8 Android developer options to make your Android better

Android is simple as an operating system for regular users; it provides endless capabilities for people who decide to explore it further. 

It has limitless customization options, and with new Android apps pouring in every day, almost anything is possible with Android.

Even though apps are useful and provide you with great functionality and excellent new features, nothing is better and comforting than features that come with the phone. 

With these features, you do not have to download any app or worry about losing your precious storage space or your limited battery life.

All you have to do is toggle the developer options hidden in your settings app. You can then access some of the most useful and sophisticated features that default with the operating system. 

These features are intended for usage by Android app or game developers, and Google made it hidden to prevent regular users from accessing.

But it is relatively easy to get your hands on these options, and why would anyone want to miss on the extra fun when there is little to no risk involved, right?

So, dive in to read more about the top 8 awesome things you could do by enabling the developer options. If you are a noobie and never heard of the developer options before, here is how to allow the incredible thing.

Just open your settings app, head over to the about phone option by scrolling till the last and then open it, and tap 3-4 times on the build number information at the bottom. Android will now congratulate you as you have become a developer, but we both know you aren’t one.

Okay, let’s talk about features now.

Force Activities to be resizable:

Force Activities to be resizable is one of my favorite features and the most useful developer options among the lot. But keep in mind that this option will only be available on phones with Android Nougat 7.0 and above. Don’t be disappointed if you cannot see it; wait for your phone’s lazy manufacturer to send it out to your device.

Enabling this feature converts all of the activities of all the apps installed on your phone, even in those apps that did not come with a native multi-window or resizable support.

Apps that force closed or did not respond before when you tried to use them in a multi-window mode will now work flawlessly!

Stop apps with a single click: 

If you are an Android user with a  phone of 1 GB RAM and a dual or a quad-core processor, then I am sure that you would be familiar with a situation where your phone does not respond to you as quickly as it did when you first bought it. 

Apps open slower; your phone takes longer to boot, suddenly some apps force close, and many similar things.

You might have tried uninstalling some apps or even made the mistake of downloading some cleaner or booster apps and then believing that they would magically make your phone smoother and faster again. 

But I hate to break that bubble, but my friend, it doesn’t work that way. They either make your phone much slower or simply stay there and drain your battery for eternity.

But there is a straightforward way to solve it.


There is a straightforward solution known as Inactive apps in the developer options.

It will present you with the list of all apps that you have installed on your phone and the current status of the app that whether they are in an active or an inactive state. 

So when you click on the name of an app currently in an active state, it instantly goes into an inactive and a hibernated state.

The feature completely closes the app, and until otherwise, you open the app or the game, it will not run again.

You can use this feature to toggle apps or games that you only use once in a blue moon as active.

It will save you the battery life they consume by continually running in the background and frees the RAM of your phone,e and ultimately improving your Android device’s performance!

Limit your background processes: 

Some people may argue against my above-said point that there are no such use or rarely used apps or games on their phones, and they use every single app installed on their phones daily or regularly. 

There is an alternate solution for this kind of people which doesn’t require them to toggle any app as inactive. What you need to do is to limit your background processes to 3 or 4 at the maximum. 

Whenever you are using an app that needs a lot of memory space in the RAM, and there are already several apps running in the background. Even though you don’t need them, and you don’t even remember why you opened them in the first place, Android will help you limit the background processes on a priority basis.

So when you have left three apps open in the background and are now opening a new 4th app, Android will automatically put the last app in the queue. The app you opened a long time before into a hibernation state, thus preventing any issues with performance or your battery life.

Don’t keep activities:

If you are the kind of user who opens an app only once every day, like checking your Instagram or answering Questions on Quora, and then forget that they even exist for the rest of the day, then this feature is especially for you. It is known as Don’t keep activities as the heading suggests.

What this feature does is that, when enabled, it will instantly force close an app as soon as you leave the app screen on press your back button; by this way, the app no longer runs in the background hogging your resources or a game you played, which had occupied 70% of your RAM will now be released.

We don’t recommend this feature for those who send and receive many messages or emails.

Enabling this feature will close those apps once the user exits, preventing them from sending you any notifications.

Change your screen width: 

Even though phones running Nougat come with a DPI changer by default, it only allows you to change your width to fixed values like small, medium, and Large.

But using this option in the developer options, you can change the value to any number or size according to your liking, thus making your display too small or too large.

Improve response time by modifying animation scales: 

 

Currently, Android allows you to change three different aspects of your phone’s animation by modifying the window, transition, and the duration of the spirits. These are all set to 1x by default, and if you want to improve your device’s responsiveness, you can lower these values down a notch, thus increasing the animation speed and feeling that your device is blazing fast.

Cellular Data active at all times:

This particular feature is handy for people who travel a lot or switch between various WiFi connections.

Turning this on will keep your mobile data switched on at all times.

So as soon as you leave a WiFi area, you will be immediately shifted to your mobile data, thus saving you from missing any messages or notifications.

Stay awake while charging: 

You can turn this feature if you are the person who uses Facebook or Twitter or reads on the web a lot. So whenever you connect your phone to the charging cable and start reading or browsing the web, you no longer have to continually tap your screen every few seconds to prevent it from turning off because Android will now do it for you.

Raja
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