In this article, we will introduce 18 interesting features in Android, which you are most likely unaware of, especially if you have recently moved to this operating system.
In this article, we will introduce 18 interesting features in Android, which you are most likely unaware of, especially if you have recently moved to this operating system.
Android is a very large operating system that has many features. Although Android is developed by Google, it undergoes many changes when Google makes it available to other companies. Every company such as Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Honor, etc. have a different taste in using Android in their phones and apply a special skin on it. For example, the skin that Samsung puts on Android is One UI, Xiaomi MIUI and OnePlus also have OxygenOS as their default interface. As a result, the features that each company adds to Android are sometimes different.
But in general, there are a series of features that are related to Android itself. That is, you can use them in the original version of Android, the condition of which is to use Pixel phones. However, a series of features are added by Android companies to different phones before Google brings them to their phones, and we see some of them in the list below. These features are sometimes small but really useful, so they can really help you in your daily work.
Note that the things we are going to discuss below have been removed from the pure version of Android 13, but this does not mean which are not available in older versions. On the other hand, you may have to wait to receive a series of features since many companies have not yet released this operating system for their phones.
1. Turn on Wi-Fi automatically
Maybe you are used to when you leave your home or office, You turn off Wi-Fi. But did you know that it's possible for your phone to automatically turn on and connect to Wi-Fi when you're within range of an internet network? Of course, this Wi-Fi must be the one you were connected to before. For this, it is enough to enter the Network and Internet settings and click on the Network Preferences option in the Internet section. Finally, activate the Turn on Wi-Fi automatically option so that Wi-Fi is automatically turned on when you enter a familiar network range.
This feature is also available in Samsung phones. Just go to the settings and click on the Wi-Fi option and the three dots on the top right side of the screen to enter the advanced settings. Then click on "Turn Wi-Fi on Automatically" option. In Xiaomi phones, you can activate this feature by going to settings, Wi-Fi, clicking on the small arrow corresponding to the Wi-Fi window and finally activating the Connect automatically option.
2. Less internet consumption
If you have traveled to a foreign country or live in a place where the price of buying a package is very high, this feature can help you. In this way, you can make the settings so that the phone uses less internet. To do this, just enter the Network and Internet section and activate the relevant option in the Data Saver section. This will help you in several ways. Both the auto-update time of a number of apps is delayed and the images on websites don't load automatically until you tap on them. This feature is also available with different applications in the phones of other companies.
3. More security for contactless payments
This feature, which requires NFC, is not used much in Iran. However, if you are one of those users who think that maybe one day this feature can be used, we must say that you can increase its security more than usual. By default, anyone who has your phone can pay with it via NFC. You can stop this. In other words, make it a requirement to unlock the screen so that no one can do it. Go to the Connected Devices section and activate the Require device unlock for NFC option by clicking on Connection Preferences and then NFC.
4. Automatic activation of driving mode
This feature may be less useful for Iranian users. However, we will mention it briefly. In Android 13, there is a special mode that is very suitable for driving. This feature helps you do a series of tasks with voice commands and also disables a series of notifications. You can set this feature to activate automatically when the phone connects to your car's Bluetooth. For active To enable these features, you must go to the Connected Devices section and then Connection Preferences and enable Driving Mode.
5. Setting an application as the default app
This feature has been present in Android phones for several years, and even Apple added it to its phones a few years ago. When you buy a phone, the manufacturer determines which apps are called by default to perform certain tasks. For example, when someone calls you, sends you a message, or sends you a link, you must open them with the same contact, messenger, and browser applications that the manufacturer installed on your phone.
Sometimes It happens that you install a favorite application for a series of tasks and you want to have it as the default app on your phone. For this, it is enough to enter the settings and click on the applications section, which is often known as Apps. Now go to the All Apps menu and select the app you want to set as the default app. Here, depending on the type of phone you have, the settings can be different, but you should look for a section called Default and click on it. In the opened window, just put this app in charge of the task you want.
6. Limiting the activity of applications
You can get this permission from apps on Android to automatically and without Your consent and information do not operate in the background. For example, it does not have access to your contacts, location, etc. Of course, in order to prevent this, you must first see which applications use which permissions and then stop their access. If you are reading this before you fill your phone with applications, be sure to carefully issue access permissions immediately after installing each application, because if there are many apps installed in the phone, this process may take a lot of time.
However, it is enough to enter the settings and in the Apps section or the same application, click on the apps respectively and in the permission section, which is also known as Permissions, grant any access you want from it. Close the application. In this section, you can also see when an application has used a certain permission.
In Android phones, there is also a section called Permission Manager (or similar), which you can go to from the privacy section. Have that access and see which apps are using each of the permissions and remove the accesses through that section.
In addition to these, you can even restrict the access of apps that you know on Android. You are not going to use them for a long time, so take them from different parts of the system. In some Android phones, this feature is activated by default for apps that have not been used for three months or more, and if you wish, you can re-issue a series of accesses to it by entering the settings section of each application.
7. Checking the history of notifications
Android has an interesting and useful feature, and that is the possibility of checking the history of notifications. In this way, it saves a history of notifications in the phone so that nothing happens from your view. Sometimes it happens that you are doing something important and a notification is sent to you. Many times you dismiss it without even noticing it, but you want to come back to it later. Sometimes it happens that you forget what application the mentioned notification was about. Instead of opening each app to check for changes, you can go to the Notifications section and search for "Notification History" to find its exact location and activate it.
8. Hiding the sensitive content of notifications from the lock screen
Sometimes we want to display the content of notifications when the phone is locked, so that if something is important, we can open the phone and access it. to answer But some of these notifications are sent from certain people or people that we don't want other people to read by accessing the phone, even without unlocking it. Because if this feature is active, there is no need to unlock the screen at all, and you can access the notification content through the same lock screen. By activating this option, the messages sent to you privately will be hidden from view.
9. Hiding Silent Notifications
Some users normally receive too many notifications that are displayed to them with sound. But there are a series of notifications that don't have sound, but still appear and may just cause clutter. Among these notifications, you can mention downloading a file in the background or displaying the weather, which are displayed silently, but if you want them to be hidden now that they are silent, just go to the notification settings. and activate the Hide silent notifications in status bar option.
10. Display the remaining percentage of the battery in the status bar
This feature may be by default in a series of Android phones in be available So, when you see it, you might say to yourself, is the display of the battery percentage also considered a feature? Just for information, we have to say that iPhone phones did not benefit from this feature until this company added it to its phones in the iOS 16 version of its operating system. In order for you to be able to benefit from this feature, which of course has been in Android phones for several years, it is enough to enter the settings and the battery section. Activate the Battery Percentage option there. Note that these settings may be built in different ways in different phones, but they are generally located in the battery subcategory.
11. See which program has occupied the most space from the internal memory
This feature is present in many phones because it is considered one of the most vital features. Thanks to this feature, you can see what is using the most of your internal memory. Sometimes it happens that you see that the capacity of the internal memory is full for no reason, and no matter how many times you delete different contents, you cannot solve the problem. This feature helps you to easily find out what is taking up your internal memory. To find out about this, just go to the settings and click on Storage, which means internal memory.
Of course, in a series of phones, this feature may exist in a different section. For example, in Samsung phones, by entering the Battery and Device care section and clicking on it, you can access the condition of the battery, internal memory, RAM memory, and antivirus and control their status. By clicking on the internal memory section, you can see by file type what is using your memory the most and delete it if you wish.
12. Adding instant subtitles to videos
One of the most interesting and practical features of Android, which has not been added to this operating system for a long time, is the ability to display subtitles for videos. In this way, you can immediately understand what the person who is talking is saying. Of course, this feature unfortunately does not support the Persian language, and to be able to use it, you must be somewhat familiar with the English language. You can activate this feature in the Sound and Vibration section, but in a series of phones, when you tap on the volume up and down key and expand its menu, you can access live captions. This subtitle is processed by Google's artificial intelligence and automatically displays its text by recognizing the voice, and according to personal experience, its accuracy is extremely high.
13. Turn off the screen early
If you are one of those people who care about battery charge, you can Using this feature, force the phone to lock and turn off the screen earlier than normal. For example, you answered a phone call and forgot to turn off the screen. Naturally, when the phone is in the on screen mode, it consumes a lot of charge compared to when the screen is off. You can set the phone to lock after a few seconds. For this, you need to go to Display and then Screen Timeout. In the list that appears, you can choose how many seconds or minutes it will take to turn off the display.
14. Make everything bigger on the screen
Some users have vision problems or low vision. This causes them to recognize or read a text that needs to be larger than usual. Fortunately, in Android, there is a feature that allows the user to change the size of the fonts according to their taste and needs and make them bigger or smaller. To do this, it is enough to enter the settings again and then Display, and access the two sections with the key on Display Size and Text. These two sections are one for the font size and the other for the screen size, the first option only changes the size of the text, but the second option generally displays everything larger.
In a series of Android phones, The ability to adjust the font and page size, although they are in the same menu, but they are in two different sections. Maybe the settings are the same in other phones. So do a little digging in the same sections to see how to access the screen size. This option is sometimes displayed with names such as Display size or Display zoom.
15. Unlocking the phone in trusted places
If you are in a series of places that you completely trust, that is, where you know that any other person who is around you is not a stranger and can access your phone. Well, for example inside the house, you can set the phone to unlock automatically so you don't have to unlock the phone to do anything. To do this, just enter the settings and click on the Smart Lock option in the Security and Advanced Settings section. Finally, click on Trusted Places and enter your desired location so that when you get there, the phone will be unlocked automatically. This feature is available in a series of Android phones in the Lock Screen section, but note that a series of phones do not support "location" and can only lock the phone when another device such as a wristband or smart watch If it is connected to the phone, it will open automatically.
16. Adding medical information
An interesting feature of Android is that it allows you to store your medical information in it and use it in sensitive situations. For example, sometimes it happens that God forbid you find yourself in a sudden medical condition. In order for your work to be handled, you need to give a series of information to the doctor, including your blood type, drug allergies, or other important information, which if written down in your phone, you can safely handle your work. do. This feature is available in the Pixel phones in the Safety and Emergency and Medical Information section.
In a series of Android phones, a separate section is not considered for this task. For example, in Samsung phones, it is enough to enter the Lock screen in the settings and in the Contact Information or Owner Information section, enter your information so that it is always displayed on the lock screen, and even if you do not have the conditions to express it yourself, people They can no longer access it.
17. Restricting the use of applications
In Android phones, there is the ability to limit the use of a series of applications. For example, if you think that a game or social network application is taking up a lot of your time during the day, just go to the settings and click on the app option in the Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls section, which may be available under different names on non-Pixel phones. Click the timer to limit each application. For example, if you limit a game to 3 hours, after three hours this game will turn dark and you will not be able to run it unless you disable the mentioned mode. In this section, you can see the status of using different applications and see how you behave.
18. Activate guest mode
Guest mode, known as Guest Mode in Android phones, is a wonderful feature. It is a feature that allows users to share their phone with other people without worrying about their social network accounts being exposed. For example, you want to give the phone to your friend, but on the other hand, you don't want him to have access to personal accounts, bank applications, a series of games, etc. This is where you first enter guest mode and safely hand the phone to that person. Just enter the settings and click on System and then Multiple Users. In the opened menu, activate Allow multiple users and add the guest option.
Of course, in a series of phones, this feature has a different name, a relatively different application, and is placed in a different place. For example, in Samsung phones, you should go to the biometrics and security section and click on the Other Security settings option. Now click on the Pin Windows option and pin the apps that you want to be available on the screen in this mode. Note that in this mode, it will not be possible to call and send messages.
In Xiaomi phones, this feature is known as Second space, which you can find and activate by searching for it in the phone settings. You have to go through different steps after activation so that you can personalize the second space according to your taste. Which of them do you use the most on your phone?