Important Settings to Change on Your Phone Immediately
Regardless if you’ve had your Android phone forever or you’ve received a brand new one over the Christmas festivities, one thing that doesn’t change is the configurability of Android. So many people get confused about what to change and what to leave alone. Here are tips, tricks and settings to change on your Android phone as we welcome 2020:
8. Dark Mode
A super awesome Android phone is pointless if its battery is dead. Enabling dark mode will make it easier for all users because it uses less battery as the screen is less bright.
If you have Android 10, simply pull down for notifications and enable dark mode. If you’ve got an older version of Android, you need to find the individual application and enable the dark mode built-in.
For instance, on your Twitter app, go into “Settings and Privacy” and under “Display and Sound”, there’s an option called Dark Mode. Simply enable it and your Twitter will go dark. The more applications you can put into dark mode, the better.
You could also use the “Invert Colors” option. To do this, go into Settings and select “Accessibility”. Scroll down until you find the option called “Color Inversion”.
7. Adaptive Screen
Adaptive brightness makes your phone lighter or darker depending on your lighting conditions. Unfortunately, it drains too much battery. Also, if you’re the type of person who prefers to manually control their brightness level, Adaptive Brightness can be annoying.
To turn it off, simply open Settings, then tap Display and tap Adaptive Brightness. Tap the adaptive brightness toggle to turn off the feature.
6. Adaptive Battery
Adaptive Battery works by learning your usage patterns for various apps and allows the apps you use regularly to stay in memory after you exit them. With adaptive battery, the apps one uses rarely are killed as soon as one exits them so that they don’t run in the background and waste battery life or use Wi-Fi or mobile data.
Basically, the phone learns how you use your device especially which apps you frequently use, which apps should be running all the time and which apps do not need to be running all the time because you don’t use them. It simply handles battery usage to the way you use your phone. Make sure it is enabled.
Also, one can change the time the adaptive battery could be applied to each app. It’s usually about 3 days by default but one can change the Setting by following: Settings > Device care > Battery > More > Settings > Put unused apps to sleep > Set sleep delay.
5. App Optimization
In your settings, go to “apps and notifications” and scroll down to “advanced” at the bottom. There you’ll see something like “Special App Access” and then click on “Battery Optimization”. What it does is look at all the apps and how the battery can be optimized to run the app.
Some of the apps will already be optimized and some may say “Not available to be optimized”. Those are typically the built-in services. Enabling the apps to be optimized will let the phone know which ones to use less power and more power on.
4. Limit Icons
It’s exciting getting a new phone and then you notice icon after icon being added. Long-press anywhere on the home screen and choose “Home Settings.” There you’ll see an option that says “Add icon to Home Screen.” You’ll have to disable that.
Don’t worry about your apps because they’ll still be available on your apps drawer. They’re simply not going to pop up again and again after every page.
3. Widget Shortcut
Many of us Android users forget that when you long-press an application, it’s going to show their widgets. For instance, you can use the home address on your Google Maps by long-pressing Google Maps, dragging the home address and drop it somewhere on the screen. Now you’ll have a shortcut to that particular widget. If you want to get rid of it just long-press it and drag it to the delete icon highlighted at the top of the screen.
2. Do Not Disturb
When you don’t want anyone calling you, or it’s time to get some sleep or you want to focus on your work, Android offers a Do Not Disturb mode that will keep the phone more or less silent during designated hours. On some phones, it is known as the Downtime setting or even quiet time.
Simply head to Settings > Sounds (or Sounds and notifications), then look for Do Not Disturb (or the appropriate name). The feature allows you to set up a range of hours (usually night-time) when one wants to be away from the digital world. However, any notifications you get while on DND will be waiting for you when you wake up. The app allows you to set up exceptions depending on what you consider as emergency or important to ignore.
1. Find My Device
If there’s anything worse than losing a phone is knowing that you could have tracked it down if you had turned on Google’s Find My Device feature. To be able to recover the phone, simply open the Settings app and search for Find My Device. You will find it in the Security section of the Settings app. If you’re using other devices like Samsung, you can use Samsung’s Find My Mobile service located in Settings > Biometrics and security > Find My Mobile.
Once enabled, you can head to android.com/find from any PC or mobile device and sign in to your account. Samsung users can visit findmymobile.samsung.com to find their lost phone.
If your phone happens to be on and online, you will be able to see its location on a map. From there, you can make it ring, lock it, set a lock screen note to tell whoever has it how to get back to you. If it’s stolen, you can remotely wipe the whole thing.