Tips for Improving App Settings UI

Improving App settings UX

If you’ve ever used an app or a smart gadget, you know how vital the settings panels are. While they are widely used, they are one of those characteristics or features that you never think about when they are working well but receive a lot of criticism when they are not.

Users are free to take these controls for granted, but designers are not. After all, a well-designed settings panel lowers overall customer-care expenses, therefore app settings should be a top goal for any software developer.


These options assist users in customising the basic functionalities of apps; these include, but are not limited to, setting login credentials, modifying notification settings, and GPS permissions. Designers must consequently put their best foot forward while constructing these panels.

In addition to saving money for the company, well-designed settings increase user engagement. People generally choose simple but elegant problem solutions. App users would appreciate a settings menu that allows them to easily alter their preferences.

How to Improve the User Experience of App Settings
The following methods can be used to improve the efficiency of the settings UX:

1. Visual Hierarchy Is Critical


This means precisely what it says. The most frequently used settings should be at the top, with the least frequently used towards the bottom. Use the same concept when categorising them; the most frequently used controls should be at the top.

2. Everything is made easier by grouping.


A panel with a large list of uninteresting settings is one that no one wants to use. This is why having various settings for a single macro-functionality works. For example, putting all notification modifications and controls in the Notification settings simplifies operations for everyone involved: users and customer service representatives.

Settings should signify what they say; that’s all the control description that’s required. They should be informative but not wordy; effective brevity is the goal. Use simple language for control descriptions, and every programme panel should include the option to return to the factory defaults.

3. Names including jargon are not permitted.


This is a rather simple task. You’re doing anything wrong if the user has to Google or Bing your app’s controls. Users should not be required to look for context outside of the scope of the panel and common sense. What works best is simple wording that appropriately refers to the capability. Technical names may please your astute marketing team, but they will be perplexing to users who are not in the know.

4.The Name Of The Game Is Appropriate UI Controls

In the settings panels, checkboxes and radio buttons are common user interface components. They are not, however, interchangeable. Checkboxes make it simple to choose several items from a list of possibilities.
Radio buttons make it easier to choose a single option from a long list.
Consider using toggle switches and “On/Off” labels for improved clarity if the actions do not require confirmation or evaluation.

5. Email Confirmations Are Beneficial

Most apps contain a significant amount of customer-sensitive information. This is due, in part, to the fact that email confirmations aren’t limited to the device’s settings panels. 
This is due, in part, to the fact that email confirmations aren’t limited to the device’s settings panels. This provision is absolutely necessary. This is due to the fact that apps require account user information, and any changes to this data must be acknowledged by the app user. Despite this, it is not necessary to provide confirmations for every updates; only the most critical ones should be.
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Sunil Vallala

UX/UI Designer with hands on experience in building ideas from scratch with the core belief that design is a catalyst for change in any business.

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