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Galaxy S10: 12 settings for immediate change



The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is a trio of capable phones that really impress. There is much to like from an ultrasound fingerprint sensor hidden under the screen to a third camera for ultra wide-angle shooting (at least for the S10 and S10 Plus).

Part of a shiny new phone setup is in progress, making sure the phone works the way you want it to. Here are 12 settings you should take a look at.

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Deal with Bixby

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You can not get rid of the Samsung Personal Assistant, Bixby, but you can keep the intrusiveness to a minimum. Begin by removing Bixby Home from your Home screen by long-pressing on the Home screen and swiping to the right until you see a preview of Bixby Home. Slide the switch above the control panel to the off position.

Next, you need to remap the Bixby key, which Samsung recently made possible through a software update. We have covered the process in detail in this article.

Gesture Navigation

The Galaxy S10 comes with Samsung's One-UI. Not only does this mean you get Android Pie, but it also gives you a refined look for the Samsung interface. Gesture navigation is a new feature in Android Pie, and of course, Samsung has its own version of the feature.

You can switch to gesture-based navigation by opening the Settings app and going to View > Navigation Bar and select Full Screen Gestures . Your device will guide you through the new feature – giving it a few days to get used to swiping, rather than typing, for example. B. to go back or to return to the home screen.

Quick Settings screen


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The Android quick-setting screens contain device settings and functionality links, but they are somewhat disorganized. Not to mention that there are several areas that you need to scroll through, which is not really "fast".

Rearrange the links and enlarge the grid of links by swiping down from the top of the S10's display until the Quick Settings area takes up your entire screen. Then select the three-point menu button followed by the button button . The 5×3 option fits almost all settings in one area. Select the appropriate grid size for you.

Now you can use the option Button order from the same menu to rearrange the icons to your liking. The first six links become visible when you view the notification area.

Status bar

By default, the status bar displays only the three most recent app notifications because the new camera pane takes up some space in the corner of the ad. However, you can override the restriction in a bid to see more information.

Swipe down to display the entire Quick Settings window and tap the three-dot menu icon, followed by Status bar > All notifications .

Homescreen raster

The Home Screen App raster can be customized to display more app icons on the screen. Long press on an empty area of ​​the home screen and touch Home screen settings . Then select Start Screen Grid and then adjust the grid size to your liking. You can do the same for the app screen grid by following the same steps and selecting Apps screen on the settings page.

Locking App Layout


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If you've arranged all the widgets and app icons to your liking, make sure you lock your Home screen layout so you do not accidentally move icons. Or if you're a parent who frequently lets your kids use your phone to watch videos, you'll surely know they like reordering icons.

To lock app icons, long press on the home screen and select Home Screen Grille followed by Lock Home Screen Layout .

Drop down for alerts

The Galaxy S10E is the only phone in the new lineup that has a physical fingerprint sensor. The S10 and the S10 Plus have a fingerprint sensor hidden under the display. All this is great until you find that removing a physical fingerprint sensor will not allow you to swipe down on the sensor to display the notification panel.

There is another option – swipe down the screen. You must activate it with a long press on the home screen and select Home Screen Grille followed by Quick-Opening Notification Field .

If this option is Enabled, you can swipe down the Home screen to shut down the notification panel instead of having to move freely at the top of the screen.

Always on display


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Samsung's Always-On display is handy because it shows you the time, date, and all pending notifications without you having to take more than one look at the phone.

However, if you have a One interface, you must do it by default. Tap the screen first to enable the constantly-on screen. Open Settings > Screen Lock > Always On Display > Display Mode > Always Display .

Alternatively, you can set a schedule based on when the feature should be used and when it should be turned off.

Lively display?

Samsung puts the display of the S10 on a natural look, rather than the default setting of Vivid. If you feel the colors are dull and not as intense as you like, you can switch from [Natural] to "Vivid" by selecting Settings > Display > Display Screen Mode > Vivid .

Setup Samsung Backup


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During initial setup, you will be asked to sign in to your Samsung account, for example to set up Samsung Pay and download apps from the Galaxy Store. Another advantage of signing in to your Samsung account is the backup service of Samsung Cloud.

When this option is on, your phone is routinely backed up, so you can restore individual settings such as settings, installed apps, or your homescreen layout in just a few taps.

Verify that Samsung Backup is enabled by accessing Settings > Accounts and Backup > Samsung Cloud . Tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner and select Settings followed by Sync and Auto Backup Settings . Review both lists and the various information and make sure everything you want to back up is actually backed up.

Find My Mobile

Samsung offers a free Find My Mobile service for Galaxy devices. You can find the settings by opening the Settings app and calling Biometrics and security > Find My Mobile . Adjust the settings on this page to your liking. For example, I've turned on last-site send functionality that sends the last known location when power is on the way.

If you've ever lost your phone, you can go to findmymobile.samsung.com, log in to your Samsung account, and track or track a lost phone.

Hide Camera Shot

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No fan of the camera excerpt? Hide it by displaying > Fullscreen Apps and slide the switch next to Hide front camera to the "on" position.


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