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The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Apps: Part 2 – How to Browse, Compare and Obtain Apps

Click here to read Part 1 of this Ultimate Guide


From part one you should understand better about what an App actually is, what they can be used for and when they may come in useful…

In this chapter, we’ll explore where to find Apps, how to sift through them and what to look out for when you find one that looks good. We’ll clear up any concerns  about security issues when using apps, explaining how to avoid any unwanted use of your information.

Where do apps come from? We’ll show you how to add, purchase and remove them step-by-step, as well as discussing new versions of apps and what this means.

Where to find Apps

Broken down into easy to follow steps and jargon-free language

Every operating system (computer program which runs your smartphone or tablet) has it’s own market to browse, compare and acquire apps through. As we’re mainly focusing on the ‘Android’ operating system, the place to download apps is called the ‘Play Store’.

Note: Smartphones and tablet computers made by Doro, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Huawei, LG, Google and Sony are on nearly all on Android.

The ‘Play Store’ has thousands of movies, songs, books and most importantly, apps. There’s two main ways of finding the app you’re looking for, either browse the integrated categories or use the search function.

Browsing Apps

Our tips to help you find what you’re looking for

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If you’re looking for something specific like ‘torch’ or ‘weather’ apps, then searching those terms is the best method, (as shown in the image above). The Play Store will rank the results, taking various things into account e.g. user ratings, number of downloads (people adding to their device), number of uninstalls (people removing from their device) etc.

Some results will have a small yellow badge next to them titled ‘Ad’. We advise you skip these sponsored apps, as they’ve paid to be at the top of the list and aren’t there due to popularity or quality.

Browsing Apps: Categories, Charts & More

Guiding you through the world of app markets


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If you’re looking for some inspiration, maybe the latest travel or food apps, just select the ‘categories’ button (shown above) and browse the recommendations.

Once you’ve found an app of interest, touch the images to see if you like how it looks and feels, sometimes there’s videos to show you the app’s features too. Tap ‘READ MORE’ to view the app’s detailed description.

There’s plenty of different app charts, categories and collections to browse from the home page, just select the one that suits what you’re looking for best (e.g. TOP PAID).

Browsing Apps: Reviews & Comments

Help ensure it’s the best app to suit what you’re after

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Apps will have comments from users, although we recommend you take the top comments ‘with a pinch of salt’, focusing on the overall star rating (out of 5) as a better indication of quality. This is because Google often to puts the most negative comments at the top, even if the app has 4.5/5 stars.

The people who make the app (developers) have the option to respond to user’s comments, handy in seeing if there’s an explanation for problems other app users might be experiencing. Remember you can always delete the app if you’re not a fan after use, we’ll show you how to do that further on…

App Security: Staying Safe 

Luckily using apps is pretty risk-free, these tips will help you stay that way

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The first way to verify an app’s safety is if it’s in the ‘Play Store’. Google performs routine scans to ensure they don’t include any malicious programs, so if it’s on there, it’s a good indication it’s probably safe.

When installing an app, you will be informed the permissions it’s asking for. This could be access to your location, connecting to the internet or use of your phone’s camera. Now don’t panic, this might seem like a risky invasion of privacy, but apps must ask permission before accessing bits of your phone they require.

For example, if you’re installing a ‘Boot Sale’ app that lets you sell things online, it requires access to your camera so you can take pictures of the things you’re selling, it’s unlikely to randomly start taking snaps without you knowing.

The best way to ensure security is to use your common sense. For example if a torch app has a poor star rating and it’s asking to ‘Send SMS’s’ from your device, it’s probably not legitimate. Bare in mind that some free apps may ask for slightly odd permissions, (like internet access), in order to show you the occasional advert.

 Adding New Apps

So you know where to find apps and what to look out for, but how do you get them on your device?

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Adding (Installing) new apps is nice and simple on an Android device, saving you time and hassle.

Installing an App…
1) Open ‘Google Play’ store & select the app you want
2) Once you’ve decided, tap the green ‘Install’ button
NB. The install button might be a green price, this means the app isn’t free (we’ll explain more on the next page)
3) Check the permissions it’s asking for are reasonable and tap ‘Accept’

 How Much do They Cost?

Using apps is probably cheaper than you think!

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Most apps are free, especially on Android. This may seem too good to be true, but similar to watching commercial TV, you’ll get the occasional advert, (just tap a the small x on the screen to close them). Don’t panic if you loath adverts, many apps have the option to purchase the ad-free premium version for a small fee.

Buying apps can be a cost-effective way to do a variety of things, like learn the guitar, brush up on your foreign language skills or even track flights in real time… it’s up to you! (We’ll walk you through our recommendations, category by category, in later chapters of this guide).

 Updating Apps

What to look out for…

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How to update your apps…


Those who make apps often bring out new versions, normally with fresh features or to fix a ‘bug’ (problem) in their app. If there is an update available, the app will display the new features in a green banner titled ‘WHAT’S NEW’. If you’re experiencing problems with an app, the update has probably fixed them. Although it might seem like a ‘no-brainer’ to do, app updates can use up precious storage space, whilst updating them over the internet without being connected to Wi-Fi will use up your mobile data allowance, (which you only have a certain allowance of per month)…

As a result of this, we recommend you either set Google Play to not automatically update (leaving you to manually decide when to do it), or to only automatically update when you have a Wi-Fi connection, so you don’t use any unnecessary mobile data.

We’ll show you how, step by step below…
(there’s images to help you too)

1) Open the ‘Google Play’ store from your list of apps

2) Tap the menu button in the top left (three lines)

3) Scroll down the menu and select ‘Settings’

4) Tap ‘Auto-update apps’

5) Select your preference from what we’ve discussed.


Removing Existing Apps

Sometimes you’ll want out with the old and in with the new

Removing (uninstalling) apps is useful to free up storage space and keep your device running smoothly, but differs slightly depending on your device, (we’ll show you how on the most popular operating systems).

Uninstalling an App on an Android Smartphone made by Doro

1) Select ‘My apps’ then tap ‘I want to’ in the top right hand corner and select ‘Uninstall Applications’

2) Tap the red bin icon on the app you want to remove, then confirm your selection by tapping ‘OK’

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Uninstalling an App on an Android Smartphone made by Doro.


Uninstalling an App on other Android Devices
(e.g. Samsung)

1) Hold your finger on the app’s icon until you’re able to drag it around the screen

2) Drag it over the bin icon marked ‘uninstall’ then let go with your finger.

3) Confirm your selection by tapping ‘OK’



Uninstalling an App on Apple Devices (like iPads and iPhones)

Apple devices require you to hold your finger on the app icon for a few seconds (long press) until the icons wiggle continuously, then tap the small grey ‘x’ icon, and confirm to uninstall.

Which Apps Should You Get?

We’ve sifted through the thousands of apps available, selected our favourites and categorised them, so you can pick and choose the ones that suit your lifestyle.

Throughout the following chapters of this guide, we’ll go through our grouped recommendations, with app categories like ‘Food & Drink’ or ‘Travel & Adventure’ . The link below will ensure you receive them!

Click here to automatically receive the next chapters…


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Why buy a Smartphone? News & Weather Updates



As a race us humans are inquisitive by nature, most of us want to know what’s going on locally, nationally and internationally at any one time. We talk about current affairs throughout our daily lives and quiz panel television shows take a satirical spin on the previous week’s happenings, even the British weather is a staple of our nation’s conversations. It’s safe to say what’s going on in the skies and on the ground are hot topics.

With a completely globalised planet we’re now lucky enough to have access to breaking news as it happens from anywhere in the world, including pictures and video footage giving us updates on anywhere from award ceremonies to war zones. Smartphones’ ability to receive an Internet connection on the move means you can receive up to date information from your pocket or bag almost anywhere you may be.


What is it?

Newspaper on a bench

No fuss, just news and weather wherever you want it.


Free applications or (apps) for your smartphone utilise this and offer the latest news and weather reports from wherever you want. Famous news organisations like the BBC, SKY and many more all have their own free apps to give you news stories as they happen, and you can customize what you see to what you’re most interested in. For example if you lived in London and you enjoy sports and show business news, you could select these categories to be displayed on your smartphone alongside the top stories. This gives you the option to be informed on what you want to, whenever and wherever you wish.

Weather apps put the world’s up to date meteorological data at your fingertips. Free apps from the likes of The MET office and the BBC present the weather conditions and forecasts for anywhere from Tottenham to Tokyo in an easy to read and aesthetically pleasing fashion. Like the news apps, you can select a number of places that you’re interested in seeing the weather for, and make them visible on your screen every time you open the app. It can even learn your location so you don’t have to type in where you are, then simply sit back and enjoy hourly weather predictions for the next 7 days in any location.

Why do I need it?

Foggy Weather

Weather updates when you need them

No longer will your news or weather updates revolve around certain times of day or being close to a radio or television set. You can even pay a fraction of what you’d pay for your favorite daily newspaper and have a fresh copy on your smartphone every morning.

Whether the conditions of interest are where you’re going on your holidays, where your loved ones live or even just finding out if rain’s expected in your area later, having weather information there whenever required means you’re always prepared and informed no matter where you are.


How do I use it?

Just three simple steps

The only things you’ll need to access news and weather updates on the move is an internet enabled mobile phone or smartphone, and your choice of meteorological and current affairs apps.

These apps are nearly always free to download and use, and are readily available offered by everyone from the BBC to CNN, and the Met office to the Guardian. All you need to do is use the search bar at the top of the ‘Play Store’ (A giant online market for apps of all varieties), type in what you’re looking for e.g. ‘ITV news’, select it and then click the green button marked ‘install’.

The app will now be available in your smartphone alongside all your other applications, just tap it to open yourself up to a world of information. You can even use a function called a ‘widget’ to pin the updates to your home screen, this means every time you open your phone you get the latest updates at just a glance. Most news apps will also offer a service of reminders or ‘notifications’ when a breaking story happens, so you’re always the first to know.

At TechSilver, we pride ourselves on the level of guidance provided those we work with. If you buy a device from us, we’re more than happy to get you set up with news & weather apps, (or anything else you want to do with your smartphone for that matter.)

Click here to view our latest easy to use and user friendly smartphone, the Doro Liberto 825

(perfect for news and weather)

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The world at your fingertips, in an easy device