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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These 3 tricks will help keep your Android phone running smoothly

How to Fix Android Storage Issues

One of the problems Android device users may encounter — especially on devices that ship with low on-board memory, lack microSD expansion or have plenty of preinstalled bloatware on board — is that storage issues can cause devices to bog down. However, Android users have the opportunity to keep their storage in check without actually rooting the device. While rooting an Android smartphone or tablet will give the user total control on what the device can and can’t do, and help restore order to storage chaos, there are a few simple tips that don’t involve rooting and will keep your handset running smoothly.

That’s why CNET suggests  three things that all Android users can do to free up more of their built-in and expandable memory, including getting rid of downloaded files (or moving them to other devices and/or cloud,) automatically backing up pictures and videos taken with a device, and clearing cache data from their installed apps.

To help with downloaded files from emails and other sources, file manager apps can be used, allowing owners to explore what’s currently found on their devices. CNETrecommends ES File Explorer , an app that can be integrated with Google Drive, Dropbox and other cloud services.

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