4 Android Features to Know, Use, and Love
Make sure you’re not missing out on all the things your Android phone has to offer
Your Android phone comes with an endless list of features, which means there may be a few you haven’t gotten to know. Take a look at these fun tasks your Android phone can handle, and get ready to fall in love with all the things your phone can do.
1. Take Screenshots
Chances are you’ve seen some funny memes, but have you seen the one where people share the funniest text messages they’ve ever received? Now, you can be part of the fun. Take a screenshot by clicking the home, power, and volume up button at the same time. Some Android devices only need the home and power button held. You’ll find the screenshot in the photo album soon after.
2. Use the Phone Bump
Did you know there’s a new, quick way to share apps, contacts, music, and even photos on your Android phone? The Android Beam lets you swap information that covers this entire range, and it couldn’t be easier. Touch one NFC-enabled device to another, usually back to back, and click “Send.” To see if your phone is NFC-enabled, simply look in “Settings,” click “More” (or “Connections” on Samsung), and if available, turn on this feature!
3. “Okay, Google”
If you’ve ever been walking down the street, and heard someone directly ask Google for help, you’re not alone. Verbalizing Google searches has become pretty commonplace, and with an Android phone, you can do this too. See the microphone icon in Google search? Click it. Then, just tell Google what you need, or say “Okay, Google,” and ask away. If you want to send an email, set a reminder, or know tomorrow’s weather, all you need to do is ask.
4. Install Alternate Keyboards
Did you know that the keyboard you use on your Android phone can change to best suit you? Whether it be Swiftkey’s text predictor or the gesture-based typing of Swype, Android lets you choose from a wide range of easy-to-install keyboard alternatives. So, if you have large fingers, or just happen to be an awkward typist, make sure you take advantage of this specific to Android feature.
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Your Android smartphone has plenty of options. Make sure you take the time to explore your phone, and see to it you’re taking advantage of everything your phone has to offer. Do you have a favorite Android feature? Mention it in the comments below.