Not Just for Talking and Texting: Simple Tips to Make Your Android Device More Functional

You own an Android, unlike cell phones of yesterday. The Android is more like a computer than a phone. But some people are intimidated and a bit lazy in getting to know their device, only using it for talking and texting. If that’s all you’re doing with your Android then you’re doing it wrong. Here’s how to make your device more functional.

Be a Pro at Photos

All of your photos can be kept in one place. Most people don’t need a camera these days. But it’s difficult to keep track of photos for later retrieval via a phone. You can create folders within Photos to categorize items. Furthermore, you could search for folders using the voice function. Why waste time toggling through icons?

Get to Saying, “Ok, Google…”

Start using the Android’s voice assistant option. There are tons of useful voice commands at your disposal including record a video, take a selfie, set a timer, etc. Aside from telling, you can ask about things like the weather, what time is the (your team’s name) game, etc.

Use a Mouse

Some people are unaware they can use their Android device with a mouse. Some apps are just easier to use with the aid of a mouse. Alternatively, you could plug your Android into a portable device or home PC. There are other plug-in compatibilities. Use a Bluetooth-enabled mouse or a keyboard if you would like.

Stop Using Data for Navigation

Google Maps is a great service. It’s useful to pull up the information when driving and in need of directions. However, you may grow alarmed to see your data getting used at a great rate, especially if you’re overseas. However, Google Maps allows Android users to view information without using data. Look for the ‘offline areas’ option from the overhead map view.

Take a Screenshot

It’s pretty handy to take a screenshot if you want a copy of your friend’s picture, see a meme you want to share, or if you would like to capture headlines to back up an argument with a spouse. All you do is press the power and volume-down button at the same time. The screen will flash and you’ll hear a shutter sound. You can then save the shot in a certain folder or upload it to social media.

Seta Data Limit

We’ve all been there. No one wants to get an enormous smartphone bill from their carrier. It’s easy to lose track of allotted data but not when you set a limit on your phone’s controls. Be alerted as soon as you exceed the limit set and never have to pay for going over again!

Turn Off Autocorrect

There have been funny and not so funny stories created by the autocorrect function. Android thinks you mean one thing and automatically corrects your spelling. This could be annoying to downright disastrous depending on whom receives a text from you. Don’t worry about it after turning off the autocorrect function.

 

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