Average smartphone users now spend roughly five hours every day on their devices. You might not be aware of the adjustments and settings that can make those hours simpler or even shorter, though, aside from video and social media apps. Here is the 10 Android settings you may want to know:
Turn Wi-Fi on Automatically
When you are not at home or at work, you may have Wi-Fi turned off. If this is the case, Android will enable it again when you come back into range of a network that you have previously connected to. Find the Turn on Wi-Fi automatically switch by going to Network and Internet, Internet, and Network Preferences.
Use Less Data
You can get your phone to use less data by selecting Network and Internet and Data Saver if you’re in a foreign country, have a limited data plan, or are in an area with patchy cellular coverage. This operates in a variety of ways: For instance, some apps might check for updates less frequently, whereas web graphics might not load until you tap on them.
Start Driving Mode Automatically
Android now includes a dedicated mode for use while driving that disables some alerts and makes it simpler to carry out specific operations with voice commands. When your phone pairs with the Bluetooth stereo in your car, you can set this mode to automatically activate: Select Connected Devices, Connection Preferences, and Driving Mode to configure this feature.
Control What Your Phone’s Apps Can Do
Apps frequently ask for access to certain data or components of your device, such as your contacts and the current location of your phone. Open Applications(Apps) and click See all apps to select a specific app. From there, you can view and, if necessary, update these rights or restrict access to just when you’re using the app. Then click on Permissions to review and edit the settings. Additionally, the most recent time a specific set of permissions was utilized will be displayed.
Check Your Notification History
In case you swiped away your alerts too quickly and need to get them back, Android saves a record of them. By choosing Notifications and then Notification History, you may enable the function and view the most recent notifications from your apps. Note that both notifications you’ve dismissed and ones you’ve temporarily snoozed are included in this list.
Show the Battery Percentage in the Status Bar
The tiny indicator in the status bar makes it difficult to determine how much battery life is still on your phone. Select Battery, then activate the Battery Percentage toggle switch to display a percentage readout next to it. The standard battery life icon stays in place while all other status bar icons move to the left in accordance.
Unlock Your Device in Trusted Places
For added convenience, you can set the screen to automatically unlock in settings where you know no one dishonest will be able to access your phone, such as at home. Navigate to Security, Advanced Settings, Smart Lock, and Trusted Places before finishing with Security. You only need to add a place to start.
Set Limits on App Use
Android can be useful if you’re worried that you spend too much time on TikTok or Twitter. You can check how much time you spent using various applications during the day by selecting Dashboard under Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls. If necessary, you can then set time limitations for how much time you can spend using certain apps in the future.
Enable Guest Mode
The guest mode on your phone is a great method to let others use it without giving them access to your financial apps, social media accounts, or gaming achievements. It may be configured on Android by choosing System, Multiple Users, and then turning on Allow multiple users. It functions exactly like a user account on macOS or Windows.
Hide Silent Notifications
Without all the silent notifications, you undoubtedly receive more than enough. These are the ones that might inform you of the weather, local traffic conditions, or the background download of a podcast. Choose Notifications and turn on Hide quiet(slient) notifications in status bar if you’d prefer not to have these pop up on your phone and distract you.