Do you own Android phone? Do you have any idea that there are few must change Android settings once you buy the phone or even now if the phone is not new? If you are not aware of these must change Android settings, have a look at the article and you should know it soon.
5 Must Change Android Settings
Many of you use mobile phones that run on Android and we do change settings and update the versions of the software as regularly as possible. Also devices that run on Android are equipped with so many different features that we do tend to neglect a few of them when we run it for an update. However these are actually those finer details about the must change Android settings which need to be updated for the device to function better.
These must change Android settings will enhance the performance of the device and will ensure that it is in perfect condition and is up to date with the ever expanding feature set of android. Such must change Android settings are listed below.
1. Stop Display of Sensitive Information on the Lock Screen
Almost all android phones have by default a setting which enables all notifications to be displayed on the display screen, when your device is locked. This can result into a breach of privacy because your personal messages and other private content will show up on the lock screen for anybody to read. To prevent this from happening you will have to make a very easy change. Simply go to the phone’s settings and tap the Notifications option.
There on the upper right hand section of the screen you will find a cog icon, on clicking which you will see an option which says “lock screen.” Tap on this option and select “Hide Sensitive Notification Content” which will not display the content on the lock screen but merely display “Hidden Content” and to access it. You will have to unlock your phone. Also if you simply want hide sensitive notifications of a particular app then once you select the “Show all Notification Content” option, go back to the list of app and select the particular whose notification you want to keep hidden from the lock screen and then follow the same process again.
2. Auto Lock and Instant Lock with the Power Button
The screen of your android device usually turns off after few moments of inactivity, however the lock screen turns on again quite soon after this. This can actually be used to go through your phone since it is technically not locked. But there is an option for auto lock. Go to the Display option and select a particular timeout period from “Sleep” and now you can be rest assured that after that particular period of time your phone will get locked automatically. Also from “Security” you can select the option for instantly locking the phone by clicking on the power button.
3. Avoid Personalized Ads
Personalized ads based on what you normally search on Google always pop up and they make it extremely difficult to work online. To opt out of seeing these personalized ads go to settings and tap on the option for “Ads” on Google (from the app section) and simply select “Opt Out of Ads Personalized”.
4. Keep “Doze Mode” Disabled for Certain Apps
Doze Mode was first seen with the arrival of Marshmallow and it is truly useful because it sort of puts some apps “to sleep” and prevents them from draining the phone’s battery by running in the background when you are not actively using them or your phone for that matter. Now this feature is actually great for the phone but it does have its disadvantages because when the doze mode is enabled there is a high possibility of notifications from the important or favorite app being displayed at a later time.
This is troublesome and you might just miss out on important messages. To avoid such problems, go to the “Battery” option on your phone’s settings and select “Doze and App Hibernation” from the overflow menu that is indicated by three dots. Now select all the apps that you do not want to include and the select the option which says “Don’t Optimize.” This will thus help in not enabling the doze mode for every single app, especially the VPN apps which need to run constantly in the background.
5. Position the Chrome Address Bar at the Bottom of the Screen
In case your phone is a little too large, it might be a problem for you to access it. Therefore search for “chrome://flags” and upon finding the Chrome Home, enable it.
Tap on “Relaunch Chrome” and then on the “Recent” button which will give you access to the multitasking screen. From here you can swipe and force close Chrome and then again reopen it from the address bar which will now be moves to the bottom. You might have to try this for few more times till it actually happens.
We do not really give much thought to these must change Android settings but we should. But as mentioned above they can cause serious trouble is not changes, in terms of your privacy, functionality and also interfere with the working of the apps. Therefore check your device and immediately perform these must change Android settings.