There is no doubt that smartphones when used sparingly and without exaggeration, make our day to day much more practical. After all, a single device can combine functions of several products: calculator, notepad, camera, voice recorder, telephone and many other features. But with so much in one place, you probably do not know or have not exploited better features that make it even easier to use the device.
In the case of Android, it is possible to change the system settings to actually make it into a smartphone, able to tell you how long it will take you to get to work, recommend places of interest according to your current location, inform when your football team will enter the field, manage the energy to ensure more battery life and more.
See below for these and other tips.
1. Smart Lock
One of the functions implemented in the latest versions of Android is Smart Lock. With it, you no longer have to enter a password or select the correct sequence to unlock the device. The idea is that the smartphone release the access after checking a pre-established configuration of confidence, it could be a voice command, Bluetooth device or a selfie.
It is likely that in the first uses the feature does not accurately recognize your face – in the case of the facial recognition option; which is why it’s important always to use it frequently to perfect functionality. You can activate Smart Lock by going to “Security” in your phone settings and then “Smart Lock.”
2. Google Now
With thousands of spy stories posted on the internet over the last four years, it is only natural that there is some fear of entering personal information into your smartphone. However, some of these data help the operating system provide suggestions that may be important to you. So the trick is to tell Google Now exactly what you like or do to earn more accurate answers.
Open the Launcher and in the menu in the upper left corner click “Customize.” That’s where you’ll customize the app, telling you how you usually get around the city (by car, bike, public transport or walking) and set up places of work and residence. You can also select certain interests based on categories, including sports, apps, maps and TV, and movies, which will appear later on specific cards in the Now tab.
3. Ok Google
Speaking of Google Now, the wizard also features a voice command-based function. In the application settings, select “Voice” and then “OK Google.” If you want to make the most of the feature, check “Any screen” – here, you have to say “Ok Google” three times for the system to recognize your voice.
Once you’ve done that, just say “Ok Google” plus what you want to search for, such as “Ok Google Restaurants,” or “Ok Google what is the distance my home and my office place?”. Note that voice commands can be activated even when the screen is locked.
4. Google Photos
Two years ago, Google announced Photos, a free and unlimited storage of photos and videos that, in addition to better organizing content made by the device’s camera, allows you to create albums and montages in a few clicks. The platform is so effective that you can mount collages made with the latest images recorded on the device by yourself. To enable this option, open the application and select “Wizard Cards,” then check “New creations.”
As advanced as smartphones are, the short battery life is a problem that still persists. To try to minimize this, Android has a power saving mechanism in which you can limit battery usage when needed.
The option can be activated at any time or automatically programmed whenever the cell phone has 15% or 5% remaining battery power. This can be selected by accessing “Battery” in the device settings, then click the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen and finally “Battery saving.”
6. Do not disturb
You should certainly know the “Do Not Disturb” feature, where the device no longer displays notifications at times you do not want to be disturbed, such as meetings or while sleeping.
What most people do not know is that even though it can be manually enabled at any time, the feature can be preprogrammed by going to Settings> Sound and notification> Do not disturb> Automatic rules. In the new window that has been opened, you can set fixed times, such as those you sleep and wake up during the week and weekends, or set events so Do Not Disturb enabled on its own.