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Tip: Long Press Bluetooth and WiFi Notification Tiles to Quickly Toggle Each in Android 4.2.2


Android 4.2.2 is a minor release for the most part. It appears to a back-end bug fixer that has yet to present a major change or new feature that will affect the way you use your Android device. With that said, there are some minor tweaks that have begun to surface which we are big fans of already. The first, was the new status and estimated time meter that shows during app installs. The second, we have included in a short video above.

From this new release of Android going forward, you will be able to long-press on Bluetooth and WiFi tiles through the notification pulldown to toggle them on or off. Simple change, but also an incredible time saver.

Via:  Google Source 

(H/T Android Police)

  • ThePrufessa

    android hates bluetooth. i have yet to have an android phone where bluetooth worked flawlessly. right now on my nexus 4 it causes my phone’s screen to stay blank when i try to unlock it sometimes. it’s on, but it’s just a blank screen. as soon as i turn my bluetooth off the screen comes on. then sometimes when i try to turn it off it stays locked in the “bluetooth turning off” mode until i reboot my phone. i thought 4.2.2. was supposed to fix the bluetooth problems on this phone. i guess not.

  • saimin

    Verizon sucks. Just saying. Falacy Nexus.

  • DanSan

    this wasnt a stock feature?? a short tap in AOKP turns them on and off, figured that was a no brainer and thats how it was. didnt realize that was a custom ROM feature. definitely like the short tap better. I rather have long press to enter the wifi or bluetooth settings menu

    • Justin Winker

      Most custom ROMs include an adjusted feature of this with more usability. They’ve almost always included a custom notification toggle, but in 4.2 they’ve used the built-in one, but with some adjustments to how each option works (most are now toggles, and in some ROMs, you can customize which options are shown).

  • Turb0wned

    I knew I had a Verizon Nexus 4!

  • ShadrachCA

    I wish they designed in better visual cues when the toggle activates (have the whole square flash or something). As it is, you can barely tell anything has happened (particularly the bluetooth toggle).

  • Turb0wned

    Hmmmm… So my over a year old Galaxy Nexus gets an update but my 4 month old Nexus 4 doesn’t…. This is hopefully LG’s last Nexus.

    • Justin Winker

      LG has nothing to do with the updates for the Nexus devices – that’s all Google. That’s the point of being a Nexus device, and while Verizon failed the Nexus name, the manufacturers still have no say in when/how it gets updated.

  • Nakrohtap

    Was I the only one a little underwhelmed looking at this video and thinking “and…so?”.
    Man, we are soooo spoiled with custom ROM’s.
    What’s next for 4.2.2? Volume settings that separate notifications, ringer and alarm?

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  • coolsilver

    Am I the only one that hates the notifications in 4.0 and 4.1 because they don’t fill across the full screen. On my tablet I keep wanting to pull the notifications down further.

  • yiannis

    Uhm, I hope google has more substantial enhancements up their sleeve.

  • John Burke

    Backwards but at least it’s there, thank you Google!

  • >that has yet to present a major change that will affect the way you use your Android device.

    If it fixes the screen flicker, or the random reboots on the N10 it will definitely be a major change.

  • Tyler

    I still think Moto’s way of doing it on the HD Razr family is much more elegant and easy to use.

  • S2556

    I like the way AOKP and others have been doing it. Might just be because that is what I am use to though

  • Wow, I honestly thought this was a stock feature.. *Goes to check coworkers stock Nexus..*

    • Nakrohtap

      Agreed. It was this way as long as I can remember. I guess the first 4.2 ROM I flashed had this option. Never knew it wasn’t stock.

  • Thank God.

  • Really wish it was the other way around. Press to toggle, long press to open settings.

    • Justin Winker

      Agreed. It world only make more sense that way

      • Does seem a bit backwards, would have to agree.

        • Marco Mendoza

          I just use the power control widget. I think everyone forgets it’s there

          • Aaron

            Same here, it’s been a staple on my homescreen since the OG Droid.

        • John Malin

          That is how the ROM dev’s seem to be making it. At least that is how AOKP is

  • Bpb Somegiuy

    You can long press on 4.2.1 and will bring up the settings.

    • Aaron

      Just tapping it on 4.2.1 brings up the settings. That’s the only way it works.

  • peeyourownpants

    where is mako’s 4.2.2?

      • peeyourownpants

        wait. this is serious? from one nexus not in aosp (toro) to another? wtf? if they are going to cut them loose after two updates, name them something different.

        • I agree. I just found out. Kinda bummed. That explains why we haven’t seen the update yet.

      • Pedro

        You quoted a kernel thread from November?

        Are you not smart, or just a troll?

        • It may be old, but it’s still valid.

          • Justin Winker

            It’s old and it may have changed. I don’t recall where I saw it, but I thought the Nexus 4 was now in AOSP?

          • Pedro

            If you look in the Android source code, you’ll see lots of stuff for mako.
            tags all the way from 4.2 to 4.2.1-r1.2


  • DroidzFX

    Thats a little backwards from what all the custome roms are doing. Guess Google just wanted to do their own way.

    • brkshr

      I’m guessing they are doing it like this for the dodo’s out there. That way they don’t freak out when they tap on it, just to mess with stuff, then lose their connection & freak out.

      • That’s EXACTLY why they’re doing it that way. They want your average person to be taken to the settings page so they don’t mess anything up. But the nerd user will be able to long press and change the setting right then and there.

        • joejoe5709

          Hmmm. Makes sense in an Apple-ish sort of way I guess. Our little Android friend gets more mainstream by the day.

      • Michael G

        So what happens when mom and dad or grandpa and grandma who are slightly savvy enough to get around Android/JB and only tap the tiles thinking that’s what they’re supposed to do then get confused? lol

  • NicholasMicallef

    couldn’t you just tap on them in 4.2.1?

    • Tommy Thompson

      tapping them takes you to their settings page.

      • NicholasMicallef

        Oh, I see, didn’t even realize CM10.1 changed them to work as actual toggles, while long press makes them take you to their settings. It’s been that way ever since it got introduced and I went straight from CM10-10.1 even on my N7 so I though it was stock xD.

        • After living with CM10.1 for a day, I switched back to the old style notification toggles. I like having a single notification window and a single row of icons to toggle everything I need. Glad CM didn’t remove the old style when they merged the new changes.