7 Android Shortcuts You Should Know

Do you know why people love technology?
Or why technology invents?
Of course, for doing stuff quicker.

Here come the beauty of Android. Android not only come with more functions to help you doing more stuff but also it helps you do stuff faster.

In the early days of Android, it has been just some bulky operating system, created for beta testing. But now, Android not only looks cool but performs equally well. Android is now most widely used mobile platform with the massive update by Google.

Although you may feel sometimes some action taking more time than it should. In that case, you can use numerous built-in Android shortcuts (you can create your own shortcuts).


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Let’s say you are casually browsing Facebook timeline and you suddenly found a comment and want to show it to your friends. What will you do? Go back to home screen and swipe between menu until you found the screenshot app. You will definitely do this unless you know an Android shortcut for the screenshot.

Here I am going to share with you 7 important Android shortcuts you should be aware of:

  1. Launch Camera app

You may already know; you can access the camera app from the lock screen on your Android. It has a camera shortcut icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen. You just have to tap, hold and swipe that icon to take a quick shot from your locked Android device.

There is another shortcut on Android Marshmallow and later versions that let you access camera apps quickly, and you can use it anytime on any screen, even when your device is locked. First, enable the option ‘Press power button twice for the camera’ from settings (display). And then, you just have to double-click the power button.

  1. Activate Do Not Disturb mode

Sometimes you want to off all calls, chats, notifications, or any alert for the certain time. You can do this from Settings menu or pull-down Quick Settings window shade. I guess you already know that.

But latest Marshmallow has something more to offer you. You can switch to “Do Not Disturb” mode quickly by the press and hold the volume-down button. After the action, your Android will switch into an “alarms only” mode. To deactivate the option, just press and hold the volume-up button.

  1. Pull down to refresh

This trick could be very useful and handy for you if you stack on a specific webpage or apps, or you want to reload that page for some other reason. Nearly all Android browsers and apps support this shortcut. Just drag down on the page for refresh or reload. Once you have dragged enough, a spinning refresh icon will appear and within a few seconds, the page will reload.

  1. Quick Responses to Callers

Sometimes you are not in the mood or position to answer a call instead you may want to response the caller with SMS. In this case, you just have to swipe up on the incoming call screen and choose what text you want to send. There is a few pre-set template, but you can write your own too.

  1. Unlock your phone with Smart Lock

I noticed its presence since I am using lollipop but did not try the function for long times. But finally I activate it, it’s working excellent. Smart Lock allows your device to keep unlocked when specific criteria are met. As long as Smart Lock is active, you no need to worry about input your PIN, pattern, or password to unlock the device.

To enable Smart Lock go to the Settings » Security menu and set Screen Lock (If didn’t already) and then enable Smart Lock after back in the Security menu. There are several options to set, choose whichever you prefer.

  1. Play smart with your own J.A.R.V.I.S.

Even if you are not an Iron Man fan, you definitely wish that you have someone like J.A.R.V.I.S. ( artificial intelligence). Well, you have something similar in your Android. All you just have to do is say “OK Google.”

First, make sure that ‘Ok Google’ detection is enabled to access it any screen in Settings » Voice. Now, you can use your voice commands to ask a query, control settings, launch apps, send messages, set alarms, set reminders, take notes, make calls, navigate to a place, play music and more.

  1. Take a Screenshot

Most Android versions come with a built-in function to take a screenshot anytime. You just have to press the Power + Volume Down button combo. Sometimes, manufacturers come with an alternate combo. You can search them on the internet.

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