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Should you use a Samsung smartphone, you will not be getting probably the most out of it. As somebody who makes use of plenty of smartphones frequently, I positively have a couple of selection modifications and settings adjustments I make to get Samsung’s telephones feeling extra intuitive, practical, and simply plain higher as an general expertise. Whereas not all of those adjustments could also be to everybody’s desire, and it’s possible 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 each day foundation. (*This publish applies to Samsung telephones working Android 10 or later.)
1. Use quantity keys for media
In 2020, I feel it is somewhat 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 among 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 record, and it is on you to arrange it. This is not sensible! 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 kind possibility. Significantly better.
3. Increase 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 House display settings, and set your property and app display layouts to the biggest configuration (5×6). A lot room for actions!
4. Change default browser to Chrome
It is a private selection, however as a lot cool stuff as Samsung’s Web browser can do, I simply cannot reside with out Chrome. Should you’re the identical, you may need 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. Change keyboard to Gboard
I take into account this necessary. Samsung’s digital keyboard is simply actually, actually unhealthy. Options are gradual, not excellent, and the structure simply would 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 facility, holding the ability key in your Galaxy S20 is not going to 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 ability icon, and on the backside of the display you may see a “Aspect key settings” button. From right here, you may toggle the “Press and maintain” operate to open the ability menu as a substitute of Bixby, which, let’s be trustworthy, is de facto 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 realizing my actual battery proportion is sort of a should on my telephone. It is easy 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 proportion readout. (I additionally advocate 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 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 look every time the notification shade is open, versus solely when the complete fast settings toggles seem. I additionally at this level typically choose to disable the media and gadget controls interface, as a result of it is just about ineffective, for my part, and simply takes up area 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 may not have an effect on your homescreen climate widget, it simply prevents useless notifications about info you do not want a second time.
10. Improve show timeout
Samsung units the show timeout for its telephones to 30 seconds out of the field, which I discover annoyingly conservative (I could be bizarre). I typically go into the show settings and set it to five or 10 minutes.
11. Change display to 120Hz refresh
Your Galaxy S20 has a flowery, buttery easy 120Hz display. It is 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 should be nice for most individuals to make use of the telephone in 120Hz, and I’ve not seen a very ridiculous drop in estimated utilization consequently. Some individuals say they cannot actually see the distinction with 120Hz enabled, and if that’s the case, it’s possible you’ll as effectively go away it off, however for these of us who do, that is the purpose of no return. I will need to have high-refresh telephones eternally now.
12. Lower display “zoom” or font dimension to point out extra content material
In case your imaginative and prescient is not so nice, this in all probability is not a superb 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 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 characteristic was at all times sort 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 once you allow Android 10’s gesture navigation (which is my subsequent tip). Simply go into Settings and seek for “edge panels” and you may 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 crucial. Android 10’s gesture navigation is so intuitive as soon as you’ve got 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 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 simply may need to allow.
16. Disable good alert vibrations
Good alert is a well-intended however extremely annoying characteristic of Samsung smartphones. Principally, Good alert will vibrate once 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 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 habits known as app “sleeping” that I am not significantly keen on. Briefly, this sleeping will trigger apps you utilize occasionally to have severely restricted (or successfully no) skill to run within the background. The concept right here is that folks 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, which may be a good suggestion, however for me, the concept I’d 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 vital paranoia. Which results in my subsequent adjustment.
18. Disable energy optimization for Google Images
Google Images is one in all my favourite apps, and its near-instant cloud backup operate is one in all my favourite options of that app. Besides, ever since Android began queuing background duties extra aggressively with the “battery optimization” characteristic, these uploads might not start for hours after snapping an image. This sort of defeats the aim of the entire thing. Luckily, you may disable this habits on a per-app foundation. That is sort of a tough setting to seek out, and it isn’t the place you’d in all probability 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 meant.
19. Decrease notification vibration depth
One among 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 technique 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 robust, but it surely’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 tense. I am unable to bear to place it on full silent, so that is one of the best compromise I can handle.
20. Disable Samsung Every day
Samsung Every day, or the artist previously often known as the Bixby pane, is Samsung’s tackle a Google Uncover-y feed type of factor. Some individuals might prefer it, however I do not want an app I by no means intend to work together with utilizing up knowledge and RAM dwelling on my house display. Simply long-press on the homescreen, swipe over to the Samsung Every day panel, and you may see a toggle on the high to disable it. It is sort of exhausting to seek out if you do not know the place to look, and I simply sort of assumed it was there till somebody pointed this out to me.