In this Android Tutorial, we show you 8 Tips and Tricks for Android 8 Oreo. Android 9 Pie is already released by Google then why we are sharing the article about Tips and Tricks for Android 8 Oreo? Well, the reason is that Android 8 Oreo has made its way to little more than 1% active Android Devices. Which means, there are millions of users who are still going to get updated to Android 8 Oreo. So, when they get updated we want them to know little tips and tricks for Android 8 Oreo which will increase their overall user experience. Below are some of the tips which need to know.
Delay or Snooze Notifications in Android 8 Oreo
We receive notifications from different apps all over the day. Some, are very important to us while some can wait a bit. Android Oreo introduced a feature which allows you to delay or snooze notifications. For example, if you are busy and don’t want to receive notifications from Facebook for a specific period of time. You can delay or snooze notifications for a specific period of time. To Snooze or Delay Notification, simply swipe the notification to the side but not completely. Swiping it about the halfway would do the trick. When you do it, a small clock would appear tap on it and select the time period for which you wish to delay or snooze the notification.
Disable Notification Dots in Android 8 Oreo
Notification Dots were introduced in Android 8 Oreo for the first time by Google. A small colored dot appears on an application’s icon for which you have received a notification. These dots are just to remind you that you have received a notification from a particular app. That’s pretty much about it. Though these dots are harmless some people don’t like those circular blobs which sit on the apps icons. Below is how you can disable notification dots in Android 8 Oreo.
- Press and hold an empty spot on your home screen.
- Click Home Settings.
- Select Notification Dots.
- Toggle the switch of Allow notification dots.
Turn Off App Notifications in Android 8 Oreo
Google introduced a couple of new app notifications which are useful and annoying at the same time. We are talking about “App A shown above other apps” and “App B is consuming battery in the background”. The first notification is shown when an application shows an overlay content, and that notification is undeletable. You cannot simply swipe it to get rid off of it. You will have to go a step further and turn off such notifications from the settings. To conserve the battery of the devices, Google decided to let users know via a notification that which app is using power in the background. For e.g, WhatsApp or Spotify. This notification is also permanent and undeletable. Some apps are meant to run in the background. So, if you want to turn off both these notifications then keep on reading.
- Go to Settings >> Apps and Notifications.
- Here click on Show all apps.
- In the menu at the top right (the three dots) select Show system apps.
- Now search for Android System in the list and select it.
- Enter the heading App notifications.
- For applications which show overlay content, you will see dedicated buttons which you can toggle On/Off.
- For applications that consume battery in the battery in background, there no dedicated switches. There is one option “Apps consuming battery”, turn it off and you won’t see App is consuming battery in the background notification for any of the app.
Free up Space on Android 8 Oreo
Android Oreo comes with its own function to free up the internal memory in just a few simple steps. This function is available on all smartphones running stock Android. Huawei and Samsung have designed their own systems which allows you to free up space on Android 8 Oreo. So, the below steps can differ from the steps which would require to clean up space on Samsung and Huawei.
- Go to Settings >> Storage.
- Here you will see a list of categories of your content. Like Photos and Videos, Music and Audio, Games, Other Apps etc. You can click on each category to dig further and point out that which content is occupying most space.
- Here you can choose that which content you want to keep and which you can afford to lose.
- You can also let the Android system device. At the top of the list, you will find a button named Free Space. Tap on it and the system will suggest that which are files are useless and you can get rid off of them.
Smart Text Selection in Android Oreo
Android Oreo introduced this amazing feature called Smart Text Selection. We often copy an address and then go to Google Maps and paste it there to find the location. With Smart Text Selection, you will be presented with options in the context of the text which you have selected. For e.g, you highlighted an address or a phone number, Android Oreo will offer you relevant shortcuts to the dialer, Google Maps, and so on. To use Smart Text Selection, press and hold on a block of text you’re going to copy. The relevant options should then pop up automatically.
Change Ringtones Easily on Android 8 Oreo
Custom Ringtones have been popular for decades now. Very few boring people, like me, get satisfied by default ringtones provided by the manufacturer. Anyhow, Android has not been very friendly in this regard, to set a custom ringtone either you had to manually copy the audio file to your sd card. Or, you had to resort to the dodgy and cheap third-party ringtones apps. Thankfully, the things changed with the arrival of Android Oreo. Android 8 Oreo made switching ringtones pretty easy and authentic.
- Go to Settings >> Sound.
- Open Advance and select Phone Ringtone.
- Tap the Add ringtone button at the bottom and add any sound file of your liking.
Autofill feature in Android 8 Oreo
This is yet another awesome feature which was introduced in Android Oreo. With the Autofill feature, Google stores your personal details which you typically use to fill out forms. It means you won’t have to go through the tedious task of filling out the same details over and over again. Whenever you fill out your first form, Google will ask for your permission to store the details. So, the next time it could pull the information for you in a jiffy and save your time. You can also add other services which manage your passwords and other personal data. To do so, follow the below steps.
- Go to Settings > Languages & input > Autofill service.
- Here you can choose None to turn off the Autofill service.
- Or you can tap on Add Service to add any other application of your liking. Be very careful in choosing such apps.
PIP (Picture-in-Picture) Mode in Android 8 Oreo
PIP mode is basically a floating window which overlays the other parts of the system. The mode usually comes in handy if you are in a video call and at the same time you need to Google something. So, your video call window would get minimized and start floating on your screen. This way, you will be able to see the video and browse the internet at the same time. It’s a very handy feature. Here’s how you can use PiP Mode in Android Oreo.
- Go to Settings >> Apps and Notifications.
- In the menu at the top right (the three dots) select Special Apps.
- Find Picture in Picture in the list and Tap on it.
- You will see a list of all the compatible apps. Toggle the blue switch for the apps that you want to enable PIP for.
There you go! These are 8 Tips and Tricks for Android 8 Oreo you need to know.