You may have had your Android phone for a while, or it may be a brand new acquisition – but do you know all the cool things your phone is capable of?
Phones and operating systems keep improving and upgrading and they offer more and more helpful features.
However, we tend to default to just one way of using a phone and we overlook all the other potentially helpful or convenient features. There are all kinds of hidden features your Android phone holds.
11 Things You Didn’t Know Your Android Phone Could Do:
Use Your Palm To Control Your Phone:
Did you know that you can control your phone in other ways than tapping your screen? Your palm can actually do wonders for certain functions on your Android phone. For example, you can use your palm to take photos.
That’s right, you no longer need a selfie stick for that – if you just hold your palm facing your camera, it will automatically recognize it and take a picture.
You can also use your palm for other things. Mute your phone in an instant by putting your palm over the screen. You can also easily take a screenshot by dragging the side of your palm across the screen from side to side. Easy!
Now, this is super cool: there’s something called Android Beam and it enables you to exchange info between phones by touching them together.
Both devices must be NFC-enabled. If you’re not sure, all you have to do is go into your Settings, and then More. Alternatively, if you’re using a Samsung, go into Connections. S Beam or Android Beam should be available for you under NFC.
As for the range of files you can share – pretty much everything. That includes photos, videos, contacts, music, apps, and even songs in Shazam and other app files. You just put the phones back to back and tap and voila – it sends the files like magic.
Learn More About Your Battery:
Have you ever wanted to gain more insight into your battery? No? But did you even know you can? Just go to your keypad and dial the code *#0228 – you will be blessed with your battery status, which features a lot of cool information you never would have been able to access before.
RSSI reading, voltage, and ADC are available for you. You know, in case you ever wanted to know that stuff. Who knows when it might come in handy? Especially if you’re trying to compare batteries for a new phone you may be looking to buy.
Keep Screen Awake For As Long As You’re Using It:
Are you often super annoyed that your phone screen goes black while you’re still using it? Phones are usually set to turn the display off after a while, in order to preserve the battery.
Well, what if we told you there was a way to keep it on as long as you’re looking at it? Samsung has a nifty little feature known as Smart Stay.
It will keep your display bright while you’re using it. To activate it, you must find it in the Settings.
From there, you go to Display and then Smart Stay. Alternatively, you may find it in Settings, and then Smart Screen, and Smart Stay.
Be warned, though – this feature relies on your front camera, which detects whether or not you’re facing the screen. If you’re uncomfortable with that, you may not be a fan of this feature.
Feature Your Contact Information On The Lock Screen:
We never want to think about emergency situations, but they come up when we least expect them. So, it can be super helpful to turn on some settings that can really matter in an emergency. For example, displaying your contact info on your lock screen.
In order to set that up, you’ll need to go to your Settings menu, and then check under Security. There, you should be able to find a feature that’s called something like “Show owner info on lock screen”.
This will allow you to type out your info that will be visible to whoever finds your phone or responds to an emergency related to you.
Text From A Tablet Or Computer:
Did you know that Android phones allow you to text people from your computer or tablet if you would like to?
There’s a catch – you need an app for this to work. However, it’s completely worth it. If you’re prone to forgetting your phone, losing it, or completely draining the battery, this method is for you.
This app will enable you to get and send texts from your phone number, except on a different device. How cool is that? You are no longer limited by your own forgetfulness.
Unlock Your Device Via Facial Recognition:
One of the coolest new features that Android phones put at your disposal is the ability to actually unlock your device using facial recognition technology.
It’s very easy to set this up as well. All you have to do is find it in the Settings. Then go to Security > Screen Lock, where you will choose the Face Unlock setting.
Now, all you have to do is take a photo. You’ll also need a PIN in order to be able to unlock your phone, just in case the facial recognition software doesn’t work as well as it should.
There’s also a Presence Check option, where you need to blink in order for it to verify it’s really you and not just a picture.
Switch On One-Handed Mode:
One cool thing about Android systems is that they actually have a mode for one-handed use. So, if you’re like most other people, you probably use your phone with just one hand, here is how you can set it up so that you have an easier, more user-friendly time.
Just go to Settings, and look for Advanced Features. You can switch One-handed mode on in this option. This will enable you to reach the most important options with your thumb, when holding your phone in one hand. It comes in handy!
Set Different Volumes:
Does it annoy you when you’re using your phone and all your apps are set to the same volume? You may want your YouTube app to be set to the maximum volume, for example, but not your games. Well, there’s a solution for that.
You can actually set different volumes for different apps, so that your usage is as seamless as possible.
All you need to do is install a nifty app called straight-up App Volume Control. This will allow you to control your volume for apps separately while still enabling you to change in-app volume controls.
- Cast Your Phone Screen On Your TV:
In order to successfully cast your phone screen on the TV of your choice, you’ll need a device like Chromecast. That will act as the link between your phone and the TV.
Alternatively, if your TV already has the Chromecast system, you will not have to purchase the device separately.
To use it, you just need to sign into your Wi-Fi network on both your phone and the Chromecast device.
You also need to make sure that this network is protected, to avoid loss of data. You then need to plug in the device. When you turn the TV on, choose the HDMI input option.
You also need the Google Home app on your phone, so you can set up the device. Any apps you install must be compatible with your Chromecast if you want to view them on the TV. If the app is compatible, all you have to do is select the Cast icon.
Lock Certain Apps For Other People:
A person’s device is very personal – especially your phone. You don’t want to give access to all of your business to someone else.
So, at times, you may need to keep things like messaging apps or photos out of strange hands, while still granting them access to other apps.
Is this is possible? Yes, and you can achieve this next-level privacy through a couple of different means. A guest account is the easy way out. It works just like a normal account does, except it’s separate from your main account and they cannot access your information.
To enable it, go into Settings and then System. You can then go to Advanced and choose Multiple users. Just select the Guest option and that will enable the guest user account.
Another option is the Samsung Secure Folder. This way, you only secure certain apps that you choose to stick in the Secure Folder. If your phone doesn’t have it, you can download it from the Play Store.
If you have it, go to Settings > Biometrics > security. Here, you should find the Secure Folder option. You can pick the Lock type – Password, PIN, or Pattern. Now, go to the Secure Folder, and Add apps.
You should add the apps that you want to protect, tap Add, and then Lock. When trying to access the folder, you will be prompted for the security measure instated earlier. Voila – your apps are perfectly protected from prying eyes.
As you can see, your Android device may be more complex than you thought. It allows you much more control than it seems at first, and you can personalize lots of these features in order to make sure it fits your preferences and lifestyle.
From securing your apps from other users to setting individual volume levels to making sure that the screen remains on or that your phone is easy to use with one hand, unbeknownst to you, Android has already thought of everything.