How to use the quick settings in Android Nougat

The changes are subtle, but you'll find even more options in this key menu.

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Derek Walter

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The quick settings menu is one the unsung heroes of Android customization. With a little bit of work it can greatly enhance how effectively you use your phone.

It got a helpful quick access bar in the move from Marshmallow to Nougat, along with a few other tweaks to be aware of.

Better customization

Now when you swipe down with one finger, you’ll see five settings that you can access with one tap. This enables you to turn off Wi-Fi, turn on the flashlight, or do another function vey quickly.

Touch the arrow on the right to get the full drop-down menu. 

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The quick settings menu puts a lot of options just a swipe away.

Alternatively, you can swipe down with two fingers and get to the entire quick settings content at once. Swipe once from right to left to see the other panels that are on the second page. Reference the dots on the bottom to know which page you're on.

Drag and drop

Here’s where you can really customize this area to your liking. Touch the edit button and you’ll see the option to drag the tiles into and out of their spots in the menu. Touch and hold the icon you want to move and then drag it into the new spot.

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Drag and drop the tiles to your preferred location.

The first five slots (the three in the top row and the center and left tile in the second row) are the options you'll see in that quick, one-swipe menu. So put your most essential actions there.

Once you’ve customized this, it’s important to remember how each of the commands work differently. One touch performs a specific action, like toggling Wi-Fi on/off or powering up the flashlight. A long press takes you into the full settings menu for a deeper dive. You can see the difference here between a tap on the LTE panel (left) and a long press (right).

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One touch on the LTE icon brings up a quick view of your cellular data (left) while a long press takes you into the settings and offers more information (right).

Once you learn what these functions perform, you’ll be able to navigate the quick settings with ease. This also may help you decide where to put specific actions when customizing this area.

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