Best Hidden Features in Android

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Android is a highly customizable operating system. The user has complete control over his device and can change everything from how the device performs and how the device looks -Hidden features

But did you know there are a set of hidden options in Android settings targeted towards advanced users and developers. It’s called the Developer Option.

The reason they are called Developer option because they are in Android Settings.

To turn on the Developer Option you will have to scroll down in Android settings and go to about device. Now scroll down and tap on the build number six times. It will give you a pop up saying that you are a developer now.

Go back you will see a new tab appear above about devices tab called as Developer Options.

Open the developer options you will see different options. Depending on the manufacture and Android version some of the options might be missing.

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Most of the options are targeted towards developers but some of these options have a very interesting use like the Mock Location option.

Mock Location

By turning on the Mock Location option you can fake the GPS location to anywhere in the world. To do this you will need to install an app called Fake GPS.

mock locations

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Process Stats

Next option down the list is process stats option. This option shows the device memory or the RAM usage.

Here you can check what are the apps that are consuming most amount of RAM in your device.

It also shows the current status of your device RAM. If you find an app in the list that you don’t use much and it’s consuming a lot of RAM, then you can easily stop the app directly from here.

It will help you to save some battery.

process state

Show Pointer Touches

Another option is Show Pointer Touches. When you turn this option on it will show the touches registered in your Android device.

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Hardware Acceleration

Further down the list there is Hardware Acceleration Option. These are the most useful settings specially if you are into heavy apps and gaming.

Forced GPU Rendering

The first option in Hardware Acceleration is Forced GPU Rendering. This option render 2D objects on the GPU. If you have an app or game lagging on your device, then turn this option on and it will run smoother.

Force 4x MSAA

If you have a high end phone or tablet with great graphics performance and you play 3D games on it there is a way to make those games look better by enabling Force 4x MSAA. It will definitely look much better than before.

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Transition and Animation

Probably the most useful feature in the developer option is the ability to control Transition and Animation of your device.

Here you will have three options windows animation scale, transition animation scale and animation duration scale. All these options control the speed of animation flows in your device.

By default, all of these are set to 1x, but if you change it to 5x the animation will move very slowly. You can lay back and enjoy the beautiful animations, but it will slow your device speed.

If you turn the Animation off it will make your device much faster.

The recommended option for Transition is 0.5x.

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Show CPU Usage

This options shows overlay at the top right corner of your device showing what processes are running on your CPU and how much load your CPU is taking.

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And at the very end of the list we have very good options which can literally speed up your device and can be a life saver for low end phones.

Don’t Keep Activities

The first one is Don’t Keep Activities. This option kill app activity as soon as we leave them

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Background Process Limit

Android is a pure multitasking operating system. But too many background activities can slow down your device. With background process limit you can set a limit on how much background activities can run in the background.

background process

The cool thing about all these options is that they are absolutely safe. They won’t harm your device in anyway.

In case any of these option created an opposite effect on your device you can always turn them off.

 

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