knowledgeable" friends, and make a decision, we are dying to know. Did you pull the trigger and preorder one of these, or are you waiting for another device? Is the ability to sideload Android applications enough for you, or are you looking for the full Android experience? Be sure to let us know, and if you haven't gone ahead with a preorder, will you be in the near future?
The Android Market's better than ever, returning search results not only for apps, but for books and movies, too. Here's a handy tip to jump from one section to another. By default, you should see results for all of the sections. Tap into a section, you'll only see those results. Books for books, apps for apps, etc. Once you're in a section's results, try tapping where we've circled the picture above. You'll get an option to jump to the books results, or movies results, or back to the full search. Handy!
Apps sometimes can misbehave. Before you go reaching for that task killer (don't do it!) here's something else to try. Above is the screen you'll see if you go to Settings>Applications>Manage appliations and tap on an app. You've got a bunch of buttons and numbers. The top buttons are pretty self-explanatory -- force stop makes an app quit. Uninstall either uninstalls an app -- or if it's permanently loaded onto the phone (like the Android Market should be), you'll have the option to uninstall updates.
But when we have a misbehaving app, first thing we'll try is to clear the cache. That wipes out temporary files that might be causing trouble. Your app's still there, as are all your settings.
Clearing data is a little more drastic, basically giving you a clean installation of the app, with all of your settings and log-ins returned to zero. It's pretty much the same as uninstalling and reinstalling, just quicker.
So if you're having trouble with an app, try clearing then cache, or go all-out and clear data and see if that doesn't do it for you.