Android Settings That You Need To Fix [March 2020]

In this article, we’re going to tell you about some Android settings to turn off immediately. Everything you’re going to read in this article is designed to either optimize your phone’s processor or it’s going to save your battery life; both good things.

Settings Fixed: Nearby Device Scanning

So, we need to go to the Settings app to get started. To do that, swipe down from the top of the screen. Once in the settings app, the first thing we’re going to turn off is Nearby device scanning. Nearby device scanning does what it sounds like it does.

Your phone is constantly searching for other devices that are nearby that it might want to connect to. It can really drain your battery life. So, the way to go about this that you’ll need to tap on Connections then tap on More connection settings and then Nearby device scanning, tap that switch, turn it off.

Android Settings

Background Apps

Next, we’re going to address the selection of background apps. The apps that you want to allow running in the background even when you are not using your phone. Pretty easy to get there. You will need to enable developer mode though.

So, go back to the main page of the Settings app and scroll all the way down to About phone, tap on that. Then tap on Software information. Now tap on Build number seven times. Then enter your PIN or your       pass-code.

Android Settings
Android Settings

After that go back to the main page of the Settings app. Now, you’ll see developer options underneath About phone. Tap on developer options. Scroll down to Background check, tap it. In this list, go through and pay specific attention to which ones have a time amount underneath. This shows you how long ago that app or service used the processor on your phone.

So if there’s anything in this list, especially things that have been using it, just tap that switch, turn it off. Anything that you don’t recognize in here that doesn’t need to be updating in the background when you’re not using your phone, turn that thing off. You can always come back here and turn it on if something doesn’t work.

Usage and Diagnostic Information

Next, you need to turn off Usage and diagnostic information. So, this information is being sent to Google in the background when you’re not using your phone. So, go back to the main page of the settings app. Then tap on Google. Then tap on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Tap Usage & diagnostics. You’ll see a nice little switch, it will be on the right, just tap it, it will be turned off. Save some battery life, save some cellular data.

Ads Personalization

Next, let’s turn off ads personalization. This is going to just deliver; we know it’s anonymous but still, it’s sending information about the way that you use your phone to ad networks so, that they can send you more relevant advertising. Yeah, they’re collecting data on you and so you can say, ‘oh I just talked about biscuits in my living room and now all of sudden I’m getting biscuits ads on my phone’. Yes, we understand, it’s weird.

So we’ll just tap the back button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. And you’ll see underneath there Ads, tap on that. Opt out of Ads Personalization. You know, it’s a setting to turn off the video. You have to turn this one on to turn it off. Opt out of interest-based ads, you’ll still see ads but they may not be based on your interests. Note: if you clear your cache, you will lose your opt-out setting.

That is it, folks! We hope this guide will help you in terms of optimizing your phone’s performance and enhancing its battery life. Stay tuned for further updates.

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