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Time-saving Android shortcuts

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By Kimberly Deas

Android phones have many little-known shortcuts to help you get more done quicker. Here are a few.

1. Access contacts on your phone from your PC. If you linked your phone with your Google account, you can view all your phone contacts at www.google.com/contacts. This is very handy if your phone is being repaired or it’s not charged.

2. See notifications from a locked screen. Press power and touch the notification area, then scroll down to read your latest messages. No login required.

3. Google Now (like Siri). Just swipe up from the bottom of your screen (or swipe the lock icon up) and type in your question.

4. Google Now Cards can provide information like flights, when to leave for a meeting based on your current location and the location of the meeting. Just schedule the meeting with location in your Google calendar. If you search for a favorite team or planned flight, these will automatically come up as a card with information for you.

5. Turn off app notifications. Each app allows the user the option to turn off notifications to avoid your notification bar becoming like a ticker tape of information. Just go to Setting, then select Apps and click on the app you want to turn off and uncheck the box labeled “Show notifications.”

Note: Depending on whether you have the Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, these shortcuts might differ.

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Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.

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