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On your mark, get ready, get started with Android and IOS


Why in the world do we have so many apps/icons on our phones?  This blog will help sort all of that out.

Getting Started with Android and iOS

Whether you just got a new smartphone or just feel like you need to brush up on a few of the basics, this blog is designed to walk you through some of the commonly used terms, features, and applications on your devices. Many devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S® 6 and the LG G Flex 2, run Google’s Android operating system. Other devices, like the iPhone 6, run iOS. There are a lot of similarities between the two systems and they share a lot of the same terminology.

Understanding applications

Just as your computer runs programs, your phone runs applications (commonly called apps). Applications power nearly everything on a smartphone. Whether you are playing a game, making a phone call, browsing the Internet, or getting directions to a local restaurant, your phone uses an application for each task.

Android phones use an app called the Play Store to download and install new applications. For iOS devices like the iPhone, applications can be downloaded from the App Store application. Regardless of which device you have, these two virtual stores offer some applications for free, and others applications for a small fee. Sprint’s device support page has fantastic tutorials showing how download apps on your device.

Here’s how to download an application on the iPhone 6.

Here’s how to download an application on the Samsung Galaxy S® 5.

Some common apps

The most common applications on Android and iOS are available on the home screen of most devices. The Phone app is used to make and receive phone calls. The messaging app is called Hangouts on most Android devices, but some devices use Messaging or Messages. On iOS devices, the default messaging app is called Messages. For Android devices, you can access the Internet with the Chrome application; Safari is the Internet application on iOS devices. Both operating systems use the Settings app to control all sorts of configurable options like Wi-Fi, sound, memory, brightness, and more. They also both use the Camera application for taking pictures. You can find a full list of your phone’s applications by pressing the home key (iOS) or tapping the All Apps icon (Android).

You can use the Sprint Zone application on either operating system. It has lots of excellent tools available for your device, and serves as a great way to access Sprint support, check the network status, keep up-to-date on Sprint news, and access your account.

You can check out our earlier blog post about Sprint Zone, here.

Customizing your device

It’s exciting to pull a new phone out of the box and dive right in, and the first thing that most people want to do is customize it to fit their life. You can change the home screen image, customize ringtones, rearrange the icons on your home screen, and more. Sprint’s device support page has easy to use tutorials for many of these customizations. For many of them, you can configure them from within the phone’s Settings menu. Others may require a third-party application from the Play Store or App Store.

You can also configure your device to use less power, getting more out of your battery for long days when you are unable to charge your device. Every feature, background process, and setting on your phone uses a bit of battery power, and turning some of those features off when they aren’t needed can make your battery last a lot longer.

Here’s how to conserve battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S® 5.

Next time

Next time we’re going to talk more about the tools available for improving battery life on your device. Want to be notified every time a new blog goes live? Simply subscribe to the RSS feed.

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