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Post General Android phone FAQ (updated 9th October 2012)

*** Important Note ***
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One or more of these FAQ items may not apply to your device. Please see the Device specific FAQ located in your device's forum.

1. Battery Life
1.1 How do Li-Ion batteries work?
1.2 Do I need to replace my battery, and if so how often?
1.3 Should I always fully charge and discharge my battery?
1.4 My phone doesn't charge to 100% if I leave it overnight. Is something wrong with it?
1.5 My Droid's battery life is terrible. How can I improve it?
1.6 Should I use a Task Killer?

2. Accessories
2.1 Should I buy a case/screen protector, and if so what type?
2.2 Can I get a spare battery, and if so which should I get?
2.3 Can I get a desktop charging cradle?
2.4 What Micro SD card should I buy?

3. Customisation
3.1 What is ‘Rooting’, and is it for me?
3.2 Am I stuck with the standard launcher/look and feel of my phone?
3.3 Can I change the icons for apps and folders?
3.4 Are there any apps to secure my phone if it’s lost or stolen?
3.5 How do I set up Email for various providers?
3.6 How do I remove pre-installed apps?
3.7 Should I use antivirus on my phone?

4. Known Problems
4.1 There is a physical defect on my phone. What options do I have?
4.2 My screen doesn't turn back on properly after a call. Is this a hardware problem?
4.3 I added high resolution contact pictures, but they are now blurry. What happened?

5. GPS, WiFi, and Mobile Data connections
5.1 What are GPS and aGPS?
5.2 Is GPS free?
5.3 Are there any alternatives to Google Maps?
5.4 Does GPS use a lot of battery power?
5.5 I use GPS a lot in my car – Is it a good idea to get a car charger?
5.6 My phone gets hot when using GPS with a car charger – Is this normal?


Section 1 – Battery Life

1.1 How do Li-Ion batteries work?




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1.2 Do I need to replace my battery, and if so how often?




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1.3 Should I always fully charge and discharge my battery?




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1.4 My phone doesn't charge to 100% if I leave it overnight. Is something wrong with it?




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1.5 My device's battery life is terrible. How can I improve it?




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1.6 Should I use a Task Killer?




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Section 2 – Accessories

2.1 Should I buy a case/screen protector, and if so what type?




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2.2 Can I get a spare battery, and if so which should I get?




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2.3 Can I get a desktop charging cradle?




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2.4 What Micro SD card should I buy?




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Section 3 – Customisation

3.1 What is ‘Rooting’, and is it for me?




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3.2 Am I stuck with the standard launcher/look and feel of my phone?




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3.3 Can I change the icons for apps and folders?




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3.4 Are there any apps to secure my phone if it’s lost or stolen?




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3.5 How do I set up Email for various providers?


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3.6 How do I remove pre-installed apps?




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3.7 Should I use antivirus on my phone?




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Section 4 – Known Problems

4.1 There is a physical defect on my phone. What options do I have?




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4.2 My screen doesn’t turn back on properly after a call. Is this a hardware problem?




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4.3 I added high resolution contact pictures, but they are now blurry. What happened?




Back to top


Section 5 – GPS, WiFi, and Mobile Data connections

5.1 What are GPS and aGPS?




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5.2 Is GPS free?




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5.3 Are there any alternatives to Google Maps?




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5.4 Does GPS use a lot of battery power?




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5.5 I use GPS a lot in my car – Is it a good idea to get a car charger?




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5.6 My phone gets hot when using GPS with a car charger – Is this normal?




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