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Android phone: Get started

The courses in this topic are for anyone with a new or pre-owned Android phone. We show you how to set up your Android phone safely, and customise it to suit your needs.

We have a fun interactive guide where you can learn about the features of your phone, step by step videos for you to watch, and handy guides for you to print and keep.

To ensure you can easily follow our courses, and to keep your device secure, we recommend you keep your software up to date. Our handy printable guide shows you how to do this.

Some of the most popular Android phones are made by Samsung and Google, but not all Android devices have easy-to-spot logos. If you’re unsure if you have an Android phone or an iPhone, you can easily find out by looking at the back of your phone. You may need to remove any additional protective covers first. This can be fiddly, so you might like to ask a friend to help you do this.

If you can see an Apple logo on the back of your phone, then you have an iPhone and should look at our Apple iPhone courses. If you can’t see the Apple logo, you most likely have an Android phone and you are ready to begin.

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Android Phone: Interactive guide

Android phone: Interactive guide

This interactive guide is a fun way to find out more about the features of your phone. Simply click on one of the pulsing circles to see short, easy to follow demonstrations and information cards.
Android: Prepare to set up

Android phone: Prepare to set up

This course is for anyone who has just been given a pre-owned Android phone and wants to remove the previous owner’s details in readiness to set it up for their own personal use.
Android phone: Set up

Android phone: Set up

This course is for anyone who has a brand new Android phone, or has completed course 1 above. This course shows you step-by-step how to set up your Android phone safely from scratch.
Android phone: Security & privacy

Android phone: Security & privacy

A guide to making sure your Android phone is set up securely including an overview of the main security and privacy settings and what they do.
Android phone: Accessibility

Android phone: Accessibility

Learn how your Android phone can assist your day-to-day living, including useful features like voice-to-text, magnifying glass and more.
Android phone: System settings

Android phone: System settings

Learn to customise your Android phone to suit you, including changing your ring tone and alerts, setting your preferred language, date and time zone and much more.
Android phone: Quick settings

Android phone: Quick settings

That handy little menu that you can call up anytime. The quick settings menu allows you to add and delete shortcuts, change the screen brightness, contrast and more.
Android phone: Notifications

Android phone: Notifications

Find out what notifications are and how to manage them so you can get messages and alerts when you need them.