Many of Android users believe that they need to do many things to get the most out of their device, until the stage of rooting their Android. Although rooting the device may open up many new possibilities, there still many options of cool Android hacks that you can do without rooting the phone.
The following are the options on how you can do the hacks on your Android without rooting the device.
1. Record the voice calls on your phone
If you need to record call conversations without the other person knowing, you have to install an Android call recorder app on your phone. The problem is many of Android call recorder apps are have requirement where you have to root your phone first. However, you still can find some of them are not requires it. You can use Automatic Call Recorder on your phone for free by downloading and installing this app on your phone.
2. Bypass your phone security at a secure area
You can set up a trusted location at your device as a cool hack to your Android for home usage. When you set up a trusted location, it means that you do not need to enter the security code to access your phone while your location and the phone are at that trusted location.
To set this trusted location, you have to set up a secure unlock method first if you have not set it up. It may be a PIN code or a pattern lock according to your preference. After you have it, please go to Smart Lock on the Security settings, then please enter your PIN code and tap Trusted Places.
Now you can add a trusted location according to your preference. After the setting is completed, you can automatically access your phone while you are in the trusted location without entering a PIN code or draw a pattern on your device.
3. Using LED flash for heart rate monitor
You can use your Android device as a heart rate monitor without rooting your phone. Your LED flash can do this heart rate monitor job by tracking the color changes under your skin to monitor the amount of blood passing through. However, you need to have the right software so that your phone LED can do that job. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=si.modula.android.instantheartrate is one app that is available in the Play Store that seems to work well.
4. Turn the home buttons into app shortcuts
Home2 Shortcut is a useful app that you can use to manage your app shortcuts at your phone. You can use it to set up various shortcuts and assign it to your navigation buttons. Then you can access your favorite apps instantly no matter from any screen that are opened.
For example, this app is quite useful while you urgently need a camera while you still at an application screen. When you already assigned the camera app with double tap of the home button or the combination of home button with other button, you can immediately open the camera by pressing that assigned button.
5. Installing Linux on your Android
Some people may think that installing a full working desktop operating system on their Android phone is a complicated thing and requires high level of hacking skill. However, the fact that installing a full working desktop operating system like Linux distribution Debian is a simple thing to do.
You can find Debian noroot app at Play Store that you can freely download it. After you install it, please open the app, then you can download any programs and games for Debian just like other Linux version.