Despite the big differences in hardware and software design between
phones such as the
from Google, the
from Samsung or the new TCL 10 series models, the experience of
base remains the same. They are all powered by Android and have the same
features, some of which are hidden.
Take, for example, split-screen apps. Use two
applications at the same time is not only a fantasy for them
iPhone users, but it's also very useful and integrated with Android.
Ditto for Smart Lock, a tool that keeps your phone
unlocked when at home and then reactivate the identification
by fingerprint or PIN code as soon as you leave. It's incredibly
Keep in mind that all of the features in question
below may not look the same or not work
exactly the same way on all phones due to the fact that
manufacturers often use custom overlays.
Our tip: use the search bar at the top of the application
Parameters for finding a function.
1. Activate silent mode for notifications that can wait
If you are tired of each notification causing a sound and / or a
vibration of your phone, you can toggle those of your choice by
silent mode. To do this, press and hold the notification
in question and select "silent". This turns off the audible alert
but keeps the display in the notification bar.
2. Use two apps at the same time
It’s one of our favorite features on Android. Very practical in particular
when you consult Google Doc and compose an email.
Press the change application button or, if you are using the
gestures of Android 10, swipe in from the bottom of the screen to
access the multitasking view and tap the application icon at the top
on the card, then on Split screen. The first application will slide to
the upper half of the screen while the multitasking view will occupy the
lower part. You can either select another application in
the multitasking view, or launch an application from the screen
or from the application drawer. Know that all applications
do not support split screen mode. The only way to know
if so is to try to open them in split screen.
3. Watch a video while browsing simultaneously on Twitter
In the same spirit of split-screen applications, Android offers the
Picture-in-Picture (PiP) function. Its use could not be more
simple, just know that it exists.
To trigger the PiP function, start watching a video, then
return to the home screen. It’s that easy. Once you
exit the application, if it supports PiP mode, video
appears in the form of a small window on the screen of your
phone. You can move, resize or close it.
To view the list of applications that support this
function, open Settings and go to Apps & notifications
> Specific application access> Picture-in-Picture. This is
also there that you can turn off PiP mode for an application
4. Use the Smart Lock to unlock the phone when you are
at your house
This hidden function saves you from having to systematically enter your
PIN code or scan your fingerprint when you are at home or
at work. You can configure it to keep the phone unlocked
when you are in a specific place, when you are active or
again when you’re near a verified Bluetooth device like,
for example, a laptop.
Open Settings> Security> Smart Lock and enter your code
PIN when prompted. You can then choose what type of
Smart Unlock you want to use and when. Keep in mind that if you
have set Smart Lock to keep your phone unlocked at the
house, it means that anyone you live with can
5. Quickly share your Wi-Fi network credentials with your friends
With Android 10, you can display a QR code on the phone screen
which will allow anyone who scans it to connect to your
Go to Settings> Network & Internet> Wi-Fi. Press the
network name, then Share. To connect to a Wi-Fi network,
do the same route but press the QR Code icon next to
the Add Network option.
CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance
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