You might not think it, but we rely heavily on our devices’ Settings page. Maybe you’re not loving the look and feel? Go to Settings and change it. Do you need to run on notifications? Settings. Need help? Send feedback through Settings. Love the app? Rate it through Settings.

Though accessed very less compared to other aspects of your product, its attendance is what makes the artefact complete. Designing settings can be tricky since it doesn’t get the needed absorption it deserves and is often disregarded compared to other areas. But when done right, it will assuredly boost the all-embracing acquaintance of your app.

Our design team had a brief altercation on this recently, and here are some observations. Feel free to apply it if you find them useful. Your thoughts and critics are acceptable as well. Also, it’s mostly about mobile, but I feel the same can be activated to web settings design as well.

First of all, group your categories


Settings are exhausting. There are now too many things under settings in almost all day to day apps you use. The best way to make it more attainable is to group the categories. Try to keep your number of categories to a minimum and keep them generic.

When accepting started, refer to your competitors or other apps before you group the categories. For example, WhatsApp for Android has a very good settings page where they group the items and also affectation what’s inside them. The ideal groups could be ‘Gand

Don’t forget to accommodate a search function


Though alignment as categories makes the accessibility easier, including a search will make it 5x better.

Consider this scenario: The user only wants to turn on a assertive notification setting. The easiest way would be to search for that accurate notification item, find it in the results, and turn it on. If you don’t allow a search function and have a very long list of categories, then the user needs to scan through every item inside of the categories to find the adapted ambience — which is tiresome.

Now, accent the categories


After you’ve aggregate the categories the next thing you need to do is accent them. Imagine having the category  which has annihilation but the adaptation number and the capacity of the developer at the top. Let’s be honest — nobody cares.

The best thing to do is to assay and aggregate the usage data and push the most used class to the top.

Make sure the annihilative items are last


The cold of your business is to keep the user hooked on your app so they get more out of the experience. Having a abrogating item, such as  or , straight up at the top of your settings page is not recommended — I mean, when have you ever seen this?

The number of times the user logs out or deletes their data is going to be minimal. So, having it very easily attainable at the top of the settings is going to reduce the bulge of other essentials.

Are your capital items at the top of the page?


Imagine there’s an important change in aloofness and terms and the user needs to review it, these action items should be put up on the top so it grabs the best attention.

If put to good use, this top area can help access your overall revenue. You can have a plan advancement option there or affectation the anniversary offer active for example. You can list them as a top banner so the users get to see it at first sight. Some other items can accommodate assuming the number of trial days left with an option to advancement and assuming the amount of cloud accumulator left.

Why not add in integrations and promotions?


If you have a suite of applications that go well calm — or any integrations of such, or even a absolutely altered appliance but from the same development house, you have the abandon to advance it here. WhatsApp also has ‘Tell a friend’ which is a nice addition. You can try putting these in a abstracted class as well.

Screen time?

You would’ve seen Instagram having this — to show/pretend as if they care about the users. You could do that too — but in a good way. Show how much time the user has taken to complete their tasks, and the number of tasks they have completed this day, and maybe some tips and tricks to get the most out of your artefact by ‘spending very little time.’

The better you are to your users, the better this will be for your business.