Android devices are convenient. Not only do they come with fantastic tools built-in, but you can add lots of apps to get even more out of your device. Tap or click here for five handy Google apps you should be using on your Android.
Your Android phone is also highly customizable. You can personalize your phone using many different tools and settings, but what’s convenient?
Let’s see what options you can change right now to unlock your phone’s hidden potential.
1. Change your text size
Font size is a big issue on small phone screens. Even when your phone scales text, it’s not always clear. You can control your phone’s font size (which will apply to everything on your entire device, including web browsing) by doing the following:
- Find and access Settings app on your phone.
- Select Accessibility and open these settings.
- Find and press the Character font settings.
Here you can change font sizes with a slider. You will be able to preview changes as they happen.
2. Prevent New App Installs From Creating Shortcuts
Maybe you want to do it manually. Maybe you’re tired of apps cluttering your home screen. Whatever the reason, here’s how to fix it:
- Find an empty section of your home screen, then Press and hold until a menu appears.
- In this menu, press Home settings.
- You will see the Prevent new apps from creating shortcuts the prompt appears. Press it.
Keep in mind that this will impact every future download from the Google Play Store. If you want to disable it, repeat the same steps and reverse your choice.
3. Change screen lock timeout
Your screen locks after a while. Someone can access your information in a public area if you put down your phone without locking it. If they swipe your phone while it’s unlocked, they have better access to your apps and information. Try that:
- Open the Settings application.
- Press on Display.
- Find and press Advanced under display settings.
- Choose the Screen Sleep option.
Select a shorter period for the lock. This won’t be affected if you’re watching media, so shorter times are still usable.
Beyond security concerns in public spaces, you also save battery by locking the screen faster. If you’ve been known to leave your screen unlocked when you put it down, this will help reduce the number of recharges you need, thereby extending your battery life.
4. Automatic Wi-Fi connection
Have you ever turned off Wi-Fi and forgot to turn it back on when you got home? Farewell, monthly data cap. You can use this option to effortlessly turn Wi-Fi back on without having to remember. Here’s how:
- Tap the Settings application.
- Go to Networking and Internet.
- From there, press Wireless so what Wi-Fi Preferences.
- Select Enable Wi-Fi automatically.
This will automatically connect you to trusted Wi-Fi networks when in range. This means that when you get home, you’re connected to Wi-Fi again. If you go to a friend’s house and your phone remembers that network, it will automatically connect while you’re there and save your data.
5. Show emergency information on the lock screen
If you lose your phone or get into an accident, access to emergency contact information is vital for anyone trying to help you or make your phone missing. Here’s how you can view this information on the lock screen without giving anyone access to your phone.
- Go to your Settings application.
- Press on About the phone.
- Here you will have access to your Emergency information. Enter allergies, phone numbers and other medical information to display.
- Follow the prompts to make sure this shows up on your lock screen.
Most people are good. If someone comes across your missing phone, they can use theirs to call your emergency contact and discuss a way to get it back to you.
6. Change your phone’s color gamut
Is your screen a little dull? Out-of-the-box color settings are rarely the best, because there is no way the manufacturer can tell what will look best on you. Here’s how to fix it:
- Press your Settings the app and go to Display.
- To find Advanced under the display options, then choose Colors.
- You have three options: Natural, Boosted and Adaptive. Select your preference.
This changes depending on the manufacturer. Some phones will have options named differently. Browse through them to find out what works best for you.
7. Snooze notifications (on a timer)
Sometimes notifications can be annoying. If you want to sleep on it for a little while, here’s how:
- Press on Settings and go to Apps and Notifications.
- When you scroll down you will see a Advanced option. Press it.
- Press on Allow snooze notifications.
- Set a timer to snooze all incoming notifications.
You will see a small timer in the upper right corner of your phone to let you know that a snooze timer is active. It’s ideal if you’re about to go to the movies or concentrate during a family dinner without your device ringing from the counter.
Customization with almost no limitations
Change your text size, stop creating shortcuts, and even install a whole new operating system if you want. You can customize everything on your Android phone, which is one of the main features they have on iOS.
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