Total Beginners' Guide: How to use an Android Smartphone

A beginner's guide to Android smartphones, from a to z in mobile help

4.25 (223 reviews)


1.5 hours


May 2019

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What you will learn

Use the most common functions and features of your Android Device.

Download and use a range of Apps from the Google Play Store.

Understand what services Google provides and how to access them.

Manage your Google account.


Why take this course?

  • You are tired of feeling like a dummy when you ask for help with your phone.  
  • You want to keep in touch with your family but the technology seem too hard. 
  • You know a little bit about computers or smartphones but when things go wrong you get lost. 
  • You are a practical learner who likes to do things for yourself but just haven't got around to it. 

What this course can do for you:

  • Help you get a head start when using a new device you aren't familiar with.
  • Teach you simple applications that will make your life easier.
  • Introduce just a handful of the thousands of useful apps out there for you.
  • Build your confidence with the basics of using a smartphone so you can continue to get more and more from your technology. 


Total Beginners' Guide: How to use an Android Smartphone
Total Beginners' Guide: How to use an Android Smartphone
Total Beginners' Guide: How to use an Android Smartphone
Total Beginners' Guide: How to use an Android Smartphone


Setting Up For Success

Getting started...

What kind of device do I need for this course?

Basic Navigation

Home and volume buttons

Menu Button

Power Button

Back Button


Voice Commands

Tech Geeks

Common device symbols

Connect to the Internet

Public vs Private Wifi

Handy device settings.

How to get along with your Tech Geek

PC's vs smartphones

What's the difference?

The evolution of personal computing

Which is which?

So how do I know what's right for me?

Find New Apps

What is an App?

How to browse for new Apps

How to install an App

How to remove an App

How to find your Play Store account information.

How to keep apps up to date.

Get More out of Google Apps

Your Google account

Storing & sharing files

Keep in touch

A day in the life

Manage your photos

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Course Transcript


John24 September 2020

Yes - moving from an iPhone to an Android device so although very basic, this covered everything I wanted/needed to know about getting started.

Rupen6 June 2020

This course has kind of given a practice as to how to use my smartphone effectively and efficiently by keeping in mind the main apps and tools in place.

Yang2 June 2020

the Australian / New Zealand accent may be difficult for some people to understand. Does it have closed captions / subtitles ?

Rod19 May 2020

I've used Android phones for years, but I only understood the basic items -- and I mean REALLY basic. (I still don't know how to send a photo to someone else's phone, etc.) I decided it was foolish to buy an expensive phone, and then use it only for phone calls and texting. Hence my interest in the "101" course, so as to learn how to use more aspects of my Samsung phone.

Linda22 December 2019

I have an LG L62VL and the setup is completely different. Buttons are different and if you do not know how to do a search or how to get on the internet-- you are lost. The speaker has a thick accent and hard to understand. These directions may work for Samsung-- but not for my phone. Sorry, I am not criticizing to be negative.

Charlene3 November 2019

Very informative and the videos are great demos. Really user friendly, thanks so much for creating this tool

Isabelle24 June 2019

Good to get acquainted with Android devices. However, it might make things easier and more engaging if there was a kind of red thread through the whole course, and if there was a clear goal and a confirming practice exercise in each section.

Gerardo15 May 2019

It is a lot of fun. The pronunciation of English is peculiar and interesting. I had never heard English from New Zealand. The people are enthusiastic. And I did learn a couple of things.

Patricia11 February 2019

Thank you for sharing and I have learnt to use my smartphone smartly now. It is really great for beginners like me

Margie3 December 2018

I am a complete beginner with no technical skills. When she mentioned "cut" ? and paste I had no idea what she was talking about .My android didn't have any of the symbols she showed except for google. She spoke too fast. The man who did the introduction was clear and I was eager to start, but soon became disappointed.

Christine24 August 2018

Thanks so much! I was glad to find a (free) course for total novices like me, as I've just switched from a flip phone. Now I feel more confident to explore the smartphone since I learned the basics here.

Stoppablepham9 December 2017

The information this course delivery is all common sense. Everyone that have a smartphone can figure those things out just by spending some minutes with their phone. I'm a persevere person so i tried to watch all the videos in this course to see if there is anything i could learn from. Unfortunately i can't find any of those and this is a bit waste of my time. Maybe this course is not for me, maybe it's made for old people that can't keep up with nowadays technology. I gave 2 stars because i appreciate the time the instructor spend for making this course, but if it's about the information that i have learn from this course, i would give 1star.

Shannon6 December 2017

Starts from very basic, as in you have never owned a smartphone, but towards the end, learn't some new things. Easy to follow and clear explanations

Ioannis13 November 2017

It's was a nice course but I would recommend that only for really novice users. I liked the interview lessons and the app suggestions.

Craig1 October 2017

I decided to take this course to see how my skills stacked up and I was quite surprised to see there is still quite a bit I don't know.


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