How to Access Quick Settings on Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

The Quick Settings on your Android phone appear as large buttons or icons atop the notifications drawer. Use them to access popular phone features or turn settings on or off, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, Auto Rotate, and more.

On some phones, such as the Samsung phone shown on the left, the Quick Settings appear all the time atop the navigation drawer. Swipe the Quick Settings icons left or right to view the lot. Other phones require that you swipe the notifications drawer downward twice to see quick settings.

Quick Settings drawer.

Quick Settings drawer.

Dismiss the Quick Actions drawer by touching the Back or Home navigation icons. As long as you have excellent touchscreen skills, you can also banish the Quick Actions drawer by swiping the screen from bottom to top. Here are a couple of things to remember about the Quick Settings on your phone:

  • Some older Android phones may display the Quick Settings when you swipe the screen from top to bottom, starting at the right end of the status bar.

  • The Settings icon provides instant access to the Settings app, a popular place to visit as you learn about and configure your Android phone.