8 Useful Android Settings You Should Know

Android phones are available in all shapes and sizes. Yet there are essentially many fixed similarities. A nice option of Android, for example, is that you can adjust all kinds of settings so that your phone operates and looks exactly to your taste. With these 8 Android settings you can tweak your phone to your own taste.

Never lose your phone again

Android has a built-in track system that allows you to always find your phone. To activate this function, go to 'settings' and then choose 'security' or in some cases 'security status'. There you can see whether the function to find your device is on. Then go to this website and you can see where your device is. By the way, if you have a Google account, you can also enter 'where is my phone' in the search bar of Chrome.

Disable App Shortcuts

When you download and install a new app, the app automatically creates a shortcut on your home screen, giving you quick access to the app in question. This can of course be very useful, but it can also make your interface cluttered. To turn this feature off, press and hold anywhere on your home screen. Once the menu appears, choose 'Institutions’. Then find the option thereAdd icon to home screen’ and uncheck the box next to it.

Select an automatic WiFi connection

Turning off your Wi-Fi when you're outdoors not only saves battery power but also protects your phone better. You can adjust the settings for your Wi-Fi so that it turns itself back on when you get close to a safe and trusted network. To do this, go to 'Institutions’ and then to ‘Wi-Fi' and then to 'Wi-Fi preferences’.

Set personal notifications for people

If you would like to monitor who is texting or calling you, you can set a special ringtone for these people. For example, you can do this within WhatsApp itself by going to the conversation with the specific person, and then tapping the three dots at the top right. Then choose 'Show contact' and before that 'Custom Notifications’. To set a specific ringtone for someone within your contact list, go to the contact in your address book and tap the dots at the top right. Then select 'Set ringtone’.

Unlock your phone in your car

In the car it is useful if you do not have to enter a code or fingerprint first to unlock your smartphone. This makes it easier with Google Maps, for example, or co-drivers can control the music. By setting a smart lock, your phone will recognize your bluetooth stereo device as 'safe' and will unlock itself as soon as it detects this device. It differs per Android phone where you can find the settings for the smart lock, so google yourself for 'smart lock [type of phone].

Customize your quick settings

Swiping down on your phone's home screen will take you to your quick settings. Here you have access to, among other things, the WiFi settings, Bluetooth and your flashlight. You can adjust these quick settings yourself so that you always have quick and easy access to your frequently used settings. You do this by swiping down the menu and tapping the pen icon or by searching in the quick settings menu for 'To process’. From then on you can drag settings to place them at the front of the menu.

Quickly switch between apps

Technically, this is not a setting but a feature of Android phones. If you use multiple apps at the same time, you can view which apps are all open via the overview button and tap an app from this overview to activate it. But you can also tap this overview button twice quickly and quickly switch back and forth between your current app and the app you last used.

Turn off notifications manually

Are you also tired of your entire drop down menu being full of unnecessary notifications? Then you can quickly and easily turn it off from this menu by pressing and holding the relevant notification. Then turn off the switch next to the notification and you will no longer receive notifications from this app.

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