Android mobiles have lots of settings which also change from version to version and layer to layer. Going through all the settings takes time, but there are a number of settings that can be useful if you configure them beforehand. You know, prevention is better than cure.
In this article we are going to collect the useful parameters of an Android mobile that you should consider activating or configuring, since they could get you out of some trouble or facilitate your use with the mobile, avoiding, for example, being woken up at night or losing notifications.
Find My Device is the built-in Android system through which you can find a lost mobile. Not only is it useful if your mobile is stolen, but it can help you in more mundane situations, such as when you don’t know where your mobile is at home and it’s silent. It won’t ring if you call, but you can make it play a sound if you use Google Find My Device.
Most often, Find My Device is already enabled, but if you don’t remember setting it up during mobile setup, you can make sure by going to Settings > Security > Find My Device. You just need to turn on the switch, no need to install the APP.
We only remember backups when we need them, but of course you should make them before you need them. As with the previous section, this is part of the initial Android setup, so it’s possible you already have them enabled. If you’re not sure, go to Settings > System > Backup and tap Enable.
Android backup has a lot of room for improvement, but at the very least, switching to a new phone will be less traumatic if you lose the old one. If active, the mobile makes a backup every day if it is charging and connected to Wi-Fi, although you can also create a manual copy whenever you want.
It’s important to back up not only Android, but apps like WhatsApp as well, so you don’t lose your precious chats if something happens to your phone or you lose it. WhatsApp backup is set up from the app itself, in Settings > Chats > Backup and we recommend setting it daily instead of weekly, as in this case you may lose history for several days.
For some time Android phones have allowed us to add emergency information, which can literally save your life in the event of an accident. The options available on your mobile may vary slightly depending on the version and the layer, although it is likely that at least you can enter emergency contacts and medical information such as blood type, medications or the allergies.
In the latest versions of Android, it’s in the Security & Emergencies menu, but it can also be in Security or anywhere else. As always, the settings finder will come to the rescue if you can’t find the option.
Going through this section, check if your mobile has an emergency SOS feature, which is usually something like a panic button to call or message emergency services and/or emergency contacts, often after repeatedly pressing the ignition button. A highly recommended setting to check, configure, and keep in mind in case you need it.
Some mobiles are too restrictive with applications, closing them at the slightest pretext in order to prolong battery use. It’s an effective way to make your battery last longer, yes, but it can also cause you to miss important notifications from apps that have been closed (or “optimized”, as they call it).
This feature is highly vendor dependent, so sometimes you’ll find it as an additional permission for apps, in the Battery menu, or it just won’t exist. When enabled it generally works the same way: all apps are shown and you can disable battery optimization for the ones that are important so you want to make sure they don’t close when they are running. are left in the background.
Don’t be woken up by notifications
There are few things more annoying than having your phone waking you up from a peaceful sleep with a random notification during the night. You have several solutions for this: turn it off, silence it every night or, most automated of all, schedule do not disturb mode.
Android’s do not disturb mode can be activated at any time from the quick setting, but you can also schedule it to turn on and off at a certain time every day. The setting is usually found in the Notifications menu of Settings, and you can create a custom schedule by editing one of the existing “plans” or creating a new one. One of the settings is called Sleeping and by default it turns off the mobile at 10:00 p.m. and turns it back on at 7:00 a.m.
Screen, don’t turn it off so soon
The mobile screen turns off automatically after a certain time, which is often 30 seconds. The less the screen is on, the less battery the mobile will use, but it can be very frustrating to try to read or watch something and the screen turns off or dims before we are done.
If you’re tired of having to press to keep the screen on, don’t be afraid to increase the timeout: you can always turn off the screen manually by pressing the button. You can change this from Settings > Display > Screen timeout.
Quick adjustments, by hand
Quick settings are the buttons that appear at the top of the notification panel and can sometimes be extremely useful. For example, it can be very useful to have the flashlight setting at hand.
Android lets you fully customize Quick Settings, removing, adding, and moving to suit your preferences, and it’s not complicated at all. All you have to do is tap the pencil icon and then move from side to side.
Access point password
Android mobile hotspot has a system-generated name and password, which is great for protecting our privacy, but it may complicate your life later every time you use it. You do not have to resign yourself to connecting to AndroidAP_7318 with the password bf2ad41bc4e3a, you can put the name you want.
Go to Android settings and under Network & Internet section you should find Internet Sharing or similar. Touch the hotspot name and password to edit them. You will only be able to modify the data if the access point is not yet active.