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Four Nifty Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your Android Tablet

secure-shoppingWhen you buy your first Android tablet, you’ll immediately want to set to work taking advantage of everything that the device has to offer. From downloading a bunch of apps to loading the thing up with eBooks and other content, there are a number of things that virtually every tablet user does upon pulling their new device out of its box.

However, with these more advanced tips and tricks, you’ll be able to really set your tablet apart from the crowd by making it run like the workhorse that it deserves to be.

1) Conserve your battery: Eventually, most mobile device users get to a point where they absolutely want to learn how to conserve their battery. By going through these motions from the beginning, though, you can make sure you are getting peak performance out of your tablet during what will probably end up being the peak days of its use (if only because nobody wants to put their new gadgets down for at least a week after buying them). One of the best battery-saving tricks for Android tablets is switching the Wi-Fi setting onto “Sleep Policy,” which will keep the device from searching for wireless hotspots whenever the device screen is off. Of course, you can also just switch the Wi-Fi function off altogether.

2) Change browser preferences: Most Android tablets will have a preference ticked on their internet browsers that results in websites showing up in mobile format rather than as full-service web layouts. With an Android phone, this makes sense thanks to smaller screens and limited controls. However, since some Android tablets are essentially miniaturized laptop computers, there’s a good chance you’d rather have your browser pulling full desktop websites rather than mobile versions. If your tablet has UA (or “User Agent”) setting, you’ll be able to easily switch the browser preference from “Android” to “Desktop.” If not, read on.

3) Access hidden preferences: If you can’t find a UA setting (or have been looking for other hidden preferences in your Android browser), try this method for accessing them. By typing “about:debug” into the Android browser, you’ll be able to pull up what is called a “debug menu.” This menu contains a number of technical preferences that you may or may not get a lot of use out of. It will, however, show you the “UAString” menu, which you can use to change how your browser loads pages, as described in the previous point.

4) Stop running apps in the background: It’s one of the hassles of Android that apps don’t close when you exit them, but merely continue to run in the background. While this can be convenient for quickly accessing and switching between several applications, it can also be a drain on battery and can result in sluggishness for your phone. To close down apps, hold down the home button to pull up the multitasking menu, which will show all of the apps currently open on your device. Select the app and swipe it to the side. The icon should disappear, leaving the app closed and helping to boost the performance of your device.

By putting these tips in practice from the moment you first turn on your Android tablet, you’ll be able to ensure that you get the best, most flexible, and most powerful performance possible out of your device. Now, all you need to do is pick up a tablet holster or wallet case from e-Holster and you’ll be all set to enjoy your brand new device!