9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Android Device

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It’s very likely that you’re reading this article on an Android phone since Android runs on most of the smartphones in the world. If that’s the case, you’re holding a powerful tool in your hand.

But Android doesn’t always make it easy for users to unlock its full potential. Smartphone manufacturers can, after all, reconfigure their operating systems however they want or equip them with additional software. That’s why Android user interfaces don’t always look the same.

Whereas Apple does its best to make sure that every iPhone is running the latest version of iOS, 70 percent of Android users are still using Android 6 (Marshmallow) or older. The latest version of the operating system, Android 8 (Oreo), was released in 2017.

That’s why we’re going to show you some tips that will help you get the most out of your Android, even if you don’t have the latest Android device.

Developer mode: controlling your phone with precision

The developer mode is a sort of cheat code for your phone, but the interface is hidden from normal users. To activate it, you have to go into Settings/About Phone and tap “Build Number” seven times. Only then will you see the hidden settings.

With developer mode, you’re able to change the user interface. For example, you can reconfigure your phone to grayscale, meaning everything on the screen will be displayed in black and white. The theory is that stripping the colors from your apps will make you less tempted to check them obsessively. The Center for Humane Technology promotes grayscale for a more mindful use of social media.

You can also turn off animations in developer mode. Android always uses fragments of a second to fade windows in and out. It might look nice, but it also takes time. You can change this under: Developer options, Window animation scale, Transition animation scale and Animator duration scale.

By Sebastian Meineck

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How to restore an Android device from a backup

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For whatever reason, you’ve had to reset your Android device to factory defaults. You don’t want to go through the process of re-installing and configuring all of those apps manually, so what do you do? Fortunately, the Android developers have made it pretty easy to restore that device from a backup.

This, of course, does come with a caveat. As of now, Google only retains a single backup of your device, which means you’re only able to restore to that point in time (most likely the last time you used the device). If Google made it possible for users to download their backups, one could download a backup at a point in time when the device was exactly how you wanted it, and when something goes wrong you could delete the most recent backup, upload the working backup, and restore from the newly uploaded backup. Unfortunately, that’s not an option. Are you listening, Google? This means you must work from within the limited constraints of the Android backup and restore system.

But how do you do this? Let me show you.

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Tips to safely download games to your Android device

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Android is an open source operating system. This sometimes makes it a little tough to determine the fake apps from the genuine ones. There are over two million games and apps on the official app store, third-party app stores and on sites as APK files. In such a situation, it is quite important to exercise caution in choosing an app and its compatibility with your device. We present the tips to safely download games to your Android device in this post.

Tips to safely download games to your Android device

The Android games have ceased to be what they used to be in the past. With the screen sizes of the devices increasing, they have now been equivalent the console games in their portfolio and capabilities. So much so that days are not far away that we will be using the best gaming mouse for playing the games on an Android.

This popularity has given rise to duplicates and look-alikes as well. There are several fake apps that consist of malware or spyware. From that perspective, following a few precautions while downloading games would be advisable.

Get Your Apps from Reliable Sources

It would be advisable to check the source of your Android apps. The most reliable option would be Google Play Store which is the official app store for Android. You may also check out the Amazon App Store if available in your region. The Google Play Store has recently included an added security feature to check the apps if they have any malware.

Apart from Google Play Store, the only reliable option from third-party sources would be Amazon App store. Amazon has been one of the most accountable app stores since long.

Avoid Third-Party App Stores

Android being an open source operating system, it has you several independent third-party app stores. Please note that not all these can be genuine. In fact, we would advise you against using any of these app stores for downloading games onto your device.

You should be beware of these third-party app stores. More so when the app store offers you paid apps for free. Maybe the apps available through the store have malware. Ensure caution if you really have to use any of those app stores.

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How to find out all the details of your Android device with a single app

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How much do you know about your Android device? No really. How much do you know about that smartphone? You probably know the make and model number of your device and how much internal storage and RAM it contains. Beyond that, you’re probably at a loss for too much detail about your Android smartphone.

What if you wanted to know more? Say you’re a developer and you need to know some serious specifics about a particular device, like:

  • CPU
  • Sensors
  • Camera
  • Network

Or you’re a user who wants to know some specifics about:

  • Device information
  • OS
  • Battery

On your own, you might find it a challenge to track down some of this information. With the help of the simple app, My Device, you can uncover a serious amount of detail.

Let’s install this app and see just how much information we can dig up. The basic app is free, and includes advertisements. If you want to rid the app of ads, you can purchase (in-app) the pro version for 99 cents.

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3 great hacks for your Android device

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Here are three ways to put your mark on your Android phone that give it a lot of personality. Don’t skip No. 3. It’s a back-to-basics way to turn your phone into your own, unique device.

Are you ready to get started? If so, think “Androidify.”

ANDROIDIFY YOUR SMARTPHONE

You’re familiar with Android’s green mascot. He’s the oblong-ish character with round, white disks for eyes, a detached head and limbs, and two little space-alien antennae on his head. (We think it’s a he.)

Now, you can create your own Android avatar (see photo below). You can access the Androidify website, Androidify.com, or get the app for free on the Google Play Store.

Androidify is really cool. It’s a lot of fun and it’s super easy to use. You start with an Android mascot and then use its templates to add your personality to it. There are loads of options to choose from.

You can choose from hairstyles, clothes, shoes – from sensible to beyond impractical, but fun. You can add glasses, shirts, pants, flags, boas and a lot more.

It’s all about you choosing items that reflect your personality. Plus, you can add your own distinct dance moves. Are you the type of person who does the robot, either to make your family laugh or because you’re thinking you’re killing it on the dance floor? Add that move or many others.

Then, the idea is to share your persona with your friends. You can add your image or GIF with your text messages, your chats and your social media posts. Give it a shot. It’s really fun.

By Kevin Downey

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How To Save Battery Life On Your Android Device

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Smartphone batteries don’t last forever, and some devices have an almost-embarrassing screen-on time. Those big, luscious AMOLED and LCD screens and taxing apps are an obvious drain on your battery, but there are lots of things you can do behind-the-scenes to make your Android last longer. Let’s explore how to increase battery on your smartphone.

By: Cory Schmidt

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How To Unlock Android Device With Cracked Or Broken Screen

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We all know somebody who dropped their phone one too many times with disastrous results. A cracked or broken screen is annoying enough, but what should you do if the screen is unresponsive when you try to unlock it?

The move from traditional buttons to fullscreen devices means, if you can’t access the screen, you’re going to have trouble; especially if your device doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner.

Here’s a guide with a couple of different methods to unlock your device if you want to retrieve files, messages, and contacts.

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How to Check If Your Android Device Is Functioning Properly

There are a lot of components that go into making a functioning smartphone, and if one of those isn’t working properly, it can throw off your whole experience.

But how do you pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with your device? Maybe the accelerometer seems a bit off when you play racing games, or maybe browsing the web on mobile data or Wi-Fi doesn’t feel as fast as it should.

Whatever your problem is, there are apps that can help you figure out what is wrong and how to solve it. Even if you’re not having a specific problem, it might be good just to run through a little check-up on your phone to ensure everything’s running smoothly.

Google Device Assist

Your first stop should be the Google Device Assist app. It’s available from the Play Store, but unless you have a Nexus or Moto device, you’ll need to download the APK and install it manually.

This app does a lot more than just check for issues. If you’re a beginner, it will give you tips and advice on how to better take advantage of your Android device (though we have some of our own advice for beginners too).

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By Riley J. Dennis

 

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