Android has grown by leaps & bounds. Since its inception of the smartphone, era dawned upon us. With its open source, developer-friendly operating system, and tons of free Apps for the many regular users, Android has made a special place in the lives of all non-Apple customers.
But, regardless of how popular it is, or how regularly millions of people around the World use it; it does not necessarily mean that Android has no secrets of its own. There are cool Android tricks and tips that I bet you didn’t know existed until just now. Okay surprises aside, let some of the unknown android mobile tricks to explore right away. Without any further do let’s dive in!
Cool Android Tricks & Tips For 2017
1. Edit App Defaults
Don’t you find it irritating when you’re using an app, and you click on a link, and it opens within the app than in the browser? What if you needed to bookmark that link, or save it to a specific folder on Google Chrome App so that you can view it on your computer afterward? App defaults screw us most of the time, and we don’t do anything about it even though we flinch and curse when it happens. Here’s how you can fix it very quickly.
Go to Settings –> Apps & find the app that is a troubling you with the stated problem. Click on it, then scroll down to the section where it shows Launch/Open by default, then select Clear Defaults.
2. Switch To A Different WiFi Network
I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I have to go all the way to Settings => WiFi and choose a list of available Wifi Hotspots around me when I’m out of the home. There has to be an easier way, don’t you agree? My phone is a little old, and it currently runs on Android 4.4.2 (told ya!), but it can be “tweaked” as well which keeps it fun for me. So, here’s how you can switch to an available WiFi using a shortcut.
For newer versions, swipe down twice from the top and open the Quick Settings menu. Instead of pressing on the WiFi icon, press on the network’s name which will show you a list of all the available hotspots around you.
If you’re an older generation, like me, then swipe down once from the top to open Quick Settings menu, and press down on Wi-Fi icon, and it will redirect you to WiFi options in Settings. This cuts down your time and effort to browser through your phone searching for Settings App.
By doing this, you’d save about 20 seconds of your life! You’re welcome!
3. Google Map Zoom
I know that a lot of you have had trouble with this in the past and continued to struggle through this even in this age of information, but how do you zoom into a map with ONE HAND? There’s an easy fix to this as well!
Just double tap the screen, and swipe up and down to zoom in and out. That’s it!
4. Get Your Phone Back
There is no guarantee that once you lose your beloved phone, tablet or anything for that matter. This is something we all know of, and most phones have this feature, but we ignore it nevertheless. That could do you more harm than good unless you’ve been trying to get rid of your device in which case it’s okay.
Here’s how you can make sure that your device is returned to you in case you lose it. The shortcut way to do it is to click on the Quick Settings button on your phone (three horizontal lines on your phone screen) → Lock Screen Settings → It will take you to Screen Security options and display whichever security you have enabled, PIN or Pattern → Click on it and you will see a whole range of choices, so just scroll down to “User’s Contact Info” and fill in your details.
This way, if you lose your phone, contact the relevant service provider and tell them to enable Lost Mode on your phone and the information that you enter will show up on the screen.
5. Enable Smart Lock
Don’t you feel annoyed that you have to get into the password on your device each time you use it, especially when you’re at home? It would be great if you could train your phone somehow only to ask for the password when you’re out of the home, or in the hands of someone other than you, or someone who doesn’t sound like you or doesn’t even look like you… Smart Lock can help you there!
If your Android device is running on Lollipop, then you must use Smart Lock feature which is truly a godsend. Just go to phone Settings → Security → Smart Lock.
Here you will get to see features such as Trusted devices, Trusted Places, Trusted Face, Trusted Voice and On-body detection.
6. Monitor & Control Data Usage
With our lives entirely dependent on the Internet 24/7, we often end up ignoring how much Internet data we consume in our daily life especially when we are away from home and in need to find our way back, to find a good restaurant nearby, or to look for the contact information of a taxi company.
We rely on 3G/4G LTE services abundantly, and we seldom think about staying under the limits of data usage. When you go over the allowed limit, say 1GB data per month, you pay an additional charge per 500 MB or per 1 GB, which then dismantles your entire savings structure. Here’s how you can control overspending on data:
Go to System Settings → Click on Mobile Data. You can now see vertical bars (“sliders”) on the usage chart that allow you to set your data limits for the chosen billing cycle. It shows, date, month and year and lets you pick the duration for which you want to conserve the data.
Note: It’s only available for cellular data usage. This tracking feature comes built-in Android OS! So, kindly use it!
There are not one but many such hidden features in Android that will truly make you fall in love with your Android device even more than before. These android tricks and tips are unknown for most of the noobs. Try to figure out more ways to tweak your Android device and share it with your pals! Sharing is caring, isn’t it? Feel free to share with your friends and relative.