Android Hidden Features
Android has some amazing features that are definitely hidden. Here are a few:
• Use 2 apps at the same time – Tap on the app switcher button, or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to enter the multitasking view and tap on the app icon at the top of an app’s card or thumbnail followed by Split Screen. The first app will slide to the top of the screen, and the multitasking view will take up the bottom section of your screen. Either select another app from the multitasking view or launch an app from your homescreen or app drawer. One caveat, not every app will support split screen mode.
• Use Smart Lock to keep your phone unlocked when you are at home – to keep from having to use your Pin or your fingerprint while at home or work, you can set the phone to remain unlocked in any location. You can also set it to keep the phone unlocked when it detects you’re active. Open Settings > Security > Smart Lock and enter your PIN code when prompted. From there, you can pick which aspect of Smart Unlock you want to use and when.
• Share your Wi-Fi network credentials – with Android 10, you can display a QR code on your phone’s screen that will allow anyone who scans it to connect to your Wi-Fi network. ou can scan or create a QR code on your device by opening the Settings app and selecting Network > Wi-Fi. If you’re sharing your network credentials, tap on the network name and then Share. If you’re connecting to a Wi-Fi network, tap on the QR Code icon next to Add Network.
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iOS 14 Hidden Features
iOS 14 for iPhone and iPad offers quite a change from earlier operating systems. Among some of the more visual changes, there are quite a few “hidden” features. I will highlight a few.
• Search the emoji keyboard – when you launch the emoji keyboard, you will now find a search bar at the top
• Double or triple tap on the back of your phone – There is a new accessibility feature called Back Tap. From Settings – Accessibility – Touch – Back Tap. Turn the feature on and then the next screen will offer Double Tap and Triple Tap. For each of these or just one of these, you will receive a list of all the options available. For example, choose Double Tap and then Control Center. Double tap on the back of your phone and see the Control Center open.
• Set your default email program or web browser – Open your iPhone or iPad’s Settings app and then scroll down to the bottom where it lists all of your installed apps. Find the mail or browser app you’re looking for and tap on it. If it’s been updated for iOS 14, you’ll see either Default Browser App or Default Email App; tap it and then select your preferred app.