Android - Tips & Tricks

September 2016

We have compiled a roundup of the best tips and tricks to get you started with your new Android smartphone.

4 Useful Tips for Android

Display a Custom Message on the Lock Screen

Android allows you to display a custom text on the lock screen of your device, may it be your name, email address, or alternate phone number. If you ever lose your phone and someone else finds it, he will be able to get in touch with you through the information displayed on the lock screen.


Go to Apps > Settings > Personal > Lock screen and security. Tap on Show information > Owner info and then write your custom message:

How To Close Backgrounds Apps

Some apps have the ability to run tasks in the background even when you are not using them, which can take a toll on your battery life. Fortunately, there is a simple way to stop background apps.


Go to Apps > Settings > Device > Applications and open the Application Manager. Swipe left to move to the Running tab, select the desired app and tap on the Stop button:

Answer Calls with SMS Messages

Android allows you to answer incoming phone calls with a text messages. When receiving a call, slide your finger up over the Call menu to display a list of quick responses.

You can create your own custom messages or edit the default ones. Simply open the Messages app and then tap on the More button > Settings > Quick Responses. Type your custom message and then tap on the + button to add it to the list:


The number of quick responses one can have is limited. Tap on the button to remove quick responses you rarely or never use and then replace them with custom ones.

N.B. On some phone models this option can be configured in the Calls Settings.

How To Find Android's Easter Egg

There’s an Easter egg hidden deep in the settings of your Android phone. Go to Apps > Settings > About Device. Repeatedly tap on Android version to activate the Easter egg. It will play a small animation that corresponds to the version of Android installed on your device:

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