With every new Android version comes with a hidden flurry of fancy fresh features. Some of them immediately transform the way we work, while others just quietly fade away without making much noise. Dig into the settings and discover the secret things your Android phone can do, including a host of clever features and useful tools.
That’s why we have come up with this article where we unearth 10 hidden Android features that are quite interesting and helpful. So, let’s go ahead and explore some unique Android features which are available on our Android devices.
10 hidden Android features you should be using
- Enable Android Developer Options
This is a gateway to accessing a lot of settings that most Android users don’t know about. You can change things like the maximum number of connected Bluetooth devices at once, or modify the background processes limit so your phone doesn’t take on too much at once. Developer options give you power-user control over your device, but be careful not to mess with anything you don’t understand, as some settings could seriously mess up your phone’s setup.
- Restrict background data
This is a great way to extend your phone’s battery life and stop you from running out of data three weeks before your plan renews. A whole host of apps that pretty much everyone uses are constantly refreshing and looking for a wi-fi connection in the background. Disabling this is a great way to make your phone last longer but it will also stop you from receiving notifications from the likes of Whatsapp unless it is currently open on your phone.
- Split screen
While not quite the same as having two phones at once, using a split screen on Android is handy for those wanting to multitask. Unless you have great eyesight or a particularly big phone, it may be best to use a split-screen on one of the best Android tablets instead.
- View all saved Wi-Fi Networks
You can view all of the Wi-fi networks that you’ve saved to your phone in one place, which is super handy. If a network is now defunct, or you no longer have permission to use it (like an old job) you can also delete it from your saved networks and stop automatically connecting.
- Check Notification History
f you’re one of those popular people who gets more messages than Santa in December, it can be easy to miss a notification on your phone. Luckily, on Android, you can recap every notification you’ve received. Keep in mind, Android only saves 24 hours of notifications (to prevent slowdown), so you can’t go back too far.
- One-handed mode
everything with one hand, you’re in luck! Most leading Android phones feature a one-handed mode. With a swipe of the screen, the whole user interface will drop down and be much easier to reach. This is very helpful for those with accessibility issues and anyone with small hands who may struggle to reach certain parts of the screen.
- Share Wi-Fi passwords via a QR code
If you’re done telling every guest the Wi-Fi password or are in a large group looking to connect, you can avoid any confusion around uppercase or lowercase and other sticking points by generating a QR code instead. All you need is one Android device that’s already connected to the network and then everyone else can scan it with their devices and connect straight away
- Translate text
Now the perils of the pandemic are easing, international travel is back on the cards. It can be difficult on vacation to know what to order from a restaurant menu that isn’t in your first language, and a whole load of other issues springs up when you can’t speak the language. Luckily Google has us sorted when it comes to translating the written word in seconds.
- Smart Lock
Locking your phone is an important security measure, but it can also be a pain when you’re just relaxing or working from home. Luckily, Android lets you disable your lock screen in locations where you feel safe, meaning you can get in and out of your phone quickly. Just note that this feature works with Google Maps, so you will obviously need an internet connection at that location.
- Set a data limit
With streaming services, social networks, and other apps constantly chipping away at our data allowances, it can be easy to go over your limit. With this feature, not only can you save yourself some unwanted charges, but you can also cap your data in terms of both monthly and daily usage. If you set your cap below your plan’s limit, you can keep data for when you really need it or have a data binge at the end of the month!