Top 5 Android shortcuts you should know about

If you are looking for a way to navigate with your Android smartphone more efficiently, we will show you how to take full advantage of shortcuts built into Android you are probably not using. In reality, shortcuts save you tons of time. For example, if you are spending hours every day texting someone on smartphone, you will need to create keyboard shortcuts, which helps you avoid not only mistyping, but also sending wrong information. Here are 5 best Android shortcuts you should know about.

1. A double – tap of the Home button to open the camera app

The beauty of photography is the ability to capture memories. I believe that capturing a truly memorable moment in time on your camera will be always one of your priorities. Most smartphones in today’s market come equipped with great cameras that allow you to quickly capture stunning photos.

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If you are using an Android device, you may have noticed that there is a camera icon on your lock screen, and you will need to hold and swipe it to activate camera. However, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update now offers you an easy way to launch the camera app.  You just need to tap the power button twice while the phone is asleep to instantly activate camera. Besides, on some Motorola smartphones, you can open the phone’s camera with a quick double twist of the wrist.

2. Quick Search

If you have tons of apps installed, you will struggle to find your favorite apps. Luckily, Google will help. You now can use Google Now Launcher to quickly access to the app drawer’s search tool.

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Google Now Launcher comes pre-loaded on Nexus devices running stock Android. You can also download Google Now Launcher from Google Play Store.

3. Unlock your phone using Smart Lock

Smart Lock is one of the most noticeable features on Android smartphones. Smart Lock will make your unlocking your phone much easier. You can set Smart Lock to keep your phone unlocked when you are in a trusted location, when your device recognizes your face or when you have a trusted Bluetooth connected to your device.

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To enable Smart Lock, head to Settings > Security and set a secure Screen lock. Then, tap Smart Lock in the Security Menu, and select Trusted Devices if you want to set Bluetooth devices, select Trusted Place, if you want to specify your home or work locations, and select Trusted Voice if you want to use your voice to unlock your phone. Besides, you can set your device to stay unlocked when you have it on you using On-body detection.

4. Create a contact widget on your Android home screen

We all have people that we contact more than others. Instead of scrolling through your entire contact list to find your favorites, you now can quickly access them on your home screen using contact widgets.

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With a long-press on your home screen, you will jump into your device’s widgets menu and select Widgets > Direct Dial, and choose your favorite contacts.

5. Use Google Now to make everything faster

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Google Now is available on all Android devices running Android 4.1 or higher. You will just need to say “Ok Google” to activate the feature. You can use Google Now to create appointments, set reminders, or ask about weather tomorrow.

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