Android, with over 3 billion active and loyal users to its credit, is fast becoming an indispensible system for one and all. Though you may not be aware of the same, there are many kinds of interesting things that your Android can do. I have put together some useful top tips and tricks that will make you enjoy your phone and/ or tablet all the more!
Instead of having hundreds of colourful apps littering your home screen panels (which really looks horrible!), do take out some time and organize them in separate folders for easier accessibility and viewing. To group your apps into neat looking folders, all you need to do is little long press on a selected app and drop it on another. You will then be allowed to make a folder that can be renamed as per your wishes. You may choose to customize these folders to make them look attractive, drag and drop other icons and lot more.
There are a host of antivirus programmes available on the marketplace (and in this context, the word ‘marketplace’ refers to the Google Play Store), which hosts a plethora of apps and software. They go a long way in making your device as foolproof as possible. So, if you are looking towards 100 percent performance, error free play time and hours of fun on your Android, Go ahead and install an antivirus at the earliest.
Fortunately, with an Android device, you have the option to adjust a few settings to ensure that the battery life of your device is lengthened by a sizable percentage. Tricks like adjusting the screen brightness, switching off data plan when not required and disabling the inactive apps when unused; go a long way in preserving your phone’s battery and extending its battery life by a factor of hours. There are many battery saving apps available on Google Play Store that will automate your settings and save your battery.
If you do not have the Swipe Gesture pre-installed then you may like to download the same for free from your favourite Google Play Store; download the popular Google Keyboard or resort to a third-party alternative like Swift Key. Here, you can swipe around the keyboard to get each and every letter that you need without losing any contact with the phone’s touch screen.
Google Now raided the world of Android users after the launch of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean—and in a big way indeed! Typically, an intelligent digital assistant which forms an integral part of the Google Search app, it helps you get access to a cards based interface/ notifications and offers helpful information on topics such as weather, travel and hospitality, sports scores and much more. An easy and quick way of doing all this is by swiping up from the lower side of the screen—well, you may not have the icon if you have not yet opted for the service. Go for it!
There are various tips to monitor data on Android phones. Go to Settings and then access the item ‘data usage’. Here, you may like to set your billing cycle, data limits and get alerts accordingly. This keeps a track on how much data is being used, which you can control henceforth. With the “Restrict Background Services” in the ‘Settings’ option, the gadget is forced to do updates over Wi-Fi instead of cellular, thus saving your data to a large extent too.
The benefits offered by the Android platform are aplenty and equip you with the ability of adding more than one Google (or Google-based) account. All you need to do is go through your device settings and ‘Add A New Account’ – this will enable you to set up multiple accounts on a single device; and Thereby enables you to build an entire platform on your mobile device–be it messaging, emails or any other form of consolidated communication that would be available to you on the Google platform.
Fortunately, on an Android platform, a user can do away with the autocorrect function in order to type and communicate the way they want and in line with the specific need of the audiences that they have in mind. All that they need to do is go to ‘Settings’, choose ‘Language & Input’, tap on the icon for “Settings” and turn Autocorrect off.
Want personalised voice recognition? Go to the “Language and input” section where you should find “voice search”. The “Personalized recognition” setting is a toggle that activates the learning process. Now, you alone can command your phone to do the task you ask it to do and no one else can take benefit of this feature from your phone.
At times, animations slow down your phone, but the good news is that they can be easily disabled to make your phone run smoother. Go to ‘Settings’ or ‘About Device’ and access ‘Developer Options’.
Implement these tips and tricks for a better android experience!