There are still some apps that are just gold. You can’t help, but use them for the rest of your life. Today i wanted to compile a list of those apps since they’ll genuinely help make your smartphone experience a whole lot better. So if you’re already a subscriber immediately drop a thumbs up on this video, but if you’re new to the channel, i don’t want you to drop a thumbs up just yet. I want to make a deal if you watch this video the whole way through and don’t download at least a single app drop a thumbs down. But if you download at least one app, then you got ta drop a thumbs up and if you install at least two or more apps, then you need to get subscribed with the notification bell turned on deal. Okay, let’s! Do this, whenever you download or upload anything that has a large file size, whether it be something from the web, a heavy 3d graphic game isn’t it kind of annoying how you have to check the notification panel every so often just to see if it’s finished, why Can’T, we just have a progress bar that appears on the side of the screen to keep us up to date. Constantly that way, we don’t need to leave our current screen just to check our ongoing downloads. Well, an app called download progress, plus plus literally, does that it supports any app that drops a progress bar in your notification panel and it color coordinates everything appropriately.
So you know exactly which apps are downloading or uploading something. For example, if i’m saving a playlist from spotify for offline listening, then a green line will appear on the side of my screen animating downwards. If i download anything from google chrome, a red line will appear it’s very straightforward and you can even adjust the position thickness and the color of the line, one of the biggest things that ruin a smartphone experience are intrusive, ads. Don’T get me wrong, i don’t mind. Seeing an ad every so often, especially since i know it supports the developer, but some apps games or even websites overdo it and it’s to the point where it makes the product unusable it’s either i get an ad every minute. Try to open an article and instantly get bombarded with a pop up or every time i lose within a game or make it to the next level boom a video for those types of intrusive ads. I use blakkada, unlike other ad blockers. This one has a modern design, it’s open source and it doesn’t require root. It connects your phone to a vpn which uses a wire guard protocol to encrypt your entire network traffic. So that way you can get no ads or trackers whenever you use any app or browser, so it’s, really secure and trustworthy plus within the app it’ll, tell you which ads and trackers it’s blocked. Of course, the app isn’t on the play store, but you can’t download it on their website through the link in the description, if you’re ever scared of an app using your microphone, camera or gps.
In the background, without you, knowing it download access dots to know exactly when those permissions are being used, the way it works is it’ll pop up dots on the corner of the screen. Whenever your microphone, camera or gps are in use, whether it be in the foreground or background, the green dot means the camera is being used. The orange one is for the microphone and the blue dot is for the gps location within the app. You can see a log of the apps that access each permission and at what time you can also customize the dots such as changing their colors location or size. The only thing i don’t like about the app is that you can’t separate the dots when multiple permissions are being used simultaneously, and i also don’t like that. The app isn’t open sourced a great alternative is vigilante from f droid. It does the same thing: it’s open source and separates the dots, but it won’t tell you when your gps is being used and it doesn’t keep a log of the apps that have access to your camera or microphone in the past. Just the permissions moving on skillshare, the sponsor of this video is also a great way to improve your lifestyle. Skillshare is an online learning community, with thousands of inspiring classes for creators. Trust me, there are so many skills that you can learn here and it’s so easy to get lost in your creativity. Their approach to teaching is made through easy to follow videos that are made by fellow creatives.
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Unless you have who touched my phone installed, this app will instantly take a picture of anyone who types in the wrong passcode or uses their incorrect fingerprint or face id to try to access your phone and if they do, the app can still take a picture of Them and let you know which apps they open now and at what time. So, even though you may not catch them in the act, your front camera will another app. That makes my smartphone experience a lot. Better is macrodroid. It lets me create automations to have my phone automatically do stuff when an event is triggered an easier way to explain. This is just by creating a scenario being a college student i’m, always scared of accidentally forgetting to silence my phone before arriving to class and having my phone ring during lecture, obviously, with the pandemic going on this isn’t such a huge problem, but you can still use It for the library, so i created an automation within macro droid that instantly turns on do not disturb mode and silences. My phone upon entering my campus, i then created another automation that turns the volume back up and turns off do not disturb mode. When i leave campus that way, i never have to worry about my phone’s volume during class, oh and just for the hell of it. I also created a constraint to stop these actions when it’s the month of july august or september, because it’ll be summer time and i’ll usually only go to the campus for the gym.
I also created a macro to automatically launch spotify and make the bluetooth volume to 70. Once i connect my wireless headphones and the best part about macro droid is that they allow you to install other people’s macros within the templates tab. A lot of them are very creative too, for example, there’s one called auto speaker phone where during a phone call, when i have my smartphone away from my face, the speaker will turn on. But when i bring the phone back up to my face, the speaker will automatically turn back off super useful and there’s, even a macro that notifies me when my phone has fully charged to 100. So i don’t over charge and damage the battery in the long run. It’Ll vibrate the screen when it’s off and verbally yell at me, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more templates found within this app and you can easily create your own custom automations to make your smartphone a lot more efficient. I used to constantly get interrupted by unimportant notifications from games. I played facebook, google, apps and more yeah. I still wanted to keep those type of notifications on just in case those apps ever gave me an important notification, so i used datewise to control those unimportant notifications. Better, the app only allows you to see certain notifications instantly and you can view the rest later when you’re not busy instant notifications can include messages, calendar events, uber, write alerts, phone calls, emails or anything else you deem important.
All the other notifications will only notify you. Four times a day in batches that way, you can avoid checking your phone hundreds of times a day. The only thing i don’t like about daywise is that they charge a subscription based plan. So if you like, a free alternative i’d recommend checking out spread notification manager, it does the same exact thing. You can mute certain notifications and receive them later on in the day in batches and only see important alerts instantly. Another majority of you are using a static wallpaper, but why not install an app like wallpaper changer to alternate your background every so often that way you won’t ever get bored of looking at the same old background. Getting it to work is also very easy. You just set the app as your live wallpaper download a bunch of pictures from the web or from a wallpaper app and then within wallpaperchanger. Under the albums tab. Add the images you just downloaded or any pictures from your camera roll within the change tab. You can then set how often you’d like to cycle through your backgrounds, whether it be minutes hours or even days, or you can even have it change every time you unlock the phone or when you double tap the screen. Finally, within the settings tab, i recommend changing the image size to the display, instead of launcher for better image. Quality enable random wallpaper order to get surprised every time. The wall changes, and i even recommend darkening the wallpaper by five percent – to make it easier to see your icons and wedges on the home screen simple.
As that, there are many apps out there that allow you to easily transfer files from one device to another. But my favorite choice for years has been push bullet it’s, really just because of how seamless the transfers are and that i can send files that are up to one gigabyte in size. So as to not fill up. My google drive with random uploads when i send a file the receiving device. Doesn’T need to have the app open or running in the background it will automatically download the file. I can also send files to any of my computers through its chrome plugin, and it stores a history of everything i’ve sent and received and lets me re download anything, no matter how old it is. On top of that, you can also send files to anyone who has the app it lets. You mirror phones, notifications to your computer, and you can respond to your messages from your computer through their chrome’s plugin, and my favorite thing about push bullet is that you can get notified of updates from apps you’ve downloaded off third party websites, for example the new nova Launcher beta update can only be found on apk mirror, so i use pushbullet to get notified when the next update arrives and pushbullet does have a subscription plan of forty dollars per year. But you can still use it for free. You just won’t be able to send files that are larger than 25 megabytes and you only have a storage space of 2 gigabytes for your past sent files instead of 100 gigabytes for any of my spotify users out there who don’t have the premium version.
The ads are a considerable way to destroy your smartphone listening experience. Sometimes they pop up so much that it’s hard to turn up that’s. Why? I recommend you use mutify it’ll automatically silence your phone’s volume whenever an annoying spotify ad starts to play. That way, you can save yourself from heart attacks. Every time you go from a calm song to a screaming advertisement. Last but not least, i use an app called caffeine to keep the display constantly turned on, even if my display timeout within the settings is only set for a certain amount of time. It’S perfect, if i’m, trying to take notes from a long article or pdf file on my phone and i’m, not touching my screen or if the timeout options within the settings don’t have an option to leave the display on at all times or they just aren’t long Enough with a simple tap of your quick settings, tile that’s, all it takes to keep your screen on at all times, tapping it again to toggle it off will then switch back to your normal screen, timeout. Well, those are most of the apps that i used to have a better smartphone experience. If you downloaded at least one app, please drop a thumbs up and if you download at least two or more get subscribed with the notification bell turned on. If you know any apps that aren’t on this list and you believe they helped you better improve your smartphone experience feel free to share them in the comments i may even include them in the best android apps in may, along with a shadow either way.
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