Android Options Guide

To access your options, select “Options” from the main menu.

Profile

Use this option to edit account profile fields, manage blocked contacts, change password, set email and phone, or delete the account

Accounts

Use this option to add more accounts. 

Appearance

Language: Select languages of channels you want displayed on the trending list.

Theme: Change the interface. Options are black (dark) or white (light) themes. 

Lock screen orientation: Prevents the screen from turning when moving the phone from portrait to landscape mode or vice versa.

Show audio level meter:   Appears on the bottom of the talk screen that reflects the sound volume of the person talking.

Push-to-talk button

Select push-to-talk button: Select “Map” to set or change the PTT key. After selecting “Map,” press the key you wish to use as your PTT key. Select “Clear” to cancel or clear the PTT key.

Push-to-talk button action: Choose how you want the PTT to function. You can press and hold the key while you talk or press once to talk and press again when you stop talking.

Handle headset buttons when in the background: This allows you to use headset keys whenZello runs in the background.

Bluetooth PTT control device: Select the Bluetooth device you want to use with Zello.

Screen button action: Choose how you want the onscreen PTT button to function. You can press and hold the key while you talk or press once to talk and press again when you stop talking.

Behavior

Start Zello when phone powers on: Automatically starts Zello when you turn your device on.

Automatically activate a contact:  Select to bring talk screen to forefront automatically when message is 1) received in background, 2) when message is received, or 3) Never

Show on incoming message:  Brings Zello to forefront when there’s an incoming message.

And turn on the screen: Brings talk screen to front when message comes in. 

Do not lock screen during conversation: Prevents lockscreen activation during a conversation.

Set Zello status to Busy when phone is in silent mode: When changing phone sound profile in setting to Silent, Zello automatically changes your status to Busy so you won’t be disturbed.

Set Zello status to Available when PTT button is pressed: Automatically changes Busy or Offline status to Available when talk button is pressed. 

Save photos taken with the camera: Saves images taken with camera to your gallery. 

Use system camera to take photos:  Uses the camera on your device instead of Zello's built-in camera.

Push Notifications: Turn on or turn off app notifications for the following: 

- Start Zello on incoming voice message

- Display call alerts

- Display channel alerts

- Display image notifications

History

Allows settings for you to

- enable or disable message history function

- clear messages, images, and alerts

- define storage allowed (16 Mb to 1 Gb) for voice messages, images, and alerts

Alerts

Audio Alerts

Turn on or turn off audio alerts to receive notifications when the following occur. A checkmark indicates the feature is turned on. You can also customize audio alerts by recording a new one or using another sound clip. from your music library.  

Ready to send: You can start talking.

Talk button up: You released PTT button.

Incoming message: You have an incoming message.

Incoming message over: You’ve reached the end of the message.

Call alert: You have an incoming call.

Error: An error has occurred.

Alerts volume: Move the slider to the left make the audio alerts softer or to the right to make alerts louder.

Vibration Alerts

Turn on or turn off vibration alerts to receive notifications when the following occur. A checkmark indicates the feature is turned on.

Ready to send: You can start talking.

Incoming message: You have a message.

Missed message: You missed a message.

Visual Alerts

Incoming message when in the background: When Zello isn’t in front, a popup box appears notifying you have an incoming message.

Audio

Playback amplifier: Move slider to the left to lower amplification or to the right to increase amplification.

Recording amplifier: Move slider to the left to lower amplification or to the right to increase amplification

Apply audio mode only when a message is sent or played

Voice recording compatibility mode: Check if outgoing messages sound too slow or too fast.

Restrictions

Lock restrictions requires having a password to make changes to any of the following options. This prevents unauthorized users from making changes to settings. To use this feature, select “Lock restriction” and enter a new PIN and repeat the PIN. The next time, Zello will require entering the PIN to access the options.

- Trending channel list: 

- Show incoming contact requests

- Allow adding channels

- Allow adding contacts

- Allow creating new accounts

- Allow sending and receiving messages

- Show profile images

- Show only images from friends

Support 

Contains currently installed version of app, Support FAQs. You can also submit problem reports, and explore "Advanced network settngs". 

Advanced network settings: 

This is where you can change network parameters, do troubleshooting, and fine-tune app performance.

Networking (mobile)

Changing these features go into effect when you’re connected through your phone’s mobile service.

Keep alive interval: This is the polling time between the app and the service. A longer time polling time uses less bandwidth and improves battery life. A shorter polling time keeps the user status display current and may improve connectivity. For most, the default value should work fine. Options are s for seconds and m for minutes.

Use TCP only: Using TCP instead of UDP speeds sign in and improves connection reliability. But it may delay receiving messages in real time.

Networking (WiFi)

Changing these features go into effect when you’re connected through Wi-Fi.

Keep alive interval: This is the polling time between the app and the service. A longer time polling time uses less bandwidth and improves battery life. A shorter polling time keeps the user status display current and may improve connectivity. For most, the default value should work fine. Options are s for seconds and m for minutes.

Use TCP only: Using TCP instead of UDP speeds sign in and improves connection reliability. But it may delay receiving messages in real time.

For more help, drop us a line at support@zello.com or search the knowledge base. Thanks for using Zello!

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