15 Best Android Hacks & Tricks You Don't Know [ Latest 2021 ]

Android is the most popular operating system in the smartphone industry which has almost 73% market share alone. So it's obvious that there will be a lot of people using Android smartphones including myself. The reason being a such popular operating system are so many. Android is free open-source to everyone, it's flexible, highly customizable, and has tons of useful features, hacks & tricks. Besides all of these, Android offers freedom of choice to consumers. You can buy an Android phone within a very low-range or can go up to a very high-range.

This article is special for Android users. Because in this article, here I'll show you the 15 best Android hacks & tricks you probably don't know in 2021. So without further ado, let's get into the tricks:

Here are the 15 best Android Hacks & Tricks in 2021:

1. Use 'Guest Mode' on Android

Guest Mode on Android

Always use 'guest mode' option before when you're giving your Android smartphone away to a friend or family member. Using 'guest mode' option, you can limit smartphone features & accessibilities and hide your personal data such as hide apps, files, photos, etc from other users. Though, guest mode allows users to play Youtube videos, access system apps, download other apps, take selfies, etc. Android has the ability to add multiple guest users or remove them from the device.

Here's how to use Guest Mode:

  1. To use guest mode, open Settings on your Android phone > Users and accounts > Users > Guest. (There are different ways to access guest mode in different Android phones, it depends on device brand and Android version) Or You can just search 'guest mode' in your settings.
  2. In some devices guest mode might be disabled, you can toggle to turn it on. Then tap on Add user from the bottom or you can choose Guest to switch over to guest mode.
  3. You can exit guest mode from the same location: SettingsUsers and accounts > Users > Guest and click on remove guest.

2. Access 'Developer Options'

Android Developer Options

By default, Android has hidden 'Developer Options' from its all users that include a bunch of useful tools and tweaks. As the name suggests, developer options is made for Android developers, however, a normal user can also take the advantage of those hidden features. Some of the developer options allow you to root your Android, fake GPS location, improve gaming performance, tweak your Android smartphone, and more.

Here's how to access 'Developer Options':

  1. Go to "Settings" in your Android phone
  2. Open the "About Phone" section
  3. Scroll down then tap on "Build Number" seven times (Until it says, 'you're a developer')
  4. Now, check your smartphone settings again. There should be the 'Developer Options'. 

3. Install Kali Linux on your Android smartphone

Install Kali Linux on Android

Kali Linux, a very popular operating system for desktops, is now available on Android phones. You can enjoy Kali Linux features & tools on your Android phone and use the terminal to run scripts on the Kali Linux interface. Using Debian noroot open-source app, you can install Kali Linux distribution on your rooted or non-rooted Android phone if you're bored with the old operating system.

To do this, open the play store and install Debian noroot app then, allow your Android phone to download the full package of Kali Linux distribution (approx. 1.2GB). Once download, open this app and enjoy all the new features and utilities that Kali Linux provides. You can run few commands on the terminal to update the app, install chromium-browser, and more.

4. Track Your Android Smartphone

Track Your Android Smartphone

Losing a smartphone could be very painful for some people. However, if you've installed Google Find My Device app, the risk of losing your Android phone decrease to minimal. The app weighs about 2MB in size and very useful in situations when you lost your phone in the park, restaurant, or somewhere inside your house.
Using Google Find My Device, you can remotely track your current smartphone GPS location, play sounds even when it is in silent mode, secure the device by putting a lock on it, and erase data by performing a factory reset. It also displays smartphone battery percentage and cellular network name.

5. Use Dark Theme on Android

Use Dark Theme on Android

Android 10 (Oreo) update has brought tons of useful features alongside the dark theme. Users have been waiting for the dark theme feature for years and finally, it's arrived. It's a recommended feature that every Android user should use. There are several benefits to using a dark theme over light themes. Dark theme reduces eye strain, improves battery performance (especially when the device has OLED displays), and on top of them it looks good.

To enable dark theme, make sure you're on Android 10 or above then, go to Settings > Display > Dark Theme. Or swipe down and open the notification panel and tap on the dark theme icon to enable it on your phone.

6. Change Your Default Launcher

Change Your Default Launcher

As an Android user, you'll never have the feeling of getting fewer customization options in Android. Despite changing the wallpaper or theme, you can also change your entire Android launcher if you are bored with the default launcher. Google play store is featured with tons of Android launchers, however, Nova Launcher is the best out of them.

To change your default launcher, open the play store and install Nova Launcher on your phone. Then, open the app just like any other application and set it as a default launcher. The new launcher comes with tons of new inbuilt features such as custom app icons, gestures support, hide apps, Customizable App Drawer, etc that you can enjoy.

7. Monitor Your Heartbeats Using your Android phone

Monitor Your Heartbeats Using your Android phone

Do you know that you can monitor your heartbeats using your Android phone? Yes, it is possible to monitor your heart pulse rate using your smartphone camera and LED flash to a certain extent. All you need is just download & install Instant Heart rate app from the play store then, open the app on your phone and place your finger on LED flash to measure the heart pulse rate.

8. Create Custom Widgets

Create Custom Widgets

Organising your phone with such beautiful widgets improves the look of home screen as well as increases the productivity. Unfortunately, there are a lot of apps that doesn't have Widgets to personalize your home screen. In this situation, you should try downloading a third-party app from the play store like Beautiful Widgets where multiple customizable widgets available according to your taste including different clock-styles, weather indicator, and more that you can add them to your home screen.

9. Record Your Screen Using Screen Recorder

Record Your Screen Using Screen Recorder

Many Android users still don't know that it's possible to record their phones display using screen recorder app. Your smartphone may already have a screen recorder in system apps. For instance, you can access screen recording option in quick panel on Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and other brands smartphones.

However, in case if your phone doesn't have screen recording option, there are so many third-party screen recorder apps available on the play store you can go with. One of the most popular screen recording apps, AZ Screen Recorder lets you record your screen with tons of other features. You can record high quality videos at 1080p resolution at 60FPS. Alongside, other features are also included such as screen capture, video editor, live streaming, and more.

10. Uninstall System Bloatware

Uninstall System Bloatware

Android phones comes with tons of pre-installed apps called System bloatware that you can not uninstall in a typical way as you do with other apps. Usually these apps sit on your smartphone and send lots of annoying notifications.

There are two methods to uninstall system apps, one requires root permission another doesn't. In root method, you can simply install system app remover app from play store to uninstall the apps out of your phone. For non-root users, it requires to connect your Android with computer via USB cable and run some ADB commands.

11. Improve Gaming Performance

Improve Gaming Performance

Some old-hardware-based Android phones struggle to run heavy high graphic games or able to run games at very low frames per second. But what if you can improve the graphics performance? There are some actual methods & hacks to tweak that works really good. The first method is directly inside your Android phone. Just open your Settings >  Developer Options > Enable 'Force 4X MSAA' > Enable 'Disable HW Overlays' option. In the second method, you'll have to take the help of third party apps like GFX tool or GLT Tools to adjust the graphics of games manually.

12. Turn off Background Data Usage

Turn off Background Data Usage

Sometimes you might be wondering, where the heck your internet data is going even when you're not browsing internal or downloading files. It's because there are some certain Android apps using data while running in the background of your phone. You should probably turn off background data usage and save your data. To do this, open Settings > Network and internet > Mobile network > Data usage > App data usage > Choose an App > Turn off Background data. You can repeat the proceed for each apps individually.

13. Enable Gestures on Android phone

Enable Gestures on Android phone

Gestures have now became an essential feature since the release of iPhone 10. The new navigation system, gestures allows you to navigate by swiping up, left & right. By now, you can enable gestures in Android 10 or above versions without using any third-party app. You just have to open Settings >  System > Gestures > System Navigation > Gesture Navigation. 

14. Use Digital Wellbeing Focus Mode

Focus Mode is feature in Digital Wellbeing app that helps you to get out of the apps and focus on other things. It stops notifications and prevent you using the selected app if it's enabled. To use this, go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing > Focus Mode > Choose Apps > Set a schedule or Turn On Now. Then, you can select take a break for 5 to 30 minutes after that you'll not able to use the app.

15. Hard Reset your Android Phone

Sometimes, you forget pattern or password lock of your Android phone and then, visit mobile shop to unlock it where they can charge very high fee from you. However, it takes only few step to reset your password in most Android phones. Here's how:
  1. Make sure you've turned off your phone.
  2. Press volume down + power button simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  3. Now you phone will reboot into recovery mode. (Use volume buttons for navigations and power button to select option)
  4. Use volume button to go Wipe data/factory reset and select power button to enter.
  5. Now, again select Yes option.
  6. This process will take a few minutes to get things done.

That's enough for now. To get the maximum output from your Android you should know these latest 15 Android hacks & tricks. If you've any suggestion or thought regarding this article, leave a comment into bottom.

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