If anything else is growing along with your age then it is definitely Android! It has been more than a decade since Android first made its appearance in the global market of mobile phones. And it has only witnessed development sticking to its aim of making lives easier.
It can be said that Android knows no color, caste, creed, gender, or anything else, it is for everyone! In order to make the most of your Android, you should get familiar with its horizons. This is why we are giving you the best, unusual, and astonishing tricks, tips, and hacks that will take you by storm. So, without wasting any time, let’s get started!
Set a VPN
If you are tired of deleting your browsing history or if you do not want to install additional apps to surf in the ‘incognito mode’, then you can easily set up a VPN or Virtual Private Network on your Android.
Follow these steps to configure a VPN
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- Choose ‘Wireless and Networks’.
- Select ‘More Settings’.
- Tap on ‘VPN or Settings’.
- Further tap on ‘Wi-Fi and Networks’.
- Select VPN settings and click on ‘Add VPN’.
Once this is done, fill the required details like the account name and server address, etc. and you are done. It is that simple.
Turn on the Guest Mode
The next time your sibling asks you to handle your smartphone to them, do not think twice. Yes, use Guest Mode and limit the accessibility of others on your phone. Choose the data you wish to display to others. Follow the steps to turn on the Guest Mode.
- Select the user icon(globe-shaped) from the drop-down status bar.
- You will see some icons over there, select the icon that is denoted by ‘Guest’.
- Next, you will be asked if you wish to continue or start over.
- Choose anything as per your requirement.
And you’re done! You can hide apps, set up a customizable profile for your parents or siblings or friends in which you keep only specific apps, rest everything else will be hidden. And the best part about using this is that you can easily toggle between this mode and the normal mode using a password.
Increase Google Accounts’ spectrum
Some of you may be using a number of google accounts for various reasons. You cannot have individual smartphones for each of the accounts. Android gives you the opportunity to use multiple accounts on a single device. The steps are given below.
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- Choose ‘Add Account’.
- Select ‘Google” and set up your account.
- Select the services you want to synchronize with your Google account.
And you’re done. In case if you wish to add more accounts, you can repeat these steps.
No internet connection, No Maps- Not Anymore!
Gone are those days when navigating on Google Maps through the internet was the only option available. Now, you can download the maps for a specific radius that you frequently require and can easily use them without any internet or Wi-Fi connection. Follow the steps given below.
- Go to ‘Google Maps’.
- Type your destination/location and wait till the app fetches it for you.
- Go to ‘Options’.
- Select ‘Offline Areas’.
- Click on it and start downloading.
Monitor your heart rate with the camera
You need not to buy any heartbeat tracker or any other gadget because you can do the same using your phone’s camera and LED flashlight. You just need to install an app for this and with the placement of your finger on the flashlight, the app will analyze your heart rate.
However, this method may not be highly accurate but a fine level of accuracy can be expected from it. Some of the apps are Heart Rate Monitor, Heart Rate Plus, and, Instant Heart Rate app. There are ample of such apps on the Google Play Store. You can choose to use any.
Missed out an important notification? Get it back!
Sometimes, in a hurry, we tend to wipe away all the notifications from the notification bar including the important ones. To get them back, you can follow a trick. Press and hold your home screen for long and wait till the screen adjustment mode pops up.
Select ‘Widgets’ from here. You shall see a shortcut for settings. Drag it anywhere on the home screen. A popup list will follow it. The list will have important shortcuts like app info, devices, battery, etc. Choose ‘Notification Log’ from it. This will fetch you all the previous notifications.
Disable pre-installed apps
The bloatware or the pre-installed apps are really hard to get rid of when it comes to free up some space on the Android. They use a lot of space on your phone forbidding you to save media or content of your choice. Also, getting rid of them is not easy.
Uninstalling them is not the correct solution as these may find a home on your phone with their traces. Some of the android cleaner apps can easily remove them but some cannot. To manually wipe them off your phone, you can follow these steps.
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- Choose ‘Application Manager’.
- Choose the bloatware or the pre-installed app that you wish to remove.
- You will land onto an info page.
- Look for the ‘DISABLE’ button on this info page.
- Clear its traces in the form of cache and data.
The pre-installed app or the bloatware will be gone with its traces. This means your smartphone will be free of the app as well as its residual data.
Backup important data
Deleted those vacation pictures by mistake? Well, you need not to be sad, you can be safe in such a scenario, the next time if you follow this Millenial trick! The trick utilizes a built-in backup option.
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- Choose ‘System’.
- In there, you will find ‘Backup’. Tap on it.
- Connect your google account to it if it is not already connected.
- Turn on the toggle ‘Back up to Google Drive’.
- Click on ‘Back up now’.
This method can save all of your data and you can access it whenever you wish to.
Choose your own volume level for different apps
Do you constantly get irritated by the sound made by the notifications of different apps? If yes, then you can customize the volume level for each of the alarm, ringtone, and media apps depending on your requirements and preferences. This is how you should manage it all.
- Hold and press the volume button.
- At the same time, open your drop-down notification panel.
- You shall see three options there: Media, Ring, and Alarm.
- Hold and adjust the volume level as per your will.
Activate Glide Typing (Gesture Typing)
If it is taking part in an argument or it is an official document, your fingers suffer the most while typing the words. Why do hard work when you can work smartly? You can choose to give rest to your fingers.
- Go to ‘Settings’. Choose ‘System’.
- Tap on ‘Languages & Input’.
- You shall see Keyboards & inputs there.
- Choose ‘Virtual Keyboard’.
- Next, tap on Gboard. In there, you will see ‘Glide Typing’.
- Select the options you wish to enable using toggle keys.
This way, you need not hit your finger on each alphabet to construct a word. Just glide your fingers on the letters to make a word, lift your finger only when you want to write a new word. It is that innovative!
Make fingerprint scanner more effective
Sometimes, the device is unable to detect your fingerprint because it records your finger pattern in a specific position unlike in iPhone where the fingerprint is recorded in multiple positions. You can make it more effective by adding your fingerprint in different positions.
- Go to ‘Settings’. Choose ‘Security and Location’.
- You shall see ‘Fingerprint’. Tap on it.
- Enter the required passcode.
- Tap on ‘Add Fingerprint’.
- Now, place your finger in different positions and at different angles, tilting it towards left and right.
- Repeat the process if needed.
Now, the next time you place your finger in any random position, your fingerprint scanner should allow your access.
Operate your mobile in the Desktop view
If you wish to view a specific website in the Desktop view, then your Android gives you permission to do so.
- Open the internet browser that you use.
- Enter the address you wish to visit.
- You will land on the website in the mobile view.
- Tap on the ‘settings’ of the browser.
- You will see an option of ‘Desktop site’.
- Tap on it.
And there you will land in the Desktop view of the website. Moreover, if you wish to switch from the Desktop view to the mobile view, you can repeat these steps.
Find out what is consuming the majority of your mobile data and battery
Battery and mobile data have been two important things that one wishes to consume very wisely. But still, generally, we end up scratching our heads thinking where did the battery and mobile data go!
Well, android provides you certain options with which you can keep a track of the usage of your mobile data as well as battery consumption. Also, there are some of the android cleaner apps that can fetch you the same information.
For mobile data
- Go to ‘Settings’. Select ‘Network & Internet’.
- Choose ‘Data Usage’.
- You shall see a detailed graphical representation of the data consumed.
For battery consumption
- Go to ‘Settings’. Select ‘Battery’.
- You shall see the details of what is consuming your battery and how much.
Small hands, large screen, typing problems? Not anymore!
The smartphones these days are coming in widescreen sizes to increase user experience. But this widescreen has its own merits and demerits. One of the disadvantages of having a widescreen is the difficulty of typing with a single hand, especially if your hands are small. In this case, you can squeeze the size of your keyboard and prepare your smartphone for single-hand typing.
- Open Google Keyboard/Gboard(refer to point no. 10)
- On this keyboard, you will see the enter/return key in the bottom right corner of the keyboard.
- Long press this key. A small icon in hand shape will float on the screen. Click on it.
- The keyboard will contract to the right side.
If you wish to get back the original size of the keyboard, just hit the full-screen button(which is similar to the one we see on YouTube).
Beautify your phone
Android comes with options for making your phone look really beautiful and innovative with attractive themes. If you do not like the default interface, you can choose to adopt this method. This way you can completely change the UI of your phone and it will make you cuddle your smartphone. An instant smile and joy come to my face when I launch a beautiful theme on my phone.
For this, you can download any third-party apps that aim to launch different themes on your smartphone. Such apps are readily available on the Google Play Store. Some of the apps are Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, Lollipop Launcher, etc. Once downloaded, follow the steps to complete the process.
- Open ‘Settings’. Select ‘Apps & Notifications’.
- Tap on ‘Default Apps’ and choose the ‘Home app’.
- Select the launcher.
You will see a new theme on your phone.
Get the latest Android updates
Now, you need not to wait till the time your handset manufacturer releases the latest Android updates. You can get them right after it gets released. For this, you just need to root your Android. Rooting it will keep you up with the latest updates as soon as they are released by the developers.
Use your iPhone with Android OS
This trick is really astonishing for the tech freaks who are in search of something new and unusual. For this, you just need an old iPhone 2G/3G or any other. Jailbreak the iPhone using software like PwnageTool or Redsn0w or any other.
Then install Android OS on it. This will get some of the Android apps that you can easily use on the iPhone. Moreover, you can try to install other Android apps, especially the ones that have minimum chances of operating well on iOS.
Block interrupting ads
Most of us prefer to use free versions of the apps on our Android smartphones. For these apps, we need not to pay anything but using these apps comes with the price of a different kind. To use the app, we must bear with the frequent ads. It is not as feasible as it may sound because these ads are really interfering and annoying.
To get rid of the ads you can choose to buy the premium apps or you can follow a trick. The trick works really well if you are searching for a way to block these ads. For this, you just need to root your Android and once you are done with it, you can choose to install Adfree apps which will never display interrupting ads on your device.
The fraternity of smartphones is ever-evolving into fantastic and innovative solutions for users worldwide. One such feature is the use of gestures. The latest smartphones come with different techniques that let you do certain operations with the help of gestures. But this feature completely depends on the device that you are using.
Different manufacturers choose different ways. For instance, in some of the smartphones, you can capture a picture by waving your hand. Samsung was the first one to introduce this feature. Similarly, Huawei has a Knuckle gesture which takes a screenshot the moment you knock the screen twice. Alternatively, you can choose to download some third-party apps to support such functioning.
Customize LED lights
This feature was initially available on BlackBerry phones. But now, as Android is the most widely used and loved software, you can definitely expect this feature on your phone. For this, there are numerous apps available on the Google Play store that you can install and use to customize the LED colors on your smartphone. Some of those apps are Light Flow Legacy and LED Me Know.
Disable annoying notifications
Some of the apps are really frustrating when it comes to sending notifications. Every time you pick your phone, there are so many notifications to spoil your mood. Not only this, these useless notifications clutter up the notification bar, sometimes leading to missout on some important ones.
To remove them, you can simply disable them.
- Open ‘Settings’. Select ‘Apps or Applications’.
- Look out for the app you wish to disable notifications from. Tap on it.
- Tap on ‘Show notifications’.
- Choose to disable.
Connect your LED TV to your Android Smartphone
We are living in the digital era and the possibilities of the latest innovations are endless. One such innovative trick is to connect your Android device to the LED TV. For this, you need a micro HDMI to HDMI cable. Such a connection can let you enjoy videos, games, and other media files on a large screen.
In case, if your phone does not have such a port, you can use an MHL adapter. It will easily connect your phone to the HDMI cable. Then you can connect it to your TV.
- Quick dial a number
We save the numbers on our phone and generally, we cannot remember more than a handful of the numbers. Then when we require to dial a specific number, we are forced to follow a lofty pattern of finding it out in the logbook or contacts. Now, you can dial a number in merely seconds.
Yes, by typing the names in accordance with the numeric form, you can simply get to dial a number. For this, you take the old numeric keypad as a reference. For instance, 9827561859 is the number you saved under the name of Ana, then you just need to press 262. 2 for ‘A’, then 6 for ‘N’, and again 2 for ‘A’. so by typing just 262, you will dial Ana in a jiffy.
Turn on the ‘Developer Mode’
Your Android is immensely capable. You just need to enter the tunnel to find different treasures it can offer. One such feature is to enable the Developer Mode. When you enable this mode, you get to do a lot of extra and advanced stuff on your phone making it more efficient and cool. You can choose to turn off or change the speed of the animations, allow USB debugging, and much more.
- Open ‘Settings’. Select ‘About phone’.
- You shall see ‘Build Number’.
- Tap on it 7 times.
- A message will pop-up saying “you’re now a developer!”
- Go back to the settings.
- You will now see ‘Developer Options’.
- Tap into it to explore different options.
NOTE- This feature is best-suited for tech freaks who are always in search of something new, exciting, advanced, and challenging. If you are not one of those tech-savvy persons and like to keep your phone just normal, then this feature may not be good for you. Avoid turning it on.
Get a recycle bin on your Android
Deleting something on your phone and regretting it is a common sight for the Android users. iPhone users have a folder to recover the deleted stuff and now even you can do the same. There are dedicated apps available on the Google Play Store that lets you recover the data you or someone else deletes from your phone.
You can choose to get a recycle bin based on your requirements. For instance, if you need to recover only the photos, you can get one that works to recover only the photos. Some of the apps are Recycle Bin, Photo Recycle Bin, Video Recycle Bin, etc.
Unlimited free access to any Android game
This hack is especially for game lovers. Now you can play unlimited and uninterrupted getting infinite lives, uncountable power-ups and everything else you must have dreamt of. Wondering how? Well, just by rooting your Android.
Rooting the Android will open up numerous options for playing any of your games without any interruption. There are so many apps available that can help you unlock all the features and power-ups. Enjoy an awesome and flawless gaming experience!
Protect your Android with a firewall
Now, just like your computer, you can choose to protect your Android device with a firewall. So, with firewall protection, the security measures on your phone will be robust and you may need not worry about the security measures.
For this, you just need to download firewall apps that are available on the Google Play Store. The app will support domain name, hostname filtering and much more. Some of these apps are NoRoot Firewall, Mobiwol NoRoot Firewall, etc.
Use an SMS to remotely turn off your Android
Now, if someone steals your phone or it gets lost somewhere, then you may not need to worry about the safety of your data. You can choose to remotely turn off your device using an SMS. For this, you need to root your device in prior.
After rooting, download an app (you can use Shutdown, Power off click, etc.). The installation may take a while. Then by using a certain command, you can turn off your phone remotely. But if you are not a tech geek, you should avoid using this method. Instead, you can try several apps that work well for unrooted devices.
Use free internet calling on your Android
Now you can call anyone without paying a penny to your service provider. For doing this, you just need to download an app that supports free internet calling and then you can call anyone and anywhere using your mobile. Such apps can be easily found on the Google Play Store.
You can use this method to prank your friends or family members. Wondering how? Then, this type of calling does not display your original number to the receiver. It displays a random or unknown number. Hence, the person will not get to know you and your identity will be concealed under an unknown number.
Protect your data
Android is constantly working towards bringing more of the safety features on your smartphone. One such feature allows you to protect your data while you lose your phone or if someone steals it.
- Open ‘Settings’. Select ‘Security’.
- You shall see ‘Device Administrators’.
- Tap on it and look for ‘Android Device Manager’.
- Tap on it to activate.
Now, if you require to access the location of your device or to delete the data on it, just visit android.com/devicemanager.
So, this was all about some of the most useful tips and tricks that you can implement on your Android devices. Try following the ones that seem interesting and intriguing to you. Do let me know about your favorite one in the comments below. Hope some of these turns out to be helpful for you.