In first part of making your Android smartphone less annoying more enjoyable, we talked about a couple stuff like turning off some notifications, making use of widgets and so on. The second part will enlighten you with screen lock customisation, rearranging the pull-down buttons (settings shortcuts).
Now let’s get into the part two of ways in which you can have an enjoyable Android experience.
Turn your Android phone into an enjoyable device to use.
- Rearrange pull-down buttons (the Notification shade)
The pull-down shade is one of the best features on Android phones. You can access this feature by simply swiping down from the top of the screen and it will drop down. This is also called the Notification shade. Usually, you’ll find the shortcuts for frequently used system apps the WiFi, flash light, Bluetooth, etc. here.
Newer Android versions now allow you to choose which icons you want to include up there for easy access. Depending on your phone, you can replace default one like the WiFi with phone vibration, flashlight, etc.
To customise the buttons that appear in the shade, tap the hamburger icon in the top-right corner. Then tap the edit button. You can then move the buttons around according to how you like it.
- Customise the lock screen
Passwords, fingerprint and other biometric authentications are a way to protect your phone and your data. This though protecting your data from unauthorised persons builds a small wall between you and your digital space.
But you still need security and convenience. Depending on the phone you have, you can set it not to require a login for a set period of time the screen goes off (standby mode).
To do this, go to Settings > Lock screen and Security > Secure lock settings > Secured lock time. Here, you can choose the time that works for you.
Another way is by “Smart Lock” feature. This is an advanced setting (usually nested under “Secure lock settings”). It keeps your device unlocked when it detects you’re in a “trusted” location. That means it can tell when you’re in your home via location services or if it’s connected to a trusted device like the Bluetooth in your car.
- Enable the “Do Not Disturb” setting
This is similar to the turning of an app’s notification just that with this you’ll get the notification but you won’t hear it. Perhaps, you don’t want to be disturbed at certain times of the day, say, during sleep time. These notifications can be email spams, Facebook notification of someone like your post or some other unimportant alerts. Such notifications can be very annoying.
Good for you, Android has a way to protect you. The Do Not Disturb setting is here for you. More luckily, the Do Not Disturb settings can be scheduled. Just head to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Do not disturb. You just have to set the time period in which you want the phone to be quiet on all notification. And this includes phone calls as well.
Some notifications too can’t be ignored. You would want them at all times. So instead of putting the whole system in silent mode you can choose to make exceptions. In the Exceptions setting under the Do Not Disturb setting, you can allow calls and messages from particular contacts, notifications from “priority” apps, etc.
- Ditch the use of in-app cameras
Sorry to break the bad news to you but in-app cameras are….a bit lacking. These cameras are in apps like the Instagrams, the Snapchats, the Facebooks and all the social apps. These in-apps cameras are really not good as the phone’s own camera.
The only things with which those in-app cameras can beat the phone’s camera app is the tons of different filters. Well, if you really not satisfied with the picture quality of those in-app cameras, the solution is simple. Just take photos with your phone’s default camera app. Then you can do you editing before you share them to your social platforms.