15 instant improvements to your Samsung Galaxy S10 or Note9

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Note9 are form of just like the Las Vegas of smartphones. In comparison to the straightforward and understated manner of, say, an iPhone or Google Pixel three, Samsung bombards you with settings to tweak and contours to take a look at. Similar to a stroll down the strip at evening, this manner can really feel overwhelming.

You’ll be able to tone down the gaudiest options and song others to fit your wishes higher. Listed below are 15 immediate enhancements you’ll make to a brand new Samsung telephone:

1. Remap the Bixby button

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The required inclusion of the Bixby voice assistant is arguably the worst characteristic of recent Samsung telephones. Thankfully, you’ll remap the button with a third-party app referred to as bxActions. Prior to installing the app, you’ll want to release Bixby as soon as, then undergo the usual setup procedure. Subsequent, release bxActions, stroll throughout the setup procedure, then choose Bixbi [sic] button to make a choice another motion. You’ll be able to even use this to release Google Assistant as a substitute of Bixby.

2. Cover the Bixby House display screen

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Via default, swiping proper on your own home display screen will carry up a knowledge feed from Bixby, together with climate, information, sports activities rankings, calendar updates, and extra. You’ll be able to disable this by way of long-pressing anyplace at the house display screen, swiping proper, and turning off the Bixby House toggle.

three. Rearrange your fast settings

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Like different Android telephones, Samsung means that you can simply toggle not unusual settings akin to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by way of swiping down from the highest of the display screen—one swipe to your favourite six toggles, and a 2d swipe for an extended record of choices. To arrange the order of those settings—or take away them solely—swipe down a 2d time, hit the menu button that appears like 3 dots, then choose Button order. Press and cling any icon to reposition it, and don’t overlook you’ll swipe left to peer further icons.

four. Upload a display screen brightness shortcut

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Via default, Samsung’s Galaxy Note9 and S10 require two swipes from the highest of the display screen to get admission to the brightness slider. Make it more uncomplicated to achieve by way of urgent the down arrow subsequent to the slider, then toggling Display regulate on most sensible. Now, you handiest must swipe down as soon as to peer the brightness toggle.

five. Assign quantity keys to media playback

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In Android Pie, Google modified the usual habits of quantity keys to regulate media quantity (akin to tune and movies) as a substitute of the ringer. Samsung telephones’ quantity keys nonetheless regulate the ringer by way of default, however you’ll exchange this by way of urgent both quantity button, swiping down at the quantity regulate, and toggling Use quantity keys for media.

6. Arrange photograph backups

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Samsung’s setup procedure doesn’t come with a strategy to again up your pictures, so that you’ll have so as to add a backup device as soon as your telephone is up and operating. The Google Footage app will mechanically again up limitless pictures without spending a dime (albeit at lowered answer except you employ Google Force garage). You’ll be able to additionally use different cloud garage services and products akin to Dropbox and OneDrive.

7. Are compatible extra apps at the house display screen

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Samsung’s smartphone displays have gotten so large, it’s a shame the home screen’s icons are so spread out. Stack more icons vertically by heading to Settings > Display > Home Screen, then tapping Home screen grid.

8. Customize the app tray

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Samsung offers a couple of ways to sort your master apps list, which is accessible by swiping up from the home screen. By default, you can arrange the apps in any order by long-pressing, then dragging them around. (You can even move them into folders, which is great.) If you’d rather sort the apps alphabetically, tap the three dots to the right of the search bar, select Sort, then choose Alphabetical order.

9. Flip the back and recent buttons

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Unlike many other Android phones, Samsung’s have the back button on the right and the recently-used apps button on the left. Flip these around by heading to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar, then choosing the arrangement you want under Button order.

10. Turn off open Wi-Fi network nags

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For some reason, Android phones like to notify you constantly when there’s an open Wi-Fi network in range, regardless of the potential security risks and unreliability of connecting to random hotspots. Turn off these nags by heading to Settings > Connections, then selecting Wi-Fi. (Make sure to press the text, not the toggle on the right.) On the next screen, select Advanced, then turn off the toggle for Network notification. If your carrier has a setting for auto-connecting to its own hotspots, I suggest turning that off as well.

11. Set up Do Not Disturb

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Don’t want to be woken up in the night by social media mentions and non-urgent texts? Create a Do Not Disturb schedule by heading to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb. Tap on the Turn on as scheduled text, and set up the times and days of the week on which you don’t want to be bothered. Then, select Allow exceptions to choose which alerts you’d like to let through. (Enabling repeat calls and calls from favorite contacts is a good idea for emergencies.)

12. Set up some app pairs

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Arguably the neatest feature on Samsung phones, App Pairs let you quickly launch two apps side by side. It’s great for listening to music while navigating in Google Maps, taking notes while browsing the web, or checking Twitter while watching TV. To set these up, swipe left on the small white strip on the left side of the screen, hit Edit and select Create app pair on the next screen.

To put this side panel to even greater use, hit the gear icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen while viewing the panel. From here, you can add shortcuts to your contacts list, reminders, clipboard, and more.

13. Enable One-Handed Mode

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Although Samsung’s “One UI” is supposed to make one-handed operation easier by putting common buttons on the lower portion of the screen, many apps continue to make things hard to reach. Enabling Samsung’s one-handed mode can help out in a pinch by shrinking the usable area of the screen. Head to Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures, then toggle One-handed mode. Turn it on by swiping diagonally out from the bottom corner of the screen, and turn it back off by tapping anywhere outside the one-handed area.

14. Use Google’s Message and Clock apps

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Samsung’s built-in text and clock apps are fine, but Google’s versions offer some extra features that could make them worth using instead. Google Messages, for instance, lets you read and send texts from your computer by visiting messages.android.com, while Google Clock lets you wake up to smart home routines from Google Assistant, or to music from Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube Music.

15. Set up SOS

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To protect yourself in emergencies, you can set up an SOS feature that sends a message to emergency contacts of your choosing when you quickly press the power button three times. You can also optionally have the phone send an audio recording and photos from the front an rear cameras. Enable this by heading to Settings > Advanced features > Send SOS Messages. You’ll have to add at least one emergency contact to complete the setup.


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