Top 10 Hidden Android Features & Tips

Hey what's up guys ThioJoe here, and todayI'm going to go over something I think most of you should enjoy, or at least those ofyou who use Android phones.

But I guess even if you have an iPhone youmight still find it kind of interesting.

I'm going to go over a list of 10 differentnot so well known tips, tricks, and features in Android.

Most of these should work with version 6 andlater, but I'll tell you if that's not the case.

So anyway, without further adue, let's jumpright in.

First up is the hidden “developer options”menu, which isn't too much of a secret, but I definitely can't leave it out.

And this menu has all sorts of cool advancedsettings not usually accessible, which we can get to in a bit.

To access the menu, go to Settings, then goto “About Phone”, then scroll down to where it shows “Build Number”.

Then just keep tapping on the “Build Number”and it will start counting down until it says “You Are Now a Developer”.

After that, now when you go to the Settingsapp, there will be a new menu under System called Developer Options.

In here you'll find all sorts of settings, some of which are absolutely useless to the average user, and others that aren't.

So, number two is specifically one of theuseful settings in here, the animation scale.

If you scroll down in the developer options, you'll see, well really three options control “Animation Scale”, which controls how fastor slow the animations of the operating system are played.

What this means for example, is when openingan app, closing an app, transitioning through menus, all of that will be played faster orslower.

I personally have mine set to 0.

5x, whichmeans that each animation takes half as long, or twice as fast.

This makes the phone feel much more snappy, since everything appears to respond faster.

You can also turn off animations altogether, so there's no delay.

However sometimes with animations off, certainapps can start to misbehave, so just be aware of that.

If for some reason you wanted, you could makeanimations slower, but be careful when setting it to 10x, because it will take forever todisable it again, since you have to wait really long.

Number three, this one is REALLY useful, Ithink at least, and it is the Notification Log Wdiget.

Let me ask you, have you ever had a notificationpop up on your phone, and you either swiped it away without thinking, or maybe it disappearedbefore you saw it, and you think, “oh no what did that say?” Well, this will solve that.

What you do is create a new widget by longpressing on the home screen, go to “Widgets”, (and this might look different on your phoneby the way) , then find the “Settings Shortcut” and drag and drop that onto the home screen.

Once you do, it will show you a selectionof different settings you can choose for that shortcut.

There are other useful ones you can look atlater, but right now you want to choose “Notification Log”.

In it, you can scroll through all your recentnotifications, and it will show you a bunch of technical data for each one, includingwhat the notification said, which is labelled as “android.


This is also useful if the text of the notificationis cut off, and it won't show you what the whole thing says.

This is definitely one I find really useful.

Next, number four, Offline Google Maps.

What this lets you do is select a large areain Google Maps that will be downloaded and stored on your phone.

The most obvious use of this is to downloadan area a few miles around where you live, which you'd presumably have to access frequently.

This way, instead of having to download themap as you go while driving and using up data, you can just download a whole region at oncewhile you're on WiFi.

This has two benefits, one, it will save youcellular data, and two, it will makes Google Maps faster, since you don't have to waitfor it to download anything every time, it's already all there.

Also, it will automatically update the offlinemap on WiFi, so you're covered there.

It doesn't take up too much space either.

The largest area you can download seems tobe around 2 Gigabytes worth, but that will cover a huge part of your state, or even countrymaybe.

Ok number 5, this one is kinda fun, the AndroidEaster Egg game.

Each version of Android seems to have a differentone, but you access them usually about the same way.

You go to Settings, About Phone, and thenwhere it says Android Version, just tap on that a bunch of times.

In Android 7 which I'm using, it will bringup the Android 7 Nugat logo, and then from here you tap on the logo many times quickly, and then long press it.

If it shows a no sign, you didn't tap it enoughtimes.

If you did, it will show a cat emoji, whichmeans you've activated the cat game.

Now if you go to the quick settings and hitedit, there will be a new shortcut option for “Android Easter Egg”, which you drag intothe shortcut bar.

The game is pretty simply, you click the dishand leave out food, and then every once in a while different cats will show up, and youjust collect them.

And that's it, kinda funny.

Number 6, another pretty useful one, is thehidden built in file explorer.

Most people think that you need a third partyapp to browse through the phone's file system, but there's actually a basic one already included.

To get to it, just go to Settings, Storage, and at the bottom click “Explore”, and there you are.

You can search for files, create new folders, copy and move files, delete them, all that.

You'd probably still need a third party appto do anything advanced, but this should cover all the basics.

Moving on, number 7, the System UI Tuner.

This is another secret menu not enabled bydefault, with some useful settings.

Though not all manufacturer versions mighthave it.

To enable it, just pull down the quick options, you might have to do it twice, and look for the wrench and gear at the top.

Just press and hold on that until it animatesor vibrates, and that's it.

Now when you go to Settings, there will bea new menu called “System UI Tuner”, with all sorts of options.

One for example is to always show batterypercentage in the status bar, which I'd consider essential.

There are also “power notification controls”which lets you control what notifications different apps can show.

Like if there's an app that is really annoying, you can limit it's notifications, or block them altogether.

Other options include enabling or disablingicons in the status bar, and making the clock also show seconds, not just hours and minutes.

Next up, number 8, is to force apps to allowmulti window mode.

In Android 7 you now have the option to showmultiple apps at once, but some apps don't allow it.

However, you can force them to by going backto the Developer Options we enabled before, and enabling “force activities to be resizeable”.

Now any apps that wouldn't allow multi-windowbefore should, but keep in mind they might act weird, because they don't technicallysupport the feature.

Almost near the end, number 9, is Data Savermode.

This isn't really hidden, but it's disabledby default, and I think this one might only be available in Android 7.

To get to it, go to Settings, Data Usage, then click Data Saver.

This basically limits when apps can use data, unless you specifically grant it unrestricted data access.

So enabling it seems to turn on data savermode for ALL apps, then you go in and individually disable it for some.

Alternatively though, there is a way to enabledata saving just for Google Chrome, because it's actually built in to that.

If you go to Chrome, then settings, you'llsee an option for Data Saver, which compresses websites before loading them.

This actually seems to be a different thingaltogether though, specifically for Chrome.

The Android data saver limits when apps canuse data, but the Chrome one compresses sites to reduce usage.

Alright now finally number 10, is quick batteryaccess.

You probably already know that if you go intosettings, you can look at battery stats, like useage over time, how much time is left, allthat.

But there's actually a quicker way to seethat info.

If you simply swipe down the notificationsbar, you can tap on the battery icon, and it will show you mostly the same thing.

Obviously you can see the percentage, butalso how much estimated time left, the battery usage graph, and a toggle for battery savermode.

This could save you a few clicks, and fromhaving to search through the settings, so it's pretty convenient.

So, that is it, those are 10 of the featuresI thought you guys would like to know about.

I you've probably heard of some of them, buthopefully you at least learned SOMEthing new.

If you guys have any suggestions though forfeatures I missed, definitely let us all know down in the comments.

Maybe there's a super secret setting thatno one's ever heard about before, I don't know.

Or perhaps you're really smart and alreadyknew about all these.

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