Android is as of now the most popular operating system when it comes to smartphones.
In fact, the latest version Android Nougat (or Android 7.0 N) as it is commonly known was released only recently after a slightly earlier launch of Marshmallow. You are more likely than not to feel your head reeling when you take a look at the Settings. There are a whole lot of settings with various sub options. If you think that the default factory settings are the right ones for your handset, you may have to think again. The following article lists out some settings that you must consider giving priority and how to set them. Following these can get you the best performance from your device. Remember that almost these settings are done by accessing the Settings menu. For those that deviate from this, instructions are given appropriately.
Cut Down on the Brightness Level
Are you someone who keeps the brightness level of your screen very high because you think it makes viewing easy? If so, you are terribly mistaken. This increased brightness level actually does not ease your screen viewing. Rather, it has a drastic impact on your battery. Higher the screen brightness, the faster your battery tends to get drained. So, make sure that you opt for an optimum setting of 50 percent or even lesser. To adjust this setting, go to the Display related subsection and check out the brightness slider. Slide it as much as you can towards the left. Also, remember to turn off the auto brightness feature to avoid increasing the brightness level unnecessarily.
Lessen the Whiteness
This feature comes handy when you use a smartphone with an AMOLED screen. If you are a Samsung user, then it is advisable that you must look into this feature. This is because AMOLED displays drink the juice out of your handset faster than their LCD counterparts in an attempt to offer better color range.Look up your phone’s specifications to know what screen it incorporates. The best bet is to choose a black wallpaper. In case your gadget does not support this, you can consider not using a wallpaper at all. Make sure that you use the black wallpaper for both lock and home screens. Activating this wallpaper is very easy. Just give a long press on an empty portion of the home screen. In the pop-up menu, choose the Wallpapers option and manipulate your settings.
Say NO to App Shortcuts
Everytime you install an app from Google Play Store, you are sure to find a shortcut icon for the installed app on your home screen. You can prevent this from happening with just one easy step. When you open Google Play, look out for the Menu section followed by the Settings subsection. The checkbox next to Add icon to Home screen is usually activated by default. Clearing this avoids cluttering of shortcuts on your home screen while you install your favorite apps.
Activate Do Not Disturb
The Do Not Disturb is a fairly new and yet useful feature added by Android for the first time in its Marshmallow version, and turned out to be a big hit. You can turn this feature on at night when you go to sleep and the smartphone is not in use, or for a time period during the day when you do not want to be interrupted. This setting is called Downtime on some gadgets while on some others it is known as Quiet hours or Scheduled do not disturb. Navigate to the Sounds (or Soundsand Notifications in some devices) and look for this setting and set up the time when you would like your smartphone to remain silent.
Reduce the Screen Timeout
The best way to decide the timeout interval for your handset is to first analyze how frequently you are using it. If you use it very frequently, then this setting can help you save on your battery power. The lower the value, the lesser time your screen is displayed when you do not use the device. In other words, the contents of your screen are visible only for very less time if the screen timeout is set for a low value. Like the Brightness setting, you will have to go to the Display subsection to adjust this value.