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8 Secret Android Functions That 90% Of People Don't Know About

Just about everyone's got a smartphone these days - even my technologically-challenged father-in-law is rockin' the smartphone (though he can barely use it)! But while we've pretty much all got one of these smart devices in our pockets, there are still a lot of useful, but lesser-known features that most people haven't discovered yet. 

Figuring we'd be a beacon of light and knowledge in the dark, here's a list of a few great Android features that you probably didn't know about.

1. Save battery power.

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If you choose a simple, dark background for your screen, the automatic pixel highlighting shuts off and you'll notice your device stays charged for longer. While this feature isn't universally available on Android devices yet, it has been implemented on most newer models of Samsung phones and tablets.

2. Text-to-speech.

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This function allows you to hear your incoming information instead of getting it visually. Go to Settings, then Accessibility, and turn on the Text-to-Speech option. 

3. Smartphone remote control.

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If you ever lose your phone, you can use this function to shut it down remotely. Go to Settings, then Security, then Device Administrators. Check the boxes for "Remotely locate this device" and "Allow remote lock and erase." Now, you can locate and lock your phone without losing data via this website.

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4. Guest mode.

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If you need to give your phone to someone else to use temporarily, but still keep your data confidential, use Guest Mode. Swipe down from the top using two fingers, and select the user icon in the upper right. You should see an option to "Add Guest," which will let you customize what actions your guest is allowed to take. Depending on your phone, you may find these options in "Private Mode," found through your Settings menu.

5. Screen magnifier.

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This is a lifesaver for folks with poor eyesight. Head to Settings, then Accessibility, and you'll find Magnification gestures that'll allow you to customize the zoom.

6. Hotspot mode.

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Your phone can double as a 3G modem/router to get internet access for your other devices in areas where WiFi isn't readily available. Go to Settings, then Tethering and Portable Hotspot, and turn on Portable WLAN Hotspot.

7. Control your phone with your head.

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If you're in a hands-off situation (possibly cooking something messy), you're in luck. Using the free EVA Facial Mouse app, you can control your phone via head movements instead of finger swipes. Get detailed instructions here.

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8. Secret game.

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Ever since Android's 2.3 Gingerbread OS update, Google put a fun, hidden game in their devices, but it's hard to find. First, go to Settings, then About Phone/About Tablet. Repeatedly tap the "Android Version" button several times. When a marshmallow shows up on screen, quickly tap it again to access the game, which is basically an Android-themed version of "Flappy Bird."

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