Some users already have it while other are still waiting for it. Android 7.0 Nougat is full of fixes and great features for you to take advantage of. Even if you have Nougat, you might not be aware of Android 7.0 Nougat features.
Sometimes you’re just so busy that you don’t have time to play around with your phone. Or, if you do have time, you’re worried that you’re going to misconfigure something and mess up your phone. It’s time to get to know the Nougat features you’ve probably been missing out on.
Android 7.0 Nougat Features
1. Find Out Where an App Was Installed From
If you install apps that don’t always comes from Google Play, this feature is going to come in handy. You’ll always be able to know where the app you installed came from and can easily go back to that source for future installations.
To find the origin of that app go to Settings > Apps > Tap on Any app. Scroll all the way down and where it says Store you should be able to see the origin of that app. If you installed it from Google Play that what it’s going to say. If the app was side-loaded, then it should say something like ¨Installed from Package Installer¨.
2. Answer Messages Directly from The Notification
There are times when you want to answer a message but don’t have the time to open the app, Etc. With Nougat, you can easily answer to instant messaging message directly from the notification itself. Once you’re done typing, tap on the send icon.
3. Stop Paying Data Overages
It’s no secret that apps sometimes access things that don’t fit into their description. If you think that there is an app that is gaining data access when there is no reason for it to do it, restrict data access by this tip.
Go to Settings > Data Usage Menu > Turn on Data Saver. After this, all of the apps will have restricted data access. So, if there are apps that you want to allow unrestricted access for, go ahead and toggle those off.
4. Manage Quick Settings
I can’t leave behind how great the Quick Settings panel is. By swiping down with two fingers the Quick Settings now open with a new animation. The Quick Tiles are spread across various pages, but if you don’t like how they are arranged, they can easily be edited.
After swiping down, you will see an Edit button on the bottom right. Tap on that option and long-press on the tile you want to move, remove or add. You’ll see the first nine tiles on the main Quick Settings page. If you want to see, more tiles swipe to the left in Quick Settings. Once you’re done, tap on the back button to get out of Edit mode.
5. Put Apps to Sleep
There are always apps that never seem to behave. By putting apps to sleep, they won’t use power in the background, and they won’t get any updates if the app is not open. You can put an app to sleep by long-pressing on the app and select the Put to sleep option.
6. Enable System UI Tuner
With Android Nougat, users get more control and the System UI Tuner is proof of that. To enable it long-press on the gear icon on the top right. After a few seconds, the gear icon will start spinning, and you should see a notice at the bottom that the System UI Tuner has been enabled.
The new option should be at the lower part of the Settings menu. In Tuner, tap on the status bar, and you’ll see various toggles. There will be options for Hotspot, Auto-rotate, and Volume. If you want to place them in the status bar or remove them, tap on each setting.
You will also find personalization options for things such as being able to put a percentage on the battery icon. You can do this by tapping on the status bar, and you will see an option called battery. Select it, and you will see three options: Always show the percentage, Show percentage when charging and don’t show this icon.
7. Give Your Notifications Priority
To give certain notifications more priority than others swipe the notifications you received a tad to the left or right, but don’t let it disappear. You should see a gear icon to the side, and you’ll see Importance with a certain specific level to it.
You can choose between different levels such as:
- Level 0 – Blocks all notifications from app
- 1 – Prevents full-screen interruptions and won’t vibrate or make a sound.
- 5 – Will always allow full-screen interruption and will appear on top. To see everything on the level of importance, go to Settings > System UI Tuner > Other > Power notification controls.
8. Modify The DPI
If the display size on your Android phone is just not right, you can change thanks to Nougat. Go to Settings > Display > Display Size. Here, you’ll be able to change just about everything, including the fonts. You can either choose default, larger, large and largest. To change the size of the font go to Settings > Display > Font Size.
9. Control The Do Not Disturb Feature
To get the most out of the Do Not Disturb features, go to Settings > Sound > Do Not Disturb. Here, you’ll be able to set up what time Do No Disturb starts and when it ends. Whether it will only work on weekends or weekdays.
10. Enjoy Split Screen
Who said you need to close the YouTube to use another app? You can have your cake and eat it too. Open the YouTube app and start a video and at the bottom right of your display, hold the Recent apps button and choose another app.
If you want to even out how much of each app you can see move the bar a little higher. Whenever you want to leave split-screen view, just pull the bar, so the only app you see is the one you want to use.
Android 7.0 Nougat is full of great features that are only going to get better on time (hopefully). It’s perfectly capable of keeping us busy for quite some time, and I honestly don’t mind. What’s your favorite feature?