13 Android Settings You Should Change Now!

13 Android Settings You Should Change Now!


Maybe you’ve been using Android for years,
or maybe you just recently switched to. In both cases, there are so many little settings
that you probably don’t know about, but really should. They might have to do with security or privacy,
or are just plain useful. So today we’re going to go over 13 settings
in Android that you should really change right away. And before we get started let me just quickly
plug my Twitter, I try to post good stuff on there every day, it’s just @ThioJoe. But anyway, let’s jump right in. We’ll start off with some privacy and security
settings, because I think those are the most important. The first one will stop Google from using
your personal info to advertise to you. You just go to Settings, Google, Ads, then
enable the option to “Opt out of Ads Personalization”. You’ll still see ads, but they will no longer
target you based on your search history and interests. Next we want to go to the security settings. This menu might be named something a little
bit different depending on your phone manufacturer and version, but you should be able to figure
it out. Once there, go to Screen Lock Settings Gear,
and look for the setting for “Power Button Instantly Locks” and set that to On. Otherwise, even if you turn off the screen,
the phone will not be locked right away, so if someone snatches your phone out of your
hand, they can still get in. You may also want to change the “automatically
lock” setting, which makes it so the screen doesn’t lock right away if the screen times
out. I like to keep this on 5 seconds, in case
I’m reading something and it turns off too soon. But, I DEFINITELY want it to lock if I actually
press the power button myself. Here’s another one for lock screen security. This time you want to go to the actual Google
App, then go to the menu, Settings, Voice, OK Google Detection, and Disable “Trusted
Voice”. This feature makes it so your lock screen
can be bypassed if it heres your voice. But obviously, it’s not perfect, and is not
secure at all. In fact, I’ve seen it where my phone would
unlock when I was talking, and I didn’t even say OK Google! So I wouldn’t trust it at all. Number four, is the “Sim Card Lock” setting,
which is very important, but not many know about. To enable it, again go to Settings, Security,
Set Up Sim Card Lock. But don’t do anything with it just yet before
I explain. This setting will protect your sim card, and
make it so any time you turn on your phone, you’ll have to type in a PIN. This way, even if someone steals your phone,
takes out your sim card, and puts it into another phone, they can’t use it without the
pin. Otherwise, they could do things like use your
cell data, see your phone number and even make calls from your number, and potentially
see billing data. So obviously we want to enable this. When you hit Enable, it might ask you for
your current PIN. If you don’t remember setting it up, don’t
guess! You only have three tries. Instead, look to see what your cell phone
carrier’s default SIM pin is. For example, AT&T’s is 1111. If you get it wrong 3 times, your sim card
will be locked, and you will need to go to your cell phone carrier’s website or call
them to get what’s called a “PUK Code” to unlock it again. But if the default Pin doesn’t work, you might
need to get that code anyway. But the good news is, when you type in the
PUK code, you can now set your own pin. And in any case, this is all good, because
after you set your PIN, you don’t want some thief to be able to easily guess your code
a bunch of times. Ok next up number 5, we want to make sure
we can track our phone if it gets stolen, by enabling Android Device Manager. So in the settings go to Google, Security,
Android Device Manager, and make sure both of these options are enabled, to be able to
remotely locate and wipe the device if you need to. On newer phones they should be enabled by
default, but you’ll want to double check. Another place to check is Settings, Security
(which is not the same security menu we just looked at), then Device Administrators, and
make sure “Android Device Manager” is enabled. Now if your phone is ever lost, you can log
into your Google account and use the “Find my phone” feature. Moving on, the next few are quick and easy. Go to Settings, notifications, click the Gear,
though it might look a bit different on other phones remember, and then find the setting
for “On the Lock Screen”. This one is personal preference whether you
want to change. If you select “Hide sensitive content”, it
makes it so for certain apps, like text messages, a notification on the lock screen will not
show the content of the message, only which app it is. So if you tend to be around a lot of prying
eyes, all day, this might be one to pick. You can even have it not show any notifications
at all on the lock screen, but that one is a bit extreme. Alright, number 7 I think we’re on, is NFC,
or “Near Field Communication”. Go to “Wireless & Networks”, and you might
have to click “More”. Then you can see the option to enable or Disable
NFC. This basically allows your phone to communicate
with other “NFC” enabled devices you put it next to. One example is if you use Android Pay, and
hold your phone up to a cash register. But for the most part, I don’t think many
people use this at all, or at least very rarely. And on some phones it can really affect battery
life. And there have apparently been demonstrations
of hacks that can take advantage of it at a distance. So I would just keep this disabled until you
need it. Onto number 8, this one is pretty useful for
anyone with a cellular data cap. In settings to go Data Usage, and see where
it says “Cellular Data Usage”, and click the Gear. This allows you to tell the phone when the
billing cycle resets, and also provide a data threshold to warn you when you get close to
your limit, or stop you from going over altogether. And if you have unlimited data, you can turn
the warning off so it doesn’t ever annoy you. Next up we have a cool one, but we have to
enable developer settings to get to it. But if you don’t have that enabled yet, don’t
worry. Just go to Settings, About Phone, look where
it says “Build Number”, and tap that a bunch of times until it says “You’re a Developer”. Now you’ll see the new menu under settings. So go there, and scroll down until you see
the options for “Animation Scale”, there should be a few of them. This changes how fast or slow animations on
the phone are, such as switching between apps. If you set these to 0.5x, they will now be
twice as fast, because the .5x means one-half the time. So this just kind of makes your phone feel
a little bit more snappy, and especially on newer phones, allows you to navigate in apps
a lot faster. Number 10, the infamous Autocorrect! There are actually a few keyboard settings
we can adjust here but I’ll group them as one. I’m going to assume you’re using the Google
Keyboard, but other keyboards should have similar settings. So let’s go to Settings, Language and Input,
Virtual Keyboard, Gboard, then Text Correction. Look for where it says “Auto-Correction”,
and I personally like that to be disabled, so it doesn’t ever change what I type. But you can always keep “Show Suggestions”
enabled, to make it still easy to fix typos. Also, some people find that if you disable
“Suggest Contact Names” and “Personalized Suggestions”, the keyboard works a lot faster. Also, another one to disable is “Block Offensive
Words”. I’m pretty sure if you’re an adult, you can
handle seeing some swear words. But we’re not done with the Google Keyboard
just yet. Go back to the Gboard Keyboard Settings, and
click Advanced. You will probably want to disable the options
for “Share Usage Statistics” and “Share Snippets”, which sends information to Google about what
you type. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think
I want that. Alright we’re onto number 11, this is actually
a Chrome feature that not many know about. So Open up Chrome, Click the menu icon, then
settings, and click on where it says “Data Saver”. What this does, is has Google compress webpages
for you before sending them to your phone. This could be useful in at least two cases,
like if you have a data cap, you’ll use less, and if you have a slow connection, sites will
load faster because there will be less to load. It won’t be able to do it on encrypted sites,
but it’s better than nothing. And it will even show you how much data you’ve
used and saved over time from the feature. Coming near the end, we have a couple more
Chrome settings that I think you’ll like. The first up is a relatively new feature called
“Chrome Home” that is not enabled by default. You can find it in the hidden “Flags” menu,
and if you don’t know about that, you just go to the navigation bar, and type in “Chrome://Flags”. This will bring up a whole bunch of advanced
experimental and developer settings. So now press the menu icon, then click “Find
In Page”, and type in “Home”, which should bring you to an option called “Chrome Home
Android”. Switch that from Default to Enabled, click
the button to Restart Chrome, and you’ll now see it looks different. Instead of the navigation bar being at the
top, it’s now at the bottom, which means you don’t have to reach so far to use it. Also, if you swipe up, there’s a new “Home
Bar” I guess you could call it, which has quick links to recent downloads, bookmarks,
and history. It might also show you some relevant news
pages. Obviously you might not like having the bar
at the the bottom, but I think it’s easy to get used to, and having the extra quick links
is really convenient. And finally, we have another new Chrome feature
that solves one of the most annoying things about mobile web browsing, which is when you
try to read a web page, and the whole thing keeps jumping as stuff is loading. Google recently introduced a new feature called
“Scroll Anchoring”, which again can be found by going to “Chrome://Flags”, and search for
the word “Anchor”. Then where it says “Scroll Anchoring”, change
it from Default to Enabled. I don’t know if the “default” means enabled
at this point, but this way you can be sure. And with this feature, you might not even
realize it’s working, because obviously it when it is, nothing happens. And it probably won’t work every time, but
you should hopefully see page jumps happening a lot less often now. Oh and you can enable that setting on the
desktop version of chrome as well. So that is it, a bunch of settings for Android
that I think will make your life easier, and also more secure. You can let us know if there are any big ones
I missed, and maybe I’ll go over them in a future video. If you want to keep watching, I’ll put some
other videos right here you can just click on those. And if you want to subscribe, I make new videos
every Tuesday Thursday Saturday. And again you can follow me on Twitter as
well. So I’m looking forward to hearing from you
guys, I’ll see you next time, have a good one.

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49 Replies to “13 Android Settings You Should Change Now!”

  1. I searched for this ( doing 12 from private good or bad ) and I found this video why 😚😚

  2. How secure is "Find my device" Google requires your permission to track you all over the country side. Not just ping your phone if you lose it,

  3. Bro in my case when i change some setting in developer option and when i restart my mobile and check my developer option to check that it but all setting are set to default again please help me

  4. I finally realized that people are prisoners of their phones… that's why it's called a "cell" phone.

  5. Oh yeah sometimes when I say something when unlock it goes to Google assistant thinking I said Ok Google or Hey Google

  6. Thanks, i think i was banned from leaving reviews on Google play and im looking for a way to stick it to google

  7. thank you soooooo much for the scroll anchoring one i used it on my desktop, i i tried to search for it but without knowing its called anchoring i had no chance

  8. DON'T ENABLE LOCATION IF YOU DON'T WANT YOU WIFE FIND YOU ….IS A JOKE A JOKE ,….JJJJJ HOUSTON YOU COPY WE HAVE A PRO…….. HOUSTON YOU THERE? HOUSTON

  9. They should add a setting to add a charge limit that stops ur phone from charging at 90 percent so it dont end up cooking the battery because if u keep it plugged in for to long fully charged it isn't good for it so it should stop the charge at 90 percent automatically and if u want to charge it turn it off on the drop down menu thingy and if u want it to start charging again when it's under 90 percent after hitting 90 percent just unplug and plug back in and this would keep ur phone from dieing when u leave ur charger in a pixel 3 too long it breaks it and u cant charge it and I'm pretty sure that is what breaks them

  10. 6:26 I like to have my current usage, my warning, and my limit spaced about 5 MB apart (I adjust them whenever I get a warning), so I don't accidentally use too much at once.

  11. opt out of personalized google ads…. why sure, sign me up because nothing is better than viewing ads that aren't even relevant to me. If I have to see them, I want them personalized.

  12. Hey its english?? I thought there was a random indian dude that will speak some non sense that only indians will understand

  13. New Android user here. Thgis is fascinating and useful stuff. Be ready to pause a lot, as he goes through it all very quickly

  14. ok I'm just gonna say it… why would you lock down ad personalization? My ads are hella specific and it really helps!

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