Free up storage space and give your device a speed boost
For many, cached files are something you’d only experience on desktop computers, but that’s far from the actual truth. Cached files are frequent on your smartphone, especially if you use apps that require logins and access to certain device permissions. The ES File Explorer app may be best employed for digging out large files, but it’s also particularly useful for removing cached files. Trust us when we say you may be surprised with how much storage these cached files take up.
Head to the storage section of the ES File Explorer app and look for your installed apps. You should find a cached file option, which will contain all the expendable caches that can be removed.
Now that Apple Music is available on Android it’s time to give that three-month free trial a whirl
Apple Music is now available on Android. The app is in beta, but it’s pretty stable and offers the same functionality you would get with the iOS version.
Essentially the service is Apple’s answer to Spotify, letting you stream music directly to your device. You will need an Apple ID to set everything up, but there’s a three-month trial that lets you test everything Apple Music has to offer before you decide whether you want to subscribe.
Get faster internet speeds by changing the frequency band your phone uses
Most Android devices can run on the lightning-quick 5GHz frequency band, but many are set to work on the 2.4GHz band by default. The difference between the two is massive and you’re likely to get a much better signal using the 5GHz band. To change your frequency band, head into the Wi-Fi section of the Settings app before selecting Advanced. From here you’ll find the Frequency Band option listed, within which, you need to choose the 5 GHz only option that’s provided. To confirm the changes you’ll need to restart your device.
Use Snap Swipe Drawer to create your own custom notifications draw and populate it with widgets
The Notifications drawer has been a big part of Android ever since its inception. It’s a quick way to access a variety of settings, notifications and other handy tools. Snap Swipe Drawer takes things one step further, letting you set up another customised drawer that you can populate with the widgets you want to use. It’s really easy to set up and means you can do the things you most often do with your phone or tablet that much quicker.
Once you have added a widget to your drawer, you can resize it if you’re not perfectly happy. Go to the main screen of the app and then tap the widget that you would like to change and adjust the numbers. It may take some trial and error to get it right for you.
Problems with Google Play? If your phone is rooted, you can take advantage of other app stores
If you have a rooted device, you can uninstall Play and replace it with a different version, which you’ll find on XDA-Developers.com. This alternative may work correctly, enabling you to download apps without errors occurring.
Speaking of alternatives, problems with Google Play may prompt you to search out alternative app marketplaces. Amazon’s App Store is the obvious place to start, but don’t overlook GetJar.com, SlideME.org and MoboGenie.com. You might also look at apkmirror.com to find a more consistent connection – this is an unofficial mirror of Google Play.
Keep all of your logins safe and secure by storing them in one master vault
There are thousands of apps and services that require you to create a login to access, so remembering them all is a fairly difficult task. However, keeping a loose document on your device is never an optimal idea, especially if it contains logins to some personal sites. However, an easy fix to is to compile your passwords within the LastPass app. As well as passwords, the app stores your website logins and autofill web browser details within a virtual vault. Once set up, you will then only need a single master password to access your created LastPass account. What’s even more intriguing about LastPass is that it can generate on-the-spot strong passwords and modify many of your current logins to something harder to crack.