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Android top secret tricks

1.) Browse Through the File Directory

Bet there are a lot of third-party apps that let you see the file contents of the phone memory, but what if you are a little low on space and can’t go about installing a new app? The solution is fairly simple — turn to Chrome.

Just type file:///sdcard/ and all the phone contents — old & new — will be displayed in an index form.

2.) Power Button to End Call

80% of the time our thumb is near the power button while we take a phone call, so enabling the power button to end calls seem to be the smartest move. Plus, when you’re watching a captivating cricket match and you just can’t take your eyes off the TV, this proves to be the most convenient way of ending a call.
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To enable it, open the Accessibility Settings and switch the Power button ends call option to on. That’s it, now you have a physical button to end your calls.

3.) Pin Screen

My brother loves spying on me, for reasons best known to him (siblings, I tell you). So, whenever I hand over my phone to him, I have to be utmost careful so that he doesn’t open WhatsApp or for that matter, even my social media apps.

What I do is, I enable screen pinning, which makes it almost impossible for him to navigate over to the other apps, since this nifty trick renders the buttons inaccessible.
All you have to do is head over to the Settings menu and tap in the Pin icon to enable it.

Please note that in Samsung Galaxy devices, the Pin windows option needs to be enabled. This can be found in the Other Security Settings menu.

4.) Boot the device in Safe Mode

More often than not, we come across a variety of apps that behave erratically. And when I say erratic, I mean those situations when the app gets aborted multiple times or when it displays an array of obstructive ads that don’t allow you to do anything else.

In such scenarios, it’s best to boot the Android device in a safe mode. Safe Mode disables all the third-party apps and that makes it easy to get rid of the offensive ones.

To boot the phone into safe mode, tap on the power button and long-press the option to power off.

5.) Zoom in Maps Easily

We all know that a pinch in and pinch out of a picture/map zooms in and out respectively. But did you know that you can do just the same thing with an effortless swipe?

Double-tap on the map/picture and without lifting your fingers, drag up and down. Magical, eh?

6.) Set Wifi Sleep Policy

Another hidden feature is the Wi-Fi sleep policy in the advanced Wi-Fi settings. In a normal situation, when the screen turns off the phone switches over to cellular data. And when this happens, the phone battery life also takes a hit (as Wi-Fi consumes less juice than cellular data).

In such situations, the Wi-Fi sleep policy should be set to Never, so that the change-over never happens (even when the phone is idle).

To enable this feature, open the advanced Wi-Fi settings menu and set the Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep to Never.

7.) Locate your Phone

Finding a misplaced phone can be quite tricky, that too when the phone’s ringer is off.

The easiest way to detect a lost or misplaced Android phone is through the Google device manager. Open the device manager and log in with the ID with which the phone is configured.

This app has tremendous skills when it comes to locating a lost phone (on the map), making a phone ring, or in even worst situations, wiping the phone of all data.

Though similar features can be found in Samsung Galaxy devices and (now defunct) Windows phones, I found the built-in feature to be the best.

8.) See Notification Even After Clearing Them

Clearing notifications is in the muscle memory of many of us, but in the process of clearing out these annoying app notifications, most of the time an important one gets cleared (talk about Murphy’s laws).

So how do you see the old notification? Surely, there are lots of notification apps that help you in accessing the same, but what good is an OS if it can’t help you in such situations.

So here we are, presenting a nifty built-in Android trick to view all the notifications that have made their way to your device.

Long-press on the home screen, tap on Widgets and place the Settings shortcut on the home screen. Upon opening it, select notification and you are done.

9.) Best Way to Share Your WiFi Password with a QR Code

On many occasions, we have to share the password of our WiFi Connection with friends, neighbors & others. After sharing the password, it becomes necessary to change the WiFi password to make it secure. So, What If you can share WiFi Password without telling them the actual password?

YES, Here we come up with an awesome method for sharing WiFi Password with a QR Code.

 

10.) How To Disable Notification from Any App in Android

Notification is one of the most powerful functions of the Android OS. We generally have installed many apps on our Android device and maximum apps updates you by way of push notifications. Some of the Notification from some of the Apps are useful but what about others?

Now it’s time to disable notification from some of the apps which you don’t use regularly, for example: Shopping Apps, Recharge Apps, Travelling Apps etc. It is also safe to disable Notification for these apps because you can manually open these apps to view the latest notification.

11.) Android: Move Apps to SD Card from Phone Storage [No Root]

Almost all Android devices have an SD Card slot, to get additional storage to your device. You can move all your data, like: Media files, Apps into SD card to empty your device internal storage. But, you can not directly move apps to SD card. So, let’s get the best solution to move apps from phone storage to SD Card without rooting your Android device.

 

12.) Get a Recycle Bin on your Android mobile

Unlike the desktop computers and laptops, once you delete a file on a smartphone, it’s gone forever. You might need a special data recovery program to recover the lost files. But not anymore.

You can activate a Recycle Bin similar as the one we use on Windows PC or laptop on your Android mobile. Simply download an app called Dumpster which is competent to safeguard the process of file deletion in case of mistake or hurry. All the files get stored in the app which you can later delete or recover as per your convenience.

Undoubtedly, it is advised to keep your phone’s storage clean to accelerate the phone’s performance. You can delete the unwanted files from Dumpster and save the valuable storage and speed up your Android phone.

 

13.) Restrict background data services

A lot of apps on your device consumes a significant amount of data while running in the background. These apps not only consume your Internet data but they also make your device run slow. It is absolutely safe to stop background data services to save some data for more important work.

To do this, you require to first set your mobile data limit and then go to Settings >> Data Usage and go to the options menu and select Restrict Background Data option.

You can even restrict certain resource-hungry apps from consuming data in the background.

To do this, go to Settings >> Data Usage and scroll down to find those apps which consume a lot of mobile data. Tap on that app and select the “Restrict background data” option. It will immediately stop that app running in the background.

 

14.) Set up a VPN on Android device

Virtual Private Network or VPN helps you hide your browsing history, keep your data safe from prying eyes and offers many other benefits as well. It ensures data privacy especially when you are using networks at public places like airports and cafes.

To set a VPN on your Android device go to Settings >> Wireless and Networks >> More Settings >> VPN or Settings >> Wi-Fi and networks and select the VPN settings.

Now click on the “Add VPN” option and choose the type of VPN you want to add. Fill in the VPN details like VPN account name and VPN server address.

 

15.) Make your device super secure

Use encryption feature on your device to keep your device data super secure. Though the encryption feature on the Android device has its own limitations still you can use it for the sound security of your device.

To encrypt your device and SD card go to Settings >> Security >> Encrypt device or Encrypt external SD card. Here you need to mention your pin or password to decrypt the device again.

 

16.) Disable Automatic App Updates

If you don’t want to update your apps on their own automatically, then you can disable the Automatic App Updates option.

To do this, go to Play Store >> Settings >> Auto-Update apps. Now select “Do not auto-update apps” option. If you need to update your apps manually just head to Google Play Store >> My Apps & Games >> All and select the App you want to update.

 

17.) Add Multiple Google Accounts

You can add multiple Google accounts for different services and apps on your device. You can follow a simple process to add Google accounts quickly.

To add multiple Google accounts:

  • Go to Settings >> Add account.
  • Select the Google option and set up your New or Existing Google account.
  • Once you have added the account, you can select the services you want to sync with the account.

If you want to add more accounts repeat all the steps mention above.

 

18.) Set Mobile data limit

If you want to keep the tab on your mobile data usage, then you can set a limit for this.

To do this, go to Settings >> Data Usage. Now set your data usage limit by dragging the orange line to reflect your monthly usage quota.

You need to set your data usage cycle based on when your month starts and ends. You can follow these simple steps to set your Mobile data limit easily. It will alert you when you cross the limit you have set for data usage.

 

19.) Saving offline maps

Google Maps now lets you download and save maps offline, and the feature was recently improved to be more powerful. Once you downloaded the required maps you can use them anytime without using up any data.

To do this; go to Google Maps >> type the location and let the app fetch the map >> got to options >> you will see “offline areas” >> Click on it and select the maps to download on your mobile.
(Note: it will take some space from your device storage)

 

20.) Changing Default Apps

If you have set some default app for specific tasks like Chrome for browsing etc. then you can change this default setting.

To do this, go to Settings >> Apps, swipe right and look for All tab. Now select the App you want to remove as default and tap on Clear defaults.

 

21.) Disable Animations

Try this step to run your device a bit smoother.

To disable animations on your device, go to Settings >> Developer Options. Now disable Windows Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale and Animator Duration Scale options.

To open developer options for some devices, you need to go to Settings >> About device >> Build number and need to tap on it until you see the message “You are now a developer.”

 

22.) Use Wi-Fi Direct for fast file transfers

The Wi-Fi direct provides device-to-device file transfers at higher speeds (more than 20 Mbps). Transferring files between devices have always been a little irritating, but innovations like Wi-Fi Direct did it simpler: It’s a protocol that can form a direct connection between two mobile devices over the Wi-Fi connections. It is the best option to share larger files like videos.

To do this; while sharing choose Wi-Fi direct >> make sure the receiver phone has already activated the Wi-Fi direct >> let the phone detect the receiver ID >> choose and transfer the files.

 

23.) Quick Screenshot

It is the most common Android smartphone trick to take a screenshot of a website, text message, or anything else, and it works on almost all kinds of smartphones. Some phones, like Samsung devices, let you slide the side of your hand (left or right) to quickly screen grab what you’re looking at.

To do you need to hold the power button & while holding press the volume down button at the same time >> the screen will get flashed >> you will hear shutter sound >> and the screenshot-ed image will be saved to the gallery.

 

24.) Schedule the Power Function

Most of the users know this hidden Android secret. The scheduling the power ON and OFF automatically turns your mobile on and off at specified times.

It’s better to switch off your mobile at the night during bedtime.

To do this; go to System settings >> schedule power ON and OFF >> set the time.

 

25.) Enable ‘Developer Mode’

Turn ON the Developer Options – Google hides some of the more advanced features inside a special Developer Options. You manually need to enable to use the smartphone tricks like changing the animation speed, allowing USB debugging, etc. T

To do this, go to settings >> ‘About phone’ >> look for ‘Build Number’ >> and tap 7 times on that option and then you will get the message saying “you’re now a developer!” >> now go back to system settings >> you will able to see “Developer Options” >> go into it >> enable USB debugging >> reduce the animation time or I suggest to turning off.

(Note that if you are unaware of any of the settings then it’s better to keep away from the options.) If you have questions, you can ask here in the comment section shown below.

 

26.) Convert Whole Whatsapp Chat into readable text File

This is another awesome WhatsApp trick, you can now convert your WhatsApp chat into text readable format in an android phone. Open Your Whatsapp and go to Settings>>Chat Settings>>Email Chat. Now select the chat contact name or group chat you wanna convert in text format.

 

27.) Turn Off Auto Correction

You can now shut down auto-correction feature if you don’t like it this feature in your android phone. Go to settings>> Language and Input, Open Android Keyboard settings and Turn Off Auto-Correction Feature in Android Mobile.

 

28.) Find your Android Mobile Number in Settings

When you buy a new sim card or you forget what is the number of your sim card. You can find your mobile number with a very easy trick. Go to your android mobile Settings>>About>>Status>> Sim Status and here you see your mobile number.

 

About Harish Kumar

Hi ! am an Android Fan, Engineer and tech-geek. Love to share useful information among peoples.

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