Smartphone hacks to make your phone work better

Try these tips to make your Android smartphone work harder for you.


Smartphone hacks

Google Maps

When you’re in Google Maps, instead of ‘pinching’ the screen to zoom in or out, double tap on the map and, without lifting your finger, drag down and up.


Smartphone hacks

Can’t see text?

If you’re struggling to see the text on your phone because of the size, try this. Go to ‘Settings’, scroll to ‘Accessibility’ and click on ‘Large Text’.


Smartphone hacks

Stolen phone

If your phone’s been stolen and you don’t want the photos on it going on the internet, you can still erase the data on your phone. Go to ‘Settings’, tap ‘Security’, then ‘Device administrators’ and check ‘Android Device Manager’. Now if you need to, you can go to Android Device Manager and follow the steps to erase your data.


Smartphone hacks


If you’re in an accident emergency services can check your phone for your loved ones. If you lock your phone, go to ‘Settings’, tap ‘Owner information’ and check ‘Show owner info on lock screen’. Then type in your emergency contact’s name and number.


Smartphone hacks

Wi-Fi hotspot

Use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Go to ‘Settings’, tap ‘Wireless & Networks’, then ‘Tethering & portable hotspot’ (it may be under ‘More’) and check ‘Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot’.


Smartphone hacks

Change your wallpaper

To quickly change the wallpaper on your phone, long press the home screen. From there, you can choose which gallery you want to use. Hint: Choose a black or simple dark background. Your phone’s battery will last longer.


Smartphone hacks

No data?

The next time you have no data and want to entertain your child (or yourself), play the dinosaur game in your Chrome browser. If you’re offline, you’ll see this dinosaur. To start playing, tap the dinosaur. You’ll have to make it jump over cacti that appear in its path. Jump by tapping the dinosaur. Surprisingly entertaining for such a simple game!


Read more: How to make your phone’s battery last longer.

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