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Configuring Android OS Settings - Android OS Tips and Tricks

Just like with your computer, the operating system or OS for short is what runs on your hardware and allows you to access your device and install programs or applications. Without an operating system your smartphone or tablet would just be an expensive paperweight. And just like with your computer, the Android OS is configurable and customizable.

The Android OS offers many setting that allow you to configure and customize your Android device to suit your needs and style. In this tip we will go over the different categories of settings and explain what they do and how you can change these settings to get the most of out your device. Keep in mind that the settings and screenshots may vary from how they look on your device.

To get to the settings simply tap the Settings icon on your device and it will bring up the main settings screen with all the configurable categories.

Android Settings

The first Android setting is for Wireless and networks. Here is where you would change network settings and connect to wireless internet connection such as your home broadband connection or even at a coffee shop with a Wi-Fi hotspot. This will increase your speed for things such as web browsing and downloading files. There are also settings to configure your Bluetooth devices and setting up tethering which allows you to share your devices data connection with your computer via USB. If you want to use your device on a plane then you can turn on airplane mode from here as well.

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Call settings is where you can configure Android settings for things like your voicemail service and what number you call to access your voicemail such as *86. You shouldn’t have to change any of these settings and can stick with the defaults.

The Sound section allows you to change sounds for things such as phone and notification ringtones and turning vibration on or off. You can also set the volume for your ringtone, media, alarm and notifications separately. The Feedback section lets you change things like having audible touch tones when you press keys on the dial pad as well as playing sounds for things such as locking the screen and making screen selections. Haptic feedback makes the phone vibrate when pressing certain keys for different functions.

Android Settings

The Display section is used for setting things such as screen brightness and auto-rotate screen which makes the screen rotate to match which way you are holding the device. You can turn off device animations from here as well. The screen timeout setting is used to set how long it takes for the screen to go blank when not in use. This saves battery life by not having the screen on and using battery power when it’s not being used.

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Location and Security is used to setup things such as enabling your wireless connection for your carrier as well as enabling the GPS on your device. If you want to put a password on your device to lock it when not in use then you would do that from the screen lock section. The visible password option shows the password on the screen as you type it rather than hiding it. This comes in handy to make sure that you are typing the right password and not making any mistakes that you may not see if it was turned off. Credential storage allows you to use secure certificates for credential for applications to use. Most people won’t ever do anything with this section.

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