How to Make Your Phone Less Annoying

by Dan Forster - , Last Updated on December 9, 2015, How To Guides

Mobile phones can be demanding little beasts, and there are times when you just don’t want all the beeps and whistles. However, putting your phone on silent might mean that you miss an important call. Today we’re looking at all the ways you can make your mobile just a little bit less annoying. You don’t need to use these all the time, but if you want to save your sanity (and that of others…), then you might just want to check some of this advice out…

Haptic Feedback

Keyboard sounds are one of our personal pet peeves, and it’s not just the beeping, it’s that haptic feedback too. What’s that, you ask? Easy, haptic feedback is the little vibration that your phone makes when you hit a key on the on screen keyboard. Fortunately, it’s easy to do away with all keyboard vibrations and sounds…

If you’re on Android then head into your settings menu and look for the option that says “sounds and notifications.” Once in that menu you’ll need to go down to “other sounds.” From there you have various check boxes that allow you to turn of keypad tones, touch sounds, and haptic feedback, as well as possibly another set of options that lets you turn off sound and vibrations for default keyboard. Uncheck everything, and you should be good to go.

If you’re on an iPhone then the good news is that haptic feedback isn’t default on iOS, so you don’t need to worry about that one at all. As for the sounds, that’s easy. Go to settings, then sounds, then simply slide the toggle next to keyboard clicks to the off position.

App Notifications

Okay, there are some apps that you want to be notified about, probably your email app, for a start. But do you really want to know every time Candy Crush has a new offer? There are plenty of apps that you don’t need notifications for, so let’s look at turning those off. The good news is that you’re not going to have to go into each individual app to take care of this, no matter which operating system you’re using.

For Android, just go to settings and then apps. From there you’ll get an alphabetical list of all your apps and all you need to do is uncheck the box below each appropriate app (where it says “show notifications”). For iPhone, again go into the settings menu, this time choose the notifications option and you’ll get a list of apps. Tap the app that you want to silence notifications for and a new screen will appear with an option to turn off notifications. Simples.

Do Not Disturb!

A handy feature on both iOS and Androids is the ability to select a do not disturb mode. This should take care of pretty much all noises except the most important ones, that is.

Android takes care of this in a very effective way indeed. Go into your setting menu, find sounds and notifications, and then click at the bottom where it says “do not disturb.” You’ll be presented with a list that allows you to personalise your “interruptions.” Essentially, your phone will be on silent mode, except for the apps or contacts that you allow to interrupt you. Cool, huh? If you slide down to the bottom of that screen you can even schedule your phone to go into do not disturb mode automatically at certain times (such as the time you usually go to sleep).

Apple are also pretty good, offering more or less the same features as Android. Head into settings, then choose do not disturb and again you’ll be able to customise what can and can’t interrupt you, as well as setting automatic scheduling for the mode if you like. The iPhone does offer an additional nice option where if someone calls you for a second time within three minutes you will receive the call the second time (just in case it happens to be an emergency).

Ban Pop Ups

This one is particularly annoying for mobile gamers, but it does effect other kinds of app users as well: ads. For a lot of free apps you’ll be subjected to advertisements, and these can be irritating and can disrupt game play (or even cover a screen that you’re trying to work on). Fortunately, there’s a really easy solution to this annoyance: go into airplane mode. If you happen to want to play your fave mobile game without having to see ads then airplane mode should take care of the problem. Just don’t forget to go back to normal mode when you’re done.

Switching Things On and Off…

Finally, this is some advice for those of you that are battery conscious. If you worry about losing battery power then you might be sensible enough to switch off WiFi when there’s no signal, or Bluetooth, for example. Remembering to switch these things on and off can be a pain though.

Solution? A sweet little (free!) app called IFTTT. Download the app and you can create “recipes” for things that your phone does. For example, go to create a new recipe (the little plus in the bottom corner) and select “if.” You’ll then need to find the option for location and once found locate your home on the map and then select “leave this location.” Go back to your recipe, select the “then” option, and find the option for “switch off WiFi.” Ta-da, you’re WiFi automatically switches off when you leave home. You can do the same in the opposite direction so that it switches back on when you come home. Sweet, right?

Mobile phones are awesome, we’re not denying that, and having constant contact is very convenient. However, there are some downsides to constantly being available. If you don’t want to be bother by stupid notifications, if you can’t remember to switch your WiFi on and off, if you hate mobile gaming ads, then there are work arounds. Follow our advice and you’ll be a whole lot ess likely to want to throw your phone out of the window!