As we know that how fast Android has evolved over the years and Google is always trying to add some new features and trying to make changes in existing ones. However, whether you are experience or new user of Android, you wish to try out every available option you see on the screen whether you are familiar or unfamiliar with the system, including the frustrations that outbreaks you every day, tips and tricks to get around Android system are always helpful.
How much do you know about your Android Phone/Tablet? We know that you can make calls, send text messages, but we bet here is something amazing things that you weren’t aware of.
In this post we are introducing 51 useful Android Tips and Tricks that will help you to improve your experience whenever you will use your Android device. Please note that the steps may differ little from one Android phone to another because of differences in Android OS and the Build, but if you play around with it then you are not far from next step.
Read on to find out!
Android Tips And Tricks: Category List
1 – Enable Developer Mode
This is one of the popular and widely known tricks. The reasons for including it because this trick is very much important.
Go to Settings> About Phone, now click on your phone’s build number several times until you get onscreen countdown, that ultimately displayed by the messages saying “Congratulations, you are now a developer”.
2 – Disable App Notifications
Do you get annoyed by app notifications that frequently keep coming? For your information, these app notifications also play a major part in draining your phone’s battery. So, if you really want to turn OFF these notification and you are using Jelly Bean 4.1 and above, then here follow the steps;
- Go to Setting> App
- Click on app of which you want to turn OFF notification
- Untick Show Notification and then click OK to confirm
3 – Locate App Notifications
Are you getting annoyed by app notification, but you don’t know which app is causing it?
Well, here is the simple solution – when you get that unknown notification then long press on the notification and your device will tell you about it. You may then disable app notification or uninstall that particular app.
4 – Disable/Uninstall Pre-Installed App
There are many phones that come up with apps that are pre-installed. You may not use or don’t want some of those pre-installed apps. Fortunately, you can handle this issue.
Some pre-installed app can be uninstalled normally from the play store or finding it in the app setting. But some app that is the part of system app is non-removable. In this case, what you can do is disable it. Go to setting>app. Find the app from the app list and click on it. Now click on “Disable” button and then OK to confirm. The app will get removed from the app drawer, prevents it from running in the background.
5 – How To Check For Android System Updates
Many users are unknown to this features that do not check and update their Android devices. But Android users must keep their devices up-to-date. Here, find out how to check for system updates:
- Go to Settings>About Phone/Tablet
- Click on System Updates
- Tap Check now to look for system updates
6 – Priority Mode
This is the mode that is rarely used on the entire android system. In short, Priority Mode allow user to put their phone in silent mode, but it still allow to make some “noises” to by pass through. These noises could be of calls, text messages, WhatsApp from particular contacts, notification from specific apps or important alert like alarms. Here how to set it up:
- Go to Settings > Sound & Notification > Do not disturb
- Now select the options that you want from the option given
- You can quickly toggled it to ON and OFF from the Quick setting Menu
Note – This is for Android Lollipop. But this function is also available for other Android version but steps differ.
7 – Map Zoom
Have you ever need to use Google Map one-handed? (Do not try this while you are driving! Accident may occur)
Simply double tap the screen and then swipe up and down to zoom in and out. It is very convenient than zooming in and out with your fingers and hold your phone at the same with other hand.
8 – Screen Pinning
If you have children who uses your phone regularly, then this is the amazing feature for you. This will not allow your kids to open any files or webpage that is age-inappropriate or run up huge bills by accidentally turning on Mobile data or other activities.
- This feature is Turned OFF by default. So you need to first enable it. Go to Settings> Security. Scroll down to Screen pinning.
- Now to pin a screen, open the app, press the overview button (the square button) on your phone and then click on pin icon.
You may also select to PIN-Protect the pinned screen, if you want to.
9 – Make use of “OK Google”
The heart of all Android phones is Google Search and you can start searching anything at any time by simply saying “Ok Google”. By default it works in home screen and in search box automatically, but you can set it to work from everywhere. Follow the steps below:
- Go to Search Settings>Voice>OK Google detection
- Now turn ON the “from any Screen” option
- While enabling the feature the phone will have you say “OK Google” few time to recognize your voice.
Once the feature turned ON, you can then speak the hotword at anytime from any screen the device display is ON.
10 – Google Screen Search (Marshmallow and Higher)
If your phone runs on Marshmallow, you will have the feature of screen search (earlier known as Google Now on Tap). This feature of Google brings the contextual search out of the Search UI. When you long press the Home Screen, Google simply read the text on the screen and then provide contextual actions. It can help you to look for restaurant review, make calendar appointment or just perform Web search. It is also capable of identifying things like bar codes in images or in the camera viewfinder. Just give it a try before you try any other app.
11 – Use Power Saving Modes
Almost every Android Phones have power saving modes of some sort. Go to battery menu i.e, Settings>Battery to see the settings. For example Samsung phones offer a regular power saving mode that lessen the screen brightness and slows down the CPU. Also there is Ultra Power Saver that restrict down the devices to just few apps. There are phones that offer basic power saving modes that gets turned ON when your devices reach to certain battery level. This is something useful that you must set it up.
12 – Split-Screen Apps (On Selected Devices)
If your phone runs on Nougat 7.0 or higher, then you can bring up two apps running in the split-screen mode. To perform this feature, you just need to:
- Long press the overview button
- Your current running app will shrink into half of the screen
- Now you can select another app from your recent list
- The divider between the two apps can be adjusted
- When you are done with the divider, long press the overview button once again or drag the divider all through to the top or bottom
Split screen is a reserved feature of all the devices that runs Android 7.0 or higher. However, some phone or tablets running on older Android versions have similar function (e.g. – Samsung device have split-screen mode, but that is not compatible with lots of apps).
13 – Screen Casting
If you have Chromecast or Android TV then you can do a lot more than streaming videos. Android device can now mirror the entire display on to your TV and it really work and enjoyable. On some of the Android phone there is a Cast icon in the Quick Settings. Simply tap on that icon and select the output device to in order to start mirroring your display.
On other phones you can install Chromecast app and then you can use the screen casting feature given there.
14 – Google Backup: The Best Way To Backup Phone
You might know that, Google is more than eager to help keep your data and app safe. If you go into phone’s setting you will find Backup & Reset option in the list. Here you will find an option to backup your data that will include Wi-Fi passwords, contacts, app data and preferences. All of this will be linked to your Google account, which you can set to automatically restore your data when you re-install an app.
15 – Disable Automatic App Updates
Do you get irritated with the app update notification and you want to stop it. If yes, then here are the steps that you can follow to disable app update:
- Go to Play Store and head over to Settings
- Click on Auto-update apps
- Select Do not auto-update apps
Similarly, if you want to Turn ON Auto updates, follow the same process and select Auto-update apps.
However, if you want to update you apps manually, then simply open Play Store and swipe the main page from the left and click on My Apps. You can click on particular app and update them manually. However, if you want to update them all at once then simply tap on Update All.
16 – Changing Default Apps
Have you already set some of default apps for performing specific task? For example using Chrome for opening any web links. But now you want to change it. Below follow the steps to change default apps:
- Go to Settings > Apps
- Swipe right and look for the All tab
- Select the app you want to remove as default
- Now look for Launch By Default option and click on Clear Defaults
17 – Save Offline Maps
Google Maps also allow user to save maps offline and this features has been expanded more strongly. However, it is not easy to find. Here how to save offline maps:
- Locate the area that you want to save offline
- Then tap in the Search bar locate at the top of the screen
- Now exit the keyboard and scroll down to the bottom and there you will see the option to download
The app will provide the outline about the area that will be downloaded and will also inform how much space it requires. The offline data will save the streets, essential pint of interest and the ability to use turn by turn navigation.
18 – How To Save Email Photos
It is very simple, just open your email message from which you want to save photos. Once opened, you will see the “Download” button next to the image in the email. Alternatively, you can also hold down your finger on the photo to save it.
19 – How Do I Take Screenshot
Earlier we need to install Android developer tool to take screenshot, but now you can take screenshot on phone running 4.0 or higher with press of few buttons.
On most of the Android phones, you just need to hold down the sleep/wake button and the volume-down button simultaneously. Hold down these buttons until your screen flashes.
But these steps differ in some models. For example in Samsung’s Galaxy phone you have to hold down power button and home button until you see the screen flashes.
20 – How to Geotag Photos
- Go to Camera App
- Click the Menu button
- Select Setting and set “Geo-tag Photos” to ON
21 – My Location is Not Always Accurate in Maps
This is a great feature to user who is traveling to new places and hence they need this feature to work properly and correctly. If your location map is not showing accurate then here follow the below steps:
- Go to Settings>Location
- Now make sure that “Use GPS Satellites” option ticked marked
Once you set it, then this will ensure much greater accuracy when navigating.
22 – Record Voice Memos
You can record voice memos on your Android phone with the help of app like Smart Voice Recorder. Install this app on your device and when you are ready to record voice, click on “Record” button with the red dot to start recording. If you want to stop recording then again click on red button. Once you finish with your recording, you can then give title for your recording and then click on “Save” button to save the file.
If you have lost your important voice recordings from your Android device and want to recover it then follow this – Recover Deleted Voice Recordings on Android
23 – Google Play Music: Allow You to Download Podcast
Google Play Music allow Android user to download podcast. The app will contextually serve up a podcast based on what you are interested in, what you are feeling or what you are doing. You can also search for your favorite podcasts and hit subscribe and then you can download the podcasts from there or turn ON notification for future podcasts releases.
24 – Disable Mobile Data
When you don’t require internet and if you don’t want to stay connected then you can disable the mobile data. If you disable the mobile data then it will help you in preventing your smartphone battery from draining too quickly. Here how to Turn OFF mobile data:
- Go to Setting>Data Usage
- Disable mobile data by simply toggling the setting from ON to OFF
25 – Set Mobile Data Limit
This is one of the good features of Android OS. It allows user to set mobile data usage and this is very helpful for those users who use internet unlimited on their phone. For example – if you have 2GB data for 30 days and if you have set the limit to 1GB, then after usage of 1GB, mobile data will give warning and your mobile data connection will stop automatically.
Also you can track of how much of the mobile data you have left with. Here find out how to set mobile data limit:
- Go to Settings > Data Usage.
- Turn ON mobile data, you can then see the Mobile Data Limit option
- Tick mark the mobile data limit and then set your data limit by dragging the orange line.
- Set your data usage cycle based when your month start and end, and you are done.
26 – Quickly Change Your WiFi Network
How to instantly change Wi-Fi network is not so clear. But yes, you can go to Setting>Wi-Fi and from there you can switch between Wi-Fi network. But there is another quick way to change it. Here find out how:
Swipe down from the top of your screen where you can see the Quick Setting Menu. Now instead of clicking on Wi-Fi icon, click on the network’s name. You can now see the list of all the available networks in your surrounding area.
That is, only if your Android version supports this.
27 – Add Multiple Google Accounts
To run android phone, you need a Google Account, but do you know that you can add multiple account than one Google account on your android phone. This is helpful, if you are using more than one Google account. To add multiple Google accounts, follow the below steps:
- Go to Settings > Add account.
- Select Google and setup your New or Existing Google account
- Once added, you can then select what you want to sync with the account
You can repeat the same process if you want to add more accounts.
28 – Customize Home Screen Shortcuts With Folders
If you have installed lots of app on your phone, then your Home screen will get filled with app shortcuts. You can put those entire app shortcuts in one folder on your Home screen. Here how to do it:
- Long press on any of the app shortcut and drag it to another shortcut, you cans see the square/circle appearing around the apps, indicating that new folder has been created.
- Now you can drag and drop more apps into the folder. You can also rename the name of the folder, by simply tapping on the text area at the bottom of the window.
29 – Disable Animations
By disabling animation you can make your android device run faster and smother but for this you have to enter into Developer Mode which can be found in Setting or About Device.
Once you enter into Developer Mode, go to Developer Option and find Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Turn them OFF one by one.
30 – Set up Adoptable Storage (on some devices)
It is the coolest features added to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It makes the external microSD card first class storage by merging it with internal storage. Not all phones with card slot have this feature, but some phones that have limited internal storage space do that. The internal storage will accept the card as a part of the system and hence it expands its total internal space where all the important data get stored automatically.
The only disadvantages of this feature is that the card get formatted and encrypted and can be used in that device only. If you want to use it in another device then you have to completely reset it and move all data to internal flash memory.
31 – Get Mobile Notifications on Your Desktop Computer
Pushbullet which is a free app, is an exceptionally very useful app that will allow you to see text messages and calls notifications on your PC. With the help of this app, one can easily send files and links too.
32 – Install App Other Than From Play Store
Though Play Store has lots of apps, but still if you want to install app from outside sources then there are safe ways to do that. But you need to first go to Settings>Security on your device and then enable “Unknown Sources” – this will allow you to install app from outside source. Some of the safe and popular ones are 9Apps, Amazon Appstore, F-Droid and APK Mirror. Amazon offers some of the paid app for free and F-Droid and 9Apps is free to use that offer many free and open source software.
Troubleshooting & Quick Fixes
33 – How to Turn Off Auto-Correction
This is very irritating when you write any word to text, the Auto-correction change it to some other words that you do not intend to write. Turning OFF Auto-correction will help you in fixing this problem.
- Go to Settings > Language & input
- Now look for Google Keyboard and then click on setting icon locate just next to it
- Look for Auto/text Correction and click on it
- Select OFF to disable Auto-Correction
34 – Back up your Photos Automatically
The worst things is in losing or breaking the phone and then realize that your photos aren’t backup. But you can prevent with the help of Google photos app. Open it and follow the onscreen instruction to enable auto-backup. The default mode is “high quality” with unlimited space. However, this compresses your photos but quality look amazing. But if you want to keep original images then you can use your Drive storage space. You will get 15GB free space and you can buy more.
Lost or deleted your valuable photos from your Android phone/tablet? Use Android Data Recovery Tool to Restore it Back Quickly!!!
35 – Lock and Locate Your Lost Phone
With the use of Android Device Manager (ADM) you can find the estimated location of your devices and when it was last used. Here find out what you need to do:
Sign into the ADM website at www.google.com/android/devicemanager and make sure that your current phone is selected.
From here you can see the approx location of your device. You can also lock your device, erase data from it or ring it. Your phone will ring for 5 minutes even if it is put on silent mode.
You can also find your phone in future, you have option to always ask Google to “Find my Phone”
36 – How to Block Unwanted Callers?
Most of the network providers do not offer this service, but if you have android device then you have an option. With the help of Extreme Call Blocker, you will be able to block incoming calls in all imaginable way. It works extremely well and you can prevent yourself from lots of headaches in future.
37 – How Can I Save Battery Life?
There several tweaks & tricks on Android device that can help you stop specific functions without hampering your use of Android too much. You may get surprised that how much battery you can save.
Here are some tips:
I – Go to Settings> Wireless & Networks> Mobile Network. Now tap the arrow next to “Network Mode” and select GSM only
Though you will get slower network but yes it will save lots of battery life.
II – Go to Setting>Display. Select Brightness option and untick the Automatic Brightness box. Now slide the arrow as far to the left side that is comfortable for you to view.
III – You may not need the location feature connected all the time so turn it OFF. Go to Settings>Location and untick the two boxes shown there.
38 – How do I Wipe My Android Phone Completely?
Before you follow the process below, if you have any important data then first take the backup on another device.
The best way to wipe android phone completely is to use “Factory Data Reset” Option.
- Go to Settings>Backup & Reset
- Then click on Factory Data Reset
- Click on Reset Phone to erase all data
Note – this will delete all the data from your phone internal memory including apps, music, photos, contacts, etc.
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39 – How to Change the Language on My Phone?
Your Android Phone offers the option to change the language in which it is displayed.
Follow the below steps and find out how to change language on your phone:
- Go to Settings>Language & Input
- Click on Languages. It will display the list of available language
- Select the language that you would like to use
40 – Some Games Play Slowly On My Phone
There could be several reasons behind it such as incompatibility with your OS, apps running in background eat lots of your processor’s capacity and low memory space, etc
Follow the below steps and check if it works:
- Uninstall the apps which you think are not useful or which are not used for a long time
- Free space in your internal memory: Get rid of all unused data & apps that are eating your memory space
- Lose the Widgets and Live Wallpapers as it decreases the capability of CPU of your device
- If possible upgrade to latest OS
- Turn off all auto syncing apps before playing a game
41 – Where Did My Paid Apps Go?
If you are interested to know all of your apps that you paid for in the Google Play Store. Then here is an easy way to retrieve the list showing only paid applications.
- Open Play Store on your mobile device
- Press the Menu Icon and then go to My Account>Order History
- You’ll get the list of all your purchased applications
42 – How To Get Refund On Paid Apps?
Even if you have deliberately purchased an app from Play Store but now you don’t want to use it, then you still have time to get a refund of purchase for paid apps.
So what you need to do, just follow the below steps:
- Open Play Store on your mobile device
- Press the Menu Icon and then go to My Account>Order History
- You’ll get the list of all your purchases. Find the Apps you’d like to return
- Press Refund and follow the on-screen instructions
More Information Related To Refund – Read This
43 – How To Safely Remove Memory Card
If you remove the SD card from your Android device then you may lose your important data stored on it. Hence it is recommend that you must always unmount it for safely remove.
Follow the below steps to remove SD card safely:
- Open “Settings” and go to “Storage“
- Tap “Unmount SD Card“
- Some apps may stop functioning properly. Tap “Mount SD Card” to use the SD Card again
44 – How To Unfreeze Android Phone
There are few ways that you can follow to prevent freeze problem on your Android smartphones. Some of them are mentioned below:
I – Force Close any Apps: If any of your app is freezing or not working properly and you are not able to do anything, then you can try this trick:
- Go to Settings > open Apps
- Now select the App that is freezing
- Tap on Force Close to shut down the app completely
II – Restart your Android device: Another simple way to unfreeze Android Phone or any other phone is to simply restart the device.
- Long press Sleep/Power button
- The device will show several option, here select the Restart option
Note – This Android tip will only work at times when your device is still responding to you.
45 – How to Lock SIM Card?
This function is to protect SIM card data such as Contacts and SMS. When you lock your SIM card then a PIN will be required whenever you will restart your phone or if it is inserted into another device.
Below are the steps to Lock SIM card:
- Go to Settings>Security
- Go to SIM Card Lock section and click on “Set Up SIM Card Lock”
- Select Lock SIM card
- Now enter your default PIN (this is set as 0000) or, if you’ve previously set a PIN for the SIM in your phone, enter that.
If you enter the wrong PIN three times your SIM will be automatically locked. To unlock your SIM you’ll need a PUK code.
You cans also select Change SIM PIN to change your SIM PIN from the default PIN.
46 – How to Add Webpage Shortcut to HomeScreen?
Just follow the below steps:
- Launch Chrome and open the site or webpage that you want to create shortcuts on Home Screen
- Tap the Menu button located at the top right corner
- Click on Add to homescreen. Here you can enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your Home Screen
The shortcut webpage icon will appear on your homescreen like any other app shortcut or widgets. You can also drag it around and place it anywhere you want.
Security & Safety
47 – Smart Lock
Smart Lock is really a useful feature. When you enable Smart Lock then you don’t need to use keypad lock when you are at home or any other “trusted” environment.
It can use your face or any other body parts, certain networks, use GPS, or even your voice search to avoid your phone from locking itself, just to make hassle free and faster experience. Here how to enable Smart Lock:
- Go to Settings > Security > Smart lock to set it up
48 – Encrypt Your Phone To Protect Data
Why we should encrypt our data? To protect our data, identity, password and other personal details. Encrypting will scramble the data with cryptographic key. It will protect your data even if someone connects your phone to computer.
Here what you need to do to encrypt your data:
- Go to Settings>Security>Select PIN or Password> Encrypt Phone> Encrypt SD card
This will take some time, hence make sure that your phones is charged. Also note that it may decrease battery performance and you have to type your PIN every time when you TURN ON your phone.
49 – How to Disable Search History?
Google’s history service is always trying to improve and be helpful. This includes tracking your current location, keeping records of all internet searches or scanning your emails and browsing history to provide relevant ads.
But there are many users who do not want this service and want to hide their search history. If you are one among them, then below find out how to disable search history:
- Go to Settings>Accounts>Tap Google
- In the Google settings page, tap Search
- Now under Privacy & Accounts look for the “Show recent searches” setting and untick the box next to it
That’s all! You are now successfully disabled Google Searches on your Android device.
50 – Prevent Android Mobile Devices From Virus Attack
This is very important part for Android users, you need to protect your phones from virus or malware attack. So, what you should do to avoid virus/malware attacks? Below find out:
- Never install unauthorized apps
- Use powerful antivirus
- Check/Read App permission and Keep OS version updated
- Disable install from unknown sources
- Don’t share your personal information while you are on public Wi-Fi
- Protect your phone with password
51 – Bonus Tips (List of “Secret” Codes)
|*#*#4636#*#*||Display information about Phone, Battery and Usage statistics|
|*#*#7780#*#*||Resetting your phone to factory state-Only deletes application data and applications|
|*2767*3855#||It's a complete wiping of your mobile also it reinstalls the phones firmware|
|*#*#34971539#*#*||Shows completes information about the camera|
|*#*#7594#*#*||Changing the power button behavior-Enables direct poweroff once the code enabled|
|*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#*||For a quick backup to all your media files|
|*#*#197328640#*#*||Enabling test mode for service activity|
|*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#*||Wireless Lan Tests|
|*#*#232338#*#*||Displays Wi-Fi Mac-address|
|*#*#1472365#*#*||For a quick GPS test|
|*#*#1575#*#*||A Different type GPS test|
|*#*#0283#*#*||Packet Loopback test|
|*#*#0*#*#*||LCD display test|
|*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#*||Audio test|
|*#*#0842#*#*||Vibration and Backlight test|
|*#*#2663#*#*||Displays touch-screen version|
|*#*#0588#*#*||Proximity sensor test|
|*#*#232337#*#*||Displays bluetooth device address|
|*#*#8255#*#*||For Google Talk service monitoring|
|*#*#4986*2650468#*#*||PDA, Phone, Hardware, RF Call Date firmware info|
|*#*#1234#*#*||PDA and Phone firmware info|
|*#*#1111#*#*||FTA Software version|
|*#*#2222#*#*||FTA Hardware version|
|*#*#44336#*#*||Displays Build time and change list number|
|*#06#||Displsys IMEI number|
|*#*#8351#*#*||Enables voice dialing logging mode|
|*#*#8350#*#*||Disables voice dialing logging mode|
Android Short Codes Source – Reddit
After reading above all the Android tips and trick and features, you should be able to use android as a Pro. However, there are lot to learn and more to discover in Android. Though every device is little different but you should not be afraid of moving forward and check setting and every function and see what you can find out.