Picking a new smartphone for yourself is not as easy as some might think. Given that there are so many available options, the ultimate decision usually comes down to having an Android or iPhone.
Both options have their pros and cons. However, if you are on a smaller budget, Android should be the go-to option. Purchasing a model like Samsung Galaxy is a reasonable choice, and not just because of the price.
After you get your hands on the smartphone, you will find that it has a plethora of available features, and it will take a while for you to optimize the device and get the most out of it. To help with that, here are some tips.
Manage Your Applications
On the surface level, managing Android storage might not seem like that big of a deal. There are a few applications, downloads, and maybe some media files, such as videos or photos you take with the phone’s camera, right?
Well, the reality is a bit different. While a smartphone might not have as complicated a storage design as computers that come with other volumes, NTFS files, and other specific data, you should not disregard these things.
Temporary app files, such as cache and data storage, require deleting as well. Removing old messages is another example of how you can improve the overall space on your Android smartphone.
Other than looking to get rid of unwanted data, you can also take advantage of cloud storage and micro SD cards.
Enable the Dark Mode
Lowering the screen’s brightness is often not enough to use a smartphone in low-lighting settings. Thankfully, there should be the dark mode feature if you have the 11.0 and up Android version.
The dark mode is available in the accessibility tab you can find on the device’s Settings. You will see the Display pane where you can turn on the dark theme. If you no longer want to have the dark mode on, you can switch back on the Display pane.
Keep Tabs on the Battery Life
After you get a brand-new smartphone, its battery should not have longevity problems, especially if you limit resource-heavy applications and avoid overcharging the device.
However, after a while, you are bound to notice an increase in the frequency at which you need to charge the smartphone. These things are more or less inevitable because a battery cannot keep the same quality over time.
If you are fed up with constantly charging the smartphone’s battery, you can troubleshoot the issue by:
- Reducing screen brightness
- Closing background apps
- Enable automatic brightness adjustment
- Disable keyboard sound and vibrations
- Enable battery optimization
- Remove redundant accounts
- Put the smartphone on silence
- Avoid animated wallpapers
Keep these suggestions in mind when you start to encounter battery problems with your Android smartphone.
Customize the Home Screen
There are some Android owners who are not too bothered with the default home screen setup. In fact, they get used to it, and changes mean having to remember where each app is on the screen.
On the other hand, if you are unhappy with the current setup, feel free to modify it by moving apps to another screen, removing them, or creating folders. You can also consider adding a custom background image.
Set Up Your Email Accounts
As an Android user, you will get a Google package that comes with YouTube, Chrome, and Gmail. If you use Gmail as your primary inbox, then there should be no problems setting it up on the device.
However, what if you are on a different email service provider, and if it is impossible to move the inbox to Gmail, you should not worry.
There is a separate Samsung email app that you can use. Launch it and go to the settings. Then, tap on the Add Account tab and enter your email address. Sign in, and you will be prompted to pick one of the three options. Go with MS Exchange ActiveSync, as it will let you sync contacts, which could be handy.
Overall, the odds of attracting malware and other cybersecurity threats on a smartphone are not that high if you know what you are doing. It is also worth noting that more and more people are using virtual private networks when they join public Wi-Fi.
Having said that, it does not mean that you should not have an antivirus app on your smartphone. If nothing else, it will give you some peace of mind.
A few notable antiviruses for Android include Avast Mobile, Kaspersky Mobile, Google Play Protect, and Bitdefender Mobile.
Install OS Updates
One final thing to note is that you should prioritize operating system updates. As soon as you get the notification about a new OS version, install it to benefit from the latest features and performance, and security upgrades. And in case you cannot allow the phone to update during the day because you are using it a lot and do not wish to miss an important call, set the update to download and install at night.