7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use

7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use

In April 2009, Android debuted as a mobile operating system and quickly gained a 3-4% market share. However, its success was unexpected, and it now dominates the market with over 86%.

7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use

Over the years, Android has evolved and improved. While it may not be the most secure operating system, it is free, making Android devices more affordable. Additionally, Android developers have introduced numerous new features. Personally, I appreciate the versatility of Android and frequently utilize these tips and tricks.

7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use

Here are seven tips and tricks to maximize your Android experience. Please note that these features are available on most devices running on Android 6.0 and above, but some features may vary on older versions.

1. Get Emergency Notifications Even on DND Mode

Do Not Disturb (DND) is a useful feature that saves you from distractions when you have an important task. However, sometimes urgent calls come in while your phone is on DND mode, causing it to ignore notifications. This means that the operating system doesn’t distinguish between what is urgent and what isn’t.

Many people are unaware that Android has a smart tool that can prioritize certain callers if enabled. Depending on the device, a timeout can be set so that if someone calls repeatedly within that timeframe, the device prompts the user for action.

7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use

Similar to repeated calls, you can choose specific contacts and a time period for the DND mode to remain active. To enable this, go to “Settings” and navigate to “Sound settings”. Select the “DND” or “Do Not Disturb” tab and choose the setting suitable for you. Different devices might have different settings but the rest will remain the same.

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By default, Android creates a shortcut of your newly installed application on the home screen. However, Android has a feature in the Play Store that can prevent the device from making app shortcuts on the home screen. Once any new application is installed, it will stay in the app drawer and you’re free to make any shortcut later on. To enable this feature, go to Google Play Store, locate the options key marked by the 3-horizontal lines or the ‘burger icon’ and navigate to Settings from the menu. Then, toggle the Add icon to Home Screen option on the following screen.

3. Always-on GPS with Minimal Battery Consumption

Global Positioning System (GPS) has evolved significantly, offering various features such as location tracking and route guidance. However, due to the increasing size of navigation systems and the decreasing size of batteries, it is challenging to maintain GPS functionality while conserving battery life.

7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use

There’s a quick fix that allows you to switch to battery saving mode and keep the GPS on. To enable this, go to Location settings and select Battery saving mode. In this mode, the device stops actively searching for satellites and instead relies on cell tower triangulation to approximate its position based on nearby cellular towers. While not as accurate as satellite-based GPS, this method consumes much less power and helps preserve your battery.

E-book readers and reading apps on Android devices have different screen types that affect eye strain. E-ink displays on e-book readers are easier on the eyes compared to LED screens used by reading apps. However, there is a hidden setting that can alleviate this issue.

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Before enabling this setting, you must enable developer mode. Go to Settings and navigate to About phone/device. Find the Baseband version tab and tap it repeatedly until you see the prompt “You are a Developer Now.”

Now that you are a developer, exit the About device tab and find the Developer options tab. Scroll down and locate the Simulate Colour Space option. Enable it and choose the Monochromacy option. You will notice a suppression in color reproduction on the display.

Personally, I prefer reading in this mode rather than full-color mode.

5. USB Connection Preference

Isn’t it annoying when your device repeatedly prompts you for the USB connection type every time it’s connected to a computer or notebook? If so, you can permanently or at least long-term select a connection type to avoid these prompts.

To do this, go to Settings and find the Developer options tab. From there, go to Select USB Configuration and choose among different options. If you regularly transfer files between your computer and mobile phone, select MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) for seamless transfers without repeated prompts.

Why would anyone want to unlock devices automatically and how does it affect security? Fear not! Android has a smart feature that allows the device to automatically unlock itself when it identifies a familiar location.

7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use

Your home, office, or any chosen place can be the location. When the device moves away from that location, it returns to manual unlock mode. This feature also applies to Bluetooth devices. For example, if you’re listening to music and want to keep your device unlocked, add your Bluetooth speaker as a trusted device. Your phone won’t lock until you’re connected to that Bluetooth device.

7 Handy Android Tips And Tricks That You Must Use

To enable this, go to the Lock screen and password tab, select Unlock with Bluetooth device, and choose your device.

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If you don’t like killing apps as soon as you exit them, there’s another way to speed up your device without losing the work you’re doing. Limit the number of apps that can remain open in the background and your device will keep hardware usage in check.

Open “Settings,” go to “About device,” and find “Developer options.” Scroll down to “Background Process Limit” and enable it. Choose the desired number of processes to run in the background. This setting will automatically close apps when you exit them, as long as they exceed the device’s limit. Return to the default option when necessary. This may pose a problem if you use multiple apps simultaneously.

My Take

I have been using these tips regularly and they have all worked seamlessly. With Android getting smarter with each update, I believe more such handy options will emerge to enhance our Android experience. Until then, have fun using these tips and tricks. Let us know which one you have found most useful.

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