7 cool things that only Android users can find out

By | April 20, 2016

Why choose Android systems instead of IOS or windows? Because Android is so much cooler. Every time you find a new function of Android, it’s like dig out gold. And this article is going to show you some “gold” you probably didn’t  find out before.From custom ROMs to gorgeous launchers, apps, LED notifications, gesture controls, icon packs and tweaks, there is plenty to keep you happy for a while.

(First published on ANDROIDPIT by Kris Carlon)

1. Supercharge your Wi-Fi

Did you know you can tell Chrome to save time and money by reducing data usage? Most people don’t. By using this setting, I’ve cut my data usage by 30 percent in the past month. How’s that for easy savings? Go to Chrome > Settings > Data Saver and turn it on.

Likewise, did you know you can tell your phone to keep Wi-Fi on during sleep? Just go to Settings> Wi-Fi > Advanced > Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep and select Always.

Doing this means that not only will you download things while your phone’s display is off, but you will also save battery life, because your phone won’t have to reconnect to Wi-Fi every time you wake it up.

2. Enable Google Now on Tap

Google Now on Tap was introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It provides contextual information for whatever is on your screen, allowing you to find information without having to search for it manually. You’ll need Android Marshmallow to run it.

To enable Google Now on Tap, head over to Settings > Google > Search & now > Voice and switch it on or off. Once it’s on, you’ll then be able to enjoy fast, contextual information on tap. To disable Now on Tap, hold on the home button and a menu will appear. Tap the three-dotted icon and then Settings, where you’ll be able to disable it.

3. The battery optimizations

No matter which Android device you have, there are ways to improve the battery life from the get-go. Firstly, you must turn off ‘ambient display’ or ‘adaptive brightness’. This setting changes the display brightness based on the current lighting conditions, but it’s not perfect.

The sensor used to determine the light levels is not as accurate as the human eye, you can set a more appropriate display brightness for the current circumstances, and as the display is a key area where battery life is lost, make sure you keep this at the lowest level possible.

Additionally, all of the major Android UIs come with some form of battery saving mode. While the strengths of each vary, they are worth digging into to see how they can be best applied for your particular needs.

For example, Sony’s Stamina mode alters very little in terms of performance and it’s one of those you can (and probably should) have enabled at all times.

The stock Android battery saving function affects performance and app functionality quite heavily, so it might worth considering using this only when it’s essential.

HTC’s Power Saver, on the other hand, has several options that you can enable or disable within it, making it a little less rigid than the others.

Investigate the battery functions on your device by going into the settings and looking for battery, power or something similar.

4. Use Google Now, enable always listening

Google Now acts as a virtual personal assistant, which you can use to retrieve information quickly and easily. But it’s also so much more than that: Google Now can interact with your apps, take notes, set reminders along with a whole bunch of other clever tricks.

The more you use Google Now the more you realize what an excellent service it is. To give a simple example, say you wish to take an afternoon nap, but are already in that sleepy state and about to nod off. You don’t need to reach for your phone and open your clock app, calculate the time you want to wake and set an alarm for then. Just say “Okay Google, wake me up in two hours.”

6. Set up Android Device Manager

How Android Device Manager is not pre-enabled on every single Android phone I simply don’t know. Android Device Manager is a great tool that lets you track a lost or stolen phone, remotely lock it, ring it, or delete its contents and even display a lock screen message for anyone that finds it. It may not be the sexiest thing you do with your Android phone, but it should be the first thing you do.

You’ll find the permissions for Android Device Manager in the Google Setting app under Security. You can enable Android Device Manager to remotely locate your phone as well as lock or erase its contents. But you’ll also need to activate Android Device Manager as a device administrator. Go toSettings > Security > Device Administrators and check the box next to Android Device Manager.

7. Get an All-In-One Toolbox

All-In-One Toolbox is the super powerful treat only for Android users. Clean your phone with one tap and speed up you Android for better performance. Get it on google play: https://goo.gl/MKRhmG

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