Android is awesome. With the user-base of more than a billion people, it is by far the most used and the most popular mobile operating system. Every year we see tons of smartphones launched in the market which eventually leads to an increase the number of people who use this OS.
Android has improved by leaps and bounds over the years. I have been using Android device for last 4 or 5 years. And after spending that much time with it, I’ve learned a lot of tricks and tips to improve my experience. In this article, I am sharing 3 of those tricks. Read on to learn something awesome.
1. Swipe Gestures for Apps on Nova Launcher
Nova launcher is the ultimate third-party launcher for Android. Whether it’s about stability and user experience or whether it’s about customisation and power users, Nova launcher takes care of everything.
Nova launcher has so many tricks up its sleeve but the one that I like and use the most is app gestures. Yep, it’s exactly like it sounds. You use gestures with one app to launch another app. I use this feature to keep my home screen and app drawer clean, and access similar apps from a single place. For example, I use gestures with Google play music. Taping on the play music icon on my home screen opens the said app, and swiping up on it open Genius, a lyrics app. So, how do you do so? Simple, long press an app icon, tap edit, tap swipe action. On the next screen, select an app, activity, or shortcut to be assigned.
2. Force Close an Unresponsive App
Got an app that’s become unresponsive? That sucks. Nobody likes it when an app becomes unresponsive. What’s worse? You can’t close it. Well, there are a few simple tricks you can use to force close such apps.
First, you can remove the app from your recent apps list. That will close the app and it should open normally next time.
Another thing you can do to force close an app is to keep taping on the screen constantly. After some time you’ll see a pop-up asking you to force close the app and report the problem.
3. Turn off Touch Sound
When you get a new phone, the touch sounds are enabled by default. These are the sound your phone makes even you lock/unlock the screen, dial a number, or touch the screen. These sounds are accompanied by vibration. Honestly, that’s annoying. Here’s how you can disable all touch sounds on your Android device.
- Open your phone’s Settings app.
- Scroll down and tap on Sounds.
- Tap on Other sounds.
- Turn off all the toggles on this screen.