Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The best Android 7 Nougat tips and tricks: Split-screen, quick settings, Easter Egg and more

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There are loads of new features in Android 7 Nougat but not all are obvious. Here we round up the best tip and tricks including hidden features and easter eggs.

Along with its new Pixel smartphones and Daydream View VR headset, Google has launched Android 7 Nougat as the latest version of its mobile operating system. There're plenty of new features a hidden things so these are the best Android 7 Nougat tips and tricks.
Whether you're already using Android 7 Nougat on a Pixel or Pixel XL, or you're simply waiting for the update for your current phone, you'll want to know about all the great new things Google has brought to the OS.

Android Nougat Faster multi-tasking

It's something we've been waiting to get in Android for ages (perhaps Google saw our requests) and now you can finally double tap the recent apps buttons (the square) to switch between your two last apps.
Android 7 Nougat split screen

Android Nougat Use split-screen mode

A number of Android phones have offered this kind of feature for a while but Google has brought it to stock Android at long last. To open the split-screen mode, long press the recent apps button (the square) when you have an app open.
Note that if the app doesn't support split-screen (like Twitter), you'll get a message telling you so. When it does work, choose the second app you want to run alongside – again, you'll get a note on each app which doesn't support it. The square changes to a different icon. If the second app you want to use isn't in your recent apps list you can tap home to go and select it.
Once in split-screen mode, use the bar in the middle to adjust the size of each app. Long press the now split-screen icon to end the mode.
Bonus tip: When using Chrome in split-screen mode, tap the menu button and choose 'Move to other window' to have two different tabs open.
Bonus tip #2: When in multi-window, you can drag and drop text and images between the two apps. Just highlight, long press and drag once it's floating.

Android Nougat New quick settings

In Nougat there's a redesigned quick settings menu. Pull down once and you'll see five or six (depending on the screen size) settings which you can tap or long press, swipe down again and you'll get the full list. If you have enough quick settings, there will be a second page to the right.

What we really like in Nougat here is that you can really easily customise the section by simply dragging and dropping. Hit the pencil icon at the top and customise away to your heart's content.
Android 7 Nougat quick settings

Android Nougat Close all recent apps

It's a little bit hidden but Google has added a 'Clear all' button to Android 7 so you don't have to swipe one app off the screen at a time. You just need to open the recent apps menu and scroll to the top before the option appears.

Android Nougat Data saver

If you're on a tight data limit on your contract or SIM deal, then the data saver will come in handy. When switched on it will only permit certain app to have unrestricted data access so you don't accidentally use up your allowance.
Find it in the Data usage section of the settings menu or there's even a quick settings option for it so you can switch it on and off, er, quickly.

Android Nougat New settings menu

In Android 7 Nougat there's been a bit of a makeover to the settings menu. Not the most glamourous part of the OS but arguably the most useful.
Open the settings menu and you'll find suggestions at the top such as adding fingerprints and switching on features like Wi-Fi Calling. You'll also get notifications style additions towards the top so you can do things quicker. For example, if you have a Wi-Fi Hotspot on a section at the top will allow you to switch it off without delving into the menu.
There's also a new handy menu if you swipe in from the left which means you can easily navigate to different sections no matter where you are in the menu. Remember to use the search function if you can't find something – it can also just be the quickest way.
On the Pixel you'll also see a new 'Support' tab where you can get help if there's something you can't figure out. You can call Google or start an online chat.
Android 7 Nougat easter egg

Android Nougat Easter Egg

With previous versions of Android there have been some cool easter eggs, including a flappy bird style game. The hidden game for Android 7 is a little different and here's how you activate and use it.
As usual go to the settings menu and scroll down to 'About phone', head in and tap 'Android version' multiple times until you get the screen with a big colourful N. Tap on the N and few times and long press it until you see a cat emoji pop up below.
Once it does, open your quick settings menu and click the pencil to edit. You'll see a new options called "???? Android Easter egg" which you can drag into your settings. Now hit the home button and open your quick settings a second time. You can tap on the 'empty plate' and choose what to put on it.

Now all you have to do is wait for a cat to appear (you'll get a notification if you're successful) and you can then save that cat and rename it. There are loads to collect.
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