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Best Apps To Get More From Your Phone’s Physical Buttons On Android

Got it? Good. Now, from there, you could just use the lines on the screen to move the borders of your image around and adjust it accordingly. But more often than not, that's not gonna be the best way to do it.

Best Apps to Get More From Your Phone’s Physical Buttons on Android

Although the three-finger swipe gesture has been around for some time, the default way to take a screenshot on Android involves pressing two buttons together (usually the power and a volume button). However, depending on the layout of the buttons, it can be a little finicky. On the Pixel 6, Google introduced the ability to take a screenshot by tapping the back of your phone. That gesture has also carried over to the Pixel 6a.

Unlike the previous tips, this one involves turning off something rather than activating it. Google's At a Glance widget is a handy tool that automatically displays weather conditions, important calendar events, travel plans, and more from your Gmail account. It's available by default on Pixel phones, but you can turn it off if you find it intrusive.

Privacy has been a huge aspect of Google's latest Android releases. Android 11 introduced temporary access to location, microphone, and camera features using one-time permissions. Android 12 took things a step further, with icons showing when apps are using the camera or microphone. Android 13 extended the privacy dashboard to show seven days of information from 24 hours on Android 12.

Gestures have been a part of Android phones for years. While some have been gimmicky at best, others have turned out to be genuinely useful. One gesture that falls into the latter category is the ability to mute your phone by flipping it, and the Pixel 6a supports it.

The recent app screen is a basic part of every smartphone. For multitaskers, it comes in handy for finding minimized apps alongside a button to clear newly opened apps. Sometimes, it can recommend apps for you based on your usage.

Google makes the recent apps screen even more useful on the Pixel 6a with the inclusion of screenshot and text selection buttons. There are several ways to take screenshots, and this isn't much of a game-changer.

Android phones usually have an in-built home screen, Back button, and/or recent apps button within the screen. However, if you wish to customize the buttons, the apps mentioned below can come in handy. It should be noted that these apps can be used even if the physical home screen button on your android phone is broken:

Taking a screenshot on your Android device sounds like a simple task. You just hit a few buttons and the screen is saved to your phone. However, Android devices are not as uniform as iPhone, so methods can differ depending on the device manufacturer and OS version you're running.

Phones from Samsung, Google, Motorola, and OnePlus all have built-in screenshot capabilities. And if you're running the most recent version of the Android operating system, you get even more features. Here's how to take a screenshot on your Android phone.

On a Pixel phone, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open your recent apps, then tap Screenshot to capture the current app. Older phones with a physical home button on the front may require you to press the Power and Home buttons together.

For Samsung Galaxy users, navigate to the screen you want to capture, then position your hand like you plan to karate chop the phone. Swipe the entire side of your hand along the screen from left to right. Set this up (or turn it off) in Settings > Advanced Features > Motion and gestures > Palm swipe to capture.

You can capture the screen on your Motorola or OnePlus phone by swiping down with three fingers. Motorola owners can set it up from the hamburger menu in the Moto app. Tap Moto Actions and enable Three finger screenshot. OnePlus users can open Settings > Buttons & gestures > Quick gestures and enable Three-finger screenshot.

From here, use the Q-tip to clean the sides of the stuck button on any surface that sticks out from your phone, working the cotton fibers as far down into the cracks as possible. To be on the safe side, I'd recommend that you turn your phone upside-down while you work so that gravity will prevent any alcohol from seeping into your device.

Now that the button itself is relatively clean, you'll want to clean the part of your gadget that the button protrudes from. This is kind of tricky since the button usually fills this gap entirely, but if you press down on the stuck button, your Q-tip should be able to clean this area more effectively.

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Whether it is in your pocket or just sitting on a table, it is easy to turn the volume up without meaning to. This can be especially frustrating if you are in a quiet environment and suddenly your phone starts blasting music. Blocking the volume keys can prevent accidental changes to the volume levels and save you from a lot of frustration.

With these apps, you can assign the physical volume buttons to any action or disable them altogether. This way, you can prevent accidental button presses. Also, you can make your device more user-friendly by assigning the buttons to other actions.

You can disable the volume buttons on your Android phone by using a button remapping app or a volume lock app. There are several options available for button remapping and volume lock. We recommend "Buttons Remapper: Map & Combo" by Irishin and "Volume Lock" by Alexander Aizendorf

The best and easiest way to disable physical buttons on Samsung is to use a button remapper app. These apps allow you to map the physical buttons to any action or disable them entirely. These apps require no root and are very easy to use.

There are a few ways to lock your volume buttons on Android. The easiest way is to install a Volume Lock app. With these apps, you can customize your volume levels, and the process is simple. Free to download and install; all you need to do is follow the instructions within the app. Other methods include using Button Mapper apps.

If you have an app that is causing the problem, you can try uninstalling recently installed/updated apps one by one and see if that fixes the issue. If you have a hardware issue, you may need to take your phone to a repair shop to get it fixed.

To try it out, press one of the physical volume buttons on the side of your Galaxy. When the on-screen volume slider appears, tap the ellipses, then select the Live Caption button in the top-left corner of the expanded volume panel. The icon changes from gray to white when the feature is enabled, at which point you can tap outside of the volume panel to dismiss it, or simply wait for it to time out.

Like Home Button, Easy Touch (no longer available) adds an icon that floats on top of your other apps. Unlike that app, it comes with far more functionality. Whenever you tap the floating icon, you not only have the option to return to the home screen, you can lock the phone, toggle the settings, or access favorite apps.

These apps can help you continue to use a phone with a broken physical home button. Even if your device is in complete working order, this can help you give that button a rest or make up for the lack of a virtual button that you may wish you had. Alternatively, these apps can prevent you from having to reach all the way to the bottom of a large phone just to return home.

Android offers all sorts of widgets that you can put onto your home screens. These widgets might be anything from a custom clock, weather, alarms, direct calls to contacts in your phone, flashlight, email, messages, and so much more. You can arrange these any which way on your home screens and have your home screens be exactly the way you want them.

I will NEVER buy anything but an apple phone for one reason and one reason only. SECURITY. Apple takes it seriously. Yes I did order the New 11 Pro phone and it has even better security features. I like apple pay for SECURITY reasons. Get an android if your that geeky and like to play with technology. I want something that just WORKS!

A very sanitized and detailed analysis. I still have my Galaxy S5 from 2015, which does everything I need it to and more. I find Android more efficient than iOS, and personally dislike the iOS interface considering my preferred apps (pardon my French, but Safari sucks).

i would not listen to this person android are so filled with bloatware and spyware that it drains you battery life it also slws the phone down to the point it can freeze easily I had android phones since they fist came out and they suck if you want to spend hundreds of dollars constantly replacing you battery be my guest my iphone has been great i have Iphone 10 now and it lasted me forever never had to replace the battery due to them having zero bloatware which does not drain my battery life. Yes it may be delicate and very expensive but way bettter then those poorly made androids. As tempting as their cheep phones are i am not going to buy any of them sorry android lovers but your phones are crap and this is my opinion.

Ive had the i4 i5 and the 6s. Love the ease of use but am sick and tired of the cloud. When i got the 6s the first thing i did was turn it off. Got a few apps took a few pics. Now my phone wont stop with the popups. Cloud usage 4.7 out of 5 used. Apple store signin seem set on auto repeat. More than 20 times a day. Not even getting new apps just constantly wants me to sign in. I have gotten bad apps from apple store. Had the phone less than a week. Got a flashlight app. Yes i had to download the app. I got a popup claiming my NEW phone was 80% infected from watching adult websites. Deleted the flashlight app. Problem was gone. Btw no adult stuff on it. Just bad app. Also hate the whole itunes thing. Used to have an lg many years ago and i could download my whole collection from my comp very easily. Miss the good ol days. When my 6s finally goes i dont think i will go the iphone route again. I just dred having to learn another system.


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