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A hidden menu in my phone? Here's how to find it

A hidden menu in my phone? Here's how to find it
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Beyond texting and making calls, there are so many things that you can do with your smartphone. There are over 4 million apps that you can find in either the Apple App Store or in Google Play. That is more entertainment at your fingertips than I could have ever imagined.

But are you taking advantage of everything that your gadget has to offer? I will tell you about a hidden menu in millions of phones that you probably didn't know was there.

If you have an Android phone, you might be able to access some experimental features. Google has a hidden menu in many phones called the System UI Tuner. If your phone has the secret menu, it allows you to check out some features that could be standard on future versions of Android.

Activating the System UI Tuner:

  • Pull down the Quick Settings menu.
  • Hold down the gear icon in the upper-right corner until it begins to spin. This can take around 7 seconds.
  • Once you let go you will see a notification saying: Congrats! System UI Tuner has been added to Settings.
  • You should now see a wrench symbol located next to the gear icon.

Accessing the System UI Tuner:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Look in the System section. It will be near the bottom of the page.
  • Open the System UI Tuner.

The first time you open the feature you will see a warning that says: "System UI Tuner gives you extra ways to tweak and customize the Android user interface. These experimental features may change, break, or disappear in future releases. Proceed with caution."

Once you're in, you can change the look of the status bar. You can do things like customize the battery life symbol and have the battery percentage always show, never show, or only show while you are charging the phone.

There are many nifty tricks that you can use to make your phone fit your style. You can even decide what settings you want to show up in the status bar, eliminating icons that you never use.

The hidden menu is worth taking a look at. Poke around it and check out some of the features hidden below the surface. If you don't find it useful, you can always remove it from settings and your phone will go back to normal.

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