12 Samsung Galaxy tips and tricks you need to know

12 Samsung Galaxy tips and tricks you need to know

Samsung phones offer a ton of useful features, but ironically, the sheer volume of these features makes it difficult to find them in the settings. This leads to many of them being left unused and you not being able to get full value out of your device.


In this guide, we show you 12 of the best features on Samsung phones that will improve your user experience, improve your security and make your life easier. Let’s get started.


1. Lift the phone to wake

Your phone can detect when you pick it up using the sensors inside it, so you can instantly get to the lock screen and unlock the device without having to press the power button.

To activate the feature, go to Settings > Advanced features > Gestures and gestures and turn on Lift to wake up. Now you don’t have to press the power button every time.

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2. Double tap the power button to start the camera

You can set your Samsung phone to launch the camera quickly without unlocking the device so you don’t miss any photo ops. To do this, go to Settings > Advanced features > Side key and turn on Double tap. Choose now Quick start camera from the menu.

3. Use power saving mode to extend battery life

You can maximize the battery life of your Samsung phone by going to Settings > Battery and device care > Battery > Power saving and turn on Limit apps and home screen. Doing this restricts the phone to selected apps, turns the background dark and stops additional features such as Edge panels.

All this combined maximizes power savings. You don’t want it on all the time, but it’s important when the battery is getting low.

If you’re curious, you can also check out these tips to extend battery life on Android.

One of the best features of the Samsung Gallery app is the ability to hide albums that contain sensitive content. To do that, just open the app, go to Album tab, tap the menu with three dots and tap Hide album. Here you select all the albums you want to hide by pressing the switch next to them.

5. Answer calls hands-free via Bluetooth

Taking a call while, for example, cooking or driving is a huge pain. Fortunately, Samsung phones come with a very useful accessibility feature that allows you to answer incoming calls hands-free when wearing a Bluetooth device.

To activate it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity > Answer and end calls and turn on Answer automatically. You can go a step further by activating Read the caller’s name aloudso you can know exactly who is calling in advance.

6. Unlock the phone without opening the lock screen

You can unlock your phone a little faster by going to Settings > Security & privacy > Biometrics > Fingerprint and turn on Fingerprint always on. By doing this, the phone can read your fingerprint even when the screen is off, so you don’t necessarily have to press the power button and go to the lock screen.

7. Set up and use edge panels

Edge Panels are one of the best features on Samsung phones and make navigating the device so much easier. You can enable it by going to Settings > Display and turn on Edge panels. When enabled, a handle should appear on the side of the screen that you can pull in to access the app panel, where you can store your favorite apps for quick access.

Once you’ve learned the basics, follow these tips to use Edge Panels like a pro.

8. Move items to the secure folder

Most Samsung phones come with the Secure Folder app; it’s a kind of digital vault that you can use to store sensitive photos, videos, documents and more. You will find it below Settings > Security & Privacy > Secure Folder.

Be sure to read our full guide on how to use Secure Folder on Samsung phones.

9. Delete shared screenshots immediately

Screenshots you share with others are stored in your gallery and clutter it. You can set your phone to automatically delete shared screens to save space. To do this, go to Settings > Advanced features > Screenshots and screen recorder and turn on Delete after sharing from the toolbar.

For the feature to work, you need to share the screenshot from the image toolbar that appears right after you take it. Otherwise, the screenshot will be saved to your gallery as usual.

10. Create a custom sound profile for your ears

Everyone’s ears are different, and if you find that the sound quality of your Samsung phone is not satisfactory, you can create a customized sound profile according to your ears. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Sound quality and effects > Customize sound.
  2. Press Test my hearingand then press Start to start the test. Answer if you can hear the beeps.
  3. When the test is complete, give your sound profile a name and tap Save to be finished.

Check out how to improve sound quality on Samsung phones for more information.

11. Access the hidden SOS flashlight

Samsung phones come with a hidden SOS flashlight feature that allows you to attract attention if you are lost and need help. If you’re curious to test it out, check out our guide on how to activate the SOS flashlight on Samsung phones.

12. Automate your device with modes and routines

Modes and Routines (formerly Bixby Routines) is perhaps the most underrated feature on Samsung phones. It’s an automation feature that lets you set commands and have your phone execute them based on certain triggers, such as time, location, or device status.

You can access the function by going to Settings > Mode and routines. Check out our full guide on how to use modes and routines on Samsung phones if you need help setting up the feature.

Discover the best of your Samsung phone

Your Samsung Galaxy phone is much more capable than you realize, and it’s a good idea to explore its settings to discover features you may have missed in the past.

With each new update, Samsung adds more features to One UI to enhance your experience, so if you’re a fan, be sure to always keep an eye out for the latest announcements.

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