If you are lucky enough to get Android Lollipop 5.0 on your device, you are more than likely overwhelmed by all the new features. I am bringing you a three part series to show you some tips and tricks to get you started. So lets get this show on the road.
Also See: Android Lollipop Tips and Tricks Part 2
New Battery Saver
One of the awesome new features in Android Lollipop is battery saver mode. With Battery saver it can help you squeeze out extra time when you really need it. When this is enabled it will reduce your device’s performance, it turns off vibrations, and blocks most of your background data. Android Lollipops Battery saver can be turned on manually or set it to automatically kick on when your battery is at 15% or 5%. You will know when it is working when the status and navigation bars turn orange-red. To set up battery saver go to Settings > Battery > tap the menu button.
Do Not Disturb
I’ve already talked about Priority mode notifications, but Android Lollipop also has a “Do Not Disturb” mode. The iPhone has had this for a long time (even a dedicated physical button), but now Android Lollipop has implemented this cool feature. Do Not Disturb is like silent mode on steroids.
When you press the volume buttons you will see the option for NONE. That is what we’re calling “Do Not Disturb.” When you are in this mode you will not be disturbed or interrupted by anything. Even alarms will not get through this mode. Like Priority mode you can set it indefinitely or for a few hours at a time. Cool huh?
Who Gets Priority
Android Lollipop can set apps as “priority.” This puts notifications for those apps at the top of the list, but it also allows those apps to get through when you’re in Priority Mode. You can also choose what people you would like to get through in Priority Mode.
Go to Settings > Sound & notification > Interruptions. in the section titled “Priority Interruptions” you can choose who will get through Priority Mode. You can also choose calls/messages from anyone! starred contacts, or only people in your contacts. This is great for those instances you really don’t want to be bothered, but still want to be in touch.
If you are unfamiliar, Priority Mode is a new way to allow only alarms and certain notifications to bother you. By pressing the volume buttons and choosing PRIORITY you can enable it.
Play Flappy Lollipop
Did you know all Android releases come with an Easter egg in the settings. Sometimes it is a simple splash screen with some interactive features, but this year they put in a full Android-themed Flappy Bird clone. Here’s how to get to the game:
- Go to Settings > About phone/tablet > tap “Android version” 5 times quickly
- Tap the lollipop a couple of times > long-press > tap once more
Have fun! And don’t throw your phone!