Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Quick and easy Android tips, tricks and hacks for making the most of your Android device.

Are you looking for new functions and functionalities for your Android phone or tablet? Do you want to discover very simple but sometimes a bit hidden features of your device?

You should definitely check out these short and to-the-point tutorials where I share with you all the Android tips, tricks and hacks every Android geek knows and uses on a daily basis. Let’s start!

Note that these tips and tricks may differ depending on the device model and Android version you are using. If you aren’t sure what you are doing, you had better post a question in the comment section.

The Best Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Below you will find the list of the best (in my opinion) and the most useful Android tips and tricks which will help you make the most of your Android device and have tons of fun in the process.

Note that under each tip you will find one or more links to more detailed articles. Make sure not to skip them!

1: Keep Your Android Device Up To Date

This is probably one of the most important Android tips and tricks, so it’s the first one of this list. You should always make sure that your Android device and all the apps installed on it are up-to-date.

Outdated software or apps crash more often and can put your device (and your data on it) at risk (hackers use bugs in software to get access to your personal data).

Here is what you need to do to keep your Android device up-to-date:

  1. Regularly check for updates even if you set your phone to check for updates automatically. To do that, go to Settings > About phone > Software update.
    Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks

    On this example I am checking if there are software updates for my previous Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.

    This may, of course, differ depending on the phone model and Android version you’re using, but in most cases you will find this option somewhere in phone settings.

  2. Regularly update all the apps installed on your device. This point is almost as important as the first point. Buggy apps will not only crash, but can prove to be very harmful to your device. Updating apps on Android is extremely easy!All you need to do is open Google Play, swipe right to open the settings menu, click on My apps & games and then on UPDATE ALL (this button will appear only if there are outdated apps on your phone).

    Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: keep apps up to date

    This is the screenshot from my latest phone, Samsung Galaxy S7.

2: Make The Most Of Android 6.0.

Android Marshmallow introduces at least two new and ground-breaking features like Doze and App Standby. If your Android device has already updated to Android Marshmallow, you should really make the most of these two features.

Thanks to the Doze mode, the battery drain your Android device will be smaller but you should know how to adjust this mode so that it doesn’t put into sleep the apps you want to always stay awake (like Facebook Messenger).

If you are a user of Android 6.0 you should read these articles:

3: How To Disable Apps On Android

You probably noticed that many Android devices come together with many pre-installed and completely useless apps. Unfortunately, you cannot uninstall these apps without rooting your phone in most cases.

However, you can disable them so that they will disappear from the app grid and won’t consume RAM or CPU resources of your phone. To disable apps in Android, go to Settings > Applications > All and click on the app chosen app. Next, you need to click DISABLE and the app will disappear.

Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: disable apps

These are the screens you see after you hit “DISABLE” in the settings of a given app.

If you want to learn more, read the detailed tutorial: How To Disable Apps On Android.

4: How To Change Default Apps On Android

You were in a rush when your Android phone asked you for the first time if you wanted to use a certain app as a default app for a given type of action. You weren’t really thinking deeply about this and you now don’t know how to change it. Don’t worry.

All you need to do is change the default app for a given action, which can be easily done either with the use of an app or built-in settings of your phone.

To do that, go to Settings > Applications > Default applications. You will now be able to change the default browser, calling or messaging app.

Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: changing default apps

This is how you change default apps in my Samsung Galaxy S7.

If you want to change other default apps, check this tutorial out: How To Change Default Apps In Android

5: How To Speed Up Your Android Phone

If you use your Android device a lot, it may slow down a bit after some time. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to speed your phone or tablet a little bit.  Here is what they are:

  1. Disable the apps you don’t use so that they don’t consume RAM or CPU resources of your phone.
  2. Don’t keep everything on the internal memory of your phone.
  3. Keep your phone and apps always up-to-date.
  4. Use some cleaner app (but don’t install too many of them).

    Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: speeding up the phone

    This is one of the most popular cleaning apps (Clean Master) I recommend trying out to everyone.

  5. If nothing helps, restore factory settings.

More to read on: How To Make Your Android Phone Faster

6: How To Enable Developer Options In Android To Uncover New Features

If you are a more advanced user, you might want to get access to some extra features that are hidden from regular users. You will get access to these features only after you enable developer options in your phone.

To do that, go to Settings > About phone and click seven times on the Build number.

Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: enabling developer options

As you can see on the screenshot I have already enabled developer options and they are available in the Settings.

Once you enable this setting in your phone, you will see Developer options in the settings of your device. This gives you access to many interesting new features and functions like keeping your phone’s screen on while charging, enabling USB debugging mode or showing the pointer on the screen.

Note that developer options are intended for advanced users, so don’t use them if you don’t really know what they are and what feature exactly you want add to your phone.

More detailed articles: How To Enable Developer Options In Android and How To Enable Developer Option In Android Wear

7: How To Check If Your Android Phone Is Spied On

If your spouse is extremely jealous of you and you often leave your phone unlocked, there is always a possibility that some spy apps have been installed on your Android phone.

Be aware that it’s very easy to spy on someone’s phone. All you need is to install one or two apps and make sure that the victim’s phone stays online all the time.

It’s not easy to say that you are being spied on for 100% but there are a few characteristic behaviors which (especially together) may indicate that. They include:

  • Higher battery consumption
  • Higher data usage
  • Weird behavior (apps crashing, double notifications, restarting)
  • The fact that your phone has been rooted (and it wasn’t you who did it)

If you detect any of the above behaviors, you should act as quickly as possible. The first thing you should always do is to disconnect your device from the Internet so that it stops sending data to the person who may be spying on you.

Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: anti-spy software

Alternatively, you can install some anti-spy apps and scan your phone with them.

More to read on: How To Remove Android Spy Apps

8: Battery Saving Tips For Android Devices

Do you think that the battery life of your phone drains too quickly? Do you feel that it’s worsened since you bought your phone?

Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: battery

This is the battery usage in my previous Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.

If you do, then you really need to get familiar with the below battery saving tips and you will indeed feel the difference.  Here is what you should take into account:

  • Turn off all the features you aren’t actively using (like Wi-Fi, Location, Bluetooth or Mobile Data). There is no need to keep them active if you don’t need them at the moment (especially Wi-Fi which can drain battery like hell).
  • Update your phone to Android 6.0. If the update for Android “M” is available for your phone, install it as soon as possible. Android Marshmallow really solves the problem with battery drain and optimization. The improvement is really great.
  • Disable or uninstall apps you aren’t using. There is no point in keeping the apps you aren’t using as they will unnecessarily consume your device’s battery and CPU resources.

Battery-related articles you might be interested in: Battery Life Of Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Now Battery Drain and How To Save Battery Life In An Android Tablet 

9: Turning An Android Phone Into A Spy Camera

Do you feel like becoming a spy and checking what’s happening at your home when you aren’t present? It has never been as simple as it is now in the age of Android phones and apps.

Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: turning your phone into a spy camera

This is an IP Webcam app screen on my desktop computer.

I have thoroughly tested two great apps which will let you turn your Android phone into a spy camera: IP Webcam and Mobile Hidden Camera. All you need to do is have a stable Internet connection and install these apps from Google Play on your Android device.

More to read on: How To Turn An Android Phone Into A Spy Camera

10: Turning Your Android Phone Into A Wi-Fi Hotspot

This is also probably one of the most important Android tips, tricks and hacks everyone should know about.  What if you want to have the Internet in all your devices when you are travelling? How about having the mobile Internet in your laptop? You can have it all if you simply turn your Android phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks: turning your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot

To do that, go to Settings > Mobile hotspot and tethering and then make sure than Mobile hotspot is turned on. Next, you need to turn Wi-Fi on in all the devices you want to connect to your new hotspot and look for your Wi-Fi network (and simply follow the instructions displayed on your phone).

More to read on: How To Turn Your Android Phone Into A Wi-Fi Hotspot

Other Android Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I am actively working on my website and I add new articles with tips and tricks almost every day.

This list is constantly growing. Here is what I have come up with so far:

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Do you think that some important Android tip or trick is missing here? Do you want me to write about something specific? Do you have some Android tip, trick or hack to share?

Feel free to leave me your comments in the comment box below or contact me directly. I would love to hear from you.

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