Having an Android device can be beneficial, but it can also be overwhelming. These devices are capable of so many different functions that most owners don’t even use them to their full potential. And you don’t want to pay for the service of an Android without reaping in all the benefits.

The following tips will help you get the most out of your Android device.

Utilize the benefits of Google

Android devices were created by Google, so they allow users to receive all the benefits of Google services. If you have a Google account, make sure to enter your information when you initially set up your phone. (If you don’t have a Google account, make sure to get one.) Once you’re successfully logged in, you can receive your Google services to your device, such as Gmail, Calendar and Voice.

Talk to it

Android devices allow you to use a Google search app, and this will allow you to search the web by using your voice instead of typing. Next to the search bar, you will notice a microphone icon. By tapping this icon, you are enabling the voice search. When you’re done talking, Android will search the Internet to find the results you’re searching for.

Let Android device talk to you

The iPhone has a maps app that allows users to receive driving directions. The Android does too, only the maps function on Android devices will talk to you, giving you turn by turn directions. Rather than taking your eye off the road to try and read what turn to make next, the Android will do the directing for you—you just have to listen.

Store files

Android will let you store items between your device and your computer. Simply plug your device into the computer using a USB cable, and you can then swap files back and forth between the two devices. This allows you to keep your phone or tablet free of unnecessary files, yet keep the files in your possession by placing them on your computer.

Get organized

Android devices allow you to create folders and place apps in each one. This can help keep you organized, making finding and using apps more efficient. Tap and hold an open space on your home screen. A menu will appear, and you should select “Folders” and then “New Folder”. This will create a new, empty folder on your phone, and you can add apps to the folder by dragging and dropping them into the respective folder.

Use non-market apps

Since there are so many versions and so many manufacturers of Android devices, it is hard to stick to apps that were only created by one specific developer. You can allow non-market apps to be downloaded to your device. Doing this does increase your risk of receiving malware, so be sure to download from sources that seem trustworthy. Receiving non-market apps can open you up to a whole new array of applications you didn’t even know existed.

Just because you have a Android doesn’t mean you should let it outsmart you or remain ignorant to all it can provide. Make sure to take the time to play around with your android device to get to know its ins and outs. You will be amazed at what such a small device can accomplish.