Let’s be honest: among the endless and interesting Android features hide some settings and options that are not so useful and that you wanted to turn off immediately but then, taken by laziness, you left active. Today we’re going to show you three features you should get rid of right away!
Disable access to app localization
Battery consumption is a major concern for users. One of the reasons why a smartphone drains faster is because apps can access its location hardware.
By default, whenever an app needs to access your location, it uses GPS, which increases power consumption. However, you can change this for each individual app installed on your smartphone. This way, you will certainly benefit from longer battery life.
To set up access to the location, you just need to:
- Accessing your device’s settings
- Search for the location access submenu (many manufacturers include it in the Privacy and Security menu)
- In this screenshot, you can see which apps have access to your location and choose which ones to give permission and which ones not
With Android 10 you have an additional advantage: you can decide whether to give access to a particular app at all times, only while using the app or reject it completely:
- Open the Settings menu
- Click on Location-based services
- Select the app you want to manage the authorization for
- Click on Permissions
- And select the option that best suits your needs
Avoid adding new apps to your home page
You may have noticed that whenever you install a new app on your device, the Google Play Store automatically sends a shortcut to the home screen. This feature can be useful when it comes to apps you use every day, such as WhatsApp or Facebook, but as for other apps, it is useless and quite annoying, especially when you find yourself on the home screen covered with icons.
To deactivate this function and have the newly downloaded apps available directly in the appropriate section without filling the home screen with new icons:
- Open the Play Store
- Access the settings menu by clicking on the three horizontal lines at the top left
- Uncheck Add icons to the Home screen.
If you don’t find this item in the Play Store, you’ll need to look for your launcher’s settings, usually by pressing and holding on any empty point on the main screen and then clicking on a gear icon.
Disable haptic feedback on your display
That little vibration that your phone does every time you tap the screen is useful for letting you know when you’ve actually registered an input, but it can also be frustrating if the vibration motor in your phone is not that quiet. It also drains your battery. Most power users turn this off when they pick up a new device. here’s how to do it.
- Go to Settings
- Select Sound & vibration
- Look for Touch vibrations and turn it off
- It may be called something different depending on the exact device you have
Now that you know how to disable these three boring Android features you can enjoy the best of your device, taking advantage of it intelligently and limiting battery consumption. What other functions would you like to get rid of?