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Android smartphones: quick tips to increase device efficiency

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Published Feb 21, 2016, 6:45 pm IST
Updated May 14, 2016, 1:08 pm IST
Android-based smartphones are the most widely used devices in the world. (Representational image)
 Android-based smartphones are the most widely used devices in the world. (Representational image)

Android-based smartphones are one of the most commonly used devices in the entire world and even the likes of Apple find it difficult to stay ahead in the race. For starters, Android is the most use mobile OS in the world, and Google is incessantly working to keep on making the platform more efficient.

Apart from that, Android-based smartphone manufacturers are constantly developing their handsets to make the most of Android.

However, Android users still face a number of difficulties over the course of time due to some common errors.

On that note, here are some suggested tips that can help you significantly help your Android smartphone experience—from simple navigation to performance.

Scale down animations: All users prefer their smartphones to be lag-free and that’s one area where Android devices really take a big hit. However, by following a set of simple steps, you can get rid of any unnecessary lag. In settings, go to ‘about device’ and click on the ‘build number’ option for seven times. This will unlock your developer option where you will find a slew of animation scaling options. You can turn down the animation scales to 0.5x in place of 10x. This will significantly boost your smartphone’s transition and navigation speed.

Delete unwanted apps: On most cases, smartphones tend to get infected with viruses as new unused apps start accumulating in your device. But you can easily avoid such problems by regularly monitoring and deleting unwanted apps. Keeping your home screen widget-free also helps in upping your smartphone’s performance.

Use “OK Google”: This is a very handy feature and can be used to search almost anything on your smartphone. This feature can significantly help you improve searching for any kind of content on the internet or on the device. The default settings only allow “OK Google” to work from the home screen, but you can just go to settings and change the preference to “from any screen”.

Turn on power-saving mode: If you’ve noticed, most smartphones come along with power-saving options and there are also numerous power-saving apps available on Play Store. The power-saving mode on your device is extremely useful when you are really low on charge and can save up to 50 per cent more battery in contrast to the normal mode.

Activate mobile data tracking: While most users might know about this simple Android feature, for the ones who don’t know, this resourceful feature will seamlessly allow you to monitor how much data you are using. Moreover, this feature will automatically cut off mobile data when you are on the verge of exhausting your data pack.

Automatic photo backup: It feels horrible when you loose or break a device full of pictures only to find out that your photos were not automatically backed. Well, you can avoid this by utilising the nifty Google Photos app, which gives you 15Gb of free data storage space.

Save offline maps: A few months back, Google added another very useful feature to its maps—offline storage. All you have to do is find the area on the map, which you want to save and tap on the search bar at the top of the screen. After the downloading is complete, you will have access to all the offline map data pertaining to that area including streets, points of interest, and navigation.

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