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5 Things Every New Android User Should Know

So I decided to go to the Android side of the street. AMAZING – Welcome to the land of customization and possibilities.

Now, if you’ve been living in Appleland for a while, you might be a little unsure how to perform even basic tasks on your new device. That’s fine. We have all been there.

But before we begin – a warning. As you already know, Android is an open source operating system. This means that although Google, its creator, has built what is commonly known as Stock Android (found in Pixel phones), manufacturers can build on the operating system as they like. This results in Android versions that can differ from one another depending on who made your phone.

If you find that some of the instructions here don’t apply to your device or the paths are different, that’s probably the reason.

How to take a screenshot on Android (and how to record the screen)

It’s easy: just tap lock button and the volume down button side by side. When the screenshot is ready, you’ll see a small preview in the lower left corner of your screen, along with a few options.

To the left, you will see a file Share Which will send the image directly to other apps on your phone, and to the right, you’ll see a file Edit button (looks like a pencil) Allows you to cut and draw on the screen as you see fit. You will also see an option capture morewhich will allow you to take a longer screenshot — sort of like a CVS receipt for screenshots.

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Your device will automatically save the new screenshot, which you can find by opening Google Photos, pressing library (lower right corner), go to shots Folder.

Screen recording is actually new to Android – its basic version. It debuted 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, you’ll most likely find Screen Recording in the Quick Settings menu – open it by swiping three fingers down from the top of the screen. If you don’t see the Screen Recording button at first glance, scroll the menu to the left to see a second page of Tools, or tap pencil icon To add the corresponding button.

To get started, open Screen Recording and choose whether you want to include audio (and the source of that audio), as well as whether you want your video to appear anywhere you touch the screen. When you’re done adjusting settings, tap Started. You’ll see a countdown timer at the top of your screen, and it will start recording when it reaches one. To stop, open the notification menu (swipe down from the top of the screen), then tap Stop In the screen recorder entry. You will be able to find your video in Google Photos.

How to block a number on Android

Blocking an unwanted number on Android is simple and a bit like doing it on an iPhone.

If you have the Google Phone app, open it and scroll through the recent numbers list to find the number you want to block. Once you have it, tap on it, then select Date From the emerging menu. In the upper-right corner of the screen, tap Three-dot list and choose to forbid.

This path may be slightly different if you are using your phone manufacturer’s app. But if you want to replace it with Google’s own platform, you can download the phone app from the Play Store at any time.

How to delete apps on Android

Just as you would on iOS, find the icon for the app you want to delete — it might be on one of your home screens or in the app drawer.

When you find it, long press it until your phone vibrates, and move the app in any direction – without lifting your finger. You can drag and drop the icon to change its position, but if you want to get rid of it, you’ll need one of the two buttons that appear at the top of the screen when you start rearranging things. To the left, you will see Removal, which will delete the icon from the home screen, although you’ll still be able to access the app through the app drawer. To completely delete the application, click on the button on the right: uninstall.

Don’t worry if you do this by accident – before your Android phone scans the app, it will ask you if you’re sure you want to delete it. handle yes To say goodbye to you.

If you buy a Pixel, you can have the option with the launcher, or simply leave the apps you don’t want anyone to see in the drawer. To do this, repeat the process described for deleting applications, but tap Removal Instead of uninstalling the program.

Keep in mind that this will only delete the icon on your phone’s home screen, and you’ll still be able to easily find the app again by browsing the tray 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 only Apple users. This is frustrating, and it’s not the only time a 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 connect with your iPhone friends, there are other platforms you can use.

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

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