“I use my phone for everything now – the internet, listening to music, storing photos and even as a sat nav.  It’s hard to believe that phones used to be just for making calls.”

The word "smartphone" is now bandied about so freely that it can feel too late to ask the basic questions. What is a smartphone, what can it do and how do you work one? Our guides provide clear, intelligible answers, along with step-by-step guides to choosing the right smartphone for you and getting the most out of it.

What is Android?

A guide to the key benefits and features of this operating system for smartphones.

What is a smartphone?

Mobile phones with extra functions like cameras, email and web browsers.

What is an iPhone?

The low-down on Apple’s ever-popular mobile handset.

How to choose a smartphone

Help choosing between iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android handsets.

How to make an iPhone call

An easy step-by-step guide to making a call on the Apple iPhone.

Best ... smartphones for older users

A comparison of iPhones and BlackBerrys with older users in mind.

What is iMessage?

iMessage is Apple’s app that operates like a cross between traditional text messages and more modern instant messaging software like Google Chat.

How to set email up on an iPhone

So you’ve bought a brand new iPhone and want to connect your email account?

What is BlackBerry?

Get the lowdown on these popular smartphones.

Sut mae defnyddio nodiadau atgoffa ar iPhone

Mae’r canllaw hwn ar gyfer yr iPhone 4S neu’r iPhone 4, ond mae’r un egwyddor yn berthnasol i ddefnyddwyr yr iPhone 5 newydd hefyd.

Top tips for taking your mobile abroad

How to make sure you can use your mobile if you need to, without getting charged the Earth!

Broken iPhone screen: repair options

Argh! What to do if you've broken your precious iPhone screen!

How to download an iPhone app

A smartphone is only as useful as the apps on it, find out how to download apps for your Apple iPhone.

What is an in-app purchase?

You may have heard about people running up big bills by buying credits or paying for items within a smartphone game. Here is everything you need to…

Android or iPhone?

When it comes to choosing a smartphone the most popular options are Android handsets and Apple’s iPhone range. We compare them side by side.

How to edit a photo on an iPhone

You've taken a great pic on your iPhone except, what's that? A finger in the corner? Learn how to make simple edits to your images.

How to download an Android app

If you have an Android tablet or smartphone, find out how to download apps for it.

How to sync an Android phone to a computer

Synching your Android smartphone to your computer will make it easier to move files like photos between them, find out how to do this.

10 top tips for smartphone security

Smartphones can have internet banking apps, personal emails and private addresses - so it's worth thinking about how to keep all that information…

How to watch TV on an Android phone

Thanks to great screen definition and faster mobile internet, you can now watch television content on your Android smartphone. Our guide shows you…

What is Kik messenger?

Find out about this free instant messaging app for smartphones and devices,

What is WhatsApp?

Found out about this free instant messaging app owned by Facebook.

What is Apple Pay?

Find out more about this handy digital wallet service from Apple.

How to take and edit photos on an Android phone

With your Android phone it's easy to take and edit high-quality pictures — here's how

How to connect to wifi on a Windows phone

Using your Windows phone to get online via wifi is just a few clicks away

How to set up email on a Windows 10 phone

Setting up email on your Windows phone is just a few clicks away

How to download apps on a Windows phone

A quick overview on how to download apps on a Windows 10 phone

How to set up email on an Android phone

Accessing your emails quickly via your Android phone is just a few clicks away

How to connect to wifi on an Android phone

Get online via your Android phone in just a few simple steps

How to connect to wifi on an iPhone

Get your iPhone connected to the internet via wifi in just a few simple steps

The best video calling apps for Android phones

Video calling takes phone calls to the next level, by allowing you to see the person you’re calling as well as hear them.

How to use WhatsApp on your smartphone

WhatsApp is a popular smartphone messaging service that allows you to connect with other WhatsApp users to

How to install WhatsApp on your smartphone

WhatsApp is a popular smartphone messaging service that allows you to connect with other W

How to install email on your iPhone or iPad

Having email on your iPhone and iPad is very convenient if you want to be able to check your email at any time.

How to install email on your Android smartphone

Having email on your phone makes it very easy to stay connected when you’re on the go.

How to use FaceTime on iPhone and iPad

FaceTime is an Apple service that allows you to make video and audio calls