4 iPhone and Android Tricks You May Not Know

After tagging a song with Shazam, you can play it in an Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify, or YouTube Music account. In Shazam settings, you can connect your list of recognized songs to Apple Music or Spotify.


Many Google Pixel phones include a Now Playing feature that you can turn on in Sound & vibration settings. Once activated, the software displays song titles on the lock screen and creates a history list of music played within microphone range. (The Now Playing tool is designed for Pixel phones, but a web search reveals that creative coders have adapted it for other Android phones.)

When you need emergency assistance, your phone has shortcuts to connect. On an iPhone 8 or later, press and hold the right side button and one of the volume buttons until you see Emergency SOS on the screen, then swipe the slide to call the number local emergency; If you can’t drag the slider, press and hold the buttons until the phone automatically places the call. In the Emergency SOS settings, you can allow the phone to make an emergency call when you press the side button five times.

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Android phones including Google’s Pixel and Samsung’s Galaxy have their own emergency service aids. On phones with a power button, press and hold that button until you see the emergency icon, then press it. On a phone without a power button, try swiping down on the screen to access the emergency mode quick settings or swiping up from the bottom to access the emergency call button. Google’s free personal safety app for Android provides more tools to handle future emergencies, for those who like to be prepared.

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