Amazing Android Accessibility Features

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There are dozens of accessibility options in Android devices that are handy to learn about, and more importantly, use. You can make your life a whole easier by utilizing the essential features highlighted in this article. Right from having your phone read text out loud for you; to finding your way around a new place in another town; and even locating your lost cell phone… there’s loads of goodness at your fingertips! All you have to do is explore the device settings to make your phone follow your commands

Text-to-Speech

This is undoubtedly the best-known accessibility feature that’s known to virtually every smartphone user. Enable the Google Text-to-Speech engine. Once done, download the language pack you prefer. This feature is particularly helpful for those with hearing difficulties. If you could not finish reading that gripping article, relax, all you have to do is save it to Pocket and catch up at your convenience.

Find your lost Phone

The worst fear of every smartphone owner… is losing their device! But, once again, you can make use of an interesting security feature to better the chances of locating your lost phone. Did you know that you can display your name and a few other details on the password protected lock screen? Yes.

Follow this route to earn freedom from worry over losing your precious mobile phone: Settings >> Security >> Screen Security >> Owner Info. Once you’ve reached this point, simply enter your name, and additional details such as your email ID, or even an alternate contact number that can be used to get in touch with you.

Battle for Battery Saving

This is a perennial and much-talked-about issue. After all, who would like to find that their battery is dead, or dying on them when there’s an important call to make; text message to send, or video to view? But there is a valid reason why the batteries on most smartphones drain quickly. There are a series of apps that quietly run in the background consuming precious resources.

Trouble is, there is no way of knowing which apps are causing the situation—at least, not when you’re operating the home screen. But this problem can be fixed, here’s how: Click the Settings button >> Find the Application Manager icon and click on it >> Next swipe to move over to the “Running” Tab. Here, lists of apps installed on your cell phone are displayed. All you have to do at this stage is to tap the apps that are consuming the most power, and additionally tap the “Quit” button. You’ll see a big change in the speed at which your battery loses power.

Google Maps: Wherever you want to be!

The way in which we located hitherto unknown or lesser-known places was revolutionized with the advent of Google Maps in early 2005. The maps offer satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.

But most users assume that Google Maps function only if Internet connectivity is available. This is not true. Even if you find yourself in a no-Wi-Fi zone you can still navigate as the system is available offline. So in case, you plan to visit a new location, download the area map in advance; so that you can browse through it later at your convenience. Follow this path to create offline maps: Press the Search button >> Next, click on “Make this map area available offline”. That’s it, you’re done! Users can store a maximum of six maps in this manner.

Get on the Speed Dial highway

All of us have dozens upon dozens of numbers stored in our smartphone contact list. We probably do not call 90% or more of them on a regular basis. However, there are those numbers that we frequently use to reach out to our loved ones, doctors and so on.

Have you ever considered putting the important numbers on Speed Dial? This is a simple and easy way to access your frequently called numbers. The benefit of owning an Android cell phone is that this mobile operating system allows users to create icons for their most-dialed contacts, which can then be placed on the home screen.

To do this, follow these steps: First, press and simultaneously hold an empty space on the home screen, and then click Shortcuts >> Contact. Now select the contact you wish to add.

By using these accessibility features you can rest easy and avoid the headaches of having to remember a whole lot of things. After all, they are called smartphones for nothing!