Smartphones are an indispensable part of our daily lives. Anyone who uses a smartphone knows that it’s so much more than a phone. Besides the usual calling and texting, they are our virtual servants, helping us order food, buy clothes, capture memories, learn new skills, and even stalk (I mean “research”) past friends and romantic interests.
Even though we use them almost every waking minute of the day, there are still lots of tips we can learn to really get the most out of them.
Here are 7 simple tricks that might help you operate your Android smartphone better.
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7. Save Your Battery By Changing The Wallpaper
The easiest way to save your battery is by changing your wallpaper. Your phone screen consumes the most of the battery. By using dark or wallpaper for your phone screen’s pixel highlighter will automatically turn off, making your device run longer than usual. This feature isn’t available on older devices but the latest Samsung smartphones and tablets have this feature built-in.
6. Let Android Read Articles For You
If you prefer to listen to information rather than reading it, Android devices can help. Open Settings, go to Accessibility and turn ON the ‘Text-to-Speech’ option. Now, just load an article from your favorite magazine or newspaper and let your smartphone read them out for you.
5. Control Your Device Remotely
Nobody ever wants to lose their phone. But if you do, Android smartphones come with a security option where you can Remotely Locate the device, Erase Data or Lock the device if you lose it accidentally through this website. To activate this feature, open Settings > then Security > Device Administrators and check the option beside Android Device Manager.
4. Special Phone Mode For Guests
Keep your information safe when you hand over your phone to another person. By enabling the ‘Guest Mode’, you can choose certain actions before handing over your phone. Just swipe down with two fingers and touch the user icon located on the upper right corner. You will be given the option to enable Guest Mode.
3. Magnification For People With Poor Eyesight
Did you know that people with poor eyesight can now easily navigate Android smartphones by enabling Magnification? Go to Settings > then Accessibility > enable Magnification Gestures. Now you will be able to zoom any part of your screen just by tapping it.
2. Hotspot Mode For Sharing Internet
If you need to use the internet on multiple devices, you don’t need separate 3G modems or different wireless routers. Your Android has a handy feature by which you can share your smartphone internet with all your devices. Enable ‘Hotspot Mode’ by first going to Settings > then to Tethering and Portable Hotspot > and turning on Portable WLAN Hotspot.
1. Secret Fun Game
Android Developers included a secret game as a present when they released Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Since then every Android version has a hidden game that everyone can enjoy. Go to Settings > choose About phone/tablet > Quickly Tap the Android Version several times. When a Gingerbread or (Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow or Nougat) icon appears, tap it again to open the mini-game.
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