[Android] [KitKat] CyanogenMod 11 Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

If you are looking for CyanogenMod 11 (Android KitKat) tips, tricks and/or hidden features then you should check out this guide. This guide covers the most tips, tricks and custom hidden features of CyanogenMod 11.

CyanogenMod 11 Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

When you have CyanogenMod 11 installed on your Android mobile, you can do a lot more with the help of various custom features of CyanogenMod 11. CyanogenMod (now discontinued) is a free, community built Android distribution which greatly extends the capabilities of an Android mobile.

Brief CyanogenMod Background

CyanogenMod 10.1 was based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It was fast but some of the vanilla features were missing. It had support for only one SIM compared to the vanilla build. Thus it desperately needed an upgrade. When CyanogenMod 10.1 (Jelly Bean) was upgraded to CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat), lots of things changed. Some of them are inside looks, support for dual SIM, security, speed, reliability etc.

Dual SIM functionality was a much awaited feature. Apart from this feature, various other custom features were also incorporated in CyanogenMod 11. You can check some of the features below.

If you still have not installed CyanogenMod 11 on your Android mobile (if available for your Android device) then you are missing a lot. We suggest you to install CyanogenMod 11 on your Android mobile and then follow the below CyanogenMod 11 tips and tricks.

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[Android] [KitKat] CyanogenMod 11 Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

The following CyanogenMod 11 tips and tricks are applicable only for the devices that has CyanogenMod 11 installed. You won’t be able to find the following features in the older versions of CyanogenMod.

Some of the following features may not be available for your Android device depending on the build, developer, hardware etc even if you have CyanogenMod 11 installed.

1. Status Bar

CyanogenMod 11 introduced ‘status bar brightness control’ feature. This feature allows you to control your mobile brightness by just swiping your thumb or finger across your mobile status bar.

All you have to do is,

  • Swipe your thumb or finger from right to left across status bar to decrease brightness of your Android mobile.
  • Swipe your thumb or finger from left to right across status bar to increase brightness of your Android mobile.

On the other hand, you can also use status bar to put your Android mobile into sleep mode. Hence, this feature is very handy and easy.

You have to enable this feature in the settings once. Then only you will be able to put your Android mobile to sleep.

  • To enable this feature, go to Settings > Status Bar and then enable Double-tap to sleep option.
  • Now, whenever you double tap on your mobile status bar, your Android mobile will be automatically put into sleep mode.

2. Download Speed

You might have already known about this feature or might not have paid attention to it yet.

CyanogenMod 11 shows download speed in the notification drawer by default. You do not need to install any additional application or modification for it.

3. Notification Light

When you want to have unique lights or colors for notifications of various applications, then you have to install additional applications from Play Store. This feature can be very useful at times.

In CyanogenMod 11, this is a built-in feature. That means you do not need to install additional applications for this feature.

  • To enable this feature, go to Settings > Display and lights > Pulse notifications and then enable Notification light option.
  • Now you can just use your own defined colors for installed applications.

Now different applications notifications will have different colors.

4. Quick Launch Shortcuts

Normally, ‘Google Now’ will be launched when you perform a swipe up on your home. If you do not want to have Google Now functionality whenever you swipe up from your home, then you can replace it with other available shortcuts.

Follow this,

  • Go to Settings > Buttons > Quick launch shortcuts.
  • From there, you can select any of the available shortcuts. You can even add your desired application as a shortcut.
  • To add your desired application as a shortcut, click on the Select application option and then select your desired application from the list provided.

5. Notification Toggles

By default, CyanogenMod 11 does not have toggles like Bluetooth, Brightness, Settings, WiFi etc on the notification drawer. CyanogenMod 10.1 has this functionality by default. You can always get back that functionality in CyanogenMod 11 by enabling the respective feature in the settings.

Just follow this,

  • Go to Settings > Notifications Drawer > Quick Access Ribbon and then enable Show in drawer option.
    This will display all the available toggles and values present in Quick Settings Panel.
  • To customize toggles, un-check Linked Layout option.
  • Then drag the toggles that you want to be displayed on the notification drawer from Tiles and Layout menu to the preview area.

That’s it. You will now have your favorite toggles on the notification drawer.

6. Floating Notifications

CyanogenMod 11 comes with an in-built floating notification(s) feature. This is the default behavior. Notifications floats on top of everything else.

To dismiss a notification, you can either swipe it to the left or to the right. Tapping on the notification(s) will open the application from which the notification(s) has emerged (default behavior). Hence, this feature is very handy when you play full screen games and use full screen applications like YouTube etc.

7. Screenshots

Just switched from CyanogenMod 10.1 to CyanogenMod 11, and trying to figure out how to take screenshots in CyanogenMod 11? It is slightly different when compared to CyanogenMod 10.1.

To take a screenshot in CyanogenMod 11, just follow this:

  • Press Power button and Volume Down button at the same time to take a screenshot.
  • This action will take a screenshot of your current screen and then saves it to your mobile internal memory.

8. Battery Percentage Indicator

You can have battery percentage indicator on the top right corner of the screen without the use of any custom modification like Xposed framework.

You just need to follow this,

  • Install or run Terminal Emulator from Play Store.
  • Type the command su and hit enter.
  • When asked, grant Terminal Emulator root access.
  • Type the following command and then hit enter.
    adb shell content insert –uri content://settings/system –bind name:s:status_bar_show_battery_percent –bind value:i:1
  • Then type the command adb reboot and hit enter. This command will reboot your Android mobile.

That’s it. As you can see, it is not complicated. After your Android mobile reboots, you can see the battery percentage indicator instead of the plain battery icon on the top right corner of the screen.

9. Profiles

You can set different profiles for your Android mobile in CyanogenMod 11 such as home, work, night etc.

This feature is useful when you want to change certain features like switching WiFi on or off, switching sound profile to sound or vibrate or silent etc depending on your daily schedule.

To do this,

  • Go to Settings and enable Profiles.
  • And then you can add, modify or remove profiles as you like.

Very useful when your daily schedule consists of spending fixed time at office and rest of the time at home. You can set profiles to automatically switch when you are at office or at home. You can define to switch on WiFi and/or put your mobile into vibrate/silent mode when at office and switch to sound mode when at home.

10. Theme Engine

CyanogenMod 11 comes with a rewritten theme engine. Using this theme engine, you can make a completely new theme using different themes.

For example, you can set wallpapers from one theme, ringtones from an another theme, bootanimation from other theme, notification tones from some other theme etc.

You can change any part of the theme to match your liking. You can install any number of themes. You can mix and match different components of one theme with another, thus making a new theme.

This is one of the best CyanogenMod 11 tips that I came across.

11. Launcher

In CyanogenMod 11, you can change home screen settings according to your needs. Settings like search bar, search panel, scroll effect, icon labels, scroll wallpaper, grid size etc.

Just follow this,

  • Go to Home Screen Settings and change the above mentioned settings according to your needs.

That’s it for today. I will include more CyanogenMod 11 tips and tricks in this post as I find them. I will also make a video tutorial on this guide very soon. You can also share any CyanogenMod 11 tips or tricks that you are aware of in the comments section below.

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