Maximize an Android smartphone’s usability

The Android operating system upgrades itself to provide an easier user experience. Each upgrade tends to outshine the previous one and also helps in securing the user’s data. The Android OS can do so much more if the user knows how to change some of its settings.

Every smartphone with an Android OS has a default setting for its functions. People study them and apply them to everyday use. What if these settings, if changed, can make life easier? It can be anything from giving out peace of mind to easier reading texts. Tweaking specific settings will also strengthen the security of the phone itself.

Some changes are simple to outright essential. Learning about these changes will help anyone in the long run. Here are some of those changes and how it affects everyday life.

Tweaking settings

Most Android phones have the same settings, so that the phone model wouldn’t matter. Discussed here are about notifications, captions, and many more.

1. Silencing unwanted notifications

Users receive notifications about anything on their phones. Disturbing; yes, but they couldn’t remove it since they want to read it at a later time. They can choose to silence these notifications instead. All they need to do is to long-press the notification, and a pop-up message would appear. Users can now choose to either “Alert” them or “Silent” these notifications.

The Alert function will show the notification with sounds. As for the Silent option, it will mute the notification. Users will still see it on the notification list.

2. Live Captioning

The Live Caption option is a new addition to the Android OS. It will transcribe any video that the user watches; podcasts included. Even if they muted the video’s sound, the transcription would still start. But, not all Android phones support this option yet.

To know if the phone has this option, look into Settings then search for Live Caption. After enabling the function, every time a video plays, a caption appears. It helps a lot of people who like to read subtitles while watching videos. The user also has the power to allow profanity or not in the Live Caption option.

3. Dual apps

Users like the ability of a smartphone to multitask. Gamers would like to play their game while chatting on Discord. Students can search on a browser while writing on a note app. These are two examples of multitasking on the phone.

To do this, find and tap the app switcher button. A user can also swipe up and see the multitasking view. Here, they can choose and tap the app they want to use then tap “Split Screen.” The first app will appear on top of the screen. The multitasking view will take the bottom half of the screen. Either let it look that way or choose another app to make the screen’s bottom half. Take note that not all apps support multitask mode.

Exploring an Android smartphone’s capabilities is fun. Changes in the Settings allow the user to take full advantage of their devices.


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