If you choose a black or dark background for your home screen, the automatic pixel highlighting will turn off. This will help save battery and keep your phone on for much longer. This feature is not available for every Android, but is on most Samsung smartphones and tablets.
You can listen to any article, email or text on your Android using the Text-to-Speech feature. So if your hands and eyes are busy, go to Settings -> Accessibility and turn on the Text-to-Speech Output option.This is a safer way to receive information when you are on the go!
If you lose your cellphone, you don’t have to lose your data. Just go to Settings -> Security -> Device administrators. Check the boxes next to Android Device Manager, Remotely locate this device, and Allow remote lock and erase. To locate your phone and recover the data, please use this website.
Let’s say a loved one needs to use your phone for a little while and you don’t want them snooping through your stuff. Use Guest Mode to choose the actions that this person can use and has access to. Just swipe down from the top with two fingers and touch the user icon on the upper right. Select the Add guest icon and you are good to go.
There is no need to buy a separate 3G modem or a router to use the Internet because your smartphone can do it! Go to Settings -> Tethering and portable hotspot. Turn on the Portable WLAN hotspot and you are good to go!
Did you know that you can control your phone with head movements? If you need to go hands free, install the free app EVA Facial Mouse. This will allow you to control your Android device with head movements! For a detailed guide on how to install the feature, go here.
If you have an Android 2.3 Gingerbread or newer, Google hid a small present into your device. It’s hard to find, but here is some help. First, go to Settings and choose About phone or About tablet and quickly tap the Android version several times. You will see a small marshmallow on your screen. Quickly tap it again and a mini-game will open. Go check it out!
We spend much of our day with our eyes glued to our phone. In order to reduce eye strain, enable the built-in grayscale mode. Once this feature is enabled, it will wipe out any bright colors and will replace them with a monochromatic hue that is much easier on the eyes.
When you use your Android and are speaking to someone on the phone, your thumb is near the power button 80 percent of the time. Did you know that you can go into your settings and set up your phone to use your power button to end a call? It’s convenient and makes your life a little easier.
The Smart Lock option disables the lock screen when you are at a particular location. So if you set it up for your office or in your home, you won’t have to unlock your phone in those places. A few of Androids need the Google Play Services access in order to enable Smart Lock and the settings for Smart Lock can be found in the app settings.
Many people use the mic button on Google search to search for something when they don’t want to type. But did you know that you can do this completely hands-free? Use the voice detection feature and say "Ok Google" and state whatever you are looking for. Here is how to activate Google Now voice from any screen on your Android.
Another hidden feature on your Android is the Wi-Fi sleep policy that you can find in the advanced Wi-Fi settings. Normally when the screen turns off, your phone switches over to cellular data. Open the advanced Wi-Fi settings and set the sleep policy to Never to turn off the cellular and save you some battery life.
Scrolling up and down on your phone can be really annoying. Well, did you know that you can use the Google keyboard as a shortcut? Just swipe back and forth over the space bar and if you want to delete any text, hold the backspace button and swipe left and right.
If you know someone who likes playing little tricks on you or likes to snoop, pin your screen. If someone that you don’t trust 100 percent is using your phone, you can pin certain apps and it will make it impossible for them to use them. All you have to do is head over to the Settings and enable screen pinning.