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Increase Your Android Efficiency With These Tasty Tips


Over the past few months, I’ve come to appreciate the power of automation. Basically, if there is anything I find myself doing over and over again, I try to automate it. Luckily, there are a variety of great tools out there to help people implement automation systems.

What you may not know is that Android has several ways to help you increase your efficiency baked right into the operating system. Let’s learn how to utilize these features.

Respond To Phone Calls With Predefined Responses

Canned Messages

If you examined your past conversations, you’d probably find that, often, you are giving the same types of replies, over and over again. Why not utilize Android’s built-in text message responses?

If you are running stock Android, you can utilize this feature by swiping up after you receive a phone call. Then, simply select one of the predefined responses, and your phone will reply to the caller with the selected message.

Access App Info Via App Switcher

App Info

Accessing the App Info page for an app is a useful troubleshooting step on the Android platform. Here, you can force stop or uninstall an app, see how much storage it is taking up, clear its cache and defaults, and even examine the app’s permissions.

App Switcher

What many users may not know, is that you can easily access this page for an app by simply holding its icon in Android’s app switcher. Awesome sauce :-)

Utilize Android’s Keyboard For Text Expansion

Yup, the Android keyboard has built-in text expansion capabilities, and this feature is especially handy when you’re dealing with a virtual keyboard on a mobile device. This works by creating shortcuts in the Personal dictionaries.

For example, you could user te as a shortcut for TechEdified or @@ as a shortcut for your email address. You can add these shortcuts by navigating to Settings > Language & input > Personal dictionaries.

Quickly Text, Call, Or Navigate To A Contact By Tapping Their Photo


In many Android apps (e.g., the Dialer, Contacts, Gmail, Messaging), there is a small arrow in the corner of your contacts’ pictures. If you see this cue, it means that you can tap the contact’s picture and select one of many ways of communicating with them.

If you have their address information recorded, you can even use Google Navigation to get to their location.

Use The intitle: Operator To Narrow Down Your Google Play App Searches

Intitle: Operator

The Google Play store has grown to include an impressive number of apps. However, many are not very good, and similar sounding titles can muck up your search results. Using the intitle: operator can help you narrow down the results to help you find what you are looking for.

Source Lifehacker

  1. I sometimes dislike how many battery life and speed apps running on the background cost for the efficiency of my tablet or smartphone. I hope they can do something about that, aside needing to fully shut down all apps all the time.

    December 27, 2013
    • There are a handful of useful battery life-related apps for Android, but I usually end up staying away from them. As long as you keep an eye out for badly behaving apps, I don’t see the need for anything other than what stock Android offers.

      Thanks for the comment :-)

      December 30, 2013
  2. Great tips. Quick and short really increase efficiency. Somehow I don’t know why it’s difficult for us to get ourselves to get used to doing that. I always see to do everything the manual, traditional way.

    December 8, 2013
    • Habits are hard to break, but, in this case, the payoff is worth it. Thank you for the feedback :-)

      December 8, 2013

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