7 settings to change on your smartphone now

7 settings to change on your smartphone now

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Sure, leaving your iPhone set up exactly the way it was when you took it out of the box is an option, but you lose out on a bunch of small tweaks and reconfigurations that can make your smartphone more productive (and fun) to use. Here are a few settings that you should change right away.

In the instructions below, we describe the process on the latest version of iOS (iOS 16) running on iPhones, and the latest version of Android (Android 9) at the time of writing. If you’re using a different version of software, or a different flavor of Android, the steps may be slightly different, but all options should still be available.

Turn on Wi-Fi calling

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If your iPhone struggles to find a cellular connection but has a strong Wi-Fi link, it can use the latter option to send and receive calls — as long as your service provider supports it (all major US companies do).

To turn on WiFi calls:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Cellular.
  3. Select Wi-Fi Calling and turn it on.
    1. Reduce notifications for some apps

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      The more efficiently you set up notifications, the more you will be able to get things done, with or without your iPhone. Both Android and iOS allow you to turn off notifications for certain apps, or simply silence notifications for certain apps (so that they appear on the screen but don’t sound or vibrate).

      To adjust notification settings:

      1. Open the Settings app.
      2. Select Notifications.
      3. Scroll down and select the apps you want no Want to receive notifications from.
      4. Uncheck Allow notifications.
        1. Identify the caller by a specific ringtone

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          When your phone starts ringing from the other side of the room, it can be helpful to have an idea of ​​who’s calling, as that will likely be a factor in whether or not you want to answer the call. To that end, iOS allows you to associate certain ringtones with specific contacts in your address book.

          To change a specific contact’s ringtone:

          1. Open the phone app.
          2. Select Contacts (bottom center) and select the contact whose ringtone you want to change.
          3. Select Edit.
          4. Scroll down and select Ringtone.
          5. Choose one of the different ringtones.
          6. Select Done.
            1. Extend your iPhone battery life

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              If you want to extend the battery life of your iPhone, you can enable Low Power Mode. This will automatically help your iPhone save battery life by doing things like lowering screen brightness, throttling some visual effects, automatic downloads, fetching email, and refreshing the background app. The cool thing is that when enabled, Low Power Mode will automatically turn on when your iPhone is below 80 percent and then automatically turn off at 80 percent or higher. (Note: This is the same mode that your iPhone automatically requests to be enabled when you are below 20 percent.)

              To enable Low Power Mode:

              1. Open the Settings app.
              2. Scroll down and select Battery.
              3. Switch to low power mode.
                1. Save storage space by reducing image size

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                  Your iPhone has built-in tools to erase photos and videos from your phone once they’ve been safely backed up to the cloud. Enabling these features could mean you avoid running out of space on your iPhone at the most inopportune moment—like when you’re trying to take a new photo.

                  1. Open the Settings app.
                  2. Scroll down and select Photos.
                  3. Make sure iPhone Photos is turned on, and below that there is a checkmark next to Optimize iPhone Storage.
                    1. If checked, your iPhone will automatically reduce the resolution of the photos it saved to free up some space. However, it will only do this when the storage space is low. You’ll be able to access the full-resolution photos via iCloud later.

                      Give your eyes a rest by turning on Night Shift

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                      Blue light from our device screens has been linked to decreasing the quality of our sleep, so it’s probably not a good idea to watch hours on YouTube before bed. If you must check your phone late at night, you can at least change the screen temperature so that it emits less blue light. Your iPhone calls this Night Shift.

                      How to turn on Night Shift:

                      1. Open the Settings app.
                      2. Select Display and Brightness.
                      3. Scroll down and select Night Shift.
                        1. From here, you can schedule a specific time each day for Night Shift to turn on automatically. Or you can enable it manually until tomorrow. You can also adjust screen ‘warmth’ levels when Night Shift is on.

                          Reduce distractions by managing screen time

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                          If you want to limit the time you spend fiddling with social media apps and the web — but don’t necessarily want to go as far as removing offending apps from your phone — then you can set daily time limits on certain apps. Of course, it’s your phone, so you can simply unlock it again…but it may help your willpower.

                          How to use Screen Time:

                          1. Open the Settings app.
                          2. Scroll down and select Screen Time.
                          3. Select Add border.
                            1. From here, you can search for a specific app (like Instagram) that you want to set a limit for or You can select one of the default groups (social, gaming or entertainment) and your iPhone will group together a set of apps and websites that will be limited.

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