Android Tricks and Secrets
Even turning your cell phone over every day, using the famous social networks, exchanging messages, posting photos, using your cell phone even as work, through the camera, even with all that, you still haven’t seen much of your cell phone. That’s right, androids smartphones have many hidden secrets, and quite cool functions. Check out some of them below.
Cast the screen
For several years, you’ve been able to cast your Android phone or tablet’s display to a larger television screen using a Chromecast. In addition to streaming videos from all the usual movie and TV apps, this streaming device can mirror your phone. Take advantage of a mirroring shortcut on the panel Quick settings, which you can access by dragging down from the top of the screen with two fingers. You should find a transmission option in this menu.
If not, there is another way to configure mirroring. First, make sure you’ve installed the Google Home app for Android. You’ve probably already used this program to set up your Chromecast. Open the app, touch Cast screen / audio in the menu and choose your Chromecast. Your device’s screen should appear on the big screen.
Perform new functions
- One of the new features added to Android 7.0 Nougat is the option to run applications side by side or one above the other. This view is useful when you want to display photos, optimize your social networks or perform various tasks, although it is a little time-consuming for games.
- To set it up, touch the Overview button (the square icon below the screen on the left) and choose which of the most recently used apps you want to see. Press and hold and drag it to the top or left of the screen and choose another open application to appear next to or below it.
- And as we’ve already talked about the Overview button, here’s a professional tip: double-tap instead of a single tap to quickly switch between the two apps you’re using most recently.
Make images and texts more visible
If you’re having trouble seeing what’s on the screen – or, alternatively, if you want to put as much content on the screen as possible and not bother looking sideways along the way – you can zoom in and out on text and objects. Not all applications will respond to these adjustments, but most will. To change the size settings, open the Android Settings app and go to the View header. On the View menu, tap the Font size link to change the default font size. Select the Display size link to increase or decrease objects on the screen.
Your device plays several different types of audio, including ringtones, notifications, alarms, phone calls and media. If you’ve already been to the settings menu, opened sounds and played volume, you’ll see that you can use individual sliders to adjust these types of audio individually.
However, Android provides a quick and easy shortcut. Touch the physical volume buttons on the side of the device to make what is being played smoother or louder (if no media is playing, this will adjust the ring volume).
When doing so, a small box will appear on the screen, showing which volume setting is changing and how. On the side of that box, you will see a small arrow. Touch it and the box will expand to show multiple volume sliders at the same time. This can save you a trip to Settings.
The new status bar
- The status bar is a thin strip at the top of the screen that shows notifications, the current phone 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 on the status bar and adjust extra settings for Do Not Disturb mode and notifications. However, this menu was only available on recent versions of Android; therefore, older phones may not allow their use.
- To activate it (if available on your phone), swipe from top to bottom at the top of the screen with two fingers to show the Quick Settings panel.
- Locate the settings gear icon in the upper right corner and press and hold it for a few seconds. If you see a confirmation message, it means that you have successfully activated the settings user interface.
- When accessing the Settings menu, you will see a new menu entry called System UI Tuner. Tap this new entry and choose Status bar to control which icons – from Bluetooth mode to battery levels – are displayed in the status bar.
Return of missed notifications
It happens – you accidentally deleted one of the notifications you wanted to read completely and now you have an uncomfortable feeling that someone sent you an email, but you’re not sure. If you want to review all of your recent notifications on Android, you’re in luck. This capability is possible – although the option is not easy to find.
Touch and hold an empty part of the home screen and a screen adjustment mode will be displayed. Choose Widgets and find the Settings shortcut. Drag this icon to an empty space on one of the home screens and drop it in place, and a list will be displayed automatically. Choose Notification log from the list and tap the icon to open your Android notification history.
Use your phone with one hand
- As today’s phones continue to grow, they become increasingly difficult to operate with one hand. So the Google 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.
- Open the keyboard normally and tap and hold the comma key. Drag to the right side icon to activate one-handed mode.
- The arrow allows you to switch this smaller keyboard from side to side, the lower icon allows you to reposition it and the upper icon restores the keyboard to its normal size.
- Other phone keyboards may also have one-handed modes, but they may be more difficult to access than Google’s. Try searching for your phone model and searching for “one-handed keypad” to learn more.
- Now you just have to take advantage of these and the other tips above, and thus take advantage of all these tools.
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