Technology isn’t always the easiest to grasp, especially if you aren’t exposed to it as much as the current generations are. But on the bright side, Android devices are incredibly easy to navigate around. There’s certainly a learning curve, but knowing how to reach certain phone settings can help lessen the curve.

Rather than throw your hands in the air when something is wrong with your device, you can always look in your phone settings to try and pinpoint the problem. Not only do your Android phone settings provide an answer to problems, you can find a plethora of customization.

So, what kind of phone settings are available on your Android device, and how do you access them?

Opening Your Settings App

One of the very first phone settings you’ll be exposed to is your Android’s on settings, designated to its own app you can access. Called “Settings,” the app holds a lot of different things you can customize, change, remove, input, and so on. And there’s more than one way of accessing your Settings.

On the Home Screen

A fresh out of the box Android device will, by default, have its Settings app placed on the Home Screen. Take a look at your Home Screen. Do you see a gear icon? If you do, that’s your Settings app.

Home Screen

But what if you don’t see it? Don’t panic. You see, your Android device has more than one Home Screen; in fact, it can have several home screens. By swiping back and forth you can access different Home Screens. It’s likely that your Settings app has made its home on a different Home Screen.

In Your App Drawer

Your Android has a lot of apps, especially if it’s brand new. Rather than dump everything single app onto your Home Screen, most of your apps are placed in your App Drawer by default.

The App Drawer is a place that holds all of your currently installed apps. Every single app makes its home in your App Drawer, even ones that are on your Home Screen. Your Apps, the icons on your Home Screen, serve as shortcuts.

App Drawer

Depending on your device, there’s two ways of opening your App Drawer. You can swipe up, but start at the bottom of your screen. Or, alternatively, you can find a box icon, sometimes several boxes together.

App Drawer

After selecting the App Drawer, you’ll see all of your currently installed apps in one single location. You’ll even find a search bar at the top of bottom to find a specific app. All apps are in alphabetical order, so you won’t have a hard time finding the Settings app.

In Your Notification Bar

The Notification Bar, if it wasn’t already obvious, serves as a center for notification from various apps. It also houses your Wi-Fi signal strength, mobile service signal strength, your battery life, and the time. But it holds a secret.

Notification Bar

If you tap on your Notification Bar or swipe down, starting at the top of your screen, you’ll reveal a whole host of different options. You’ve now turned your Notification Bar into the Notification Shade. More importantly, you’ll see a gear icon in the top right corner of your screen. That’s your Settings app.

Where is Wi-Fi Settings?

Of course, what’s the use of using an Android device if you aren’t going to connect to nearby Wi-Fi? Finding that isn’t as hard as it may sound.

So, you know where your Settings app is now and you know how to reach it. That’s good. Now it’s time to put it to good use.

1. Locate and launch the Settings app. Its app icon is a gear. You can open the Settings app from one of your home screens. If you can’t find the Settings app there, check inside your App Drawer.

2. Now that you’re in your Settings app, locate “Wi-Fi.” Depending on your Android device, it may be labeled something different, but generally speaking, it’s “Wi-Fi.”

turn on your Wi-Fi

3. First, turn on your Wi-Fi by moving the slider at the top to ON. When your Wi-Fi network appears, select it and provide the correct password if one is needed (you should have a password).

Altering Your Home Screen Settings

Every Android device comes with a set of Home Screen settings you can alter, such as the way each Home Screen transitions into the next, your Wallpaper, Widgets, and Themes.

To access your Home Screen settings, you’ll want to:

1. Take your finger and press it against an empty spot on your Home Screen, any of the home screens.

2. After a few moments, your Home Screen settings will open. From here you can alter your Home Screen as you see fit.

Where is Mobile Data Settings?

Since you’re using a phone, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with your mobile data settings. Some of the menu options found in there can prove incredibly useful, like a chart of your data usage or the option to disable your mobile data for a short time or until you need it again.

1. Locate and launch the Settings app. Its app icon is a gear. You can open the Settings app from one of your home screens. If you can’t find the Settings app there, check inside your App Drawer.

2. Locate Data Usage in your Settings menu.

Data Usage Monitor

3. As you can see, you’ll immediately notice a chart that may or may not be tracking information right now. If you would like to start, tap “Data Usage Monitor.”

4. At the top, you can enable and disable your Data by using the slider to the right of “Data Enabled.”

5. In the top right corner of the menu, you’ll see three vertical dots. Tapping them will reveal a drop down menu.

Restrict Background Data

6. In “Restrict Background Data,” you can alter the way data is used in certain situations. For example, if you allow apps to download updates while your data is enabled, you can really chip away at your monthly data limit. As well as alter your network restrictions and mobile networks settings.

Accessing Developer Settings

Your developer settings are special menu options, settings that the average Android user wouldn’t concern themselves with. However, if you’re a developer or you just like fiddling with technology, accessing the Developer Options is going to be necessary.

1. Find and open the Settings app. Its app icon is a gear. You can find the Settings app on one of your many home screens. If you’re having trouble finding it, check inside your App Drawer.

2. In your Settings menu, scroll down until you see About Phone.

3. In About Phone, you’ll need to find one of two options: SW Version or, alternatively, Build Number. It depends on your device.

SW Version or Build Number

4. Tap on SW Version or Build Number repeatedly until you see the popup message that you’re a developer now. Go back to your Settings menu.

Developer Options

5. At the bottom of your Settings menu, you’ll find Developer Options, a new menu option that wasn’t there before.

Unless you’re a developer or an aspiring developer, you’ll have no reason to access Developer Options, but there does exist some interesting menu options–like the ability to mock your location with the use of an app.

Finding Your Keyboard Settings

One of the most important aspects of an Android is its keyboard. If you can’t use the keyboard, then you’ll have a harder time getting around the device.

Your can alter keyboard settings by:

1. Locate and open the Settings app. Its app icon is a gear.. You can find the Settings app by checking on one of your home screens. If you can’t find the Settings app there, open your App Drawer.

2. In your Settings menu, choose Language & Input.

Current Keyboard

3. Under “Keyboard & Input Methods,” you can choose a different keyboard by tapping Current Keyboard.

different keyboard

4. Choose from the popup menu a different keyboard.

Should you feel so inclined, you can download additional keyboards if the stock keyboards don’t suit your needs. You can pick those up from the Google Play Store.