Phone Hacks, Android Style

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Who doesn’t love their smartphone? I know I do. But I am absolutely certain that I could be getting more out of mine. With that motivation, I did some digging and found these simple tips to advance my skills and get more out of my Android. There are many different versions of Android so if you like these tips, you may have to do a little extra research to see how they work for your specific version.

Turn on automatic brightness

To help your battery stretch a little farther, go into the settings menu and under the display settings choose automatic brightness. While here, also select how bright you want your screen on a sliding scale. The automatic brightness setting allows your phone to automatically adjust whether you’re outdoors, or in and saves on precious battery life.

Adjust screen timeout

While in display settings, select how long you want your screen to time out . The less time the better, of course, but it might take a little trial and error to figure out what meets your needs. I set my screen to timeout after 1 minute.

Adjust location services

Change your location services to power saving instead of high accuracy. This tells your location services to locate you based on Wi-Fi and mobile networks instead of using GPS. Note that GPS is more accurate when you really need specific information, but the power saving mode will dramatically cut down battery usage when you don’t.

Activate Google Now

You can activate Google Now, the Android version of Siri, just by saying “OK Google” when you’re on the home screen. Go ahead, give it a shot!

How much data have you used?

For those of us with plans that allow limited data usage, you may already know about the built-in data monitor. For those who don’t — just go to data usage in your settings and you can even set up alerts to let you know when you’re getting close to hitting your limit.

Customize launchers and lock screen

Tired of staring at the same widgets? You can download apps in the Google Play store that actually let you change the interface of your Android phone!

Use a third-party keyboard app

You don’t have to be beholden to the built-in keyboard of your Android device. There is a substantial number of keyboard apps to choose from in the Google Play store. Download a few to see which keyboard works best for you!

Read in the dark

For those times in a movie theater, or when your significant other is trying to sleep — use the negative colors option in the settings/accessibility menu to render the reverse colors that you normally see. Everything black will be white and your eyes will be much happier when you’re trying to read in the dark.

Manage app clutter

Limit your app clutter by consolidating groups of apps into folders. This will help you clean up your home screens and sort your apps into categories. To do this, just drag one app on top of another and you’ll then have a folder that you can name whatever you choose.

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These are only a few Android tips that I found useful, what others are a must for Android users? I look forward to seeing what you share in the comments below.

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