Android is pretty much loved by all its users. There is the higher number of apps to choose from, the more phone manufacturers giving more settings to play with, the list goes on. What we sometimes miss is the hidden functionality that is not common knowledge but can speed up your day.
Here are 10 of the best secret gems to get more out of your Android.
Better Control of Your Data Usage
Excess data usage can be an expensive business, not to mention annoying when immediate downloads start before you can stop them. Android have tools such as fine tuning auto-sync for when you are away from a free Wi-Fi hotspot. Open the Settings menu and select Data Usage then Wireless and Networks. Click Restrict background data and you’re good to go.
Extend the Life of Your Battery
Smartphones and the latest mobiles are power hungry due to all that sophistication. While batteries get bigger, they also run down quicker. This means charging is almost a daily task. Try and squeeze some extra life out of your Android battery by selecting battery saver mode within the Battery menu. It can prolong your session by as much as 90 minutes.
Expand Your Storage
Storage capacity is one of the key factors when choosing a phone, but this seems strange when you consider you could fall back on free Google storage and pick an alternative phone for other specs you like. Google Drive gives you 15GB to play with, so your important docs need not be clogging up your Android storage. Google Photos is free, so you have unlimited storage for photos that can be uploadedto make space.
Speed Up Your Mobile
When times are tough, and your speed is beginning to creak, you may have reached the point of the dreaded de-clutter. You just have to turn some apps off as they burn some speed while being there. Use the Application Manager to switch off the least used and see if any should go altogether.
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Use Your Phone as Your PA
An Android feature that can do this is called Google Now. It will ping you with a flash card type of reminder, for all your pre-arranged appointments. Set yourself notifications for travel and weather updates and all your business tasks and make your life easier.
Use Guest Mode
Guest Mode is a great way to keep your personal stuff hidden from anyone else using your phone. Hundreds of selfies are probably best put away for leisure time, and the same goes for many apps you don’t want others to use in your absence. Better still create a spare account for them, so you get your phone back quicker and unaltered.
Nearly everything on Android can be done with voice activation. From saying ”Okay, Google.” to playing your favorite Spotify songs, it can all be done audibly. Set up Voice – Google Detection in Settings and have your phone ready at your beck and call even when your hands are full.
Quick Contact Search
This idea can actually save a lot of time. Instead of scrolling through your contacts list for the person you need, just type their name and get it quicker.
Limit Distractions by Prioritizing Alerts
Android’s Priority Mode should be utilized so you don’t get disturbed while doing important work. You can fully customize notifications to let you know stuff only when you are ready for it. You can factor in other appointments if running late.
Widgets can do so much, like saving battery life for starters. Yes, widgets are now designed to control access to things like 4G if you don’t need it at the time. Widgets can also take care of mundane tasks to save you from constantly tapping the screen.
Now that you’re on your way to maximizing your time and effort, the next thing would be arming yourself with business tips and tricks especially if you’re still learning the ropes. Check out these apps that will surely offer valuable guidance on how to get you started on the right track.0
Faisal Wahab is a writer and content marketer who is a computer science graduate and a tech geek. He is a part of the team at MobiWoz which is a tech blog providing latest mobile news and app reviews.
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