Think you know your Android phone inside and out? Think again! Even the most seasoned Android users might be surprised to learn about some of the cool, hidden features tucked away in the operating system. These features can boost your productivity, enhance your entertainment experience, and even help you keep your data safe.
So, buckle up and get ready to unlock the hidden potential of your Android device. Here are the top 5 hidden features that most Android users don’t know about:
1. One-handed mode
Struggling to reach the top of your phone’s screen with one hand? There’s a built-in solution for that! One-handed mode shrinks the screen down to a more manageable size, making it easier to tap and type with just your thumb.
To activate one-handed mode, swipe down diagonally from the bottom corner of the screen towards the opposite corner (the direction will vary depending on your phone model). You can also enable a shortcut that lets you activate one-handed mode by swiping inwards from the bottom bezel.
2. Split-screen multitasking
Need to get things done on the go? Split-screen multitasking allows you to run two apps side-by-side on your screen, perfect for comparing notes, checking social media while watching a video, or working on multiple tasks simultaneously.
To enable split-screen multitasking, open the first app you want to use. Then, long-press the recent apps button (the square button at the bottom of the screen). Tap on the icon of the second app you want to use, and it will appear alongside the first app in split-screen view. You can adjust the size of each app by dragging the divider in the middle of the screen.
3. Guest mode
Need to lend your phone to a friend or family member without giving them access to all your personal stuff? Guest mode creates a temporary profile on your phone with limited access to apps and data. This is a great way to protect your privacy and keep your sensitive information safe.
To enable guest mode, swipe down from the notification bar and tap on the user icon. Then, tap on “Add guest” and select “Guest”. Your guest can now use your phone without access to your contacts, emails, messages, or other personal data.
4. Digital Wellbeing
In today’s digital age, it’s easy to get lost in the endless scroll of social media and news feeds. Digital Wellbeing helps you monitor your phone usage and take steps to achieve a healthier digital balance.
Digital Wellbeing tracks your screen time, app usage, notifications, and more. It also provides tools to help you limit your phone usage, set app timers, and wind down before bed.
5. Developer options
This one’s for the tech-savvy users out there. Developer options unlock a hidden menu with advanced settings and features that are not available to the average user. However, be warned: some of these settings can be complex and could potentially damage your phone if not used correctly.
To enable developer options, go to Settings > About phone and tap on the build number seven times. You’ll see a message that says “You are now a developer!”. Developer options will now be available in the Settings menu.
Bonus tip: Google Assistant hidden commands
Did you know that Google Assistant has a ton of hidden commands that most people don’t know about? Here are a few of our favorites:
- “Tell me a joke”
- “Sing me a song”
- “Flip a coin”
- “Roll a die”
- “Set an alarm for 7:00 AM”
- “What’s the weather like today?”
- “What’s on my calendar tomorrow?”
These are just a few of the many hidden features that are available on Android devices. So, why not take some time to explore your phone and see what you can discover? You might be surprised at what you find!
I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.
- Be sure to check your phone’s user manual for more information on hidden features.