What is a smartphone?
A phone and a computer all in one.
What can a smartphone do?
A smartphone can do everything a phone and a cell phone can do plus more!
Your smartphone is made up of various components such as an operating system, memory, apps, a browser, and wi-fi.
If you think of your device as a house, the Operating System (OS) would be the foundation.
Different OS, and different versions of the same OS, can look and act differently!
Examples: Apple= iOS; Windows= Windows 10; Other= Android
You can find the OS on your device by:
The Memory of your device would be like the attic of the house (storage space).
Memory is made up of Gigabytes (GB). These GBs hold pictures, eBooks, videos, and any other data you save to you device.
*Fun fact: A GB is made up of 1,024 MB (megabytes).
Apps (Applications) are computer programs which are like the walls of a house.
Apps are the little "squares" on your device. Many apps are pre-installed to a device (like the Phone, Calendar, Texts, and Mail apps) and you can download more from the App Store (like games or other programs). A widget is a form of an app that has one simple component, like the calculator or weather app.
A Browser is a preinstalled app that is like the windows of a house.
A browser is your window to the Internet and are used to view websites. Different companies provide different browsers.
Ex. Apple= ; Windows= ; Android=
Wireless Connections connect you to other devices, making it the satellite of a house.
Wi-Fi allows you to connect to the Internet, printers, etc.
Bluetooth allows you to connect to speakers, microphones, headsets, etc.
How does WiFi work?
WiFi is a Wireless internet connection and you are not limited to a single WiFi network. Multiple devices/computers can connect at the same time. You can set WiFi to automatically connect to networks you've used before.
Connect anywhere if:
How to automatically connect to WiFi?
|Apple devices||Android devices|
1. Open Settings
2. Tap Wi-Fi
3. Make sure "Ask to Join Networks" is turned off. (white=off; green=on)
1. Swipe down from above the top of your screen to display the hidden menu OR tap the icon bar at the top.
2. Tap Wi-Fi
Or Settings then Wi-Fi
3. Tap the network name OR tap More then Saved Networks.
4. Tap and hold the network name, select Modify Network, then Save.
What is the "Cloud"?
Normal= program data stored directly onto your phone
Cloud= program data stored on other super computers (a.k.a) "the cloud." These computers are run by the company who developed the software.
Ex. Gmail is a "Cloud" program because:
Here are links to the manuals they never gave you:
The iPhone manual
The Android phone manual
Google the term “user guide,” the name of your cell provider, and the model of phone.
https://www.google.com (example: “user guide verizon samsung galaxy s7”
The Windows phone manual