Samsung already has new flagships: the Galaxy S20, which arrive with very interesting functions. Although this is not your first Galaxy, this new technology can be a bit overwhelming if you do not know how to maximize it.
Luckily for you, we've spent enough time with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to know how to get the most out of it. These are our favorite tips and tricks for anyone who has just bought a Galaxy S20 mobile.
1. Deactivate the Bixby button
Technically speaking, the Galaxy S20 does not include a Bixby button. Now, you will immediately notice that Samsung has configured its flagship in such a way that, by pressing the power button, the virtual assistant opens instead of turning off the mobile.
To avoid this, you must open the Settings, followed by Advanced functions. You will see that the first option is Side key, where you can change the function that this button does. You can configure to open the camera, Bixby or any app by pressing it twice.
2. Customize the Edge Panel Controller
Edge panels are nothing new, but I do know that they are still a little-used feature of Samsung's One UI operating system. They can be easily customized and we recommend that you do so on your new Galaxy S20.
Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen and you'll open the Edge panel, which by default offers shortcuts to various apps. Have you noticed that when you swipe again you access other panels with shortcuts to screenshots and other tools?
If you tap on the gear-shaped icon you will see in the lower left corner, you will access more tools than you can add. There, touch the three dots and you can configure what opens each panel, as well as the position, size and color of the bar.
3. Take advantage of the new Quick Share feature
Samsung may not have added many features to the software from the S20 series, but one of them is Quick Share and you won't be disappointed. With it you can easily share documents as if it were the Samsung AirDrop version.
You will find it by default in the panel you access by sliding down from the top of the screen. On the second screen you will see the button that corresponds to Quick Share. Tap on it to activate it.
If you press on this button for a few seconds, you will access its configuration. That means you can decide if you want other people not on your contact list to be able to share documents with you, and you can also change the name of your device.
With Quick Share activated, you will find the option to use it whenever you access the menu to share a specific document. The big drawback is that it only works with other phones with Quick Share, that is, only with Galaxy phones with One UI 2.1.
4. Share your music with Music Sharing
The Music Sharing function is another great novelty of the Galaxy S20, although it has the same limitations as Quick Share and cannot be used with iPhones, Android phones or even other Samsungs that do not have One UI 2.1 installed.
Now with the smartphones that are compatible, this feature will allow them to connect to your bluetooth speaker or to your wireless headphones through your Galaxy S20. For it to work, you will have to have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth activated.
You will find the option on the second screen of the Quick panel. When you activate it for the first time you can configure it. Then you can tell your friend to activate their Bluetooth and connect to the speaker. They should do it using your mobile.
This feature is especially useful when you are in the car or when the speakers your friends want to connect to are difficult to pair. Thus, they can do it easily through your Galaxy S20 and save you the trouble.
5. Use shortcuts for your cameras
All three models in the Galaxy S20 range have impressive cameras. You may think that it is not necessary to configure them to get good results, but the truth is that you can get the most out of it if you use the shortcuts included in the camera app.
For example, with Photo mode on you can start recording a video without changing modes just by pressing the button to shoot. If you press and slide it down, you will capture a set of images that you can use as GIF.
If you do the same thing, but instead of pressing the button and sliding down, you slide in any other direction on the screen, you will create a second floating trigger that you can position in the most convenient place.
Another little trick to perfectly control your S20's cameras is to use the zoom bar instead of zooming with your fingers. Think that the Galaxy S20 Ultra It has up to x100, which can be difficult to handle. The bar also gives you more precision.
6. Hide the front camera
Samsung continues to use the hole system to house its camera selfie, a decision that not everyone likes. There is also someone who does not like being in the center. We can't help you change all that, but I know how to hide it.
To do this, you must go to the Settings, followed by Screen. There you will see a section for full screen apps. Touch the points menu and select Advanced Settings. There you can activate the option to hide the front camera of your Galaxy S20.
Obviously, this will not hide the lens physically, but will convert your smartphone on a mobile phone from before, with a fairly wide top bezel. Instead of having a circular notch, you will now have a bar that crosses the panel from one end to the other.
7. Change the refresh rate
One of the star specifications of the Galaxy S20 is its very high refresh rate. Its 120Hz screen allows you to slide around your mobile smoothly and enjoy smoother animations (ideal for gaming).
You can also configure it. Go to Settings, followed by Display, and tap Refresh rate. There you can choose between the standard 60 Hz rate or a faster 120 Hz rate. The latter will make the graphics look better, but also consume more battery power.
Specifically, it seems to consume 10% of your battery for one day. It is a difficult decision to make, especially since the 120Hz refresh rate is incompatible with the maximum resolution of the screen (WQHD +).
If you want to use these 120 Hz, you should settle for the FHD + resolution. On the other hand, if you want to save your battery above all else (or you just don't know how to appreciate the difference between the two rates), you'll want to disable it.
8. Personalize your screen with Always On Display
Although this is not an exclusive function of the S20, it is well to remember it. By default, these phones have the Always On Display function activated, which means that your screen will always show the time and notifications even when it is locked.
Well, actually you will have to tap on the screen to display this information. But all this can be changed. To make any changes, you must go to the Settings of your mobile and tap on Lock Screen.
There you will see the Always On Display option, which you can deactivate simply by turning off the switch next to it. If you tap on the option, you can configure it in such a way that, for example, the information is displayed all the time or that it is not displayed at certain times.
9. Save your open apps in your RAM
From what we have seen, it seems that there is only one function that would be exclusive only to the S20 Ultra. This is the option to save apps in the RAM of your mobile. This allows them to open more quickly.
It's also a smart way to save them the way you left them the last time you used them. This means that you do not need extra time to load or risk losing the point where you were in, for example, a game.
If that interests you, you should access the apps you have recently used by sliding up from the bottom of your screen and holding. Select the app you want to save, tap on its icon and then on the option for faster opening.
You can save up to three applications in this way in the S20 Ultra model with 12 GB of RAM, while in the 16 GB model you have room for up to five apps. To stop saving an app, tap the icon as a lock.
10. Charge your devices with reversible wireless charging
In closing, we want to highlight another feature that, while not new to the mobile world, is still somewhat unusual for Samsung flagships. It's about reversible wireless charging, which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare.
As you know, this is a function that allows you to charge other devices compatible with wireless charging (such as Samsung Galaxy Buds +) using your Galaxy S20 as a charging base.
To activate it, you must access the Quick panel at the top of the screen again and simply tap on the icon. Then, position the phone face down and place the second device on top of the S20, right in the middle.
Of course, this will drain your battery. smartphone. By holding down the PowerShare icon, you can adjust the settings so that, for example, it stops charging the second device when the S20's battery is less than 30%.
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