Better still, you don’t need the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to revolutionise your mobile experience. These Android tips and tricks should transform the way you use your smartphone.

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1. Give two fingers to quick settings

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 You probably know that swiping down from the top of your Android handset’s home screen will launch the notifications menu. Did you know though that throwing a second finger into the mix brings quick settings to the fore? No, didn’t think so.

2. Set your phone to automatically unlock when you’re at home

Entering those four-digit pins is essential to keep out unwanted prying eyes. But when you’re at home they can be an irritating chore that takes time away from your latest Facebook binge. You can set your phone to automatically unlock when you’re at home, though, removing this irritation while retaining your privacy when you want it.

In Settings, go to Security >> Trust Agents >> Smart Lock. Activating this will allow you to set parameters for when you want your device to ditch the pass-code. Such as when you’re at home or in the office, or when your phone recognizes your face.

3. Extend your phone’s battery life

Android 6.0 might have introduced the battery-boosting Doze feature, but if you’re still waiting for your Marshmallow-flavored fix, there are still plenty of ways to enhance your handset’s staying power. Under the Battery controls in Settings, your phone should have a Power Saver Mode option. Enable this to reduce background features and survive that night bus ride home.

4. Hide your embarrassing bits from friends

There are certain things on your phone you probably don’t want others to see. You browser history, embarrassing taste in music and the results of your endless selfie practice for a start. Fortunately, you can keep this mock-inducing content to yourself, even when letting mates use your phone.

‘How?’ We hear you ask with just a hint of desperation in your voice. Drag down the quick settings menu (with two fingers like we showed you), and tap the user icon in the top corner. Here you can ‘Add a guest’ and limit access to only what you’re comfortable with people seeing.

5. Avoid bill shock by controlling your data usage

Unless you’ve got deep pockets, you’re not going to want to go over your monthly data allowances. But worry not, if you do, Android’s got your back again – and your wallet’s too.

Visit Settings >> Data Usage. Not only can you see a graph of how much data you’ve churned through over the past month.

6. Dial a contact, the easy way (My favorite)

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In the keypad, just start typing the desired contact’s name in digits, using old keyboard speak as your translation tool. So, as an example, to find a contact called Mike, simply type 6,4,5,3. That’s m (6),i (4),k (5),e (3) in case you were wondering. Time saved, contact found, sorted

7. Access all your photos, wherever you go

Open the Google Photos App and tap the ≡ menu in Google Photos. Tap “Settings” and Select “Backup & sync.”
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