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8 things you should do when releasing your new Samsung mobile

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in hand

You have just released your new Samsung mobile, it does not matter if it is one of the new Galaxy S20 or any of the many that Samsung plans to introduce throughout the year 2020; the vast majority of brand terminals have the same functions in your software, and except for some specific differences, the setup process be similar in most of them.

Regardless of how you want to configure your new terminal, it is very likely that you will have to lose yourself in the One UI menus for several minutes to leave the device to your liking. So, to make your task easier, we wanted Gather some of the first things you can do as soon as you release your new Samsung to improve your experience with the device.

Activate gesture navigation

Although we have already dedicated a complete guide to this function, it never hurts to remember that all Samsung phones updated to Android 10 have the new gesture navigation system native to the latest version of the system.

If you want to enjoy a more intuitive and modern control mode, you can activate gesture navigation mode following these steps:

  1. Open the System Settings app and go to the Screen section.

  2. Look for the option Navigation bar and access it.

  3. Activate the Full screen gestures option.

  4. Tap on the More options button and choose the Slide from the sides and bottom option

  5. If you want to change the sensitivity of the Back gesture, you just have to change the slider level at the bottom.

  6. If you want, you can also hide the gesture bar that appears at the bottom if you deactivate the option Gesture suggestions

Enable dark theme

Despite being an option introduced in the first version of One UI, the dark theme It is better integrated than ever in the latest edition of Samsung software. To activate it, you just need display the quick settings panel of the mobile and activate the option "Dark Mode", or do it from the system settings, within the "Screen" section. In addition, you also have the option to schedule your activation automatically based on time of day.

Change the refresh rate (if you have a Galaxy S20)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, screen refresh rate

With the new Galaxy S20 series, Samsung finally gets on the train of the screens with high refresh rate, and it is very likely that future models of the brand will also integrate a panel with these characteristics.

To change between the 60 or 120Hz refresh rate, you just have to access the System Settings, and enter the "Fluidity of movements" menu within the "Screen" section. From there, you can enable the high refresh rate.

Keep in mind, though, that by enabling this option, panel resolution will be limited to Full HD + to prevent autonomy from being significantly affected.

Show the content of notifications on the lock screen

For some reason, Samsung keeps hiding notification content on lock screen by default. Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of this restriction by researching the lock screen settings. To retrieve the detail of the notifications instead of only seeing the icons, you must follow these steps:

  1. Open the System Settings app and go to the Lock Screen section.

  2. Tap on the “Notifications” section

  3. In the "View style" section, choose the "Details" option

Sort the app drawer alphabetically

Alphabetical order in the app drawer

Another change – in my opinion, without much sense – that Samsung makes in its software is the fact show apps in launcher drawer in no apparent order. Fortunately, it is possible to reverse this change and sort apps alphabetically from the app drawer itself, by tapping the menu button at the top right.

Deactivate the Bixby button

Some recent brand terminals no longer have the Bixby button that Samsung first introduced several years ago. However, by default, a long press on the power button will launch the virtual assistant integrated in One UI instead of opening the device's shutdown / restart menu. To avoid it, you just have to follow some simple steps:

  1. Open the System Settings app and go to the "Advanced Features" section.

  2. Tap on “Function Button”.

  3. In the “Hold down” section, select the “Power off menu” option

Show the brightness bar in the quick settings panel

Although the automatic brightness mode that include Samsung terminals usually works quite well, sometimes it is necessary to resort to slider Built-in Quick Settings panel to choose screen illumination level manually. Also, there is an even faster way to access it, which is to unfold the settings panel, touch the three dots icon and access “Design of the status panel”. From there, you just have to activate the option "Show brightness above". Thus, the brightness slider will appear when the notification panel is displayed and it is not necessary to swipe twice from the top of the screen.

Activate “one-handed mode”

One-handed operation on Samsung mobile

A brief review of the Samsung mobile phone catalog shows us how, to this day, the diagonals around the 6.5 inches They are preferred by the South Korean firm when creating its terminals. And while Samsung tends to do a good job of taking advantage of space by minimizing the margins around the panel, it can be difficult. use your phones with one hand due to the size of its panels.

To alleviate this problem, Samsung includes a one-handed mode which you can access by default by sliding down from the bottom navigation bar. However, in case it is disabled, You can activate this function in the “One-handed operation” section in the “Advanced functions” section of the system settings.

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