This article will explain the nine Android settings that you should turn off for better performance. The steps that you take after following this tutorial will reduce the load in your phone’s processor to speed it up and save battery life. Also, privacy is a big concern nowadays, so performing these activities could enhance your privacy even more.
To demonstrate instructions here, we have used a Samsung device model of the Android 9version. So, it’s okay, if you have a different phone because it’s only the interface that looks different, but the settings remain the same.
9 Android Settings To Turn Off
Alright, let’s get started by opening up the setting app.
1. Nearby Scanning
Nearby scanning is a feature that allows your device to constantly search for surrounding devices to which it can connect. These actions can really drain battery life, so it’s the first thing we’re going to turn off.
- First of all, tap on ‘Connections’.
- Then, select ‘More’.
- Now, navigate to ‘connection settings’.
- Select ‘Nearby Device Scanning’.
- Finally, tap on that radio button switch to turn it off.
2. Background Apps (That Consume Resources)
The next options to turn off on the list are the useless apps that consume memory in the background. But before getting there, enable the ‘Developer Mode’ by performing these steps.
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- Navigate to the ‘About Phone’ section & tap on that.
- Then select ‘Software information’ to get the device and other information.
- Now tap on the ‘Build number’ multiple times (most probably seven times in most devices). It will give you developer rights access.
- Then enter your PIN or your passcode, if it prompts, to turn on the developer mode.
Now, open the ‘Settings’ app main page. There you will find new developer options underneath the ‘About phone’ section.
- Tap on developer options.
- Scroll down & tap on the Background check.
- Read the data & find the apps that consume more time to estimate the use of the processor.
- If you suspect an app that consumes more time and possibly processor, turn them off.
Similarly, turn off everything that is suspicious in terms of battery drainage, more CPU & GPU consumption, and doesn’t require to be updated in the background. If you feel like your phone is not functioning properly after turning any app off, you can come back anytime here and revert the work.
3. Usage & Diagnostic Information
It is the data that’s sent to developers in the background. So let’s open up settings & perform these instructions.
- Select ‘Google’ under accounts.
- Then three vertical dots and open more options (located at the upper right-hand corner).
- Choose ‘Usage & diagnostics’.
- You’ll find an active radio button that you need to switch off to terminate this feature until you turn it back on in the future.
4. Ads personalization
Despite being anonymous, ads are still sending some data that help companies to deliver more relevant advertisements. Yes, they’re collecting data for an improvised user experience while watching ads. Turning off ads personalization is pretty simple. Just go back to google account settings as described above. Then select ads and opt-out of its personalization options.
5. GPS, WiFi & Bluetooth Settings
We have read on multiple forums that people experience better location detection & battery saving by turning off wifi and Bluetooth. It is true because these features cause the device to consistently scan and scan. And, if we turn them off, our location or Global Positioning System aka GPS is still going to work. Also, Location & GPS are the next settings you should turn off when not in use because they also consume resources more than expected.
6. Location History
Our phone stores history in our Google account of all the places that we’ve visited. It might feel some creepy but it’s like the iPhone Significant Locations, both responsible for storing our routes. Go back to the Google settings window and select ‘location history’. Then, pause it by tapping on the on-screen radio button (found at the lower right end of the screen). Also, turn off the network data analytics by returning to the location settings.
7. Background Data
If an app is consistently using data in the background, it is a loss of money, especially if you are not on wifi. On the other hand, running multiple apps consuming data simultaneously can easily drain the battery. Therefore, go back to your android settings and click on ‘Apps’. Select one app from the list, click on ‘restrict background data’ & confirm if it prompts.
Apart from the things mentioned above, always enable play to protect and avoid installations from unknown sources. This means, only installing applications that are found on Google Play Store only. A common reason for this is that apps downloaded from third-party untrusted sites could contain ransomware, spoofing codes, unwanted permissions, or maybe possibly a virus. In the end, I hope you like my list of the top 7 android settings that you need to turn off for better performance. Please read other articles published on ProApps99.