11 Hidden Android Settings You Should Know About | Productivity
Android OS is not just limited to Samsung, Google or other premium brands, it is distributed and used by various brands of all price ranges. Due to its huge demand and easy usage, Android is popular and its approach is unlimited. No matter how much you know about it, there is so much more that you haven’t explored.
1. Modify application permissions
It is possible for you to decide how much of your personal data can an app access. Yes, you heard me, right! You can decide which permission you want to grant to a particular app just by making the changes in the Settings. All you need to do is, go to
Settings > Apps & notifications
Choose the app and select “See all” to check entire list and edit the app permissions, Select Permissions.
2. Free More Storage Space
If you’ve Android 7.0 Nougat or later version, then you can take tons of benefits by using the smart storage. This incredible feature will automatically eliminate the local copies of your images and video that you have already transferred from your phone to Google Photos to get extra free storage. However, to use this feature you need to activate it first, to activate the feature open:
settings > Storage > toggle on Smart Storage
You can also use Android cleaning apps to get rid of unwanted app and to free up your memory space.
Editor’s Note: Not sure what version of Android you’re running? How-To Geek tells you how to find your Android Version.
3. Use A Specific Ringtone For Your Contacts
You can easily customize and personalize your smartphone to know who is calling without touching or looking at your screen. You can set a unique ringtone for a specific phone number. To do the same, all you need to do is go to contacts, click on three dots and choose the ringtone that you want to use.
4. Track Your Smartphone’s Location
Forgetting your smartphone is the most common issue that has been faced by the majority of the people. Moreover, it is time consuming to recall the place where you kept last saw your phone. Fortunately, Android comes with an inbuilt feature that lets you find out where your phone is. You can use this feature by enabling it, go to:
Settings > Security & Location > Find My Device
Now whenever you can’t find your phone, you need to go to this URL, login to your Google account and you will be able to track your smartphone’s location on the map.
5. Access Your Web Pages As PDF
There are many times when you find something interesting while browsing. Sometimes you feel like saving the URL or capture it to read later. However, it is possible to get the web page as PDF.
All you need to do is, collect the pages you want to save as PDF, choose print and save pages as PDF. This will download the pages to your device so you can view them offline later.
Editor’s Note: You can also check out Pocket to view articles when you’re offline
6. Increase Your Font Size
If you’re using Android 7.0 and later version, then you don’t need to strain your eyesight while looking at your phone screen. You can tweak the settings of your phone and make the adjustment in the font size to give some relaxation your eyes.
All you need to do is, go to Settings, select display, and choose the font size you want to use on your device. After choosing the font size, you need to drag the pointer along with the slider to modify the changes, and confirm the preview window to check out how it looks after the modifications.
7. Use “Opt Out of Personalized Ads”
Undoubtedly, Google knows more about you than you realize and the reason behind this knowledge is those precisely tailored ads that you see on your screen. For example, when you search something on Google, you see various ads displayed in your screen after the search.
In order to do the same, head to Settings, navigate to
Google > Ads and the turn on “Opt out of Ads Personalization”.
After making the changes the ads will be displayed at your screen will be generic ads in ad-supported Android apps. These ads are not select based on your interests.
8. Limit Your Data Usage
When you’ve a limited internet pack, then you need to keep a tab on your internet usage. In fact, sometimes background app can use a lot of your data without you even realizing it.
You can easily limit your data usage and restrict the unwanted consumption just by making a few changes in the Settings. To do the same, go to:
Settings > Data Usage and then restrict app background data.
9. Use Cortana on Android
If you’re not a fan of the inbuilt Google assistant, or use Microsoft products to organize your tasks and calendar, you can use Cortana to get your work done without touching your phone.
Firstly, install Cortana, login in and then you can call your friend just by saying “hi Cortana, call Monica!
You can activate Cortana and make it a default app that comes when you hold down your Home button. All you need to do is, go to
Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Default apps > Assist & voice input > Assist app.
10. Use Guest Mode
There are many times, when you need to give your smartphone to others. However, if you don’t want another person to peek at your personal data then you can use a guest account mode that will help you to protect your data from going private to public. All you need to do with your Android 5.0 Lollipop is, go to:
Settings > General > Privacy > Guest Mode.
11. Enhance Your Battery Power
After a while, your device consumes more battery than usual. Moreover, when you have apps running in the background, and checking for updates then also it hogs a lot of battery. Luckily, you can prevent this situation by increasing your battery power. To do that go to:
Settings > Battery > click on the menu button from the top right of your screen and select Battery optimization.
Next you need to click on the optimized link and select All apps. Now, select the app and choose the don’t optimize option.
So, these are the 11 hidden Android Settings you should know about to enhance your Android experience.
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