No one on earth likes taking the long route to any destination. We prefer the shorter version because it makes things faster and easier.
Manufacturers understand this, that’s why they keep bringing features that make using your smartphone a breeze.
Now with your smartphones, you can do many things phones couldn’t do in the past photos, make video calls even design a website. Yes, you can. Smartphone has the word “smart” in it for a reason.
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In this article, I will show you 10 wonderful Android shortcuts that you should be using that will make your smartphone experience delightful.
There are shortcuts in this article that works only on Android version 6.0 and above. It might not work for earlier versions, so please take note.
1. Force Restarting Your Phone
There are times when your phone might be in a frozen-like situation (lagging seriously). You might have many apps opened at a time or using an app that requires much ram and your phone is not up to the task. In the process, freezing your phone and remains like that no matter what you do.
Not to worry. There is a shortcut, you can use to easily force restart your phone and.
Press and hold “volume button up+power button” for about 10 t0 15 seconds and boom restarts your phone instantly.
Note: If it doesn’t work for you, it’s either your battery is full blank dead or your phone is in a very critical condition and needs immediate repair.
2. Taking A Screenshot
We often discover new things on the internet or an app. Might be a piece of information, an image, etc. and you so desperately need to capture the moment. Not to worry there is a shortcut for that as well.
Press and hold “volume button down+power button” for about three seconds or two seconds, and it captures everything showing on your Android screen.
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It would be saved as an image. You can access these images in your image gallery with the name “screenshots”.
Some other Android phones like Samsung screenshots by pressing the home button and volume up button together.
3. Silencing Your Phone
In the new Android 9 (pie) update, you just have to tap the “volume button up+power button” once and it makes every alert and notifications mute till you turn it up again.
But for older Android versions, you have to press and hold the “volume down button” till it gets to the end.
4. Switching Between Apps
Switching through apps has never been easier.
If your device runs Android 7.0 (Nougat) or higher and uses the traditional Back(triangle shaped), Home(circle shaped) and Overview( square-shaped ) soft keys setup.
Double-tap the Overview key and you’ll find yourself flipping between your two most recently used apps faster than you can say “symbiosis with venom”.
You can also use this feature from your home screen and It’ll take you to the last opened app.
5. Switch To Camera
Smartphones are slowly becoming full-time cameras. They can be very helpful when it comes to taking photos of anything to capture the moment.
Having quick access to your camera makes it nearly impossible to miss any special moment.
Double click the power button and it’ll take you straight to the camera app. This feature is on Google Pixel devices, Htc, and Samsung recent devices. Older Samsung’s make use of the physical home button.
On older Android devices, you can see a camera icon on the lock screen. Drag the icon anywhere till it opens the camera.
6. Manage Notifications
Have you ever downloaded a game on your device that often sends you notifications like “you have successfully built a house”, “Come back for more action” Or its just a social app that sends way too many notifications?
If you are not in need of them, you can easily turn it off. Slide down the notification bar, press and hold the notification. A list will appear. Tick the one that best satisfies your need and press done.
7. Wake Your Home screen
Just double-tap on your phone screen and it wakes it up.
There some devices that you have to manually set this feature. After that, just enjoy the fun.
8. Split Screen
This is one of the most resourceful features released since Android 7 (Nougat). You can now make use of two different apps on the same screen at the same time.
Press and hold the overview ( square-shaped ) key until the currently opened app shifts to one half of the screen. Select another app to open in the remaining half.
Note: Not all applications support split screen.
9. Reject Calls
Instead of sliding through your phone to end a call, you can press the power button. It’s quicker and easy to locate.
Go to Settings>accessibility then turn on the feature.
You can also mute ringing calls by tapping the volume button.
10. Google Assistant
Need a helping hand? On most reasonably recent Android phones, you can press and hold your Home key to call up the Google Assistant from anywhere. Just don’t call it Siri.
I know you will.
With many shortcuts coming up in every new release, I will be updating this list. Keep it bookmarked for future updates.
Do you have any shortcuts not listed above? Share in the comments below.
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