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Android 4.0 cheat sheet

August 16, 2012 06:00 AM ET

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System navigation and home screens  |  Overall device configuration  |  App management
Contacts, call-handling and calendar  |  Connectivity  |  Security  |  Multimedia

Contacts, call-handling and calendar

Function Icon How to do it
Edit a contact on your phone Open your app drawer and select the People app. Either scroll through the list to find the person you want or tap the Search icon to search for his name. Tap on his name, then tap the vertical-dots icon at the top-right of the screen and select Edit. (Note that you can also do this online, using the Web-based Google Contacts service; all data is automatically synced between that and your Android phone.)
Add a new contact to your phone Open the People app as noted above and tap the Add Contact icon in the bottom-center of the screen.
Set a custom ringtone for a specific contact Open the People app and tap the name of the person, then tap the vertical-dots icon at the top-right of the screen and select "Set ringtone."
Automatically route a specific person's calls to voicemail Open the People app and tap the name of the person, then tap the vertical-dots icon at the top-right of the screen and select "All calls to voicemail." (If the person isn't already in your phone's contacts, you'll need to add her there first.)
Set a specific contact as a "favorite" to make him appear at the top of your dialer Open the People app and tap the name of the person, then tap the star icon at the top-right of the screen.
Set custom "quick responses" for calls that you reject Open your app drawer, select the Phone app and go to its settings (not your overall device settings) by tapping the vertical-dots icon at the bottom-right of the screen and selecting Settings. Tap "Quick responses" and then tap on any message to edit it.
Add, remove or edit an account on your phone Go to your device settings and select "Accounts & sync." Tap any account to adjust its sync options; tap the vertical-dots icon at the top-right of the screen and select "Remove account" to delete it. To add a new account, tap the "Add account" command at the bottom of the screen and follow the prompts.
Add a new calendar appointment or event Open your app drawer and select the Calendar app. Tap the vertical-dots icon at the top-right of the screen and select "New event."
Edit or delete an existing calendar appointment or event Open the Calendar app and scroll through the calendar to find the event in question. (You can also search for the event by tapping the vertical-dots icon at the top-right of the screen and selecting Search.) Touch the event to open it, then, at the top-right of the screen, tap the pencil icon to edit it or the trash can icon to delete it. (Note that you can also do this online, using the Web-based Google Calendar service; all data is automatically synced between that and your phone.)

Connectivity

Function Icon How to do it
Adjust network settings Go to your phone's settings, then tap on Wi-Fi. Here you can see a list of all available Wi-Fi networks, opt to connect to any specific one, "forget" a network that you've connected to in the past, have your phone notify you when an open network becomes available, keep Wi-Fi on during sleep and more.
View and restrict mobile data usage Go to your phone's settings, then tap on "Data usage." Check "Set mobile data limit" to create a total monthly limit, or scroll down and tap on any app to restrict its individual use.
Set up a VPN Go to your phone's settings, then tap More and then VPN. Follow the prompts to add a VPN network.
Use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot Go to your phone's settings, then tap More and then "Tethering & portable hotspot." (Note that your carrier may require you to subscribe to an extra paid service in order to activate the hotspot function.)
Restrict your phone's GPS or location services Go to your phone's settings, then tap on "Location services." Uncheck any of the options there to prevent them from being used.
Set your phone to airplane mode   Press and hold the phone's power button, then select "Airplane mode."

Security

Function Icon How to do it
Set or change your lock screen security configuration Go to your phone's settings and tap on Security, then "Screen lock." Follow the prompts to set a pattern, PIN, password or Face Unlock protection system. (Note that Face Unlock is generally less secure than the other methods.)
Set a grace period before a pattern, PIN or password is required Go to your phone's settings and tap on Security. Touch the "Automatically lock" option and adjust it to the amount of time you want.
Input owner information to be displayed on your phone's lock screen Go to your phone's settings and tap on Security, then "Owner info." Make sure the "Show owner info on lock screen" option is checked, then type in any info you'd like in the space provided.
Encrypt all data on your device Go to your phone's settings and tap on Security, then "Encrypt phone." Follow the prompts to set up encryption. (Note that encrypting your data will require you to enter a special PIN or password every time your device boots up, and the process can only be undone by factory-resetting the device.)
Allow your phone to install apps from outside of the official Google Play Store Go to your phone's settings and tap on Security. Scroll down and check the option labeled "Unknown sources."
Ensure that Google is backing up your system and application data Go to your phone's settings, then select "Backup & reset." Make sure the options for "Back up my data" and "Automatic restore" are checked.

Multimedia

Function Icon How to do it
View photos and images stored on your phone Open your app drawer and tap the Gallery app, then browse to the folder you want or tap the word Albums at the top of the screen to sort by location, time, people or tags.
Share an image on your phone or send it to another service Open the Gallery app as noted above, open the image you want, and then select the Share icon at the top of the screen. You'll be presented with a menu of programs that can be used for sharing -- things like Gmail, Facebook, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote and so forth.
Share or send multiple images on your phone Open the Gallery app and press and hold each image you wish to share. Each image will become highlighted in blue once selected. Then tap the Share icon at the top of the screen and select the app you wish to use for sharing.
Edit an image on your phone Open the Gallery app and open the image you want to edit. Tap the vertical-dots icon at the top-right of the screen and select Edit. You can also select "Rotate left," "Rotate right" or "Crop" for quick access to those commands.
Capture a regular photo with your phone Open your app drawer and tap the Camera app to open it. Use the sliding zoom bar to zoom in or out as needed, then tap the blue shutter button to capture the photo.
Capture a panoramic photo with your phone Open the Camera app as noted above. On the far-left* of the screen, tap the Camera icon, then select the icon that's meant to look like a panoramic photo. Press the green shutter button and slowly move your phone across a wide area to capture the entire space in a single image.
Capture a snapshot with your phone's front-facing camera Open the Camera app. On the far-right* of the screen, tap the icon that shows a camera with an arrow; this will toggle between the rear- and front-facing camera. Then tap the blue shutter button to capture a photo.
Adjust camera options Open the Camera app. On the far-left* of the screen, tap the Settings icon and then tap any of the icons that appear to adjust various options (picture size, scene mode, exposure, white balance, flash mode, etc.).
Capture a video with your phone Open the Camera app. On the far-left* of the screen, tap the Camera icon and then select the icon that looks like a video camera. Tap the red record button to begin recording, then tap it again when you're ready to stop.
Adjust video options Once in the Camera app and in video mode as noted above, tap the Settings icon on the far-left* of the screen. Tap any of the icons that appear to adjust various options or apply live video effects.
Conduct a video chat from your phone Open your app drawer and select the Talk app. A video camera icon will appear next to the names of any of your contacts who are online and available; tap any contact's name to send her a request.
Capture a screenshot on your phone   Press and hold the power button and volume-down button at the same time; the screenshot will be saved to a Screenshots folder in your Gallery.
* These instructions assume your phone is in the vertical postion; icons are placed differently when the phone is held horizontally.

System navigation and home screens  |  Overall device configuration  |  App management
Contacts, call-handling and calendar  |  Connectivity  |  Security  |  Multimedia

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JR Raphael is a Computerworld contributing editor and the author of the Android Power blog. You can find him on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.



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