9 universal Android tips and tricks that you probably didn't know about

9 universal Android tips and tricks that you probably didn't know about
Oh, Android, you so full of surprises! And we're being honest here, too. Despite having access to a never-ending supply of Android handsets from vendors from all around the globe, it seems like we get to learn something new about the complex OS every few weeks or so. 

Unfortunately, these usually come in the form of a splinter of knowledge that quickly gets lost in the depths of our minds. Like a needle in a bale of hay. But for this pick, we went back a few years, and tried to combine these pockets of trickery into a singular pick, while also trying to keep this simple and accessible to as many of you as possible. What's more, we've also made the effort to only include stuff that you can actually make practical use of, though that doesn't necessarily mean we've lost our impish charm.

Find below the 9 Android tricks that we've compiled for you -- you're likely to find at least a few that you didn't know about, and at least some of those could easily end up as a part of your daily routine.

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47 Comments

47. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I was quite disappointed at not being able to cache map areas in the new Google Maps app. I'm glad to be able to cache aeas again, even if, instead of the previous menu option, it's now a rather involved shorthand.

46. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

i knew 8 of them

43. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

well there is an odd thing about googlemaps.. it needs 'location data' available to find your location.. :/ BUT a 'bus finder' App, does NOT need this to find your location!! 'londontransportfree' & 'simple london bus' (cwlee.londonbus) find my location to a few feet, with ONLY GPS on.. Its a shame google has to lie about what is needed!!

40. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wake me up when a real story with real ANDROID tips is present....

36. av911 unregistered

#4 That's why I prefer Touchwiz. You can edit your 5 most used toggles and see your notifications on the same screen.

45. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I get a bunch more by just scrolling right..but it is nice...

30. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Oh I'm going to have to use that last one this weekend on a few people! It makes the phones look all kinds of messed up!

24. AJmeBOY

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Tips to have included: screen shot, double tap home button shortcut, turning on/off Google Now hotword detection (reduces lag!), drag and drop apps into folders, rename folders, and moving apps to an SD card to free phone memory.

27. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You would have made a better article than PA... Lol...

12. shareeff

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

3 and 4

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

3. Bring back latitude! 4. I did not know that!

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I only found 1st one to be useful....

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I thought the article will be interesting...but it is just plain....most of em are basic things..

11. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Still a fan of the IPL?

14. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yup...why not??? just fixing of three players won't stop me from watching the "THE BIGGEST CRICKET FESTIVAL"

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It has gotten super boring in the last couple of years. I'm waiting for the FIFA World Cup in June. :D

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Your fav team isn't winning huh??? Btw me too waiting for FIFA world cup...I'll support SPAIN...

20. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I support Mumbai dude since I live here, and to my knowledge they won last year. But yeah I'm also supporting Spain in the World Cup :D

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You can see who I'm supporting from my avatar...most successful IPL team...

26. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Dhoni! The best captain the world has ever produced. Any team he captains becomes successful. :)

29. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

That's why I'm chennai fan... Even though I live in chennai I would support the team which dhoni plays for...luckily he plays for chennai...

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Is there any tip to reduce the lag? :D

4. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

He is trolling....

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I ain't trolling. That was a general question asked there. Don't mistake me for some of the fandroids on the site.

10. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Thanks a lot Chris. I try these tips to speed up my Nexus 7.

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Lag in nexus 7????

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes, my Nexus 7 (2012) lags alot, even after the KitKat update. That's all despite having a quad core processor and a gig of RAM.

34. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

@NokiaFTW I've had the same issues with the original Nexus 7 as well. The trick is to leave some some memory open. For some reason it starts lagging after you use up most of the memory. Very annoying issue. If you have an issue charging since the update like I have had there is also a weird fix. Just unplug and replug the USB from the charger while it's plugged in. @shuaibhere It's a legitimate gripe. You can google it and see people complaining about it all over the internet so your petty name calling is pointless makes you the troll in this case.

42. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Having a quad core processor doesn't always guarantee good performance, that's true for any OS. The Tegra 3 in the 2012 Nexus 7 was the worst quad core processor to come out that year, it was even beaten by Qualcomm's dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus in CPU and GPU tests. That's Nvidia's problem.

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