Smartphones have so many features that make life easier. In short, they are basically little computers in your pocket. There are so many cool things you can do with your Android phone that most people probably can’t even imagine. Priority Mode feature, custom icon packs, smart lock system and much more are sufficient to keep you happy for a while. Since necessity is the mother of all inventions, everything is possible only if you can pursue it. Here are some cool hacks to help you get the most out of your Android phone.
1. Voice Search
Just a word. That’s right. Your Android wants to help you out; it’s just waiting on you to give the order. Google will help send an email or text on your behalf. It will even figure out what song is playing on your mobile just by listening to you. Activate it by clicking on the microphone icon in Google search or via your headset (or say “OK Google”).
To send an email or text simply say, “Text Demola Gen Man (speak name of contact), Where are you?” or “Email Musa Agent (speak name of contact), When are you coming?” and press send.
You can even email yourself a reminder to do something later. (“Note to self, call Fatai Meat Seller”).
Also, you can find out about the weather or traffic by saying “How is the weather like at Lekki?” or “How is the traffic now at third mainland bridge” (particularly useful when you’re driving and can’t type) as well as track your flights or packages (if you’ve gotten confirmation emails), figure out what song is playing on your phone -”what’s that song?” or just ask any research question you would otherwise have typed into the search bar. Google listen will figure it out.
2. Swipe down to see all
To see your notifications, use one finger to swipe down from the top of your screen. You can also use two fingers to swipe down to display quick settings.
3. Allow calls from selected people you want to talk to
If you don’t want to talk to anyone save for some specific set of people, then the Priority Mode feature will give you enough options to be interrupted only by the people you want.
4. Unlock your phone automatically when you are at home with “Smart Lock”
This setting ensures that your phone will automatically lock itself when you are outside your home. You also have the option to set trusted places where it will automatically unlock itself.
5. Swiftly solve tricky mathematical equations by taking a picture of it
Using Photo Math, an Android application, you can snap a picture of a Math equation and it will solve it instantly.
6. Plug a mouse/keyboard into your phone
If you own an Android smartphone, you can plug a wired or wireless mouse or keyboard into it and it will work.
7. Invert display colours
When initiated, this setting will allow you to read at night without hindrance. Simply go to Settings > Accessibility > Negative Colours and turn your Android screen into something a little more readable at night and a lot more stylish.
8. “Smart Stay”
Android phones like Samsung have a feature that keeps your Android at a bright display for as long as your eyes are on it. Simply go to Settings > Display/Smart Screen > Smart Stay.
9. Lock Screen Message - If found, return to
In case you’re a sucker for misplacing your phones, here’s a feature for you. If your phone gets lost and you suspect it might have been picked up by someone, you can insert a message on the lock screen, telling the finder of your phone how to get in contact with you.
You can do the same thing with Android Device Manager even if you’ve already lost your phone, but this option can be done in advance as a safety measure. Head over to Settings > Security > Lock screen message to insert your phone number, email or any other return instructions.
10. Remotely lock or wipe lost phone
Losing your phone is bad. The knowledge that someone might also have access to your data is even worse and outright dangerous. But Google has a wonderful feature called “Android Device Manager” that lets you track and take control of your phone if you ever lose it.
You can ring your phone, remotely lock it or even factory reset it as long as ADM is activated even if you know you’re never getting it back. To enable the Android Device Manager, just go to Settings > Security > Device Administrators and access the site on your computer if you ever lose your phone.
11. Facial Recognition Lock (Face Lock)
This awesome feature comes in-built on some few high-end smartphones but for those with low-budget phones, you can download a security app with such features.
One of such apps is IObit Applock. This app can be used to lock your phone and apps selectively. Its sophisticated face lock feature is attractive when used to unlock your phone or apps instead of drawing patterns or entering pins and passwords.