Android Basics Overview Updated September 19, 2017

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If you’re new to Android, Chrome, or anything related to Google, it can sometimes be a little difficult getting yourself familiar with the platforms. That’s why we created Android Basics!

Whether you’re looking for help changing your wallpaper, adding apps to your home screen, removing apps from your home screen, or just want to know how to set an alarm, we’ve got you covered.

All of our Android Basics guides can be found below, in the order they were published.

Android Basics Stories September 19

GOOG: 921.81


Samsung Galaxy S8, Active and Note 8: How to disable the Bixby button

Since its launch, users have been asking Samsung for a way to either disable to remap the physical Bixby button. Although the company has gone out of its way to block third-party applications that did remap the button, Samsung did recently push out an update that allows users to disable the physical Bixby button (to an extent)…

Android Basics Stories September 12

GOOG: 932.07


How to unlock your Android device with camera-based face recognition

One of the headlining new features Apple is touting with the announcement of the iPhone X is the facial recognition tech used to unlock the handset. If you’re an Android user and you’re jealous of this feature, you shouldn’t be. While it’s not nearly as advanced (or secure) as the Face ID feature built-in to the iPhone X, Android has had facial recognition technology for some time now…

Last month it was discovered that with the release of Android 8.0 Oreo, users would be able to theme the operating system’s UI without the need to root their handsets. With the use of the Substratum theming engine, users can use Android’s Overlay Manager Service (OMS) to change up the look of almost every aspect of the OS. Here’s a quick look at how to do this…

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Android Basics Stories September 9

GOOG: 926.50


Samsung Galaxy Note 8: How to insert a microSD card

So you just got your brand new Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, but you’re finding that 64GB of built-in storage is just not enough. Thankfully, Samsung still allows you to expand the amount of storage with a microSD card. Follow along for how to properly install a microSD card into your Galaxy Note 8.

Android Basics Stories September 7

GOOG: 935.95


Samsung Galaxy Note 8: How to customize the software navigation buttons

Before the release of the Galaxy S8, Samsung used a physical Home button and capacitive buttons for Back and Recents. Now that Samsung uses on-screen buttons for the S8 and Note 8, you can customize the background color of the bar and also reorganize the navigation buttons. Here’s how…

Android Basics Stories September 6

GOOG: 927.81


One of the most annoying “features” in Android Oreo is the new persistent notifications that constantly tell you of any apps that are running in the background. It’s a great idea in theory, but in practice, it’s just unwanted clutter. Unfortunately, the final version of Oreo provides no solution for this, but a clever developer has created a workaround.

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