Android is truly an awesome operating system packed with great features. Although the age-old war between Android and Apple users is still going on, there are a lot of Mac users who prefer an Android smartphone over Apple’s globally famous creation, the iPhone.
According to TechCrunch, the choice between these two operating systems is such a serious dilemma that startups have taken on the challenge to unite Android and Apple users by launching softwares that aims to bring Android apps to iOS.
Whether you are an Android user or a fan of iPhones and Macs, it is necessary to understand how to handle the operating system you are using, like a pro. So here are some handy and cool tips every Android user should know about.
- Enabling Developer Mode in Android
If you go to Settings in your phone, select the About Phone option and tap on your phone’s build number seven times, you enable the developer mode in your Android device, which lets you configure system behaviors, helping you profile and debug your app performance. Android generally hides the Developer options menu by default since the options aren’t necessary for normal use. It also keeps inexperienced users from changing settings that could end up harming your overall Android experience.
- Transferring Files from Android to Mac
There is nothing wrong with wanting the best of both operating worlds, with Mac computers and Android smartphones. The most common way to connect Android to Mac is via USB with Android File Transfer downloaded and installed in your Mac first. After installation, launch the software and connect your phone to your Mac using a USB cable. Next, open Mac Finder and navigate Android File Transfer from your list of drives. Then, click the Android Drive icon. You will access Android from Mac and view all the files on your Android device. You can drag and drop them to and from your desktop as needed.
There are other apps, wired or not, that can be used to connect your Android smartphone to your Mac. To know more about this, click setapp.com.
- Enabling App Pinning
This hack is a lifesaver for all the Android using Moms and Dads. If your kids use your phone regularly, pinning certain apps is a great way to control their activities on devices handled by adults. You can ensure they don’t accidentally enable or disable something or watch any age-inappropriate content. The feature is turned off by default, so you will have to enable the feature first. To do that, go to Settings and select Advanced under Security. Scroll down to App pinning and flip the toggle on at the top of the window. To pin a screen, open the app, press the Overview button, and then click on the pin icon. You can choose to PIN-protect the pinned screen if you wish.
- Downloading your Mac files on your Android Phone
You can now view and download the files from your Mac on your Android smartphone with the help of a free Android app called AirDroid, that connects your devices via Wi-Fi. This app also enables you to receive notifications and send texts from your Mac browser. This app also has a Find My Phone feature that helps you find your lost Android device or wipe its data. To connect an Android phone to a Mac using AirDroid, first, you need to download and install the app on your smartphone. Next, go to AirDroid.com on your Mac and create an account. After you sign in to your account, your Android phone will now be connected to your Mac via Wi-Fi using AirDroid, and you will be able to view all the files and apps installed on it.
- Turning on the Notification History Feature
While using the Clear All Notifications button, you may have accidentally wiped away an important notification. It is frustrating, especially if you didn’t notice which app the notification was from. But now, Android 11 and above has a solution in the Notification History feature. To turn on this feature :
- Go to Settings and then to Apps and notifications.
- Click on Notifications and select Notification history.
- Slide the toggle into the On position.
- Once this feature is enabled, tap on History in the notification shade to see what you have missed.
- Enabling Chat Bubbles
A chat bubble is a shortcut icon always visible on-screen that takes you straight to the chat window of the person you are talking to. First, head to Settings and select Apps and Notifications. Then, go to Bubbles under Notifications. After this, turn any chat into a bubble by going to Conversations under Apps and Notifications in Settings and choosing the conversation you want to enable the feature.
You can use these tips and tricks to become a power user of Android and learn more about the device and operating system you are using.