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Android Phones: Best Apps and Tips for First-time Users

If you have just purchased an Android phone, each of the news and opinions surrounding Android could be overwhelming. Is Android very likely to malware than other smartphone platforms? Will battery life be a problem, as it is for many Android users? Should I root my phone, and what does that even mean?


Every phone--whether an iPhone, an Android or even an old-school flip phone--has its issues. Luckily there several apps it is possible to download to maximise your phone's performance and actions to ensure it stays secure.

Improving Battery Life
The number one cause of battery drain for Android is processes running in private whilst you don't require them, or as you aren't even utilizing your phone in any respect. Some of the most frequent apps and operations that needlessly eat life cycle of battery are:

Bluetooth and WiFi--turn them if you aren't utilizing them
Your Screen--reduce screen brightness through the display menu
Adobe flash--disable via Settings > Enable Plug-Ins, or exchange signal of on-demand only
Apps that update frequently--Twitter, Facebook and E-mail all look for updates frequently. Set each app to manual updating (polling) so they only run when opened.
Additionally, there are some apps you can download to control life cycle of battery on the Android. They automatically manage what's running on your own phone which will help prevent other apps from running unnecessarily. A few of these apps include Easy Battery Saver and Juice Defender.

Android Security
Android is easily the most popular smartphone main system worldwide, in order that it is sensible that hackers pick out the platform in their efforts to make an illegal profit.

There are a few steps you can take to avoid downloading malware onto your Android. Always check the permissions an application is requesting prior to deciding to download it. Should they seem unnecessary, it is probably best to obtain an alternative. You can even search "app name + malware" and see if other users have complained about the app previously. Downloading apps only in the Google Play store is an additional good precaution.

Make sure to download updates for Android as well as your existing apps as soon as they become available, as updates will often be released to combat security flaws which were discovered within the software.

General Maintenance
Being a pc, there are several things you can do monthly or weekly to help keep your Android running optimally. Cleanse your text messaging database and email database monthly to release space. It is possible to export important messages first in order to save them. Cleaning up your app cache weekly could also take back 5-10 MB of space.

Follow many of these tips and you'll get the most from your Android phone!
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