Customize Your Android Device With These Tips

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So you've brought home your latest bundle of electronic joy and you want to make it yours. What do you do? How do you proceed to make ti the best, most impeccably customized consumer electronic device ever? You take cues from the Modojo team, of course, who's about to provide you with some ideas on how you can take a plain-Jane device and make it totally yours.

1. Choose a custom theme.

There's a gaggle of different customizable theming options for your device. You just have to find the one that works best for you. Themer, for example, is an excellent option that we covered in our previous guide to essential Android apps. Search for something that highlights your personality, or just opt for something that makes things simpler to find. Themer's "Tiled" is a great choice for beginners, especially given its simple elegance. You might also enjoy Seven, if you've jumped ship from iOS and are looking for something a little more familiar. If you aren't quite ready to take the leap to a complete theme, you can always change up your wallpaper instead -- there are plenty of those available as well.

2. Change up your ringtone and alert tones.

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you need to add some style and zing to your ringtone repertoire. It's extremely simple to do on an Android device, and while you can cut up your own sounds and tones to assign to contacts and whatnot, there are also some interesting apps with which you can create a veritable symphony on your phone. Or a collection of sound bytes. Zedge is one such app that eliminates the need for messy installs or downloading a gaggle of MP3 or WAV files. Simply install the app, browse for the sound or music you want, and you're good to go! You'd be surprised at what you can find on Zedge, too.

3. Install custom battery monitors

Take control of each charge and get a better handle on what's going on with your battery with a handful of different battery management programs and gauges that give you a better idea of how much energy you're expending. ChargeBar is a fantastic free app that allows you to toggle a visual battery bar on and off to give you an easy-to-read look at what's going on with your battery.

4. Utilize a different kind of keyboard.

We briefly touched upon this in the last article regarding apps you should install, but one of the best ways to customize your device is by changing up your key input. Swiftkey and Swype are just two of the many options out there for quick typing, and both are worth your time, especially considering how quickly they can speed things up to.

5. Install a custom launcher.

This is a step only recommended for advanced Android users, but if the above ideas aren't enough for you, go one step beyond and choose a custom launcher for your phone that automatically reskins certain aspects of the device, comes with special ringtones in some cases, and quite often, a completely different look for your device. Seriously. You won't even recognize it. If that's not enough customization for you, you may very well be a lost cause.