22 tips, tricks and shotcats for Android Lollipop
1. Search for settings
The settings now have their own search. This saves a lot of time if you know what you need. Suppose you want to change the network settings, but don’t know where they are. Search for “network” and find the option you need.
2. Swipe twice to display a new notification bar
After spending once on top of the screen, you can see all the notifications, after spending the second - get into quick settings. As before, for speed, you can swipe the screen with two fingers at once. From here there is access to all the familiar functions of the android, and to new ones too - for example, to a flashlight.
Finally, the android has a built-in flashlight on the notification screen. Now a third-party application can be deleted - unless you are fan of special features such as a strobe or a delayed flash.
4. Data Use Notice
If your tariff is limited in traffic, this feature should be useful to you. With two fingers down, go to Quick Settings, then tap the phone alert symbol. A screen with traffic statistics will appear. Go to More Settings, and there you can configure the notification and traffic limit so as not to go beyond the limits of use and not to spend extra money.
5. Hide or cancel private notifications
Lollipop pays special attention to notifications. Now it’s not only more convenient to work with them (for example, double-clicking on the notification opens the application associated with it), but they are also visible on the lock screen. Unfortunately, if they are visible to you, then they are visible to everyone else. If you do not need it, go to Settings> Sound and Notifications, and in the When device is locked section, select 'Hide sensitive notification content'. You can hide all the notifications at all.
6. Long press to cancel notifications
If you do not need to receive any notification, then when it appears, press and hold your finger until the “i” button appears. At the touch of a button, a menu will appear where you can block all notifications, or vice versa, give the notifications of this application priority status so that they will appear even if your phone is in silent mode.
7. Do not disturb
When adjusting the volume using the side keys, you will see a small menu with the options None, Priority and All. If you take None, then no notifications will not wake your device. Priority - only selected notifications will be able to do this. To configure them, click on the gear. All - all work.
8. Create Profiles, Limit Functionality
Now you can create unique and guest profiles. To do this, drag down the notification panel and click on the profile icon in the upper right. You will see a list of profiles. If you did not use this opportunity, there will be your profile and an invitation to log in as a guest account or create a new profile. Logging in as a guest is convenient if you want to transfer your phone to someone and limit their functionality. Creating a new profile will give the new user the ability to customize their environment and access to features not available from the guest profile.
9. Attaching applications
In the Settings> Security menu, you can activate the Screen Pinning function. After that, you can select any application in the task list, and use the green pin icon to attach it. Now only this application will be available to the phone user until your password is entered. This is useful, for example, if you want to lend your phone to someone to make a call or search for something in your browser.
10. Contrast text
The ability to enable contrasting text is configured in Settings> Accessibility / System. While not all text on the device becomes more contrast, because this function is in the experimental stage.
11. Color inversion and correction
These settings are located under Settings> Accessibility under the Display subtitle. For people with various visual impairments, color inversion options are offered, as well as three different color modes. This feature is also experimental.
12. New screen unlock features
When the phone woke up, three icons appeared on the screen - phone, lock and camera. They represent new unlocking capabilities. Swipe up to unlock the phone as usual. From left to right - you get into the contact list. From right to left - you get into the camera application.
13. Battery saver
A screen with information about the battery charge shows the most voracious energy consumers and a forecast for the remaining battery life. If you swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers, then click on the battery icon and then three points in the right corner, you can select the Battery Saver setting. In the on state, it tries to reduce consumption by disabling vibration and some applications running in the background. Applications that synchronize their data may stop doing this if they are in the background. This function is disabled when the charger is connected.
14. Unlocking a phone with a face
The function is not new, but its work in this version of the system has been improved and become more reliable. You can configure proxies in System> Settings> Smart Lock. However, this is still less reliable than using a password, pattern or pin.
15. Screencast via Chromecast
The Chromecast app is now integrated into the system. Using this device, which is connected to the HDMI port of the TV, you can transfer data from a smartphone to its screen. You need to hold down two times to get to the notification screen, and click on the Cast button. The device will be detected automatically and start the transfer.
16. Quick access to alarms
After setting the alarm, you can access it through the notification panel. There appeared an icon with a clock, on which you can get directly into the alarm application.
17. Awakening the phone voice
Swipe left on the home screen to go to Google Now, then click on the three bars in the upper left corner and go to Settings> Voice> “OK Google” Detection. There you can enable voice command recognition, and this will work even if the screen is locked and the phone falls asleep.
18. Tap and Go
When you start your phone for the first time, Android prompts you to transfer contacts using the Tap and Go function. To do this, simply put the phones together, and the information will be downloaded from the old phone via Bluetooth.
19. Applications remain after reboot
Running applications now restart automatically after the device restarts. The Overview application, formerly called Recent Apps, is responsible for this. It can be accessed through the square button in the lower right corner of the screen.
20. 5.1 Surround Sound
In the settings of the Google Play Movies & TV application, you can enable this function by checking the Enable Surround Sound checkbox. Sound will be played in this format whenever possible. There is also a demo for verification.
21. Remove garbage when downloading
When downloading an application on Android, it is automatically placed on the home screen. If you do not like this, you can now disable the checkmark 'Add icon to Home screen' in the settings of the Play Store.
22. Easter Egg by Lollipop
In Settings> About Phone, click on Android Version four times. A dot will appear. Click on a point and it will grow into a candy. Press further - it will change colors. Holding the finger on its image will change the entire screen. Tap on the screen once and you can play the Android version of Flappy Bird.