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Hidden Tricks You Didn't Know Your Android Device Could Do

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I have being talking about Android product for a while. I will continue tutoring people about Android phone. Let's continue today's class by talking about some hidden tricks you will never find out yourself on Android Devices


1. Cast your Android screen
ANDROID CASTING
Recent versions of Android come with Chromecast mirroring
built in.

For a number of years, you've been able to broadcast your
Android phone or tablet's display to the larger screen of a
television using a Chromecast. In addition to beaming video
from all the usual movie and TV apps, this streaming device
can mirror your phone. Take advantage of a mirroring
shortcut in the Quick Settings pane, which you access by
dragging down from the top of the screen with two fingers.
You should find a Cast option in this menu.
If it doesn't show up, there's another way to set up
mirroring. First, check to make sure you've installed the
Google Home app for Android. You probably already used
this program to set up your Chromecast. Open the app, tap
Cast screen/audio from its menu, and then choose your
Chromecast. Your device's display should appear on the big
screen.


2. Run apps side-by-side
SPLIT SCREEN
Need two apps side-by-side? Android can help.

One of the new features added in Android 7.0 Nougat is the
option to run apps side-by-side or one above the other. This
view comes in handy when you want to display photos,
optimize your social networking, or multitask, although it's a
bit too laggy for gaming.
To set it up, tap the Overview button (the square icon below
the screen) button, and choose which of your recently used
apps you want to see. Then, hold and drag that app's title
bar to the top or left of the display. Finally, choose another
open app to appear alongside or under it.
Meanwhile, here's another related tip: Double-tap rather
than single-tap the Overview button to quickly switch
between the two apps you've been using most recently.

3. Make text and images more visible
DISPLAY SIZE
Change the size of on-screen objects.

If you're struggling to see what's on the screen—or,
alternatively, if you want to cram as much content as
possible onto the display and don't mind doing a bit of
squinting along the way—you can zoom in or out on text
and objects. Not all the apps will respond to these
adjustments, but most of them will.
To change size settings, open the Android Settings app and
go to the Display heading. From the Display menu, tap the
Font size link to change the default font size in Android.
Select the Display size link to make on-screen objects larger
or smaller.


4. Change volume settings independently
ANDROID VOLUME
Android lets you adjust multiple different volume settings.

Your device plays several different types of audio—including
ring tones, notifications, alarms, phone calls, and media. If
you've ever gone to the Settings menu, opened Sounds, and
tapped Volume, you'll have seen that you can use individual
sliders to adjust these audio types individually.
However, Android gives you a quick-and-easy shortcut. Tap
the physical volume buttons on the side of your device to
make whatever's currently playing softer or louder (if no
media is playing, this action will adjust your ringtone
volume). When you do, a small box will pop up on the screen,
showing which volume setting is changing and how. On the
side of that box, you should see a small arrow. Tap it, and
the box will expand to show multiple volume sliders at once.
This can save you a trip to Settings.


5. Lock phone borrowers inside one app
SCREEN PINNING
Screen pinning locks the phone user into one app.

What happens when you want to lend a friend or young
family member your phone—but don't want them rooting
through your private information or posting to your social
media accounts? Screen pinning lets you be generous
without giving up your privacy. Pinning one app to the screen
means that your phone will only run that app until someone
enters the lock screen code again. Essentially, the user won't
be able to access any other parts of your phone without
your code.
Screen pinning is easy to set up. Open Settings, go to the
Security menu, and enable screen pinning. Once you've
turned on the feature, launch the app your friend needs to
use. Then open Overview by tapping the square navigation
button below the phone screen. On the window for the most
recently opened app, you should see a pin icon (it looks like a
little thumbtack) in the lower right-hand corner. Tap the pin
button to pin that app to the screen.


6. Disable the lock screen at home
SMART LOCK
Smart Lock gives you a choice of ways to unlock your phone.

To keep your device safe, you need to set up a PIN code or a
fingerprint scan to unlock your phone. But this makes it
more inconvenient to access your apps. Google's Smart Lock
feature lets you remove this obstacle, giving you instant
access—but only when you're safely at home.
From Settings, tap Security and then Smart Lock. As well as
disabling the lock screen when you're at home (that's the
trusted places option), you can also disable the screen when
your phone's Bluetooth is connected to a trusted device,
such as your car stereo unit.


7. Tweak the status bar
SYSTEM UI TUNER
System UI Tuner is a hidden menu inside Android.

The status bar is a thin strip at the top of the screen display
that shows you notifications, your phone's current signal
strength, and battery life, among other icons. Thanks to a
hidden settings menu called System UI Turner, you can
select exactly which icons will appear in the status bar, and
tweak extra settings for Do Not Disturb mode and
notifications. However, this menu only became available in
recent versions of Android, so older phones may not allow
you to use it.
To enable it (if it's available on your phone), swipe down
from the top of the screen with two fingers to show the
Quick Settings pane. Locate the settings gear icon in the top
right, then press and hold it for a few seconds. If you see a
confirmation message, that means you've successfully
enabled Settings UI. When you go to the Settings menu, you
should see a new menu entry called "System UI Tuner." Tap
on this new entry, then choose Status bar to control which
icons— from Bluetooth mode to battery levels—will show
up in the status bar.


8. Choose new default apps
DEFAULT APPS
The ability to set default apps is one difference between
Android and iOS.

One of the differences between Android and iOS is that
Google's mobile operating system lets you choose different
default apps for web browsing, texting, viewing photos and
so on. A default app is the app that opens automatically
when you try and do something on your phone—so when
you click a hyperlink, for example, your default web browser
app will open that link.
Take advantage of this flexibility by setting up the defaults
as you want them. Head to Settings, then Apps, then tap the
cog icon in the upper right corner. Select any of the
categories on screen to see a list of installed apps that can
take over default duties. For example, if you'd prefer to chat
with friends via Facebook Messenger, rather than your
phone's built-in SMS app, you can make Facebook's product
your default messaging app.


9. Bring back lost notifications
NOTIFICATION LOG
Android keeps a record of notifications, but it can be tricky
to find.

Accidentally swiped away one of the notifications that you
wanted to read fully? Got a nagging sense that someone
emailed you, but now you're not sure? If you want to review
all of your recent notifications on Android, you're in luck. This
ability is possible—though the option isn't easy to find.
Tap and hold on an empty part of the home screen, and a
screen-adjusting mode will pop up. Choose Widgets, and
find the Settings shortcut. Drag this icon to an empty space
on one of your home screens and drop it in place, and a list
will automatically pop up. Choose Notification log from the
list and tap the icon to open up Android's notification
history.


10. Activate one-handed mode
ONE-HANDED MODE
This keyboard tweak makes your phone easier to use one-
handed.
As today's phones continue to grow in size, they become
harder and harder to operate one-handed. So Google's
custom keyboard, which is the default option on certain
Android phones, has a solution: A special one-handed mode
that you can switch to with a simple shortcut. If you own a
Pixel or Nexus device, this keyboard will be your default
typing option. If you're on a Samsung or LG phone, you'll
have to first download Google's version and set it as your
default keyboard (as demonstrated in tip 8).
Open up the keyboard as normal and tap and hold on the
backslash key. Drag up to the right-hand icon to enable one-
handed mode. The arrow lets you switch this smaller
keyboard from side to side, the bottom icon lets you
re position it, and the top icon restores the full-size
keyboard. Other phone keyboards may also have one-
handed modes, but they can be harder to access than
Google's.
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