Hidden Features of Android

Hidden Features of Android

Hii guys today i am going to show you the hidden features of android. As we all know Android is very popular at this time. Most of the people uses android devices this days. Android is getting liked by lots of people because it has so simple and easy to use for everyone and also android has the best customisation option’s. Do you ever notice that there is an “Developer Option” hidden in android setting.There are many things you can do on your Android but there’s more you can do when you have this option enabled. From speeding up your device by turning animations off, to obtaining higher quality rendering for a good gameplay, there are plenty of features you can enable from the Android Developer Options section.


How to enabled developer mode

While enabling Developer Options is done in the same way for every Android phone or tablet, OEMs don’t always put the option in the same place. Navigate your phone to the “Build number” portion of the settings, which can be tucked away and buried in submenus.

Here’s how to get there on a few popular devices:

Stock Android: Settings > About phone > Build number

Samsung Galaxy S5: Settings > About device > Build number

LG G3: Settings > About phone > Software information > Build number

HTC One (M8): Settings > About > Software information > More > Build number

Once you’ve found the Build number section of the settings, tap on the section 7 times. After two taps, a small pop up notification should appear saying “you are now X steps away from being a developer” with a number that counts down with every additional tap. After that a message is appear on the screen that is “You are now a Developer!”

Here i am to tell you about 10 hidden features of android. I am listing it with one by one in the post for better understanding.

Hidden Features of Android

List of Some features:-

1. Enable and Disabling USB Debugging

You probably already noticed that most Android-related tools on your PC will require you to enable USB Debugging for the tool to run properly. That because without it enabled, the tools cannot establish a connection between your device and your desktop. To enable USB Debugging:

  1. Go to Settings > Developer Options.
  2. Tick on the USB Debugging checkbox.
  3. Select OK when you’re prompted with a message saying “Allow USB Debugging?”.

2. Create Desktop Backup Password

Before you create a backup using Android tools on your desktop, you can first create a password for your backup in the developer options. To put protection on your backup from being accessed easily:

  1. Head to Settings > Developer Options.
  2. Tap on Desktop backup password.
  3. Fill in the current password, then type and retype the new password for full backup.

3. Tweak Animation Settings

When you transition from screen to screen on your Android device you will notice that there is animation added in between. You can choose to speed up this animation or turn it off entirely. The lower the number you choose, the faster the animation will be.

  1. Go to Settings > Developer Options.
  2. Scroll down and look for Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale.
  3. Adjust the scale for the animation you want. The greater the number, the slower the animation (and the longer you have to wait).

4. Enable MSAA For OpenGL Games

If you like to play games on your Android device and you’re playing it using high-end Android devices, you might want to force enable MSAA to obtain a higher quality rendering of your in game graphics. This feature is turned off in some games by default because it can drain your device’s battery rather quickly. To enable FXAA:

  1. Head to Settings > Developer Options.
  2. Tap on Force 4x MSAA to enable it.

5. Allow Mock Location

To be able to fake your current GPS location, you need an app. But to use that app, you will need to first allow Mock Location for the app to work. Enable Mock Location in two steps.

  1. Go to Settings > Developer Options.
  2. Look for Allow Mock Location and tick on it to enable.



Hidden Features of Android

6. Stay Awake While Charging

When you charge your phone, the screen of the device will automatically turn off. If for some reason you want it to stay awake, you can do that with these two steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Developer Options.
  2. Tap on Stay Awake to tick it, thus enabling the feature.

7. Display CPU Usage Overlay

Need to keep an eye on the CPU usage of your device? There is a way to get an overlay to show the processes that are currently being use by your CPU. To display CPU usage, follow the tips below. (Note that this shouldn’t be turned on all the time – as the number of processes increase, it minimises the space you can see in your screen).

  1. Head to Settings > Developer Options.
  2. Tick on Show CPU Usage to enable it.
  3. You will see an overlay of your current CPU Usage on the right side of the screen.

8. Don’t Keep App Activities

Your Android app activities are still intact even after you have exited from your app. Most of your apps relies on local cached data on Android so that they can load faster and will not face any forced close moments. However, there may be apps that use a lot of activities. You can choose to not keep these activities with these steps:

  1. Head to Settings > Developer Options.
  2. Tick on Don’t keep activities.
  3. You can switch back anytime by unticking the disable.

9. Switch Dalvik To ART

Art is a new experimental runtime by Google that is supposed to replace Dalvik in the near future as it is faster. If you want to test run ART on your device, you will need an Android device running at least Kit Kat 4.4 and above. To set this up:

  1. Head to Settings > Developer options.
  2. Tap on Select runtime and choose Use ART.
  3. Note that ART is still experimental and not many apps support it, hence it may turn your device slower. If you experience this, switch back to Dalvik.

10. Enable Wireless Display Certifications

This option is only useful if you own a Miracast-ready display (or something else of a similar technology), to transmit your Android content to your TV. To watch Youtube videos on your Miracast-ready display, you will need to enable Wireless Display Certifications. To do that, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Settings > Developer options.
  2. Then look for Wireless display certification and tick it.
I hope you guys were like it…

Yash Morya

Yash Morya is a Co-founder and Content manager at Nowgadgets. He loves to write about Android Smartphones Tips and Tricks , Android apps, Computer Tips and Tricks, Gadgets Review, Linux. He loves to encourage other peoples towards Technical world.

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