Five Android Features You've (Maybe) Never Heard Of

Five Android Features You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of

Google’s operating system offers a number of well-hidden features that would benefit from being known.

Whether sharing your Wi-Fi code through a line QR code or automating the locking and unlocking of a mobile, Android, Google’s operating system, has several features that are little known by the general public. Here are five worth checking out.

1. Use Google map offline

This function is very useful abroad. In fact, the absence of cell service while traveling is often a problem with the consequences of not being able to get navigation directions on Google Map.

This can be remedied by downloading the desired map data for offline use. Just open Google Map, click on the profile icon at the top right, and then hit the “Offline Map” button. Google Map will then offer the user to download the map of the desired city.

Google map screenshot
Google map screenshot © Louis Mbembe

Once the operation is done, you will need to return to the “Offline Map” tab to be able to consult the recovered map. Since a phone’s GPS service is not directly connected to an operator, then it is possible to locate yourself in the city while data is being saved.

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Screenshot Google map © Google

2. Split screen to use two apps at the same time

In this case, the first app occupies the top half of the screen, the second the bottom half. This is a useful option for, for example, watching a YouTube video while chatting with a friend in a messaging app.

To do this, you need to open an app and then open the multi-window view by pressing the dedicated button on the navigation bar. Next, the different applications open on the smartphone are shown in a carousel with their corresponding icon.

Google map screenshot
Screenshot Google Map © Google Map

Long-pressing the app icon displays a dropdown menu with different functionalities. By clicking “Open in Split View”, the selected app will be displayed in the upper half of the smartphone screen. All you have to do now is choose the other app to open at the bottom.

Google map screenshot
Screenshot Google map © Google

3. “Smart Lock” to unlock the phone in a trusted place

“Smart Lock” offers to automate the locking and unlocking of a mobile when it is within the Bluetooth range of a device considered safe or in places where security measures are not required. This function therefore avoids having to constantly enter a PIN code or scan a fingerprint to perform these two operations.

To configure it, you need to open the “Settings” menu, then go to “Security” and “Smart Lock”. There, the phone asks to enter the user’s PIN. Once the operation is done, it is possible to add a trusted place, as well as to disable the security device near a Bluetooth device considered safe, for example, a connected watch.

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Screenshot © Screenshot

4. Hide an app

Some smartphone users don’t always want to have some of their apps visible to others. However, it is possible to hide them without having to delete them or store them in a folder that is itself hidden in another folder. To do this, go to the “Search” bar located in the app drawer and click on the three little dots on the right.

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Screenshot © LM

Next, you need to go to “Settings” and in the menu that appears, click on the “Hide apps” tab. These are displayed and the user only has to select those that he wishes to hide. Apps become invisible, but are still installed.

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Screenshot © LM

5. Share your Wi-Fi network credentials with QR code

It’s not easy to remember an extended Wi-Fi network identifier to share with a loved one. However, it is possible to display a QR code on a phone screen that will allow anyone who scans it to connect to this Wi-Fi network by pressing and holding the “Wi-Fi” button in Control Center. and click on the cogwheel for the network in question.

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Screenshot © LM
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Screenshot © LM

Here at the bottom is the QR code option. All the person asking for the password needs to do is scan the QR code and their phone will immediately connect to Wi-Fi.

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