As a proud owner of an Android, you will have discovered that there are tons of fun things to do with it: from cooked ROMs to alternative launchers, applications of all shapes and sizes, LED notifications, gesture controls, icon packs and many other secrets. But there are only a number of things that every Android owner simply must do in a mandatory way (in our opinion!).
1. Power your WiFi, save on data
Did you know that in Google Chrome Settings we can ask our browser to reduce the use of data? Many are unaware of this feature and the truth is that it is great to save us a few megabytes. Specifically, I have managed to reduce consumption by 30%. To do this you just have to open Chrome> Menu> Settings> Reduce data usage.
In addition, we can instruct our Android phone to stay connected to the WiFi network while we sleep which will allow us to continue downloading things while saving battery, as the device screen is off. As simple as going to Settings> WiFi> Advanced settings> Wi-Fi active at rest.
2. Use Google Assistant
Google Assistant is now available for all devices with Andorid 6.0 Marshmallow onwards. But the fun and practical are the voice commands. You can control your device, discover curiosities and have absurd conversations with Google Assistant.
3. Battery Optimizations
No matter what Android device you have, there are ways to improve battery life from the first moment. First of all, you should turn off the “ambient display” option (that lights the screen of our device when receiving notifications) or the one of “adaptive brightness“.
This last adjustment changes the brightness of the display depending on the current lighting conditions, but it does not work perfectly. The sensor used to determine the light levels is not as accurate as the human eye, and you can almost always set screen brightness more appropriate to the current circumstances.
In addition, all major Android user interfaces come with some form of battery saving mode. While each one’s strengths vary, it pays to try out how they can best be applied to your particular needs.
For example, Sony’s Stamina mode changes very little in terms of performance and is one that can be (and probably should) be on at all times. The battery saving feature of Android affects functionality and application performance very strongly, so it is worth considering using it only when it is essential. The HTC Power Saver mode, on the other hand, has several options that you can turn on or off individually, making it a bit less rigid than the others. Investigate the functions of the battery of your device entering the section of the configuration where you will find the option of battery, energy, or similar.
4. Manage permissions for applications on an individual basis
Surely you already have Android Marshmallow (if not a more advanced version of Android) a very interesting feature that you should try: granular application permissions. This feature allows you to give permission to access hardware or data applications on the phone on a need basis. So if an application needs access to the microphone, you will be prompted to do so when the application starts and you need to use this piece of hardware.
Before Marshmallow, you gave permission before downloading the app in the Play Store. We assume that denying some permission within third-party applications may break them, but now you can manage these permissions individually. Test it!
5. Configure Device Manager
The truth is that I do not understand why Android Device Manager is not turned on as standard on all Android terminals. It is a great tool that allows us to track our lost or stolen smartphone, as well as perform a remote lock, make it sound or delete all its contents.
Another very interesting feature is the ability to configure a message on the lock screen for the person who found it. Without a doubt, the security of our smartphone is one of the first things to keep in mind.
6. Download Pushbullet
There are not many applications that make me suggest people download them. It is clear that we all have different tastes and tastes for applications. Now Pushbullet is different. I think everyone should use this app.
We can connect links from our tablet to the smartphone in a really simple way, or from our computer to the phone, or from our phone to any device. In addition, Pushbullet notifies us from the SMS computer or calls that occur on our smartphone. We can also transfer files between all our devices.
7. Install Firewall
Install a firewall such as NetGuard (without root), or AfWall + (with root) that cut connections from applications that do not need to connect to the internet or ‘take’ user data to operate. You have to know what to block and what not so that it does not end up being a headache.
8. Install an Alternative Launcher
Install an alternative launcher that allows us to improve the functionality and aesthetics of Android. I use Nova Launcher or Pixel launcher and I remove the search bar from the mega finder, it could be replaced by Duckduckgo although it is not as effective.
9. Install an Ad Blocker
Install an advertisement blocker, for my point of view is vital (Blokada without root) or Adaway (with root): save data – it improves the loading speed a bit – aesthetically everything is ‘clean‘, in addition, to block malware (which could come stuck with some app we install and interfere with some other application or system functionality. I hope you’re quite aware of Ransomware or wanna cry?
10. Get Yourself a Scanner
In recent years the use of scanning document in cybercafé has been reducing due to the introduction of the mobile scanner. Some we argue the quality of the scan result via the smartphone but I can bet on the quality as far as I’m aware. Though this might largely depend on your device camera quality and sharpness, nevertheless, it worth having this type of app on your smartphone. You can Install Camscanner or TinyScanner.
11. Save time with NFC
Unless you’re already an NFC fan, most people do not even realize what NFC is and what you can get with this technology. NFC is brilliant. With one touch you can pair your Bluetooth headset with your phone, transfer all the content from your old phone to a new one, or even send a default message to a contact when you walk in the door.
Currently, the vast majority of Android devices are equipped with NFC and there are also NFC tags. If you have not tried the advantages of NFC yet, do not waste time and try it now!
12. Lock your screen
We end up with one of the simplest “requirement”: set up a security lock on the screen. I have put obligation in quotation marks because I know there are many adventurous souls that do not have any lock screen set up.
Imagine your phone being stolen. Do you really want the thief to have access to the darkest corners of your phone? If you do not want to, then you must configure a screen unlock method. You can choose between PIN, pattern or others depending on your smartphone. You will find them in Settings -> Security -> Screen Lock.
Do you have a trick to add?