Android 4.4 KitKat - Tips and tricks to boost performance

Android KitKat has lots of juicy features. We help you make sure you're using them

6 -Remotely wipe your phone

Losing your phone or having it stolen is a nightmare, especially if it's a company handset. However, the risk of this can be reduced.

Open the app drawer, enter Settings, and choose Android Device Manager. Make sure the two options in this menu are ticked: Remotely Locate This Devicewill make sure you can track your phone once it's gone missing, and Allow Remote Lock and Factory Reset is self-explanatory and it means your phone can be protected or wiped if it's been stolen.

Android has taken a bit of a step backwards with KitKat, as its lockscreen widgets aren't enabled by default. To turn them on, open the Settings menu, head to Security, and tick Enable widgets.

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Once that's done, it's easy to add these useful mini-apps to your lock-screen. Swipe left from the lock-screen, tap the plus symbol, and choose from the list.

Many third-party apps have their own widgets, and Android includes many of its own, from Calendar and Email tools to Google Now, Google+ and text messaging tools. Once they've been added, swipe left on the lock screen to access these apps. They appear as small windows, but can be dragged down for extra visibility.8 -Better Caller ID

This feature has to be turned on, but Google's calling app will now scan local businesses to try and track down numbers that aren't in your phone book. Google+ now has better integration with the calling app, too, so you'll see people's profile pictures when they call.9 -Try wireless printing

This feature will prove invaluable in the office. HP's wireless printing protocol is built in to Android 4.4, and works well when you have a compatible peripheral. The HP app scans for nearby printers, but you'll need to use apps that are capable of printing. With Google Drive, Chrome, QuickOffice and Gallery already able to print, and Microsoft's new Office app infamously missing this feature.

Plenty of third-party apps are capable too, and Google has made its printing APIs available so more are coming all the time. Google's printing tools also ensure documents are kept secure as they're sent from phone to printer.

Android 4.4 introduces the Storage Access Framework, which makes file management easier. If you're prompted by an app to select a file, Android will open a menu that lists everywhere you've got files stored, from local folders to cloud storage even if they're third-party applications rather than Google's own tools.

It's a neat feature that means you don't have to use awkward pop-up menus or different applications just to choose files, especially if they're not stored using official Google tools.

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