19 Tips And Tricks To Make Android Faster And Improve Performance

What could be the many ways to use our Android devices efficiently, in such a way that we could reduce the lags and freezes as much as possible if not completely? Having said that, let me tell you some useful Android tips and tricks:

19 Tips and tricks to make Android Faster

1. Keep the apps you use, rest are garbage

Almost every Android tips and tricks guide you might read would recommend you to keep only those apps that you use on a daily basis. Doesn’t it sound obvious? Would you store unnecessary things in your house just because they are free? Well, our homes are often clogged with such stuff but do we need to do the same thing with our smartphones?

Various apps that live inside our smartphones run all the time and need to connect to the internet to keep working. And if these apps are of no use to us, they would only put a burden on the hardware and increase our data bills. Getting rid of such apps would be a wise move in the path to speed up Android.

2. Clear app cache

There are some apps which you don’t need on a regular basis, but they are important enough to have a place on your device. Like, the apps you use to book flights, hotels, and order. To make Android faster, try to remove the cached data for such apps in the Settings to make sure they don’t consume much space when they are not in use.

Clearing the cached data, sometimes, helps in making the app more smoother as it removes old data which might make it lag and lead to freezes and crashes. When the data gets deleted, the app can keep newer versions of the same things. This method is helpful in the case of big apps like Facebook and Instagram which store tons of images and other data on your device.

Do keep in mind clearing the app cache in many cases deletes the preferences the app has saved.

3. Clean the system memory several times during the day

Android has excellent task management skills. It can close unwanted processes on its own, whenever required. But this old school thing, I can tell you, it would help a lot if your device has a scarcity of RAM.

Nowadays, almost every launcher includes the option to free the system memory. If it’s not there, you should consider installing some memory cleaning app. And here I am not talking about the apps which claim to make your Android phone faster by running in real-time performing cleaning operations. And all they do is they make the device even slower.

Clearing the RAM of the smartphone can give you an instant performance boost as it closes various unwanted apps capturing the precious memory of the Android phone.

By Aditya Tiwari

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Best Facebook For Android Tips And Tricks You Need To Try

Let’s face it, everyone is on Facebook these days. If you’ve got Facebook running on an Android device, you need to know that there’s more to it than meets the eye. Thus, here are the five best tips for Facebook on Android that you need to try right now.

  1. Manage notifications

Facebook notifications are a vital part of the app’s purpose, but we know that they can also get quite out of hand at times. So, in order to expertly manage your Facebook notifications on your Android device, open the app and go to App settings > Notification settings. You will be surprised how easy it is to switch on and off various types of notifications.

  1. Share from other apps

Facebook is all about sharing, and on it you can share almost anything you want: photos, videos, music, articles, books and many, many more things that you like, hate or are simply fascinated by. On Facebook you get to show the world what it means to be you, and the Android function of sharing things on Facebook straight from other apps is a good nudge in that direction.

  1. Save posts for later use

If you come across something you or a friend might be interested in, but just don’t have the time to look it over at that very moment, you can save it for later.

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10 incredible things you didn’t know your Android could do

So you feel like you are an expert and you know all you need to know about your Android phone. You can adeptly make calls, send text messages, check emails, change settings, download apps and everything in between.

Sure, having the right know-how to get things done on your smartphone can make you feel like a bonafide master. But of course, there are still hidden Android tricks here and there that might surprise you.

Here are 10 things that, chances are, you never knew your Android phone could do:

1. Use your voice to perform tasks

If you want to use Google’s voice assistant ala Cortana, Siri or Alexa, simply say “OK Google” or click on the microphone icon on the Google search bar.

You can then use your voice to do a variety of tasks like send emails, texts, make phone calls, reminders and, of course, do Google searches. You can even have your Android phone listen in to a song to identify it.

2. Priority Calling

On occasions when you don’t want to be disturbed, you can filter text and call notifications to only show contacts you deem important.

To set your “Do Not Disturb” priority settings, go to Settings >> Sound >> Do Not Disturb. Here you can choose your notifications for calls and messages. 

Note: To set your “starred contacts,” open Contacts, search for the contact you want to favor then tap the star in the upper left.

You can also turn on “Repeat callers” in this section. If this feature is turned on, you will always get a notification if a caller tries to call you within a 15-minute period regardless of your priority settings.

If these options are not enough, you can also set up your own notification custom rules under “Automatic rules.”

By Francis Navarro

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How to protect your privacy using Android

We keep an awful lot of personal information on our mobiles these days and, as a direct result, these devices know quite a lot about us. From our location and contacts to our favourite hangouts and hobbies, we happily exchange some of this information for “free” services from the likes of Google and others, but there are plenty of less scrupulous people and businesses out there that would also like to get their hands on this valuable asset.

These days, it makes a lot of sense to look after the data stored on your smartphone and fortunately there are plenty of handy tools available within the Android ecosystem to help keep your data private.

Use the lockscreen

Using a basic PIN, password or swipe gesture really is the bare minimum level of security that everyone should put on their smartphone. As shocking as it might sound, data from a reputable survey in early 2016 suggested that 34 percent of all Android users don’t even make use of the basic lockscreen feature that is built into every Android smartphone. Granted, this may have increased since then, but it still illustrates an important point — not everyone takes security as seriously as they should.

While the talk about malicious software, bugs, and backdoors may often make tech headlines, physical phone theft is still a real issue. If a criminal lacks a conscience enough to steal your phone, they probably won’t have too many qualms about sifting through your contacts, pictures, and emails in an attempt to grab personal data that would be used for further exploitation. There’s a good chance that you’re making use of a banking app on your phone too, and you really wouldn’t want someone to get into those types of important and personal apps.

Enabling a lockscreen PIN is incredibly simple, just head on over to Settings -> Security -> Screen Lock. Here you can pick from your preferred password lock type, which you will then need to enter each time you try to access your phone. Other manufacturers may move this menu to under general settings, if they have their own lockscreen protection alternatives, such as LG’s knock code. And of course, a lot of phones these days give you the ability to log in with other methods like your fingerprint, if passwords aren’t your think.

See full story at www.androidauthority.com

Turning Your Android Phone into a Webcam: How To Do It

Have you ever been dissatisfied with the low-quality webcam that your laptop was shipped with? Apart from the very latest laptops, the tiny cameras on notebooks seem almost like an afterthought. Here’s how you can turn your Android phone into a functional webcam…

  • First of all, you need to install an app from the Play store. There are a few apps that can turn your phone into webcam.
  • Set up a user ID and password, which is good for the phone webcam’s privacy and security.
  • At this point, go to your computer and open up your web browser. Browse to the phone webcam’s IP address. Simply type in the complete IP address (with the port) at the address bar and hit enter.

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This Mod Saves Space by Automatically Clearing Cache on Your Android Apps

Thankfully, Dhi’s new Xposed module will automatically clear cache when your apps reach a certain threshold, meaning you stand to gain some precious storage space by installing this one.

Install Cache Catcher

To get started, head to the Download section in your Xposed Installer app and search for Cache Catcher, then tap the top result. From there, tap the “Download” button in the Versions tab, then press “Install” when prompted. When that’s finished, make sure to activate the module and reboot.

Set Up a Blacklist

When you get back up, go ahead and open the Cache Catcher app. From here, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the app’s Blacklist section, because you may experience some bugs when Cache Catcher automatically clears cache on certain apps.

Select Max Cache Size

Beyond that, you may also want to change the “Max total size” setting, which is the amount of cached data that non-blacklisted apps will be allowed to keep before Cache Catcher clears it all away. By default, this is set to 8 megabytes, but you might want to choose a larger number if you’re not terribly strapped for storage.


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Things You’ve Been Doing That Affects Device Efficiency

An Android device like a smartphone is pretty easy to use. However, with the fewer restrictions and more room for customization, proper Android care seemed to be neglected or left unknown by most users.

Most users would normally commit the mistake of manually killing the apps. They would tend to use third-party task manager apps to stop Android apps manually.

However, such action could undermine the efficiency of your Android device. Devices as such have evolved since its first release. An Android can now automatically feed RAM by killing less priority background apps, according to Deccan Chronicles.

Another grave mistake in dealing with your smartphone is when you use a cleaner to clear cache. It is good to note that cache data are important for proper device app functioning. Without cache data in the system, most apps will load a little bit slower, for the once you have deleted are usually the fastest access for display by apps during launch data.

It is also good to note that another way of caring for your smartphone is by using its reboot option. Not being able to restart your phone once in a while would lead to unwanted files to pile up. The reset option is designed to help your device run smoothly.

Aside from not rebooting the device at least once a week, installing more than one security app could also lower the efficiency of your device. Many threat scanners installed in the device would mean fast battery drain.

By Jacques Strauss

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How to set up speech-to-text in Android

It is never easy, safe or legal to use your phone for typing, talking during certain situations like driving.

In order to help the users with this issue, Android has a feature that writes text messages using Speech-to-text and to our surprise, the voice recognition is accurate. Below are the steps you need to follow in order to use the Speech-to-text feature

Step 1: Open any app, that welcomes keyboard and tap into the field, where you want to write

Step 2: Now tap the Microphone button present on the corner.

Step 3: Once you get “Speak Now”, start dictating the words you need on the message.

Step 4: If you want to insert punctuations, you need to dictate that as well.

Step 5: For Punctuations: Period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), exclamation or exclamation point (!)

Step 6:
For Line spacing: Enter or new line, new paragraph

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