Android Tricks and TipsTop 10 tips for making your Android better

When most people get a new android phone, they download a mail application, Facebook, WhatsApp and maybe a few others.

However, this is just the barebones of what can be done with an Android device.

Below are 10 tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your new phone.

1 – Stay updated

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2 – Only get notifications you care about

When installing an app, you may not pay much attention to the small notifications asking if they can send you notifications, but within a few days these notifications can start driving you crazy. Disable the notifications you don’t care about by going to App Info -> De-selecting Show Notifications -> OK

3 – Run Google Maps offline

If you are not exactly sure where you are going and won’t have internet access, knowing this tip can be a lifesaver. Create the offline map by going to Google Maps -> creating the map of the location you need -> click to “make the map available offline”.

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4 – Protect yourself from viruses

Many people think of viruses as something that can only happen to them on computers, but in reality hacks can harm your Android device just as easily. Protect yourself by downloading an antivurus application.

5 – Make your battery last longer

Your Android battery is never going to last for weeks at a time, but you can make it last a bit longer by changing a few of the settings. Change the brightness setting to be less bright at Settings -> Display -> Brightness. At Settings -> Display -> Screen timeout, choose to shut off the screen after 2 minutes.

6 – Turn your Android into a flashlight

You don’t need to download a separate app for this. Merely swipe down from the top of your screen and the Quick Settings will appear, and then click on the flashlight button.

7 – Don’t pay extra for data

Make sure that you don’t go over the amount you are allowed for data each month by setting up an alert under Settings -> Data Usage.

8 – Use Google Now

You can use Google Now to function as your own personal assistant. The first time you open the app you will fill in all your preferences and then going forward you will receive personal notifications.

9 – Set up Guest Mode

Protect yourself by setting up guest mode, whereby people can use your phone without accessing your applications or personal information. Enable the mode by swiping down Quick Setting and clicking twice on Notifications. Then, tap twice on your profile picture and choose the option to “add guest”.

10 – Take screen shots

You can take screenshots on your Android phone at any time and of anything you have on your screen – apps, game, mail, etc.. Take the screenshot by first clicking the back button and then holding down the home center button. Once you take the shot it will be automatically saved in your photo gallery.