Smartphones have become the essential part of our life now-a-days. Modern Android devices open doors for us to connect high-tech world that years ago we only dreamed was possible. With the latest developments in technology, our Android devices have become more powerful and more capable, as a result they are getting smarter and smarter.
More people don’t even know what an Android device can do automatically with just a little setup! We are here to share with you some basic tips how to automate your Android Smartphone. This will save you quite some time, so you’ll have more left for the things that really matter to you. Although this isn’t possible with every single task, you do have the option of automating quite a few tasks using either built-in functions or added apps/services that are readily available in the Google Play store.
1. Set Up Data Usage Warning
As you know the smartphones connect you with others mostly using data networks. If you want to be in touch with others and even don’t want to get extra billing from your carrier, you should make sure you don’t go over your data limit. Instead of checking how much data you have used and how much there’s left in a given billing cycle every day, you can just set up a data usage warning.
The feature once enabled with data limits notifies you when you have used a specified amount of data, so you’ll know when you should stop watching all those YouTube videos and using other data-hungry apps. Even more, as soon as you consume all the data you have in a given billing cycle, the Android smartphone will automatically be disconnected from your data network. In this way you save yourself from extra billing!
It is very easy to set up a data usage warning that won’t take more than a minute or two of your time. Open up the Settings menu on your device, select “Data usage” and tap on “Billing cycle”. Then just add in the amount of data you have included in your plan, your billing cycle and specify a warning limit (example: notify me when I use 5 GB of data).
2. Unlock Smartphone When At Home
The security features, when enabled, lock your Android smartphone after a specified duration of inactivity. Later on, you unlock your device by using fingerprint sensor or a PIN code. The whole process seems true when you are out of your home. But when you’re in the safety of your own home, these things can get quite annoying at times, especially if you check your phone regularly throughout the day.
The best option in this case is to disable the authentication method you’re using (fingerprint, PIN code, pattern…) once you get home. Instead of doing it manually every single day, you can automate it in less than a minute. And believe me it is also quite simple and easy to set up!
Head into the Settings of your device, select “Security & fingerprint” (might be called differently on your smartphone), and then tap on “Smart Lock”. You’ll see a bunch of different options, but the one we’re interested in is called “Trusted Places”. Just tap on it and punch in an address via the “Add trusted place” option. You can add multiple locations including your home and office, for example.
Once done successfully, the authentication method you use will be automatically disabled once you’re at a “trusted place” and when you head out the front door, your Android device will activate it again on its own. However, you must turn on GPS to identify your geo location.
3. Set Up “Do Not Disturb” Option
It really feels very disturbing when you go to bed after a hard day at work and your smartphone starts ringing at 3 am; waking you up and ruining your beauty sleep. Instead of turning off the device before going to bed or putting it in silent mode, you can just set up the “Do Not Disturb” option instead. The feature specifies the hours of the day when your Android smartphone should be muted, so that it won’t make a sound when you get a call or a text, among other things.
It’s quite an easy thing to set up and won’t take more than a minute or two of your precious time. Open up Settings menu and go “Sound” (might be called differently on your device), and tap on “Do not disturb”. Then just select the days and hours when the smartphone should be silent and specify which things its should mute (calls, texts…).
4. Back Up Photos and Videos
Android smartphones of today come equipped with high tech cameras embedded therein. You must be taking selfies, capturing worth memorising moments or making videos of your surroundings. All that saving on your Android device or an external storage. This will become annoying if you accidently lose all your precious data or even lose your Android smartphone.
What we advise is to back up all your data automatically to the cloud service. In this way, you’ll be able to access your data from any computer or device that can connect to the internet. To best service for this is by far the Google Photos. If you don’t have the app installed on your smartphone yet, download it from the Google Play Store now.
The best thing about Google Photos is that it’s free of charge. Just keep in mind that the photos and videos will be downsized to 16 MP and 1080p if they are larger. To keep the original size, the content uploaded will count against the storage of your Google account. You have 15 GB of free space, which is shared between Photos, Gmail, and Drive. If you need more, you can upgrade for as low as $1.99 per month.
One more thing worth mentioning is that there’s a “Free up device storage” option in the settings of the app that can automatically delete the backed up images from your device to save you some space. Nice!
5. Post to Multiple Social Networks with One Tap
Smartphones have transformed the world into social one as a bunch of popular social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, among others bring you closer to rest of the people; whether you actually know them or not. If you use more than one such networks, you probably publish the same post to multiple networks every now and then, right? To save a little bit of time, you can automate this process by using an app like Hootsuite.
The app actually allows you to publish a single post on a number of different social networks at the same time with just one tap thus saving your precious time. It also offers you to schedule post to Facebook or a tweet to Twitter to be sent at a later time or day.
Hootsuite is currently being used by over 15 million users around the globe and is free to use for up to three social network accounts. To connect more, you’ll need a subscription that starts at $19 per month. You can download and try out the app by visiting the Google Play Store now.
As you might have already surmised, this guide was really intended more at those new to Android automation. These are just five tasks we think are important for you to automate on your Android device, simply because they are very useful and super easy to do. Of course, there are more tasks you can automate on your smartphone.