3 Android Smartphone Tricks You Should Really Know

There are many features in common on most Android tablets and smartphones available today, including the hardware buttons for Volume and Power. Let’s take a look, though, beyond their most obvious functions and see how useful these 3 Android smartphone tricks can really be:

1. Looking to ignore that unwanted call?

If your phone starts ringing, and you see an “unknown” number calling, or you just don’t want to answer an individual call, you do not need to wait for your phone to stop ringing. Mute the ringer right away by pressing the Volume Down button all the way.

2. Want to take a screenshot of the screen?

If you are looking share with someone the current picture of your phone’s screen, it is simple to do. To do so, keep that particular screen in the foreground and press the Power + Volume Down buttons together at the same time. Go to your gallery to find the screenshot you took under Screenshots.

Please note that if the Volume Down or Power Button are not pressed together that you will either lower the ringer volume or turn off the display.

3. Your phone is frozen and/or unresponsive? Do this!


If your phone is acting up, you can usually bring it back to normal by just restarting it. If it is frozen, though, you might need to take one extra step and force it to restart. To shut down your phone, first, hold down the Volume UP + Power Buttons together. Wait until the screen goes black, and then power on the phone like usual.

Although these instructions will work on a wide selection of Android devices, the hardware buttons on your smartphone could differ in the way they function depending on the model and make. As an example, you need to press the Home and Power buttons together to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy S6.    


What?!? These 3 Android smartphone tricks don’t work the same on your device? Let me know how it does things differently. Fellow readers with similar devices are sure to find this information helpful!  


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6 thoughts on “3 Android Smartphone Tricks You Should Really Know

  • February 13, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Hey there!

    I’m considering getting an Android smartphone. Not 100% sure though. I already own an Android tablet which I’m pleased with, despite it being the cheapest one I could get! I can’t choose between Android and iPhone.

    Great post. Very helpful tricks, should come in handy at some point for all Android smartphone users..


    • February 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Personally for me, I’ve always loved my Android devices over the iPhone. And being accustomed to Android, they have just been naturally easier to use. Always looking for ways to help people master their technology and glad you liked the tips. Over the next few days, I will be having a review or two up (if I get the time) on two different Android phones.

  • April 1, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for the information All 3 of these things happen and I just learned how to take care of them thanks to you.

    • April 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Awesome to hear that these 3 things happen to you and that my tricks can be useful for you. They happen to me too on one of my Android devices so it’s always good to know how to work around them. Thanks for letting me know Tyler.

  • June 11, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    HI Chris, Thank you for this information on using my android smartphone. I always forget that I can take screenshots. Your site is full of great advice.

    • June 12, 2016 at 12:06 am

      Hello, Suzette. It’s my genuine pleasure to provide great advice and useful information to be beneficial for everyone that comes across it. Glad to know that this post helped you out and thanks for letting me know.


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