10 best Android tips and tricks for everyone

Android is an excellent mobile operating system because it is simple and approachable for everyone out of the box. However, fr Android users ready to invest time and effort, the Android operating system offers a mind-blowing level of customizability and features. This versatility makes Android the perfect mobile operating system for first-time and pro users.

  • Change default apps-

One of the first things you should do when you get a new Android smartphone is change the default apps. All major smartphone brands tend to offer default browsers and mail apps, but most of them are not up to the mark. For example, Samsung smartphones come with the Samsung Messages app as the default messaging app, which is not in the same league as Google Messages. Similarly, Google Chrome is a better browser than Samsung Internet.

You might also want to use your favorite browser, SMS, and mail apps instead of the apps your smartphone manufacturer has set as default.

Android allows you to easily change the default apps, so you can use the ones you like. To change the default apps on Android, go to Settings > Apps > Default Apps, and choose the apps you want.

  • Use third-party launchers and icon packs

One of the reasons why users adore the Android operating system is its customizability. The default launcher on an Android phone lets you customize almost everything about it, with most brands allowing you to use custom icon packs to customize the app icons. However, if your phone doesn’t support this or you want a different look, use third-party launchers.

The Play Store is brimming with third-party app launchers, allowing you to personalize your Android phone how you want. If you want simplicity, the Niagara launcher is one of the best ones you can use. If you are into theming, Hyperion launcher is for you. And you can never go wrong with the classic Nova launcher.

  • Customize the quick settings

The quick settings page in Android is the best place to quickly access useful settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Battery Saver, and more. Over the years, Android has added many quick setting toggles. That means you might have to swipe through multiple pages to get to the setting you want. Android allows you to edit the Quick Settings page so that you can organize the toggles as per your needs. To customize it, swipe down twice to reveal the quick settings page and tap the Edit button. Next, hold and drag on the tiles to rearrange them.

  • Change the app language

Android has always allowed users to change the display language of their phone to their local language. With the Android 13 update, Google takes this to the next level by allowing users to change the display language on an app-by-app basis. That means you can keep the entire phone UI set to English but change specific apps to your local language. It is a game-changer feature for multilingual people.

To change the app language for an app, open the Settings app and head to System > Languages & Input > App Languages. The App Languages option only appears if you’ve added multiple languages to your device. Also, app developers need to support this feature, so it might take time before your favorite app supports your local language.

  • Turn on notification history

We all have cleared notifications by mistake, and it can be annoying. Android has a built-in notification history feature that keeps a history of all the notifications you receive. The feature was introduced with the Android 11 update, so if you use any of the latest Android smartphones, use this feature to keep track of all your notifications. To enable notification history on your smartphone, open the Settings app. Next, go to Notifications > Notification history and turn on the Use notification history toggle. when you accidentally clear a notification, tap the History button to check your notification history.

  • Silence annoying app notification

While Android is ahead of the iPhone when it comes to managing and displaying notifications, the notification panel still gets clogged with too many entries from time to time. The main culprits are apps (such as gaming apps) that bombard you with meaningless notifications. Android allows you to silence these notifications on a per-app basis.

You can silence app notifications from the notification panel or the Settings app. To silence app notifications using the notification panel, long-press on a notification to reveal the notification management options. Then, choose to silence or turn off notifications.

You can also go to Settings > Notifications > App Settings to manage notifications for all the apps. Android also lets you manage what kind of notifications an app can send using its notification channels feature. Notification channels allow you to disable marketing and promotions notifications while ensuring you get important notifications like order updates.

  • Turn on Find My Device

Like iOS has a Find My feature that lets you find your lost iPhone, your Android comes with a Find My Device feature that does the same. Apart from helping you find your device, you can use this feature to ring your device even if it’s in silent mode. It’s a handy feature you can use to find your misplaced smartphone in your home.

You can also use the Find My Device feature to lock your device, sign out of everything, and erase all content from your device. Even if your smartphone is stolen, it ensures that your data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. To turn on this feature, open the Settings app. Then, go to Security > Find My Device and turn on the Use Find My Device toggle.

When your device is lost, open the Find My Device website in a web browser and log in with your Google account. On this page, you can ring your phone, erase its content, and secure your device.

  • Uninstall bloatware

While the Google Pixel phones offer a clean experience with minimal bloatware, the same cannot be said about other OEM partners. Each Android OEM ships its phone with a selection of apps you might not want to use. These apps take up space on your phone, send unnecessary notifications, and may run in the background using battery and data.

To stop these apps from hogging your phone’s system resources, uninstall them from your Android device, Similarly, you can find tutorials to delete bloatware from your smartphone with a simple Google Search.

  • Use app pinning to restrict access to your phone

There are times when you have to hand over your phone to someone. You can use Android’s app pinning feature to ensure that the person doesn’t snoop around. When you pin an app in Android, you can only use that app and cannot open anything else.

To enable this feature on your Android smartphone, go to Settings > Security > App pinning and enable the Use app pinning toggle. To pin an app, open the recent app menu and tap the app icon. Now tap the Pin option to pin the app.

  • Bonus: Require a password for turning off your phone

Samsung’s OneUI offers several features you won’t find on the stock Android. One of our favorite features is the Secure Lock feature which requires a password when you want to turn off your device. It’s a handy feature that ensures no one can switch off your phone without permission. If someone steals your phone, they won’t be able to turn it off, and you can track it using the Find My Device feature.

The feature works by default when you enable Find My Device. If it’s not working, go to Settings > Lock Screen > Secure lock settings and turn on the Lock network and security toggle.

When your phone is locked and someone tries to switch it off, it asks for your password. You don’t get this feature on stock Android smartphones. However, other smartphone OEMs like Realme offer this feature, so check whether your phone supports this feature.

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