Everybody has little issues they love to do after they get a brand new smartphone. Set a favourite wallpaper, choose a ringtone, purchase a case—personalizing your telephone is clearly an enormous a part of the expertise (some would possibly even name it enjoyable). However once I get a brand new telephone, as ceaselessly happens as a part of this job, my objective is to get it working the best way I would like and anticipate as shortly as potential. After I acquired my Galaxy S20, I went straight to work, and these are 20 of my prime tweaks, ideas, methods, and modifications that I’ve made. Not each one would be the proper change for each individual, however hopefully you will discover a number of issues right here you both did not know or had forgotten about.
1. Use quantity keys for media
In 2020, I feel it is slightly foolish in your quantity rocker to be doing something however controlling media quantity. We sometimes maintain our telephones in silent or vibrate mode, so controlling system or notification noises with the quantity rocker is fairly pointless. Samsung is without doubt 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 will 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 top of the listing, and it is on you to prepare it. This is unnecessary! To order your apps alphabetically, merely open up the app drawer, hit the 3-dot menu within the higher proper, and faucet “Kind” to seek out the alphabetical type possibility. A lot better.
3. Broaden house display and app drawer icon grid
By default, Samsung permits surprisingly few icons in your homescreen grid, however with telephones as giant as they’re now, there’s actually no cause to not be maximizing your actual property. Lengthy faucet on an empty space of the homescreen, hit Residence display settings, and set your property and app display layouts to the most important configuration (5×6). A lot room for actions!
4. Swap default browser to Chrome
This can be a private alternative, however as a lot cool stuff as Samsung’s Web browser can do, I simply can’t reside with out Chrome. In case you’re the identical, you will wish to go into settings for default apps (within the apps space of the settings… app) and change it to Chrome, in any other case all of your hyperlinks will open in Samsung Web.
5. Swap keyboard to Gboard
I contemplate this necessary. Samsung’s digital keyboard is simply actually, actually unhealthy. Recommendations are sluggish, not excellent, and the format 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 will by no means return.
As arrange from the manufacturing facility, 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 will see a “Aspect key settings” button. From right here, you possibly can toggle the “Press and maintain” perform to open the facility menu as an alternative of Bixby, which, let’s be trustworthy, is actually how this needs to 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 type 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 point out the battery share readout. (I additionally suggest toggling notification icons to “All notifications” if you wish to see all of your notifications within the standing bar.)
8. At all times show brightness slider in fast settings, disable media and machine controls
In the identical 3-dot menu the place the standing bar choices reside is one for the short panel format. This lets you toggle the brightness slider to look every time the notification shade is open, versus solely when the complete fast settings toggles seem. I additionally at this level usually decide to disable the media and machine controls interface, as a result of it is just about ineffective, in my view, and simply takes up house within the notification shade.
9. Disable Samsung climate notifications
Do you employ 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 pointless 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 usually 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 collection 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 feel it is going to be superb for most individuals to make use of the telephone in 120Hz, and I’ve not seen a really ridiculous drop in estimated utilization because of this. Some individuals say they cannot actually see the distinction with 120Hz enabled, and if that’s the case, you might as nicely depart it off, however for these of us who do, that is the purpose of no return. I should have high-refresh telephones ceaselessly now.
12. Lower display “zoom” or font measurement to point out 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 giant to my eyes, so I at all times go into the show settings and switch it down a notch. The display simply appears to be like 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 at all times type of bizarre. I do know some individuals who completely adore it, however I discover it is simply one thing for me to unintentionally open once I go to swipe close to the sting of the show, particularly whenever you allow Android 10’s gesture navigation (which is my subsequent tip). Simply go into Settings and seek for “edge panels” and you may shortly 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, ceaselessly. Enabling it’s easy sufficient: go into Settings and seek for “navigation kind,” and choose full display gestures. I disabled the “hints” as I did not discover them crucial. Android 10’s gesture navigation is so intuitive as soon as you’ve got used it for a number of days, I extremely counsel making an attempt it out. Change is difficult, however I have not discovered a single one who hasn’t been totally transformed as soon as they really gave them an trustworthy attempt.
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 whenever you choose 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 type of pointless, for one more. If I am choosing up my telephone, I am going to take a look at my notifications, I do not want a reminder! Additionally, any telephone buzzing that isn’t crucial 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 employ occasionally to have severely restricted (or successfully no) capacity 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 numerous check-ins and background processes that cut back your telephone’s longevity. For these with restricted smartphone data, that could 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 Pictures
Google Pictures is one in all my favourite apps, and its near-instant cloud backup perform is one in all my favourite options of that app. Besides, ever since Android began queuing background duties extra aggressively with the “battery optimization” function, these uploads could not begin for hours after snapping an image. This type of defeats the aim of the entire thing. Luckily, you possibly can disable this conduct on a per-app foundation. That is type of a tough setting to seek out, and it isn’t the place you’d most likely assume. 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 Pictures, and toggle it to the off place. Now your pictures and movies will add as quickly as they’re taken, as Google Pictures supposed.
19. Decrease notification vibration depth
Certainly one 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 at all times 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 stage. 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 feel makes utilizing my telephone much less disturbing. I am unable to bear to place it on full silent, so that is the perfect compromise I can handle.
20. Disable Samsung Day by day
Samsung Day by day, or the artist previously generally known as the Bixby pane, is Samsung’s tackle a Google Uncover-y feed type of factor. Some individuals could prefer it, however I do not want an app I by no means intend to work together with utilizing up information and RAM residing on my house display. Simply long-press on the homescreen, swipe over to the Samsung Day by day panel, and you may see a toggle on the prime to disable it. It is type of laborious to seek out if you do not know the place to look, and I simply type of assumed it was there till somebody pointed this out to me.