Hidden tricks you didn’t know your Android phone could do:
Android is the open system user friendly operating system that is maintained by Google Inc. since 2005. In the current world this operating system has a great priority. The Android and IOS debate continues to rumble on. But it is sure that that Android is more customized and flexible than IOS.
In this year Google IO, Google has introduced the latest version of Android, that is Android P. This version comes with lots of awesome features. Before get started we have tested the tricks on Android 7.0 Nougat.
- 1 1. Activate one-handed mode:
- 2 2. Disable the lock screen at home:
- 3 3. Cast your Android Smart Phone’s screen:
- 4 4. Change the Animation Scales:
- 5 5. Screen Pinning:
- 6 6. Secret Game:
- 7 7. Priority Mode:
- 8 8. Manage App Notifications:
- 9 9. Change volume settings independently:
- 10 10. Tweak the status bar:
1. Activate one-handed mode:
As today’s phones continue to grow in size, they become harder and harder to operate one-handed. So Google’s custom keyboard, which is the default option on certain Android phones, has a solution: A special one-handed mode that you can switch to with a simple shortcut. If you own a Pixel or Nexus device, this keyboard will be your default typing option. If you’re on other smart phone, you’ll have to first download Google’s version and set it as your default keyboard
2. Disable the lock screen at home:
To keep your device safe, you need to set up a PIN code or a fingerprint scan to unlock your phone. But this makes it more inconvenient to access your apps. Google’s Smart Lock feature lets you remove this obstacle, giving you instant access—but only when you’re safely at home.
From Settings, tap Security and then Smart Lock. As well as disabling the lock screen when you’re at home (that’s the trusted places option), you can also disable the screen when your phone’s Bluetooth is connected to a trusted device, such as your car stereo unit.
3. Cast your Android Smart Phone’s screen:
For a number of years, you’ve been able to broadcast your Android phone or tablet’s display to the larger screen of a television using a Chrome cast. In addition to beaming video from all the usual movie and TV apps, this streaming device can mirror your phone. Take advantage of a mirroring shortcut in the Quick Settings pane, which you access by dragging down from the top of the screen with two fingers. You should find a Cast option in this menu.
If it doesn’t show up, there’s another way to set up mirroring. First, check to make sure you’ve installed the Google Home app for Android. You probably already used this program to set up your Chrome cast. Open the app, tap Cast screen/audio from its menu, and then choose your Chrome cast. Your device’s display should appear on the big screen.
4. Change the Animation Scales:
For the most part, the latest Android phones already feel very snappy. However, after Google Nexus 5X only shipped with 2GB of RAM, some users were left feeling a bit underwhelmed by Google’s hugely popular product line.
One solution is to change your phone’s Window animation scale, Transition animation scale and Animator duration scale from 1x to 0.5x. Granted, it won’t actually make your phone faster, but it will make it faster.
Go to Settings > Developer options and scroll about two thirds of the way down the list to find the necessary options
Note: [you’ll need to have first enabled Developer Mode]
5. Screen Pinning:
If you have kids using your phone regularly, this is a great way to make sure they don’t accident run up huge bills or set their eyes on content that is age-inappropriate.
Firstly, you’ll need to enable the feature (oddly, it is turned off by default). Do that by going to Settings > Security and scrolling down to Screen pinning.
To pin a screen, open the app, press the Overview button (the square) and then the pin icon.
Note: [You can choose to PIN-protect the pinned screen, if you so wish]
6. Secret Game:
Beside the all features Android has also introduced some fun/leisure activities. Android floppy bird game is on of theme.
Go to Settings > About phone and tap the device’s version number several times. Eventually you’ll be presented with an on-screen lollipop or marshmallow depending on your operating system. Continue to rapidly tap the center of it and the game will launch.
7. Priority Mode:
Priority mode is probably one of the most underrated and underused features on the entire operating system.
it allows you to put your phone into quiet mode, but still allow some “noises” to get through. This could be calls, texts, or WhatsApps from specific contacts, notifications from certain apps, or important alerts such as alarms.
To set it up, go to Settings > Sound & Notification > Do not disturb, then select the options that you require.
Note: [It can be quickly toggled on and off from the Quick Settings menu]
8. Manage App Notifications:
Long-press the app you can see an information icon. Press it, and you’ll be presented with the notification settings for the app.
You can do things like block all its notifications, allow it to override priority mode, and make it hide private information.
9. Change volume settings independently:
Your device plays several different types of audio—including ring tones, notifications, alarms, phone calls, and media. If you’ve ever gone to the Settings menu, opened Sounds, and tapped Volume, you’ll have seen that you can use individual sliders to adjust these audio types individually.
However, Android gives you a quick-and-easy shortcut. Tap the physical volume buttons on the side of your device to make whatever currently playing softer or louder. When you do, a small box will pop up on the screen, showing which volume setting is changing and how. On the side of that box, you should see a small arrow. Tap it, and the box will expand to show multiple volume sliders at once. This can save you a trip to Settings.
10. Tweak the status bar:
The status bar is a thin strip at the top of the screen display that shows you notifications, your phone’s current signal strength, and battery life, among other icons. Thanks to a hidden settings menu called System UI Turner, you can select exactly which icons will appear in the status bar, and tweak extra settings for Do Not Disturb mode and notifications. However, this menu only became available in recent versions of Android, so older phones may not allow you to use it.
To enable it, swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers to show the Quick Settings pane. Locate the settings gear icon in the top right, then press and hold it for a few seconds. If you see a confirmation message, that means you’ve successfully enabled Settings UI. When you go to the Settings menu, you should see a new menu entry called “System UI Tuner.” Tap on this new entry, then choose Status bar to control which icons— from Bluetooth mode to battery levels—will show up in the status bar.