April 25, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
One of the features that most has me excited about HTC Sense 3.0 is the ability to turn Wi-Fi and other features on or off from the Notification drop-down menu. Of course, I’ve already done this on Samsung Touchwiz phones I’ve briefly used and it’s a feature built into many custom ROM’s, including CyanogenMod.
But what if you want to toggle settings without rooting your phone? Well, that’s when you download an app called Notification Toggle. As the name implies, this allows you to toggle (turn on or off) common Android phone settings like Bluetooth, Brightness, Flashlight, Flight Mode, Rotation, Sound/Silent/Vibration, and Wi-Fi. Rather than press Menu > Settings from the home screen and dig through the list of options, Notification Toggle provides a one-tap solution to flip the switch on certain features.
Sadly, other features like 4G and GPS cannot be toggled directly; however, you will get shortcuts to the settings page. While Sense, Touchwiz, and CM allow you to see 4 or more icons that can quickly be tapped, Notification Toggle has a long list of shortcuts that need to be scrolled to access them all. There is a way to set-up a horizontal group of shortcuts using the “All in one” option, but the large icons are ugly and take up space.
Notification Toggle isn’t a perfect solution for anyone looking to get quick access to their settings. However, it can be exactly what the user ordered if someone needs only to quickly get to one or two common functions like Wi-Fi and screen rotation. Most importantly, it does not require the phone to be rooted. Download the app for free and see if this app turns you on or off as well as it does functions.