Toggle Data and other settings with Power Toggles for Android

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 8, 2015
Updated • Sep 2, 2017
Google Android

Power Toggles is a free application for Android that provides you with controls to toggle system features and settings, and to add app links and custom links to the Android homescreen or the notification area of the Android device.

Some settings and features are easily reachable on Android through the operating system's notifications area. There you may turn on or off mobile data or Wifi, or change the brightness of the display right away.

While that is handy, there is no option to add or remove entries from the screen which means that anything that is not listed there is usually harder to reach.

Update: Power Toggles is no longer available. You can check out Quick Settings instead which offers a similar experience.

Power Toggles review

Power Toggles is a free app for Android that adds missing controls to Android's notification area or the homescreen.

Once you have installed the application on your device -- it requires quite a few permissions because of what it is doing -- you may add its widget to the homescreen and add its power bar to the notifications area as well.

Once you have done so you can change the options or links that the first and optional second bar display.

The main configuration menu lists the options in three tabs.

Toggles: Mobile Data, Data Network Toggle, Hotspot (WiFi), Bluetooth Tether, USB Tether, WiFi, Data Sync, Sync Now, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Discovery, NFC, Receive Internet Calls, Internet Calling, Play/Pause Music, Next Track, Previous Track, Music Volume, Brightness, Auto Brightness, Brightness Slider, Screen Always On, Screen Timeout, Screen Auto-Rotate, Screen Light, Rotation Lock, Immersive Mode, Flash Light, GPS, Screen Lock, No Lock Screen, Volume Toggle, Volume Slider, Battery Info, Pulse Notification Light, Home Shortcut, Recent Apps, Shutdown, Restart, Shutdown Menu, adbWireless, WiFi Optimize, Increase/Decrease System Font, WiMax (4G)

The apps depend on the applications that you have installed on the device whereas custom links can be added on the bars as well.

Custom: Toggle folder, Bookmark, Contact, Directions, Email folder, Settings Shortcut, Translate, WhatsApp Camera, WhatsApp Chat.

You add or remove options with a tap on them, and may change their position on the toolbar afterwards as well as icons and other styles.

As far as general settings are concerned, there are plenty as well. You can change icons and positions of each bar, add toggle folders which are displayed on the homescreen when you do, or make custom changes to several of the toggles.

It is for instance possible to change or add levels to the brightness toggle to toggle between all configured states, change high and low battery levels and how they are displayed by the app, or change screen timeout intervals.

The app is compatible with all recent versions of Android but a bug prevents Power Toggles from working properly on Lollipop devices. Most toggles work directly while a few open a settings page instead.

All in all, this is a great application for Android users who want faster access to certain system settings or often used apps/features on their device.

Now You: Do you toggle settings regularly?

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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.

    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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