If you are using a smartphone with the Android operating system installed, be sure to check these settings.
From the now old Google Pixel 3 to the new Samsung Galaxy S22, Android phones have certain presets that affect the way you use the device. For example, your phone is set to default brightness settings, notification system, and home screen. If you adjust these settings a little, you can significantly improve your Android experience.
However, you need to know where these settings are and what they can do for you before you change them. We’ll review some settings that can help you improve battery life, de-clutter your home screen, locate a stolen or lost device, and generally improve your Android smartphone’s performance.
- Settings to improve battery life
– Turn off automatic screen brightness or adjustable brightness and set the slider to a brightness level below 50%
Higher brightness means more power consumption.
– Use the “Adaptive Battery” and “Battery Optimization” settings
These features focus on learning how to use your phone, including which apps you use and when, and then optimizing the apps and how much battery you’re using.
Turn on dark mode
Another best way to improve battery life while helping with eye strain is to use a dedicated dark mode. Android 10 and up have this option.
- Keep your home screen cluttered
Planning to visit the Google Play Store to install new apps? Be prepared for a lot of clutter and icons on the home screen as shortcuts land every time you install something.
If you don’t like it, there is an easy way out: long press on an empty area of the home screen and tap Settings. Find the option: “Add an icon to the home screen” or “Add new apps to the home screen” and turn it off.
- Set Do Not Disturb
If your phone regularly spends the night on your nightstand, you probably don’t want it to sound or ring every time you get a call, message, or alert on Facebook — especially when you’re trying to sleep. Android offers Do Not Disturb mode, which will keep your phone more or less quiet during certain hours. For some phones, this is called an off time or even quiet time setting.
You can often find the setting in Settings > Sounds (or Notifications), then search for Do Not Disturb or a similar name. If you can’t find it, search for it using the search function built into your settings.
- Be prepared if you lose your phone
Is there anything worse than a lost or stolen phone? Just the fact that you can track it down if you turn on Google Find My Device. To prepare for a successful search, you need to do the following: Open the Settings app, then Find My Device. It’s usually found in the Security section of the Settings app.
However, if you have a Samsung device, you can use Samsung’s “Find My Mobile” service, which can be found in Settings > Biometrics & Security > Find My Mobile.
Once the setting is enabled, you can go to android.com/find from any computer or mobile device and sign in to your account. Samsung users can visit findmymobile.samsung.com.