If you have an Android phone and are signed into a Google account (who isn’t?), the system will back up account settings, app data, contacts, browser bookmarks, calendar, photos and videos. It does not back up text messages, call logs, and a few other things.

Android 5, otherwise known as Lollipop, has a confusing notification system that at first sight does not seem to make sense. If you are confused about the functions and features, this guide will show you how it all works. Take control of notifications.

Weather forecasting apps are very popular and quite rightly so. We all want to know if it will rain or be sunny, but which one is best? Here is one that will take up as little space as you want or fill the whole screen with information.

Is your Android mobile phone or tablet slow to use? Is it running out of storage space and memory? Are your getting error message or problems with apps crashing? The cause, at least partly, could be due to junk files cluttering up the system. Here is how to find them and delete them.

There is nothing worse than getting a huge bill from your mobile operator because you have used more data than you realised. The charges for using more than your allowance can be very high, but these two data monitors can help you to avoid unwanted costs.

One of the new features in the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android smartphone is a heart rate sensor. This innovative new item uses the phone’s flash and camera to measure the rate at which your heart is beating. But is it really innovative? Well, actually, heart rate monitors have been around for years and all you need is an app from the Google Play Store for your phone.

Android 5.0, called Lollipop, has been gradually rolling out to users with various devices including smartphones and tablets. A few people have experienced problems after updating the Android operating system, so here is a step-by-step guide to fixing them by erasing and resetting the system.

Do you think you know how to uninstall Android apps? You are wrong! In this step-by-step guide is the correct way to uninstall Android apps, leaving you with a clean phone or tablet afterwards. If you don’t do it the correct way you will sooner or later run into problems.

Android has many great features, but also a few irritations too and one of these is apps that run in the background. The more apps you install, the more that hide in the background. There they occupy memory and consume processing power and suck the life out of the battery. What can you do?

Modern life can be hectic and stressful. There may be problems at work, deadlines to meet, awkward people to deal with and so on. Problems can occur in your personal life too and they may be a cause of more worry and stress. Headspace mindfulness meditation can help induce a feeling a quiet, calm, relaxation.

One of the nice features of Android is the ease with which it can be customised. Every iPhone looks the same, apart from the wallpaper image, but Android users can add lock screen apps that appear when the phone is woken up. Microsoft has an interesting lock screen app that is simple, but effective. You might think it odd that Microsoft has produced an Android app, but the company actually has quite a lot and some are really good, like Next.

Microsoft recently released a new email app and it is more modern and in some ways has superior features to the old app. You should switch from the old Outlook.com to the new Outlook. It is a bit confusing having two apps with almost the same name that access the same email account, but there is really no need to keep the old app and it can be uninstalled.

Why is it that nearly every app you install on phones and tablets includes sharing features? They frequently pester you to connect your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social networking accounts. Is this a good idea though? You can end up sharing too much with people you don’t know and this can be dangerous in ways you never realised.

If you don’t already have a tune-up and clean-up app for your Android phone or tablet, or need a better one, All-In-One Toolbox (Booster) offers a comprehensive collection of useful tools. This app is highly rated in the Google Play Store and is free.

Android phones can slow down as more apps are installed and one of the reasons for this is that many apps run in the background. The more you add, the more that run, decreasing the phone or tablet memory and reducing the speed. To make matters worse, many apps automatically start when the phone is started. Startup Manager can help.

Interest in health tracking using smartphones, watches and bands is growing and some of the biggest companies around are developing hardware and software for this market. I looked at Google Fit not long after it was launched and found it to be an interesting app. Since then, it has grown into a hub that other apps can connect to and store health and activity tracking information and this makes it even more useful.

 

Do you have a favourite photo on the lock screen of your phone or tablet? No doubt it looks great, but wouldn’t it be more useful to have the latest notifications displayed too? Then you could see text messages, email messages, missed calls, and other notifications. If you want to make the lock screen more productive on your Android phone or tablet, Echo Notification Lockscreen will do the job.

Do you have bad apps on your phone? Are you worried about downloading and installing apps? Have you heard that there are bad apps in the Google Play Store? Apps can be bad for many reasons and, although rare, they certainly exist and there is a small chance that you could install one on your Android phone or tablet. Here is how to avoid them.

There is an old saying, ‘Use it or lose it’. Well, you won’t lose your mind, but unless you exercise it, it will weaken and become slow at thinking, reasoning, logic and mental arithmetic. Brain training games can improve your mind and keep it sharp. The more you use it, the better it will be here are two popular brain training apps that run on both Android and iOS, Elevate and Mind Games.

There are tens of thousands of podcasts to listen to on your mobile phone or tablet and they can be funny and entertaining, educational and instructive, packed with news and comment, and much more. If you like listening to podcasts, here are two of the best around and a comparison of their features and ease of use. Which is best, Podcast Republic or Podcast Addict?