Hidden Android features you really need to know

Posted in Blogs on 04/06/20

Your Android phone has so many hidden features and despite the vast differences in hardware and software design for phones such as Samsung's Galaxy S20 or Google's Pixel 4, the core experience is the same. They are all powered by Android and have the same features - some are hidden.

One of our favourite features is called Smart Lock, a tool that keeps your android phone unlocked while you are at home, then reverts back to finger print, face ID or PIN the moment you leave.

You can add captions to any video or podcast. Live Caption is an impressive new feature that's slowly making its way to more devices. When it is active it adds real-time captions to any video, podcast or voice note on your phone. It doesn't matter if the video you're watching is muted, Live Caption will still transcribe it for you.

Use two apps at the same time, One of our favourite features is being able to have two apps on the screen at the same time. It is so handy when looking at a spreadsheet and sending an email at the same time. To access split-screen mode, you may need to either tap on the app switcher button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to enter multitasking view and tap on the app icon at the top of an app's card or thumbnail followed by Split Screen.

Quickly sharing your Wi-Fi network credentials with friends or colleagues. Giving your Wi-Fi network password can sometimes be a hassle, hopefully your password is really long and complex. But with Android you can display a QR code on your phone's screen that will alow anyone who scans it to connect to your Wi-Fi network. You can scat or create a QR code on your device by opening settings and selecting Network > Wi-Fi.