This Android 12 Menu Gives Quick Access to the Settings You Need

You can customize the quick settings menu and put it in the order that works best for you.

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Close-up of the quick access tasks on an Android phone
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Whether you have the excellent Google Pixel 6 Pro, Samsung's potent Galaxy S22 Ultra or another phone that runs Android 12, there's a helpful menu you should take a few minutes to customize. It's called the quick settings menu, and it lets you speedily switch up settings for Bluetooth, alarms, Wi-Fi and Do Not Disturb, among others. All you need to do is swipe down from the top edge of the screen. 

Although this menu is designed for convenience, it's so packed with settings that it can get confusing. And on top of that, you're presented with a whole bunch of settings you can choose to add. As a result, the quick settings menu can quickly go from handy to overwhelming.

Here's how to customize and rearrange the settings tiles so the menu is easier to use. We're using the Pixel 6 Pro, but the process should be the same for any phone running Android 12.

First, drag down from the top edge of your phone to pull down the settings menu. You'll see the initial four settings at first, so pull down again on those settings to expand it. 

Android 12 Quick Access menu before dragging and tapping

See that little pencil icon at the bottom left? Tap that to edit the tiles.

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Now you'll see more settings icons, but you'll also see a small pencil icon underneath them. Tap that and the list will expand to show all the available icons. Now you're able to tap and hold on individual tiles and move them around into an order that makes more sense for you.

But you can also drag them further down and remove them from the quick-access menu. If you never use Google Pay or Invert Colors, for example, it would make sense for you to remove those from your list to clean it up and make it easier to see the tools you do need. 

Android 12 Quick Access menu after dragging and tapping

Tap and hold to drag the icons into whatever order you want, or drag them down to the lower section to remove them from the quick bar altogether.

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But you'll also see other tiles that might not already be in your quick settings menu, and you can tap, hold and then drag those up into your list so they appear when you swipe down. Remember that the four settings tiles at the top will be the ones that first appear when you swipe to open your menu, so make sure that your most-used ones appear here.

Once you've rearranged the tiles exactly how you want them simply swipe up to close the panel and you're all set.

For more, check out Android 12's hidden features and what you need to do to make your phone feel fresh.