Android Quick Settings.
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Swiping down from Android’s menu bar twice reveals the “Quick Settings” panel with tiles you can toggle with one tap. Want to hide some of these settings, move them around, or add new ones? You can do that.

The Quick Settings panel is something that often looks drastically different depending on your Android device, but the functionality is basically the same. We’ll show you how it looks on a Google Pixel phone and Samsung Galaxy phone.

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How to Organize Quick Settings on a Google Pixel

On a Google Pixel phone, one swipe down from the top of the screen reveals four Quick Settings tiles, and a second swipe shows eight. You can swipe horizontally to see even more.

Google Pixel quick settings.

To add, remove, or rearrange the tiles, reveal the full Quick Settings panel and tap the pencil icon.

The tiles at the top of the screen are in the Quick Settings area. You can touch and hold a tile to drag it around to a new spot or drag it to the bottom section to remove it. Lift your finger to drop the tile.

Drag tiles to new spot.

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In the same way, scroll to the bottom section to move unused tiles into the top Quick Settings section.

Drag tiles to Quick Settings.

When you’re done doing all of your organization, tap the back arrow in the top left to finalize the positions.

Tap the back arrow.

That’s all there is to it. Just tap the pencil icon any time you want to switch things around. When you install an app that comes with a Quick Settings tile, it won’t be added automatically. You can follow these steps to include it.

How to Organize Quick Settings on a Samsung Galaxy

On a Samsung Galaxy phone, one swipe down from the top of the screen shows six Quick Settings buttons (Samsung calls them “buttons” instead of “tiles”). A second swipe down reveals 12 buttons and you can swipe horizontally to see more.

Samsung Galaxy quick settings.

To add, remove, or rearrange the buttons, open the full Quick Settings panel and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right. Select “Edit Buttons.”

The top section is “Available Buttons,” these are not currently in the Quick Settings panel. Tap and hold a button to drag it to the bottom section to put it in the Quick Settings. LIft your finger to drop it.

Move a button to the bottom.

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In the bottom section, tap and hold a button to move it around to a different spot or to the top section to remove it from the Quick Settings panel.

Move a button to the Quick Settings.

When everything is looking like you want, tap “Done” at the bottom to finalize the placement of the buttons.

Tap "Done" to finish.

That’s it. You can go in and tweak the Quick Settings panel any time you want. Keep in mind that when you install an app that comes with a Quick Settings tile, it won’t be added automatically. You’ll need to follow these steps to include it. The Android Quick Settings can be super useful if you take time to set them up.

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