As a android mobile user, you may think that you know everything about it.
In modern times, almost everybody does have a mobile phone. As you are reading this piece of content on the internet, 99 % chances are that you too have a mobile phone.
As mobile phones are no longer just mobiles as they used to be about a few decades ago. They have become smarter and smarter.
The android operating system as widely used in smartphones worldwide is known for its many amazing features.
But still, there are many features in your smartphone that are not commonly known to many users.
Many users download third-party apps to use these features. But many of those features are already hidden in your phone.
These un-common features may be very helpful to you in some way. You will also be amazed at the potential a mobile phone can hold.
These hidden simple android mobile tricks can be very useful in your daily life as well.
10 best android mobile tricks
1- Block outgoing calls
Many times you may not feel comfortable with some people when they ask for your mobile. They may use your mobile for calling purposes, which you are not comfortable about.
But sometimes you just can’t say NO directly to them.
In such a situation, a secret code may help you to disable outgoing calls from your device. This way you don’t need to refuse them and they may think it’s a technical problem.
To block outgoing calls, dial (*31# )
To unblock outgoing calls, dial ( #31# )
2- Mobile general health test
Many times when we go to buy a used phone, we aren’t sure if it is functioning properly.
But now you can do a general health checkup of your mobile device by simply putting in a secret code. These include testing of sensors, cameras, hardware, touch, and much more.
To enter into test or engineer mode, dial ( *#0*# ) or ( *#558*# ) or ( *#899*# ).
These general testing codes may not work on all devices.
3- SAR value
Our mobile devices emit as well as catches signals in form of electromagnetic waves or radiations.
These radiations can be harmful if absorbed in higher amounts. Basically, the safer limits of these radiations safe to be absorbed by the body are set up by governments.
Limits are calculated based upon SAR value (Specific Absorption Rate).
In general, the SAR value of 1.6 W/kg (1.6 watts of radiation per kg of body tissues) is considered to be safe in many countries.
To check the SAR value of your mobile phone, dial ( *#07# ). Some devices show different SAR values for the head and body.
But still, as a precaution, you should use wired earphones to avoid the negative effect of radiation if you talk too much on phone.
4- Know IMEI codes
IMEI code (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique 15 digit number.
Every mobile device has a unique IMEI number which helps to trace which sim card connection is being used on that device.
In case your mobile phone gets stolen the thief may try to use the phone with his or her own sim card. But with an IMEI number police can easily track your phone.
To check your mobile IMEI number dial ( *#06# ).
(There will be two different IMEI numbers if your mobile is dual sim)
You should note down your mobile IMEI number so that it can be used in case of an emergency.
5- Check call forwarding
Sometimes we put our calls on forward to other devices as well.
But still, you must keep in check the call forwarding status regularly.
Dial ( *#21# ) to check the call forwarding status on your phone.
If you haven’t enabled it, but still it is showing call forwarding enabled then you should talk to customer care service.
Chances may be your calls are being tapped by someone else.
6- App pinning for others
Whenever somebody else asks you to use your phone for some purpose, you may feel insecure. You may not want them to scroll your whole phone.
In this condition, an inbuilt feature in android phones called “screen pinning” can be very useful for you.
With this feature, the other person will be able to use a particular app only for which they want your phone.
For example– if somebody wants to use the calculator on your phone, you just need to enable a screen pin on the calculator. This way he or she won’t be able to exit from the calculator itself.
To enable screen pinning feature-
- Go into safety and privacy settings on your phone.
- Select the screen pinning option.
- Enable screen pinning.
- Then open the app you want to pin for another person.
- Press the button that opens the multitasking or recent apps window.
- Select the pin (fixed) option.
- Now the screen will be pinned or froze to that particular app only.
- To finish the pin, press the multitask button. (may differ on different phones)
7- On-screen buttons
The on-screen button is a feature in the accessibility menu button. It simply adds a one-touch button on your screen.
You can use this feature to access many options such as-
- Volume up-down
- To change screen brightness
- Power button
- Lock screen
- Google assistant
- Recent apps and many more
This feature provides ease and comfort especially when some of your phone’s physical buttons are not working.
8- Magnify anywhere on the screen
Magnification feature is also available in the phone’s accessibility menu.
You may have used magnification but maybe only in images. But this feature enables you to magnify anywhere on the screen by just tapping.
For example- while playing a game, watching the video, Instagram profile picture, etc.
9- In-built VPN
Most of the time, you may use third-party apps to connect your phone with a VPN.
But you will be amazed to know that you can connect to a high-speed free VPN without any app.
In the Network and Sharing settings of your smartphone, there is an option called VPN that you may have seen but ignored.
It’s very easy to connect a free VPN right away from your phone.
- Add new VPN
- Enter any name
- Select VPN type- L2TP/IPSec PSK
- Enter server address-
- Go to VPN Gate
- Choose any with Low ping and speed above 70mbps
- Copy the IP address or server address (ends with opengw.net)
- paste into the server address
- Enter IP sec pre-shared key- VPN
- In advance options- enter Forwarding routes ( 0.0.0.0/0 )
- Enter Username (vpn) /password (vpn).
- Then connect
10- Stabilize your videos
Some phones may not have inbuilt video stabilization, which required hardware to create stabilized videos.
For this purpose, many users download third-party apps, but still, they don’t get much better results.
But you will be amazed to know you already have that hidden gem provided by google.
Google Photos is a product of Google that is mostly pre-loaded in your android mobile. With the help of this, you can stabilize any video.
Just choose the video in the google photos app and select the edit option. Click on the stabilize option.
This will provide you buttery smooth stable video without altering much of its quality.