The CyanogenMod is probably the most popular Android custom firmware in the world. On a growing number of devices, it brings a current version of Android, which is almost identical to stock Android. CM team has built several more tweaks and features that extend the functionality of a regular Android Phone. Because some of them features are not obvious, and hard to find, we present you here the top 20, secret tips and tricks for CyanogenMod.
First: Completely Silent Phone
As varied as the landscape of Android devices might be, a few things have almost all tablets and smartphones in common: volume keys, for example: a simple shortcut that allows you to be completely silent switch device can do is press the volume up and down at the same time, may have to hold short. It also works on the lock-screen.
Second: Skipping Songs Quickly
Another resourceful application for the volume buttons: Who listens the music on the road, can go to the next or previous track simply by the volume up or down button is pressed briefly holds. This works in almost every music app, including the Apollo Player of CM9 and Google Play Music .
The setting is can be enabled under Settings ? sound ? volume keys and music .
Third: Quiet Hours
Everybody knows it – no one dozes off during the night just really nice because the smartphone loud rumbles and crows on the bedside table and announces the arrival of an email. Well-earned sleep interrupted suddenly when you realize that it is irrelevant to any newsletter. With a function that is personally one of my loved ones in the CyanogenMod, belongs to the past, this scenario: the so-called quiet hours . Just under Settings ? tones ?Quiet hours define a time period in which you do not want to be disturbed.
The whole thing is only for alerts, calls come through anyway. Who calls at night, has a valid reason for it eventually – hopefully.
4th: Find Contacts at Dial-Pad
Some people might still remember the days of T9 – with this system you could find the contacts on the old mobile phone keypads, which indeed had only number keys to enter text. A number represented here are three or four letters (which were printed on the keys). If you typed the corresponding figures for a word that T9 calculated from this the most likely word. As the background for the fact that you can use T9 in CM9.
Suppose I want to call my colleague Amir. I could search him out from my contacts, but I’m just just already in the dialer. No problem, I just press the corresponding number on the keypad: 2 for A, 6 for M, 4 for I, 7 for R. And if I esteemed colleagues do not want to call the displayed phone number, but on his landline number (or I would know more Amir’s and pick one of them would have to), I can just tap on the arrow to the right of the person entry and select the appropriate number.
5th: Set Brightness Comfortably
In my opinion, the automatic brightness adjustments of most Android phones is insufficient and self-configurable in the CyanogenMod, however it is bit complex and opaque. No wonder you can still have a fast and convenient option for manual brightness adjustment. Such has the CyanogenMod – clearly inspired by Samsung that had implemented this function is identical to the software of the Galaxy S1 and S2.
The setting for manual brightness adjustment can be found under Settings ?System ? status bar ? brightness control . If this option is enabled and automatic brightness from, you can adjust the brightness easily and quickly: These remain only briefly with his finger on the notification bar, without the pull down. Now wipe the left (darker) or right (brighter).
6th: Finish Apps Faster
Actually, the multitasking of Android should be balanced so that it can always re-open apps to provide a sufficient amount of free RAM available. Occasionally it makes sense, but then, an application should stop, and reopen quickly. To this end, the CyanogenMod has an option for some time, with the emphasis in the stylistically stunning app quits when you press and hold the back button.If you would like to use the option, they activated under Settings ? developer options ? terminate app.
7th: Audio Equalizer
Sound improvement as Beats Audio or xLoud are booming, even if some audiophiles that fact turns up the audio quality of android smartphone. Some CyanogenMod users may not know that there is just such a software equalizer in the custom ROM.
Thanks to CyanogenMod for including such an awesome App DSP Manager which can customize the sound system with some cool features like a little extra bass. Practical: The settings can be set separately for the built-in speaker, headphones and Bluetooth audio devices.
8th: Remove Camera Sounds
The camera app in default Android and CyanogenMod is actually very nice, but it has an annoying trait: The shutter sound. The sound can be stopped by deleting the sound files that uses the camera. For this we need a root-enabled file manager like Root Explorer , Ghost Commander or the File Manager by Rhythm software.
Navigate to one of these apps in the folder / system / media / audio / ui and the files
VideoStop.ogg delete these.
9th: Quick Settings
The Quick Set button in the notification bar, as to disable and enable Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth is a practical matter. No wonder that they are now included with many manufacturers surfaces. Nowhere else but the buttons are as flexible as the CyanogenMod.
If you want to convince yourself of this flexibility, looks in settings ? System? notification light . There you can turn off the so-called energy management not only on and off, but also set itself, which items are and change their position. Who often have GPS on or off sets, the option to the left, who only occasionally used the flashlight, puts it to the right.
10th: Battery Percentage Indicator
Apparently there are people who watch their manic battery level and monitor exactly how fast these empties. To the succinct enough bars in the status bar of course. Ideally, the icon shows the current level to a more comprehensive and in percentage. The CyanogenMod is just that under Settings ? System ?status bar ? battery status can find the option to show a percentage of battery.
11th: LockScreenInfo: Weather, Owner info, Dates
The lock screen of CyanogenMod can be equipped with a cornucopia of additional information. Including the next date from the calendar, the current weather conditions or owner information – that is a self-defined short text message, in the event that the phone is lost time. All these goodies can be found under Settings ? screen lock .
Warning: The information is “moving finger” for the lock-screen available – this is enabled under security screen ? screen lock . Who has the claim that a lock-screen at least somewhat protects against unauthorized access should, however, use a different lock mode like “password” or “PIN”.
In order to record the screenshot on your android smartphone press the key combination down volume and power at the same time and hold it down for about a second.
In addition, the CyanogenMod has yet another way to take a screenshot. To use this, press and hold to power . In shutdown menu there is a separate menu item“screenshot” . Pats on this one, about two seconds later, a screen shot is generated.
13th: Adjusting the Volume Separately
The one who wants more control over Android’s own volume control, CyanogenMod can expand the volume adjustments options for them, so that you they can specify not only the system and call volume, but also the volume of alerts and alarms. For this purpose, go under Settings ? tones ? volume control dial.
“Individual” describes the normal behavior of the volume control can be set at the only traffic-system volume. With “Expandable” you can change the volume when selecting a radio button on the additional controls are displayed. With “Advanced” Finally, the system basically to all controllers.
14th: Remove Root
Most readers who play a custom ROM on your phone, will probably also want to keep root. But there are situations where it may be useful to disable root access – for example if one wants to prevent inherited his old phone to Aunt Erna, and that they thus inadvertently hires nonsense. The CyanogenMod has therefore been an option, can be withdrawn with the root access completely or partially (this is in the future, even by default).
Under Settings ? Developer Tools ? root access , you can fine-tune granulated if you disable root completely, only for apps, just want to enable ADB, or both.