If you're running a stock, rooted Galaxy Note II or Galaxy S 4 and want easy access to some things that normally require manually editing system files, we've got the app for you. It's called Note 2 Hidden Settings, and does exactly what you'd expect: offers access to otherwise hidden system settings.

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Aside from requiring root access, the app is simple enough to use – just install it and run with it. You'll find simple toggles for things like shutter sounds, scheduled messaging, rotation control in the gallery, and many more. Naturally, this app is only applicable on stock systems, as these options are specific to TouchWiz and aren't present on most custom AOSP-based ROMs.

If you meet the qualifications, there's no reason not to have this app installed. It's a freebie in the Play Store – head below to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
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  • stoney1973

    Nice. Its great to have a white background for the email app again:)

    • ProductFRED

      Why? White uses 3 times the battery power as a black or dark colored background on AMOLED screens.

      • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

        Have you ever had a Note II? We don't care for minor things like that.. Our battery is HUGE, it lasts forever.

        (disclaimer: Nothing lasts forever, but the battery does last for a hell of a long time.)

        • ProductFRED

          I actually currently have a Note 2 lol. Just saying, save battery where you can.

          • DanSan

            okay, throw your phone into airplane mode when you're not using then. will definitely save battery...

          • vwbeetlvr

            then he won't be able to receive calls.

          • DanSan


            but he says he wants to save battery where possible! i mean he expecting phone calls all the time?

          • Brandon Jiang

            dude just saying... this comeback was pretty bad. no offense. you gotta save battery where you can, but WITHOUT sacrificing functionality (this is obviously what FRED was implying)

          • stoney1973

            The battery lasts forever lol. I made the mistake of selling my original Note 2 and buying a nexus 4. Huge mistake.Pitiful battery life. After 3 days I sold it and bought another Note 2. I gained a new perspective on just how good the Note 2 is batterywise.

          • Brandon Jiang

            actually, a better way to phrase it is you've gained a dependency on long battery life. the fact that you can't switch to another device because of that is a real killer. you've basically locked yourself into galaxy notes, and maxxs.
            like... the battery on the note 2 should be a "feature," so to speak. but getting to used to it just made you take it for granted.

            not trying to flame here, just my 2 cents.

          • stoney1973

            Actually, a better way to phrase it would be to say that this is where removable batteries are more than usefule. It's also where phones like the nexus and from HTC fall flat on their faces.
            So ....I disagree that I'm dependant on Note devices for any reason other than choice.

      • stoney1973

        Why? Why not? I just like reading my emails on a white background.Like the gmail app.
        As Rachid(Lekky?) says, Our battery is huge. And its not like I have the email app open 24/7. The difference in power usage will be minimal.

        • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

          Thats me :P And yeah, it will make a negligible difference to your battery.

          My advice? Don't worry and use your phone however you want to o/

          • Alex

            I would use it the way I want to, if all the apps I used (particularly Google ones) let me specify a black background ;)

            (Galaxy S3 here, which doesn't have a huge battery unfortunately!)

          • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

            I'd still strongly argue that a white gmail app vs a black one will have a negligible impact on your total battery life..!

          • stoney1973

            And after having used the white background on my email app, I have to say you are correct. If I had the email app open for hours on end, Fred might have had a point. But I dont, and thus he (and Brendan) haven't.

          • Alex

            Fair enough, but I also find reading white on black less tiring on my eyes (especially in dim lighting) -- I work with terminal windows all day, and find the light on dark displays far preferable to dark on light.

            It would be nice to have the option for light text on a dark background is the point that I was making.

          • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

            Yeah that's fair enough

  • mynamedoesnotfi

    Nice. I wonder if it will be able to implement scrolling wallpapers with the stock launcher. I know xposed framework can do that, but I haven't really taken the time to tinker with something like that.

    • mynamedoesnotfi

      By the way, that rotation control icon in gallery doesn't work like you'd expect. You can only press it when you rotate the phone and global rotation needs to be enabled.
      I would have thought it made pictures rotate when global rotation is off, apparently not.

  • mgamerz

    I assume this is a SQL database editor? I remember settings like this on my Atrix with SQLite app.

    • Nottach

      Probably changes values in csc/default_features xml. Should've used Xposed rather than hard editing the files.

      • RaptorOO7

        I agree the XPosed installer is the better way to go which allows you to quickly revert back and make updates . . . especially for noobs who need hand holding.

  • sourabh

    note 2 is supported but not the S3?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      s3 works. just tried

  • John Smith

    OMG even *more* settings on the S4... as if there aren't enough already.

    • firesoul453

      You can't have enough settings!

  • Symon Carter

    Also confirmed working on the Galaxy S3 i9300

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Works onnote3?