Android is super easy to use, and that’s one of its greatest advantages. The OS employs a number of consistent elements and UI features that can be found in almost all Android devices. By learning how to take advantage of these features, you can actually make more use of your device. Below are some essential tips.

1.      The Home Screen

The Home Screen is the first thing you see when you unlock your Android device. Think of it as some kind of desktop, only that you get as many home screens as you want. You simply have to swipe left or right to navigate from one to the other. You can position an entire range of app shortcuts widgets and app groups on your home screen. To make your device faster and easier to use, make sure that only apps that you constantly use have shortcuts on the home screen.

2.      Battery Life

Smartphone manufacturers have still got a way to go when it comes to making batteries that last long. In recent times, there’s has been quite some progress on this, but most Android users still complain about fast battery drain. To tackle this problem and maximize use of your device, make sure that you check what apps are over-using the battery. The Facebook and Snapchat apps are common culprits. Install a battery maximizing app such as CM Cleaner and uninstall any application that you no longer use.

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3.      Keep it Clean

Your smartphone performs best when resources such as CPU speed and memory are available. When you install and use apps, they are recorded in the cache and run in the background. This means that they continue to use up resources even when you’re not exactly using them. You can clear things up though by installing a cache cleaner application from the Play Store.

4.      Display

Of course, how you configure your battery has a massive impact on battery time. Make a point to dial down the brightness and decrease the timeout period so that you eke out a bit more time from your battery. Also, install an eye care app to filter out light that has the potential to harm your eyes. This is more so important if you spend quite a lot of time on your device.

5.      Location

Most android smartphones are equipped with location features such as GPS. You can take advantage of this by installing apps that use location services to guide you through. A good example is Google Maps, which guides you from one street to the other while driving your way through an unfamiliar city or town. There are tons of other utility apps that utilize location services to do a lot of useful things on your smartphone.

6.      Backup

Backing up content stored on your Android smartphone is immensely important. You don’t want to lose all your photos and important data in the unfortunate event that your smartphone is stolen or lost. There are tons of tools available to back up your data. A good example is CM Cloud, which automatically backs up your contacts, photos, SMS and call logs and restores them to any other device registered under the same email address.

These simple but often ignored tips can make a lot of difference when it comes to taking maximum advantage of your Android handset. Make sure that you only keep essential apps, utilize device-specific features such as fingerprint scanners and GPS to get things done.

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