An Android smartphone isn’t as easy to use as an iPhone, but it has better customization capabilities and runs on open source software. This means that you have more flexibility in how your device works for you and you get to use more free apps since anyone can develop apps for the platform.
But if you’ve moved on from using a normal phone to a smartphone, you may realize that you actually have a tiny computer in your hand. The functions are expanded but the interface has become a little challenging. If you aren’t into customization or changing much about the interface or certain apps, you can just use the phone as it is. But if you want to explore every capability your phone has and know enough to fix some minor problems, here are some tips for you:
Check the compatibility of your device with the app you want to download
Sometimes, even if your device lets you download an app, it won’t run correctly. Check online what developers and users say about an app in conjunction to your device. Most of the time, users already mention if the device works on a certain model or not.
You can change your alarms and ringtones through folders
When you want to use different alarm tones or alert tones than the ones native to your device, you have t make a folder in the storage app of the device. Making an ‘alarms’ folder in the storage app and placing a sound file there automatically includes the file in the selection for tones. You can do something similar here with ‘message’ and ‘call’ tones.
You can turn off your cellular service
Unlike older mobile phones that cannot function without cellular service or a SIM card, your Android phone can actually go without phone services. It’s basically a small computer so you can still access your apps and surf the net even without any mobile carrier. Just keep in mind that you still can’t make and receive calls or texts unless you’re using RingCentral VoIP phone services on your Android phone.
Know that you can hard reset your phone in several ways
When your phone seems to hang or not want to boot up, you can always try some troubleshooting of your own first. Hold down the side button and the main button at the same time while the device is off. A menu appears that asks you if you want to reset the phone. Use the volume buttons on the side to select the ‘restore to factory settings’ option. You can also hard reset your phone from the settings app on your Android phone.