Android device basics

Last updated on October 30, 2020
Guide Index

Quick introduction

Although you will mostly be interacting with the apps on your device, knowing what the various buttons on your device do will help you become comfortable in navigating around the system.

The look of Android devices differs depending on the device manufacturer, so we will concentrate on the things that are consistent across all devices. In the examples we have used a stock version of the Android system. This is very similar to what you will find on Google Pixel, Nokia and Motorola phones.

Using the guide

The follow pages looks at some of the basics of operating an Android device to help you with this. It is broken down into chapters to let you dip in and out. You can skip any chapters that do not interest you.

You will find links to previous and next chapters at the bottom of each page. There is also a ‘Guide Index’ below the page heading. If you tap on this you will see all the chapters in the guide.

You can read through the guidance online or download the printable versions of the pages you need to view at your leisure.