Android phones are really pretty to use, but to even make them more efficient and personalized, there are a few things one should do upon ownership.
Since it is an open platform, there’s plenty of room for customization. Beyond personalizing your phone, there are a few easy practices that can keep your phone neat and organized with plenty of battery life to last all day.
Here are some tips to get you going:
Set up Google Now
Think of Google Now as your personal assistant. Open the Google app, tap Get Google Now, and then fill in your preferences. You can tell Google Now your favourite stocks, sports teams, and more to get personalized notifications. You can also tell Google Now your preferred mode of transportation for Google Maps.
Use launchers and lock screen replacements
You can download apps in the Google Play store that actually let you change the interface of your Android phone to suit your personal needs.
Enable Power Savings mode
Navigate to the Settings menu and turn on the Power Savings mode to preserve battery life. Some phones come with a higher-level battery-saving mode, too.
Get an extra battery
All phones die eventually, and you may not always be near an outlet to charge it. Since many Android phones come with removeable backs, you can replace the battery with a fresh one when you’re on the go.
Sign into Google Chrome
If you sign in to your Google account in the Chrome browser on your phone, your bookmarks and preferences will automatically carry over.
Organize apps into folders
You can create folders to divide your apps into different categories. This reduces clutter and also makes it easier to find what you need fast.
Use a third-party keyboard
You aren’t restricted to Google’s keyboard in Android — there are plenty of keyboard apps to choose from in the Google Play store. Swype, for instance, lets you type by swiping to each letter rather than typing.
Adjust bandwidth management in Chrome
You can turn on the “Reduce Data Usage” option in Chrome to cut down on how much data it uses while you browse.
Use Google Authenticator to keep data safe
Google Authenticator provides two-step verification security for your Google account. This ensures that strangers can’t log in to your account.
For example, if you log into Gmail on a different computer, you would need to take out your phone, open the app, and then enter that code to access
Change default apps
Ever want to change the default web browser your phone uses when you click on a link? You can change this and other defaults by navigating to Settings, head over to All, and press Clear Defaults.