Android is now the world’s most popular mobile operating system. However, many Android users aren’t using the OS to its full advantage.
If you want to get the most out of your Android, then keep reading! Today, we’re going to show you the top 4 hidden Android tips and tricks that can be performed on your smartphone or tablet.
4) Add a contact onto your Android home screen
You probably call some contacts more often than others. But instead of scrolling through your contacts list every time you need to call your parents or your girlfriend, Android allows you to easily drag that contact to the home screen. Once that contact is on the home screen, you can tap on their picture to instantly make a call.
It’s easy to set this up. All you have to do is find an empty space on your home screen, tap and hold your finger on that spot, and then wait for the settings menu to appear. Then, select Shortcuts and Contact and choose which person you want to add.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S3, the process is slightly different. Hold your finger over a blank spot on the home screen, and then click Add to home screen. Select Apps and widgets then scroll through the Widgets tab until you find Contact. Add that widget to your home screen. Then, click on the widget and select which Contact you want to display on your home screen.
3) Dictate text messages
Technology has finally come full circle. Now, Android users can easily dictate text messages into their phone instead of being forced to use their thumbs. Doing this on Android is easy. Just open a text message and look for the microphone symbol at the bottom of your keyboard.
Hit that icon, and then start talking.This symbol will also appear when Android users are writing notes or typing anything out on their smartphones and tablets.
Note: if you don’t see the microphone symbol, then you’ll need to click on the gear icon (settings) and highlight the ‘Voice input’ button.
2)Take a picture and a video at the same time
This is one of the easiest things to do in Android. However, many users don’t know how to take a picture and a video at the same time. Simply start recording a video using the Android camera, and then tap on the screen whenever you want to take a picture. That picture will automatically be saved in your gallery.
Some smartphone cameras – like the Samsung Galaxy S III – will also allow users to take a burst of images in order to avoid missing that perfect moment. To do this, simply head to your camera, select the ‘frame’ button at the top of the screen, and then click on the radial button beside Burst Shot.
1) Setup customized voicemail messages with Google Voice
Google Voice is a popular way to save money on calls. However, you can also use Google Voice to setup customized voicemail messages for your contacts. To do this, download the Google Voice app for free from the Google Play store.
Then, scroll through your list of contacts and find ones for which you want to record customized greetings. Open that contact and click on ‘Edit Google Voice settings’. Then, Google Voice will allow you to choose a pre-recorded voicemail message or record a new one yourself.
Now, every time that contact calls you and you can’t answer your phone, that customized voicemail message will play. This is a great way to keep your work lives and personal lives separate, or to let your parents know that you’re safe.
Author Bio:- Andrew Tufts is a technology blogger and Android owner from Canada. He writes daily blog posts for One Click Root, which is an Android rooting software program. Follow Andrew on Twitter @emperoryogi