32 essential Android tips and tricks

Several weeks ago, we highlighted 40 useful iPhone tricks everyone should know. We got such good feedback from that feature that we wanted to share the love with Android users – who, after all, make up the largest proportion of the smart phone community.

11. Load Flash content on demand

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    Loading plug-ins on demand keeps your phone from automatically downloading Flash content.
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One of the great things about having an Android phone is that you can view Flash content, including videos, that the iPhone can't render (at least, not right in the browser). But if all that rich web content is slowing down your browsing – or you're bumping against the limit on a metered data plan – you might not want to load all the Flash content on a page automatically. No problem.

On the Settings page of the stock Android browser, tap “Advanced.” On the next page, change “Enable plug-ins” from “Always” to “On demand” and restart the browser. Now when you get to a Flash video on a page, you’ll see an arrow icon where the content would be. Tap it to load that bit of Flash. Simple as that.

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