13 functions that Google hides from you on Android

13 functions that Google hides from you on Android

Android is an operating system full of surprises, and among them the developer options have a big place. These options are intended for professionals, but many are useful for the average user. Here are 13 secret tips to improve your Android experience.

How to access developer options

First, you need to go to your phone settings. Click on Settings> About phone. You will see a menu called build number. Click on it seven times: a notification will appear informing you that you have activated the developer options (which will now be available in the settings menu).

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You have to activate the Developer Options to discover some secrets of Android. AndroidPIT

1. Keep the screen active at all times

If you are working on long durations with your phone and are tired of the screen that goes all by itself, this option is for you. This allows you to keep the screen of your mobile device permanently active, even during recharging. To reach it, you will need to use the on / off button.

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You can keep your screen active without stopping. AndroidPIT

2. Limit background applications

This option allows you to limit the number of applications that can run in the background. The selection is limited to a maximum of four simultaneous apps, but it is also possible to select any app. The processes will thus close automatically after having used them.

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It is possible to limit the number of applications that can run in the background. AndroidPIT

3. Display the contours of the design

This option shows all edges and contours of the virtual system. Once active, it allows you to see all the limits of Android. This tool helps developers who work in interface design.

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This option shows all edges and contours of the virtual system. AndroidPIT

4. Force GPU rendering

This option will activate on all 2D hardware applications, even if they are designed to work with other renderings. Forced rendering will improve the performance of your device, but can present hardware risks: use it with care.

5. Show GPU usage

By selecting this option, you will be able to display GPU information on the screen. The tool shows all the active processes using the GPU and gives you graphical representations to illustrate it all.

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Want to know more about the processor, activate this option. AndroidPIT

6. Show the screen pulsations

This option allows you to see gestures made on the phone screen. This visual feedback helps developers and users who want to see what's happening on their screen.

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This option allows you to see gestures made on the phone screen. AndroidPIT

7. Simulate secondary notches

This option shows the secondary screens in different resolutions. It is thus possible to simulate the behavior of the mobile with other screen sizes and resolutions (miniature watches on the screen).

8. Process statistics

This option allows you to see all the processes and applications active during the last 23 hours. By selecting an application, it is possible to display information on the use of the RAM memory, the execution time and the services used.

9. Pointer location

The location of the pointer shows the trajectory of the pointer on the screen and all the data selected by the user, as well as the different parts of the screen concerned. In addition, it is possible to measure the accuracy of touch.

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The pointer allows you to better target the area you are touching. AndroidPIT

10. Restore the speed of the animations of the system

You can completely disable the animations on your mobile to speed up the launching speed of applications. This option is valid for interfaces with a lot of animations, or for specially slow phones.

11. Force the MSAA 4x

MultiSample Anti-Aliasing improves the quality of graphics in OpenGL ES 2.0 games and applications. Keep in mind that activating this option will require good hardware, and will consume the battery faster. You should however have better graphics thanks to MSAA 4x.

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The developer options allow you to improve the quality of graphics in games. AndroidPIT

12. Activate USB debugging

These are one of the most used options. It allows programs from your PC to access the device via a USB cable. This is an intermediate step to root your phone, unlock it or install a ROM without rooting.

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USB debugging allows programs from your PC to access the device via a USB cable. AndroidPIT

13. Password for computer security copy

If you wish to create a security copy of your data stored on your computer, it is recommended that you password protect it. This option encrypts the copy, be careful not to forget your password if you do not want to lose the data!

We recommend that you do not activate the developer options if you are not familiar with their operation.

Have you ever tried some of these functions?

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