More than 80% of Android smartphones in the world are but do you know all the possibilities that your smartphone gives you? Of course the Google operating system has evolved greatly from its inception to being a very powerful tool with more than one hidden trick. Here we are going to make a whole compilation so that you can make the most of your Android device.
1. Easter egg
All versions of Android have a surprise inside, is the so-called “easter egg”. In the latest version of Android available to the public, Lollipop, Google surprised us with a little game like Flappy Bird, which is quite difficult to pass a few chupachups.
To access the easter egg from our terminal we must go to Settings> About the phone and we must press several times very often until a new screen with the wallpaper appears. We will continue to click on the screen several times until the name of Lollipop appears and then we will play in the center of the screen over the Lollipop logo and play.
In the rest of the versions of Android there is also something similar but the only ones that have a game are Lollipop and Marshmallow, only that in the Android version 6.0 instead of lollipops we will find marshmallows. In Nougat the game is a bit boring since it is only about feeding cats and name them.
Easter egg in Chrome
Even Chrome has its own Easter egg for those times when you do not have a connection, you can kill time without having to bite between hours or smoke a cigarette. When the pixelated dinosaur appears, touch the screen and begin the obstacle course.
2. Disable preinstalled applications
Most devices have pre-installed applications that we can not uninstall in any of the ways and they continually annoy us that they want to update. We can not remove them but disable them and delete their notifications. They will continue to occupy space in memory but will no longer monopolize resources with each update that in the end you never use.
To disable an application go to Settings> Applications> All and choose the application of the system you want to lose sight of. First uncheck the ‘Show notifications’ option so that we do not re-notify you about your updates. Then click on ‘Disable’ and accept.
If you ever regret it and want to reactivate it, you just have to go back, look for the application in the ‘Disabled’ section and click on ‘Enable’, the process is totally reversible.
You can also disable all preinstalled applications you want at a glance with Debloater v3.90 computer software .
3. Open Quick Access without going through notifications
In Nougat we have 5 very fast accesses but for the rest first appear the notifications. For any Andorid version there is a very simple trick, which most of us do not know, to go directly to the Quick Access without going through the notifications.
The secret is to use two fingers to pull the status bar and pull out the shortcuts directly. As simple as that.
4. Enable developer options
The developer options give us an advanced use of the device and gives us the possibility to control parts of the system such as the time it takes to launch a new window, activate USB debugging, display the touches on the screen and some interesting options.
To activate these options, go to Settings> About phone and search for ‘Compilation number’. Click on the 10 times in a row and now in the settings menu you will see the tab with the new options. Here’s a good way to take advantage of developer options .
5. Access the hidden menu
Android has a back door through which you will be able to know a lot of interesting information about your terminal such as all usage statistics per application, battery status (temperature, usage, health, etc) and more information about the Connections and the terminal.
To access this menu you must dial the secret code * # * # 4636 # * # * from the call application and you will automatically enter it. Here are some more secret codes if this has aroused your curiosity.
6. Activate the option ‘System UI Configurator’
This menu is only available to those lucky enough to have their device updated to Marshmallow. To activate these options you must follow these instructions and another option will appear in Settings where we can configure some options to customize the shortcuts and icons of the status bar.
7. Expanded numeric keypad
You can set the keyboard to also display the numbers as keys over the letters instead of a separate keyboard that is accessed from the typical number and symbol key. To do this we must add a custom input style.
Go to Settings> Language & Text Input> Google Keyboard> Aspect & Layout> Custom input styles , then click on the ‘+’ symbol to add a new one. We choose our language, in the options of ‘Type’ we will choose ‘PC’ and click on ‘Add’.
Now in Google Keyboard Settings we will select ‘Languages’ and mark the custom option that we just created. Now you will have the same keyboard as a computer and if you press on the capital letter, surprise! Capital letters appear.
8. Voice recognition without internet
You can use the voice recognition of the Google application even if you are offline, you will not be able to search for things on the internet but to interact with the smartphone. For this we must download the speech recognition package of our language. If you have the Google Now launcher, slide your finger to the right from the home screen to open Google Now and slide right again to bring up the menu and choose ‘Settings’. If you do not have the Google Now launcher open the application called ‘Google’ (blue symbol), slide to the right to bring up the menu and choose settings.
Once in Google Settings select Voice> Offline Voice Recognition> All and here choose your language, we will accept the download of the package and when it finishes it will be available.
9. Zoom on any screen
Special for those with vision problems. You can zoom in on any screen of our Android not just in the browser. We only have to activate the option in Adjust> Accessibility> Magnifying Gestures . Now from any screen we can zoom by just pressing three times on the screen and control it with two fingers as always.
10. Disable notifications for an application
There are times when notifications of a game or some application that you do not use a lot can be a little tight especially if they are frequent. The notifications of any application can be deactivated very easily to preserve our peace of mind.
Go to Settings> Applications and select the particular app. Uncheck the Show notifications tab and accept the order in the popup window below.
11. Clear the cache without entering the recovery
Even Lollipop if you wanted to delete all the cache of the device you had to enter recovery mode and choose the wipe cahe partition, but from Marshmallow we have an option directly in the settings menu without having to restart or press key combinations. Enter Settings> Internal Storage> Cached Data , confirm with OK .
12. False location
We can fool positioning services to post on Facebook or Twitter from the Bahamas. For this we must do several things. First in Settings> Developer options enable ‘mock locations’. Now we need an application like Fake Location to simulate another location. Open the application and place the pin where you want to be and share.
13. Secret Hangouts Animations
From the Hangouts app we have some secret animations that we can send if we know the secret codes. There are quite a few but my favorites are: / ponies, / ponystream and / pitchforks. Just type and send to see the animation. Here are some more: Congratulations, hahaha, jejejeje, xD, Yay !!, Woohooo.
14. Controls preview notifications.
Applications in Lollipop and Marshmallow can display notifications on the lock screen. Many times the device is in sight of all and can show some information private or sensitive to outsiders. To avoid this it is best to disable the sensitive notifications of the application in Lollipop or hide the preview of the application in Marshmallow.
To do this go to the settings of the application in Settings> Applications , choose the application here and once inside access the notifications. Uncheck the last option and your privacy will be safe.
15. Take photos while recording a video
It seems silly but have a snapshot of a specific time to enjoy it without having to re-watch 15 minutes of video. It’s very simple just touch the screen while you are recording a video and the photo will be saved in the gallery just behind the video.
16. Have two WhatsApp accounts (or Facebook, or Twitter) on the same device
From Lollipop you can create user accounts (although not all manufacturers include it in their software). It is very practical to separate privacy from the professional, if your children, family or friends use your device. The good thing is that it opens the possibility of having several identities such as with WhatsApp or Facebook. You can have different accounts for the same service.
To set up a new user you can go to Settings> Users> Add user . Once created you can quickly access the profile from the shortcuts by tapping on the user icon and choosing the profile you prefer. In each of the profiles you will have totally separate personal files, such as photos, and accounts of services such as Gmail, WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter.
17. Forced reset
If your smartphone is going crazy for some reason and does not respond to anything you can always give it a forced restart. Just press and hold the power button for more than 10 seconds to restart the device.
18. Enter Safe Mode
Sometimes there are applications that can annoy the entire system of our smartphone. To debug Android from third-party software it is best to restart our device in safe mode. In this way all the applications that we have installed from third parties will be disabled and only the native applications of the system will work. If we have several users we can also use them without problems. Uninstall problematic application and fix problem
To restart the device in safe mode press the off button until the option to shut down appears. Now on the screen, press and hold ‘Shut down’ until the restart warning appears in safe mode and accepts the operation.
19. Invert screen colors and color correction
In the menu of Settings> Accessibility we find two very curious options to control the colors of the screen. One is ‘Invert Colors’, this option turns the entire spectrum of colors that the screen represents. That is, we will see everything as the negative of an analog photograph.
The other option is ‘Color Correction’. This is an option to help people with dichromatic color blindness (difficulty to distinguish two colors in concrete). This type of color blindness has three variants protanopia (red-green), deuteranopia (red-green) and tritanopia (blue-yellow). When we activate this option the screen will show the color spectrum in which the colors that can confuse each type of color blindness are avoided.
20. Use a mouse if you have the screen broken
How many of you have the screen broken? And sometimes it does not even react to touch so we can not use the terminal even if the screen does light up. The solution to control your smartphone is an OTG cable and a computer mouse.
You can use your Android with a computer mouse as if it were your finger so you only need the adapter cable from micro USB to USB port (like the one that has your computer). As soon as you plug the mouse into the device a mouse pointer will appear on the screen that you can easily control.