Some Settings on Google+ One Must Review
- and -How to turn off Email notifications for Google+This is for everyone with a Google+ account, whether you like it, or dislike it. And the 2nd headline is the main reason I’m writing this.before I startbelow here, its a screenshot from my settings page. on the left, you’ll see some circled numbers with red ink. they are the markers I’ll be mentioning while proceeding. and I’ll be as brief as possible, esp. for the ones that has a #LearnMore link beside with elaborated details.Lets See What Those Settings Are and How They HelpCircleMarker#1Who can interact with you and your posts
You can basically control whether or not people outside of your circles can interact with you or not. However, you can draw restrictions for anyone or any group. People may still interact with your otherwise, but the interaction might be lowered!
People who doesn’t want to be notified by “just anyone”, should consider changing these settings to something more specific.CircleMarker#2Shared Endorsements
This, is a great tool, if you’re a person who likes to help people with things, by sharing guiding posts (e.g. this one), or maybe who likes to inform followers about many new things, like blogs by either sharing a link, or by giving a post here.
If this setting is turned on, people following you might see your post(s) related to the topic in their Google Search
results page (most likely on the first page with your profile picture aside). However, if you’re not a fan of these things, and is just a person who likes to share things about daily life, about self, about friends - just some other regular posts, you might consider turning it off! Because, although the probability is much lower, still your posts might appear in search results and in Google Ads
for even the ones who are not a follower of you.CircleMarker#3Notification delivery“Email”
- you can add multiple email ids (should be verified) to get the notification to. But only one account can get the notification at a time.Note: This doesn’t change anything for security and account related emails.“Phone”
- You can add only one number at a time (tested). And you’ll get notifications via “SMS”
. Although if you have the official Google+ app for Android/iOS, you can choose “Push notifications”
to get the notifications to Google+ app instead of SMS. Or, as well, you can choose not to notify you over phone.CircleMarker#4Manage subscriptions
These are occasional updates, and are less likely to appear if you’re regular on Google+. Since I have been interested in Google+, I don’t remember getting any email of this kind.CircleMarker#5Receive notificationsMany people just complain about getting too much of emails every time someone posts or comments or somehow interacts with them, which they are not at all likely to receive! Obviously! If you’re dislike Google+, then its too natural to hate those emails. And if you’re regular or quite frequent on here, you’re already getting the notifications from the notification tray, why would you like to have them in Email and just mess up your inbox!
You’ll see there are 8 texts on bold, which expands on click. They’re namely Posts, Circles, Photos, Hangouts, Events, Communications about Google+ pages, Communities, Polls
Now, if you expand them, in each line, there’s a text/label with 2 checkbox columns - Email and Phone. Don’t just clear all the checks under email in a hurry! Just go through all the texts and choose whether you want to get them via email or not. If no, then only clear check. Same for Phone. Read the text before clearing the checkbox, who knows, you might
consider getting emails for those cases!there’s no save button below. your choice gets updated as soon as you mark or clear a check. same applies for all other settings.wait till message written something like “settings updated” appears above. network traffic/problem may prevent the settings to get updated on the server instantly.CircleMarker#6Your Circles
At the beginning of your Google+ journey, Google initially creates 4 circles for you.Friends, Family, Acquaintances and Following
As the names suggest, “Friends”, “Family” and “Acquaintances” are supposed to be people you directly know in your personal life and you more or less frequently contact/interact/communicate with each other. Whereas, “Following” suggests public figures or popular people or others whom you know (and obviously many people know) but he/she is completely ignorant of the fact that you even exist on earth!
So, quite naturally, you’ll not be interested to share things about your real-world life that are only sharable to people you directly know.
So, initially this “Following” circle is excluded when you choose your update to be shared with “Your Circles”
. But as Google Circle suggests, you can create circles for anything, for any of your interests and anything, literally. But maybe, not all should be included into your Your Circles
super group or super circle. To do that, hit on the “Customize” button, and clear checks for the circles you don’t want to be included into Your Circles.
Whenever you create such a circle, you have to come to this settings and customize it. Because, by default the new circle is included into Your Circles. There’s no option to change your default for this yet.CircleMarker#7Accessibility
Google said, this is to help screen readers & other assistive tools to work better with the stream. But most of us don’t use a screen reader in here!
So lets be straight.
Checking this will force you to stay on single column view irrespective of the stream layout quick-setting.
So my suggestion and recommendation is -DON’T. EVER. CHECK THAT.
You can just change your stream layout from quick settings on your Home Screen.CircleMarker#8Photos and Videos
You can easily get them with the labels written aside.
Just for the 2nd one, I would like to say you that It doesn’t help you much!
Even if you’ve unchecked this, one can always drag and drop your photo to some folder on his/her local disk(s) and save that image! Although, it won’t let that person to download full resolution copy, but a cropped one.CircleMarker#9Upload my photos at full size
Its better not to check this one if you aren’t a photography enthusiast! Clearing this checkbox will reduce your images to a lower resolution, not all but only the ones that are higher than 2048x2048! Well, that’s too much for me!
But why should you consider reducing your images?
- Simple. To save your Drive’s space! Images higher than 2048x2048 will consume space from your Google Drive. Anything lower than that, is free.CircleMarker#10Google Drive
You can view your photos saved in Google Drive in Google photos along with other Google+ photos including #AutoBackup
ones. But that doesn’t make them visible to others! You have to share them (Drive photos as well as #AutoBackup
photos) in order to make them visible!CircleMarker#11Auto Enhance
Most effective with Auto Backup enabled. I won’t say always this is good, but most of the times, this really makes the uploaded image look better. However, if you’re an adventurous person and like to click a good number of photos, enabling Auto Awesome
_may_ auto-create a story. Although Google doesn’t assure you that a Story will be created! It seems random in creation of Stories!CircleMarker#12Auto Approve Photo Tagging
Many people are just too desperate to have their Photos reaching to other people, and what can be more efficient than tagging? But, this will create disaster on your profile! When people visit your profile and goto “Photos” section, they’ll see those irrelevant photos as “your photos” - means those photos, where your face is available!
But you might have some people about whom, you’re sure enough that they’ll not tag you on photos where you does not exist. You can just add them here to avoid the steps of approving photo tags.CircleMarker#13Profile
I don’t think there’s much to elaborate about these points! These settings are mainly to avail your profile to more people and allow visitors to know more about you, and you’re more likely to get into others circles if they can know more about you at a glance.CircleMarker#14Hashtags
Let Google auto add hashtags to your new posts, to help it better reach to more people.CircleMarker#15Location Settings
This is something I really like about Google+. This won’t work if you don’t have the official Google+ app on your phone along with Location sharing turned on.
You can allow some of your Circles (say Close Friends and Family) to view your pin point location at anytime. For this, your parents don’t need to call you every now ‘n then to know where you are! You friends don’t need to call/text you every now ‘n then to know whether you’ve reached home or not, so that they can come to your home and meet you.CircleMarker#16Disable Google+
This is how you delete your Google+ account, this is how you get rid of this thing if you’re extremely unlikely to have this service available to you. #googleplus #googleplustips #googleplustipsandtricks #googleplussettings