7 hidden tricks for your Android smartphone: When you buy a new android phone, You don’t always find everything you need to know in the user manual plus, and nobody reads that thing anyway.
But If you want to find out more about some hidden tips and tricks for your Android smartphone/tablet devices, read this non-exhaustive list.
7 hidden tricks for your Android smartphone
1. Quickly access notification settings
Sometimes too many notifications become irritating after sometime. Then do one thing-
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. From here, you can adjust them or turn them off completely.
2. High contrast text
Reading text on a smartphone screen can be difficult for people who have weak vision. Often, light grey text merge with the background making it difficult to read.
An easy 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.
3. Smart lock
For security reasons, everyone should set lockscreen password on their smartphone. But it gets boring 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 feature, your phone will not ask for a lock password when it detects that you are at home or if your phone connected to one of the trusted devices.
4. Find a silent phone
Did you silent your phone ringer and misplace the phone? Once its on silent, even calling it from another number might not help. The simple way out is to head to http:android.comdevicemanager 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 when the ringer is off.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Stop automatic shortcuts
When you install a new app from the Play Store, a shortcut icon is placed on the home screen. If you don’t want that to happen, 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 un-check the box to disable automatic shortcut placement.