Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note9 are similar to the Las Vegas smartphones. Compared to the simple and unobtrusive approach of an iPhone or Google Pixel 3, Samsung bombards you with settings you need to customize and features that you can try. Like a night stroll through the Strip, this approach can be overwhelming.
You can soften the hottest features and tune others to your needs. Here are 15 instant fixes you can make on a new Samsung phone:
1. Reassign Bixby Key
Compulsory recording of the Bixby Voice Assistant is probably the worst feature of modern Samsung phones. Fortunately, you can remap the button with a third-party app called bxActions. Make sure you start Bixby once before installing the app, and then do the defaults. Then start bxActions, go through the setup process and select the button Bixbi [sic] to select an alternative action. You can even use this to start Google Assistant instead of Bixby.
. 2 Hide the Bixby Home screen
By default, Swiping on the Home screen displays a Bixby information feed, including weather, news, sports scores, calendar updates, and more. You can disable this by long pressing anywhere on the home screen, swiping to the right, and disabling the Bixby Home button.
. 3 Reorder Your Quick Settings
Like other Android phones, Samsung lets you easily toggle general settings such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by swiping down from the top of the screen to your favorite six -Toggles and a second wipe for a longer list of options. To rearrange or completely remove the order of these settings, swipe down a second time, press the menu button that looks like three dots, and then select the button order. Press and hold an icon to reposition it. Do not forget that you can swipe left to see more icons.
. 4 Add a Screen Brightness Abbreviation
By default, Samsung's Galaxy Note9 and S10 require two sliders from the top to access the brightness slider. To make it easier, press the down arrow next to the slider and then switch Show control up . Now all you have to do is swipe down to toggle the brightness.
. 5 Assign volume keys to media playback
In Android Pie, Google has changed the default behavior of the volume keys to control media volume (such as music and videos) instead of ringtone. The volume buttons on Samsung phones continue to control the ringtone, but you can change it by pressing one of the volume buttons, pressing the volume down and switching Use the volume buttons for media .
. 6 Setting Up Photo Backups
The Samsung setup process does not provide a way to back up your photos. You must therefore add a backup system when your phone is ready. The Google Photos app automatically creates unlimited unlimited photos (but with reduced resolution, unless you're using Google Drive storage). You can also use other cloud storage services, such as Dropbox and OneDrive.
. 7 Place More Apps on the Home Screen
The displays on Samsung smartphones have become so large that the icons on the home screen are so spread. Stack more symbols vertically by going to Settings > Display > Home Screen and then touching Home Screen Grille 8. Customizing the App Bar
Samsung provides several ways to sort the list of master apps that you can access from the Home screen. By default, you can arrange the apps in any order by long pressing and then dragging. (You can even move them to folders, which is great.) If you prefer to sort the apps alphabetically, tap the three dots to the right of the search bar, select Sort and then . Alphabetical order .
. 9 Flip the back and the last buttons
Unlike many other Android phones, Samsung have the back button on the right and the recently used apps button on the left. Turn these over by going to Settings > Showing > Navigation bar . Then select the desired arrangement under Button order .
. Turn off 10 open Wi-Fi network notes
For some reason, you want to keep Android phones on a regular basis when an open Wi-Fi network is within range, regardless of potential security risks Unreliability of the connection with random hotspots. Disable these nags by going to Settings > Connections and selecting Wi-Fi . (Make sure you press the text, not the right-hand switch.) In the next screen, select Advanced and then disable the switch for network notification . If your network operator has a setting for automatically connecting to his own hotspots, I suggest turning them off as well.
. 11 Do Not Disturb
You do not want to be awakened by social media mentions and non-urgent lyrics at night? Create a Do Not Disturb schedule by going to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb . Touch Turn on as scheduled and set the times and days of the week that you do not want to bother. Then select Allow Exceptions to select which alarms you want to pass. (Activating repeat calls and calling preferred contacts is a good idea for emergencies.)
12. Set up a couple of app pairs
With App Pairs, you can launch two apps side by side. It's great to listen to music as you navigate Google Maps, taking notes while surfing the web, or checking Twitter while watching TV. To make these adjustments, swipe left on the small white strip on the left side of the screen, press Edit and select Create app pair on the next screen.
To set this up To make better use of the side paneling, click the gear icon in the lower left corner of the screen while viewing the screen. From here you can add shortcuts to your contact list, reminders, the clipboard, and so on.
. 13 Activate One-Hand Mode
Although Samsung's "One UI" is designed to ease one-hand operation by pressing common buttons at the bottom of the screen, many apps continue to use things hard to achieve. Enabling Samsung's one-touch mode can help immediately by reducing the usable area of the screen. To Settings > Advanced Functions > Movements and Gestures Then Toggle One-Hand Mode . Turn it on by swiping it diagonally from the bottom corner of the screen, and then turn it off again by tapping on a spot outside the one-handed area.
fourteenth Use Google's Message and Clock Apps
Samsung's built-in text and clock apps are fine, but Google's versions provide some extra functionality that they can instead could use. For example, with Google Messaging, you can read and send text from your computer on the computer messages.android.com. With Google Clock, you can enable Google Assistant smart home routines or music from Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube Music.
To guard against emergencies, you can set up an SOS feature that sends a message to the emergency contacts of your choice by pressing the power button three times. Optionally, you can also send the phone with an audio recording and photos from the front and back cameras. Enable this by heading to Settings > Advanced Functions > SOS Messages . You must add at least one emergency contact to complete the setup.