If you’re doing something on your phone like using an app or watching a video and someone sends you a text, iPhones have a nifty feature that lets you respond without interrupting your use. When you get the notification, swipe down on it. This will allow you to write a response on the same page as the video.
As soon as you hit send, the pop-up box will disappear and you can get back to watching your video. Apple isn’t one to force you to stop your fun!
Activate Flash Notifications
Maybe you work in loud environments, maybe you have music playing when you're at home, or maybe you have a bunch of howler monkeys as pets. There are plenty of reasons why you might not hear your phone ding or vibrate when you get a notification.
Instead, turn on flash notifications for a brief jolt of light that tells you there's something you need to check. Go to “Settings,” through “Accessibility” and “Audio/Visual” and find the “LED Flash for Alerts.” Even in hectic, noisy environments, you'll know if something needs your attention.
Share Wi-Fi Info Quickly
Everyone has a Wi-Fi network of their own these days, but they all come with passwords, and those passwords can get long and complicated sometimes. Android phones come with a feature that lets you share credentials with friends via a QR code.
Anyone who scans it will be able to automatically connect to your network, bypassing long passwords entirely. Open settings, go to Network, and then Wi-Fi. Tap the network name, and then hit share. You'll get a QR Code to share with your friends right away!
Cast Your Android Phone
This is something you've always been able to do, but you might not be taking advantage of it. Not only can you tell your phones to display a video from Netflix or Youtube, but you can even mirror your phone on a screen to allow bigger groups to see what you're seeing.
There's usually a mirroring shortcut in the Quick Settings panel, which will also show you the “Cast” option. You can also set up mirroring with the Google Home app for Android. Open the app, tap “Cast screen/audio” from its menu, and choose your Chromecast.
Signing on the Dotted Line
Every once in a while, if you're an important businessman or something like that, you'll get emailed a document you have to sign. In the old days — and even these days sometimes — you'll have to print the document, sign it, and scan it back in, or fax it. But, if your smartphone can display the document, you can write directly on it.
Download the PDF and click the pen icon in the right corner. You can then lay down your John Hancock and tap done. You should then be able to reply to the email with the adjusted document.