Consider this your friendly reminder as we prepare for the introduction of yet another new Android version — Android 12, which is likely to be unveiled any day now (and is already leaking like crazy) — These hidden Android functions, which have been added to the operating system at various times over the years, are still present and highly useful. Take some time to rediscover them and remind yourself what you’ve been losing out on.
We all desire to own the most up-to-date and high-end cell phone on the market. However, we may be unaware of the fantastic functions available on our phones. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing features of a smartphone that we should all be aware of.
One of the most useful features to appear in Android in a long time is also one of the most obscure and difficult to find. We are referring to the Alt-Tab-like fast app-switching feature that was first introduced in Android 7 in 2016 and is still one of the most liked Android shortcuts (along with all those wonderful Gboard shortcuts we talked about last week!). You can forgive yourself if you forgot about it — or if you never knew about it in the first place — since there’s nothing to alert you to its existence. It’s also changed a lot throughout the years, making the chances of losing track of it much higher.
Make your smartphone into a wireless remote control. The apps’ main feature is that they turn any phone into a complicated control device for your laptop, PC, or television. Enjoy complete wireless control over your PC.
Until you leave your current area, smartphones can be set to ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode. This allows you to be online while being hidden from undesirable social media for a period of time. To activate this mode, go to the Control Centre rather than the Settings: In Control Centre, tap and hold the Do Not Disturb (crescent moon) icon, then select ‘Until I leave this place.’
People with low vision are often unaware of how beneficial this quality can be. Simply go to Accessibility > Magnification gestures in Settings > Accessibility > Magnification gestures. Then, by tapping any section of the display, you’ll be able to zoom in on it. There are also various apps available for download, as well as the ability to use the rear camera as a magnifying glass.
If you have an Android device, you can not only read but also listen to this article. If you prefer to hear rather than see incoming information, you can follow these simple steps. You can go to Settings > Accessibility and enable Text-to-Speech Output. Similar choices are also accessible on iPhone phones.
Your position and orientation are determined by a variety of sensors on all cell phones. You can use your phone as an accurate bubble level to measure any surface if you download an app. Wi-Fi Analyzer, Scanner, Compass, and more apps are also available to measure the size of a surface.
We frequently open a book or an article on a browser tab to read later, but this never occurs due to a poor internet connection. Your mood has been ruined because the saved pages have vanished. There’s good news! The Google Chrome app allows you to save any web item for later reading – simply tap the Download button and start reading.
If you can’t connect to the internet or your mobile connectivity is poor, you can store a Google Maps area to your phone or tablet and use it when you’re not connected to the internet. It’s quite simple to download a region from Google Maps and use it offline on your device. Downloading Google Maps and navigating offline saves battery life if you’re going on a long drive and don’t have access to a charging station.