Keep tabs on your storage space and SD card activity with StorageTrac
What have you got stored on your phone? Chances are you have all of your photos stored there, possibly a few videos, as well as all of your apps and games. For most of us, unless we manually check the remaining capacity from time to time, storage – whether on internal and/or external microSD cards – tends to run out of space with little or no warning. Especially on budget device with only a 16GB or less memory, it can end up being filled up pretty quickly, with no native Android audit.
With StorageTrac, you can keep tabs on this information. The app records file creation, modification and deletion on the storage card and collects the data to present it in a chart.
The result is an app that can show you how often your storage is accessed. This can prove useful for seeing how much storage is being used, and how long an external microSD card might last.
Add some security to your photos
Do you have photos on your phone or tablet that you don’t want others to see? KeepSafe Vault promises to help keep them safe from prying eyes, in case anyone should borrow, steal or find your device. When you move videos or photos into KeepSafe, they disappear from your device’s Gallery, so the only way to access them is by launching KeepSafe and entering your PIN.
There are several ways of making your KeepSafe content more secure. For example, you can add a password to each KeepSafe album. You can also disguise KeepSafe as an app that scans your system and reports any problems. This means that even if someone is snooping around your device, they won’t immediately suspect KeepSafe contains private photos and videos. Similarly, you can create a decoy version of KeepSafe that you launch by entering a fake PIN.
KeepSafe doesn’t require root access and is free to download from Google Play. Buying a subscription unlocks some extra features.
Create trigger-based profiles for popular Android tasks, with this open source automation app.
Do you find yourself performing the same tasks, over and over again on your Android phone? It may be time try a task automation app. You can use these apps to create profiles of your most commonly used settings, for example a Home profile where your device automatically connects to your home Wi-Fi. Profiles are triggered automatically when certain conditions are met, for example when your Android device’s GPS detects that you’re at home.
We featured some of the biggest names in automation on page nine, but SwiP is a new release that provides an open source alternative. This means the app’s source code is publicly available, so anyone can help develop it. You can download SwiP for free from the Play store, which also contains a link to the app’s source code. SwiP doesn’t require root, although you can access additional functionality on a rooted device. SwiP currently doesn’t work on tablets.
Stop people gaining access to your apps with a volume key combination
Some of the apps on your device can store information that you’d prefer not to share with people. Whether it’s photos, sensitive data or important files, stopping people from accessing them used to be a difficult process, but there’s now a simple solution to keep things safe. The Oops! AppLock app may have a strange name, but it’s in fact a surprisingly detailed locking system, which can be tinkered with to keep your apps secure.
One of its best features is being able to use your device’s volume keys to map out a combination that people will need to input to access the app. Once done, the Oops! AppLock app then disappears from your app list, but we’ll show you where to find it. Also in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get started with this feature and go through the process of creating a unique volume key combination from scratch. —
For more tutorials like this, make sure to pick up the latest issue of Android Magazine.
Collate Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo accounts with Boxer
If you have one email address for your personal life and another for school or work, you’ll know it be difficult juggling them both and often messages get lost between the two. However, with the Boxer app, the process of bringing all your accounts into one place is made possible. The app provides a platform where users are able to manage individual accounts all from within the same app, or instead merge them together into a collective inbox. This inbox can then be customised to suit how you like to interact with your emails, be it through gestures or push notifications. There’s no limit to how many accounts you can merge into one Boxer account, so make sure you follow this tutorial to get started. —
For more tutorials like this, make sure to pick up the latest issue of Android Magazine.Add your accounts
After launching the Boxer app, you’ll be prompted to add an existing email account. Once the syncing process has finished, you can then add any number of subsequent accounts by upgrading to the Boxer Premium app. Press on the Confirm button once you’ve added all accounts. Move between accounts
Open the side menu of the Boxer app and you should instantly see the various accounts listed. By default, your inbox will be a feed of all your different accounts, but by pressing on one of the listings, only the emails associated with that account will now be shown. Use gesture controls
Boxer includes a couple of gestures that can used to quickly move emails to different parts of your account. By swiping left you can archive the email and by swiping right you can move it to your recycle bin. Both of these folders are available through the app’s side menu. Archive and other options
By long pressing on any email in Boxer, you’ll open up a new menu with several actions. Users can choose to move the email to a different folder or email account, which is really handy for keeping specific emails together. It’s also possible to send email to the cloud through this menu.
Use this clever, good-looking app to set up simple automated tasks for your phone
Sometimes, using an app to automate aspects of your Android experience can be a cumbersome experience. You’ll find yourself poking around statements and conditions using a simple but not entirely effective UI. Fortunately, if you prefer to do things a little differently, there’s another way. Dessin enables you to create automation out of mind maps, connecting together actions and triggers with a clever touch-based interface that soon becomes a delight to use.
You can use the app to create actual mind maps, of course, connecting together notes and images to plan out your ideas, but in this tutorial we’ll show you how to set up connections that will make your phone or tablet actually do things. The app is available in the Google Play Store for £2.99/$4.99, and it might be worth familiarising yourself with its UI before we start. It’s not particularly difficult, but it’s likely to be pretty different from anything you’ve used before.