05 tips to enhance your Google-powered device. Are you satisfied from your Android? The Android versus iPhone debatecontinues to rumble on. But one thing is certain: Google’s phone software ismore versatile and customizable than Apple’s offering. Go into the settings andtweaks available for your Android phone and you’ll find a host of cleverfeatures and useful tools. We have collected 05 of them right here.A quick note before we begin: Android has a wide variety ofmakes, models, and versions, which makes it more difficult to find featuresthat will be consistent across all devices. We only verified the following tipson stock Android 7.
0 Nougat—they should also work on related systems, but someof the menus and procedures may vary slightly.1 of 051. Cast your Android screen ANDROIDCASTINGRecent versions of Android come with Chromecastmirroring built in.For a number of years, you’ve been able to broadcast yourAndroid phone or tablet’s display to the larger screen of a television using aChromecast. In addition to beaming video from all the usual movie and TVapps, this streaming device can mirror your phone.
Take advantage ofa mirroring shortcut in the Quick Settings pane, which you access by draggingdown from the top of the screen with two fingers. You should find a Cast optionin this menu.If it doesn’t show up, there’s another way to set upmirroring.
First, check to make sure you’ve installed the Google Home app for Android. You probably already usedthis program to set up your Chromecast. Open the app, tap Cast screen/audiofrom its menu, and then choose your Chromecast. Your device’s display shouldappear on the big screen.
2 of 052. Run apps side-by-sideSPLITSCREENNeed two apps side-by-side? Android can help. One of the new features added in Android 7.0 Nougat is theoption to run apps side-by-side or one above the other. This view comes inhandy when you want to display photos, optimize your social networking, ormultitask, although it’s a bit too laggy for gaming.To set it up, tap the Overview button (the square icon belowthe screen) button, and choose which of your recently used apps you want tosee.
Then, hold and drag that app’s title bar to the top or left of thedisplay. Finally, choose another open app to appear alongside or under it.Meanwhile, here’s another related tip: Double-tap ratherthan single-tap the Overview button to quickly switch between the two appsyou’ve been using most recently.3 of 05 3.
Make text and images more visibleDISPLAYSIZEChange the size of on-screen objects. If you’re struggling to see what’s on the screen—or,alternatively, if you want to cram as much content as possible onto the displayand don’t mind doing a bit of squinting along the way—you can zoom in or out ontext and objects. Not all the apps will respond to these adjustments, but mostof them will.To change size settings, open the Android Settings app andgo to the Display heading. From the Display menu, tap the Font size link tochange the default font size in Android. Select the Display size link to makeon-screen objects larger or smaller.
4 of 054. Change volume settings independentlyANDROIDVOLUMEAndroid lets you adjust multiple differentvolume settings. Your device plays several different types of audio—includingring tones, notifications, alarms, phone calls, and media. If you’ve ever goneto the Settings menu, opened Sounds, and tapped Volume, you’ll have seen thatyou can use individual sliders to adjust these audio types individually.However, Android gives you a quick-and-easy shortcut. Tapthe physical volume buttons on the side of your device to make whatever’scurrently playing softer or louder (if no media is playing, this action willadjust your ringtone volume). When you do, a small box will pop up on thescreen, showing which volume setting is changing and how.
On the side of thatbox, you should see a small arrow. Tap it, and the box will expand to show multiplevolume sliders at once. This can save you a trip to Settings.5 of 55. Lock phone borrowers inside one appSCREENPINNINGScreen pinning locks the phone user into oneapp.
What happens when you want to lend a friend or young familymember your phone—but don’t want them rooting through yourprivate information or posting to your social media accounts? Screen pinninglets you be generous without giving up your privacy. Pinning one app to thescreen means that your phone will only run that app until someone enters thelock screen code again. Essentially, the user won’t be able to access any otherparts of your phone without your code.Screen pinning is easy to set up.
Open Settings, go to theSecurity menu, and enable screen pinning. Once you’ve turned on the feature,launch the app your friend needs to use. Then open Overview by tapping thesquare navigation button below the phone screen. On the window for the mostrecently opened app, you should see a pin icon (it looks like a littlethumbtack) in the lower right-hand corner.
Tap the pin button to pin that appto the screen.