Android is one of the most widely used mobile operating systems in the world today, with millions of active users from various circles. Although most Android users are familiar with its basic features such as Wi-Fi settings, Bluetooth, and built-in apps, there are still many hidden features that not many people know about. This article aims to reveal several hidden features that can increase users’ productivity and comfort in using their smartphones every day.


Some of the features that will be discussed include additional security settings, tips for optimizing battery life, as well as ways to increase data usage efficiency. Additionally, this article will also highlight specific apps and settings that can help Android users maximize the potential of their devices. By understanding and utilizing these features optimally, users can transform their Android smartphone experience into a more efficient and productive one. Thus, this article not only educates about little-known hidden features, but also provides new insights into exploiting the full potential of this highly popular mobile operating system.

Hidden Security Features

Lockdown Mode

One security feature that is often overlooked is Lockdown Mode. This feature provides an extra layer of security by disabling all biometric unlocking methods such as fingerprint or facial recognition, and only allowing unlocking using a PIN, pattern, or password. This is especially useful when you are in a situation where someone might try to force you to unlock your device using your fingerprint or face.
To enable Lockdown Mode, you need to add it to the power menu first. The method:

  • Go to Settings > Security
  • Select “Lockdown Mode”
  • Activate the toggle

Once enabled, you can access Lockdown Mode by pressing and holding the power button, then selecting the “Lockdown” option from the menu that appears.

Guest Mode

The Guest Mode feature allows you to create a guest profile on your Android device. This is very useful when you need to lend your phone to someone else, but don’t want them to access your personal data. In guest mode, users can only access basic apps and settings, without being able to view contacts, messages, or other personal data.

To activate Guest Mode:

  • Go to Settings > System > Multiple users
  • Enable “Allow multiple users”
  • Select “Add guest”

You can switch to guest mode from the quick settings menu or from the lock screen.

Hidden Productivity Features

Split Screen Mode

Split Screen Mode allows you to run two applications simultaneously on a split screen. This is especially useful for multitasking, such as watching a video while browsing the web or writing an email while referring to another document.

To use Split Screen Mode:

  • Open the first application you want to use
  • Press the Overview button (usually the square button at the bottom of the screen)
  • Press and hold the application icon at the top of the application preview
  • Select “Split screen”
  • Select the second application you want to run simultaneously

Nearby Share

Nearby Share is a fast and easy file sharing feature, similar to Apple’s AirDrop. This feature allows you to share files, photos, links, and even contacts with other Android devices around you without needing an internet connection.

To use Nearby Share:

  • Open the content you want to share
  • Select the “Share” option
  • Select “Nearby Share”
  • Select the destination device that appears in the list

The receiving device will receive the notification and can accept or reject the sent file.

Hidden Customization Features

Dynamic System Theme

Android 12 and later introduces a dynamic system theming feature called “Material You”. This feature automatically adjusts the color scheme of the system and supporting apps based on the wallpaper you use.

To enable dynamic themes:

  • Go to Settings > Wallpaper & style
  • Select “Theme color”
  • Choose one of the generated color palettes or choose your own custom color

Custom Always-on Display

Always-on Display (AOD) is a feature that displays important information such as time, date, and notifications when your device’s screen is off. Many Android devices allow you to customize the AOD display.

To customize AOD:

  • Go to Settings > Display
  • Select “Always-on Display”
  • Select the display style you want
  • Set the AOD schedule if necessary

Some devices even let you add custom images or animations to the AOD.

Hidden Accessibility Features

Live Transcribe

Live Transcribe is a very useful accessibility feature, especially for hearing-impaired users. This feature converts voice to text in real-time, allowing users to read conversations directly on their device’s screen.

To enable Live Transcribe:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility
  • Select “Live Transcribe”
  • Activate the toggle

Once enabled, you can access Live Transcribe from the quick accessibility menu or by using a gesture that you have set.

Voice Access

Voice Access is a feature that allows you to control your Android device with just your voice. This is especially useful for users with limited mobility or when your hands are busy.

To enable Voice Access:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility
  • Select “Voice Access”
  • Activate the toggle
  • Follow the instructions to set up Voice Access

Once enabled, you can use voice commands to open apps, scroll the screen, type text, and more.

Hidden Camera Feature

Astro Photography Fashion

Some Android devices, especially the Google Pixel series, have a hidden Astro Photography mode. This mode allows you to take stunning photos of the night sky by capturing more light and detail.

  • To access Astro Photography mode (on supported devices):
  • Open the Camera application
  • Select “Night Sight” mode
  • Point the camera at the night sky
  • Hold the device steady (we recommend using a tripod)
  • The camera will automatically switch to Astro Photography mode if conditions are dark enough

Zoom Audio

Audio Zoom is a feature that allows you to magnify the sound of certain objects when recording a video. This is especially useful when recording in busy environments or when the object you are recording is far away from you.

To use Audio Zoom (on supported devices):

  • Open the Camera application
  • Switch to Video mode
  • Start recording
  • Zoom in on the object you want to focus the sound on

The device will automatically amplify the sound from the direction you zoom.

Android has many hidden features that can increase the productivity, security and comfort of using your device. From security features like Lockdown Mode to productivity features like Split Screen Mode, there are many ways to maximize your Android experience. Features like Nearby Share and Live Transcribe demonstrate Android’s commitment to accessibility and ease of use.

It’s important to remember that not all features are available on all Android devices, as some features may be specific to certain brands or models. Additionally, the location and name of the setting may vary slightly depending on the Android version and the custom user interface used by the device manufacturer. Explore your Android device settings and try out these features to discover new ways to optimize your smartphone use. By understanding and utilizing these hidden features, you can increase productivity, security, and comfort in everyday use of your Android device.