Android settings changes to make you like your phone more

Check out these five Android settings you can play with to improve phone performance.

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Android phones (iPhonesalso) are packed with predefined settings that determine how your device runs on a day-to-day basis, regardless of whether you’re using last year’s device Samsung Galaxy S21that Google Pixel 6, Galaxy S21 FE or the new Galaxy S22. Although these settings are the defaults, they may not be the best for you. With a few changes, you can optimize the use of your smartphone.

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However, you need to know where these settings are and what they can do for you before you start configuring them. We’ll go through the settings that may help you improve your battery lifeclean up the clutter on your home screen, find a stolen or lost device and get better performance from your Android smartphone.

note: Not all Android devices are created equal and phone manufacturers often put their own software on top of Android, so be aware that certain settings may be missing or in a different place depending on the Android version and manufacturer you’re using on your phone.

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A display that is too bright drains your battery incredibly quickly.

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Settings to improve battery life

Living with a phone with poor battery life can be annoying, but there are some steps you can take to maximize each charge right from the start:

1. Disable automatic screen brightness or adaptive brightness and set the brightness level slider below 50%.
The brighter your screen, the more battery power it consumes.

To get to the setting, pull down the context menu from the top of the screen and adjust the slider if available. Some phones may have an auto-brightness toggle in the shortcuts panel. Otherwise, you’ll have to open the Settings app and search for “Brightness” to find the setting and turn it off.

2. Use Adaptive Battery and Battery Optimization.
These features focus on learning how you use your phone, including which apps you use and when, and then optimizing the apps and the amount of battery they use.

Some Android phones have their own battery section in the Settings app, while other phones (you’re looking at, Samsung) bury those settings. It’s different for every cell phone. I recommend opening your Settings and searching for “Battery” to find the correct screen. Your phone may also have an adaptive charging setting that can monitor how quickly your phone’s battery charges overnight to maintain its health.

Dark mode is your friend

Another way to improve battery life while being easy on your eyes is to use Android’s special dark mode. Any Android phone running Android 10 or newer has a dedicated dark mode option.

Corresponding Google, dark mode not only reduces eye strain from smartphone displays but also improves battery life as less power is required to display dark backgrounds on OLED displays (in most flagship phones) as a white background.

Depending on what version of Android your phone is running and what company made your phone, you might have to dig around in the Settings app to find a dark mode. If your phone is running Android 10 or later, you can enable system-wide dark mode. If it runs on Android 9, don’t despair. Many uses have their own dark mode option in the settings which you can use whether you have Android 10 or not.

To turn on dark mode, open the settings app and search for Dark mode, Dark Theme or night mode (as Samsung likes to call it). I suggest using dark mode all the time, but if you’re unsure, you can always set dark mode to turn on automatically on a schedule such as your location at sunset and sunrise time.

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Using dark mode on any phone is a simple and nice looking way to save battery.

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Keep your home screen clutter-free

Plan to visit the Google Play Store for a Bunch of new Android apps? Be prepared for a lot of icon clutter on your home screen, where shortcuts end up every time you install something.

If you don’t want that, there’s an easy way out: long-press an empty area of ​​your home screen and tap Settings. Look for the option labeled something like Add icon to home screen or Add new apps to the home screen and turn it off.

Presto! No more icons on the home screen when installing new apps. You can still add shortcuts by dragging an app’s icon from the app drawer, but they won’t appear on your home screen unless you want them to.

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Do not disturb setup

If your phone routinely spends the night on your bedside table, you probably don’t want it to beep or buzz every time you get a call, message, or Facebook notification — especially when you’re trying to sleep. Android offers a do not disturb mode that keeps the phone more or less silent during certain hours. On some phones, this is called a downtime setting or even idle time.

Go to settings > Sounds (or notifications), then search Please do not disturb or a similar name. If you can’t find it, use the built-in search function in your settings to find it.

This feature allows you to set a range of hours when you want to turn off digital noise. But don’t worry, any notifications you receive while Do Not Disturb is on will still be waiting for you when you wake up. Also, you can usually make an exception that lets through calls from repeat callers and favorite contacts. Turn that on. If someone calls you in an emergency, chances are they’ll keep trying.

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What someone who finds a lost or stolen Android phone sees after you lock it with Find My Device.

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Be prepared if you lose your phone

Is there anything worse than a lost or stolen phone? Just knowing that if you had turned on Google’s Find My Device feature, you could have found it.

To prepare for a successful recovery, here’s what you need to do: Open the settings app and then search for Find my device. It’s usually in the security section of settings apartment

Or if you have a Samsung device, you can use Samsung’s Find My Mobile service, which you can find at settings > Biometrics and Security > find my phone.

Once enabled, you can go to android.com/find from any PC or mobile device and log into your account. Samsung users can visit findmymobile.samsung.com to find lost phone.

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Losing a phone is never a fun experience.

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If you’re running into trouble setting it up, be sure to check out ours Complete Guide to Find Lost Android Phone.

Assuming your phone is on and online, you should be able to see its location on a map. From there you can make it ring, lock it, set a lock screen note to say who has it, how to get it back to you, or worst case scenario, wipe the whole thing remotely.

Of course, there’s a lot more to learn about a new phone. If you have a phone with you Android 12released last fall, here’s what you need to know Download, compatibility and new features. And if you’re already on Android 12, here you are several hidden features you should know about.