6 things everyone should do with their Android smartphone

You have an Android smartphone. Whether it's a Moto G6 Play or a Galaxy S8, you probably don't use all of its features. Gestures, notifications, LED notifications, launchers, custom ROMs, security, etc. The possibilities are immense. Here are some tips we recommend you do with your Android smartphone.

1. Test Google Assistant

From Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can take advantage of Google Now On Tap, which can connect to other apps and services on your phone to provide useful information throughout the day. It was later replaced by Google Assist and works on all smartphones with at least Android 5.1 Lollipop.

This is a well known feature, but little used in everyday life. Still, it is often improved by Google and is increasingly complete. Rumors say it will soon be 100% available in Portuguese, but for now many commands and uses already work.

And you, do you like Google Assistant? You will only know if you test and draw your own conclusions. Some articles of ours will be useful in this:

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He can hear you, talk to Google Assistant! / AndroidPIT

2. Manage application permissions

Until Lollipop, you had to accept all app permissions you installed to use this app. Of course you could also cheat in certain situations, for example by disabling your GPS so that an application (other than a location system) could not use it, but you had no power over the authorization itself.

And then came the Marshallow 6 version of Android. From this version onwards, only a few basic permissions are requested during installation, but such important permissions for security junkies can be ignored.

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Very simple permission management / AndroidPIT

You only confirm the permissions when the app decides to use them and of course you can remove them from the app at any time. For example, you can prevent instant messaging from accessing your photos if it's important to you.

To view permissions after installing the application just go to Settings> Applications> (application name)> Permissions. To help you better understand the permissions, we have prepared a full article:

3. Configure the "Find My Device" Feature

One wonders why such an important feature is not set by default on all Android smartphones, or why it does not have its configuration requested as soon as we turn on a device for the first time. It is an indispensable and effective tool for finding, locking, touching or deleting content on a stolen or lost Android smartphone.

Just go to your device options, go to the "Google" category, then "Security", "Find my device" and check "Enabled" if it's not already. But, as you expected, we also have an article where you check out a step-by-step activation and use:

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Install on Google Play

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Smartphone web verse, app installed and lock screen warning / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

4. Optimize your WiFi and save your data package

Did you know that Google Chrome offers a feature that reduces data consumption when browsing the Internet? To enable it and optimize Wi-Fi on your Android, or save on your limited data plan, launch the Chrome app and at the three points l in the upper right corner select settings. Select the Data Saver option and enable it.

Of course, there are other solutions to have a better WiFi connection. In addition to the most obvious solution, you can also follow some tips to improve your smartphone connectivity in the articles below:

5. Save time with NFC

You probably have an NFC-compatible smartphone, but you don't use this function. This technology can make your life easier. You can easily pair your Bluetooth headset or speaker, you can transfer content in two movements from one device to another, or even automatically trigger actions such as sending a message when you get home.

Currently, NFC is already being used with mobile payments, and you can even use your smartphone as a bus ticket. Check out some tips below:

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Try this feature! / AndroidPIT

6. Opt for security

When setting up your Android smartphone, the system asks what type of security you want. If your smartphone has a fingerprint reader (and probably does), set it up. Then associate it with a drawing or code. That way if anyone takes your precious, he won't be able to access your data. In addition, you save time and lock the device.

To enable screen lock, go to System Settings> Screen Lock> Select Screen Lock. Select the desired pattern and proceed with the necessary steps for configuration. this now, before it's too late. Oh, and enjoy following some of our tips:

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Enter a lock password on your mobile phone / AndroidPIT

For you, what is essential to do on your Android smartphone?

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