In modern society, it feels like everyone has a smartphone. Smartphones can be incredible tools with a huge variety of apps to support our daily lives. However, when you're first getting started, it can be challenging to know where to start.
Apps are programs on your smartphone, like you would have on a computer. You can choose which apps you'd like to get, and how you use them. Below is our resources for how to download apps on your smartphone. There are also some articles which give some examples of useful apps to have.
If you're unsure of where to start, click on the purple icon to go to our Tech Talk on Smartphone apps. This is a brief introduction to the topic, and is the basis for the Tech Talks at our events.
To find out more about any of the resources below, click on the image or 'read more' link.
'How To' Guides
You can install apps, games, and digital content on your device from the Google Play Store. Sometimes you can also use instant apps without installing the app on your device. Some content is free, some content you'll need to buy. Open the Google Play Store app . Search or browse for content.
To download and buy apps from the App Store, you need an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is the account that you use to access Apple services. If you use other Apple services such as iCloud, sign in to the App Store with the same Apple ID.
For security reasons, we recommend that you download apps from a secure and trusted app store like Galaxy Apps or the Play Store on your Samsung device. Your Samsung device does not allow automatic download of apps from unknown sources.
News and Web Articles
(Image credit: Tru Luv Media) You've got an iPhone, and have ventured into the melee of Apple's App Store, which has well over a million apps. Great news! Many of them are free. Not so great news! You've got to sift through them to work out the very best.
(Image credit: SoundCloud) It has been over ten years since Android was first outed by Google, and back then it was hard to imagine the sheer number of apps we'd have today. There are apps for everything, and many of them are completely free, meaning you're just a few downloads away from supercharging your smartphone at no extra cost.
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