Week 2 topics

Week 2 topics
Week 2 topics
• Review/questions from Week 1?
• The Notifications Bar
• Browsing the web on your Android
• Apps:
What are apps?
How to rearrange and group apps to organize your home screens
How to download new apps
 Some good apps to try
How to see what apps are running and unload them
How to delete an app
Any Questions from Week 1?
To refresh your memory we talked about:
• What is Android?
• Getting to know all the buttons on your device
• Using the touch screen caring for the screen
• Caring for your battery
• The settings menu
Notifications Shade/ Status Bar
Notification icons
are on the left
ongoing activities,
updates, notices
from apps.
Status icons are on
the right.
• network
• battery level
• the current time
The Notifications Bar
Swipe down from the top bezel or up from
the bottom bezel to see your notifications bar.
(Google calls this the “Notifications shade”
or the “Notifications drawer”)
Individual notifications come from apps or
from your phone.
You can do TWO things with notifications:
1. Tap to open
2. You can clear individual notifications by
swiping them away to the left
Most notification bars have a way to clear all
notifications at once.
Quick Practice - Notifications Bar
Where’s the button to clear all your
Practice swiping to get rid of individual
notifications you don’t need.
Tap on a notification to be taken to the
relevant app or setting.
Quick Settings
Quick Settings
Also located in the notifications drawer
On some devices you may have to pull
the notifications drawer down twice to
access the quick settings.
This is a fast way to access settings you
probably need often: screen brightness,
wireless, Bluetooth etc.
Browsing the Web
You need to be connected to the internet!
(Remember this?
Browsing the Web on your Android
2. Find your Browser.
All Android devices should come with a Browser, but they might
have different names such aa browser or web or internet. Other
types are Dolphin, Opera, Chrome, or Firefox.
Hint: Often the icon is a globe (but not always).
If you don’t know where your browser is, check All Apps!
Browsing the Web on your Android
Everyone’s browser will look a little different, but everyone will have:
• An address bar, where you type in a URL (web address) or
something to search for.
• Multiple tabs or windows, which let you look at new websites
while still keeping previous ones loaded.
• Bookmarks, which let you get back quickly to useful sites you
want to visit again.
Browsing the Web on your Android
Apps – What are apps?
Your home screens are full of little icons (pictures)
for different apps.
“App” is short for “application.”
An app is a small, self-contained program that
runs on your Android – like a program on a
Each app does something different. There are
apps for email and internet, apps that are games,
apps to take pictures and so on.
Apps – What are apps?
Your phone/tablet comes with quite a few apps pre-loaded on
New apps come from the Google Play Store. >
The Play Store is run by Google and
they decide which apps go in it.
Many apps are free. Some cost money (usually in the range of
$1-$5). You can easily get by with only free apps.
If you want to pay for apps,
you can do so with a credit
card or with a gift card for the
Google Play Store. >
How to Use an App
To Open: tap the App icon on the home screen
App Features/Controls:
Side menu icon
Action overflow – leads to
more options or commands
Apps – Practical Skills
How do I rearrange and group apps to organize my home screen?
When you tap and hold (long-tap) an app icon, you change your
phone/tablet into an editing mode that lets you move things
around or group them to organize your home screens. You will
only stay in this editing mode as long as you are holding down an
app icon.
Apps – Practical Skills
When you tap and hold (long-tap) an app icon, you change your phone/tablet
into a mode that lets you move things around or group them to organize your
home screens.
Tap “Remove” to get rid of an app
shortcut from your home screen.
(The app itself is not gone – it will
still show up under “All Apps”:
Drag an app icon around to move
it. Drag it on top of another icon to
group them.
Apps – Practical Skills
You may want to group similar types of apps together, get rid of shortcuts you
don’t use, or put your favourite apps on your first home screen.
• Find an app under “All Apps”
and drag it into one of your home screens to make a new shortcut.
• Drag icons around to move them.
• Drag an icon on top of another one to group them.
• Once you’re in editing mode, tap “Remove” to remove an app shortcut you
don’t want.
Apps – Practical Skills
The Dock
The icons on the dock appear
on every home screen page
which keeps them handy
Apps – Widgets
Widgets are a special additional category of things you can add to your
home screens. Some apps have their own widgets to let you access
aspects of the app right from your home screen, without having to go
into the app itself.
The weather app on this phone has
a widget that shows the forecast at
a glance
Apps – Widgets
1. Go into Apps/All Apps
2. Look for something
labelled “Widgets”
Apps – Widgets
Tap and drag widgets onto your home screens
to add them. Each widget should show you
how much space they will take up.
2x2 means two icon spots by 2 icon
spots, equivalent to this much space:
Apps – Downloading New Apps
How do I download new apps?
New apps come from the Google Play Store. Look for the Google
Play icon which will look something like this:
Apps – Downloading New Apps
Some good apps to try:
• Social media: Twitter or Facebook if you use either service
• Photo Editing: Snapseed, Instagram or Vscocam
• Games: Solitaire, Angry Birds, Loop or Sudoku (Or try your favourite card
or board game. There’s probably an online version)
• Library Apps: for account/catalogue access (BookMyne) language
learning (Mango Languages), ebooks/eaudiobooks (OverDrive Media
Console), and digital magazines (Zinio)
• Fitness: Accupedo (pedometer), My Fitness Pal to count calories or track
• Organization: Note-taking (Remember the Milk, Google Keep, Any.Do or
Evernote) or clean the points cards out of your wallet (Stocard)
How do I see what apps are running and unload them
Android will automatically manage what apps are running,
and unload them from memory as needed.
Apps that are already loaded in memory load more quickly
when you go back into them.
Turning your device off (off-off!) and back on will unload all
apps from its memory.
If you have an open apps or running apps button on your
phone, use that.
If you don’t have a Recent Apps button, try:
• Long-pressing (tapping and holding) the home button
• Or double-tapping the home button
Tip: From here, you can also quickly switch between open
Swipe an app to the left from the list to unload it.
You don’t need to do this every time you are done with an
app. Usually, Android will do a good job of handling closing
apps for you.
You only need to do this if :
• An app crashes (stops working or stops responding to
your commands)
• If your device is running slowly
How do I delete an app?
1. Find your Settings menu
Deleting/Uninstalling Apps
2. Look for a section called “Apps”
3. Tap the name of an app for more info
about it, including the option to uninstall it.
Next week:
We will cover the most popular topics, which are:
• Taking photos/videos
• Security basics/backing up your data
• Email (if there’s time)
Wrapping up:
• Evaluations
• Booking 1:1s (Bring your calendar!)
• Downloading/bookmarking user guides (if you want them)
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