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Your Android device is what you want it to look like with Android customization. Customize Android in your own way to make it appear better. You can transfer anything to and from your phone or tablet including documents, contacts and applications etc. and interesting wallpapers and widgets.

Your smartphone will surprise you once you indulge in the Android customization as per your liking. You don’t even have to root your device for this purpose despite rooting being quite easy and beneficial. Transfer your data and get rid of your device rather than keeping it and making no use of it. Your device must be backed up regularly to make you worry less about your data if the device is lost. The data then can be transferred to new devices you will use from time to time with less effort.

These Android customization tips below can make your device the way you enjoy it more:

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1- Add an Android Launcher in place of your Home screen:

Using the default Home screen application manager on your phone is not compulsory for you. A third-party Android launcher can totally change your interface and you can customise the Home screen and get rid of the application shortcuts. Android launcher can easily be downloaded and installed without even rooting your device. The launchers come with features and options like the change of colour scheme of your phone, setting up personalised gesture controls and resizing icons with the Android icon packs.

2- Add Widgets to your Home screen:

Adding up widgets through Android icon packs to the home screen has always been favourite among the Android features. These widgets include date & time, weather, sports score, calendar, music controls, alarms, note-takers, fitness trackers and social media etc. You can also resize the widgets with the help of help of Android icon packs to make full use of your screen.

3- Installing a better Keyboard:

GBoard is a well known and popular keyboard from Google and is a stock Android keyboard for most smartphones. Some manufacturers, for example Samsung, have their own custom version of Android software and run the default keyboard. You can download and install keyboard if you’re unhappy with the standard one and want a change. Google Play has so many third-party keyboards available such as Swype and Swiftkey, plus several GIF keyboards and specialty apps. While using built-in or the installed keyboard make sure to customise and check the auto-correct settings to avoid embarrassment during conversations.

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4- Download Wallpapers:

A huge chunk of the wallpapers in smartphones and tablets have almost the same pattern and boring design. Set your own standards and preferences and download your favourite wallpapers and Android wallpaper apps to have fun and spice up your phone screen. Keep on changing your favourite wallpapers to dodge boredom from the same screen background you see everyday. Android wallpaper apps available online allow you to design your own wallpapers. Use your favourite patterns and colours to wallpapers of your own choice. For your joy, many of the apps cost you nothing.

5- Transfer your apps, contacts and other data:

Wait before you get your hands off your old device and activate the new one. You don’t want to lose all your precious data on your old device. Benefit from ‘Tap and Go’, a feature that helps you transfer your data from one device to another using NFC. You don’t have to keep your old phone with you to save your data and let the device catch dust. There are number of apps that let you backup your desired data on one device to transfer to the other. The Google Pixel series has with it a cable to transfer data from one device to another fast and easy. The device guides you during the transfer process.

6- Set up Default Apps:

It has happened to almost all of us that our phone launches an application instead of browser when a link is clicked in an email or any browser. It frustrates when it happens again and again. Go to Settings and set up default apps and clear all the unwanted defaults if already set. Lollipop users will not face any difficulty for the set up. Same goes for the later Android versions and devices with a stock Android.

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7- Flash a custom ROM:

You can install or flash a custom ROM after you root your Android smartphone. But rooting is compulsory for this. Most popular and famous custom ROMs are CyanogenMod (now Lineage OS) and Paranoid Android and some features of both of them are better than stock Android. The custom ROMs are moderated and better variations of Android software. The added features of CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android include custom button configuration and ability to hide the unwanted and useless screen elements. The bug fixes offered by both are offered more frequently than Google. The best features of both of them are sometimes part of official versions of Android.

8- Root your device:

You give space to number of options to open up by rooting the Android smartphone. Firstly you have access to the latest Android characteristics and you can update your phone software anytime. You won’t have to wait for your manufacturer and carrier to allow you to update your device. Rooting gives you access to themes and skins for OS your stock Android doesn’t have and are not offered by the manufacturers. You’re also able to get rid of the annoying bloatware. Rooting has a dark side as well but following the instructions carefully may prevent you from falling prey to scams.

9- Customize your Lock screen:

You’re not supposed to stick to the default lock screen offered by manufacturer. You have the options to change the unlock method and hide some notifications to guard your privacy. Customize your Home screen with the third-party Android lock screen apps. You have plenty of widgets to add to lock screen and have different unlock options with the Android unlock screen apps. For your good you can specify a button that sends a message or call to a specified number you added in case you lost your phone and a helpful lad finds it.

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