6 things everyone should do with their Android smartphone

You own an Android smartphone. Whether it’s a OnePlus 7 Pro or a Galaxy S10, you probably do not use all the features. Gestures, notifications, LED notifications, launchers, custom ROMS, security, etc. The possibilities are numerous. Here are some tips we recommend you do with your Android smartphone.

1. Use more Google Assistant

Since 2017, Google Assistant in French is finally available to all users to provide you with useful information throughout the day. To activate Google Assistant, it’s very simple. Simply press and hold the home button (physical or virtual). A configuration screen asks you if you want to activate the digital assistant and then asks you to perform a speech recognition test. Once the configuration is complete, it is then possible to ask questions in French to the virtual assistant.

If Google Assistant quickly became popular, it did not convince everyone. What about you? To find out, you have to test Google Assistant and make your own opinion.

2. Manage permissions for apps

Until Lollipop, it was necessary to accept all the permissions of the applications you install in order to use the application. Of course, you could 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.

Android Marshmallow and Nougat allow managing the authorization system much better

Then Android Marshallow appeared. From this version, only a few basic permissions are requested during installation but permissions so dear to security junkies are kept for later. You only confirm permissions when the app decides to use them, and of course, you can remove them from the app at any time. For example, you are free to prevent IM from accessing your photos.

3. Configure the “Locate my device” feature

One wonders why such an important feature is not placed by default on all Android smartphones. It is an indispensable and effective tool to find, block, ring or delete content on a stolen or lost Android smartphone.

Simply go to your device options, enter the “Google” category, then “Security”, “Locate my device” and check “Enabled” if it is not already.

4. Optimize your WiFi

Did you know that Google Chrome offers a feature that reduces data consumption when surfing the internet? To activate it and optimize the wifi on your Android, launch the Chrome application and go to the settings. Select the Data Saver option and enable it.

Of course, other solutions exist to have a better WiFi connection. Besides the most obvious solution, you can also follow some tips to improve the connectivity of your smartphone. Incidentally, if you also want to improve your mobile connection you will also find tips on this article.

5. Save time with the NFC

You probably have an NFC-compatible smartphone but you do not use it. This technology can make your life easier. You can easily pair your Bluetooth headset, at least faster, transfer content in two movements or trigger actions automatically, such as sending a message when you arrive home.

6. Opt for security

When setting up your Android smartphone, the system asks you what kind of security you want. If your smartphone has a fingerprint reader (and it probably is), turn it on. Then associate it with a diagram or a code, so if someone takes your precious one he will not be able to access your data. In addition, you will save time and block the device.

To activate a lock screen and/or fingerprint reader and/or face recognition, go to Settings> Security. Go ahead now, before it’s too late.

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