20 Android 5 Tips and Tricks that you don’t know yet

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is the most prestigious version of Android today. The new Google Operating System hosts a set of features that even the veterans of the platform may be a little lost at first. It’s a major overhaul- lined with tools for saving battery life and lock screen notifications; Android 5.0 looks as good if not better than Apple’s iOS. If you are feeling a little lost, don’t be nervous as we’ve got you covered. In this article, we have rounded up all the Android 5 tips and tricks that are hidden from the naked eye. Whether you want to customize Google, turn on 5.1 Surround sound or mirror the content of your Smartphone to your HD TV via Chromecast, dive in and discover a new world of Lollipop.

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Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Turn off Lock-Screen Notifications

Android 5.0 gives you notifications on your locked screen. You can even action them without unlocking the device. Notifications that flash up on the home screen pose a privacy issue as they will be visible to everyone who wakes the device. With Android 5.0, this can now be turned off. Simply go Settings> Sound and Notifications> under when device is locked, select Don’t Show Notifications at all.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Smart Lock

You can now unlock your device with an NFC or Bluetooth enabled device like an NFC sticker, car STEREO, or your smartwatch. If you place your handset near a Bluetooth enabled device, it will sense it as a trusted source and unlock automatically. To turn this feature on, go to Settings, under security select Smart Lock, then add your Bluetooth device.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Profile Creation

For tablets, the ability to create profiles and designate what they can access is not that easy. This has been simplified in Android 5.0. To get started, simply pull down the notifications shade and in the right top corner you will find your profile picture. Tap on your profile picture and it will open a Guest profile by default. This is great if you are sharing your tablet with someone and you don’t want them to stumble into unauthorized territories. There is an option for “Add User” which you can use to create more profiles. You can also set a password for any profile you don’t want the guests to access.

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Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Shortcuts

Android 5.0 offers various options for getting where you want quickly. To unlock the device, tap and swipe the padlock up, to quickly arrive at the phone’s apps swipe left, and you can launch the camera by swiping right. You can also use the settings to find what options you want. Simply go the settings, tap the search icon in the top right and key in your search query. For example, typing “photos” will curate a list of every photo related option.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Customize Google

With Android 5.0, it’s now possible to customize Google and control what you want to see. Simply tap the settings icon that appears in the search bar. Here you will find many options for customizing Google. You can place reminders, change the settings and control what you want to see.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks:  Increasing text size throughout the interface

Android 5.0 offer its users the ability to adjust the font size which can especially be handy if you don’t have a 20/20 vision. This can be done in two ways: One way it to go to settings, >Accessibility, then tick the Large Text box. Alternatively, you can go to Settings>Display>Font Size. Here you can pick your preference from 4 font sizes.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Screen Casting

Screen casting is the act of mirroring the content of your smartphone to your HD TV. Gone are the days when screen mirroring was only possible with devices that are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast. Screen mirroring is now built in Android 5.0 and lets you mirror whatever is on your smartphone to your Chromecast dongle. You will find the cast screen icon in the features toggles accessed by pulling down the notifications shade.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Switching your Device to Silent Mode

There is a change in how the silent mode operates in Android 5.0. Instead of holding down the power button to pop up a menu like in the previous versions, you access it by pressing the volume rocker. You will find new features for “Priority”, “None”, and “All”. Tapping on All will allow all notifications to go through. Tapping on either None or Priority will give the options for halting the alerts indefinitely or for a specified period of time. This is great when you are attending an event and you don’t want to be disturbed.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Screen Pinning

One of the most amazing features of Android 5.0 is the ability to retain whatever app you are using on the screen no matter how many times you press the home button. This is called Screen Pinning. To get started go to the Settings>Security>Screen Pinning toggle and switch it on. Now press the square soft key (the icon to the right of the home button) and will open various options among them being the pin icon at the bottom. You will see a little pin icon as shown in the image above. Tap on the pin icon.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Taking a Screen Shot

Want to capture a screen shot on your android 5.0 devices? Simply press the power and the volume down buttons at the same time, hold them down and a screen flash will appear. The captured screenshot is saved to the gallery.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Turn on 5.1 Surround Sound

Rock your cinematic experience by turning on the 5.1 surround sound on your Android 5.0.  To turn the feature on, go to Google play Movies App, under settings, select Surround sound. You can test out the audio by the use of the sound Demo option available.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Enable Battery Saving Mode

Lollipop has come up with various battery saving modes for Android. You can even check where the juice is going. Simply go to settings, select battery, on the battery screen, tap the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner, select battery saver, and put it on. It is set by default to turn on when the battery drops below 20%, but you can choose your most preferred percentage mode between 5-20%.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Set a metered Wi-Fi Network

Want to control Wi-Fi usage or the size of downloads? Lollipop will do it for you. Simply go to Settings, select Data Usage and then Network Restrictions from the menu. Here you can set your Wi-Fi as metered so it will always give warnings for large downloads and restrict background data.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Mark Priority Apps

You can now be able to mark a priority app with Android 5.0. Marking an App as a priority will enable you to always receive notifications from that app. Simply go to Settings, under Sound & Notifications select App Notifications and you will be able to mark the app you want.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Shooting in Raw Image File Format

This feature represents a dramatic change in Android for serious shooters. Following Google announcement that it is introducing support for RAW image files, developers have begun to show interest in it. RAW image files allow for editing photos in their naturally taken state. When images are being converted to JPEG files, they lose some data during the process. Developers have begun to support RAW image files as seen in the camera app Camera FV-5 which has resulted in improvement in photo quality.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Do not Disturb

Android 5.0 new Interruptions feature enables you to select who and when can get in contact with you. When you don’t want to be disturbed, you can adjust the settings so that no messages, calls or reminders will bother you. You can also choose which calls are allowed and block the ones you don’t want. To manage this, go to Settings and select Interruptions

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Charging Time Remaining

Want to know the time remaining for the battery to be fully charged? Android 5 has it all. To see this, plug in your device to start charging, give it some few minutes and the remaining time will be displayed at the bottom of the lock screen.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Tap to Wake

Things are changing with Lollipop. Now you no longer have to press and hold the power button in order to wake your device. You just need to double tap the screen and the lock screen will appear.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Unlock Lollipop Easter Egg

In each new version of Android, Google always includes an Easter egg to unlock. Unlike in other versions, Google has frustratingly hidden the Flappy Clone Easter egg. To launch it go to Settings>about tablet/phone> tap on Android version 4 times, now click and hold your finger onto Lollipop until a game starring the iconic Android mascot comes up.

Android 5 Tips and Tricks: Face Unlock

This feature allows the device to register your face. If successfully registered, it will automatically unlock once you look at it. If it fails, then you will have to enter your password. To register go to Settings>Security>Smart Lock. Hope this was helpful, feel free to comment and share.

Kenneth Kimari Tech enthusiast, Financial Analyst, Certified Copywriter, Blogger, and a coffee addict. Kenneth has many years of experience in freelance writing. His posts have also featured in some of the high profile websites like Wondershare and Droid Turf.
Kenneth Kimari Tech enthusiast, Financial Analyst, Certified Copywriter, Blogger, and a coffee addict. Kenneth has many years of experience in freelance writing. His posts have also featured in some of the high profile websites like Wondershare and Droid Turf.