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6 tips and tricks for Android
Android is the mobile platform that lets you make what you want of it. It is customizable in almost every way and whatever you need to do there's probably an app to make it so.
As the OS has matured its integrated features and functionality has grown, often quietly in the background. Unless you spend a lot of time fiddling with the Android settings you may miss some useful features.
Now you don't have to spend the time, as we've done a deep dive in the settings to find six useful tips and tricks that will make your Android phone and/or tablet even better. Spin through them and you should find at least one or two that make you a happier Android user.
Due to the many versions of Android out there, along with OEM customizations of them, the settings menus differ widely. The instructions for accessing these tips and tricks may not appear on your device exactly as stated, but should be similar enough you can find them with a little investigation.
Enable power saving mode when battery is dying
Smartphones and tablets use a lot of power, and on those days you see your battery level plummet you probably scramble to stretch it until you reach a power outlet.
There are lots of articles on the web with tips to cut your phone's battery consumption (See 26 ways to improve your iPhone's battery life) so we won't go into that here. It is easy to forget that Android has a power saving mode that is designed to eke as much time out of the dying battery as possible.
Just turn it on and it will instantly throttle things down to use the least amount of power. This includes turning off haptic feedback, the vibration your phone does when things happen. It throttles the CPU of the device to be gentler on the battery. Lastly, it reduces the frame rate of the screen and lowers the brightness, since the display is the worst offender.