So you got yourself a Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone, it’s an awesome smartphone device and all but do you know all the things you can do with it? Probably not. If so, your next step is to learn not only the basic Galaxy S10 features but also these awesome tips and tricks on how to fully use your smartphone.
Undeniably, Galaxy S10 is a powerful device packed with great features. But sadly, some of these features are not set-in by default and a good example of that is figuring out how to hide the Samsung Galaxy S10 hole-punch camera on the front display.
10 Tips and Tricks for Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus
Before anything else, make sure that your S10 is running on the latest Android version. Otherwise, some of these may not work.
1. Finder Search
Finder Search allows you to find apps, files, and data that you are looking for instantly. By typing in the search box, it would search and display all the possible content of your galaxy smartphone and if connected on the internet, on the web as well.
You can also add 1×1 Finder Icon to your home and apps screen.
Just click the Finder Search Bar and at the right side, click the 3 dots positioned vertically to show the Settings and turn ON the Add Finder Icon.
2. Turn ON and Customize Edge Panel
Edge Panel is used for apps shortcuts and provides easy access for the chosen apps.
You can turn ON the Edge Panel by going to Settings > Display > Edge Screen > Edge Panels.
Once turned ON, you can find the Edge Panel at the upper left side of the screen.
To customize just swipe the Edge Panel from left to right of the screen and click settings located at the bottom right side of the screen.
You can select which do you want to use:
- Apps Edge
- Live Messages
- Smart Select
- People Edge
- Quick Tools
- Tasks Edge
- Samsung Internet
- Clipboard Edge
You can also use the Edge Panel even in locked screen mode but there are some shortcuts (for example People Edge) that cannot be accessed unless the phone is unlocked.
3. Screenshot and Smart Capture
The usual way to take a screenshot is by pressing the Power Button and the Volume Down Button at the same time.
However, there is an easy way to take a screenshot, it is by using the Palm Swipe. To turn it ON, go to Settings > Advanced Features > Motions and gestures > Palm Swipe to Capture.
Another way to take a screenshot is by using the “Take screenshots” in Tasks edge which is one of the options in Edge Panel. Simply go to Edge Panel Setting > Check Tasks Edge > Edit and Add Take Screenshots Shortcut. With this, you can prevent accidental scrolling and taking a screenshot of the page you don’t need.
After taking the screenshot, you can edit or crop it instantly by using the Smart Capture.
To Turn ON, go to Settings > Advanced Features > Smart Capture.
Smart Capture lets you capture the whole view by scrolling down the page or image. It will combine all the screenshots into one image. You can also share the screenshot immediately.
Smart Capture options will appear at the bottom of your screenshot.
4. Hide Camera Hole Punch
Is the Camera Hole Punch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 bothers you? Hide it by either using wallpaper or enabling the Hide Front Camera option in the settings.
You can use wallpaper to compliment the front camera hole punch and make it look like it’s part of your wallpaper. A Wallpaper that has a black background or black parts located at the upper right side of the screen in which the camera hole punch is located.
Or Hide Front Camera, by going to Settings > Display > Full-Screen Apps > toggle ON “Hide Front Camera”.
It will look like a thick bezel at the top of the screen. And will appear in the viewing of full-screen video and in-camera as well.
Your screenshot will also be affected even if you switch it back onto not hiding the front camera.
5. Cram more Icons in the Screen and Quick Settings
Long Press Home Screen > Home screen setting > Select the Grid Size
Home Screen Grid and Apps Screen Grid
In Quick Settings, you can choose your Button Grid in either 3×3, 4×3, or 5×3.
6. Using Facial Recognition to Unlock Your Phone
S10 and S10 Plus offers facial unlocking and the traditional finger scanner to unlock your smartphone.
To set this up, go to Settings > Biometrics and Security then tap Face Recognition and/or Fingerprints.
For fingerprints, you can register up to 4 fingerprints. You can register your 2 thumbs and 2 point fingers so whichever hand holds your smartphone, you can still use and access your smartphone.
7. Smart Select
This is a powerful set of tools that can be found in Edge Panel Options.
If you want to crop something immediately you can use this. You can also make a.GIF of the video you are watching in an instant by using the Animation.
To use this, just add this in your Edge Panel and once needed, just swipe the tab from left to right side of the screen to see these tools.
8. Change Lock Screen Shortcut
Another useful feature that Galaxy Smartphone has to offer is the option to change the lock screen shortcuts.
Just go to Settings > Lock Screen > App Shortcuts
Designate which application you want to be seen in your
- Left Shortcut
- Right Shortcut
9. Night Mode and Blue Light Filter
Night Mode will make your smartphone’s theme darker so you can use your phone at night without hurting your eyes with its brightness. But it will not work if you are using a downloaded theme. While Blue Light Filter will reduce or minimize eye strain so you can get better sleep. It is known that Blue light improves overall mood, boosts attention and quickens reaction time and it can affect your biological clock making it hard for you to sleep. To prevent this, Galaxy S10 have these 2 features you can use at night.
You can turn ON the blue light filter and Night Mode in your Quick Setting.
10. Use your smartphone as a Wireless Charger
Samsung S10 and S10 Plus feature a power-sharing feature called Wireless PowerShare. What this feature basically does is that it lets any Galaxy S10 charge other Qi-certified devices wirelessly.
To enable this option, just tap the Wireless PowerShare Button in your Quick Setting/drop-down panel. Once enabled, place the other device to be charged on the back of your Samsung S10 and it will start charging. You can also use this in charging your Galaxy Watch which is a pretty neat feature but quite odd to have.
Once done, you can just tap Cancel.
Why You need to know the Tips and Tricks for Galaxy S10
Smartphones are evolving and becoming more advanced than ever before. So it’s best to learn everything that there is to learn about your Samsung Galaxy S10 device, right? Otherwise, what’s the point of spending $750 to $1,300 for a smartphone like the Galaxy S10 devices if all you’ll use it for is to call, text, use apps, and take selfies with. That’s a total waste of money there.
So we wrote thise guide to help you learn every possible thing you can do with your phone and make the most out of it. All things considered, once you have familiarized yourself with the shortcuts and other useful features, you can now consider yourself as a Samsung Galaxy S10 Guru.
We hope that these 10 useful tips and tricks that you can do with any Samsung Galaxy S10 device has helped you in mastering your phone.
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