Did you recently got a new Android smartphone or tablet? Or you already own one. Whatever! may be the case, would you like to get the maximum from your Android ?
I am sharing some of my favorite tips,tricks and Apps. 7 basic tips every Android user should know. From changing wallpaper’s to securing your phone, things you probably didn’t know or bothered.
Please Note: Every Android gadget is different, may have slightly different version of Android. So you might have to look around a bit in the setting’s.But the options are there.
SEVEN BASIC TIPS EVERY ANDROID USERS SHOULD KNOW:
1: SECURE YOUR PHONE WITH A PASSCODE :
I think the first thing to do after buying a new Android device, is to create a passcode. Its very simple, does help to secure your phones content. Think about it: Your phone stores all your personal information.A thief would love to steal all those information.I agree its not a foolproof method, but helps. You don’t want to make things easy for them (thief).
So it make sense to have a strong passcode. Users who use the default passcodes like 0000 or 1234, its better not have it at all.
To access passcode feature go to Settings>Security >under screen security > you can choose the type of security.In some versions of Android, it could be under Security>>Location and Security>>Screen Lock.
Type of passcode can differ from phone to phone. Accordingly, you can choose to set a pin number, password or a connect-the-dots pattern. In some new versions of Android, you may have the option for “Face” or “Face and voice”. Like the Samsung Galaxy S5 which has a finger print sensor to unlock.
After you have set the passcode, don’t forget to enable the “Automatically lock” after certain period of time,say 15 seconds.
2: SAVE AND EXTEND ANDROID BATTERY LIFE:
Android gadgets are known for poor battery life.To put it simply, even the best big batteries, wont have enough reserves to power the big (five inches +) screens,HD display,along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G connections, etc. And plethora of apps running in the background eats up all the juice.
There are many ways to save and extend Android battery life. To write all the tips is beyond the scope of this post.
I would suggest you to read this 16 killer tips to save and extend Android battery life.
Also you may try this tested The best App to analyze and improve battery life.
3: TAKE A SCREENSHOT ON ANDROID:
Taking a screen shot on a computer, is one of the simplest thing to do. Its surprising that many users don’t know what the “Print screen” button in keyboard does.It takes a screen shot of your desktop and you can paste it in the paint program of windows.
In Android, its much simpler. Simply press the volume down and the power button at the same time. A screenshot of the present screen will be saved in your photo album folder.
4: CHANGE OR ADD A NEW WALLPAPER:
All Android smartphone comes with its default wallpaper. You don’t have to stick to it. There are plenty wallpaper that may have come with your device. Or just use one of your favorite photo. Make you phone more personal.
Tap and hold on any empty area on the Android home screen. You will see a pop-up menu “Choose wallpaper from” and you will get options to choose from Gallery, wallpapers, and live animated wallpapers. You can choose from your photo gallery, as wallpaper.Make your phone more personal.
5: ENABLE OR DISABLE AUTOROTATE SCREEN:
Android phone automatically changes the screen to portrait or in landscape view. Depending on how you hold the device. While this is convenient when you are watching a movie or sharing your photo gallery.
But it would be annoying when you are in the middle of typing a text message, or browsing the net. More so if your phone is too sensitive.
To disable auto rotate go to > Settings > Display > uncheck > Auto-rotate screen.
6: DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL ESSENTIAL APPS:
There are millions of apps for Android in Google Play play store. How can one search what you need. Where to search ?
We are here to help you find the most essential Android apps.
Start with The top 3 Antivirus apps for Android. Look at these Top Android apps to password protect your Photos and videos.
You will definitely want this Top Battery optimizer app for Android. Annoyed with unwanted calls, here is the best Android call blocker App. Watch movies on your Android device, we have the best video player app reviewed.
And we have a list of Best Must have Android apps.
Oh! did I forget to tell all these are FREE apps. want more ? you can search for more in Google play store.
7: STOP AUTOMATIC UPDATE OF APPS:
With the plethora of apps available for Android. Whenever you are online these apps are programed to connect and check for updates. While updating apps to the latest version is good. But imagine if you have ten apps installed and all the apps tries to update, it will eat up all your internet bandwidth. Its best to update manually, when you are not doing anything on the net. So why not stop Android apps from updating automatically, and save your bandwidth and also your bill.
Posted By: Ben Jamir
Ben Jamir is the Founder and Author of Tipsnfreeware. He is a part time Blogger, sharing his experience and giving a Helping hand to Home users. You will find here the best Windows Tips,Tricks and quality Freeware.