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5 Android Features You’ve Never Heard Of

In recent times, the use of smartphones has seen amazing growth. Be it sending mails, going social, and even making calls, smartphones gave the power of technology to people in the best possible way. If you’re using an Android device, you would be shocked to know that there are some hidden features in your device you can help you make the most of your device. Let’s take a look at them below.

  • Voice search with the screen locked

Only a few are aware of this trick. Android smartphones allow people do voice search by saying “OK Google” even if the screen is locked! Unluckily, only mobiles with a voice detection system activated are able to perform this function.

To check if your phone is able to do this, navigate to Google Settings > Search and Google Now > Voice > OK Google detection > Always On.Keep in mind that you have to train Google to recognize your voice Phones that don’t offer the ‘turned-off screen’ detection will have an option known as “From any screen” instead of “Always On”.

  • Remotely turn off and reset your lost phone

Yes, this is completely possible. This feature is of great use if you’ve lost your phone. Google has an amazing feature called Android Device Manager which allowsyou take full control over your device if you misplace it.

Activate this feature by just navigating to Settings > Security > Phone Management and access the site on your computer if you’ve lost your phone.

  • Activate your own dark theme

Android Marshmallow left the dark theme for now, but it’s still possible to create your own in-house dark theme. Just go to Settings > Accessibility > Inverted Rendering to apply the dark theme that you’refond of.

Screenshots don’t accept the dark mode into consideration and it will affect the appearance of app icons. Keeping that, the theme is awesome when it comes to readability, as it’sideal for reading at night or in bright light.

  • Gain access of Chrome tabs from other devices.

For those who use Chrome as default browser, it is possible to access open Chrome tabs from other phones or tabs.

As long as you’re connected to Chrome, when you launch a new tab you’ll see the ‘recent tabs’ option at the bottom right of the screen. Tap on this to check all the open URLs on your other devices.

  • Leave your contact details in case you lose your phone

This is a pretty good feature for those who have a habit of lose their things. If your phone is lost and you think that someone could pick it up, you can leave a message on your phone with your contact details.

You have the same feature with the Android Device Manager if you’ve already lost your phone, but it’s a security trick that you must set up. Navigate to Settings > Security > Lock screen message to include your contact details or instructions. Giving a reward to a person who finds your phone is truly awesome!


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