Sometimes using Android phones could be really annoying due to some settings on we didn’t bother to change. Good for us, these things can be reverted to make less annoying and more enjoyable. No distractions, no irritations.

1. Notifications

Notifications can be very annoying, especially if they are false notifications. In my own coined terms, falsenotifications are those that aren’t really important for you stop whatever you doing to check them. Examples of these kind of annoying notifications are game notifications or even notifications from social media. These notifications can be very disturbing and distracting especially when you are working or learning.

I suggest such annoying notifications be turned off. Just go Settings > Notifications to turn them off. Under the Notification settings, you can turn off notifications for all app or you do it for individual apps. Tap the apps you want to turn off notifications for and you are done.

2. Make use of widgets

Widgets! You are using an Android phone and you are not using widgets, then you are losing out. Widgets are live app windows that are on individual home screen page. Many third-party apps also work with these widgets

Widgets are mostly essential for information you check often. Like the weather, emails, podcast, etc – even some social apps like WhatsApp. There’s no need to open the app itself, just create a widget for it and you’ll see whatever information in real-time.

Create a widget by long pressing on an empty space on your home screen. A series of options will pop up. Tap the widgets link and it will take you through a list of apps that have widget available. Tap on the app or the part of the app you want to use in a widget and drag it to free space on the home screen. For example, WhatsApp has widget for messages only. Meaning the widget will show only your WhatsApp chats, leaving the Statuses and calls out.

3. Remove bloatware apps

What is bloatware apps? Here is a scenario. You buy a smartphone from Samsung. Samsung installs its own apps other the basic camera, calculator, etc. apps on the device. Such apps are termed as bloatware. Most people do not use these apps anyway.

Basically, bloatware refers to pre-installed apps which is usually not used – just taking up phone space and resources. They come from your phone manufacturer, carrier and Google. But they are pre-installed so how do you remove pre-installed apps? There are a couple of ways to remove bloatware from your Androidmobile device.

For Xiaomi devices, you can use the MIUI Hidden Settings app to get rid of their bloatware apps.

4. Turn off auto brightness

Auto brightness feature dims and brightens the screen automatically depending on the intensity of light of your environment. When you are in a dark place the screen lowers its brightness to be easy on your eyes. Same way, when you go out during the day the screen automatically brightens up for you to see clearly without having to strain your eyes.

Generally, this is supposed to be a very good feature.  When you’re mostly indoors you might not even realise it. But the distractions here is it seems to overreact by happening to sudden when there’s a change of environment.

Usually, auto brightness is on for most Android phones. And you can switch it off. If yours is okay with you, you don’t have to touch it. But if yours is quite disturbing you can disable it. Go to Settings > Display. It should be under this section for most Android mobile devices. Better still, you can swipe down the screen for the notification bar to appear, you may see some shortcuts there. It should be among them. Now, you can choose a static lighting setting.

Concluding here, the instructions shown here are general instructions for Android mobile devices. The way to go about yours may differ depending on your manufacturer. Hope this helps make your Android phone more easy and enjoyable to use.