6 android hidden settings menu- (android tricks and hacks 2020)
Android runs on a good 80 percent of all smartphones and thus on most active mobile phones. However, many great features of the Google operating system are well hidden or simply go under in the abundance of functions. In this article and in the video, we present five tricks for your Android smartphone that make it easier for you to use the smartphone.
Google’s mobile operating system Android has become richer with numerous great features over the years and is now so versatile that some helpful functions are literally lost. In this article, we present five hidden Android functions that can make using your smartphone even more convenient or, in case of doubt, even increase the likelihood that you will get your phone back if you lose it.
Android: Start the smartphone camera immediately using the button trick
Snapshots have to be quick. Often scenes or situations only last a few seconds, then the opportunity is wasted. Android offers users a way to access the camera from anywhere within half a second. It does not matter whether the smartphone is locked, you are playing a game or writing a WhatsApp message . To access the camera at lightning speed, you only need to press the power button twice quickly. The camera starts immediately and you can start taking pictures immediately.
Note: Huawei also has this function. However, it is not necessary to press the power button twice here to activate it, but the volume down button. This function must be activated in the camera app for the first time.
Use two Android apps in parallel
Android offers the option of running two apps in parallel. So one app takes up the top half of the screen, the second app the bottom part of the screen. This function is particularly useful for smartphones with a large display. For example, you can watch a YouTube video and chat on WhatsApp at the same time . To activate the function go to the view of the last opened apps. From here, the activation differs depending on the Android version:
- Up to Android 8 Oreo: Hold down an app and drag it to the blue area at the top of the screen. The app then minimizes so that you can select the second app. Click on this and both apps will run in parallel.
- From Android 9 Pie: Click on the app icon at the top of a recently used program. In the menu that now opens, click on “Open in split screen view” and the app will minimize itself so that you can select the second app. Click on this and both apps will run in parallel.
Make calls on Android with just one click
If you call someone over and over again, a direct dial shortcut could be helpful. This shortcut behaves exactly like an app on the homescreen. If you then click on this shortcut, a contact you specified in advance will be called directly. You save yourself the hassle of using the phone app and the contacts you called last. To define such a shortcut, open the widget view and scroll down to the widgets of the “Contacts” app. Here you add the “Direct Dial” widget. After filing on the home screen, you can directly select a contact you want. If you click on the shortcut, the contact you specified will be called directly without delay.
Pin Android apps to the foreground
If you give your smartphone to someone else to show them something and you are afraid that they will open other apps and read private data, you can fix an app. The currently open app remains in the foreground and can no longer be closed easily. If you want to exit the app again, you will land on the lock screen and have to enter your password. Only then is the app unlocked and other apps can be opened again.
The activation differs depending on the Android version used:
- Up to Android 8 Oreo : Press and hold the back button and the last used button on the navigation bar at the same time. You are now in the pinned state.
- From Android 9 Pie : Open the Apps view last used. Click on the app icon at the top of a recently used program. In the now open menu, click on “Fix app” and fixes itself automatically. This functionality applies to all types of navigation on Android.
Create Finder message on the lock screen
The last function helps if you are afraid of losing your phone and want to leave a message to a potential finder. This means that, despite the smartphone being locked, he can find a way to contact you. To add this message go to Settings and click on “Display”. Here you select “Lock screen display” and then add a message from you under “Lock screen message”. You can see this immediately on the lock screen