You probably already know that Android is filled with tons of useful configuration options and tools. Well, there are a few useful features you may not know about. Let’s explore them here.

1. USB Debugging

Have you noticed how Android-related tools usually require you to enable USB debugging in order to run smoothly? Unless debugging is enabled, these tools can’t establish a connection between your desktop and device. Enabling USB debugging is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3:

  1. Go to Settings -> Developer Options;
  2. Click on the USB Debugging checkbox; and
  3. Hit “OK” when prompted

2. Remote Security with Your Android Device Manager

You can use Android Device Manager if you lose your phone. Typically, the framework of Google Play Services is used to manage a number of back-end services, and you already know that Google updates are often in the background. Whilst much of the functionality in this framework is of little consequence for users, there’s also malware scanning, account sync and the Device Manager, which allows you to lock, ring, track and wipe your device if you lose it. The default allows you to ring and locate a device using Device Manager, and if you want the full menu of features then you can simply go into the main system settings and scroll to “Security.” Pick the Device Administrations option and see which apps have admin privileges on your device. Check the box next to Device Manager, and you can then wipe and lock your device too.

To remotely access Device Manager, you can use a web browser to head to the Android Device Manager page, log into your account and see where your phone is, whilst issuing commands to lock it or wipe it.

3. Speed Things Up by Not Keeping App Activities

App activities remain in place even once you’ve exited. They tend to rely on local cached data to load faster. However, some apps that do a lot tend to slow down the rest of your device. You can choose not to keep the activities by going to “Developer Options” in Settings and then clicking on “Don’t Keep Activities.

4. Control Your Data Usage

We all need to watch our mobile data consumption. Fortunately, Android offers a built-in tool to help you, but do you know how to get the most out of this tool? You’ll find the Data Usage menu towards the top of the list of system settings. Once you access it, use the sliders on the usage chart to set data limits for your billing cycle. Often, when you get a warning that you’ve reached your data limit, you’re out of data. To better use the data-tracking function, set your warning a couple of hundred megabytes under your limit and enable a data limit using the checkbox. This way you’ll know when you’re running low on data.

What’s Your Favourite Android Feature?

These are just some of the many cool Android features you may not have known about. Getting the most out of your device should be a priority in terms of safety, usage and functionality. So, what’s your favourite feature?