Make Your Android Work for You: Top Tips to Consider

Google users have ten ways to work fast with their devices that are not explicitly noticeable when operating devices normally. They have to get smarter, and here are the tips how.  The most popular version of Android (as of now), and which works with these tips is the Ice Cream Sandwich. The tips also work on the latest version Jelly Bean and even with earlier ones and custom operating systems.  Users will enjoy using the tips because they help them to operate their phones faster amongst other benefits.

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1. Smarter Web Browsing

Users who own and use several devices can now use Incognito Mode on their mobile device and leave no footprints indicating having used them or what they had been doing.

Users activate this on Menu, New incognito tab.

This happens with people who have Google Chrome browser on their devices (it comes preloaded on Android devices).  The steps to follow in order to get this function are tapping Menu, Other Devices and finally tapping an open website in another device’s opened tabs. This safely enables them to use Chrome on the device without leaving a trace of their actions.


2. Auto-Update Apps

Smart users can now get their apps updated automatically as they are received. They only need to set the dates over Wi-Fi and they can sit pretty for the command to work for them. This helps them to avoid the update notices which appear and require their attention as they do other things. With the auto update, they capture every notification and can read through at their own pace and time.


3. Shortcut to Contacts

Contact details of a user’s favorite people can be can be chosen and set together on the Homescreen.

This function enables users to get in touch with people in an easy way by going to All Apps, Widgets and choosing the Contact widgets. On selecting a person’s name, his/her photo and the name are pinned on the Home screen. It means therefore they shall be accessed a lot easier when needed.


4. Screen Shots Made Simple

Android users who have Ice Cream Sandwich app can capture still images of screens they look at. It is easy to capture by pressing the power and volume down buttons concurrently.  The images are saved automatically in the Gallery, as Screenshots or in the Notifications shade.


5. Easier Keyboarding

Using the key board on a device has now been made a lot easier, and faster.  But still users can still type in the ordinary way, keys and letters at a time.

With many Android devices coming preloaded with Swype, users now only need to drag their fingers from one letter to another, without having to lift them until after the word is ended.   To be able to tell if Swype is working on a device, users are required to type a word without lifting a finger. The input method is selected by tapping and holding the Select Input Method screen and choosing Swype.


6. Back Up and Restore Settings, Apps

People love functions they do every day, or using apps they are proficient in. It means they may want to keep the functions even on acquiring a new device.

In just a few minutes , users of Android version 2 will have moved the old applications to the new device by going to Settings and then to Privacy Settings. Users of versions 4 and 5 will go to Settings, Backup and Reset.

In both cases they place a check mark beside the Back Up My Data option, give it a few minutes to back up. Once it is finished, restart the new Android device and by a setup option, they will have transferred apps and settings from back up.


7. Unlock With Your Face

Android users can now, without touching a screen or a button, unlock their devices by just staring onto them!

This function is found on Settings, Security, Screen Lock.  It is easy to use. However, in case it does not work, users can select Face Unlock, Set a backup PIN or pattern in order  to be able to unlock their devices.


8. Sync Photos and Videos on the Go

Android users who join Google+ are able to save photos and videos captured on their devices to a private folder called Instant Upload. These settings are adjustable from mobile devices in Google+, Settings, Instant Upload.  Data usage is conserved by adjusting when photos and videos are uploaded e.g. as users plug in or when charging their devices.


9. Manage Screens

Android users can rearrange or remove apps and widgets icons by swiping from right to left onto the last screen and tapping the bottom.  They then touch and hold a screen to rearrange its order or remove it. This process can be shortened by tapping the Home button for a second.


10. Save the Battery with a Widget

A single tap and holding onto the Power Control widget (available on the All Apps page), users can turn off five high power-consuming functions Wi-Fi, GPS, automatic account syncing, and screen brightness. The reverse brings them back on when users need to use them.

A longer battery usage time enabled by a single touch is ideal especially when one is away from charging points and it is good to conserve energy anyway!

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