Tips for Android Users

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The Android OS is a mobile operating system that is fast gaining widespread usage. Having used an Android device for a while now, here are a few tips that other users should find useful. I came up with them the hard way so that you don’t have to.

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  1. To use your custom, non-Gmail email address, enter your email settings manually and be sure to set it to use encryption (preferably SSL). If you disable encryption, you will get an error message.
  2. If you want to preserve your battery charge and data subscription, it is advisable to have your primary Gmail account check for mails at intervals without turning on auto-sync under Settings. Auto-sync keeps your Gmail account connected permanently, and so draining your battery.

    Follow these steps: Under Settings, disable auto-sync, then set that same account up in the Email (not Gmail) application. The Email application lets you set email accounts to connect at intervals instead. This will cut down on both data and battery power consumption.

  3. If you want to conserve both mobile data and battery some more, be sure to disable “Background Data” under Settings. Don’t worry, your email accounts will still be ableto connect at intervals.

Do you have any other useful tips for Android users? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.


  1. I wished this information had come to light before i sold my tmobile g1. The stuff was a credit drain

  2. In addition to point 3, disable always on mobile data, phone will only connect to data network when it needs to, saves battery life.

    Also if you use wireless, you can set the phone to switch off the wireless radio when the screen goes to sleep, it is switched back on when the screen wakes up. Also good for saving battery life.

  3. I will also like to add to select 2g only instead of 3g which uses more power,especially when high internet speed is not needed. I will also recommend an app from the android market, juice defender. The free version will disable data when screen is locked. It can also allow data for 1min during every 15min if you so desire.

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