We like to share all kinds of cool Android tricks, from beginner tips like taking a screenshot to more advanced tricks including automating tasks on your phone to the nitty gritty of root and custom ROMs. The more you delve into Android the deeper the rabbit hole goes, but sooner or later you find yourself an expert capable of helping all your friends with their issues. Let's see how good you are.
You may remember us talking about the RAM Manager in Android 6.0 Marshmallow – it's like a memory version of the battery stats section. It will provide you with geeky stats on how long a process has been running, how much RAM it's using and how good its overall performance is. But how long will it be until you get Android Marshmallow on your phone?
Android experts have long known about a rarely used section of the Developer Options called Process Stats. Process Stats already gives you access to what Marshmallow's RAM Manager will, and more, but you can use it right now. It's like a crystal ball into the Android future.
Process Stats lets you keep an eye on system memory demands, your most RAM-hungry apps and the services that each app is running. It's basically the god's-eye-view of what your phone and apps are up to. It's great for knowing what's normal and for identifying problematic apps or runaway processes.
To access Process Stats you need to enable Developer Options first. To do this, go to Settings > About Phone and tap Build Number seven times until you see the Dev Options message pop up. Back up a step and at the bottom of your Settings menu you'll see Developer Options. Tap this, find Process Stats and start familiarizing yourself with the inner workings of your phone.
Know the secret codes and menus for your phone
We've written previously about secret Android codes and hidden menus for various devices. If you're a true Android fanatic then you would know about the ones that exist for your device. Some codes work for all phones, others are specific to a particular device or CPU, like the Moto X Qualcomm settings menu.
You've also got a whole host of awesome Accessibility Settings that practically no one ever touches either. True Android fans not only know about, but regularly make use of these menus, features and codes, whether they're underused parts of the visible system or secret back doors for technicians and testers.
Monitor performance in real time
If you're a real Android fanatic then you want to know what's going on at all times with your phone. Like Process Stats above, which primarily covers RAM management, there are plenty of other ways to monitor the performance of your Android in real time.
Want to know how much data is being uploaded or downloaded all the time? You can. Interested in changes in your CPU temperature when its under load? No problem. Like to know exactly what is taking up the most space on your internal storage? Piece of cake. There's literally tons of apps and widgets available to keep you abreast of even the tiniest change in your device.
Beyond these three key areas: RAM management, secret codes and menus and real-time monitoring, there is plenty more you can get into as an advanced Android user. You can test your internet connection speeds, calibrate your Android battery, benchmark your phone, tweak your audio settings, use NFC to transfer files, pair devices and automate tasks, use your smartwatch or location to tell your phone what to do and the list goes on and on.
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