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Android KitKat tips and tricks

Although Lollipop is the recent version of Android,there are a lots of mobile and tablets are still using KitKat.So here is some tips for the KitKat users.

Android KitKat tips and tricks

Limit Background Processes to Improve Battery Life

If your Android is getting slow day by day,you can get back some lost speed of your device by enabling Developer options and tap on the ‘Process Stats’ option.This option provides you to control how many processes your phone is allowed to perform.



Turn on Developer Mode to enable tweaking

KitKat developer options offer you to speed up animations to make the phone feel smootehr and faster.To enable this go to developer optiins and search for Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale and Animator Duration and change the numbers to make things faster.The smaller number makes the phone more faster.


Exit from ‘Immersive’ Mode in Android 4.4

‘immersive’ mode is another feature of KitKat which removes all of the on-screen interface so that you have a full-screen view of your current app.’immersive’ mode supported app will remove UI elements automatically.

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Unlock your phone with your face

To turn this feature on just go to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and enabling Face Unlock. You’ll then have to hold the phone while it scans your face several times to create a model.



Enable Lock Screen Widgets

To turn the Widgets on, you need to go to your device Settings > Security then tick the ‘Enable Widgets’ box.After that you can easily wipe from left to right on your lockscreen and tap the “plus” icon to add widgets.



Decide what SMS app you want to use

if you don’t like the Google Hangout for messaging you can easily make your stock messaging app as default.For this go to Settings > Wireless and Networks to find the Default SMS app.



Access all Storage Devices through Google’s File Manager

Google introduced its own new file manager that comes with support for Google Drive and many third-party cloud storage, which makes picking a file much easier and more universaforl the KitKat users.

To unlock full storage access, you need to go to the file manager’s settings menu, and enable the option labelled ‘display advanced devices’; there’s also an option to display file sizes, too.

After you enable this extra device access, you will see a menu for your Internal storage (and potentially your micro SD card, if supported) in the ‘open from’ navigation drawer. Tap it, and you will now be able to select any file you like from the device’s file system.



Switch to ART for happier apps

The app runtime is the bit of Android that runs your apps, and in Lollipop Google dumped the previous Dalvik runtime for the more efficient and smooth ART runtime. ART is in KitKat too, but it isn’t enabled by default. To change that, take a trip to the Developer Options screen in Setting and use Select Runtime to specify ART. A reboot and a recompile of your apps takes a while, but the results are worth it.



Transmit stuff to your TV

With Android KitKat 4.4.2, Google added a casting option to many Android devices. What this lets you do is send the video and audio from your phone to a Chomecast.

For the uninitiated, this is Google’s alternative to Apple TV. You plug it into your TV’s HDMI port and it lets you stream video from services like Netflix. And your phone. Oh, and it only costs £30.

If your phone has the casting option you’ll find it right down at the bottom of the Display menu within Settings. It’s great for video, although not quite so hot for games as there is a bit of lag/delay.



Get Google to hang on your every word

One of the important Android features is the “OK Google”. Once again this feature’s off by default in KitKat, but you can turn it on easily enough: go to Google Settings > Search & Now > Voice and select OK Google Detection. If you want the feature to work no matter what app you’re in, make sure you enable From Any Screen.



Switch Launchers Easily

fter installing an alternative launcher, a new option in Settings called ‘Home’ will appear. Simply tap it and choose the launcher you want to use, then return to the home screen to marvel at your smartphones new look.



Remove everything from your stolen phone

The setting you want is in Google Settings > Android Device Manager, and there are two switches to enable: Remotely Locate This Device and Allow Remote Lock and Factory Reset.


Print Without a Computer

Setup your device’s printing abilities by going to Settings > System > Printing. On the next screen you’ll see two options for printing: ‘Cloud Print’ and ‘HP Print Service Plugin’. Obviously if you have a compatible HP printer, you’ll want to use the latter option, otherwise a number of other printer manufacturers now support the Cloud Print service



Keep Track of Your Daily Movements

Google have included a feature that unlocks the true potential of all those sensors, allowing you to properly track the steps you take each day. It can also differentiate between walking, running, cycling and even climbing.

Whilst the OS itself doesn’t have a stock app to take advantage of all this data, there are apps such as ProteGeo’s ‘Moves’ app that tracks your movement and is able to tell how many steps you have taken, representing it in a visual ‘storyline’ of your daily escapades.



Talk to Google from Any Screen

To enable voice activation, go to Google Settings followed by Search & Now. Enter the Voice section and choose ‘OK Google’ Detection. Next, enable From Any Screen and go through the brief setup process



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