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9 Tips and Tricks For Android Smartphones

From saving electricity to security settings: your Android smartphone provides numerous exciting and, above all, useful functions that make use even more effective and easier. We have collected the 9 best tips and tricks for you.

Tips and Tricks For Android Smartphones

9 Tips and Tricks For Android Smartphones

1. Reduce data consumption

Anyone who only has a limited volume of data available per month and frequently checks emails with their smartphone or surfs the Internet quickly comes to the point that the data transmission is throttled by the mobile phone provider. This makes surfing very slow and tedious. If you want to minimize data consumption but still want to be on the Internet a lot, it is best to use Chrome as your browser on your Android smartphone. Open the settings there and select "Data compression". Chrome will then compress the websites you visit and use up to 30 percent less data.

2. Show secret menu

If you enter * # * # 4636 # * # * in the dialing field, you come to a menu that provides exciting information about the phone and battery. So you can z. B. perform a ping test or find out what temperature the battery is currently at. There are also usage statistics and information on the available WiFi.

3. Unmask power guzzlers

If the smartphone dies before the evening, unnecessary power guzzlers can be to blame. To identify this, go to the settings and select "Power". The current battery level will then be displayed. If you tap on the item "Battery usage", you will see which application had which share in the previous battery consumption.

4. Terminate unneeded applications

Many applications do not close completely when you tap the Back softkey and continue to run in the background. This is unnecessary and also uses electricity. If you want to close these applications completely, go to the settings, select "Apps" and swipe to the left until you come to the point "Only running applications". Tap one of the apps. You can then end it in the menu that opens. Alternatively, you can download a task manager (e.g. the free “Advanced Task Manager”). This completely closes several unneeded applications with one tap, thus saving the battery.

5. Take screenshots

Taking a screenshot, i.e. saving a screen recording, is helpful in many situations. Especially if you have a problem with your smartphone, you can quickly and easily use a screenshot B. ask for help in a forum. You can make such a screen recording very easy with your Android smartphone: Hold down the power and volume down buttons until the smartphone takes the screenshot. Alternatively, you can hold down the power button and press the home button.

6. Prevent app shortcuts on the desktop

As soon as you download an app from the Play Store, Android will automatically place a shortcut to it on the desktop. If you do not want to do this in the future, go to Settings in the Play Store and remove the check mark next to “Add symbol to start screen”.

7. Allow apps from other providers

If you want to install an app that does not come from the Play Store but is available to you as an apk file, you have to change a setting on your smartphone. To do this, go to the settings menu and select "Security". Then put a tick behind "Unknown sources".

8. Use the smartphone as a hotspot

If you want to work with your laptop in a location without WiFi access, you can open a hotspot with your smartphone. To do this, go to the settings and then to "Wireless & Networks" (the point may be hidden under "More"). Here tap on "Mobile network sharing". There you will find the item "Mobile WLAN hotspot". Activate this. You will then shortly be able to find and use the hotspot on your laptop.

9. Set up a power plan

You can save the smartphone battery considerably by putting your Android device into energy-saving mode. You can find this in the settings under "Power", "Energy saving mode". If you tap the menu item, you can specify how electricity should be saved. So you can z. B. reduce the display brightness or turn off the vibration function. Go back one step in the menu and you will find the item “Extreme energy saving mode”. Here you can specify the battery level from which the smartphone should only carry out basic functions such as making calls, displaying the clock and the calendar, etc. in order to remain operational for as long as possible.