How to quickly access various settings (sound, apps, data usage, etc) on Android

How to quickly access various settings (sound, apps, data usage, etc) on Android
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users (beginners).

Android’s quick settings menu is easily accessible at any time, but what if you want to access a sub-menu really fast? Well, Google lets you do that thanks to these wonderful inventions called widgets.

Instead of going through the main settings menu to reach a sub-menu (and, thus, waste precious taps), you can place a direct shortcut to the respective sub-menu on your home screen. This way, the sub-menu will instantly (and literally) be at your fingertips. Read on to see exactly how you can do that.

First of all, you need to open your app drawer (or app tray, as it’s sometimes called). Once this is open, tap on the Widget button that’s usually found next to the Apps one. You now need to scroll through the widgets until you find the "Settings shortcut" widget. When you find it, long-press on it - this will enable you to place a shortcut on the home screen. After you drop the shortcut, you have to decide where it will lead. You can choose to make shortcuts for any of the following sub-menus: Accessibility, Apps, Battery, Bluetooth, Data usage, Daydream, Display, Location, Notifications, Sound, Tethering & portable hotpots, Trusted credentials, VPN, and Wi-Fi. If you want, you can make shortcuts for each and every of these settings, though it's obviously better to stick to those that you think you’ll be using frequently.

 
P.S.: this tutorial was made using stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Depending on what version of Android your device uses (and on how much of it has been customized by the manufacturer), some things may look and work different than in our tutorial.

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14 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

A good tutorial if someone will switch from a different os to Android. Note: there's a lot of other os and I'm not starting a flame war here :)

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't particularly see anything disrespectful about your post. No need to walk on egg shells.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Better yet double tap (or long press) the specific quick toggles.....

4. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Or instead of cluttering up your devices screen you could just use the quick settings menu in the task bar!

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Can't you just edit the Quick Settings toggle? Oh wait, stock Android can't do that :P

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Failed trolling stock android for straight second time lol. You can do that on stock android too lol.

7. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Lol, failed to read the article due to my blind hatred towards stock Android. But yeah you can access several of these settings with single click wasn't it? Or long press on other than stock :P

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well no doubt, stock android's quick toggles are inferior to the better implementations of OEMs. I hope Android L changes that :D

9. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Yeah, I've used the L Preview, I think they're doing it right so far. It took them long enough though, since Jelly Bean :/

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I use power toggles on stock android, try it.https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.painless.pc&hl=en

11. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Thanks, this was a lifesaver when I was on stock Nexus 4. Then hello all the custom ROMs. Almost unlimited options. Too bad the battery though, so I had to change my phone to Z1C but luckily my Nexus 7 2013 tablet remains. Still use that app though.

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Oh that sums out everything, Once you get used to custom ROMs, everything looks inferior. TBH, I like stock android (more importantly nexus) for easy rooting, unlocked bootloaders and wide support for custom ROMs.

13. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

There's an app for that. Just kiddin'. "Any shortcut, any cut" app and similar will allow user to create shortcut to any user accessible (and system only accessible if jailb... kahm not possible evebn thn, I mean rooted) settings, submenu, whatever else. And you can choose custom icon too.

14. HildyJ

Posts: 342; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

For even more shortcuts without root, try QuickShortcutMaker (free). You can make shortcuts to more Settings than Android's widget supports. I'd suggest one to Storage - click the shortcut and then Cached Data for an option to clear your cache. It can also create shortcuts to certain app functions.

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