These days, we are all addicted to our smartphones and tablets. It seems like we would know just about everything there is to know about Android and phones/tablets. You will be surprised by how many features people just aren’t aware of.
Below, we have eight features that most people don’t know about. These eight features will push your Android powered device to the next level.
1. The Easiest Way to Save your Battery Power
This is an easy trick that will help you extend the life of your battery without affecting its performance.
Use a simple dark or black background for your screen. I know colorful unicorns are tempting, but seriously give this one ago.
Track your battery consumption and see if it makes a difference.
2. Smartphone & Tablet Remote Control
You can make sure you never lose your Android again using this simple trick. Setting this up is easier than you may think.
Simply go to Settings, then tap Security, and then open Device Administrators to turn this on. Check three boxes – Allow Remote Lock and Erase, Remotely Locate This Device, and Android Device Manager.
The next time you lose your phone, you can locate it or lock it in case it gets stolen using Google’s Android Device Manager.
3. Using Guest Mode
Guest mode is a privacy feature. It allows you to setup your phone so that other people can’t have full access to it when they are using it. It is a good way to allow others to use your phone while keeping your important data safe.
To activate Guest mode, swipe down on your top navigation bar. Look for the added guest icon or private mode and adjust the settings accordingly.
The guest option is only temporary. It will automatically shut off after a certain amount of time.
4. Magnify your Screen
This is a feature that was made for people with poor eyesight. If you’re sick of squinting to try and figure out what those small letters on your screen are saying, this feature is perfect for you.
You can find the Magnification Gestures option in Settings and Accessibility.
Once you activate this, it will allow you to zoom in on your screen at any part simply by tapping on the desires area. To turn off the magnification, tap it in another location and it will return to normal.
5. Find an Android Easter Egg
If you have an Android using 2.3 Gingerbread or higher, you can play some hidden games on your phone. Google put a few of these games on their devices with the last handful of Android releases.
These are little Easter eggs that are pretty difficult to uncover.
To find these games, navigate to Settings and tap the About Phone option repeatedly until a marshmallow or something similar shows up. Once it does, tap it a few more times and you will get to play this secret game. That’s if you’re marshmallow, by the way. It will differ from OS to OS.
All in all it’s a nice way to kill time and is a neat little game that you don’t have to download to play. It’s already installed on your operating system. Start tapping and play away.
6. Using Text-To-Speech
You can read this article in more than one way. Not only can you read it the traditional way, with your eyes that is, you can also have your Android device read it back to you.
This can be a fun little way to pass time on long car drives, perhaping when commuting to and from work. Get your droid to read your favourite content back to you.
To set this up, go to Accessibility under the Settings option, and turn on the Text-To-Speech output option.
7. Control your Android with your Mind
Okay, not really your mind, but more like your head movements. There are certain times when it’s just inconvenient to use your hands with your phone. A perfect example of this is during the cold winter months when you have thick gloves on.
Fortunately, Eva Facial Mouse has attempted to solve this problem for you.
You can install the EVA Facial Mouse app, and with it, you will be able to control your Android phone with your head movements. Read the details in the app instructions to find out more.
8. Using your Hotspot Mode
The hotspot feature allows you to use your smartphone as its own modem and router by broadcasting its own 3G data.
To use this feature, navigate to the Settings option and turn on the Tethering and Portable Hotspot feature. Switch it on, and you’re good to go.