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When you use a Samsung smartphone, you is probably not getting probably the most out of it. As somebody who makes use of a variety of smartphones frequently, I undoubtedly have a couple of selection modifications and settings modifications I make to get Samsung’s telephones feeling extra intuitive, useful, and simply plain higher as an total expertise. Whereas not all of those modifications could also be to everybody’s choice, and chances are you’ll know a couple of of them, hopefully you may be reminded of some selection One UI* and Android choices that may make your telephone just a bit bit nicer to make use of on a day after day foundation. (*This put up applies to Samsung telephones operating Android 10 or later.)
1. Use quantity keys for media
In 2020, I believe it is somewhat foolish in your quantity rocker to be doing something however controlling media quantity. We sometimes preserve our telephones in silent or vibrate mode, so controlling system or notification noises with the quantity rocker is fairly pointless. Samsung is likely one of the few telephone OEMs nonetheless not making media the default quantity management out of the field, however altering that is easy sufficient: simply hit the quantity rocker, faucet the drop-down arrow on the sound menu, and toggle “Use Quantity keys for media” on. At that time, you may be set.
2. Order app drawer alphabetically
This one drives me batty: Samsung orders its app drawer grid within the launcher like a homescreen: new stuff goes to the tip of the listing, and it is on you to prepare it. This is senseless! To order your apps alphabetically, merely open up the app drawer, hit the 3-dot menu within the higher proper, and faucet “Type” to seek out the alphabetical type possibility. Significantly better.
3. Broaden residence display and app drawer icon grid
By default, Samsung permits surprisingly few icons in your homescreen grid, however with telephones as massive as they’re now, there’s actually no purpose to not be maximizing your actual property. Lengthy faucet on an empty space of the homescreen, hit Dwelling display settings, and set your private home and app display layouts to the most important configuration (5×6). A lot room for actions!
4. Swap default browser to Chrome
It is a private selection, however as a lot cool stuff as Samsung’s Web browser can do, I simply can’t reside with out Chrome. When you’re the identical, you may wish to go into settings for default apps (within the apps space of the settings… app) and swap it to Chrome, in any other case all of your hyperlinks will open in Samsung Web.
5. Swap keyboard to Gboard
I think about this necessary. Samsung’s digital keyboard is simply actually, actually unhealthy. Strategies are gradual, not superb, and the structure simply does not really feel prefer it’s particularly good at predicting what your fingers are literally trying to find. Obtain Gboard and I can promise you, you may by no means return.
As arrange from the manufacturing unit, holding the facility key in your Galaxy S20 won’t provide the anticipated choices to… flip off (or restart) your telephone. That is annoying and dumb. To repair it, drag down the notification shade, hit the facility icon, and on the backside of the display you may see a “Aspect key settings” button. From right here, you possibly can toggle the “Press and maintain” perform to open the facility menu as a substitute of Bixby, which, let’s be trustworthy, is admittedly how this must be arrange anyway. Who makes use of Bixby?
7. Present battery % in standing bar
I am a little bit of a battery peeper, so figuring out my precise battery share is form of a should on my telephone. It is simple sufficient to completely add this to the telephone’s standing bar, simply pull down on the notification shade, pull down once more for the expanded fast settings toggles, then hit the 3-dot menu button. You will discover a “Standing bar” possibility, which has a toggle to indicate the battery share readout. (I additionally advocate toggling notification icons to “All notifications” if you wish to see all of your notifications within the standing bar.)
8. All the time show brightness slider in fast settings, disable media and gadget controls
In the identical 3-dot menu the place the standing bar choices reside is one for the fast panel structure. This lets you toggle the brightness slider to seem every time the notification shade is open, versus solely when the total fast settings toggles seem. I additionally at this level typically decide to disable the media and gadget controls interface, as a result of it is just about ineffective, for my part, and simply takes up house within the notification shade.
9. Disable Samsung climate notifications
Do you utilize the Google app? Does it ship you climate notifications? Then you do not want a second app sending you one other notification for a similar climate you are already getting. Simply go into the apps space of Settings, seek for “Climate,” and disable all notifications for the app. This would possibly not have an effect on your homescreen climate widget, it simply prevents useless notifications about info you do not want a second time.
10. Enhance show timeout
Samsung units the show timeout for its telephones to 30 seconds out of the field, which I discover annoyingly conservative (I may be bizarre). I typically go into the show settings and set it to five or 10 minutes.
11. Swap display to 120Hz refresh
Your Galaxy S20 has a flowery, buttery clean 120Hz display. It’s best to use it! Samsung has the Galaxy S20 sequence in 60Hz refresh mode by default, as a result of the telephone’s battery life is considerably higher on this mode. However with a 4000mAh battery on even the smallest S20, I believe it will be wonderful for most individuals to make use of the telephone in 120Hz, and I’ve not seen a really ridiculous drop in estimated utilization in consequence. Some folks say they can not actually see the distinction with 120Hz enabled, and in that case, chances are you’ll as effectively depart it off, however for these of us who do, that is the purpose of no return. I should have high-refresh telephones eternally now.
12. Lower display “zoom” or font dimension to indicate extra content material
In case your imaginative and prescient is not so nice, this most likely is not a great one, however for me, it is a necessity. Samsung’s default font scaling is simply comically massive to my eyes, so I all the time go into the show settings and switch it down a notch. The display simply seems much less crowded and, uh, much less prefer it was designed for somebody of their mid-70s.
13. Disable edge panels
Samsung’s edge display function was all the time form of bizarre. I do know some individuals who completely like it, however I discover it is simply one thing for me to by accident open once I go to swipe close to the sting of the show, particularly if you allow Android 10’s gesture navigation (which is my subsequent tip). Simply go into Settings and seek for “edge panels” and you will rapidly discover the toggle to disable them.
For me, there’s simply no going again to conventional navigation keys. I’ve to make use of gesture nav now, eternally. Enabling it’s easy sufficient: go into Settings and seek for “navigation sort,” and choose full display gestures. I disabled the “hints” as I did not discover them needed. Android 10’s gesture navigation is so intuitive as soon as you have used it for a couple of days, I extremely recommend making an attempt it out. Change is tough, however I have not discovered a single one who hasn’t been totally transformed as soon as they really gave them an trustworthy strive.
15. Allow swipe from homescreen for notification panel
Samsung’s launcher on the Galaxy S20 opens the app draw whether or not you swipe up or down on the homescreen, however that is simply modified: open up the homescreen settings and search for the “Swipe down for notification panel” toggle. I additionally disable app icon badges (fairly ineffective!) whereas I am in right here, and Samsung has another choices like panorama mode that you just would possibly wish to allow.
16. Disable good alert vibrations
Sensible alert is a well-intended however extremely annoying function of Samsung smartphones. Principally, Sensible alert will vibrate if you decide up your telephone if any calls or messages got here in whereas your telephone was sitting idle. I discover it unsettling, for one, and simply kind of pointless, for an additional. If I am choosing up my telephone, I am going to have a look at my notifications, I do not want a reminder! Additionally, any telephone buzzing that isn’t needed is unhealthy buzzing.
17. Disable placing unused apps to sleep
Samsung’s energy saving protocols for One UI make use of a conduct known as app “sleeping” that I am not notably keen on. Briefly, this sleeping will trigger apps you utilize occasionally to have severely restricted (or successfully no) capability to run within the background. The thought right here is that individuals set up a bunch of apps they by no means use, and people apps collectively create incremental battery drain with their varied check-ins and background processes that cut back your telephone’s longevity. For these with restricted smartphone information, which may be a good suggestion, however for me, the thought I would miss a notification from an app as a result of my telephone determined I did not want that app to have the ability to get up within the background causes important paranoia. Which results in my subsequent adjustment.
18. Disable energy optimization for Google Images
Google Images is certainly one of my favourite apps, and its near-instant cloud backup perform is certainly one of my favourite options of that app. Besides, ever since Android began queuing background duties extra aggressively with the “battery optimization” function, these uploads might not start for hours after snapping an image. This sort of defeats the aim of the entire thing. Thankfully, you possibly can disable this conduct on a per-app foundation. That is form of a difficult setting to seek out, and it isn’t the place you’d most likely suppose. Go into Settings, and seek for “Optimize battery utilization,” which ought to take you to the Particular entry menu. Hit optimize battery utilization, then faucet “App not optimized” and choose “All.” Then, seek for Images, and toggle it to the off place. Now your images and movies will add as quickly as they’re taken, as Google Images supposed.
19. Decrease notification vibration depth
One in every of my least favourite issues about Samsung telephone is their raucous default vibration energy for notifications—it is really loud. In comparison with the light haptics of the Pixel line, this all the time take some getting used to for me, however a method you can also make it rather less… aggressive is go into Settings for sounds and vibration and set the vibration depth for notifications to the minimal degree. Even at its lowest setting, it is nonetheless fairly sturdy, however it’s noticeably much less grating to my ears. It is a small factor within the grand scheme, however one which I believe makes utilizing my telephone much less worrying. I am unable to bear to place it on full silent, so that is the most effective compromise I can handle.
20. Disable Samsung Day by day
Samsung Day by day, or the artist previously often known as the Bixby pane, is Samsung’s tackle a Google Uncover-y feed kind of factor. Some folks might prefer it, however I do not want an app I by no means intend to work together with utilizing up information and RAM dwelling on my residence display. Simply long-press on the homescreen, swipe over to the Samsung Day by day panel, and you will see a toggle on the prime to disable it. It is form of arduous to seek out if you do not know the place to look, and I simply form of assumed it was there till somebody pointed this out to me.