Waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S11 to reach the market in the coming months, the Samsung Galaxy S10 in all its variants remains a success of sales. Today's so much the Galaxy S10 like the Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10 Plus are still three of the best selling terminals of 2019, and good proof of this is the amount of messages we can find on HTCmania and XDA Developers around them. Are you a happy holder of any of Samsung's flagships? Check out these tricks to get the most out of your mobile.
Disable the Bixby button (or change its functionality)Accelerate system animations and improve performanceActivate Samsung One UI gesturesActivate the one-hand mode to control the phone with one handCreate custom gestures with One Hand OperationAdd an LED denotifications in the camera slotHide the camera notch with custom backgroundsActivate the screen with a double tapActivate Night mode and Dark modeConnect the phone to an external monitor with Samsung DeXProtect applications and photos with password with Secure Folder
Disable the Bixby button (or change its functionality)
We will not deny it: Bixby is a nuisance. By default, the dedicated Bixby button on the Samsung Galaxy S10 activates the virtual assistant created by Samsung. To deactivate the Bixby button we will only have to go to the homonymous application and click on the three options points to access the Settings menu.
Within this menu we will go to the Bixby Key section and we will finally activate the Press twice option to open Bixby. If we activate the Use simple press option, we can assign a quick application or command to the key in question so that it can be activated by pressing the button. Camera, WhatsApp, Instagram, Gmail, Twitter, Google Chrome … The possibilities are practically endless.
Accelerate system animations and improve performance
If we want to improve the performance of our brand new Samsung Galaxy S10e, we can use the acceleration of the animations to reduce the waiting time between action and action. To do this, we will go to the Settings application, and more specifically to the Advanced functions section.
Finally we will activate the option to reduce the animations that we can find next to the Direct Share function. If we want to speed up the phone even more, we can use the Developer Settings, which can be activated through the Compilation Number section found in the Device Information.
Once inside, we will press up to seven times on the section just mentioned. Then we will access the Development Settings that will be activated below until you find the following sections:
- Window animation scale
- Animation scale transitions
- Animation Duration Scale
Finally we will set the figure at 0.5x within each of the options just mentioned.
Activate Samsung One UI gestures
It is true that Samsung's gesture system is quite rudimentary. If we want to activate it within our Galaxy S10 +, for example, just go to the Screen section, and then to the Navigation bar section.
Within this section we can see several options: the one that interests us is the full screen Gestures. Once active, we can interact with the system as follows:
- Back: slide from the left corner up
- Start: slide from the center up
- Recent Applications: slide from the right corner up
Activate the one-hand mode to control the phone with one hand
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S10 + screen is not for all hands. Fortunately Samsung has a specific mode for small hands that allows us to handle the phone with one hand. Just go to the Advanced functions section and then Movements and gestures.
Followed we will go to the option of Operation Mode with one hand and we will activate the homonymous pestaa. Then, the virtual screen size will be reduced so that we can reach all corners of the phone without major problem.
Create custom gestures with One Hand Operation
Speaking of gestures, did you know that you can create custom gestures from anywhere on the screen to activate certain functions and applications? For this we will have to resort to One Hand Operation, an application that requires the activation of Accessibility permissions To function properly.
After downloading the application, we will create different gestures and assign different actions based on our preferences. The application in question allows us from activate applications installed on the Samsung Galaxy S10 (YouTube, WhatsApp, Camera …) as perform the functions of Atrs, Recent Applications and Start.
We can also play with the emerging months that the application is able to activate, either to open a list of applications or to control the volume or brightness.
Add an LED denotifications in the camera slot
The hollow of the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e and S10 Plus can be a nuisance. Did you know that you can grant it an additional function as a notification LED? Of course, with third-party applications. Notification Light is the one we will use this time.
Within the application, we will only have to activate all those applications that we want the LED to notify us. Then we can choose the type of notification to show: from a simple circle that surrounds the camera to a point of color that sits next to the screen gap.
Since the last update of Samsung One UI, however, the application has stopped working on some devices. If this is your case, try installing some alternative to the latter.
Hide the camera notch with custom backgrounds
Are you still hating the notch on the screen? While it can be hidden through Samsung One UI settings, there are many wallpapers for the Samsung Galaxy S10 with which we can hide the notch in a rather peculiar and original way. Backgrounds like the ones we can see in the image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 that we can see under this paragraph.
To do this, we can use a multitude of applications entirely dedicated to this type of funds. We leave you below with two of the most popular:
Activate the screen with a double tap
A function that was released with the first Samsung Galaxy and that today it is disabled by default in the Galaxy S10. Especially useful if our hands are small or we do not reach the unlock button to turn on the screen.
To activate this function we will have to leave to the Advanced functions section; specifically up to movements and gestures. Then we will go to the option of Press twice to activate and activate the tab that is right next to it.
Activate Reading mode and Dark mode
One of the main advantages of the AMOLED screens of the Galaxy S10 is precisely based on the shutdown of the pixels when the panel shows a black image. With the latest updates of Samsung One UI we can activate a Dark mode that changes the color of the system to black. How? Very easy.
Within the Screen section in the Settings application we will go to the Night Mode section and we will activate the option Activate now. We can also choose to program the mode in question from a certain time: any option is valid.
If we also want to reduce the blue light emitted by the screen, we will only have to activate the Blue Light Filter option by lowering the notification curtain.
Connect the phone to an external monitor with Samsung DeX
Perhaps the best trick for the Samsung Galaxy S10 in any of its versions. Using a USB Type-C to HDMI adapter we can convert the phone interface into a whole desktop system through the Samsung DeX application.
Samsung DeX interface by connecting the Samsung Galaxy S10 to an external monitor or screen.
The way to proceed is very simple: we just have to connect the cable to an external monitor and then to the USB Type-C telephone connection. Automatically show an interface like the one we can see just above this paragraph. Without installing applications. Without root.
Protect applications and photos with password with Secure Folder
Although it is not possible to protect applications and files with the fingerprint sensor, we can do it with an unlock pattern very similar to that of Android. Thanks to the Samsung Safe Folder feature we can hide any application, image or file in general without installing third party applications.
The way to proceed is as simple as leave your finger pressed on the application drawer. Several options will be displayed below: the one that interests us is the Secure Folder.
Now we just have to add all the applications and files we want to hide. The process to access them, that is, be somewhat more cumbersome, since we will always have to resort to Secure Folder. If we wish we can also hide the latter through the system options, as we can see in the screenshot above.
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