10 functions on Android you never heard

As smartphones become more and more powerful, their powers are also developing: consult social networks, send emails, and even make calls! But there are secrets uses that you can take advantage of your Android smartphone.


1. Voice search the display is off

Few users know this stuff: some Android smartphones allow you to perform a voice search with the "OK Google" command even when the screen is off! Unfortunately, only some mobile with a dedicated detection system can perform this function.

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To find out if your smartphone is able, go to Google Settings> Search and Google Now> Voice> Detection OK Google> Always on. Remember that you will cause Google to recognize your voice (the option is on the same screen). Phones do not allow the screen off detection display an option called "From any screen" instead of "always on". 


2. Lock remotely and reset your lost phone

Losing your phone is in itself painful, but becomes even more so when you consider that all our personal data will be accessible to strangers. Fortunately, Google has a great feature called Android Device Manager, which lets you keep control of your device if you misplace it.

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Android Device Manager does more than keep track of your phone: the function to call to remotely lock it or even reset it to factory settings. Simply activate the feature in Settings> Security> Phone management and access the site on your computer in case you lose your phone. 


3. Select your own dark theme

Android Marshmallow vain abandon the dark theme for the moment, there is always a way to create your own theme dark house. Simply go to Settings> Accessibility> Invert colors for the dark theme of your dreams.

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The screenshots do not take into account the dark mode, and appearance of application icons will be affected; but the darkness of the theme will be welcome in terms of readability. Perfect for reading at night or in case of bright light! 


4. Go to the Chrome tabs from other devices

If you use Chrome as your default browser (like most users), did you know that you can access the open Chrome tabs on other phones or tablet?

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As long as you're signed in to Chrome, when you open a new tab, you will see the "Recent tabs" option at the bottom right of the screen. Tap it to open any URL or on your devices. 

5. Leave your contact information in case of loss

Another valuable tip for those who tend to forget their business (or leave the phone on the restaurant table when they go to the bathroom). If your phone is lost and you think it could be picked up by someone, you can leave a message on your phone with your details.

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You will get the same function with Android Device Manager if you have already lost your phone, but it is a security measure not to be overlooked. Go to Settings> Security> Lock Screen Message to add your contact information or instructions. 

 Offer a reward to the person who finds your laptop is not a bad idea!

 6. Document scanner

At the beginning of the digitalization of documents, it had to invest in a huge scanner to make a digital copy. Today it is possible to use your smartphone as a versatile scanner. Although the quality is not as good, the process is much more convenient.

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If you want to use your phone as a scanner, you have several options. You can simply photograph the document and save it as an image, or use Google Drive to convert. Excellent dedicated applications also exist, like CamScanner or Evernote.


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 7. Become a WiFi hotspot

The Tethering is a feature that most of you already know, but it is also possible to turn your smartphone into a WiFi hotspot, and it became even easier on Lollipop and Marshmallow. The process transforms the cellular connection to your phone into a Wi-Fi network that other devices can connect

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Go to Settings> More> Tethering and portable hotspot. You can set the network name and password to connect to it. Be sure, however, to keep an eye on your consumption of mobile data.


 8. Compass and barometer

Do you know the various sensors present inside your phone? Not only he knows which way is north and south, but you can also download an application like Smart Compass Compass Free or AndroiTS to turn your mobile navigation instrument.

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Many phones also have a barometer to turn your mobile into a portable weather station. Applications like Barometer Altimeter and Barometer DashClock Monitor can help you anticipate changes in atmospheric pressure.


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9. Barcode Scanner

Returning to your smartphone camera: you can turn it easily in barcode scanner applications such as Barcode Scanner. The app works with QR codes as with barcodes, and there are many other alternatives on the Google Play Store.

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Barcode Scanner


Why would you want a barcode scanner? It depends on the application you are using, but the shopping is the main reason: if you see an item in a store, you can run a comparison with the prices online, or order an item a backordered.


10. Fitness Monitor

Many sensors are located inside your smartphone. This means that you can keep track of your walking sessions, Running and other activities without the need for an additional tool to put around your wrist or in your clothes.

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Google Fit is an obvious application to start, but many other dedicated apps will work on your mobile or on your connected accessories. If you need more data, applications like Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor can measure your heart rate with the camera of your smartphone.

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What other secret of Android do you know? Feel free to share with us in the comments!

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