5 Things You Didn’t Know Your Android Phone Was Capable Of


Just when you thought you knew everything about your Android, you learn something new and exciting. Android phones are great because of how customizable they are. Take your user experience to the next level when you explore some things you probably didn’t know your Android could do. Sometimes it’s more fun to play with the technology itself than to use it for games, so you’ll want to pull out your phone to explore while reading this list.

Lock and Wipe Your Lost Phone

Losing your phone is terrifying; many people store credit card information and passwords in a host of apps, and nobody wants strangers to have access to that private info. In case you lose your Android phone, you can protect that data by remotely locking your phone, and wiping your data if you have to. Check out Google’s Android Device Manager. Find it by going to Settings, then Security, and Device Administrators. Once you have it set up, you can log in from your computer and make your lost phone ring, lock the screen, and even set it back to factory specs to delete all your data if you need to.

Use Your Phone as a Wi-Fi Hotspot

When your device runs Lollipop or Marshmallow, you can use the tethering feature on your phone to make it into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Once you’ve turned your cell signal into a hotspot, you can log into the Wi-Fi with other devices. Imagine being stranded somewhere, and you’re the only one with a signal. You’ll be the instant lifesaver. Try it out on a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge right now: go to Tethering & Portable Hotspot under the More option in Settings to get going.

Also read: WiGig (Wireless Gigabit): Important things you should know

Get Personal with Call-Screening

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You can send a pre-written message to callers when you’re not in a position to answer the phone, rather than ignoring the call or declining it. It’s under Quick Responses in your phone’s settings. Just enter and save your message, then next time you can’t answer the phone, swipe to send it.

Call-screening doesn’t have to be polite. If you’ve got contacts you don’t want to hear from at all, you can set their calls to go straight to voicemail. Edit their contact information, go to Additional Info, then hit “send straight to voicemail.” Next time they call, your phone won’t even ring. (Take it a step further by never emptying your voicemail box so they can’t leave a message, either!)

Effortlessly Sync Your Data

Data synching doesn’t just mean loading your photos into Dropbox or some other cloud app. You can sync up your Google Chrome tabs so you can open them on any device. Just log into Chrome, open a new Chrome tab, and click “recent tabs” on the bottom right of the screen. There you’ll be able to see the tabs you have open on other devices.

You can also download one of several apps like Remote Notifier and Desktop Notifications to get your phone notifications to display on your computer desktop. Know when you’ve got a call, a text, or when your battery is low via your computer screen.

Input “In Case of Lost Phone” Contact Info

Most people are honest and want to return lost phones to their owners. You can put your name and contact information on the lock screen of your Android device without allowing access to any other part of the phone. Just go to Settings, then Security, and hit Lock Screen Message. It’ll allow you to type your name, e-mail, alternate phone number, or any other information that you might want to share, like instructions for what to do if the phone is found.

Your Android phone is more amazing than you ever knew. With the right settings and apps, you can protect your data, sync with your computer, screen your calls without making enemies, and become the master of Wi-Fi hotspots.

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