6 Hidden Android Tricks You Need
Thereâs a long list of things you can do with your Android phone, and maybe youâre already doing most of them. But some features on your phone arenât easy to find.
Weâve done some digging to bring you 6 hidden tricks you need, making it even easier for you to use your Android phone.
1. Take Pics & Save Space!
Never lose a photo again â and donât worry about running out of storage space on your phone! Your Android phone can be set to automatically back up your photos by automatically uploading them to your Google account for free. That way you can save space on your phone AND still access your pictures in the future. To use this feature, open the Google Photos app and in settings, enable auto-backup. Just make sure you have a Google account set up with storage space.
2. Quick Responses that are More âYouâ
Did you know your phone comes pre-programmed with âQuick Responsesâ? So when you canât answer the phone, these Quick Responses let you respond to a call by sending a pre-written text message with just a tap of the finger. Tell your friends youâre busy at work, ask your mom to call you later, or let your boyfriend know youâre out with your friends.
Not only that, but you can make your own! There are a few of these Quick Responses already written for you in your phone, but if they sound too boring, you can write your own! Customize your responses by visiting âPhone Settingsâ and choosing âQuick Responses.â There youâll be able to write your own messages so they sound more like you than a computer.
3. Use Special Android Screen Locks
Screen lock settings let you pick from sever cool ways to unlock your phone. Pick the option that works best for you, like a swipe pattern, a full password, a press-and-hold, a custom PIN, or no password at all.
To set up your screen lock options, go to your phoneâs settings and select âSecurity.â Then just tap âScreen lockâ to pick the type of lock you want!
4. Download Google Maps When Data Isnât Available
Do you ever need GPS or maps when you donât have any data left or when youâre in an area without data coverage? If you plan ahead, you can use Google Maps when youâre out of range or out of data! Hereâs what you do.
- Make sure your data is turned on or connect to a Wi-Fi signal, whether itâs at your house or at McDonaldâs or any other free Wi-fi location.
- Then, open your Google Maps app and zoom to the area youâll be visiting. Once you can see where youâre going, tap the search bar and type âOK Mapsâ.
- Once you hit âsearchâ, youâll see a rectangle appear over the map. You can drag the map left, right, up, and down to center on the area you want to download. Then press âDownloadâ at the bottom of the screen.
- Once your map is downloaded, you can search for the address youâre heading to, and get directions within the downloaded map.
- Then hit the road and use the map & GPS to get where youâre goingâeven when you donât have data coverage!
5. Correct your Autocorrect
Autocorrect driving you crazy? You can easily add the words or names you use most often to your Android phoneâs dictionary so that your phone will recognize them and stop trying to autocorrect them!
When youâre typing a text message, youâll see a line appear under the word youâre typing, and itâll disappear when you press âspaceâ. Write the word you want to save, and while itâs still underlined, tap the word and select âAdd to dictionaryâ so your device will know what you mean next time you type, saving you an extra step.
6. âOK Googleâ
Just like Apple has Siri, Android has âOK Googleâ. Use âOK Googleâ for voice searching with this handy trick.
Open your Google Settings app on your phone. Choose âvoiceâ then âOK Google Detectionâ; activate the setting labeled âfrom any screenâ. Once complete, youâll be able to generate a Google search from anywhere on your phone, just by using the magic words â âOK Googleâ.
Enabling these features allows you to truly customize your Android device and get the most from your phone.
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