Earlier this month, Google finally started rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to owners of its Nexus devices, specifically, the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 tablet. Both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 launched with the software on board. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes with quite a few new features including one that’s not advertised, a function that we like to call Quick Settings.
Quick Settings is a feature, tucked into Jelly Bean’s Notifications, that allows Android 4.2 Jelly Bean owners to quickly access the settings they use the most. And while it’s a simple and extremely useful tool, Google has not only not advertised it as a main feature of the new version of Jelly Bean but it has essentially hidden it from view on the home screen.
In fact, there might be more than a few Android 4.2 Jelly Bean owners out there who didn’t even know the feature existed. So, here, we not only show you how to use the Quick Settings menu in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but we also show you how to use it.
For those that are attached at the hip with their smartphone or tablet, this is certainly a feature that you should become familiar with as it will save you a bit of time when trying to fiddle with settings.
How to Use Quick Settings in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google brought some fantastic expanded Notifications that allow users to take quite a few actions on alerts that pop up in the status bar. In Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google has added more functionality to the Notifications bar in the form of something called Quick Settings which, while accessible from the Notifications bar, doesn’t make itself known to the user right off the bat.
Accessing the Quick Settings menu is actually rather simple. Use a single finger swipe and pull down on the far right side of the Notification bar which will bring up a menu that looks like the one below.
This rectangle is your Quick Settings menu where you’ll be able to change a number of useful settings with just a couple of taps. Google has filled the menu up with many of the settings that smartphone and tablet owners toggle on a daily basis.
Let’s take a look at each option contained in the Quick Settings menu. In the top left corner, tablet owners will see the color and name of the person logged in. Remember, for tablet owners, Android 4.2 brought multiple log-ins. Tapping on that will take you back to the lock screen where you can easily change users.
Next to that, is the brightness where you can adjust the brightness of the display or set it to automatic. Moving on, there is a Settings function which will take you to the main Settings page which houses all the device settings.
Also included are quick ways to access Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Airplane Mode as well as shortcuts to battery life and screen orientation. The latter two settings are extremely useful.
Again, this is not a game-changing feature, but Quick Settings is certainly one that tablet and smartphone owners using Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will come to appreciate once getting used to using it.