Android is the most popular and versatile operating system for smartphones in the present scenario. It accounts for almost 86% of shares of sales in the smartphone market. The main reason behind such an escalated approach is being open source, flexible, and highly customizable. Also, the availability of tons of applications by thousands of developers for the same is like icing on the cake. Here are a few Best Android Hacks and Tricks that you must know in 2022.
Here are the best Android hacks and tricks:
1. Install Linux on your Android Phone without Root:
It is possible to open the Linux interface and command prompt on your Android phone. Now, installing Linux on Android has always been a questionable task. It requires root!. But there is a way to do that without roots or without any special knowledge and skills.
By using the Debian No root app, you can install the Linux distribution Debian on your Android phone. It is basically an operating system based on Linux. This allows users to install LibreOffice, GIMP, and other open-source software through APT (Advanced Package Tool) and make use of the same.
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To do this, you just have to install the Debian No root app from the PlayStore. Just open it like any other application and allow it to download the full package for complete installation. Once loaded fully, you will be welcomed by a mouse-oriented desktop interface. This is where you can download and install certain programs or games just like on any other version of Linux.
2. Use your LED flash and Camera for Heart Rate monitoring:
Yes, it is possible to monitor your pulse rate without the use of any fitness tracker or devices with a dedicated heart rate monitor. At once, it might seem like a gimmick or joke for you but it does actually work to a certain extent.
Now, there are many apps available that let you track your pulse rate. Your finger is to be placed on the LED flash. After that, the app uses the camera to track color changes under your skin to monitor the amount of blood passing through.
3. Tweak the Status Bar using System UI Tuner:
If you just have to enable the hidden settings menu called “System UI Tuner”. This can be done by holding the settings gear present in the Notification toggle menu. On doing the same, the gear icon will start rotating followed by a toast message confirming that the System UI tuner has been enabled.
Now, you will be able to see the System UI tuner menu in the settings app where you can specify what sort of icons you want to appear in the status bar like indications for orientation, networks, and headphones (this ain’t enabled by default on some phones), etc. You can further tweak extra settings for Do Not Disturb mode, notifications, and Always On Display (if supported).
However, this hidden setting may not be present on phones with custom UI like EMUI/MIUI and older android versions.
You only need to enable the “System UI Tuner” hidden settings menu by holding down the settings gear in the Notification toggle menu.
4. Track your Android Smartphone:
At times, we misplace our phones and the worst part is if we kept them on silent, then there’s no other way you can get them back except using Google’s Find My Phone app.
The best part with Android is that if you added a Google Account to your Android device, then Find My Device is automatically turned on. So, whenever you lose your device, just head over to android.com/find in any browser and log in with the same Google account. Now, you can see the location of your device and can further erase all the data remotely, lock it down with a message or make it ring loud (even if it’s in silent mode), provided that your lost device has access to the internet and location is on.
5. See back the Notifications you Swiped Away:
Ever cleared all your notifications in a hurry without reading them properly? Yeah, I know that happens quite often, and later comes the realization that you might have missed something important, maybe something from an app that you don’t know, in such a case will you waste your time opening every app to recheck notifications? Well, we have a solution for that as well.
Simply long-press and hold on to your home screen to show up in the screen-adjusting mode. Now, tap on widgets and look for the Settings shortcut widget which should look like a basic settings gear. Next, drag it to somewhere on your home screen which will be followed by a popup list allowing you to choose from essential shortcuts like accessibility, app info, battery, devices, battery, memory, etc. Just search for the option named “notification log” and select it.
After which you can view all your previous notifications from all the apps with the time of appearance using the shortcut.
6. Reduce Lag and Delays on Android:
If you have a significantly old & low-end device, then you might face lagging and freezing problems quite often while using it. It might even lag while performing basic tasks like calling or using Whatsapp. In such a case, you might think that it is due to the aging of the device, well, in a word it’s true but can be rectified using a simple workaround.
Technically, Android draws from a predefined set of random data for performing most of the operations. When the device runs out of this entropy pool, it has to rebuild itself causing delays in opening apps.
This issue can be solved by using the Seeder app which takes the process that generates data and performs it every second. Then it feeds that info to a new random data pool and keeps refreshing it regularly and further uses that data to keep the system pool juiced up so that it never runs out. This results in faster app launches, lag-free animations, and reduced navigation lag.
Note that this app requires ROOT and isn’t compatible with the newer versions of Android. In such a case, you can also try the L Speed app for speeding up your Android phone.
People who are not willing to root their smartphones can enable developer options by tapping 7 times on the build number in the About device section, after which you can reduce the animations speed by 0.5X or even disable them completely. This will significantly reduce animation lag and make your device faster.
Also, refer to the 9 essential Android features you’re probably not using
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