Take control of apps and put them to sleep to increase battery life on your Android phone.

There are settings buried in Android that enable you to reduce power consumption to extend battery life on your phone. Let’s see how to make phone apps always sleep, always awake and more.

Avoid malware and bad apps on Android phones with these security tips and stay safe.

Do adverts pop up on your Android phone at almost every opportunity? Do you have security apps installed? Perhaps there is a link between them! Some apps are fake and exist just to blast you with ads.

Control how the screen on your Android phone turns on and off and create rules that automate it. KinScreen for Android reviewed.

How do you turn on your Android phone’s screen? By pressing the home button or power button? An app called KinScreen offers many more ways to turn it on and turn it off. It works like magic!

Free up space on your Android phone if you are running short using a free app from Google called Files Go.

There are many clean-up apps that remove the junk from Android phones, but File Go is different because it is from Google, who also makes Android, so it should know a thing or two about cleaning up.

Track your activity with pedometer apps for your Android phone and get fit through walking.

Walking is a good way to get fit because everyone can do it, no matter how unfit they start out. These four pedometer apps for Android phones tracks activity to encourage you to walk more.

How to monitor and reduce mobile data usage on Android phones with these five apps.

Have you tried Google Datally? It is not one of the company’s best known apps, but it could be one of the most useful. It monitors mobile data on Android phones and can reduce the amount used.

Control the Google Android app with youtr voice and customise the cards so it presents better and more relevant information.

The latest updates to the Google app for Android include using voice commands while navigating, better handling of poor connections and more customisation options. Check out the new features.

See how Chrome for Android saves mobile data and manage passwords and website login details more easily.

Among the latest changes to Chrome on Android phones are accessibility improvements and the data saving feature has been made easier and more prominent and you can manage passwords. Take a look.

Facebook Messenger Lite is a faster, lighter, more efficient version of the chat app from the social network.

Who doesn’t like smaller, faster, lighter apps that use fewer resources on their phone. Facebook has two versions of its Messenger app - the full fat or skinny version. Which do you prefer?

Two alternative web browsers for Android phones and tablets on test - Samsung Internet and Firefox Focus

Chrome is the obvious web browser to use on an Android phone or tablet, but it is not the only one. It may not even be the best one and there are alternatives that might better suit you.

Use the location sharing features in WhatsApp to show people exactly where you are.

WhatsApp recently learned some new tricks and the messaging app is now able to share your location so other people so they can see where you are. An invasion of privacy or useful feature? Here’s how it works.

Google Photos can now recognise your pets, such as your dog or cat. It groups them with people.

Woof, Woof! Meoooow! Google has added a barking mad new feature to the Photos app that enables it to recognise your pets in photos. It now groups them into a people and pets group.

Password protect sections of notes in Microsoft OneNote for extra security and privacy.

Microsoft has added a new feature to OneNote that enables you to lock whole sections of notes with password protection. Now you can securely store information in notes. Here’s how it works.

Top tips to take control of the data usage on your Android phone. Stay within your limit and reduce the data used.

Some phone plans have quite a high data usage limit, but they are expensive. If you are on an older or cheaper plan you must keep an eye on your usage. Here’s how to manage the data used.

App review: Use Keepass2Android as your password manager on Android phones and tablets. It securely stores your login details.

There are many password managers, but Keepass has been around longer than most and existed even before Android was invented. It puts the control of your passwords and security in your own hands.

Secure your Android phone at public Wi-Fi hotspots by adding a VPN app. They encrypt the internet connection and make it safe.

Your home Wi-Fi is secure because only you and your family or friends know the password to access it, but public Wi-Fi is not and you need a VPN to protect your phone. Here are two.

Want to try new features in Android apps before anyone else? Here's how to find, download and use beta apps on your phone

If you like to be at the cutting edge of technology and want to get your hands on apps for your Android phone before anyone else, here is how to find them and install them. It’s great fun!

Scan in paper based documents using Adobe Scan and save them to cloud storage as PDF files. OCR makes text in the PDFs editable.

There are many apps for your phone that enable you to scan paper based documents, but Adobe Scan has built in character recognition and cloud storage for your files. It's on Android and iOS.

Is it possible to take a screenshot that includes hidden areas off the screen? Yes, if you have a recent Samsung phone. Here's how to do it.

Some apps and web pages are bigger than will fit on a phone’s screen and you must swipe up and down to see everything. Here is a clever trick that captures parts of the screen you can’t see!

Customise notifications on Android phones to reduce disturbances and irritations. Choose which apps are allow to show notifications.

Our phones constantly demand our attention with notification sounds and vibrations. Don’t be a slave to your phone, cut out non-essential notifications and get more battery life.