In this post I am going to introduce you to a few simple tips and tricks which can come of great help.
Most of the tips and tricks in this post are probably known by most of you but this post is more focused towards the newbies so please refrain from posting "I already knew this, this is an useless post", etc.

1. Quickly access special characters
When you open up the keyboard on the Galaxy Y while either chatting with someone on an IM client, typing a message or posting on a website with your browser, you can long-press for a few seconds on a particular letter and a popup will show allowing you to use special characters.
e.g.: Long-pressing the A letter will give you special characters such as ä, Ä, etc.

2. Dial contacts with a quick swipe
Instead of tapping on the contact name and then tapping on the option to dial, you can simply swipe right with your finger on the contact's name and it will directly call him/her. By swiping left, you can quickly send a message to the contact.

3. How to hide particular files from showing up in Gallery or Music Player
Sometimes there are things that we do not want our friends or relatives seeing while they are using our phone. Most of the times a friend/relative would be interested to check your songs or what kind of content you have in your gallery.
So instead of deleting the particular files or moving them to your computer all of the time, you can hide them in just a few seconds.
All you need to do is create a folder called .nomedia wherever you want on your sdcard (you can do this from your phone by selecting Menu button -> Create Folder), then put the particular files on that folder and the files will not appear in media apps.
You can also press the Menu key on your phone, then choose More -> go to Settings and untick the "Show hidden files" option if it is enabled. That way you will hide the .nomedia folder from the My Files app aswell.

4. Search for songs/artists directly from Music Player
While playing a song, on the top below the statusbar, tap where you see the artist/song name and a popup will show up asking you which particular part of the song to look for (e.g. The artist's name, the song's name or the album.
After you make your choice, you will then be asked to search for it in either the internet, your music library or in the YouTube app.

5. Voice actions
Did you know that you can command your Galaxy Young with your voice? If you've got the Google Search widget on your homescreen, tap on the little microphone which you see in the widget and speak out your command.
Example: Tap on the microphone and say "Send an e-mail". An e-mail popup will appear giving you the options to type in the recipent's e-mail, subject and message.

That is all I can share with you guys and girls for now. Hope these simple little tricks will easen up your daily use. 

Mitko (Author)
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  1. Here no link to Download this App

  2. It's not an app.
    These are tricks.It's no need download or install/flash anything.
    All you need is just your SGY only.Enjoy! ^_^

  3. guyysss for hiding ur personal files we cn give any name to the folder like i want to make a folder named kunal to hide some files so i cn simply name the folder as .kunal i hv tried it on my sgy and it works,u also try it

  4. lol i got lots of porn vid in my files i can hide it hehehe

  5. u can change the format of the from xxx.mp4 to say Angry Birds.apk through root explorer or other similar kind of app by renaming the file

  6. please make a tutorial on how to install infinity rom for galaxy y.. we want to have a iphone look on our android

  7. Thanks for voice comands

  8. setu madroxx d rockrApril 16, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    first of all we cannot make infinite rom:)LOL

  9. I know how... :) Download Go Launcher EX for your samsung. Maraming themes na pwedeng i download through the app including infinity.

  10. why is that when i put the sound effects of my games in the .nomedia folder, all of my mp3 songs are not showing up also. pls help


  12. File manager>>left click>>more>>setting>>click on show hidden file..