There are a number of extra helpful settings that are not enabled by default that you could 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’ve got but to acknowledge. You must also activate Notification historical past—helpful for the occasions you by chance swipe a notification away earlier than you bought an opportunity to learn its contents. I additionally like utilizing the snooze operate 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 rapidly see the time or any pending notifications if you look at your cellphone, however by default this function is about to Tap to indicate, which means it is advisable 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 at all times. It does drain extra battery life, but it surely’s value making an attempt out to see how a lot. I’ve discovered having it on to be extra helpful. Here, you can even 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 carry it as a substitute of requiring a faucet on the display screen. You may 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 occasions 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 understand 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 technique to entry your bank cards, but it surely’s really easy to by chance set off if you simply wish to see your current apps. If you employ 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 areas 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 rapidly trying to find an app and I do not discover it within the listing, it is normally as a result of it is in a folder. One of the primary issues I do after I arrange a brand new Samsung cellphone is type 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 high 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 high 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 proper fringe of your display screen? Have you by chance opened it if you meant to swipe again and go to a earlier web page or app? Me too. This is known as Edge Panel, and it is a tucked-away panel that permits you to get instant entry to a set of apps (of your alternative). It’s like a persistent dock.
This could 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 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 chance set off. If you simply wish 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 wish to rapidly activate the flashlight or use the Do Not Disturb mode. The structure generally is 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 high proper within the notification drawer. Tap this, then Edit buttons. You can press and maintain any of the tiles to maneuver them round, even cover ones you do not use (and discover hidden ones that you simply would possibly). 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 fashion. 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 primary colours. Toggle Apply palette to app icons for a extra cohesive look, although this solely works if an app helps the function (most first-party apps do).
Expand Your Grids
Want so as to add more room to your own home 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 wish to defend the battery in any respect prices. Try to maintain your cellphone between 50 and 80 percent charged, as depleting it fully or preserving it topped up on a regular basis can lower the battery’s effectivity over time. Samsung has a function that may assist with this—head to Settings > Battery and machine care > Battery > More battery settings and toggle on Protect battery. This will restrict the utmost cost to 85 p.c, thereby extending the lifetime of your cellphone. This does imply completely shedding 15 p.c per day, however attempt it out for a number of 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 way in which its telephones assist Dolby Atmos for richer-sounding audio, however this function 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 typically 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 to your ears.
Get Rid of Bloatware
Years in the past, Samsung did not allow you to uninstall numerous bloatware—apps that have been redundant or that you simply by no means needed to make use of. Nowadays, you may uninstall most of those apps. Just faucet and maintain the app within the app drawer or house display screen and press Uninstall. If you may’t uninstall them, you may on the very least Disable them in order that they disappear from view. This now works with Samsung’s Calendar app, which was beforehand troublesome 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 high proper, faucet Settings, and scroll all the way down to Hide apps on Home and App screens. Tap on the app you wish to cover, 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 machine, head to Settings > Connected gadgets > Link to Windows. Follow the prompts on the screens to pair the 2 gadgets through the QR code.
Switch Your Keyboard
If you are usually 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 listing and default and faucet on Default keyboard. You would possibly have to 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 function that retains your cellphone unlocked if you’re related to a different machine with Bluetooth (like a automobile or smartwatch), or if you happen to’re in a particular location, like your own home. Don’t flip this on if you happen to really feel uncomfortable having your cellphone unlocked in these situations, however if you happen to discover it handy, you may head to Settings > Lock display screen > Smart Lock to mess around with it. I normally desire turning on Trusted gadgets and selecting my automobile 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 operate to primarily disable the lock display screen passcode when I’m house.
Add Emergency Contacts and Emergency Sharing
It’s good to place your emergency contacts in your smartphone. To add individuals, 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 be certain that Emergency SOS is toggled on. This allows you to press the ability key 5 occasions to begin a 10-second countdown that may dial emergency companies. Toggle on Share information with emergency contacts to maintain them within the loop, and this may 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.