Android 5.0 Lollipop tips and tricks to get most out of your device

BY Bethwel Njore / January 9, 2017
BY Bethwel Njore / January 9, 2017 / OS Updates

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the most accessible Android version to date. To help you get most of your device, here are the best tips and tricks for Android Lollipop. These tips and tricks might also help you avoid some of Android Lollipop bugs.

Customize your lock screen

You can customize your lock screen to your liking on Android Lollipop devices. Go back to the Lock screen from the Settings option. Select a number of different items you want on your lock screen. For Samsung devices with TouchWiz, you can select what type of clock you want by clicking on the Dual clock settings and Clock size. The dual Dual settings allow you to choose if you want your smartphone to show the local time along with the home time when you are roaming. The Clock size is self-explanatory.

How to quickly access quick settings

Most people are frustrated when a single swipe brings down the entire notification shade with a full list of your notifications and you’ve to swipe for a second time to get to the Quick settings. If you to access those settings without a single swipe, wipe down with your two fingers instead of one.

Tweak notifications to keep data safe

Android Lollipop allows you to view notifications on a lock screen. However, this can be an issue if you do not want other people to see your notifications on your lock screen. You can either disable lock screen notifications or set your handset to leave out some notifications that you consider to be sensitive. These options are found in Settings>Sound &notification.

To set notifications as sensitive, ensure that the When Device is Locked option shows ‘show all unlocked content’. Then hit App Notifications and a big list of your applications will be displayed. Tap one of them and you will see Sensitive, Priority and Block toggles.

Stop notification spam

Some of the notifications are useful while others not so much. Fortunately, Android Lollipop gives you more control over annoying notifications popping up on your screen. Head over to Settings > Sound & Notifications > App notifications. Go through your application and select block notifications. You can also keep them from coming as a priority.

Unlock your phone with another device

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop allows you to unlock your smartphone with another handset such as the Chromebooks. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Security > Smart Lock. Here you will get options for setting up Face unlock and unlocking with another handset.  Go to the Trusted Devices menu and press the red plus button and add either a Bluetooth device or NFC such as a smartwatch or a Bluetooth-enabled car stereo.

Source: BGR

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