Friday, December 4, 2015

Top 9 hidden Android tips and tricks you must know today!

I would like to share with you some really useful tips I learned along the way that proved to be invaluable in my Android life! Some tricks are hidden, some are in front of you but you never bothered to use, either way read this short but very helpful list on some of the best Android tips and tricks you might need.


1. Quickly access notification settings

Tap and hold on a notification in the drop down notification bar. This will show you a Setting icon next to the notification: Tap on the icon to open up the Notification settings of that particular app. There you can adjust them or turn them off completely.

2. Disable App Notifications

Apart from being annoying for most of us, app notifications also drain your Android’s battery. If you want to turn them off, and you are on Jelly Bean 4.1 and above, here’s how:
    - On any of your unwanted notifications in your notification bar, long press on the notification for a message box to appear.
    - Tap on App Info > Untick Show Notifications > OK.

3. Find a silent/vibrate phone

Have you misplaced or lost your Android phone with the ringer switched off? well how can you find it while it is, let's say, on vibrate mode?

Silent phones can be tricky to find, even calling it from another number might not help. The simple way out is to head to android.com/devicemanager and login with the same Google ID as the phone.

Here, you can view the location of your phone and send a signal to ring loudly -even with the ringer off.

4. Stop automatic shortcuts

To stop shortcuts being created on the home screen for each newly installed app, open the Play Store, tap on the three bars on the top left and open Settings.

Here, you will see an option called 'Add icon to Home Screen' - simply uncheck the box to disable automatic shortcut placement.

5. Disable automatic App Updates

Prefer to read through app permissions and manually pick which app updates to adopt? You can, but first you need to disable your automatic app updates. Here are the steps:
   - Open Play Store and head over to Settings.
   - Tap on Auto-update apps.
   - Choose Do not auto-update apps.

6. High contrast text

Reading text on a smartphone screen can be be difficult for people with vision problems. The easiest way to solve this issue is by enabling high contrast text from Settings > Accessibility. Once enabled, you can instantly see the text appear crisper and easy to read.

7. Smart lock

For security reasons, everyone should set up a lockscreen password on their smartphone. But it gets tedious to enter it each time. With the smart lock function, you can have the phone unlocked when its safe with you in your home. Go to security > smart Lock and add your home location to trusted places. You can also add a Bluetooth device (like a speaker or trusted device).

Once you do this, your phone will not ask for a lock password when it detects that you are at home or if you are connected to one of the trusted devices.

8. Custom reject sms

Go to Settings > Phone or open up the dialer and access the phone settings. In the menu, you will see a Reject with SMS option.

In this setting, you can remove or edit any or all of the pre-set messages to be sent when you reject an incoming call.

9. Increase interface speed

Head to settings > About Phone and tap 7 times on the `Build Number' menu. This will enable Developer Options in settings. Here, scroll down to settings for Window and Transition Animation scale.

By default, the value of animation is set to 1x. Reduce it to 0.5x to improve the speed. You can also turn the animations off to further improve the speed.

We hope you enjoyed the article and if you have any interesting tricks you think might help other Android users or we might add please do comment!

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