Android Settings You Did Not Know About

The Android operating system on your smartphone has many features that aren't visible in the main interface. Some of these settings are useful for power users, while others are just fun to play around with.

1. Auto-rotate screen orientation

This setting allows you to automatically rotate the screen when you open an app. It's handy if you're using a phone with a small display, such as a tablet, because it makes reading easier.

2. Enable or disable Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you use a mobile data plan, you might not need to worry about turning off the Wi-Fi hotspot at home. However, if you travel frequently, you'll probably appreciate having access to free Wi-Fi while away from home. To turn off Wi-Fi hotspots, go into your device's settings menu and find "Wi-Fi." 

Then tap the toggle switch next to "Wired network" to turn it off.

3. Set up Location Services

Location services allow apps to determine where you are. This includes things like finding nearby restaurants, getting directions, and tracking your movements. 

It also allows apps to send you to push notifications when you're near certain places.

4. Hide Sensitive Alerts on Your Phone’s Lock Screen

You would not want sensitive or personal alerts popping up on your phone’s lock screen, as anyone can read those notifications. You can stop it by selecting ‘Notifications’ and then disabling the ‘Sensitive Notifications’ switch. 

5. Turn off Data Roaming

Data roaming is when your phone uses cellular data while connected to Wi-Fi. If you use data roaming, you'll pay more than if you were using Wi-Fi only. To turn off data roaming, go into your mobile network settings and select "Data Roaming" under "Mobile Network." 

Then, uncheck the box next to "Allow data roaming."

6. Change default browser

In addition to changing your default search engine, you can also change your default web browser. Go to Settings >> Apps & Notifications >> Default apps. Select Web Browser and then tap the arrow button to choose another app.

7. Unlock Your Device Only in Secure Places

In safe places, like your home or office, your phone’s screen can automatically unlock itself. To activate it, go to Security >>Advanced Settings >> Smart Lock >> Trusted Places. Now, add a location.

8. Add an Extra Layer of Security for Contactless Payments

By using apps like Google Pay, you can pay with your smartphone through Near Field Communication (NFC). To secure your handset from misusing NFC payment, you can use a screen lock. Go to Connected Devices >> Connection Preferences >> NFC >> Activate Require device unlock for NFC.

9. Manage Your Apps on Your Phone

Apps on your phone often ask for permission to access data or information like your contacts and the phone's location. You can edit these permissions to limit access to the apps. First, Open Apps >> Select See all apps to choose a specific app >> Tap on Permissions to check the settings and change the settings. 

10. Show the Battery Power Percentage in the Status Bar

Sometimes it might be difficult to know how much battery life your phone is left with. Now, you can see your battery power status by checking an icon in the status bar. To get a visible percentage regarding the battery power, select ‘Battery’ and then enable the Battery Percentage toggle switch. After activating it, other icons on the status bar will move to the left to make space.

11. View the Notification History

Android OS maintains a record of all your notifications if you have swiped them away too fast and need those back. You can view your recent notifications from your apps by choosing Notifications and then Notification History. The currently snoozed notifications and also dismissed notifications will appear in this list.

12. See Which Apps Use the Most Storage

If your phone has a shortage of space or memory, you can check which apps are occupying the most space by heading to Storage and Apps. The biggest-sized apps in terms of storage space will show up on the list. You can then delete a few unused apps to create more storage space.

13. Add Live Captions to Videos

Various Android apps can add live captions to videos in real-time on Android smartphones. This feature is useful to understand the content of videos better. You can enable this option by tapping ‘Sound and Vibration’ and going to Live Caption. Now, Google’s AI will automatically generate captions by detecting speech, whether it is a video on a social media platform or a video call.