6 simple tips to help you get the best out of your Android device

Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 11:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 3:22 pm

Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system in the world, with almost 2 billion active users. The majority of users, however, aren't getting the most out of their device.

Here are six practical tips that will ensure that your Android experience is a happier one.

Use the built in back-up system

The thought of backing up your phone is usually saved for the moment that your device has been thieved or tragically dropped down the toilet.

You can soften the blow of breaking or losing your precious mobile, by saving your data with Android's simple back-up system.

Simply go to 'Settings', select 'Backup and Reset', click on 'Backup my data' and 'Automatic restore' and finally 'Backup my account'. Your data will then be accessible from your Google account.

Freeze built-in unused apps

Android devices are crowded with battery-draining apps that gather dust and are rarely used. Though it isn't possible to uninstall these default apps, it is possible to freeze these apps.

Download a 'Bloatware freeze app' such as Titanium Backup and select the unused apps which are bleeding your phone battery.

Give your phone a makeover

Most Android users are content with the standardised interface which comes with the show.

If you want to give your phone a facelift, download app Beautiful Widgets and personalise the look and layout of your home screen.

Check which apps are killing your battery - without downloading an app

As long as the smartphone has existed, short-lived battery has been the main problem facing owners.

Though there are apps which can allow you to uncover which of your apps are the worst offenders for decimating your precious battery, many of these drain battery themselves.

Instead use Android's built-in monitor - access this by selecting 'Settings', 'Battery' and then 'Show Battery Percentage'.

Remote locking

The biggest fear for many phone owners is having your phone stolen and then having your phone browsed by a shifty individual.

To prevent such a person from accessing your private data, visit phone security systems and turn on 'Android Device Manager'.

If/when disaster strikes, simply lock the thief out by accessing your Google account and remotely shutting down your phone.

Record your screen

As well as taking screenshots, it is also possible to record your phone screen to save vital information - or simply capture a funny video to share with friends.

Simply download app AZ Screen Recorder a clean and reputable app, which is simple to use.