Take control of your favourite apps using your device’s volume keys
There are plenty of apps on the Google Play store that add a ton of functionality to existing features on your smartphone, many of which are completely free to download. Your volume keys, for example, can do a whole lot more than simply control the sound levels on your device with one simple app. Quickclick assigns different functions to your volume keys, enabling users to open apps, change songs and other things by mapping out different inputs to them.
Mapping out the volume keys requires you to put together a sequence of volume key inputs, which when correctly done, will start the feature you’re looking to use. In this tutorial, we’ll be guiding you through the process of mapping out numerous features through the Quickclick app. We’ll show you how to create sequences, as well as some of the features that the app is best suited for.Create a new action
When opening the app for the first time, you’ll be prompted to create a new action from scratch. The next screen will show you a wide array of actions that you can use to map your volume buttons, select one and continue. Which function to use?
Now that you’ve selected an app or action, you’ll need to choose what you want it to do. For example, you can map your volume keys to change songs, or simply play and pause them. Select the appropriate action and continue. Starting a sequence
You can now begin mapping out the sequence you want to use. Quickclick gives you plenty of options and you can make sequences as complex as you like, depending on what the function you’ve chosen is on the previous screen. Map it out
Now go through and map out the volume keys for other functions and apps you want to integrate it with. If you go back to the homepage in Quickclick, you’ll now be able to see a list of all the sequences you created and what they represent. Final checks
Before saving your newly created sequence, go through the various settings associated with it. This includes setting a name for it, choosing how long you want it to work for and making any necessary edits to the sequence itself. Preserve battery life
Before backing out of the app altogether, venture into its settings many and find the Preserve battery life option and tick it. This will make sure that Quickclick and the functions you’re running will only work when the screen is on.
Use the Condi app to streamline and automate your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage.
NFC tags have been around for ages, but still remain one of the best ways to automate certain aspects of your phone. Alongside the Condi app, NFC tags can be used to automate your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage. Check out the following tutorial to find out more.
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Improve the speed and overall performance of your device by minimising RAM usage
Even though you may not be using a certain app, chances are it’s still running in the background and unfortunately this means it’ll be using some of your device’s RAM. Having numerous apps running in the background can lead to issues with your device’s overall performance. Tasks can take longer to complete, while navigating between menus and apps can be a bit of a chore.
That’s not to say that all background processes are detrimental to your device, as the small number that are linked to your device’s core processes need to be running at all times to keep your phone or tablet safe from intermittent restarts and crashes.
The Google Play store has a plethora of utility apps that can cut out background processes for you, and in turn can generally speed up your device in certain areas. In this tutorial we’re looking at the Hibernate, which temporarily freezes background processes but leaves the user with complete control on what they want to freeze at any time.
Concered about the security of storing in the Cloud or just limited by a lack of WiFi? Here is how to transfer files between devices using just your Droid
If you can’t access the Cloud or just prefer to transfer a large number of files between local devices, it is surprisingly easy to turn your Android into a USB stick to migrate from Windows to Mac.
The majority of the time, connecting to a Windows PC, particularly a new one running Windows 8 and above, should be easy, but it is slightly trickier on a Mac.
A small amount of setup is required, but once you have done that, it should be quite easy to use your Android device as a hub to move photos, videos and indeed any kind of file between them.
Create intricate and automated tasks to save time while using your device with AutomateIt
Among the plethora of automation apps sits AutomateIt, a truly amazing app for those who really want to explore the world of automation on their smartphone. The app itself is split into several areas, with the main being used to create automated tasks and apply them to different functions on their phones.
These tasks are formed in the style of different tasks, also known as triggers, and the action that happens once that trigger has been activated. Created tasks can vary over hundreds of topics and apart from being quite a cool addition, it can save a lot of time switching between different apps and functions manually, especially when you consider just how detailed and arduous certain tasks can soon become.
In this tutorial we’ll be guiding you through the AutomateIt app – and the process of creating a new task from scratch. You’ll also find invaluable information on editing created tasks and how you can link them with nearly all the third-party apps installed on your device.
You can run an Android window on your desktop computer.
Andyroid.net is a program that you can install on your desktop or laptop that lets you run an Android window on your PC. In a few steps you can essentially have an Android tablet running alongside the other programs on your computer. It’s pretty resource heavy, so you’re going to need a reasonably powerful computer to get it running in any useful way, but once you do you’ll be able to sign in with your Google account and install the apps and games that you have on your Android devices and access them direct from your PC.
It’s great if you want to use messaging apps without having to keep picking up your phone, or to play games on a bigger screen. You can even use your phone as a controller. It’s a pretty simple process to get the program up and running, and if you follow the steps in this tutorial you shouldn’t go wrong. Obviously you’re going to need to be sat near your computer for this one.