How You Can Customize Your Favorite Mobile Device
We live in an age of customization. On-demand online services, recommended product offerings, mass customized shoes and personalized marketing prevail in today’s economy. In fact, 70 percent of consumers now expect personalized service when interacting with brands, an AgileOne survey found. Brands are striving to meet this demand, with 90 percent of global senior marketers already either implementing personalization strategies or planning on doing so, according to a Monetate study.
So you should expect customized options when it comes to your technology, too. Here are three of today’s leading mobile devices that offer exceptional customization options.
The Samsung Galaxy is the most popular smartphone in the United States, with the release of the Galaxy S8 this year propelling Samsung’s brand past Apple again, according to a Kantar Worldpanel report released this summer. The Galaxy S7 and S8 together with Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus dominate today’s smartphone market.
One thing all these phones have in common that helps make them popular is their excellent customization offerings. On the Galaxy S7 and its counterparts and successors, you can easily customize your settings to change how your screen looks and behaves. Change your theme by tapping on Themes on your home screen or your Settings app to go to Samsung’s theme store. You can also change the number of icons on your screen by selecting Screen Grid from your home screen to change the width and height of your icon rows and columns. For an even cleaner screen, organize your apps into folders by dragging one icon into another. You can also create quick settings under your Settings app to make it easier to access the apps you use most often.
These are just a few of the many items you can customize on the Galaxy. You can also customize your screen mode settings to adjust color and sharpness, set your screen timeout limit, enable Smart Stay to keep your display on as long as you’re looking at it, personalize your sounds and notifications and make numerous other adjustments.
Apple’s latest iPhone updates have introduced a few new customization options to allow users more flexibility. One of the major changes introduced with iOS 11 is an updated Control Center. Where the previous version was spread out over three screens, the new version has been consolidated into one screen you can customize under your Settings. Control Center displays 11 apps by default, but you can customize it for 18 different options, including Do Not Disturb While Driving, Low Power Mode, Screen Recording, Wallet, Accessibility, and others. Additionally, there are sliders for adjusting brightness and volume and two large blocks on top to control wireless and audio settings.
Another important feature of your iPhone you can customize is your security settings. Enabling Touch ID under your Settings will provide you with a convenient way to verify your identity securely. It will also enable you to use Apple Pay, where you can go into your Wallet to add credit cards for shopping convenience.
Another new customization option on the iPhone 8 is the ability to customize the feel of what was formerly your home button, which is now physically fused with the phone’s chin. You can choose from three different feels for your home button under your General settings options.
Like the Samsung Galaxy, other Android devices are easy to customize. One of the best ways to start customizing your Android is by replacing your default home screen with a custom launcher, which will allow you to customize your home screen, widgets, app drawer, icon sizes, color scheme and gesture controls. TechRadar provides a guide to today’s best Android launcher apps, which include Nova Launcher, Google Now Launcher, and Yahoo Aviate Launcher.
There are numerous other ways you can customize your Android. These include customizing your lock screen, downloading new wallpaper, adding widgets to your home screen and even installing a better keyboard. Give your device a personal touch so it looks and works the way you want it.