5 settings Android smartphone users should change right away

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5 settings Android smartphone users should change right away

Making a few changes in your Android smartphone’s settings can make a big difference to its performance. Here are 5 Android settings that you should change now to get the most out of your phone with these essential features.

Get rid of new-app shortcuts

If you install a lot of apps, you’ll notice that a short-cut for the newly-installed app gets automatically created on the home screen.

Some may find this feature handy but for many, it’s clutter. Instead of manually deleting each icon, do it at one go.

Follow this: Go to “Google Play Store”, tap on the three lines on the top left corner, then head to “Settings” and uncheck the box reading “Add icon to Home screen”.

Now every time you install an app it will directly land in your app drawer.

Hide sensitive info on lock screen

Android offers the convenience of allowing us to peek into the content of the notifications from the lock screen itself.

But, this also means anyone who picks up your handset can browse through your private content. To hide sensitive content from the lock screen, jump into the “Settings” menu and select “Sound & notification.”

Then tap on the “Gear icon” on the top right and configure notifications to “Hide sensitive notification content”. From now, the content of the notifications will be hidden until you unlock the phone.

There is also an option to hide notifications from the lock screen entirely.

Enable Google Play Protect

Google Play Protect is a real-time malware scanner which scans each and every application that is installed or about to be installed in your device.

It’s enabled by default but there is one function in it that’s not. Go to “Settings”, then select “Google”, tap on “Security” and then tap o n Google Play protect.

There you can find two options, “Scan device for security threats” and improve harmful app detection”. The first option will be enabled by default so enable the second.

This will ensure that unknown apps downloaded from outside the Google Play store will be automatically scanned for viruses and malware.

If you happen to work with apps from unknown sources, consider this a must-use feature.

Smart Storage

This feature helps clear space on an overstuffed Android device. By enabling it, you can remove photos and videos that are more than 30 days old and are already backed up in your Google Drive.

Go to ‘Settings’ and tap ‘Storage’. Here, you will see the ‘Smart Storage’ option, just enable it and you are done. Please note that this feature is only available on Android Nougat (7.1) and Oreo.

Note: Keep in mind that these settings may not be in exactly the same place across all devices

Get Chrome adress bar to the bottom
Moving Chrome’s address bar to the bottom makes perfect sense for users with smaller hands.

In the address bar of chrome type this: ‘chrome://flags’ and you will be taken to the chrome flags page. Hit the three dot button in the top right corner and select ‘Find in page’.