How to take full advantage of Android 10’s privacy-reclaiming powers

How to take full advantage of Android 10’s privacy-reclaiming powers




Well, gang, it’s here. In case you’ve been hibernating over the past week (or maybe just, ahem, on an unfortunately timed week off), Google brought Android 10 into this wacky ol’ world of ours this past Tuesday.

There’s really only so much to say about the Android 10 basics at this point — because, quite frankly, it’s the same software we’ve seen evolving in plain view over the past several months.

Yes, Android 10 has new gestures for getting around your phone. Yes, it has a new system-wide switch for making the entire operating system dark. And yes, it has a nifty new Focus Mode for limiting distractions on an app-by-app basis.

Those are the most prominent features of the Android version formerly known as “Q” — but y’know what? An Android release’s headlining features are rarely the full story. And that’s never been more true than it is with this latest Google-made effort.

Android 10 has quite a few quietly important improvements — under-the-hood changes that enhance your phone’s privacy, security, and performance as well as the ways apps are able to interact with your device and your data. They’re arguably among Android 10’s most significant additions, in fact — the real reasons, as I’ve noted approximately 7.2 bajillion times before, why Android upgrades absolutely matter and why it’s a cryin’ shame that it takes most phone-makers so damn long to deliver ’em.

Most of those improvements will just be there and operational whenever Android 10 makes its way to your phone, whether you’re aware of ’em or not, but one change — a particularly important one — will bring you its full benefit only if you seek it out and take a few minutes to configure it.

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