For Android users, we are here with Ultimate Hidden Tricks and Features Of Android. Today Android devices are remarkably smart and can be used for lots of purpose in this tech world. Till now we discussed many neat tricks for Android, and this time, we brought you some cool secret Android features. Practising these hidden features can effortlessly customize your experience with your Android device. So have a look at the complete guide below.

Below we are going to discuss some cool things that might be unfamiliar to you. So have a look at these cool features below.

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#1 Controlling the Data Usage

Well, many of you will know about this feature, but I am sure very rare one utilize this. This is a very helpful feature that comes with Android. You can monitor your data usage and control it. You can set the maximum data limit for a particular date.

Controlling the Data Usage

For that Open setting > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit, here you can configure the data limit.

#2 Quickly Change WiFi Network

Quickly Change WiFi Network

If you want to change the WiFi network, you visit Settings > WIFi or long press WiFi icon in the notification shutter. But there is an easy way to switch between WiFi networks. Just swipe down the notification a smart, and instead of pressing on the WiFi icon (disable), press on the network’s name you will be given the list of all networks.

#3 Android Device Manager

This feature allows you to track, ring, lock and wipe your Android device if you lose track of it. So, make sure to turn on this feature

 Android Device Manager

Go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Other Security Settings > Device Administrators > Turn on “Android Device Manager.”

#4 Create Desktop Backup Password

Create Desktop Backup Password

You can create the backup password for your Android device to recover it using your desktop. Just follow the below steps to proceed.

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

#5 Reduce Battery Consumption By Altering Animation Effects

Reduce Battery Consumption By Altering Animation Effects

You can minimize your battery power consumption by using the neat trick in developer mode which we’ve explained in steps mentioned below.

  1. Go to Settings -> Developer Options.
  2. Scroll down and there look for Window animation scaleTransition animation scale, and Animator duration scale.
  3. Now adjust the scale and better is to select the 0.5x in all the above options.

#6 Display CPU Usage Overlay

Display CPU Usage Overlay

In your Android device, you can enable the full CPU meter to get displayed on your Android device by which you can easily judge which app is putting too much load on your Android.

  1. Go to Settings -> Developer Options.
  2. Tick on the Show CPU Usage option there.
  3. Now you will see all your CPU usage at the right of your Android screen.

#7 Stop Android Activities Completely After Closing It

Stop Android Activities Completely After Closing It

Enabling this feature will allow you to stop activities when you close it completely. This will reduce battery consumption and even data usage too.

  1. Go to Settings -> Developer Options.
  2. Tick on Don’t keep activities.
  3. Now after this, you can rollback settings by unticking this.

#8 Fake The Current GPS Location

Fake The Current GPS Location

For this, you can use the Mock the Location to make your GPS tracker tool track your exact location which can be used by many apps to spy on you.

  1. Go to Settings -> Developer Options.
  2. Tick on Allow Mock Location.
  3. This will fake your GPS location tracker on your Android.

#9 Enable USB Debugging Mode

Enable USB Debugging Mode

In many cool apps, USB debugging is used for the perfect working of your Android with your PC. And this feature is only available in developer options that you can implement from below.

  1. First of all, go to Settings -> Developer Options.
  2. Tick on USB Debugging checkbox there.
  3. Select OK on the pop up appears saying “Allow USB Debugging?”.

#10 Enable Higher Graphic Render Option

 Enable Higher Graphic Render Option

MSAA For OpenGL Games can be enabled on your Android device to allow Android games to run with high graphics quality that can be enabled by:-

  1. Go to Settings -> Developer Options.
  2. Tap on Force 4x MSAA.

#11 Make Your Device Awake while Charging

Make Your Device Awake while Charging

You can make your Android active while you were charging it and it is the best indicator so that you can enable this cool feature as:-

  1. Go to Settings -> Developer Options.
  2. Tap on Stay Awake to tick it.

#12 Using Google Chrome To Access File Directory

Using Google Chrome To Access File Directory

It is the ultimate hidden ability on your Google Chrome browser that you might not believe, but you can see your SD memory data in your Chrome browser. You can do so by:-

  1. Open Google Chrome browser on your Android Smartphone
  2. Now type file:///sdcard/ on URL bar and search.

#13 Using Google Maps Offline

Using Google Maps Offline

Your Android can help you download maps of the particular area in your Android to browse it when you don’t have the internet connection. Many of you will think that it is impossible, but actually, it is possible You can go through our Article on How to use Google Maps Offline to know about it.

#14 Sending And Receiving Your Android SMS on PC

Sending And Receiving Your Android SMS on PC

If you are using an Android smartphone, then you have a fashionable solution by which you can get all your SMS on your PC. Moreover, you can browse them all on your PC, and there will be no need to pick up your Android and read every message.

  1. You need to download Airdroid on your Android Smartphone first.
  2. After you download the app on your smartphone, go to web.airdroid.com from your computer browser.
  3. Now scan the QR Code Given on your computer screen with the help of your Android mobile app.

#15 Control Your TV Using Android

Control Your TV Using Android

You can use your smartphone as a remote controller to control all your smart devices. There are some apps available on the Google Play store that helps to control your IR electronic devices remotely.

#16 Access Notification Settings In A Quicker Way

Access Notification Settings In A Quicker Way

Well, notifications are something that’s useful. However, too many notifications can become irritating after some time. Users can adjust or turn the notifications off for a particular app by holding on a notification in the drop-down notification bar. Users will see a setting icon next to the notification, from where they can turn the notification off for any particular app.

#17 Display Touch Points

Display Touch Points

Well, if you love to make some tutorial on your Android smartphone just to share with your friends then this will be useful. This option enables a white dot on places where you have touched. Head over to Developer options and then search for the option “Show Touches” and enable it.

#18 Simulate Color Space

Simulate Color Space

Well, Android operating system implements lots of the features. Once you have enabled the developer mode, you can also simulate the colour space to reduce the eye strain. Users just need to head over to the Developer Options and then needs to find “Simulate Color Space” and then can change the filters of Android.

#19 Using The Power Button To End Call

Using The Power Button To End Call

While we are on the call, most of the time our thumb is near the power button. So, enabling the Power button to End call might be the easiest way to end the ongoing call. You need to head to Settings > Accessibility and search for the option ‘Power Button Ends Call” and then enable it.

#20 High Contrast Text

High Contrast Text

If you have a weak vision, then you can enable the High Contrast Text from Settings > Accessibility. Once you enabled the option, your text will appear crisper and easy to read.

#21 Cast Your Android Screen

Cast Your Android Screen

Well, if we look around for a number of years, we have been able to broadcast our Android phone’s display to the larger screen using a Chromecast. Well, Android users just need to make sure that they have installed the Google Home app for Android. Open the app, tap Cast screen/audio from its menu, and then choose your Chromecast. Through this, you can even mirror your phone to a larger screen.

#22 Run Apps Side By Side

Run Apps Side By Side

Well, this new feature is added to Android 7.0 Nougat. This new feature gives a user the ability to run apps side-by-side or one above the other. To set up the new feature, tap the Overview button (square icon below the screen) and then choose which of your recent apps you want to see.

You just need to hold and drag that app’s title bar to the top or left of the display. Once done, simply choose another running app to appear alongside or under it.

#23 Save Web Page As PDF

Save Web Page As PDF

Well, if we talk about web browser on Android device, without any doubt, Google Chrome is amongst the first choice of users. Actually, Google Chrome hides a secret which eventually allows users to save a web page as PDF format.

You just need to open the web page which you want to save and then head over to Share > Print and then save the web page as PDF.

#24 Boot Your Android In Safe Mode

Boot Your Android In Safe Mode

Well, there are times when we have to face the erratic behaviours of the apps installed on our device. Well, sometimes we mistakenly install some apps that display an array of obstructive ads that don’t allow you to do anything else.

In such situations, it’s best to boot the Android phone in safe mode. Safe Mode disables all the third party apps which makes it easy to recognize and remove bad apps. To boot the phone into safe mode, tap on the power button and long-press the option to power off.

So above are all Hidden Secrets Of Your Android Device. You can give a try to all these cool features on your Android device and can have lots of innovative experience on your Android device. Hope you like our work, do share it with others too.

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Time to protect your external Hard Drive with encryption for securing your data from unauthorized access. We are going to share two methods that will help you protect your External Hard Disk Drives with the password. Go through the post to know about it.

Security is always the first priority for every user and when it’s about some personal data then it becomes more important. If we talk about external hard drive disk where you store lots of personal data is not at all secure, because anyone can carry your portable drive and can do some illegal act. However, it can be password protected, you can set your desired password to unlock the external drive on any computer. So have a look at complete guide discussed below to protect your external drive with a security password.

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We have mentioned two methods below, one is based on system settings that will allow you to lock your drive with password without any need of third party tool. Whereas, the other one requires a third party tool to password-protect your drives. Just follow up some simple steps below to proceed.

Steps To Secure Your External Hard Drive With BitLocker:

Step 1. First of all, connect your external hard drive to your Windows PC and turn it on. Now click on Start button and then navigate to Control Panel -> BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Secure Your External Hard Drive With BitLocker

Step 2. By default, BitLocker will be “Off” you need to Turn On BitLocker for the drive that you want to encrypt.

Secure Your External Hard Drive With BitLocker

Step 3. Now their tick on “Use a Password to Unlock the Drive” option there and enter the same password in both fields and then click “Next“.

Secure Your External Hard Drive With BitLocker

Step 4. Now time to save your key somewhere for that click on “Save the Recovery Key to a File,” and then select any location where you want to save your key for future reference and then proceed by clicking on next button.

Secure Your External Hard Drive With BitLocker

Step 5. Now click on Start Encryption option and wait for the process to complete and it can take a time to complete depending on drive size. Once finished.

Secure Your External Hard Drive With BitLocker

That’s it! you are done, now you drive will always a require a password to access files inside it.

Steps To Password Protect Your External Drive With StorageCrypt

Step 1. First of all in your windows PC download and install the tool StorageCrypt. Now launch the tool and then connect your drive to PC.

Step 2. Now in the tool, select your device to encrypt with password. Now select quick mode and then protect your drive with your desired password and then click on  “encrypt”

Password Protect Your External Drive With StorageCrypt

That’s it! you are done, now your drive will always a require a password to access files inside it.

Using Other Softwares:

Veracrypt

Veracrypt

VeraCrypt adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks. It can encrypt your external hard disk and can even encrypt your windows partitions.

DiskCryptor

DiskCryptor

DiskCryptor is an open encryption solution that offers encryption of all disk partitions, including the system partition. The fact of openness goes in sharp contrast with the current situation, where most of the software with comparable functionality is completely proprietary, which makes it unacceptable to use for protection of confidential data.

Cryptainer LE

Cryptainer LE

Free Encryption Software to protect your confidential data on Any Windows PC, Desktop, Laptop, Hard Disk or Removable Drive such as USB Flash Drive, Memory Stick. Cryptainer allows you to password protect and secure any file or folder on any media, including removable drives (Flash Drives, External hard disk, CD ROM’s etc.)

SafeHouse Explorer

SafeHouse Explorer

SafeHouse Explorer can protect files residing on any drive, including memory sticks, external USB drives, network servers, CD/DVDs and even iPods. SafeHouse Explorer uses passwords and maximum-strength 256-bit advanced encryption to completely hide and defend your sensitive files.

File Secure

File Secure

File Secure free is another best software which let you protect your external hard disk with the password. You can use File Secure free to lock your sensitive files with a solid password which will restrict other users from accessing without the password.

File secure uses AES encryption algorithm of the military standard to password protect your external drives like a hard drive, flash drive etc.

AxCrypt

AxCrypt

If you are looking for a trustable open source file encryption tool, then nothing can beat AxCrypt. This is one of the leading encryption software which you can use on Windows operating system to protect your USB drives or external hard drives with the password.

The software comes for free and it provides one of the easiest ways to encrypt individual files in Windows operating system. Axcrypt also has some advanced feature which integrates seamlessly with Windows.

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