Android smartphones are renowned for their versatility and customization options. However, many users are unaware of the full potential of their devices. Here are seven genius hacks you haven’t tried yet to get more out of your Android device.
Hack 1: Customize Your Home Screen with Widgets and Live Wallpapers
Android allows you to personalize your home screen with widgets and live wallpapers. Widgets provide quick access to app features right from the home screen. To add a widget, long-press on an empty space on your home screen, select ‘Widgets’, and choose from the list. Live wallpapers, on the other hand, add dynamic backgrounds to your device. You can find these in the ‘Wallpapers’ section of your device’s settings.
Hack 2: Enable Developer Options for Advanced Customization
Developer options unlock a plethora of advanced settings. To enable this, go to ‘Settings’, then ‘About Phone’, and tap ‘Build Number’ seven times. A message will appear saying ‘You are now a developer!’. Now, you can access developer options from the main settings menu.
Hack 3: Use Screen Pinning for Privacy
Screen pinning allows you to lock your phone to a single app, perfect for when someone borrows your phone. To enable this, go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Security’, and turn on ‘Screen Pinning’. To pin an app, open it, then press the ‘Overview’ button and tap the pin icon.
Hack 4: Automate Tasks with Google Assistant Routines
Google Assistant Routines can automate a series of actions with a single command. To set up a routine, open the Google Assistant settings, select ‘Routines’, and tap the ‘+’ button to create a new one. You can then specify the command and the actions it should trigger.
Hack 5: Use Split-Screen Mode for Multitasking
Android’s split-screen mode allows you to use two apps simultaneously. To use this feature, open the ‘Overview’ screen, tap the app icon at the top of the app’s preview, and select ‘Split screen’. Then, choose the second app from the ‘Overview’ screen.
Hack 6: Save Battery with Dark Mode
Dark mode not only gives your device a sleek look but also saves battery life on OLED screens. To enable dark mode, go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Display’, and turn on ‘Dark Theme’.
Hack 7: Unlock Your Phone Automatically with Smart Lock
Smart Lock can automatically unlock your phone when it’s in a trusted location or connected to a trusted device. To set it up, go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Security’, and select ‘Smart Lock’. You can then choose the conditions under which your phone should stay unlocked.