Android is the most popular smartphone operating system, with 8 out of 10 handsets sold running on the platform. With so many features integrated into Android OS and some extra add-ons incorporated by OEMs, modern smartphones have a plethora of options, the most of which are accessible directly from the settings menu.
However, there are a few more functions hidden deep within the configuration menu that are either not well-known or are only intended for sophisticated users. As a result, you’re likely to miss out on some of these devices’ most amazing capabilities.
But don’t worry; after reading this post, you’ll be familiar with five hidden functions for your Android phone that you may not be aware of and that will captivate you.
1. Using Split Screen for Multi-tasking
The ability to run two applications on the screen at the same time is the most essential feature of Android. It’s useful when you’re on Google Meet and checking emails, or when you’re looking at a spreadsheet and emailing the data to a friend via Messages, or when you’re face calling a friend while going through social media on the side. Regardless, it’s not entirely clear how to enable apps to run in split-screen mode.
Furthermore, on phones running Android 9 Pie or newer, you must do the following to enable split-screen mode:
- Open the app that you wish to use in split-screen mode.
- Enter the recent apps screen by pressing the recent button if you are using 3-buttons many or just swipe up from the home bar if your smartphone is running on Android 10 and you have enables gestures navigation.
- From this recent apps screen select the app that you wish to run on the second screen of split-screen view. You need to press and hold on the three-dot kebab menu on the right-hand side of the app to select “split screen”
- Now open any other secondary app from this recent menu or from the home screen and this app will be open in a split-screen view.
2. Lock people out of specific apps
We’ve all had the experience of being requested to reveal our phone to somebody we don’t want to see our personal information to. In this scenario, it’s best to lock them out and prohibit them from using your apps, such as WhatsApp, Gmail, or your gallery, which contain some of your personal information that you want to keep secret. We’ll show you some of the settings available on your smartphone to keep such information secure from prying eyes.
One such option is screen pinning, which allows you to keep your apps locked until you enter the code to unlock them. Follow the instructions below to enable screen pinning on your phone.
- Go to Settings> Security> turn on Screen Pinning.
- After turning it on, open the app, your friend/ loved one asked for.
- Open recent apps screen with the square button below the phone screen. You’ll see an icon that looks like a pin in the lower right corner.
- Tap an icon that looks like a pin in the lower right corner, and it’ll remain pinned to the front.
- Now that’s all anyone can use until you enter the password.
Additionally, the Play Store is brimming with apps that may be used to restrict access to specific apps. To lock your apps with a password or biometric identification, try the following apps: App locker, Lock App, Ultra AppLock.
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3. Get into your phone faster with Smart Lock
It’s critical to keep your smartphone safe. However, if you’re the one carrying it, there’s no reason why you have to unlock it every time you take it out of your pocket. You have to unlock your phone a lot when you pick it up numerous times a day to look for something and keep it secure, whether it’s with your face, your fingerprint, or the code you touch or swipe onto your screen.
Fortunately, the Smart Lock feature has been included in Android OS for quite some time. When enabled, this feature keeps the smartphone unlocked under specific trusted conditions, allowing for screen unlocking without authentication. On-body identification, Trusted Face, Trusted Location, Trusted Devices, and Trusted Face are all options. At the very least, all devices should have Trusted Devices and Trusted Locations.
You can, for example, arrange your smartphone to open with a swipe at home. If you take a walk along the square, though, it will start seeking a PIN, or secret key lock. If you’re connected to a Bluetooth or NFC device, the same goes for Trusted Devices. You won’t see a secure lock screen if you recently configured it as “trusted” (like your automobile or Android Wear watch).
If the smartphone detects you with the front camera using Trusted Face, it will automatically switch to swipe open mode. The on-body placement is unusual in that it keeps your phone unlocked as long as you’ve previously unlocked it when you’re holding or carrying it.
4. Recover accidentally cleared notifications
Have you ever tapped the button to clear your notification tray only to discover an alert you needed to read at the last possible moment? Yes, we’re aware that you have, and it’s really aggravating. Notifications are an important aspect of the phone, and they help people stay connected to it. Thankfully, there is a way to view all of your alerts and notifications over the previous several days. Here’s how to go about it.
- Long-push on any empty spot on your screen.
- Select Widgets from the menu.
- Discover the Settings shortcut widget.
- In the Settings shortcut menu scroll down and tap Notification log.
- Now a Notification log shortcut will appear on your home screen.
- Tap on this shortcut to view all your missed notifications
When you miss an alarm, simply press the device to get a list of all your alarms.
If your phone does not have a notification log, download the “Notification History Log” app from the Google Play Store.
5. Transferring file through Wi-Fi direct
Are you having trouble transferring files to your device because of a lack of connectivity? It becomes quite inconvenient when transferring files from an Android handset to a computer through Bluetooth, as it frequently fails to establish a connection and, when it does, transfers files at a snail’s pace. We’ve got you covered; Wi-Fi direct is a new technology that works similarly to Bluetooth to allow you to transmit files wirelessly.
Wi-Fi direct transfers files at lightning speeds, which is clearly faster than Bluetooth. Wi-Fi Direct provides the same “find, couple, and send” capability as Bluetooth. Wi-Fi direct, on the other hand, isn’t as widely used as Bluetooth right now. Some devices may not be compatible with Wi-Fi direct. The best thing about Wi-Fi direct is that it doesn’t require any third-party software to connect.
To transfer files via Wi-fi direct you need to turn ON the Wi-Fi direct options from settings. To do so go into Settings -> Connections -> Wi-Fi then tap on the Wi-Fi Direct tab at the top. And once the connection is established you can share any files by clicking on the share button and selecting Wi-fi direct from there.