Getting the most from your Smartphone

Your Smartphone can be overwhelming, let’s focus on practical, simple and fun
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Instructed by Tom Lahey IT & Software / Other
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

During this Intro to Smartphones video training course, you will learn key overviews of smartphones and their key features. We will cover a number of basic safety related issues as well as some practical examples of contacts, backup and remote access. As a lot of things are changing and we cover some newer features such as 2-step verification. We will also cover some often overlooked features such as placing a web shortcut on your phone.

The overview includes Android, iPhone, Windows and Mac's and how both the Google and Apple eco-systems work to make life easier.

It's not all about practical tips, as we cover a few fun and interesting topics, including how to get a better night's sleep by changing the settings on your phone. As I have often heard the phrase there's an app for everyone, we end with a list, of fun, cool and practical apps.

This is a great overview for anyone and should leave you knowing some of the great possibilities on your phone. This should prepare you for taking a deeper dive into some of the more detailed and complex features and apps. Stay on the lookout for some additional smartphone courses coming soon.

The course is structured with videos on each topic and a copy of the material with useful links for each topic. You should complete the entire course and then go back to any section you found useful or interesting and download the material. A complete copy of the presentation is also provided for your reference.

This course includes a quiz and certificate of completion.

This course was made in high-definition and is best viewed with the DH setting on and with the videos enlarged. Feedback is a critical part of an online course. Once you have completed the course, providing comments helps improve the course and benefits everyone!

What are the requirements?

  • This is a basic course, there is nothing you need to know and no required materials before you start the course. However most sections have a slide or materials that enhances the topic, please feel free to review or download as needed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • • Some great tips on how to stay safe and protect your phone and account
  • • An overview of some of the more technical and cool things you can do such as remote access
  • • Hard copies on all topics, many with additional links for reference
  • • Some fun and cool examples of emerging technologies.
  • • An awesome list of apps for your phone that contains something for everyone.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who owns an Android or Apple Smartphone or is considering buying one. Yes even I know a few people with talk and text only phones.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Intro
Section 2: Have Fun, but be safe
Have Fun
Find your lost phone
Use 2-Step Verification
Check your login history
Don't trust unknown WiFi
Section 3: Stay with the standards
Don't Root or Jailbreak
Buy Apps from official stores
Section 4: Backup you phone and its data
Don't use your phone's contact Mgr
Backup your phone
Section 5: Break and some more fun
Section 6: Apple vs Android; issues and common ground
Apple Android messaging issues
Use Chrome as a browser
Use Google Apps
Google Drive
Section 7: The Need for Speed, how to sleep better & more
The need for speed
Sleep Better
Connecting devices
Music over Bluetooth & WiFi
Section 8: So many Apps, Recap and End
So many Apps
1 question


1 question
1 question

How to handle a lost phone

1 question

How many apps to you install on a phone before your considered crazy?

Section 9: Slides for all topics
Copy of all slides are here
21 pages

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Instructor Biography

Tom Lahey, Business Analyst, Trainer, Author

I have over 20 years’ experience in the Technology area. My degree is in business so I have a solid business foundation first. I have spent my life on the practical application of technology. Even when managing servers across a large data center and Amazon’s cloud services, it was training people and making practical sense of all that technology that most inspired me.

I have lived in the bay area for over 30 years and raised 3 wonderful children. When they were young, all my spare time was full of parks, beaches, camping and more. I still love all those places, but I have a passion for both learning and teaching that is my driving focus today.

I have worked for many large corporations, PG&E, Pacific Bell (when it was still called that), Nabisco and Kaiser and used a significant variety of software and applications over the years.

I have experience in Microsoft Office including Visio, Project, OneNote, Microsoft Management Studio, Oracle SQL developer, Amazon’s Web Services, Database Management, and a truly large list of corporate software including analytics’ packages. I also have experience in Google docs and drive, Microsoft’s Online Office including new features such as Sway, Apples iCloud, OpenOffice and a significant list of online applications. I own and use many pieces of technology including (Win7&8, desktops, laptops, Chromebook, Mac, Android Galaxy phone, iPhone, Kindle, several Android tablets, several Roku devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, several other casting devices, more Galaxy accessories that I can count, Hue lights, and other assorted technology). I also have installed over 1,200 apps on my Galaxy phone, tab S tablet, and iPhone.

I have published two books (working on a third), one on search and one on creating a whole new language for numbers and analytics called Hacking Numbers. They can both be found on Amazon. I have a YouTube channel devoted exclusively to finding quality content on Science, Technology and News (bestscitechnews Channel) I am active on Google forums and have answered countless posts, still under 10,000, but getting close.

I have always struggled to understand why everything has to be so complicated. I enjoy taking complex things and trying to make them simple for everyone (myself included). I love to teach and show others a path through all this technology

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