The 30 mobile settings I always change when launching my smartphone

The brand new mobile is always a moment of excitement for all tech fans. However, and for many new features that our brand new smartphone incorporates, always we tend to configure it to our liking before exploring it. This is my case and especially since I work in this sector in which I frequently release a device (even if it is for a short time).

Without becoming an obsession either, I admit that I was quite methodical in my first minutes with the smartphone. It doesn’t matter if it’s Android or iOS, because most of the setups I do are available for both.

Give me the best mobile, I won’t go anywhere without these settings

Initial configuration of the mobile; region, language, WiFi, own settings offered by Google/Apple, log in with my account and I’m already on the home screen of my new mobile. Should I try how is your camera? Should I do a benchmark to see the power of your processor? No. I better wait, cause First I change all the settings which I explain below.

Although many settings are my own hobbies to my personal preference, I’m sure you’ll feel identified with many of them.

Of course I must say that always I install some apps before, which in turn will serve me for some of the configurations that I will tell later. Specifically, these are Telegram, Spark, Slack, WhatsApp and a VPN app (change depending on the moment).

Alarms, notifications and sounds

  • 1. Mobile in silent modeeither with the iPhone switch activated for this purpose or with the volume buttons on Android.
  • 2. I set the “do not disturb” mode to my taste. During the day, no sound, but visuals and a ringtone. At night, only my favorite contacts can interrupt me with a call.
  • 3. I change the tone of Telegram and WhatsApp. And yes, that seems contradictory given that I always have my mobile on silent and these warnings mean nothing to me, but on the very rare occasions when I don’t have it on silent, I like to differentiate between the two applications and also have a different tone to that supplied as standard.
  • 4. Change Ringtone by something other than the default. For a mobile sound that I will listen to, I want it not to be identical to that of the majority.
  • 5. I set all alarms which I use during the week, always from the Wellbeing (Android) or Health (iOS) app so that the notifications are always set to sleep at least 7 hours.
  • 6. I change the alarm tone, since the default is not always the best. I try to make it go uphill and not be boring.
  • 7. I prevent app notifications that, as in the previous case, I consider that it is not essential for me to have flash notices. Especially in shopping applications, since their notifications are generally intended to encourage them to buy. If I really need something, I will enter your application.
  • 8. Disable Suggestions From the device. Whether in the search engine, in the preinstalled application for it or in the Google Assistant or Siri.

One day I decided to silence all notifications on my mobile and since then I have lived much calmer and happier

Interface customization

dark mode
  • 9. Change brightness to manual, because in automatic I never have the impression that it changes to my taste. It’s more of a hobby than anything else, as I recognize there are plenty of mobiles that handle it well, but when in doubt, I’d rather move it myself.
  • 10. I turn off special screen features As the night patrol or the True Tone. I always want a total natural color, more or less affected by consumption.
  • 11. Change text sizesince age does not even forgive that almost thirty and a size one or two points above the norm always suits me better.
  • 12. Auto Dark Modeleaving the light mode from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in summer and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in winter.
  • 13. Different wallpaper for home and lock screen. The blocking element is always a landscape, a city or any other real element. The starting one is usually a more abstract background with a predetermined color tone and always different from the one that predominates in the blocking one.
  • 14. Change icon view from the home screen. Not on iOS, but yes on Android. I always like to have a 7×4 space (counting the apps on the Dock).
  • 15. Change theme (on Android) taking advantage of all the customization options offered by Material You.
  • 16. Add Grid to Camera. It’s not that I’m an expert photographer, but I consider this element as basic to properly frame the photos.
  • 17. Edit quick settings panel or control center to have the ones I use most at my fingertips and in the order I want. On iOS it’s more complicated due to the little customization it supports, but I still add calculator, screen recording and dark mode.

The latest addition to Google Photos makes sharing photos even easier: here is its new floating window

Other settings and configurations

vpn
  • 18. I activate the VPN which I previously installed as a privacy method to browse the internet without being tracked.
  • 19. I change the order of contacts so they always appear ordered by name. I don’t know why, but by default I found them multiple times sorted by last name or alias.
  • 20. I add my payment cards to the wallet to have them ready to buy. For years I’ve never physically worn them and haven’t come across any contactless establishments so far (if I know ahead of time they don’t have one, I carry cash).
  • 21. Say goodbye to autocorrect. I appreciate errata being marked up, and in fact that’s how I keep this setting, but I hate when it corrects me (“plan” for “Olan”, “la paz” for “La Paz”, ” el paso” for “El Paso”). .. Sound familiar, iOS users?).
  • 22. Add text replacement options to save time when entering certain data such as my email, full name, address or identifier.
  • 23. Disable Optimized Charging if the device offers this function. I understand the importance of this function, but I did not like it and especially in the hypothetical situation of having to remove the mobile phone from the charger in advance and it has not yet finished charging.
  • 24. Enable Automatic Updates both for Google Play/App Store applications and for the device’s own software.
  • 25. I activate the option to share Internet and I set a password that, although complex, I know by heart. I usually share mobile data with other devices and it’s good to have it set up already from the start.
  • 26. I limit location to certain apps who, for obvious reasons, need this authorization. For example, Google Maps. The vast majority do without it and, in addition to gaining intimacy, I also gain in battery consumption.
  • 27. I uninstall applications that I will not use and that they are already installed by default. Those that cannot be edited, I try to remove them from the main view.
  • 28. I set up more fingerprints to unlock the device, including my right thumb for the second time, which is the one I use most often (highly recommended when the fingerprint sensor is slow or too erratic).
  • 29. Change Default Mail App by Spark. As I mentioned in another post, Spark has been my go-to app for managing my emails for years.
  • 30. Change default browser (if it’s Android) by Mozilla Firefox. On iOS, I prefer Safari, but on Google’s system, I don’t like Chrome at all and prefer the Firefox alternative, so it’s added to the first apps I install.

Of course, it remains to be said that, as maniacal and methodical as I am in this process, I do not always follow this order. Yes, I usually coincide with the former, although it may vary. The point is that, like many (or so I think), I can’t enjoy my mobile until I’m done. So yeah, it’s time to start finding out.

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