This year we’ve prepared a special holiday gift you can unwrap all year long. We’ve collected some of our favorite Android tips and tricks from 2015 to help you discover new things you never knew your Android could do. From the many that we’ve shared with you throughout the year, here are 10 of our favorites.
1. Charge Your Android in Lightning Speed
If you’re short for time and low on battery there’s a quick way to charge up your Android. Newer Android’s are now equipped with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 (or better known as Turbo charging). This lets Android users fill up to 8 hours of battery life in 30 (relatively short) minutes. But even if your device doesn't support Turbo charging, you still have options. Simply turn your Android on 'Airplane' mode while your device charges and fill it up in a fraction of the time.
2. Battery Optimization
Whatever Android you’re using, for a quick and easy way to improve its battery life, simply turn on the ‘ambient display’ or ‘adaptive brightness’. While it’s not perfect (the sensor isn’t as accurate as the human eye), it’s a great start. Aside from this quick fix, every major Android has some form of battery saving mode. While the strength differs in each device, it’s worth a look to check out its power. Keep in mind though, that the stock Android affects apps functionality, so it may be best to use it only when you absolutely need to.
3. Device Manager
Misplacing your Android no longer means instant catastrophe and for this reason, setting up a Device Manager this should be one of the first things you do on any Android. Android Device Manager keeps lost Android and the data inside of it safe and secure by giving you the power to manage your device remotely. To manage its permissions you’ll need to go to the Google Settings app under Security and don’t forget to also activate the Android Device Manager as a device administrator. Head over to Settings > Security > Device Administrators and check the box next to Android Device Manager.
4. A Virtual Assistant That's a Always There
After a few false starts, your android now has the ability to be virtual personal assistant that retrieves information quickly and easily. Google Now interacts with your apps, jots notes down, reads out directions, and lets you know where you can stop for gas. It’s hands-free and enabled by simply calling it to attention with its name “Okay, Google”. To keep it at your literal beck and call tap Google Settings > Search & Now > Voice > OK Google detection and enable from any screen.
This game changer has changed the way people organize their online behavior. Pushbullet is both an app and service that manages and pushes your notifications, links, screenshots, and anything else between your Android and PC. Push
6. Cut the Data
If you’re not yet using Chrome, saving on data is another reason to start doing so. To cut your data useage up to 30% simply turn ‘Data Saver’ on in the Chrome Settings.
7. Use Your Phone as a Remote Control
If the remote control has fallen between the couch, don’t get up. It’s now possible to control your TV, cable box, and home theater volume with just your Android. Apps such as Peel make use of the infrared sensors on your device and make it possible to update this antiquated technology.
8. Secure Your Lock Screen
Don’t test your luck by not properly securing your device - set up your Android to turn it into a vault with a PIN code or pattern that only you’ll be able to crack. It’s an easy path to get to from ‘Settings’ > ‘Security’ > ‘Screen Lock’ or ‘Device Settings’ and it can make the world of a difference if your Android falls into the wrong hands.
9. Start Your Engines
Because homeautomation products are growing in popularity and apps such as Nest have made it commonplace to adjust your home’s temperature from the couch, it seems only natural that other aspects of our lives are brought together and simplified. Viper SmartStart is one such app that brings a greater comfort to your every day by letting you start, locate, and control your car from virtually anywhere. Imagine the convenience of warming up your car from your home on a cold winter morning.
10. Google Wallet
NFC and Android Pay is a major part of the reason why “leaving your wallet at home” is this century’s version of “the dog ate my homework”. With the introduction of Android Pay you can now pay for goods anywhere that Apple Pay and the NFC is accepted. Simply tap and go or transfer money to family or friends with Google Wallet.
We hope these tips and tricks make your life easier and you learned something new this year. Here’s to many more great tips, helpful tricks, cool devices, and more Android fun in 2016. Drippler wishes you a happy holiday season.