9 Android Pie Hidden Features You Might Have Missed.
1. Get rid of annoying Auto rotate
To use the new tweak, just tap on that bottom-right nav bar icon to get into landscape mode.
2. Mute/Vibrate with the push of a button
Go to Android Settings → Sound settings → Shortcut To Prevent Ringing → Press Power & Volume Up together → Choose Mute or Vibrate or Do nothing.
Now, pushing the Power + Up Volume button will set your device to vibrate/mute mode.
Sadly, this feature does not work when the screen is off.
3. Remove animations to boost up speed
To use this function, go to Android Settings → Accessibility → Toggle the “Remove animations” button.
4. Digital Wellbeing
To use Digital Wellbeing, go to Android settings and scroll down to “Digital wellbeing”.Upon tapping on it, you will discover many tricks under the Dashboard settings.
Top features of Digital Wellbeing
- First and foremost, we have App timers which set a time limit on apps and grays out icon on your home screen for the whole day. App timers can be set under the Dashboard settings.
- Then we have the new Do-Not-Disturb which now restricts visual interruptions as well. Now, you won’t see notifications on the screen.
- If you want to have good night’s sleep, use the new Wind Down option which turns Night Mode (Reduces Blue light) and Do-Not-Disturb, fading the screen to grayscale before bedtime.
5. Stop System UI notifications
To access System UI app, head over to Android settings → Type System UI in the search bar → Tap on the app and go over to its notifications → Turn off alerts which annoy you.
6. Screen Pinning and Split Screen at one place
If you’re unable to find split screen, that’s because Google has shifted the function on the Recent apps screen.
You will notice app icons on each card in the Recent App menu. Tapping app icon will open up a pop-up window, revealing split screen, screen pining, and app info.
7. Emergency Lockdown
To set up Emergency Lockdown, go over settings → Security and Location → Lock Screen Preferences → Toggle Show Lockdown option.
Emergency lockdown button can be accessed from the Powerbox which eventuates when you press and hold the power button.
8. Feature Flags
Google Chrome already holds an option of feature flags, now it has arrived on Android smartphones as well.
Feature flags are experimental tweaks which are laid for users and developers to test out features which might arrive in the next update.
To use Android feature flags, first, you need to enable developer options. Go to Settings → System → About Phone → Tap five times on Build number to enable Developer options.
Now go to Developer options under System → Scroll down to Debugging options → Tap on Feature flags.
9. Standby Apps
In this Android Pie you will get “Standby Buckets” which segregates apps into different categories to define limits to their access on device resources like CPU or battery.
The four categories are namely: Active, Working set, Frequent, Rare. For now, assume each one on the scale of top priority to least priority.
Go to developer options → Look for Standby apps → Choose whichever app you want to put into a different bucket.
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