How to Use the Quick Settings Menu on Android

Use Android's built-in shortcuts to get around fast

What to Know

  • Access the Android Quick Settings menu: Drag your finger from the top of the screen downward.
  • Edit the Quick Settings menu: Tap the pencil icon. Long-press and drag icons to move them around.
  • Note: You can access some Quick Settings, like the flashlight, even while the phone is locked.

The Android Quick Settings menu has been a powerful feature of Android since Android Jellybean. This article explains how to use it. The tips and information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, or others.

Get a Full or Abbreviated Quick Settings Tray

The first step is to find the menu. To find the Android Quick Settings menu, just drag your finger from the top of your screen downward. If your phone is unlocked, you'll see an abbreviated menu (the screen to the left) that you can either use as-is or drag down to see an expanded quick settings tray (the screen to the right) for more options. 

The defaults available may vary slightly between phones. In addition, the apps you install on your phone may also have Quick Settings tiles that appear here. If you don't like the order or your options, you can change them. We'll get to that soon.

Use Quick Settings When Your Phone is Locked

You don't need to unlock your phone with your pin number, password, pattern or fingerprint. If your Android is on, you can get to the Quick Settings menu. Not all the Quick Settings are available before you unlock it. You can turn on the flashlight or put your phone into airplane mode, but if you try to use a Quick Setting that might give a user access to your data, you'll be prompted to unlock your phone before proceeding.

Android quick settings locked

Edit Your Quick Settings Menu

Don't like your options? Edit them. 

To edit your Quick Settings Menu, you must have your phone unlocked.

  1. Drag down from the abbreviated menu to the fully expanded tray.

  2. Tap on the pencil icon.

  3. You'll then see the Edit menu.

    Android settings.
  4. Long-press (touch the item until you feel a feedback vibration) and then drag in order to make changes.

  5. Drag tiles into the tray if you want to see them and out of the tray if you do not.

  6. You can also change the order of where Quick Settings tiles appear. The first six items will show up in the abbreviated Quick Settings menu.

You may have more available choices than you think. Sometimes there are more tiles if you scroll downwards (drag your finger from the bottom of the screen upward.) 

Now let's look at some of the Quick Settings tiles and what they do.


The Wi-Fi setting shows you which Wi-Fi network you're using (if any) and tapping the settings icon will show you available networks in your area. You can also go to the full Wi-Fi settings menu to add more networks and control advanced options, such as whether you want your phone to automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks or stay connected even when in sleep mode.

Android quick settings WiFi


The Battery tile is probably already familiar to most phone users. It shows you the level of charge for your battery and whether or not your battery is currently charging. If you tap on it while charging, you'll see a graph of your recent battery use.

Android quick settings battery

If you tap on it while your phone is not charging, you'll see an estimate of how much time is remaining on your battery and the option to go into Battery Saver mode, which dims the screen slightly and tries to conserve power.


The flashlight turns on the flash on the back of your phone so you can use it as a flashlight. There's no deeper option here. Just toggle it on or off to get somewhere in the dark. You don't need to unlock your phone to use this.


If you have a Chromecast and Google Home installed, you can use the Cast tile to quickly connect to a Chromecast device. Although you could connect from the app (Google Play, Netflix, or Pandora for example) connecting first and then casting saves you time and makes navigation a little easier.

Android quick settings cast


Control whether or not your phone displays horizontally when you rotate it horizontally. You can use this as a quick toggle to prevent the phone from auto-rotating when you're reading in bed, for example. Keep in mind that the Android Home menu is locked into horizontal mode regardless of the state of this tile. 

Android quick settings auto rotate

If you long-press on the Auto-rotate tile, it will take you to the display settings menu for advanced options.


Toggle your phone's Bluetooth antenna on or off by tapping on this tile. You can long-press in order to pair more Bluetooth devices.

Android quick settings Bluetooth

Airplane Mode

Airplane mode turns your phone's Wi-Fi and cellular data off. Tap this tile to quickly toggle Airplane mode on and off or long-press on the tile to see the Wireless and Networks settings menu. 

Android quick settings airplane mode

Airplane mode isn't just for airplanes. Toggle this on for the ultimate do not disturb while saving your battery.

Do Not Disturb

The Do not disturb tile allows you to control your phone's notifications. Tap on this tab and you will both turn Do not disturb on and enter a menu allowing you to customize how undisturbed you want to be. Toggle it off if this was a mistake.

Android quick settings do no disturb

Total silence lets nothing through, while priority only hides most of the nuisance disturbances like notifications that there's a new sale on books.

You can also specify how long you want to remain undisturbed. Set a time or keep it in Do not disturb mode until you turn it off again.


 Location toggles your phone's GPS on or off.

Android quick settings location


Hotspot allows you to use your phone as a mobile hotspot to share your data service with other devices, such as your laptop. This is also known as tethering. Some carriers charge you for this feature, so use with care.

Android quick settings hotspot

Invert colors

This tile inverts all the colors on your screen and in all apps. You can use this if inverting the colors makes it easier for you to see the screen.

Data Saver

Data Saver attempts to save on your data usage by turning off a lot of apps that use background data connections. Use this if you have a limited bandwidth cellular data plan. Tap to toggle it on or off.

Android quick settings data saver


The NFC tile was added by Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) although it was not added to the default Quick Settings tray. It allows you to share information between an app on two nearby phones - essentially a social sharing feature. You need an app that takes advantage of the Nearby feature in order for this tile to work. Example apps include Trello and Pocket Casts.

Android quick settings NFC
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