Android smartphones are already great, but they can be so much better in just a few easy steps. So here’s how to have the best Android experience possible.
There’s a couple of key components. First and foremost, at least for me, is managing your notifications. Android Marshmallow and Nougat, both allow you to turn off notifications for a specific app. This is the single most important thing you can do to enhance your Android experience.
So many apps and games, don’t have a single useful notification to offer. Why should you care if your game wants to notify you that you haven’t played in a while. That’s a useless notification. So turn off every single app notification that you don’t need.
Just open up your Settings, then tap Apps. Then tap to select an app with useless notifications. Then tap the section labeled notifications. Then flip the toggle at the top of the page to Block all. That way that particular app will never send you another notification. Repeat process as necessary.
While we’re on the subject of apps, go ahead and disable the bloatware apps that you don’t want or need. Just because Galaxy Apps comes pre-installed on your Samsung Galaxy S7, doesn’t mean that it’s a useful app that you need.
So head into Settings, and find a bloatware app that you neither want nor need. First, make sure that the app in question isn’t essential to your system like Android System WebView or something. If it’s not essential then tap it and then tap the button labled Disable. It will ask you to confirm your choice. Then repeat this process as necessary.
Next up, improve your smartphone’s battery, turn auto-brightness off. There’s no reason your Android should have a screen as bright when you’re inside a well-lit room as when you’re outside in the dark. Pull down your notifcation shade, turn off auto-brightness and then adjust the slider, so that your screen is bright enough, but not too bright.
Did you know that you can reorder the short cuts displayed at the top of your notification shade? That’s right, if there’s a shortcut up there that you never need like Airplane mode, you can actually remove it. Keep in mind that this technique only works if your phone is running Android Nougat, (which it probably isn’t).
If your Android is running Nougat, tapping the hamburger in the top-right corner of the shade > edit and rearranging everything as you like it.
Next up your camera app. It’s there for a reason, if you’re using image-heavy social media, do not suffer the indignities of your in-app camera. Exit the app and take the photos on your far superior stock camera app and then post them to the social media service of your choice.
Use your Do Not Disturb mode. You deserve a few blessed hours of silence every once and a while, which is where your Android’s Do Not Disturb mode comes in handy. You can schedule Do Not Disturb via Settings > Sounds and vibration > Do not disturb. Here, you can tell your phone to forgo all notifications during a specific time, even phone calls.
Don’t forget that you can set up exceptions in your Do Not Disturb mode that would still allow for calls from your partner or boss to come through for instance. So take the time to set up exceptions, if you need them. Exceptions setting, you can set up the feature to always allows calls and messages from particular contacts (say, all those designated as “Favorites”), from “priority” apps, or even from callers who have repeatedly tried to reach you (the type of calls you get in an emergency situation).
That’s all there is to it. Now you’re ready to put your best Android forward, in any situation!