As much as you think you know Android perfectly, there is always some small adjustment or option that is likely to escape your knowledge. And it is that with each new version of the system, dozens of new features appear , which sometimes go unnoticed by users, however useful they might seem at first.
That is why today, since many of the options we refer to come disabled by default, we wanted to collect some of the most interesting ones that can be activated , and how to do it, since a good number of them remain hidden for the user .
Android settings you probably didn’t know
Prevents newly installed apps icons from appearing on the home screen
By default, every time you install a new application from Google Play, its icon automatically appears on the home screen , over one of the empty holes of the launcher. Fortunately, it is possible to deactivate this annoying addition, that the truth is that it has rather little utility knowing that the icon in question already appears in the application drawer.
To deactivate this option, it will be necessary to access the settings of the launcher in question, and look for the option “Add icon to the home screen” , or similar. Once unchecked, even if we install new applications from the store, they will not appear automatically on the home screen.
Activate instant applications
At the time we already explained how you can use applications without having to install them , thanks to Google’s Instant Apps technology. In this way, it is possible to run Google Play apps without downloading and installing them, something very useful for those types of tools that will only be used a couple of times.
In order to enable them, you will need to access the Google settings in the system settings app, and enter the “Instant Applications” section . Once inside, just select one of our Google accounts associated with the device, to later be able to run instant apps through the store.
Force split screen in all applications
Since Android 7.0 Nougat, the operating system incorporates a multi-window system natively , which allows splitting the screen into two parts, each of them running a different application. Unfortunately, some developers have not yet supported this feature to their applications, thus preventing them from running in multi-window mode.
However, in developer settings, it is possible to force all applications to run in multi-window mode, although this may cause malfunction or instability. If you still want to enjoy the multi-window in any app installed on your mobile, you just have to look for the option “Force the size adjustment of the activities” in the section “Options for developers” - which will appear after pressing seven times on the “build number” in the system information.
Change the DPI manually
Again we found a function that was introduced from Android 7. In the past, more advanced Android users had to resort to third-party mods or advanced settings to be able to change the size of their screen content , and thus enjoy more space either to enlarge the interface in case of suffering vision problems or simply wanting to make larger components.
While Android offers the option to switch between several predefined modes, there is always the option to manually enter the value of the DPIs we want to use. To do this, again through the developer settings, you must access the option “Smaller width” and enter the desired value. The higher the value, the smaller the screen content and more space will be available.
Prevent Google from showing you personalized ads
By default, Google is able to monitor the searches you do on the Internet or in the applications, to later show you personalized ads according to your tastes or interests . If you prefer the ads that appear when browsing the web, or inside the applications, it is possible to tell Google to stop monitoring your activity to collect data about your interests.
Again, this option is included in the Google settings section, within the system configuration app. Inside, a category of “Ads” appears, and upon accessing we are given the possibility of “Disabling ad personalization”.