6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Google Settings On Android Devices

Since Google added the Google Settings app to all the android phones back in 2013, a lot of options that were earlier unavailable have now opened up for us to change and customize. Below is the list of 6 such options that you can access using the Google Settings app on your Android device:

1. Google Account Management
Sign-in & Security

Sign-in & Security

Going into the Google Settings app, you’ll see the “Sign-in & Security” and “Personal info & privacy” option. These two options further contain more options that contain links to the web pages where you can modify your Google account.
The “Sign-in & Security” option allows you to change the security related settings for your Google account such as the password, change the account recovery details, show the most of devices you are currently logged onto and manage the apps and websites that have access to your Google account.
The “Personal info & Privacy” option offers you the link to web pages where you can change settings related to your personal info on your Google account. You can change settings such as the information Google has about you, see the overview of your account, change your language, control the ad settings and even delete your Google account.

 

2. Deactivating Personalized Ads
Ads

Ads

How we all know that one of the most irritating things in this world is the popping up of ads when you’re using a certain app. Fortunately, Google let’s you opt out of these personalized in-app ads much like iOS and Windows 10. You can change these settings under the “Ads” setting.

3. Revoke Access To Connected Apps
Connected Apps

Connected Apps

The “Connected Apps” option in the Google Settings app will show you the list of apps connected to your Google account and not only that, you can also revoke access to your Google account to apps that you don’t deem fit.

 

4. Set Up A Nearby Device
Setting up a nearby device

Setting up a nearby device

This option will prove to be particularly useful when you get a new Android device while you still have your old one and don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up the Google account on the new device once again. Your device will find any nearby Android device using Bluetooth and will sign-in and set up with your Google account on the other device.

5. Device Tracking

The “Security” option in the Google Settings app allows you to remotely locate your device in times of distress. Now this feature can be extremely useful in two situations: you’re getting late for work or some other occasion and can’t seem to find your phone while its on silent mode. Sounds like quite a situation eh? With the help of the Android Device manager, you can ring your device on full volume irrespective of whether it’s on silent, vibrate or ring. Another occasion where the Security option comes in handy is when you’ve lost your device. Not only can you ring it, you can also remotely locate, lock and erase all the data on the phone to protect your privacy.

6. Google Search and Google Now Settings
Search & Now

Search & Now

Now we all know how handy the Google search bar comes in on Android devices. The “Search and Now” option let’s you control Google’s search settings and if you’re using the Google Now launcher on your phone, this option has a lot more customization options for you. Some of these are the voice recognition, Google Now language, local search options and the Google Now cards.

We hope this tutorial helped you. Stay tuned for more and leave your queries in the comments below.

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