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Ninety percent of all older adults prefer to age at home. With new technology available to everyone, having a smartphone that you’re able to navigate can make life at home a little easier. If you have just received your first smartphone, you may be a little overwhelmed! The small device has replaced the computer in terms of ease and mobility. Applications, often shortened to apps, have replaced computer programs you may have previously downloaded on your computer. They offer a wide range of benefits, including health and wellness benefits, such as an exercise app that can count your steps. If you have an Android (or Google) smartphone and are ready to begin downloading useful and fun apps, read on for instructions that can allow you to become proficient with your new phone! How to Download an App The first time you tap on the Play Store, you may be prompted to sign in with your Google login and confirm your payment information. You will also be prompted to permit a backup of apps to your Google account.
  1. Tap your finger on the Apps icon located in the bottom-right of the home screen.
  1. Swipe left and right with your finger until you find the Play Store icon. Tap it.
  1. Tap the magnifying glass in the top-right, and then key in the name of the app you’re looking for.
  1. Tap the magnifying glass in the bottom right. Suggested apps will pop up below the search box as you type, which you can tap to reach directly.
  1. Tapping the three dots on the right side of each entry will allow you to install the app immediately or add the app to a list for future reference.
  1. Tapping the box itself will provide more details for that app, including screenshots, video, a description, and reviews from users like you.
  1. Tap the Install button at the top to start downloading. You will be asked to provide device authorization for installation.
  1. Ongoing downloads and installations will show as icons in the notification bar at the top of the screen. Swipe down from the top for a detailed look.
  1. Once the download and installation are complete, you can tap the Open button in the Play Store listing, or tap the icon from the notification tray to open your app.
  1. The app will then be available with a finger tap on the Apps icon on the bottom of the main screen if the app icon hasn’t already shown up.
Some of the most popular free apps include Pandora, a music listening service, Skype, a video chat service for free calls with family and friends around the world, and Round Health, a medication reminder app that is simple to use and pleasing to view. By following these instructions, your new phone will become more useful, benefiting your health with wellness apps or providing a fun downtime activity with new, engaging games. With just a few apps and some exploration, your Android phone will open up a whole new world of games, resources and more! If you own an iPhone, you can find instructions here for our post on downloading apps on an iPhone!
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