How To Switch Between Apps and Tasks and Using Task Manager – Android OS

Switching Between Apps and Tasks and Using the Task Manager Part of our Simple How To series This is a nice feature that was introduced with the second iteration of the Android OS (Froyo). 1. Wherever you are, press and hold the "Home" button. A window will pop up with all your recently opened applications. You can select any one application and open it. This instead of pressing the home button and then navigating to a different app and then opening it. If you know this keystroke, … [Read more...]

How to Create a Contact Shortcut for One-Touch Dialing – Android OS

Creating a Contact Shortcut for On-Touch Dialing Part of our Simple How To series You probably have at least one person you call the majority of the time. For me it is my wife and I prefer one simple keystroke to make the call, instead of going into the phone and then into recent calls or contacts. This is simple! 1. From your home screen, press on the Menu button - usually lower left corner with a few lines on it. 2. This brings up a grid of items  - press "Add" 3. Press the … [Read more...]

How To Adjust Settings and Options in an Application – Android OS

Adjusting Settings and Options in an Application Part of our Simple How To series Here is a simple How To that will show you how to make changes and to set up options in any application and/or different items on your phone. For this one, it is better if we do a few different examples. Everything revolves around the Menu button on your phone. Examples 1. Books. I am reading "Great Expectations" on my phone whenever I am stuck somewhere waiting, like at the Doctor's office. When in … [Read more...]

How To View All Window Screens on One – Android OS

Viewing All Window Screens on One Screen At the Same Time Part of our Simple How To series This is a nice feature that was introduced with the second iteration of the Android OS (Froyo). 1. From any one of the home screens, use your fingers and "pinch" toward one another. The screen will change and will show you small versions of all your home screens. This also works for your App screens. 2. Alternately, but not quite as fun, from the home screen press the menu button and then … [Read more...]

How To Add Contacts to Your Favorites List – Android OS

How to Add Contacts to Your Favorites List - Android OS Part of our Simple How To series Although this is very simple, it isn't very apparent as to how to actually add a contact to your favorites list. 1. Go to "Contacts". 2. Select the contact you wish to add to your favorites list. 3. Touch the little star next to the contact's name and it should turn yellow. 4. Go back and into your phone and you should see the contact there under "Favorites". 5. Done. Very simple, … [Read more...]

How to Forward a Text to a Group List on an Android Phone

Sending across a text message to a group of people can be a pretty tedious task in an Android phone if you have to manually select each contact. It is also quite annoying to keep checking whether all the contacts have received the text. The obvious solution would be to create a group of your contacts and forwarding the text to all the contacts in the group. The Contacts and Messaging applications that come pre-loaded with your android are not capable of forwarding a text to a group of contacts. … [Read more...]

How to Sideload Applications on an Android Device

One of the primary questions an android user has to ask is how to sideload applications. Though it works with most carriers, some carriers do not let you do it. The necessity of sideloading might be for a developer or just an user trying to install a non market application. Just follow these 4 simple steps to learn how to sideload applications on android. Step 1. You need to download Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine. It is a simple Windows program which enables you to install an … [Read more...]

How to Take a Screenshot on your Samsung Captivate.

Most Android phones have a simple key combo that gives you a screenshot. The Captivate has this too, but no one knows how to use it. We've been able to accidently do it once, but have since been unable to duplicate the right combination of keys.  Most apps for screenshots end up forcing you to root your phone  -  the easiest way to take screenshots, but rooting your phone renders your warranty void most of the time. If you do not mind rooting your device, we have directions here. How to take … [Read more...]

How to set up Google Voice as your voicemail provider

I am assuming that you have Google Voice installed on your device. If not, then kindly do so using this link. Now that you have Google Voice installed, you can start using various services offered by Google Voice. One of these useful services is the voicemail service which you can use in place of your mobile carrier service. I shall now show you how to set up Google Voice as your voicemail provider. Step 1: Click on the Google Voice launcher icon. A pop-up will appear … [Read more...]

How To Set Up Gmail on your Android Device

First, we'll assume you have a Gmail account already, and you want to get your gmail e-mail on your Android smartphone. If not, you need to go to and create an account. There are two ways to setup Gmail on your android phone. The phone comes with a generic "Mail" program, but you can also download a Gmail specific application - this is what we will be doing here. 1. Gmail app in the Android Marketplace Go to the android marketplace and search  for "gmail". It should come … [Read more...]