We’ve covered a lot of topics for new Android users, including which apps everyone should install first. for Android that everyone should install. and a complete beginner’s guide to making sense of Android

If you’ve just received your first device, you’ve probably heard a lot of advice on what to do, but it’s not often that you hear talk about what to do. not should be done. To that end, we’re here to discuss the important things to avoid both when buying an Android phone and once you’ve unboxed it. Understand these points along with the above articles and you will be an Android pro in no time.

Don’t buy Play Store cards to buy phones

In case you don’t know, the Google Play Store is the Android equivalent of the App Store on iOS. You’ll find all sorts of apps, music, movies, and more here, but one thing you can’t buy from the Play Store is a real device.

Those who want to buy the latest phones Google needs it in the Google Store, not the Play Store (the names are similar and easy to confuse). Google does not currently offer Google Store gift cards the way Apple does offer cards that can be redeemed for devices — you can buy both Apple Store gift cards (for devices) and iTunes gift cards (for apps/media).

Google Play Maps can only be used for apps, music, magazines, etc. in the Play Store. Therefore, you will need to use a credit card online to buy devices directly from Google. Of course, you have other options for the phone, but…

Don’t buy phones that never see updates

Unfortunately, the Android ecosystem is poor when it comes to updates. Because there are so many equipment manufacturers that are changing the way they work. on their devices, they introduce barriers to timely updates and keep your phone running outdated versions of Android. The Nexus devices mentioned above (see our review of the amazing Nexus 6P) from Google and get software updates immediately, but if you’re buying a Samsung or LG device, you might be expecting the next big update within a few months.

Now if you appreciate the cool features that Samsung has to offer on their phones rather than Android updates, by all means, top quality phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 are sure to get some Android updates, although it will take a while. Phones that are more than a year or two old, or phones from an unnamed manufacturer, are a different story. Buying a super cheap phone almost guarantees you will never see a newer version of Android.

Again, it comes down to preference, but it’s worth knowing before you buy a phone. If you just need a phone for basic Internet access and don’t mind using an older operating system, don’t worry. But if you’re excited to check out everything new in Android and looking to use your phone and see updates for years to come, Nexus phones are your best bet.

Don’t install apps without research

Whenever you want to install an application, don’t blindly install it without careful consideration. This doubles for apps with multiple alternatives (like lights) — don’t just install the first one you see.

There are a number of reasons for caution. For example, there are many scam apps on the Play Store to avoid which range from annoying to dangerous, and it doesn’t help that you can’t trust app ratings on Google Play or. Users who do not check the security of the apps they use may give them a 5-star rating, making a dangerous app useful to the untrained eye.

Not to mention that many applications ask for a lot of unnecessary permissions. To touch anything sensitive on your device (such as your camera or your contacts), the app must specifically request it. The newest version of Android, Marshmallow, makes app permissions more granular, but since few users are running it, you still need to be careful with the old system. Make sure you can see what permissions the app needs and make sure they make sense in the context of the app.

Flashlight apps are particularly susceptible to this — Brightest Flashlight Free used location permissions to upload users’ location data to ad servers. This could have been avoided if people were using an app that didn’t ask for those permissions.

Don’t install Facebook apps

Having Social Media Apps on Your Phone Means You Can Send Funny Statuses and more on the go, but it’s not all good news. The Facebook mobile app is draining your phone battery like crazy. and even if you don’t care about battery life, both the main app and Facebook Messenger require an insane amount of permissions. If you absolutely do not rely on any feature in the Facebook mobile app, you are much better off installing a third party replacement. Third Party Comparison

There are many full featured apps to replace Facebook, but if you are concerned about privacy, the best way to browse Facebook without all the permissions is to install a lightweight app like basic Tinfoil, or try Metal if you need notifications.

These apps run the Facebook mobile website in an isolated browser, so while performance may not be as smooth, you don’t have to worry about the app constantly using battery. Give it a try once you get your phone — you really won’t miss anything on the official Facebook app.

Don’t use task killers or battery booster apps

At the moment he almost beats the dead horse, but you don’t need to use task killers on android. In the early days of the platform, these apps were extremely popular for killing «out of control» background tasks that allegedly used up your battery, but Android is capable of managing background resources just fine without your intervention. Joel fully explained why task killers are bad for your Android if you want an explanation.

In the same vein, there are battery-saving apps like JuiceDefender that promise to turn off your connections when you’re not using them to save battery. Aside from the fact that some of these apps haven’t been updated in years, they still try to manage these tasks instead of just letting Android handle it.

If you’re having battery problems, you can find out which apps are draining your battery. and follow the tips to improve your phone’s battery life. service life ; just don’t install one of those counterproductive apps.

Don’t constantly swipe Latest apps

A huge misconception on iOS and Android is that you have to open the recent apps menu every time you use your phone and close all «running» apps to save battery. As in the «task killer» rule above, ripping off the latest apps on your battery is actually harder than just letting them be .

Think of the Recent menu as a shortcut to return to recently opened apps, not a list of running tasks to close. Whenever you leave an app using the home button, Android briefly remembers where you were in the app until later apps add it to the list. By removing all these applications, you deprive yourself of the opportunity to go back to where you were; You are also forcing the OS to open and close the app over and over instead of just launching it.

If you have just exited a game that is consuming a lot of resources, to run and you don’t plan on going back to him anytime soon, go ahead and swipe him away. But don’t open your messaging app. send the text, swipe the app, and then open the app again to send the text again after 30 seconds.

Consider if you close your desktop browser every time you want to navigate to a new website; you basically do the same thing when you erase the apps you use all the time. This menu is designed to make navigation smoother — you don’t have to be your device’s maid!

Don’t save contacts to your phone only

Assuming you have a Google account on your phone, you can save new contacts to that account, not just the device itself.

You should absolutely do this because it means your contacts are saved in your Google account, available to view and edit online, and will be restored in a few seconds when you get a new phone. This means that you no longer need to post “I lost all my numbers!” statuses. On Facebook.

To verify this, go to the «Contacts» application. Appendix and create a new contact. You should see a popup asking which account to sync it with — just make sure it’s your Google account and not device only and you will have a backup. If you save the contact locally, you may lose it or transfer it manually to a new phone.

Don’t leave your phone unsecured

Your phone contains a lot of personal information, from emails and contacts to payment information on Android Pay. and saved passwords. At this age, you should protect your device with some type of lock screen protection. Leaving it unlocked so that anyone can access your device is not wise.

In the second part of our beginner’s guide to I have explained the differences between different types of screen lock passwords. Now, many new Android phones come with fingerprint scanners, which are even more convenient. Many of them also have a Smart Lock feature. to block only part of the time.

If you have, this is a great option for protecting your phone; otherwise the PIN is more secure than the pattern, the pattern and less tedious than a password, making it your best bet. Make sure your PIN isn’t something obvious like a birthday or «1234» and you’ll be done.

Don’t Root Until You Know What You’re Doing

If you are new to Android, you don’t have to worry about rooting your device right away. Basically, rooting gives you administrator access to your device and allows you to switch to a custom version of Android. change the system font and much more.

However, most people don’t need to root as Android has gotten even better in recent years. Unless you have a specific reason for doing so, it’s best to use your device as is.

If you decide you want to root, make sure you know what you’re doing before you start. Read our rooting guide to get the general idea, make sure you understand the key terms and find the manuals you need on your device. Rooting is serious business and you can easily brick your device. making it unusable if you screw up. Though there are ways to clear the bricks it’s best to just avoid doing it in the first place.

Why when I get a new Android phone the first thing I want to do is root it and try all ROMs?. Bricked my Nexus 6 once already. (Grin)

— Tarus BALOG (@sortova) May 16, 2015

Even without rooting, you can make cool tweaks to your Android and customize it the way you like. Your device will probably fit you just fine as is.

What advice would you give?

Now that you know all the things not to do with your new Android phone, there is one thing to do: have fun with it! Android is a fantastic platform with a lot of customization potential and you will love it. The above notes are just suggestions from a longtime user so you don’t run into avoidable issues.

Be sure to check out some of the best apps of 2015 to put on your new phone!

What other piece of advice would you give to a new Android user? Share your best tips with us below!

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