1. Quickly scroll between open apps
Tap the icon in the bottom right corner representing two overlapping rectangles (on some devices, hold down the home button instead). Then the menu appears to browse between all open apps. It is also possible to close them by dragging them to the side or extract more information by holding down the icon for a while.
2. Buy apps with your payment card
As long as you only download free apps in the Play Store, you don’t need to do anything extra, but if you want to buy apps, you must enter your payment card details. Surf to google.com/walletsign in with your Google account, click Payment methods and then on Add a credit card or debit card.
3. Return paid app if you regret your purchase
Something that many people do not know is that it is possible to return a paid app. However, it must be done within 15 minutes of purchase. Find the relevant app in the Play Store and click Refund then you get your money back.
4. How to access the Play Store on the web
In addition to entering the Play Store via its app in Android, it is possible to browse the store using a web browser (play.google.com). You get access to slightly more functions – among other things, you can manage Android devices by clicking on the gear wheel at the top right and pressing Android Device Manager.
5. Delete the apps completely
If you want to delete an app from your device, it’s not enough to hold down its icon on the home screen or app screen and throw it in the trash. You must instead go to Settings, Program Managerclick an app and select Uninstall.
6. List apps alphabetically instead of as a grid
Installed apps are usually listed in chronological order in the folder Programwhich makes them hard to find if you have a lot of programs.
To change, click the device’s settings button and select Display Type, Alphabetical List/Alphabetical Grid. Now you find the apps faster.
7. So your mobile becomes a portable storage device
Your Android device has the ability to function as a portable storage device. Just plug it into your computer with a USB cable and follow the on-screen instructions.
8. Save maps offline so you can reach them without the net
You can save a lot of data traffic by storing Google Maps maps locally on your device. Zoom in on the area you want to save, press the search box at the top, scroll down to Make the map area available offline and wait a few minutes for the process to complete.
9. Test the phone’s secret codes
With the help of special codes, it is possible to test some of the phone’s functions, something that is practical if you are going to buy a used phone. However, the codes do not work on all models.
Open the conversation window and enter *#*#0*#*#* and press the ring button to display a test menu, enter *#2664# to test the screen, *#2663# to show screen version, *#0673# to test the speakers and *#0842# to test the vibration.
10. That’s how easy it is to save a picture of the screen
The easiest way to save screenshots is to hold down the home button and the power button at the same time. Then go to your Photos app to see the dump.
In order to use your Android device, you must have a Google account, but did you know that it is possible to add multiple Google accounts to the operating system? It is good if you use different accounts for different services. click Settings, Add account, Google. Press New and follow the instructions.
12. Enter speed numbers for people you call often
It takes an unnecessarily long time to enter phone numbers by hand or to look them up in the directory. Instead, add speed numbers to the people you call most often.
Tap the phone icon and then the device’s menu button and select Speed dial settings.
Press one of the numbers and choose which contact it should be connected to. After that, you only need to enter the contact’s number for the number to appear in the phone box. In other words, you can call your favorite contacts without any hassle.
13. You can take photos while recording video
A smartphone doesn’t just have a regular camera built in. It can also be used for filming. In addition, it is actually possible to do both things in parallel.
In other words, you can take still pictures while you are filming with the camera app. Just click on the screen while the movie function is activated. Each time you do that, a new picture is taken, just like when you use the normal camera mode.
14. Send automatic replies when you’re busy
When someone calls you and you are busy, you can choose to answer the call with a short text message in which you announce why you are unable to answer. Just drag the notification icon upwards when it rings. You now see a number of standard messages and by clicking on them you send the message automatically.
You set the reply messages by pressing the phone symbol, clicking on the phone’s settings button and going to Call settings, Enter reject message.
15. Educational guides help the beginner
The Help app in the application archive hides a large number of educational guides that can come in handy if you’re stuck with any function. The guides are especially useful for beginners, who can get good tips for making the most of the phone’s functions.
16. Force trilling sites to zoom
Surfing on a smartphone is not always completely pleasant because the screen is so small. A lot of zooming is often required to both read the text and get an overview of the page.
Unfortunately, some web pages are blocked for zooming, but it is actually possible to bypass that block. Just click the three dots in the top right corner of the browser (or on your device’s menu button) and then go to Settings, Help functions. Tick in Force enable zoom then you always get this opportunity.
17. Adjust the volume of the sound sources individually
There are things that sound in a smartphone. It sounds when the phone rings and when apps send out notes. Of course, it also sounds when you play music and movies.
Fortunately, the volume of different sound sources can be easily adjusted individually. Press the device’s volume button and then the gear wheel on the screen and a menu for this will appear. In other words, you can choose to turn down the ringtone without having to settle for a low sound from the music player.
18. Sort your contacts into groups
Sorting your contacts into groups makes it easier to find them. For example, you can create a group for colleagues at work and another for relatives and family.
Tap the application icon, then tap Contacts. Hold for a moment on one of the contacts and select Add to Group, Create Group. Type the name of the group and press OK. Now the contact will appear in the new group below Groups in the app Contacts.
Many of the apps you install in Android include a widget, that is, an icon with built-in functionality. For example, you can choose to display your calendar or email inbox directly on the front page. This way you save time because you don’t have to scroll to the right app to find the information.
Adding a widget to the home screen is easy. You just hold your finger on the screen for a while and then select Programs and widgets. Press and hold a widget and place it in the appropriate location. If there is no space, you will receive a warning.