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How to use Android's Settings for Phones

As usual we have some variation on how to get to the settings on Android phones, depending on how the phone manufacturer has "skinned" Android. There are several ways to get to them. A universal method is to go to the Apps Drawer, then select the Settings icon. If you'd like to change your settings frequently, you can put a shortcut to Settings on one or more homescreens. In the Play Store there are many specialized apps for certain settings, some examples are toggles for sound, WiFi managers etc. So if it's one setting you'd like easy access to then just pick one of the apps in the Play Store. Let's explore a few other methods to get to settings.

Android 2.3, Samsung TouchWiz

With Android 2.3 phones and Samsung TouchWiz phones (including Android 4.0, such as the Galaxy S3) you have a Menu button. Press the Menu button, then you'll get a panel which includes Settings:

Menu -> Settings

Some Android "skins" like TouchWiz have a quick-access to the most important settings from the Notification Bar, like step 1 above.

Pull-down Notification Bar -> Quick Settings

This way you have direct access to the most common settings: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sound and Auto-rotation. In order to preserve battery-life it's a good idea to turn off WiFi, Bluetooth and the GPS function when you don't need them

Android 4

With Android 4 you can pull-down the Notification Bar, just like a curtain, then tap the Settings icon:

Pull-down Notification Bar -> Settings

1 Pull-down Notifications 2 Tap Settings