Android Settings You Need to Change Right Now
Whatever Android phone you have, it comes with a set of pre-programmed settings. Brightness, organization and light mode, and privacy are among these options, but only because they’re the default does not mean you have to utilize them. With Android’s ever-expanding feature set, it’s easy to overlook those hidden Android options that can improve your experience. Here are a few modifications you should make in the Android settings to fine-tune your privacy and security or improve performance.
Keeping Phone on Dark Mode Will Improve Battery Time
Using Android’s specialized dark mode is another option to improve battery life while also helping to protect your eyes. A specific dark mode option will be available on every Android phone running Android 10 or newer. According to Google, dark mode not only lessens the strain on our eyes caused by smartphone displays, but it also increases battery life because dark backgrounds on OLED displays (used in most flagship phones) use less power than white backgrounds.
Hide Sensitive Content From Lock Screen
You may interact with alerts directly from the lock screen from Android 5.0 Lollipop. While this is useful, it also indicates that anyone may access your notifications even when your phone is locked. However, you can conceal sensitive notifications from the lock screen. To begin, set up a password, a pattern, or a PIN on your Android phone. Here’s how to hide sensitive notification material once you’ve done that.
- Open Settings > Notifications.
- Tap the cog icon on the upper-right of the screen.
- Tap On the lock screen.
- Select Hide sensitive notification content.
Instead of displaying the actual message, sensitive notifications indicate “content hidden.” To access the news, you must first unlock your device.
Enable Auto-Lock and Power Button Instant Lock
To save battery, your Android phone’s screen switches off automatically after a certain length of inactivity. However, the lock screen only appears after a few seconds. If you leave your unlocked smartphone alone during this time, nefarious parties may gain access to it. It is suggested that you reduce your screen timeout. To do so, go to
Settings > Display > Sleep
Choose the shortest allowable time, after which your screen will switch off.
Set up Do Not Disturb
You don’t want your phone ringing or buzzing every time there’s a call, message, or Facebook alert if it stays on your nightstand the whole night, especially when you’re attempting to sleep. Fortunately, Android includes a Do Not Disturb option that keeps the phone mostly silent during set hours. This is known as the Downtime setting or even quiet time on some phones.
Enable Persistent Number Row in Gboard
It can be inconvenient to switch between number and alphabet mode on your keyboard if your job requires working with numbers. You may activate a permanent number row at the top of your keyboard if you use Gboard, which I assume most of you do. It’s a terrific way to make the most of mobile devices’ expanding screen real estate.
- To do so, open Gboard.
- Hold the emoji/cog icon and tap on Gboard keyboard settings.
- Tap Preferences.
- Enable Number row.
Drag Chrome’s Address Bar to the Bottom
It cannot be easy to reach the top of the screen, especially with only one hand. Chrome’s address bar is located in the upper half of the screen on larger phones, making it difficult to access. Thankfully, moving Chrome’s address bar to the bottom for quick access is simple.