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Your smartphone, be it Android or iOS, has a number of features which you can enable or disable to optimize the functionality of your phone. There are a number of very important mobile phone settings for optimization. Make sure that you have them covered.
Avoid Home Screen Clutter
Not every app you download may be important enough for you to warrant a place in your home screen as a shortcut. You could have downloaded the app to just try it. To avoid this, you can prevent apps to clutter your Home Screen.
Long press on the Home Screen. Then tap the “Home Screen Settings” option. Then you can easily toggle off “Add icon to Home Screen” option.
Online Activity Tracking by Google
We all know that Google tracks all our online activities. To disable the same go to Settings and scroll down to Google. Click on it. Under Services option, find Ads. Press on this and on the Ad page you will be able to see your advertising ID. Through this ID Google knows what you have searched.
You should now opt out of Personalisation of Ads. As soon as you enable that, you will get a message prompting you to know if you want to opt out of interest-based Ads. Press OK. You will still continue to see Ads but they will no longer be based on your online activity and your personal interests.
Due to various urgencies, you lend your phone to a friend or a family member to make a phone call. They might end up browsing your private and personal messages, chats, emails, and photos.
You can stop their access to these apps on some versions of Android phones by enabling Screen Pinning so that they are prevented to leave the screen.
Go to Settings, under Security and Lock Screen, scroll down to Screen Pinning and toggle it to Switched On position.
Then on your Home Screen, you are required to select the app you want to pin and then click it. You will be able to see a pin icon at the bottom. If now if due to some reason you want to unpin it, just click the Back and Overview buttons together and it will be Unpinned.
Filling up of free space in your phone can be a big problem on Android phones, especially the lower-priced versions which do not have much memory capacity.
You can get around this on Android Lollipop. You can format your SD card to be used as internal storage.
Go to Storage, select SD card. Click on the three dots at the top right-hand corner of the page and a menu will drop down or appear. Click on the Storage settings, and then click on Format as Internal Storage.
Make sure to Back Up your SD card data, as everything on it will be completely erased!.
Click on Erase and Format. Where it asks to move data to new storage, you can choose the option to move now or you may also move later.
Find my phone
We have all occasionally lost track of a phone. Maybe it was hiding in the couch cushions or sitting on the kitchen counter.
Don’t go crazy looking for your phone next time; just use Google’s “Find my phone” tool (previously known as Android Device Manager). You can this special feature through the internet from a mobile device or any computer. Simply log into your Google account, and choose your missing phone from the drop-down menu.
Google tracks down your mobile phone and shows you where it is. If required, you can also make the phone ring, even if it’s in silent mode.
If in case your phone is stolen and you are afraid that your personal data will be compromised, you can remotely erase the phone and protect your data.
Maybe you spend too much time on your phone sometimes, but Android 9 Pie has some tools to help you avoid that. The Digital Wellness suite (on select devices) shows you what apps you’ve been using, for how long, and offers ways to stop that from happening.
The settings menu breaks down apps on a chart, and lets you set a time limit for apps you want to cut back. The chart tracks notifications and unlocks as well. There’s also a “Wind down” mode that slowly fades the screen to grayscale as bedtime approaches.
So many times you have felt the need for doing two things at once and you felt the need of splitting the screen to do that. You’ll be able to bring up two apps in split-screen mode if your phone runs Android 7.0 or higher.
To do this, all you need to do is long-press the overview button. Your current app will shrink into the top half of the screen (left half in landscape), and you can choose another app from your recent list. You can drag the divider between the two apps to change the amount of screen real estate you want to allow each of the apps. When you’re done, just long-press the overview button again or drag the divider all the way to the top or bottom. Split-screen mode is a stock feature of any device which is running Nougat or higher.
On Pie devices with the new horizontal app switcher, you may need to long-press on the app icon at the top of the preview to select split-screen mode.
Don’t feel You are Stuck with The Keyboard that Comes with Your Smartphone.
Confused about which is the best Android keyboard? The answer is simple: the one that suits you is the best!
You do not have to put up with the keyboard of your device. There are many keyboard options, from the manufacturer’s version that OnePlus, MI, Samsung or HTC integrate, to the original Android keyboard or third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey or Skype.
First, turn off the vibration feedback at the key press. You will find this in Settings, Language and Input (or Language and Keyboard) where all the keyboard configuration is. Sometimes, the vibrations are backed up and once your fingers start to fly, they can not always keep up, which is annoying. The buzzing of the key presses can also be really annoying to those around you. Some vibrations are hidden in the sound and notification settings. Once again, less is more, as they say.
“Although some of the manufacturer keyboards are pretty good, the stock Android keyboard (available on Google Play) is also good, but we’re fans of the advanced features of SwiftKey, which is well worth a try too, because of the strength of its predictive suggestions. It’s also free.” – Chris Hall, Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone, Pocket-lint; Twitter: @Pocketlint
Emergency SOS Number
Say you are walking alone and someone starts following you, or, worse still, someone near you collapses due to a heart attack.
What do you do?
You need to set up an emergency SOS on your iPhone. Go to Settings on your iOS device, go to Emergency SOS. Put on “Call with Side Button” and toggle ON the Auto Call setting below it.
Now if you press the side button of your iPhone three times, a call will be made to your emergency contact.
Set up your all your Emergency contacts in your Health App. Click on the link on the page and it will take you to your Medical ID where you should write details about yourself and your emergency numbers.
Now you must ensure to activate the “Show when Locked” setting. It is imperative for you to do this.
Stop Apple From Tracking You
You can stop Apple from tracking you and push advertisements based on your internet usage and your interests.
Go to Settings, click Privacy; scroll down to reach Advertising. Then simply you are required to enable the option that says “Limit Ad Tracking”. You will henceforth, continue to see advertisements but they will no longer be personalized.
Stop iPhone Analytics
You can stop your phone from sending all the analytics data (your usage, location etc.) to the server.
While you are on the Privacy setting, scroll down to analytics and ensure you disable the “Share iPhone Analytics”. This sends Apple all sort of data about your usage of the phone, the sites you visit, your location data to the Apple server.
If you don’t want Apple to track you and use your information, go to Location Services, scroll all the way down to “System Services”, look for “Location Based Apple Ads” and ensure that you disable it.
In addition to that, ensure you disable the whole section of Product Improvement as all these features have the potential of tracking you and your usage of the phone.
Enable scanning of QR codes
If you like to scan QR codes (black and white squares that look like small and messy chessboards) to start websites or applications, you’re in luck: iOS allows you to turn your iPhone camera into a QR scanner. Under Settings, touch Camera and activate the Scan QR codes button. Now you can use the camera application normally, but when you scan QR codes, it will scan them automatically.
Delete unused apps
You can free up space on your phone by getting rid of applications that you rarely or never use. In fact, your iPhone can easily do it for you. In the Settings application, click General, choose iPhone Storage and then activate the Offload Unused Apps option. If in the future, you regret losing one of these applications, you can always reinstall it.
Jump to the correct camera mode
Nobody wants to miss an important shot because they were lost in the various modes within the camera application. Instead, when you see something you need to photograph or film in a hurry, apply a firm 3D touch to the camera icon instead of lightly touching it. Then you can choose a camera mode like Selfie or Slo-mo directly from the home screen. This will speed up your speed of taking photographs, although Apple does not make all camera modes available as shortcuts.
Type instructions to Siri
You might not prefer to speak out your commands to Siri in a very loud or quiet low environment. Instead, you may write it. Go to Settings, click General, then Accessibility and then Siri. Now activate the option Type to Siri. Now, when you hold down the Home button (in case of iPhone X, the Power button) to call Siri, you can talk back or write your instructions.
Use the “remind me later” feature to skip calls on your iPhone, without forgetting them.
Alternatively, you can have iOS remind you to call back later. As with the auto-responses, the way you do it will depend on your iOS version. In iOS 9, tap the Remind Me button at the top of the slide, but in previous versions slide up and select Remember Me Later.
You can choose to be reminded in one hour, “When I leave” or (wherever applicable) “When I get home.”
Make sure your address details are updated in Contacts, so your iPhone knows where your home is. The schedules will be based on your GPS movements.
These are some of the Very important mobile Phone settings that you can change for optimum utilization of your precious little but a very smart companion.
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