Tired of your friends telling you how awesome their new iPhone is? You may enjoy your Samsung Galaxy S7 or whatever Android device you have, but did you know you can make it even better? You don’t have to be an app developer to take advantage of your phone’s functionality. There are many easy things you can do to enhance the look of your phone’s screen, make everyday life easier and just make it do cool things.
Some of these hacks involve what is called rooting your phone. This is like jailbreaking, in which you take control of the operating system so you can customize your phone. This can seem like a scary process, especially if you’re not too savvy with all the inner workings of a smartphone (the general population isn’t). One wrong move can make your phone inoperable and void its warranty, so proceed with care.
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Here’s how to root your phone, in a nutshell:
If you get your phone rooted, there are a lot more things you can do with your phone, such as the hacks below. Some of these hacks don’t require rooting your phone, if you’d rather play it safe.
1. Install a launcher.
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Launchers don’t require that you root your phone. Instead, you can just download them from the Google Play store. Some are free, while others are a couple bucks or so. Launchers can easily transform the look of your phone and how it switches from one screen to the next. There are a variety of cool themes available – even some for individual folders. Launchers are an easy way to update your phone without rooting it or buying a new one. Check out some recommended ones here.
2. Use Gmote to listen to more music.
Many people buy smartphones to watch videos and listen to music on the go. There is just one limitation: storage space. Phones can only hold so many songs and videos, which means that in order to add new media, the user has to delete some of their favorite videos or songs. There’s a hack that allows you to access additional media on your PC via Wi-Fi. This is done via the app Gmote. Download the app onto your smartphone and download the server onto the PC. Next, launch the app from your phone, select the server and you’re done! No rooting required.
3. Change the wallpaper.
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You can use a favorite photo to serve as a backdrop for your phone, but why not try something a little more unique? The Beautiful Widgets app is a cool way to add animated backgrounds and colorful widgets like clocks and weather alerts. You can even create your own customization to give your phone some personality.
4. Install root-only apps.
Once you root your phone, install the right apps to make it faster and enhance its computing power. You can see some examples of these apps here. Note that you have to pay for most of these apps.
5. Open you garage door.
I have to say, this is probably the coolest hack I’ve seen so far. Open Sesame is an Android app that allows you to actually open your garage door! It’s easy to use and also very safe, so you don’t have to worry about security issues (because there’s nothing worse than seeing a neighbor or stranger opening your garage door). You use a PIN to verify your authenticity and you must within one block of your home in order to activate it. So you don’t have to worry about your garage door opening while you’re at work or on vacation. That would be a bummer!
6. Block ads.
Using your Android phone would be much more fun if you didn’t have annoying ads, right? Well, you can finally get rid of them for good. Root your phone and then install the Adblock app. This handy app will block ads coming from any of your apps, so you never have to deal with this annoyance again.
7. View a battery graph.
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A common complaint with Android devices is that they suck up the battery life pretty quickly. If you’re wondering which apps are eating up your battery power, you can view a detailed battery graph. Just go to Settings and About Phone. Select Battery Use and then tap on the graph.
8. Rock out to your favorite tunes with enhanced sound quality.
How is your Android’s sound quality? If it could use a bit of a boost, try the free Equalizer app from the Google Play store. This app will increase the volume while improving the overall sound quality.
9. Record phone calls.
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If you’re interested in a future as a spy, this hack will come in handy. Download the easy-to-use app Automatic Call Recorder to set up recording. You can then play back the call and share it with others – highly useful for legal purposes. The caller won’t have any idea that you’re recording the call. Many phone call recorders require you to root your phone, but not this free app.
10. Turn your Android into a Linux-based PC.
Turn your phone into a PC with this cool hack. The free app Debian noroot is available in the Google Play store. Install this Linux-based operating system and you can use your phone as a word processor and download many other cool software titles. You can access the full tutorial here.
You don’t have to settle for your phone’s factory equipment. There are many ways to hack your Android device and make it unique and powerful. As seen in the hacks above, there are many easy ways to change up your phone and there are more advanced tricks. How do you plan to enhance your Android phone’s capabilities?