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7 cool android features you aren't using

Discussion in 'Android Hacks/Tips & Tuto' started by Bartels, May 17, 2018.

  1. Bartels

    Bartels Journeyman

    Android is stacked with so many tools and
    configuration options, we often overlook some of
    its most useful features. Sometimes they’re
    hiding in plain sight. Other times, they’re buried
    so deep, you’d never discover them without
    spelunking deep into sub menus, groping blindly
    in the dark.
    But don’t let that one killer feature get away. Even
    if you consider yourself an Android power user,
    you’d do well to make sure you’re familiar with
    every single menu, toggle and utility on this list.
    We’ve done our best to identify the precise
    locations of the features listed below, but you may
    have to hunt around menus a bit if your device
    manufacturer has excessive interface
    customizations.
    Use Android Device Manager for remote security
    Use Android Device Manager for much greater
    control over a lost phone.
    The Google Play Services framework is used to
    manage all sorts of back-end services, and
    Google updates it frequently in the background.
    Most of the functionality packed away in this
    framework is of little user-facing consequence,
    but there’s a lot including account sync, malware
    scanning,
    and the Android Device Manager. This feature
    allows you track, ring, lock, and wipe your device
    if you lose track of it.
    By default, you can only ring and locate a device
    with Android Device Manager, so if you want the
    full gamut of features, go into your main system
    settings and scroll down to Security. Find the
    Device Administrators option, and open it to see
    what apps have been granted admin privileges on
    your phone or tablet. Checking the box next to
    Android Device Manager allows you to wipe and
    lock the device in addition to the ring and locate
    features.
    You can remotely access Android Device Manager
    in a number of useful ways. If you only have one
    Android device, you can use any web browser to
    go to the Android Device Manager page and log
    into your account. From there, you can see a map
    of where your phone is located, and issue
    commands to nuke it or just lock it.
    Before resorting to extreme measures, you might
    want to start with locating and making it ring to
    ensure it didn’t just slip between the couch
    cushions. Should you have access to more than
    one Android device, you can use the Android
    Device Manager app, which you can keep on all
    your devices to locate and manage the others.
    Screen Recording
    Screenshots are for chumps. Show everyone else
    what you’re up to with a screen recording. A
    subset of Android users over the years have
    resorted to rooting their devices to get more
    advanced features. Android has slowly gained
    features over time that make root less of a
    necessity.
    As of Android 5.0 Lollipop, there’s less reason
    than ever to root now that Android supports
    screen recording. You just need an app to take
    proper advantage of it.
    A screen recording is simply an MP4 video file of
    what’s happening on your screen for the duration
    of the capture. There is no native tool to do this
    on most Android devices for some reason, but
    there are a ton of them in the Play Store. My
    personal favorite is the aptly named Rec.
    Whether you’re using Rec or another app with
    support for Lollipop screen recording, all you
    need to do is accept the screen capture request
    when it pops up. An icon in the status bar will
    appear to let you know the screen recording is
    ongoing. Some apps have support for different
    resolutions and bit rates for the recording as well,
    but the default will be the native screen resolution
    of your phone or tablet.
    The way you end a recording varies by app, but
    there’s usually a notification or you can simply
    put the device to sleep. One of the reasons I
    prefer the aforementioned Rec is that it has
    support for both of those options as well as shake
    to stop a recording.
    Speed up your phone 10x faster
    Why suffer even marginally slow animations when
    your processor can handle faster speeds?
    Android devices are faster than they used to be,
    but you can make your experience feel even
    zippier with one simple tweak. Android contains a
    hidden developer options menu that you can
    enable by going into your main system settings,
    then navigating to About > Software Information >
    More > Build number . Now tap on the build
    number—literally, tap on it numerous times—until
    a small message at the bottom of the screen
    confirms that you’re a developer.
    Now, don’t worry: This doesn’t make any
    modifications to your system. It just turns on the
    Developer Options menu back in the main settings
    list—so head back there and open it up.
    Developer Options has tons of interesting features
    to play around with, but you can also mess things
    up pretty badly, so it’s best not to change
    anything you haven’t thoroughly researched as
    this might affect your phone.
    Inside Developer options, scroll down to Drawing
    and find Window
    animation scale , Transition animation scale , and
    Animator duration scale . These are all set to 1x
    by default. These animations are the eye candy
    you see when apps open and close, menus drop
    down, and more. They help cover up lag as the
    system catches up, but you don’t really need slow
    settings on a fast device. You can set all of these
    to 0.5x for a more snappy interface experience.
    Don’t just monitor data usage—control it
    The trick is to receive a warning before you trip
    your data limit. In a country like Nigeria where the
    cost of data plans are highly expensive and
    carrier fees are ever-increasing, you often need to
    watch your mobile data consumption closely.
    Android has a built-in tool that helps you do this,
    but most users don’t use it to its full potential.
    The Data Usage menu is usually near the top of
    your system settings list (though it may be
    buried under a “More” heading), and can also be
    accessed via the network signal strength icon in
    Quick Settings. You can use the sliders on the
    usage chart to set your data limits for your
    chosen billing cycle.
    The default behavior is simply to warn you when
    you reach your data limit. However, by the time
    you get that warning, it’s often too late to adjust
    your behavior and avoid overage charges or
    automatic throttling. A better use of the data
    tracking feature is to set your warning a
    few hundred megabytes below your limit, then
    enable a data limit with the check box right above
    the chart. The red line on the chart lets you set a
    point at which your mobile data will be shut off.
    Use Wi-Fi Direct for quick file transfers
    The SuperBeam app facillitates device-to-device
    file transfers at warp speed—even 45 Mbps.
    Transferring files between devices has always
    been a little annoying, but features like Android
    Beam made it easier: Just hold together two NFC-
    enabled devices (Android 4.1 or later), and you
    can transfer files across a Bluetooth link. It’s a
    neat trick, but transfer speeds are capped by
    Bluetooth bandwidth, and file type support is
    limited.
    Luckily, however, most Android devices also
    support Wi-Fi Direct, even though Google’s stock
    apps don’t make use of it. Wi-Fi Direct is exactly
    what it sounds like: a protocol that can create a
    direct connection between
    two devices via Wi-Fi. You just need an app to
    make use of it, and there are several in Google
    Play. SuperBeam is probably the most powerful,
    and it has a free version. To get a transfer going,
    you just need to share the files to Super Beam (or
    whatever app you’ve chosen to use) and tap
    phones.
    Wi-Fi Direct allows you to queue up multiple files
    in a single operation and the transfer rate can
    easily exceed 30 Mbps. It’s fabulous for sharing
    large videos or images.
    Restrict background data, app by app
    Sometimes apps don’t need to be consuming so
    much data in the background but Android allows
    apps to wake up in the background and perform
    activities and because of this there’s always the
    possibility they’ll send and receive mobile data
    without your knowledge.
    When you’re on a low-capped data plan (or
    you’re just coming up on the cap) this can be an
    issue. Luckily, the Android Data Usage menu in
    your phone offers information on what’s using
    data in the background, and could save you from
    extra charges.
    Below the graph of overall data usage mentioned
    above, you’ll find a list of all your apps organized
    by how much data they’ve used, starting with the
    most greedy offenders. Tap on any single app for
    details on the split
    between foreground and background data. If you
    find an app using a lot of bytes in the background,
    you can scroll down to the bottom of the details
    page and check the option to restrict background
    data.
    Note, however, that this option is only available
    on devices that hook into mobile data plans. Also
    keep in mind that some apps won’t work as
    expected with this option enabled, so only use it
    for apps and services that aren’t respectful of
    your mobile data connection.
    Use Owner Info to make it easier to reclaim a lost
    device
    Share your owner information in order to help
    your lost phone finder return your phone.
    Having a pattern or PIN lock on your phone or
    tablet is always a good idea, but what happens if
    you lose the device, and a good Samaritan finds it
    and wants to return it? How is he or she
    supposed to know who it belongs to?
    Well, hidden inside the Owner Info menu, there’s
    an easy way to provide your identity. The Owner
    Info feature will be in the Security section of
    the main system settings, or under Personal >
    Lock screen and security on newer Samsung
    phones. You can add any info here you want, but
    an email and alternative phone number are safe
    bets. Just check the option above the text field to
    have the Owner Info displayed on the lock screen.
    Be aware, OEMs that heavily customize the lock
    screen like adding too much crazy widgets and
    text sometimes do away with this feature.
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  2. schoolhelp

    schoolhelp School Master (HOD) Glaive Established

    Bros.. U try sha...
     
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    Nbest Participant Established

    Good job,
    But try composing your post next time
     
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  5. Kingtedy

    Kingtedy Participant Established

    Just do a summary but still nice
     
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