Did you know your Android phone is packed full of useful features that you mightn’t be aware of? Here’s five.
1. Turn your phone into a torch
Find yourself with no power because of another storm? Or maybe you need to find something in your bag. Your trusty Android is here to help. Simply swipe down from the top of your lock screen to get Quick Settings and tap the Flashlight icon in the bottom left. For the Galaxy S4, tap the Apps icon in the bottom right of the home screen then tap the Widgets tab at the top of the screen. Swipe left or right to find the Assistive Light widget. Hold the widget for a second then drag it to your home screen and release. The widget will turn your camera flash into a flashlight.
2. Lock your phone and share it worry free
Screen pinning allows you to pin, or lock, the screen to a certain app. This is one of the useful new features in the Android Lollipop operating system. It enables you to only show a specific app’s screen and the device is temporally locked to this app and you cannot access any other apps. Open Quick Settings and tap the cog symbol in the top right, then tap security, then Screen Pinning at the bottom of the list. For some phones it will be located under Lock Screen & Security. Move the switch to On. Open the app you’d like to pin and tap the overview button (the square one at the bottom), then tap the pin icon. To unpin hold down the back button (the triangle) and overview button at the same time.
3. Back up your photos
Our phones have become portable photo albums so make sure you don’t lose your favourite moments. Back up all your photos,with Google photos. Open the photos app on your phone, go to settings and turn on auto-backup. Alternatively open the Google Photos App, and if you’re opening it for the first time follow the on-screen instructions, to sync your photos. You can change it at any time in the in-app settings menu.
4. Track your lost device with Android Device Manager
If you don’t have a device tracking app on your phone be sure to download the Android Device Manager; it’s Google’s official tool to track your Android device. If the worst does happen you’ll need to log into your Google account on another device and visit the Android Device Manager. From here Google will try to track down your phone and once found, you can ring it by clicking on “Ring”. Google have implemented some of the Device Manager’s features into their search results page. By typing “where’s my phone” into the search bar Google displays a map above the search results in which it will try to find your phone.
5. Power saver
For those of you with the Lollipop operating system, you can enable a battery saver mode that can extend your phone’s charge by up to 90 minutes. To activate it, swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap the battery icon. This will take you to a new menu where you can turn the setting on.