Android all focused on customization and freedom to use it the way you want. With all the major Android updates, we get some really cool features to use. But are you really using all the features offered by Android? Are you using your Android smartphone to its full potential? Well, time to find out. There are some lesser-known features of Android that people don't talk about much. So, we thought why not throw some light on these features? Good, here is our list of 10 useful Android features that you are not using, but you should:
1. Android device management
Have you ever wrong or lost your Android smartphone? If you did, surely it must have been a great moment of anguish and panic. Well, Android Device Manager l for your save. With Android Device Manager, you can easily monitor where your device is and even delete your crucial data for security .
Android Device Manager integrated into Android 5.0 devices and can be easily enabled. Go to Settings> Security> Device Administrator and activate "Android Device Manager" . Well, so
Now, if you want to find the device, you need to go to the Android Device Manager web page on a browser. You can use a web browser on your PC / Mac or on the same smartphone. On the Manage Android devices page, sign in with the Google account that you use on your Android smartphone. Once logged in, you get three options:
- Ringtone: this squiller the phone at full blast so you can find the phone if nearby.
- Block: will lock the phone and reset the device password.
- Delete: delete all data on the device.
However, to make Android Device Manager work, there are some warnings. You have to make sure your lost Android phone is synchronized with your Google account and is connected to the Internet or GPS . If your phone is not connected to the Internet, Android Device Manager will only show you the last available location and when your phone was online last time.
2. Google Screen Search aka Now on Tap
Google Screen Search or previously known as "Now on Tap" one of the most overlooked features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, you should try it, as it can be useful in many situations. The The main purpose of Google Screen Search is to provide more information on what is currently displayed on the screen . For example, if you are reading some articles on virtual reality games, you will be presented with more related information. If you are watching some movie trailers on YouTube, you will be shown related information about the cast, the movie and more. Well, if you're not quite aware of how to use it, here's a quick overview of how to enable it and use it.
To enable Google's screen search go to Settings-> Google-> Search screen and activate the first option . Now, to activate the screen search, you need to press the home button. The best thing that can be activated from any screen.
You can even take a screenshot of the current screen and select a word on the screen and view it on Google. Text selection also works on images. So this is an advantage. So, if you're using an Android 6.0 device, you should definitely check it out.
Note: the screen search in Android 7.0 and later is replaced with Google Assistant. It was actually integrated into the Google Assistant.
3. User accounts
always a nuisance when there is only one Android tablet that uses several members of a family. Each person has their own online accounts and interest in games and apps. Fortunately, Android lets you create multiple user accounts or profiles. In a new user profile, the user can set a new look for that profile and can even install new apps that will not affect the original account . Android tablets have this feature of Android 4.2 but this feature only arrived on smartphones with Android 5.0 Lollipop. So, let's see how you can add a new user account on your Android device.
First, go up Settings-> Users and touches " Add user ". So, touch" Set up now "when requested, after which you will be redirected to the new user account and will be able to add accounts and install apps.
To switch between users, slide the Quick Settings in the notification shadow and tap the user profile icon in the upper right corner and select the user.
Note : some manufacturers have set their own maximum limit for users. For example, for my phone, the user limit is set to 2. However, the guest account is not counted in the limit. Your phone may have an upper limit. So create the users accordingly.
4. Screen lock
You must have gone through this situation where your friend asks you to make a phone call from your phone and after finishing the call, start joking with your phone; reading chats and checking private photos. annoying, right? Well, there is a perfect solution for such situations. Google has introduced a new "Screen Pinning" feature with Android 5.0 Lollipop that not many people are aware of. What it does in practice that puts a specific app on the phone, which means that a user can only use that particular app and will not be able to open other apps. Even the Home button, Back and the Recent button do not respond. Therefore, you can keep a user limited to a particular app.
To enable the screen lock go up Settings -> – Security -> Lock screen and enable it . Now open the app you want to block, touch the Recent button and you should find a pin icon in the lower right corner of the app. Touch the pin icon and the app will be locked.
To unlock the app, just long press the Back button . Well, you can also enable the 'Lock device when unlocking' option in the Lock screen settings for more security.
5. Smart Lock
Another security feature that you're probably not using on your Android Smart Lock smartphone. Smart Lock automatically unlocks your phone when it is near a trusted agent like your Android smartwatch, your home or maybe in your pocket. If you happen to lock your phone with PIN or Pattern, this feature can be really convenient. So, let's see how to enable it. You will need Android 5.0 or higher for this.
Go up Settings-> Security-> Trusted Agents is enable "Smart Lock" . If the option is gray, it means that you have not added a PIN or a model block. First set a block and then activate the option.
Now, to customize and set up your trusted agents, go to Settings-> Security-> Smart Lock on your phone. Here you will find options to set up different trusted agents such as places, devices, voice, etc. You can set any option that is convenient for you.
6. Control and priority of notifications
Android 6.0 was entirely dedicated to user control. It has brought a new "App Permission Manager", which allows users to disable specific permissions for an app. Permissions like camera access, memory access, location and more. In addition to this, you can also set notification priority from a given app.
If you are on Android 6.0, you can go up Settings-> App, choose an app, then tap " Notifications ". Here, you can make sure that app notifications are considered as prority. You can also make sure you hide sensitive content from an app in notifications. There is also an option to block all notifications from an app, whose notifications do not seem useful to you Android 7.0 Nougat takes it even more In the "Notifications" page of an app, you will find a bar, which you can set to give app notifications different priority levels.
Android 6.0 notification options (left) and Android 7.0 notification options (right)
You can also access the settings of notification of an app holding down on the notification of the app and tapping the "button Information ".
Note : some manufacturers include even more notification control options, so you should check them.
7. Do not disturb mode
Well, most users know this function, but often neglect it. Maybe a meeting or you're doing an important job; turn off the phone or set it to vibrate not the only solution. There Do not disturb mode can really be useful in these situations .
You can enable the Do Not Disturb mode from the notifications panel. Touch it and you will have the options for set the period of time until you want it to be active or you can simply set it to indefinite time until you manually disable it. If you have important contacts that you can't ignore, you have to choose the Priority only mode . You can also choose the "Alarm Only" mode if you don't want to miss any alarms.
To set the Priority mode, you can go to Settings-> Sound and notifications-> Do not disturb and touches " Only priority allows ". Here you can enable reminders, events, messages and calls only from special contacts and more.
You can also set " Automatic rules " which will automatically enable the Do Not Disturb mode when a rule comes into action. You can set the start time and the end time together with the actual day. Also, if you happen to have an event in Google Calendar, you can also set it up. You will find these options in Settings-> Sound and notifications-> Do not disturb .
8. Format the SD card as internal memory
If you happen to run out of internal storage and you also have Android 6.0 or later running on your phone, you can format the SD card as internal storage for more space. It means that your SD card will become part of the internal memory and you will be able to install apps on it. This can be very useful if you have a device with little internal memory. Well, let's see how you can do it.
First, you need to have a high speed SD card with good read / write speed. Well, if you don't have one, we advise you not to enable this feature, as your device may slow down considerably. However, if you have a high speed SD card, go to Settings-> Storage and USB-> Portable Storage and touches "Format as internal". The SD card will be erased and formatted as internal memory. Make sure you run the backup of SD card data . After finishing, touch " Delete and format ".
To format the SD card as Portable Storage, go back to the SD card settings and you should get the option " Format as Portable ".
Also, keep in mind that formatting an SD card as internal memory will encrypt the card, so you won't be able to remove it.
9. Screen recording
If you want to use a screen recorder app on the device running an Android version earlier than 5.0 Lollipop, the device must have root access. However, this changed and now you can register the Android screen using various fantastic apps.
The app I always use for recording the Lollipop Screen Recorder screen (free). Open the app and you can start recording your phone's screen by tapping " Start registration " . In the recording settings, possible change resolution, orientation and even bitrate . You can also record the voice using your phone's microphone and even set up a PIP view of your front camera .
10. Encrypt your device
The device encryption was introduced in Android Gingerbread (2.3) and has since been included in the security settings. If you happen to have an Android device that you use for sensitive data, the phone's encryption is a function that you may want to activate.
Encryption makes data unreadable and random. When you unlock the phone using a PIN, the phone is decrypted using a secret key, making the data readable. We guarantee that, even if the phone is lost or stolen, anyone else cannot decrypt the data.
Few things to keep in mind before encryption:
- There may be a slight drop in performance after encryption. It will not be so obvious during use.
- THE' only way to cancel this process through a factory reset .
- Encryption can cause problems on rooted devices .
To start the encryption process, go to Settings-> Security and touches "Telephone crypt". Now, first thing needed charge the battery up to 80% and connect it to a charger during the encryption process. If not charged, the option to encrypt the phone will be grayed out as shown in the image below.
When you're ready, touch Encrypt phone ". Actually you will ask again if you really want to encrypt. Once again, tap Encrypt phone and the phone will reboot to start the encryption process.
Know other useful Android features hidden or not used?
The main purpose of this article was to shed light on the useful features of Android that people don't really use. So, did you find these features useful? Also, if you know of other Android features that people rarely use, let us know in the comments section below.