How to Use Quick Settings on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Earlier this month, Google finally started rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to owners of Nexus devices, specifically the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 tablet. Both Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 were released with firmware. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes with quite a few new features that are not advertised, including a function we like to call Quick Settings.

Quick Settings is a feature added to Jelly Bean’s Notifications that allows Android 4.2 Jelly Bean owners to quickly access the settings they use most often. And although it is a simple and extremely useful tool, Google not only promoted it as the main feature of the new version of Jelly Bean, but also prevented it from appearing on the home screen.


In fact, there may be a few Android 4.2 Jelly Bean owners who don’t even know the feature exists. Therefore, here we not only show you how to use the Quick Settings menu on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but also show you how to use it.

For those who have their smartphone or tablet strapped to the waist, this is definitely a feature you should be familiar with as it will save you some time messing around with the settings.

How to Use Quick Settings on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google has brought some great extended Notifications that allow users to take quite some action on the alerts popping up in the status bar. In Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google has added more functionality to the Notifications bar, called Quick Settings, which, although accessed from the Notifications bar, does not immediately identify itself to the user.

Accessing the Quick Settings menu is actually quite simple. Swipe down with a single finger and pull down the far right side of the Notification bar which will bring up a menu that looks like the one below.

Quick Settings is a useful feature in Android 4.2.

This rectangle is your Quick Settings menu, where you can change a number of useful settings with just a few taps. Google has filled the menu with many settings that smartphone and tablet owners change daily.

Let’s take a look at each option available in the Quick Settings menu. Tablet owners will see the color and name of the person logged in in the upper left corner. Remember, Android 4.2 brought multiple sign-in features for tablet owners. Tapping this will take you back to the lock screen where you can switch users easily.


You can lock rotation with Quick Settings.

Besides that, the brightness you can adjust or automatically adjust the brightness of the screen. Moving on, there is a Settings function that will take you to the main Settings page that houses all the device settings.

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Also included are quick ways to access Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and Airplane Mode, as well as battery life and screen orientation shortcuts. The last two settings are extremely useful.


You can also easily check the battery life.

Again, this isn’t a game-changing feature, but Quick Settings is one that owners of tablets and smartphones running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will definitely appreciate once they get used to it.