5 Android settings to change immediately to get more out of your phone


Change these settings on your new Android phone. 

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Android comes with an abundance of settings that allow you to customize and improve your smartphone experience. By default, Android picks what it considers the best settings, but depending on the type of user you are — beginner, average or pro — tinkering with your Android preferences and settings is a good idea to get the most out of your device.

However, you need to know where these controls are and what they can do for you. In this guide, we’ll go through settings that may help you improve your battery life, clean up the clutter on your home screen, find a stolen or lost device and more.

So whether you have the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Google Pixel 6 Pro or OnePlus 9 Pro, these are the settings you need to change immediately to get better performance out of your Android smartphone.

Note: Not all Android devices are created equal, and certain settings may be missing or in a different place depending on the version of Android you’re running and the maker of your phone, so just be aware of that when you’re adjusting these settings.


An overly bright display will drain your battery incredibly fast. 

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Settings to improve battery life

Living with a phone that has poor battery life can be infuriating, but there are some steps you can take to maximize each charge right from the very beginning:

1. Turn off auto screen brightness — it may be called adaptive brightness — and set the brightness level…