Android Tip: Turn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS on and off from your home screen

Starting today, I will try to bring you guys some daily tips on how you can get the most out of your Android device. Android is huge, and if you’re like me, I’m pretty sure that you’re discovering new things about your phone every day; i sure am. The tips that I will be offering will be for all types of users. Some of these tips you will be familiar with, others might be new. Whatever the case, I hope that you enjoy these little tidbits.

How to turn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS on and off from your home screen

If you want to turn on your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or GPS, there’s a hard way to do it, and an easy way. The hard way requires you to navigate through your phone’s settings to turn these features on and off, the easy way requires you to simply use the power control widget.

The Power Control widget places a control widget on the home screen of your choice. From the widget, you can then toggle on and off the following items: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sync, and even set the screen brightness. Using the Power Control widget will definitely save you time and also help you conserve your battery by allowing you to turn off features that you don’t currently need.

Note: Some custom UIs already have this feature implemented in the notification bar

To add the Power Control widget to your home screen, do the following:

  1. Press and hold any empty space on the home screen to bring up the “Add to Home Screen” menu options.

  2. From the list of menu items, select widgets

  3. In the choose widget screen, scroll down and select Power Control (the list is in alphabetical order)
  4. The Power Control widget is now available on the screen.

Depending on which ROM you’re running, you could be asked to select which items you’d like to control from the Power Widget. I’m currently running CyanogenMod 7 on my Motorola Droid X, and when I do the above steps, I’ve presented with the option to add a number of things to the Power Widget, such as:

  • 2G/3G data
  • Ring mode
  • Screen timeout
  • Orientation
  • Flashlight
  • Lockscreen
  • Airplane mode
  • and much more

Go ahead and give it a shot. Once you add the Power Widget to one of your home screens, you will find yourself using it very often.