Now that you have a fantastic Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus in your hand, test all functions. While some things may not have changed significantly compared to the Galaxy S8, there are still many surprises to discover.
If you have the phone out of the box and set up the setup, take a few minutes to test our favorite Galaxy S9 tips and tricks to learn some features you may have missed.
Using AR Emojis
One of the most discussed features of the Galaxy S9 was the introduction of AR Emojis. With AR Emoji you can create emojis that are adapted to your similarity. While it's definitely not the case on iPhones with Face ID like Animojis, it's a fun option for chatting. The look of the camera in Samsung's new One-UI has changed, but the process is much the same as in the video above.
How to use Bixby Vision
While it can be said that Bixby Vision is Samsung's answer Google Lens, it's not quite that polished. With Bixby Vision you can use the camera of your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus to get contextual information about specific objects and locations in your area.
At the moment, Bixby Vision has seven different categories: Location, Text, QR Code, Food, Wine, Shopping and Image. In addition to these seven categories, there is also a feature called Makeup, which allows you to virtually try out different Sephora products and provide buy links once you have found the perfect look.
We have a detailed Bixby tutorial here focusing on the basics of Bixby Vision. First, set up Bixby by tapping the Bixby button on the left side of the phone, or swiping to the right on the home screen. Follow the instructions until you see the Bixby home page that shows Bixby Level 1
Now that Bixby has everything set up, here's the fun part. You can easily access Bixby Vision through the Camera and Gallery apps by tapping the icon. If you're using Bixby for the first time, you also have the option to add a Bixby Vision icon to your home screen.
When you tap the Bixby Vision icon, the different identification categories appear. Touch the picture and point the camera at the picture. Various suggestions are displayed. Once you have the item in focus, tap the category again to see what information Bixby Vision offers.
How to Use Super Slow Motion Video
Just before Samsung unveiled its latest flagship, the company promised the Galaxy S9 would reinvent the camera. In addition to a lot of other camera features for the Galaxy S9 Super slow motion was introduced. With Super Slow Motion, you can shoot video at an incredibly high frame rate (960 frames per second), creating matrix-like video.
To use Super Slow Motion, you need to open the Camera app. Swipe the Super slow motion option under the viewfinder. There are two options: the first allows you to start at the slower frame rate when motion is detected in a small box on the screen. With the other you can control the image manually.
When you select To start recording, simply tap the shutter button. To record the slow motion footage, tap the three-button icon. Since the slow motion footage takes less than a second (to be exact, 0.2 seconds), you may want to press the three-button icon several times to capture footage in the same video.
If you want to try the automatic mode In automatic mode, tap the bottom of the camera and make sure that the subject you want to shoot in slow motion is in the defined field. Press the shutter button to start recording. The box turns yellow when the clip is being recorded. As in manual mode, you can start slow motion recording multiple times in the same video.
Intelligent Scan Setup
Samsung has made some camera hardware upgrades, but it's not allowed assume that the latest flagship has a face identification feature that matches what you find on the iPhone XS. With Samsung's new intelligent search feature, you can unlock your phone using iris and face data. However, be aware that the feature has more than a small portion of the problems, so you may want to set up an alternative authentication method.
If you want to try Intelligent Scan, tap Settings> Biometrics and security> Intelligent scanning. Enter your password, PIN or pattern. Touch Next. Select a lock screen option and accept the disclaimer. Press Next twice.
First, register your face by keeping the phone at a distance of 8 to 20 inches and making sure it is centered in the alignment circle. After registering, tap Next. Finally, register your iris by holding the phone at a distance of 10 to 14 inches and making sure each eye is in the required alignment circles.
To get the best data, you want to make sure that you are in a well-lit room without much backlighting. You also need to remove your iris scan glasses, and after setup, you may not be able to authenticate while burning.
Setting up the Secure Folder
If you have confidential documents or photos, do not do this The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a feature called Secure Folder that lets you save sensitive items in a private, secure folder.
Setting up Secure Folder takes only a few seconds. Tap Settings> Biometrics and Security> Secure Folder. Press Next> Start. Log in to your Samsung account and tap . To confirm.
Next, you must choose the best authentication method for accessing the secure folder. If you use a PIN, password, or pattern to authenticate, you probably want to pick something other than the one you use to access your phone. After entering your preferred authentication method, a secure folder will be set up and added to your home screen.
To use the secure folder, just tap the homepage icon. You'll see options for adding photos, apps, and files.
How to Use Samsung Pass
With Samsung Pass, you can automatically fill in personal information such as your name and e-mail address. Sure, Google offers a similar feature with Autofill, but Samsung Pass works in the native Internet browser.
If you want to try Samsung Pass, go to Settings> Biometrics and Security > Samsung Pass. Tap Next . Log in with your Samsung account and press Start. Agree to the disclaimer and tap Next. Finally, choose your preferred biometric identification option and you're done.
Each time you use Samsung's browser to log in to websites or enter personal information, it is saved to Samsung Pass for later use. If you want to use the information stored in Samsung Pass, you only need to authenticate with an iris scan or fingerprint.
How to Customize the Home Screen
Do you want to customize your home screen? If you do not want to change the theme, there are many customization options. Here are some of our most popular features:
To change the background, long press on a blank area on the Home screen. Tap Wallpapers and select your new image. You can also add and change widgets simply by tapping the Widgets icon instead of Wallpapers.
If you want to make more extensive changes to the home screen, long press on the home screen and select the home screen icon. From here, you can resize the icon, change the grid layout, disable the app icon badge, and more.
How to Customize the Always-On Display and Lock Screen
Now that you have your Home screen, you can customize the screen you are constantly viewing to your liking. While most users are satisfied with the default settings for permanent viewing, it only takes a few seconds to change the setting.
To adjust the permanent display, tap Settings> Lock Screen> Always On. Here you can update what you want to show on the always-on screen. To change the clock and widgets, simply tap Settings> Lock Screen> Time Style> Always on the display.
Using Live Focus
While many phones offer portrait mode, the Samsung Galaxy S9's high-fidelity option puts it in a high gear. With Live Focus, you can create custom portraits that look stunning.
If you want to use Live Focus, just open the Camera app and swipe directly on the viewfinder screen. Position the subject three to five feet from the lens for a perfect shot. If the subject is in the perfect location, you can adjust the amount of bokeh in the background with the background blur slider. With Samsung, you can see the adjustments in real time to make sure they do not look overly processed.
Next, you can turn off the beauty filter before taking the photo (it's on by default) by tapping on the sparkle icon and moving the slider to zero. Finally, make sure that the two live focus circles are yellow before you press the shutter button.
After you take the photo, two images appear in the gallery. One is your live focus shot while the other is a normal wide shot. Fortunately, you can still adjust the background blur with the Live Focus image using the slider that appears in the gallery.
If you see both images in your gallery, you may also want to manually save the images by tapping the overflow icon and choosing Save Image . Manually saving images has the benefit of uploading both to your Google Photos account.
Disabling or Remapping the Bixby Button
Although Bixby has improved exponentially over the past year, it's not for everyone. Previously you could just disable the Bixby button, but that is no longer possible. However, they can make triggering considerably more difficult.
Press the Bixby button to open the Bixby Voice screen. Tap the overflow icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select Settings. Scroll down and select Bixby Key and tap . Press twice to open the Bixby button . This makes it much harder to accidentally trigger Bixby.
You can set it to open another app with a single click. We have put together a guide as this can be a lengthy process.
Customizing Quick-Setting Tiles
Quick-setting tiles provide quick access to commonly-used features on your phone. Just swipe down and you can easily connect to Wi-Fi, turn on the flashlight, or even quickly pair a Bluetooth device. If the number of tiles appears to be overwhelming for the Quick Settings, you may want to make some adjustments.
To adjust the tiles for quick adjustments, swipe down from the top of the display with two fingers. Press the overflow icon in the upper right corner. Options for the buttons and are displayed. While the number of icons on the screen can be changed in with the button grid you can use to change the order of the buttons and remove unnecessary icons.
How to change the navigation bar
Let's be honest: Samsung's navigation bar is crazy. The reason why Samsung continues to use the back icon on the right is behind us. Luckily, if you're one of those people who find Samsung's custom navigation bar annoying, it's incredibly easy to fix. Just go to Settings> Display> Navigation Bar> Button Layout. Choose your preferred option and you're done.
If you want Samsung's Gesture Navigation, go back to Navigation Bar and select Full Screen Gestures . , So you can swipe from the bottom up to go home, return or access your multi-app selection.
Depending on your service provider, your Samsung Galaxy S9 may contain many apps You will never use. Unfortunately, some of these apps are embedded and can not be uninstalled without rooting the phone. However, you can hide the apps so that they do not take up any screen space.
There are two ways to hide apps. Just long press on the app on the home screen and select Remove from Home . To hide an app from the app tray, swipe up from the home screen and tap the overflow icon in the upper-right corner. Select Home screen settings> Hide apps. Select the apps you want to hide.
If you want to access a hidden app, just search for it by name.
How to set up the screen "Tips and Tricks" for "Do Not Disturb"
If you are ever in the middle of the night from one Notification message, you'll appreciate the "Do Not Disturb" feature of the Samsung Galaxy S9. With Do Not Disturb, it's easy to block notifications and set different notification schedules that run throughout the day.
To try "Do Not Disturb", go to Settings> Notifications> Do Not Disturb. From here you can switch Do not disturb. To specify that certain times be uninterrupted, tap . Activate the checkbox to activate the function and set schedules.
If you only want to block certain notifications and callers can set up exceptions. Just tap Settings> Notifications> Do Not Disturb> Allow exceptions. Select Custom to define your own parameters.
Enable Dual Messenger
If you have multiple social media accounts Samsung has a great feature called Dual Messenger on the Galaxy S9. With Dual Messenger, you can quickly create multiple instances of the same app.
How to Enable the Dual Messenger Port Settings> Advanced Features> Dual Messenger.