There are just a few extra useful settings that are not enabled by default that you would be able to take pleasure in by tapping on Advanced settings within the notifications hub. The first is to activate Show all notifications. Instead of a measly three notification icons on the highest left of the display screen within the standing bar, you will see all of the notifications you have but to acknowledge. You must also activate Notification historical past—useful for the instances you by accident swipe a notification away earlier than you bought an opportunity to learn its contents. I additionally like utilizing the snooze perform to remind myself about notifications later within the day, and you may faucet the Show snooze button to show this on. (You’ll see a bit bell icon on the underside proper nook of your notifications; press that to snooze them.)
Keep the Always-on Display … Always On
The Always-on Display is there to allow you to shortly see the time or any pending notifications if you look at your cellphone, however by default this characteristic is ready to Tap to point out, which means you should faucet the display screen to see the Always-on Display. Bizarre. To repair this, go to Settings > Lock display screen > Always-on Display and select Show all the time. It does drain extra battery life, nevertheless it’s value making an attempt out to see how a lot. I’ve discovered having it on to be extra helpful. Here, you may as well customise the look of the clock on the lock display screen.
Wake the Phone When You Lift It
You can have your Samsung Galaxy cellphone wake if you raise it as an alternative of requiring a faucet on the display screen. You may also double-tap the display screen to show it on and double-tap it once more to show it off. Reading an internet web page and the display screen instances out and turns off? There’s a repair for that too. Go to Settings > Advanced options > Motions and gestures and toggle on Lift to wake, Double faucet to activate display screen, Double faucet to show off display screen, and Keep display screen on whereas viewing. Now the display screen will not flip off so long as you are observing it head-on.
Disable the Samsung Wallet Swipe Up
If you turned on gesture navigation, you will instantly notice how annoying it’s that Samsung Wallet, by default, involves life if you swipe from the underside fringe of the display screen. Sure, it is a quick approach to entry your bank cards, nevertheless it’s really easy to by accident set off if you simply need to see your latest apps. If you utilize Samsung Wallet, you may flip this off by heading to the Menu tab within the app and tapping the gear icon, and then Quick entry. Tap Access places and default card and toggle off Lock display screen, Home display screen, and Screen off. Don’t use Samsung Wallet in any respect? Just press and maintain the icon within the app drawer and faucet Uninstall.
Get Rid of Folders within the App Drawer
Seeing folders within the app drawer annoys me. When I’m shortly looking for an app and I do not discover it within the record, it is normally as a result of it is in a folder. One of the primary issues I do once I arrange a brand new Samsung cellphone is kind the app drawer alphabetically. To do that, swipe up from the house display screen to entry the app drawer and faucet on the triple-dot icon on the prime proper. Tap Sort and select Alphabetical order. If you actually like folders in your app drawer, simply press and maintain an app and drag it on prime of one other to create one. But if you do not need them, press and maintain any folders you discover within the app drawer and faucet Delete folder.
Turn off the Edge Panel
See that translucent pane on the best fringe of your display screen? Have you by accident opened it if you meant to swipe again and go to a earlier web page or app? Me too. This known as Edge Panel, and it is a tucked-away panel that allows you to get quick entry to a set of apps (of your alternative). It’s like a persistent dock.
This may be immensely helpful, so I encourage you to mess around with it first. Open it and faucet the gear icon on the backside to customise it and select the apps or panels you need (you may have it present contacts, the climate, and a lot extra). You may also go to Settings > Display > Edge panel > Handle to tweak the place of the panel and change the transparency, dimension, etcetera, which could make it more durable to by accident set off. If you simply need to flip Edge Panel off, head to Settings > Display > and toggle off Edge panels.
Reorder Your Quick Settings Tiles
The Quick-Settings tiles if you pull down the notification drawer are useful, whether or not you need to shortly activate the flashlight or use the Do Not Disturb mode. The structure is usually a little unusual if you first arrange a Samsung cellphone, however don’t fret, you may reorder it. Swipe down from the house display screen twice till you see a vertical triple-button icon on the prime proper within the notification drawer. Tap this, then Edit buttons. You can press and maintain any of the tiles to maneuver them round, even disguise ones you do not use (and discover hidden ones that you just may). Press Done.
Turn on the Color Palette
Want to match your cellphone’s system theme together with your wallpaper? Press and maintain anyplace on the house display screen till you see the house display screen settings menu, then faucet on Wallpaper and model. Tap Color palette, and toggle it on. You can select from a set of colours it pulls out of your wallpaper, or from a set of fundamental colours. Toggle Apply palette to app icons for a extra cohesive look, although this solely works if an app helps the characteristic (most first-party apps do).
Expand Your Grids
Want so as to add extra space to your house display screen? You can tweak the grid structure so as to add extra rows and columns so you may match extra on the display screen. Press and maintain anyplace on the house display screen to see the Home Screen settings menu. Tap Settings > Home display screen grid and mess around with the totally different grid sizes to see what works for you. I desire maxing it out to 5X6. You can do the identical for the app drawer and even your folders by going to the App display screen grid and Folders grid, although I desire 5X5 and 4X4 for these, respectively.
Turn on Battery Protection
If you plan to carry on to your smartphone for a number of years (as you need to), then you definately’ll need to shield the battery in any respect prices. Try to maintain your cellphone between 50 and 80 percent charged, as depleting it fully or protecting it topped up on a regular basis can lower the battery’s effectivity over time. Samsung has a characteristic that may assist with this—head to Settings > Battery and gadget care > Battery > More battery settings and toggle on Protect battery. This will restrict the utmost cost to 85 %, thereby extending the lifetime of your cellphone. This does imply completely shedding 15 % per day, however strive it out for just a few days to see how severely it impacts your use. You can discover ideas on how to save smartphone battery life here.
Turn on Dolby Atmos Sound
Samsung brags about the best way its telephones help Dolby Atmos for richer-sounding audio, however this characteristic is off by default. To flip it on, head to Settings > Sounds and vibrations > Sound high quality and results. Toggle on Dolby Atmos. I normally set it on Auto, and there is a barely noticeable distinction in audio high quality—music usually sounds a bit louder and extra sturdy. You’ll discover different sound settings you may mess around with right here, just like the Equalizer and Adapt Sound options to tweak the audio on your ears.
Get Rid of Bloatware
Years in the past, Samsung did not allow you to uninstall a variety of bloatware—apps that had been redundant or that you just by no means wished to make use of. Nowadays, you may uninstall most of those apps. Just faucet and maintain the app within the app drawer or residence display screen and press Uninstall. If you may’t uninstall them, you may on the very least Disable them so that they disappear from view. This now works with Samsung’s Calendar app, which was beforehand tough to eliminate.
If you may’t uninstall or disable an app, your subsequent most suitable choice is to cover it. Open the app drawer, faucet the triple-dot icon on the prime proper, faucet Settings, and scroll right down to Hide apps on Home and App screens. Tap on the app you need to disguise, and that is it!
Enable Link to Windows
Got a Windows PC? You can join your Samsung cellphone to make and take calls out of your machine, see texts and photographs, and even use your cellphone apps in Windows. On Windows, open the Microsoft Store app and search and set up Phone Link. On your Samsung gadget, head to Settings > Connected units > Link to Windows. Follow the prompts on the screens to pair the 2 units through the QR code.
Switch Your Keyboard
If you are typically annoyed with Samsung’s default keyboard, you are not alone. I a lot desire Gboard, Google’s keyboard app. The excellent news is that it is simple to swap keyboards! Once you obtain the keyboard you need, whether or not it is Gboard or another third-party app, head to Settings > General administration > Keyboard record and default and faucet on Default keyboard. You may must toggle in your new keyboard on this menu first. Head again to General administration and faucet on Gboard settings to customise it to your liking.
Turn on Smart Lock
Android has lengthy had a characteristic that retains your cellphone unlocked if you’re linked to a different gadget with Bluetooth (like a automotive or smartwatch), or should you’re in a selected location, like your house. Don’t flip this on should you really feel uncomfortable having your cellphone unlocked in these eventualities, however should you discover it handy, you may head to Settings > Lock display screen > Smart Lock to mess around with it. I normally desire turning on Trusted units and selecting my automotive in order that I need not fuss with a passcode or fingerprint when I’m driving (not that I’m actively utilizing my cellphone whereas driving). But I desire utilizing Smart Lock’s Trusted locations perform to basically disable the lock display screen passcode when I’m residence.
Add Emergency Contacts and Emergency Sharing
It’s good to place your emergency contacts in your smartphone. To add folks, you may go to Settings > Safety and emergency > Emergency contacts and add associates and household out of your contacts. Head again to the earlier menu and ensure Emergency SOS is toggled on. This allows you to press the ability key 5 instances to begin a 10-second countdown that can dial emergency providers. Toggle on Share data with emergency contacts to maintain them within the loop, and it will take you to Emergency sharing settings. You have the choice of permitting the cellphone to ship footage from the entrance and rear cameras in addition to an audio recording when it sends your location to your emergency contacts. It’ll additionally add a warning in case your Galaxy cellphone is almost out of battery.