Samsung Galaxy S9 Tips and Tricks
Samsung’s newest offering, the Galaxy S9, is one of the highest powered and frankly best mobiles out there. But are you really getting all that you can out of the S9? The S9 is capable of doing tons of cool things, and we’re willing to bet that you don’t know everything it’s capable of. So allow us to let you in on some of the S9’s best secrets with our favorite tips and tricks.
More and more of us are using our phones as mobile computing options, and that means that multi-tasking is essential. Fortunately, in the S9 you’ve got a superb multi-tasking option in what Samsung is calling “pop up view.” Open an app, swipe diagonally from the corner of the screen into the center and the app you just opened will move to a small window in the corner of the screen, allowing you to open up something else. Just click on the smaller window to move between apps. Easy peasy.
If this doesn’t work for you, you probably have the option switched off. Head to Settings, hit Advanced Features, then Multi Window, then toggle on the option next to Pop Up.
If you’ve got a tablet then you know how convenient it is to have your home screen turn to landscape mode. But until recently if you were using your mobile in landscape mode (maybe watching Netflix) and backed out of your app to your home screen you were forced back into portrait mode. No more! The S9 now supports landscape desktop which will keep even your home screens in landscape mode if you’re holding your phone sideways.
In order to activate this go into Settings, hit Display, then Home Screen and make sure that Portrait Mode Only is toggled off. Simple.
Obviously, the S9 supports that awesome Samsung edge to edge display, but the S9 also makes good use of those edges. The edges of your screen can support menus, making stuff easier to find and your phone more intuitive to use. Plus, you can design those menus however you like.
Simply swipe from the right or left edge of your screen towards the center to open up “panels” then hit the settings button at the right corner. This will allow you to delete the default panels that you don’t want. Want more panels? Then hit the Download button to find out which options you can add. From newsfeeds to quick app access, those edge panels are pretty sweet.
Always On (or Not)
The S9 does feature an always on display, which you may or may not want to use. Head into Settings and then Lock Screen and scroll down to turn the always-on screen feature on or off. But you can customize always on through that menu too. You can decide what info is shown in always on (maybe the time, maybe waiting notifications, whatever you like), as well as customizing when the screen is allowed to be on and when not (perhaps turning it off when you’re sleeping).
Always on isn’t for everyone and as per some hands-on testing from Tiger Mobiles it can drain the battery. But if you want to know what’s up just by glancing at your phone rather than needing to wake it up, always on is a great option to have.
If you find yourself waiting too long for downloads then the S9 can help you out with its Download Booster. This allows you to combine WiFi and mobile data to get faster downloads and was first seen in Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha.
To enable this option go to Settings, then Connections, then More Connection Settings, and toggle the switch next to Download Booster on. Be aware that this WILL use your mobile data, so if you’re on a limited plan keep an eye on your data levels.
Only Got One Hand?
Today’s big screen mobiles are awesome for web surfing and watching videos, but using a large display phone with one hand can be tough. And let’s face it, we all use our mobiles one handed from time to time (whatever the reason…). Fortunately, the S9 makes one-handed use easy.
Head to Settings, then Advanced Features, then hit One Handed Mode. Once you’ve enabled this then when you tap the home button three times the active display will shrink down into one corner so you can easily use it with one hand. That definitely simplifies matters.
But there’s more. Go back into Settings and then Advanced Features and toggle on Finger Sensor Gestures and now you can pull down the notification bar by flicking over the fingerprint sensor (instead of having to reach all the way up to the top of the screen).
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And So Much More…
There really are tons of special features on the S9. If you’re running a video on your home screen, pull out that edge panel and select “animation” and you can easily create a gif from your video. Head into Settings, Display, then Navigation Bar and you can turn on or off the on-screen navigation buttons, and customize them to be whatever you want them to be (and change icon colors too). Want to take a pic of the run? Just tap the power button twice and the camera will open automatically, even if your phone is asleep (if it doesn’t work go to Settings, Advanced Features, and toggle on Quick Launch Camera).
Love your tunes? Then head into Settings, Sound and Vibration Settings then Sound Quality and Effects and turn on Dolby Atmos sounds (you can also play around with sound quality there with the equalizer and other options). Often find yourself switching between two apps? Then pull out that edge panel select Pair Apps and whenever you open either of the apps both will open in split screen mode.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is full of little tricks to make your life easier, and these are just some of our favorites. The best way to get to know your S9 is to head into that Settings menu and start playing around, we’re sure you’ll find something that surprises you!