Saturday, 9 December 2017
5 hidden Android enhancements to activate on each phone
5 hidden settings of Android that once activated make the phone better than before
When you open the settings menu of Android, on every smartphone with this operating system including Samsung Galaxy, Huawei, LG, HTC etc., there is a world of things, much wider than that of an iPhone, which remains large part hidden within the phone settings and applications.
For those with less experience, in this article we discover some of the most significant improvements that you can configure on Android , present in almost all phones, easy to activate to make everything easier.
These are often hidden personalizations and functions, which are very useful to activate.
The following guide is based on Android 7, but the various improvements should still be activated on Android 6 and Android 8 or later.
1) Enable Chrome Home (address bar at the bottom on Chrome).
Chrome Home is, at the moment, an experimental improvement of Chrome that can be enabled from the menu of experiments.
This feature brings the address bar down, making it much easier to write even when you pick up the phone with one hand.
To make this change to Chrome on every Android phone you have to open the browser on the page with address chrome: // flags .
Once the Flags page is open , press the menu button at the top right, tap the Find and search Home .
Then activate the Chrome Home and options Modern Layout for Chrome Home .
Restart Chrome and discover the convenience of the address bar and search located at the bottom instead of at the top.
2) Quickly open the camera
On every Android smartphone you can take a picture as you would a compact camera, pressing a quick key, without unlocking the phone and look for the icon of the application on the main screen.
In Android Settings, scroll down until you find the Gestures options and activate the switch that allows you to open the camera by pressing the power button twice in quick succession from any screen.
With this option activated, you can start the camera at any time by double-tapping the power button.
3) Hide important notifications from the lock screen
Notifications, by default, all appear on the lock screen, including SMS messages, those received in Whatsapp, Email and Facebook.
Having the messages preview on the lock screen, however, can be a privacy issue, if we have people around, at home or at school, who can read them.
To hide the notification content from the lock screen, go to Settings> Notifications to bring up the list of all applications.
From here, tap the gear icon at the top right to find the option that the sensitive contents of the notification are hidden on the lock screen.
Alternatively, you can tap on apps that you prefer to keep private to be able to hide, only for those, notifications from the lock screen.
On Android before version 7, this option can be found under Settings > Sound & notification > Lock screen > When the device is locked .
4) Preventing app icons from being added to the main screen after installation
Each time you install a new app from the Play Store, its icon automatically appears on the main screen.
If we are people who like to keep the phone screen in order, it is much better to disable this automatic function.
To do this, open the Google Play Store, scroll left to right to open the main menu, open the Settings and turn off the " Add icons to Home screen " option .
5) Automatically delete photos that have been backed up on Google Photos
Google Photos is that fantastic service from Google that automatically backs up photos and videos to the free cloud space made available.
In Google Photos there is then the option to free space by deleting photos saved from the device memory, but it is an action to be performed manually.
Much better, then, make sure that the photos backuppate and secured, are automatically deleted, thus leaving always free space in the internal memory.
This will automatically delete photos and videos that have been backed up to Google Photos after 90 days.
This option can be found under Settings> Storage , then pressing Manage storage space (or Smart Storage).
To use this improvement, you need to have Google Photos installed beforehand and allow it to automatically back up your photos and videos.
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