It is possible to create shortcuts to activate actions such as flashlight, camera, etc., and today we are going to show you how to do it on Android. It may be difficult to list all the functions and tools that we have in our smartphones.
Many of them will never be used, but there are some important ones that we can consider essential, such as the camera, the flashlight, or even the voice recorder. However, we usually lose too much time to access them, especially when we need them immediately.
On many occasions, the user has to unlock the smartphone to be able to carry out a task. This time can be reduced considerably if we activate the Android shortcuts.
How to create shortcuts on Android?
This is a feature you can use to access your smartphone’s actions more easily on the Android operating system. It works when the screen is off. Pressing and holding the volume down button will enable specific functions. We can choose from a few of the most common ones, or even choose our own application. It can be changed whenever we want, but we will only be able to run one app at a time, as this feature is limited to the volume down button.
This option is usually found within the shortcuts and accessibility settings of our mobile. We can also do a quick search from the app drawer, typing “shortcuts” should help. Once we are inside we will only have to press the switch to activate some of the shortcuts that we can choose.
The first thing we will see are a few preset options. This way we will have quick functions to open the camera or even activate audio recording. The flashlight is also very popular among users.
How to create a shortcut for a specific app?
Maybe we are not looking for a default option. In that case, we will have to click on “Open application” at the bottom of the same settings. This way we will have a large number of applications that we can choose from, including the ones we have installed ourselves and the pre-installed ones of the system.
Within all the applications, we can select social networks or games that we access frequently. We can even select the “Settings” menu, as it is also one of the most visited sections of the phone. The photo gallery or even the web browser, are usually two of the most used apps that we can make use of it.
Some shortcuts such as activating the flashlight, will not require any permissions. However, if what we want is to open some specific application such as WhatsApp, we must pass the security unlock like the fingerprint or facial recognition. Otherwise, the shortcut will not be activated. Similarly, it is recommended to have all the apps updated. Otherwise, we could also encounter some problems during the process.