How to access the quick settings menu on Android with one move (even from the lock screen)

How to access the quick settings menu on Android with one move (even from the lock screen)
Since Android 4.x, Google made it relatively easy for users to access the settings on their Android handset: you need to drag down the notifications bar, and a toggle button will be waiting for you there - tap it, and you’re in the quick settings menu, from where you have access to stuff like: your Google+ profile (if you're using a stock Android smartphone), brightness, advanced settings, Wi-Fi and network settings, battery, and a few other things.

But did you know that you can access the quick settings menu even faster? All you need to do is swipe down the notifications bar with two fingers at the same time. You can even do this directly from the lock screen, so quick settings are always just one move away as soon as you wake your smartphone. Theoretically, this works on any Android smartphone running at least version 4.2 Jelly Bean. However, depending on what software customization your device comes with, you may find that it doesn’t work in your case.

We’re certain that lots of our readers already know this trick which provides instant access to quick settings. But there are plenty of Android users out there who don’t know it. Check out the slideshow below if you still have any doubts on what is it that you need to do.


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27 Comments

1. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Really?

26. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

worth mentioning that this is rather independent of the launchers/custom lock screens, but ONLY works if you have a non-secure lock screen, None or Swipe. If you use Signature(*, Pattern, PIN, Password or Face Detection it will not work, which kind of makes sense as you may have private information there such as meeting reminders, email/facebook/sms notiffications, etc. *) Signature is for Note3 by the way ;)

2. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

You have nothing to do PA, Don't you?

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

come on, i already knew this

4. Florin.T

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

As I said: "we’re certain that lots of our readers already know this." But you'd be surprised to find out how many simple things lots of Android users don't know. Really.

14. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Thank you I forgot all about this makesit a lot easier to turn off on wifi

19. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Well, I dont think this article is useless as some of the users here claim. For example, I really had no idea that if you press and hold any of the quick toggles on vanilla android, you turn that feature on (eg. Press and hold wifi quick toggle to turn WiFi on. I used to think the quick toggles were useless because, a tap on any icon takes you into the respective settings, and you have to turn WiFi, bluetooth etc. on manually from the settings.) So, you make a point here, PA, I'm sure android has something which even a power user has no idea about. I think the article makes a good read, as this website is for anyone who is interested in smartphones, not just the geeks.

20. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Well, the people that don't already know this also don't go on PhoneArena...

24. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Absolutely true!!

5. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Am i reading a 1 year old article???

6. TahaAhmed

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 22, 2014

Is this for only 4.3 or later?

11. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

no, its from jellybean 4.2.2

7. bkzebraphone

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I was expecting something different lol. I guess there could some ppl that don't know this but I mean if they really don't then maybe they shouldn't have an android phone? Lol

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Off topic, but how is the operator name appearing as 'Orange'? Shouldn't it be EE? Not that I'm on either one.

10. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

because outside the UK, Orange do offer 4G under its own network - France, Spain

23. Florin.T

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

It's not just about 4G. Orange is still Orange in lots of countries. The EE joint venture with T-Mobile is a UK-only thing.

9. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Is this a joke? This was one of the main features of one of the Android versions (4.3 I think)! I thought I was going to learn something new today :/

12. AizenMne

Posts: 14; Member since: May 22, 2014

Stop spamming. It's for thos WHO DON'T KNOW, idiots.

13. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Is there anyway to keep music and photos from 3rd party apps from mixing with the stock one ? Maybe you can teach this one!

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

To be honest, I would prefer if it was like that you know if I swipe from the upper right side, it would bring settings and upper left side for notifications. Using two fingers is so difficult

16. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Wow thanks PA I would of never lived without the useless tip lmao pretty sure if someone was using android since the G1 you should know all the tricks and tips to android by now if you don't go back to your flip phone I mastered my note 3 in 30mins I should write I article now huh...

17. jayjay7411

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2014

I can not help but laugh at all of you that are taking the time to spam this post. While PA posted this article knowing it would be helpful to any "new" android users, the people that are complaining about it being here still took the time to read the article and then complained as if someone forced them to open their own eyes and read it! ROFL

18. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

They dont even tell people what version of android this works on, you got grandma with her tracphone trying to access quick settings on gingerbread, it aint gonna happen

21. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

From the article: "Theoretically, this works on any Android smartphone running at least version 4.2 Jelly Bean. However, depending on what software customization your device comes with, you may find that it doesn’t work in your case."

22. Florin.T

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Huh. It always amazes me how some folks are commenting on articles without actually reading them.

25. li0nh3art

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 05, 2012

This is an idiotic article buddy. You marked it as HOT? I was driven away by your facebook page but when i saw the article I was like WTF. This isn't "ONE Move" and is actually basic thing to know. Just to add, if you have locked your phone by pattern or anything, it won't work! We are not idiots PA. Next time make sure the title of the article is appropriate. It amazes me how you are defending your stupid article. As per the title, it seems there's a new discovery. Or any app, but meh, its nothing new. Booo

27. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

PA must think we are utterly retarded

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