Useful Android Phone Tips

Do you have an android phone? If yes then you need to learn about these Useful Android Phone Tips that will make your smartphone experience worthwhile. Google is always making tweaks and coming up with new features for Android and normal users can exploit those features by reading this article.

The introduction of the latest Android OS with state-of-the-art functionality makes for a complex system. At the surface level, the interface is simple enough for normal people. Such as those who just want to text, make calls, and use their apps. But hidden behind that are all sorts of power-user settings and tools.

Useful Android Phone Tips

Disable/Uninstall Bloatware

Most phones come with some apps pre-installed that you won’t need Some pre-installed bloat can be uninstalled normally by using the Play Store or finding it in the app settings menu.

However, anything that’s part of the system image is non-removable. What you can do is disable it by opening the app menu from the main system settings and finding the app in your list. Right at the top will be a “Disable” button that removes it from your app drawer and prevents it from running in the background.

Find Your Phone

We have all occasionally lost track of a phone. Don’t panic because you can easily track and ring your android phone. Just use Google’s “Find my device” tool (previously known as Android Device Manager).

You can access this via the web on a mobile device or computer. Simply log into your Google account, and choose your missing phone from the drop-down menu. Google reaches out and shows you where it is. You can also ring the phone, even if it’s in silent mode. If worse comes to worst, you can remotely erase the phone to protect your data.

Do Not Disturb Settings

You’ll find the settings for this feature either in your pull-down tray or by going into the system settings for notifications (usually Sound and Notification). It will be called Do Not Disturb on most devices. Once toggled on you will stop receiving notifications.

In this menu, you can choose when DND has toggled on automatically, what is blocked, and if any contacts are allowed to ring through anyway. On Pie devices, Do Not Disturb defaults to hiding your notifications as well. Make sure to change that setting if you still want to see what’s going on in the notification shade.

Digital Wellbeing

Want to learn more about your app usage habits on your phone? Android has some tools to help you avoid that. The Digital Wellbeing suite (Android 9 and Above) shows you what apps you’ve been using, for how long, and offers ways to stop that from happening.

The settings menu breaks down apps on a chart, and lets you set a time limit for apps you want to cut back. The chart tracks notifications and unlocks as well. There’s also a “Wind down” mode that slowly fades the screen to grayscale as bedtime approaches.

Notification History

If you’ve enabled notification history, you can always find out what that item said. For privacy reasons, this feature is disabled by default.

As long as your device is secured with a lock screen option, you should be fine to enable this feature under the Notifications setting menu. Simply head into that menu at any time, and you can see recently dismissed notifications at the top.

Below, notifications from the last day are broken up by the app. Be aware: some of those lists can take a while to load and make your device hang for a few seconds. In addition, the only usable version of this feature is in Android 11 and later.

Autofill Service

If you’ve got Android 8.0 or higher on your phone, you don’t have to type in a password ever again. Well, you’ll have to do it less. Visit your input settings and open the advanced menu to enable autofill for usernames and passwords.

By default, you can enable Google’s autofill service, which is tied to Chrome. Third-party apps like LastPass and Dashlane also have support for this feature. Just tap in a login field in virtually any app, and your autofill app can add the matching username and password.

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