2. Mobile Device Tips

You have your mobile device and it’s great, but do you know how to use all its features? Do you know how to copy and paste on your device? How to save online images? How to take screenshots? How to lock orientation? How to mute? How to take photos? How to turn off sounds like keyboard clicking? How to close apps (just exiting them doesn’t close them)?

There are a lot of cool things your device can do, so for Thing 2 we’re going to ask you to explore some of them. We have identified websites and videos that have tips for many different devices, so scroll down to find your device and check out some of the tips.

Disclaimer: there are many different types of Android devices, and we have listed tips for some of the most popular devices, but we know we may not have your device listed. In that case, what we did was add a search tips section giving suggestions on how you can search to try to find some websites and videos about your device.

Blogging for this Thing

Look at some of these websites and/or videos and try some of the tips on your device. Write a blog post telling us some new tips you’ve discovered. If you know of additional tips for your device, tell us about them in your blog, too.

iPad tips & tricks

If you’ve upgraded your iPad to iOS 7, you may want to watch this video – iPad iOS 7 Overview:

The creator of that video has multiple other iOS 7 videos that show certain features, so check out his iOS 7 playlist.

For more tips and tricks for iPads, check out some of these websites:

iPhone tips & tricks

If you’ve upgraded your iPhone to iOS 7, here’s a video you may want to watch – iOS 7 Hidden Features:

For other features of iPhones, check out some of these websites:

Google Nexus smartphone tips & tricks

If you have the latest Google Nexus smartphone, or want some tips on using Android’s 4.4 KitKat, you may want to watch this video – Google Nexus 5 Android 4.4 KitKat Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features:

For more Google Nexus smartphone tips, check out some of these websites:

Google Nexus tablet tips & tricks

For help getting started on a Google Nexus 7 tablet, check out this video – Google Nexus 7 Tips and Tricks:

For more information on Google Nexus tablets, check out some of these websites:

Samsung Galaxy smartphone tips & tricks

Watch this video if you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone – Samsung Galaxy S4 the Hidden Tips and Tricks:

For more information on using Samsung Galaxy phones, check out some of these websites:

Samsung Galaxy tablet tips & tricks

For tips on using the Samsung Galaxy Note tablets, you may want to watch this video – Galaxy Note 10.1 Tips & Tricks:

For more information on Samsung Galaxy tablets, check out some of these websites:

HTC tips & tricks

For information on getting started with HTC’s latest phone, check out this video – HTC One Tips, Tricks, & Hidden Features:

For more information about HTC devices, check out some of these websites:

Searching for device tips & tricks

We know we may not have your device listed, or we may not have the exact version of the device you have, so here are some tips on how to search for videos or websites for your device. We used Google and YouTube for these tips.

  • Search for the name of your device plus: (tips OR tricks) or “getting started”. Here’s what these searches may look like:
  • Search for the name of the Android operating system you’re using, like this:
  • If you’re specifically trying to figure out how to use one feature of your device, then search for your device name with what you’re trying to do. For instance if you were trying to figure out how to take a screenshot using Toshiba’s Thrive tablet, then you might search like this:

Try using some of these suggestions to find tips for your device and blog about what you find.

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