5 things you probably want to disable on your new smartphone

5 things you probably want to disable on your new smartphone

The points in this article are not intended to be a list of commands that each user must follow. Everyone can choose to disable these features or not, depending on their habits and preferences. This is also the beauty of Android: have the choice.

Optimization and fluidity

We all want to have a super fast smartphone, charging apps like arrows and offering maximum battery life. If some of us leave with an advantage (that is to say with a relatively powerful smartphone), others on the contrary have the impression to ride a lame as capricious. In both cases, it is recommended to follow some simple guidelines to avoid problems.

1. Automatic brightness and other functionalities affecting autonomy

Manufacturers offer an automatic brightness system. The smartphone arrives to detect the level of ambient brightness and adapts its notch so that it remains comfortable to read. The idea is laudable but the resolution is mostly disappointing since the brightness threshold is usually higher than necessary. The brightness of the energy, the consumption is increased and it is your battery to pay the bill. In short, disable the automatic brightness and calibrate it yourself, you will gain in autonomy.

Not only do you lose the element that affects the autonomy of the smartphone, you can take a look at the options on your screen to see if there are options that make a difference. This depends of course on your use and habits, but in most cases it is, for example, unnecessary to keep the switch on for more than a minute.

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2. The unnecessary and bulky bloatware

Your smartphone probably contains an application that does not interest you. Whether it is a Google service (eg Duo), an application preinstalled by your operator or a manufacturer's application, or an application brokers. In short, this number of applications varies from one manufacturer to another, but what is certain is that these applications not only these applications can take up space but in addition can work in the background. In many cases, applications can be removed (and all the better).

Let's say things once and for all: as a rule Google's apps can not be deleted (at least not without hacking). Some pre-installed applications by the manufacturers can not be either. What to do ? You can simply disable them: not only will they take up less space in the system but they will not bother you anymore. To do this, go to the settings, find the application list, enter it and find your application.

Except for some Google apps, I never use pre-installed apps

3. Animations / transitions

If your smartphone is not powerful, all means are good to make it a little more fluid. There is a little trick that can help you a little everyday: the deactivation of transitions and animations. More concretely, these are the effects you see when you move from one screen or application to another, they are pretty but not necessarily necessary. Without this, the transitions will be faster.

You just have to activate the developer options. Once done, you will find the new menu of options for developers in which you will find "Scale animations windows", "scale animation transitions" and "scale hard animation". This done, you will only have to reduce (for example 0.5x) or deactivate.

User experience

The experience we have with our smartphone depends on many elements, which makes it on many subjective points. Some things can be really difficult everyday, maybe you recognize yourself in the following points.

4. Vibrations and sounds to the touch

These vibrations and sounds are intended to mimic the response of a physical button, but in practice they generally turn out to be quite noisy. Even worse, it impacts autonomy. In short, ask yourself if this really presents an added value, if it is not the same as the deactivate it.

To finish with the sounds and vibrations of the haptic response:

  • See you in Settings> Sounds (then in> Other sounds on some models)
  • Once in this menu, you can turn off everything: keyboard sounds, screen lock sounds, charge sounds, touch sounds, touch vibrations, and more.

Note: If the smartphone is to be used by a person who does not have a sense of touch as good as a young person's, it is recommended to leave the vibration active so that the person feels better to the touch.

I find the sounds to the touch unbearable

Privacy and confidentiality

If these words are important to you, you know they've been in the news a lot these past few weeks. The Cambridge Analytica case has catapulted Facebook to the forefront of the scene (criticizing its model business in the process and bringing to light some of its practices), the other big names in the technology quickly followed the trend by showing conditions of more precise use.

5. Customization for commercials

As you know, Google uses your private data to get to know you better, which allows it to target its advertising. By accepting Google on your phone, you accept the rules of the game: it will get information about you through its different services / applications. If you can not do much against this (unless you boycott Google) you can inform Google if applications need to access your advertising ID. Thoroughly, they should no longer offer you target advertising (but they will continue to send you any advertising).

To do this, simply go to the settings and search the Google menu. You will then find "Ads", and inside you will be able to ask the applications not to use your advertising ID to create profiles and to display personalized ads. Of course, if you want to see target advertising it is better to leave this option active, in any case you will not prevent Google from obtaining information about you.

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Do you disable these items when you have a new smartphone?

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