Android phones are the most preferred and highly used phones with a strong user base. Android users are growing strong as these smartphones are affordable and come in all price ranges. We use them almost all the times, but still we miss out on exploring our phone. It has many hidden features that one should know, as they help for better functioning of the device.
In this article, let’s discuss certain tricks and hidden features in your Android phone. It might be possible that some features may work differently on different versions of Android. But you should give it a try and see what they bring for you.
1) Force reboot:
Almost most of us might have faced this issue, that suddenly your Android stops working and the screen gets frozen. Most people resort to take out the phone’s battery to reboot it. But several devices might not even have a removable battery. So now what? Worry not, as there’s another way to reboot your device: Just press Power Button+ Home Key + Volume up button simultaneously. This will help you to reboot the device.
2) Quick Google Access:
We all are so much addicted to internet that we can’t imagine our world without it. All we want is to access it in a single click and in a much simpler manner. So, the best way to access Google search quickly in a single click is: Press menu key and hold it for couple of seconds to launch Google search.
3) Reboot Android in safe mode:
As we can reboot our computers in safe mode, we can also reboot your Android phones in safe mode. If something goes wrong, with your device, you can reboot it in safe mode, by following the below given instructions:
*Long press the power button
*Long press on the power off option.
Once you do this, the device will hunt down the problem causing application and then will show a confirmation message about rebooting it in safe mode.
When we reboot Android in safe mode, all the 3rd party applications are disabled this helps the phone to work properly. Also, you can look for third party application creating issue.
4) Unlock Android by face detection:
This feature will vary with the device you use. If your device has face detection, only then you will get the option. Else you can use the other options to lock and unlock your phone.
To activate it: Go to Settings > Security > Screen lock > Face unlock.
Also, an additional layer of security is added to it, it works only when the face is matched and when we blink our eyes. Blinking your eyes tells the Android security system that person is live and it’s not an illegal attempt of unlocking using a still image.
5) Information about phone status:
You can get the detailed statistics related to our device such as phone information, battery information, usage statistics and Wi-Fi information by just dialing *#*#4636#*#*
Using this handy USSD you can get the details about battery usage, DNS check, Ping, Application time, usage time and so on.
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6) Move Android apps to SD card:
To save phone’s internal storage, it is always better to install Android apps in SD card. What if you have installed apps in your phone memory? Don’t worry! You can move apps to SD card. To move apps to SD card, follow the steps:
Go to settings > Application settings > Manage application > Select the application, you will see the option “Move to SD card”
7) Hard Reset and Factory reset your phone:
You can format your Android phone in two ways:
- a) Factory reset: When you wish to format your phone to the factory level i.e. to the default mode as you purchase the phone. All the internal data of your phone will be deleted. To factory reset a phone dial *#*#7780#*#*.
- b) Hard reset: Hard reset will delete all the settings and data stored on both internal and external storage. To do so dial *2767*3855#.
Don’t try this code for testing purpose, as it will not ask for any confirmation.
8) Context menu in Android:
If you want to customize your phone and see additional options to do so, long press anywhere on the screen. This context menu is like the right click menu you get on most of the operating systems.
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9) Taking screenshots on Android phone:
Do you know, you can take screenshot on your Android without using any 3rd party application?
But the procedure of taking screenshot varies from one Android version to another version.
You can take screenshot on most of the device using the following steps: Press volume down button and power button together.
10) Set data limits:
Are you worried, about the data usage on your Android? Worry not, you can now set the data limit. To do so, navigate to Settings menu and select the option ‘Data Usage’. This will show you a graph which clearly depicts the data usage in your device by all the applications.
From here you can set warnings for data limits, set cycles for monitoring data usage and enable or disable data usage in your device.
11) See notifications even after clearing them:
Have you cleared all your notifications without seeing them? There is a very simple way to see them again. Go to widgets, drag “settings shortcut” onto your home screen and select notifications there. Now you can see the Notifications shortcut on your home screen.
Now open it, and you can see all the notifications. Path is Widgets > Settings shortcut > Notifications.
12) Give two fingers to quick settings
You probably know that when you swipe down from the top of your Android handset’s home screen launches the notifications menu.
Did you know though that throwing a second finger into the mix brings quick settings to the front? If you want to save your time and a second swipe, use double-digit motion to see Wi-Fi controls, screen casting options and Bluetooth shortcuts at your fingertips.
13) Set your phone to automatically unlock when you’re relaxing
To keep out unwanted curious eyes, you need to lock your phone. But when you’re in relaxing it can be tiresome as it takes time to unlock and see your latest Facebook feed.
You can set your phone to automatically unlock when you’re relaxing.
In Settings, go to Security >> Trust Agents >> Smart Lock. Activating this will allow you to set parameters for when you want your device to ditch the passcode. Your handset is watching you.
Using these simple tricks, you can get best out of your Android smartphone or device. Also, these tips will make your phone a whole lot fun and simple. Just give them a try and see the magic.