Android has evolved a lot over the versions. The platform has been enriched with many functions over the years and some of them can be very useful on a daily basis. Yes, and if you want to boost your productivity, then these four functions should be of great service to you. They might even allow you to shine in society.
First of all, be aware that this list is far from exhaustive. In fact, the platform is full of options, each more interesting than the last.
However, I have chosen to restrict my selection to the functions I use the most on a daily basis. Of course, nothing prevents you from completing the list by commenting.
Share your smartphone connection with your PC or tablet
If this tip is at the top of the list, it is not for nothing because it can be very practical when traveling or even in the event of a breakdown, when the ADSL or Fiber connection of the house is loose.
By relying on this function, you will indeed be able to use your phone as a modem and thus share your 3G / 4G connection with other devices located in the vicinity.
To do so, go to the settings of your phone and browse the section devoted to networks. The exact title varies depending on the overlays, but the option is usually found in the “plus” menu. There you will find a button labeled “tethering” or “mobile hotspot”.
Tap on it to enter the menu and activate the service by selecting the appropriate option, an option generally referred to as “mobile WiFi access point”.
You will then have to wait a few seconds. When the service is activated, all you have to do is stick to your computer or tablet and look for the access point corresponding to the name indicated by your phone. After clicking on it, your PC will ask you to enter a password.
It appears in the telephone options and more precisely in the “mobile access point setting” menu. If the heart tells you, you can even change it in a few moments.
Add shortcuts to your favorite websites on the home screen
This trick is not very well known, but it can be very practical on a daily basis, and even more so when you always visit the same sites a little.
Chrome allows you to create shortcuts pointing directly to websites. All you have to do is open the browser on your phone and go to the page of your choice.
When it's done, simply open the browser's menu by tapping on its button and tap on the “add to home screen” option. Chrome will then create a shortcut pointing to the current page and add it to your main home screen.
Hard to be simpler, right?
Consult web pages open on your computer
Android comes with Chrome, Google's web browser. If you also use it on your computer, then it's your lucky day because you will easily be able to retrieve on your phone or tablet the pages and tabs open on your PC.
How? 'Or' What ? By following these few steps.
Simply start by launching Chrome on your phone or tablet. When it's done, simply tap on the menu button at the top right, a button symbolized by three small dots placed on top of each other.
Then look for the “recent tabs” option. Chrome takes you to a new page made up of two areas: “recently closed” at the top and “other devices” at the bottom. If you tap on the second option, then you will see the sites open on your computer appear and you can view them on your terminal screen.
Use Google On Tap
Introduced last year, Google On Tap is an extremely practical feature, a feature that will also save you a lot of time on a daily basis.
And again, it is nothing to say because it works as a contextualized assistant and it will thus be able to bring you up to certain tools depending on what you are doing with your phone.
The best is still to start from an example. Suppose you are on a site written in Chinese. Unfortunately, you do not master the language and you would like to translate it. No need to poke around in your browser options or launch another application, all you need to do is press the home button on your phone for several seconds.
Google On Tap will then activate and display several cards in the lower part of the screen, including one to translate the page into your language. Simple, right?
Yes, but this function is not activated by default on all overlays.
If you want to set it up, you have to go to the preferences of your terminal and to the section dedicated to Google. Then go to the “Search with Now” menu and to “Google On Tap”. Tap on the slider to activate the service.