How to change the quick settings available on Android smartphones and tablets

When you use an Android smartphone or tablet, and you flick with your finger from the top side of the screen towards the bottom, a list with quick buttons for settings is shown. Those quick settings are usually five buttons that, when tapped perform actions like turn the WiFi on and off, disable or enable Bluetooth, turn on the Flashlight, and so on. These buttons can be personalized to appear in any order you wish. You can also add buttons or disable the ones you do not need. Here is how to change the quick settings available on Android smartphones and tablets:

NOTE: This guide was tested and confirmed to work on Android 8.0 Oreo, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

How to access the edit function for Android's quick settings

First, you need to open the quick settings on your Android smartphone or tablet. Unlock your device and flick down from the top side of the screen. You should see the default five quick settings that Android offers its users: WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Flashlight, Auto-Rotate and Battery saver. On your device, their order might be different, depending on how the manufacturer has personalized them. Unfortunately, on many Android devices, you do not see an Edit button at this step.

The Edit button looks similar to the one highlighted below. Some Android devices show it right-away while others do not.

If you do not see the Edit button next to the five default quick settings, flick down one more time, from the top side of the screen. This action extends the list of quick settings, and also displays the Edit button. Tap on it.


Now you see a list with all the quick settings that are available for your Android device.

How to edit the list of quick settings on Android device: add, remove, or change their order

Many quick settings are grayed out, meaning that they are not turned on. Also, they are split into two lists: one on the top side of the screen, and one on the bottom, in a section named "Drag to add tiles" or "Drag here to remove."

The quick settings in the second list are hidden from the user even when he or she accesses the extended list of quick settings, as shown earlier.

The lists are longer or shorter depending on the smartphone that you have, the Android version installed, and the apps that you use. Apps can add quick settings to the list just as smartphone manufacturers do. To add a hidden quick setting to the list of available ones, tap and hold on it, and then drag it to the desired position, in the list on the top side of the screen.

To change the order of a quick setting, tap and hold the one you want to move, and then drag it to the desired position. To remove a quick setting from the list, tap and hold on it, and then drag it to the list on the bottom of this screen, named "Drag to add tiles" or "Drag here to remove." When you are done setting everything, press the Back button on the top-left corner of the screen.

The next time you access the quick settings on your Android device, you see them in the order you have set.

How to reset the quick settings on Android smartphones and tablets

At some point, you may want to reset the quick settings on your Android device, so that they are according to the defaults set by Google or your device's manufacturer. To do that, go to the screen where you Edit the quick settings, as shown earlier. Then, look on the top-right corner of the screen. If you see three vertical dots, tap on them. Then you see the Reset option. Tap on it too.

On some smartphones, you do not see the three vertical dots but a Reset button directly. Tap on it, confirm your choice, and all the quick settings are reset to the defaults set in Android.

Which quick settings do you use most often on your Android device?

We customize the quick settings on our Android smartphones and tablets so that we get fast access to features that we turn on and off frequently. For example, we want to quickly enable or disable Mobile data, the Location information, the Flashlight, the Hotspot feature, or the NFC chip. We also want to quickly enable or disable the Ultra battery saver on our Huawei P20 smartphone, which helps us maximize the autonomy of the device. Before closing this tutorial, tell us in a comment the quick settings that you use most often. We are curious to know.