- Hey, everybody.
David and David here from PayetteForward.com
and UpPhone.com, and in this video we're going to tell you
about some Android settings to turn off immediately.
We have a Samsung Galaxy S10 running Android 10.
If you have a different phone, different operating system,
it might look a little bit different
but the settings are all the same.
- Everything we're going to talk about today
is designed to either take the load off
your phone's processor which is going to speed it up
or it's going to save your battery life; both good things.
- Or it's going to increase your personal privacy
which is also a big consideration nowadays.
- So we need to go to the Settings app to get started.
- Right, so to do that, swipe down
from the top of the screen there.
I have the Settings app here.
If you don't see the Settings app in this menu
just go to search and type in Settings. There it is.
I'm just going to tap on that. We are in the Settings app.
First thing we're going to turn off is Nearby device scanning.
- Nearby device scanning does what it sounds like it does.
Your phone is constantly searching for other devices
that are nearby that it might want to connect to.
It can really drain your battery life.
- [David] Yep, so we'll tap on Connections.
We will tap on More connection settings here
and then Nearby device scanning,
tap that switch, turn it off.
- Next we're going to talk about how to choose which apps
you want to allow to continue to run in the background
of your phone even when you're not using it.
Pretty easy to get there. - Mhm.
- We need to enable developer mode though.
So, let's do that.
- [David] So we go back to the main page of the Settings app
and scroll all the way down to About phone, tap on that.
- [David] Then tap on Software information.
Now tap on Build number seven times.
- [David] One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
- [David] Then enter your PIN or your passcode.
- [David] Developer mode has been turned on, excellent!
- [David] Alright, so we're going to go back to the main page
of the Settings app. - [David] Back, back.
So now you'll see developer options underneath About phone.
Tap on developer options.
- [David] And we're going to scroll down to Background check.
- [David] Background check.
- [David] It's under the Apps section.
- [David] Under the Apps section.
Lot of stuff in here, lot of cool stuff.
There it is, Apps.
- [David] Background check.
- [David] Background check, tap.
- In this list, go through and pay specific attention
to which ones have a time amount underneath
because it shows you how long ago that app or service
used the processor on your phone.
This can use cellular data but it also,
it's just going to drain your battery.
- [David] So if there's anything in this list,
especially things that have been using it like Bixby Voice.
- [David] Let's just tap that switch, turn it off.
- [David] Turn it right off, let's go down the list.
Anything that you don't recognize in here that doesn't need
to be updating in the background
when you're not using your phone
like Galaxy Essentials Widget, let's turn that thing off.
- [David] Turn it off.
- Just turn it off. - Yep.
- You can always come back here and turn it on
if something doesn't work... - Yep, that's it.
- ...the way you expect to.
Next we're going to turn off Usage and diagnostic information.
So this is information that's getting sent to Google
or to Android developers in the background
when you're not using your phone.
- Burning through - - Battery life.
So let's go back to the main page of the settings app.
Tap, tap, here we go and then tap on Google.
Then tap on the three dots
in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
And tap Usage & diagnostics.
Here you'll see a nice little switch, it's On right now,
just tap it, now it's off.
- Save some battery life, save some cellular data.
- [David] Easy. - [David] Why not?
Next we're going to talk about turning off ads personalization.
- This is going to just deliver; I know it's anonymous
but still, it's sending information about the way
that you use your phone to ad networks
so that they can send you more relevant advertising.
- Yeah, they're collecting data on you and so you can say,
oh I just talked about biscuits in my living room
and now all of sudden I'm getting biscuits ads on my phone.
- I know, it's weird.
- [David] So we'll just tap the back button
in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
And you'll see underneath here Ads, tap on that.
Opt out of Ads Personalization.
You know, it's a settings to turn off video-
- You have to turn this one on to turn it off.
- [David] We're going to go ahead and turn that switch on.
Opt out of interest-based ads, you'll still see ads
but they may not be based on your interests.
Note if you clear your cache,
you will lose your opt-out setting, okay.
Now it's on.
- [David] Interesting, you'll lose your opt-out setting.
- Yeah, so if you clear your cache, come back here.
- That's, that's a load of crap they're doing that-
- Because they don't need to do that.
- [David] That's crazy. Anyway...
The next thing we're going to do is take a look
at the location settings on your phone.
- [David] Yep, so let's go back to the main page
of the settings app and we're going to tap on the Location.
The first thing we're going to do
is talk about Improve accuracy, use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
for more accurate location detection.
Go ahead and turn these right off,
Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning.
I've seen actually a lot of posts on forums
where people are saying I turned these two settings off
and I saved a ton of battery life.
- Yeah this-
- Because it's just constantly scanning and scanning
and scanning and - Right.
- drains your battery.
- Yeah and your location's still going to work,
GPS is still built into the phone.
- You don't need to have these things on.
- [David] Let's go back here.
Next let's talk about Google Location History.
There's just going to be a location history
of all the places you've been.
- Yeah, a little creepy.
- It's, it's similar to the iPhone Significant Locations
where it just started saving a long list
of all the places you've been - Right.
- And it's just, it's a little weird for my taste.
Tap the switch and then tap Pause
near the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
And now it has been paused. Perfect.
And go back to the location
settings here and last thing here is network data analytics.
This is like sending data analytics
to your wireless carrier, who needs it?
Again, this is just going to be burning your battery
by constantly sending data to your carrier.
Just tap that switch at the top of the screen
- [David] Yeah.
Turn it off. Are you sure?
Yes, and don't show me this message again.
- Sorry Sprint.
- Sorry Sprint, fix your own network.
- [David] Too late, we're getting bought out.
- The next thing we want to talk about
is restricting background data for specific apps.
Like we said earlier, if an app is constantly getting
new data in the background of your phone,
it can drain the battery pretty quickly.
So let's come back to the main page of the settings app.
And then tap on Apps.
Here you'll see a list of all your apps.
Just go ahead and pick one, I'm going to pick Bixby Routines.
- And then I'm going to tap on Mobile data.
Here you'll see Restrict background data.
We're going to set this to Always, this way it always
restricts the background data the app is using.
- Especially for apps that you don't use very often,
set it to Always.
- [David] Yeah, it's going to save your cellular data plan,
it's also going to save your battery life.
It's just about being intentional about which apps
you want to download content, like maybe ESPN,
and which apps you don't need to download content,
like maybe your bank or something.
- [David] Right.
The last thing we want to show you how to do
is turn off Install unknown apps for pretty much
all of your apps. - Mhm.
- What this'll do is will block your apps from installing
the other apps-
- From unknown sources. - From unknown sources.
- Could be ransomware.
- Yeah, you just don't want to end up with some malware
on your Android because some other app
downloaded some other app and then...
- Avalanche; not good.
So let's go back, go back again,
now we're on the main Apps page here
and tap those three dots in the upper right-hand corner
of the screen and then tap Special access.
Scroll down here and tap on Install unknown apps.
And, pretty much, just turn this off for everything,
make sure it's not allowed. - Yeah.
- If you see an app that is allowed, you can just tap on it
and then you'd say Allow from this source
if that switch was on, turn it off.
- A lot of the times apps will ask your permission
if they're allowed to do this, you just tap yes
because you're not paying attention
and that's how bad things can happen.
- Yeah. - So just go through,
this is a really important security measure.
- Yeah, of course, if you're okay with an app installing
- Unknown apps.
- The unknown apps, you can go ahead and leave it on
for certain apps but most of the time you don't want that.
- Yeah, you could be surprised.
- Surprise, here's some malware.
- Here's, yeah (laughs)
- Thanks for watching this video.
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