1. Turn on your phone display without touching it
Have fun with your Galaxy S8. Here’s a trick that lets you turn on your phone screen without touching it.
- Open the Settings app, tap Accessibility > Dexterity and interaction
- Turn on Easy screen turn on.
- Now, you can turn on your phone screen by hovering your palm over the sensor located at top of your phone.
2. Mute your phone temporarily
If you often forget to turn the sound back on after muting your phone for meetings, you should use the temporary silent mode.
- From your device’s Settings, tap Sounds and vibration > Sound mode
- Select Mute, turn on Temporary mute and set how long you want to mute your phone.
3. Open your favorite app by long pressing the home button
Long pressing the virtual Home button isn’t about launching Google Asistant only. It can open your favorite app as well. Simply go the device’s Settings > Apps > 3-vertical-dot Menu button > Default apps > Device assistance app > Device assistance app to pick the app that you would like to launch.
More tip: If you have the Screen Off and Lock app on your phone, you can actually turn off your phone screen by long pressing the Home button using the steps above.
4. (Another method) Turn off your phone screen without pressing the Power button
If you want to turn off your phone display without the risk of spoiling the Power button, and you’re quite fed up with the suggestion of downloading a 3rd party app, use the SoftKey Edge. It comes with a Lock button on your Edge screen that lets you do what you want.
5. Use finger sensor to open notification panel
It’s okay that there’s no notification panel button as one of the navigation buttons. You can use the finger sensor to open it instead. Simply go to the device’s Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures > Finger sensor gesture to turn on this feature.
6. View call logs from the Edge screen
One way to check your call history without opening the Phone app is by using the Recent calls edge.
7. Create a shortcut for device maintenance
If you find yourself accessing Device maintenance fairly often to do quick optimizations, add a shortcut to the Home screen.
- From your device’s Settings, tap Device care > 3-vertical-dot Menu button > Show icon on Apps screen.
8. Set your alarm to read time aloud
The alarm function in the pre-installed Clock app can announce time when an alarm goes off. Yes, it will also announce the time after every snooze interval. When setting an alarm, simply turn on the Read time aloud switch to enable this feature. [Update: The latest update also lets you set Bixby voice to announce the time and weather with a nice background music as the alarm sound ]
9. Realign the app icons on a home screen quickly
You have a messy home screen that full of empty spaces in between. Here’s how to fix it quickly: Pinch the (messy) Home screen using 2 fingers. Tap the align button at the top or bottom of the home screen thumbnail.
10. Add a floating lock button
Here’s a trick to create a floating lock button that allows you to turn off your phone screen.
- From your device’s Settings, tap Accessibility > Dexterity and interaction > Assistant menu.
- Turn on this feature, and then go to the Assistant menu options to remove all options except Lock.
- Here’s your floating Lock button.
11. Make your screen stays on longer
The longest duration that you can set for the screen timeout is 10 minutes. But, no worries, if you’re reading frequently on your phone, you can turn on the Smart Stay feature. This feature makes sure the screen doesn’t turn off as long as the front camera detects your face.
12. Tap to stop alarms and pick up incoming calls
Bored of swiping? Turn on the Single tap mode so that you can just tap to stop the annoying alarms and pick up incoming calls.
- From your device’s Settings, tap Accessibility > .
- Turn on Single tap mode.
[Update: In One UI, the Single tap to swipe option is buried in the Assistant menu. Therefore, you’ll need to turn on the Assistant menu in order to turn on the Single tap to swipe option.]
13. Use any of these four ways to take screenshots
Galaxy S8 actually has four options for users to take a screenshot. Pick one that you think suits you most.
- Press the Volume Down button and Power button at the same time.
- Swipe you palm across the screen (from right to left or left to right). To enable this feature, go to the device’s Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures > Palm swipe to capture
- If you’ve the Assistant menu turned on, you can find a Screenshot button there.
- If you prefer to use shortcuts from the Edge screen, you can download Softkey Edge which features a Screen Capture button.
14. Hide apps
Hide any apps you don’t want others to know. After hiding, the app icons will disappear from the home screen and app drawer. Here’s how:
- Long tap an empty space on a Home screen.
- Tap Home screen settings > Hide apps.
- Select the apps you want to hide.
15. Enable flash notifications
If you always mute your phone and have it face down, you might want to enable the flash notifications, so that when you receive any notifications or incoming calls, the camera light will flash to alert you.
- From your device’s Settings, tap Accessibility > Advanced settings > Flash notification.
- Turn on Camera flash.
Tip: Here, you can also turn on the Screen flash option which flashes the phone screen when you receive notifications and incoming calls.
16. Use 2 apps at the same time
Multitask by using two apps at the same time with Split Screen on your phone. Like the older models of the Galaxy phones, long press the Recent button to create a split screen view. The current app will be at the upper half of the screen, and you can then open another app at the lower half of the screen.
17. Two ways to access clipboard
If you frequently do copy and paste on your phone, you might be interested to learn all the ways to open the clipboard.
- After copying a text, long tap a text box to see the Clipboard option.
- From the Samsung keyboard, long tap the ‘Multi-option’ key and select the Clipboard button.
18. Record your greatest gaming moments
Record and capture your greatest gaming moments with the built-in video recording function.
- From the device’s Settings, tap Advanced features and turn on Game Launcher.
- Next, go to your home screen or app drawer to tap open Game Launcher to find your games in this folder. You can tap the Menu button > Add apps to include any games that aren’t added into this folder manually.
- When you open the games from the Game Launcher, you’ll find the Game Tools (on the left) in the navigation bar. Tap to open it to find the video recording option.
19. Hide the navigation buttons
If you want it, now you can hide the navigation buttons to have a slightly bigger viewing screen on your phone. Simply go to the device’s Settings > Display > Navigation bar, and turn on the Show and hide button option. By doing so, the Navigation bar will hide itself automatically in the apps. You’ll just need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to make it reappear.
[Update: In One UI, you’ll need to choose the Full screen gestures to hide the navigation bar]
20. Uninstall multiple apps at the same time
If you wish to uninstall multiple apps without the confirmation prompt for each app, follow these steps:
- From your device’s Settings, tap Device care > Storage > Applications.
- Select the apps you want to uninstall.
- On the confirmation prompt, tap Uninstall.
21. Disable the Scroll capture, Share, Draw and Crop options
It is not every time you need to capture the scrolling area or share your screenshots. If you don’t want to see the Scroll capture, Share , Draw and Crop options after a screenshot, you can disable Smart capture in your device’s Settings > Advanced feature.
22. Fill up empty spaces in the app drawer quickly
If you have a lot of empty spaces in the app drawer (often results of uninstalling apps), you can quickly fill them up with the Clean up pages option.
- On the app drawer, tap the Menu in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Select Clean up pages.
23. Show clocks of two different cities
No third party clock is needed when it comes to showing two clocks of two different cities. Your phone comes with the Dual clock widget.
24. Zip and unzip files using My Files
No third party app is needed, the My Files app on your S8 is able to zip and unzip files.
25. Show weather information on the lock screen
Samsung has removed the option to show weather information on the lock screen long ago. If you still wish to check the weather forecast without unlocking your phone, use Weather Underground. After downloading the app, you can go to its settings to pick a city and turn on the option to show weather on the status bar.
26. Check step count without unlocking your phone
Now that Edge Feed is no longer available on the Galaxy S8, you might wonder how to check your step count without unlocking your phone. One way is to turn on Samsung Health in Bixby. With that, you can press the Bixby button anywhere to monitor your step count.
27. Quick-open the notification panel
If you find yourself struggling to reach the top of the screen with your short fingers, enable the Quick-open notification panel option with the following steps: Go to Settings > Display > Home screen, and turn on the switch next to Quick-open notification panel. After this, you can swipe down on any part of the home screen to open your notification shade and swipe down the second time to expand the quick toggles.
28. Enable night mode
Enabling the Night mode will help you keep your eyes comfortable at night. You can go to Settings > Display > Night mode and turn on the Night mode manually or schedule a time to turn it on automatically.
29. Enable gesture navigation
Gesture navigation is a new inclusion in the latest One UI, and you can head over to Settings > Display > Navigation bar to select it. With the gesture navigation, you can swipe up from the left to see your recent apps, swipe up from the center to go home, and swipe up from the right to go back./p>30. Reduce animations
If you don’t care about animations when you open and close apps, and you want to make your phone feel faster, turn on Reduce animation in the device’s Settings > Advanced features.
31. Use the universal search
Once you’ve updated your phone to run One UI, you can access the search function (the magnifier button) from the Quick Settings menu, and items such as apps, media files, contacts, messages and more that match the search query is displayed in a list.
32. Set your phone to restart periodically
Samsung offers you the option to schedule a regular restart, and help to make sure your phone is running optimally. Go to Settings > General management > Reset > Auto restart and set a time that you like.
33. Change screen resolution
The S8 max screen resolution is 2960 x 1440 pixels (WQHD+), but the phone defaults to 2220 x 1080 pixels (FHD+). Now, if you maximum detail, you can adjust the settings up to 2960 x 1440 pixels (WQHD+) in Settings > Display > Screen resolution.
1. Turn on the All Apps button
By default, the All Apps button is hidden from the dock area. To get to the app drawer, you just need to swipe up or down on a Home screen. If you’re not used to this new gesture, you can get the All Apps button back. Here’s how:
- From your device’s Settings, tap Display > Home screen > Apps button.
- Select Show Apps button.
2. Remove the app drawer
Hate the app drawer? Now, you can disable it without using a 3rd party launcher.
- From your device’s Settings, tap Display > Home screen > Home screen layout.
- Select Home screen only.
3. Crop your wallpapers
If you’re wondering how to crop the wallpapers you wish to use for your phone, wonder no more! After picking an image and selecting the place (lock screen, home screen or both) you want to use it, you can pinch out/in using 2 fingers and drag the photo left and right to adjust it to your preference.
4. Customize the quick setting panel grid size
You can now have a maximum of 15 quick setting buttons on the first screen of the quick setting panel by changing its grid size to 5×3. Simply open the notification panel by swiping your 2 fingers from the top of the screen to the bottom, then tap the Menu button > Button grid to pick the 5×3 option.
5. Show your favorite photo on the Always on display
You can use the Image clock style to show your favorite photo on the Always on display. And, you can also pin your favorite photo to the Always on display with any clock styles. To do so, simply share your favorite photo to Always on display in the Gallery app.
6. Set multi-wallpapers on the lock screen
You can’t use multiple of your images as the wallpaper. But, if you wish that the lock screen shows more than one wallpaper, you can download the ready made multi wallpaper from the themes store. Those thumbnail images that have the icon in the upper right corner are the multi wallpaper.
7. Lock home screen layout
If you like to arrange your apps according to your own preference and you don’t want your kids to mess them up, lock the home screen layout. Simply long tap an empty space on a home screen, select Home screen settings, and then turn on the Lock Home screen layout option.
8. Get more on your home screen and apps screen
You can change the size of the screen grid of your home screen and apps screen, depending on how dense you want them to be. Long tap an empty space on a home screen, and select Home screen settings. Here, you can tap Home screen grid or Apps screen grid accordingly to pick your choice.
9. Allow your home screen to work in landscape
To get the home screen and app screen rotations to landscape, so that it’s easier to flip between your home screen, videos and games, go to Settings > Display > Home screen, and turn on Rotate to landscape mode.
1. Use any of these four ways to launch your phone’s camera
You can launch the Camera app in several different ways. Here are four of them:
- Double press the Power button.
- Tap and swipe up the Camera shortcut on the lock screen.
- With Apps Edge, you can access the camera from the Edge screen.
- Instruct Ok Google to open the camera using voice.
- Hi Bixby, open the camera.
2. Use any of these methods to snap a photo
- Obviously, the most common way is to tap the Shutter button in the camera.
- Tap on the camera’s screen, show your palm and tap on the heart rate sensor are the next alternatives. You can turn any of these features on in the camera’s Settings > Shooting methods.
- Say ‘Smile’, ‘Cheese’, ‘Capture’ or ‘Shoot’ to take a photo when your hands are busy. Turn on this feature in the Camera’s settings.
- Use the Volume key. To assign the Volume button to take pictures, go to the Camera’s Settings > Shooting methods > Press Volume key to, and select Take picture or record video.
- Use the Shutter button that’s floating around the camera screen. To enable the floating shutter button, go to the Camera’s settings > Shooting methods > Floating Camera button
- Use the timer when you want to take a group photo.
3. Customize the camera mode order
Free to rearrange the camera modes by long pressing a mode to access the edit mode. Here, you can rearrange the camera mode order by tapping and dragging the modes. You can also hide the ones that you don’t need by unchecking the circle boxes next to them.
4. Use Selective Focus for background blur
Emphasise points of focus in your pictures by blurring out the background with the Selective Focus mode.
5. Take multiple shots at one
Want to take multiple snapshots in quick succession? Simply press and hold the shutter button on your camera to take as many shots as you like in fast succession.
6. Make use of the floating camera button
Taking pictures one-handed can be tricky, but you can enable the floating camera button that lets you move the shutter button anywhere on the screen for ease of access. While you can go to the camera’s Settings (look for the Floating Shutter button option) to enable this feature, the easier way would be tap and drag main shutter button to another location on the screen. The floating camera button will appear magically.
7. Take selfies with blur background
Use the Selective focus mode in the front camera to blur the background and make your face stands out on your selfie shots.
8. Create your own emoji
The new AR Emoji feature can create an avatar version of yourself with personalized expressions, hair color and glasses style. To do this, tap AR Emoji from the top of the front camera, and followed by Create My Emoji. After taking a photo of yourself, you can then pick your favorite styles of expression, hair, glasses and clothes.
9. Capture fun moments with Super Slow Motion
If you want to capture moments that are fun to watch at much slower speeds, use the Super Slow Motion mode in the Samsung’s camera.
1. Turn on and off alarms from the Home screen
If you wish to turn on & off an alarm without having to open the Clock app, add the 4 x 1 alarm widget to your Home screen. You can then tap the alarm button on the right of the widget to toggle it on and off.
2. Set an alarm for a specific date
One thing I like about the alarm that comes with the pre-installed Clock app is that it allows you to set an alarm for a date in the future. This is very useful if you’re using the alarm as reminders for future appointments.
1. Put the frequently used effects before the rest
You can rearrange the effects in the Gallery app to put the frequently used effects before the rest.
- Open Gallery.
- Tap a photo.
- Tap Edit (at the bottom of the screen).
- Tap the (Three overlapping circles) Effects button .
- Swipe left and tap the Manage button.
- Long tap and drag any effects to the position you want.
2. Blur out parts of a photo
There is no need for a third party image editor if you would like to blur out or pixelate parts of a photo before you share it. Here’s how to do it from the Gallery app:
- View the photo you want to edit in the Gallery app.
- Tap Edit.
- Select Decoration > Covers, and then select a blur effect & shape.
- Select the part of the photo you want to pixelate.
3. Create an animated GIF from your photos
Convert your photos to an animated GIF easily using the built-in Animate option. Here’s how:
- In the Gallery app, select the photos you want.
- Tap the Menu button > Create GIF.
- Here, you can do some customizations such as rearrange the photos, adjust the transition speed, put in some words and more. When you finish editing, tap Save.
4. Recycle bin
One UI has included a recycle bin in the pre-installed Gallery app. Any photos you delete are stored in the recycle bin for the next 15 days. You can then restore them to the Gallery or delete them permanently. To turn on this feature, (in the Gallery) tap the three-vertical-dot Menu button > Settings, and toggle on the switch next to Recycle bin.
– Internet browser
1. Find the definitions of any words quickly
Look up the words that you don’t know while you’re reading on the web by just highlighting the words and selecting the Dictionary option.
2. Open a new tab quickly
Simply long tap the Tabs button at the bottom of the browser to open a new tab quickly.
3. Scan QR code
You can now scan QR codes without downloading the Samsung’s Optical Reader. Simply turn on QR code reader in the browser’s extension, you’re good to decode any QR codes.
4. Switch between tabs quickly
If you frequently have many tabs opened in the browser, you can use either one of these methods to switch between them quickly.
- Quick left/right swipe the address bar.
- Quick left/right swipe the bottom toolbar.
5. Scroll faster
If you wish to scroll through a long webpage faster, you can hold and drag the scrollbar up or down. The position of the scrollbar, either left, right or hide can be set in the browser settings.
6. Scroll to the top quickly
Nowadays some webpages can be very long. If you’re at the very bottom of them, you can quickly get to the top of the webpages using this method. Don’t waste time slowly scrolling back up! As you scroll the webpages, up or down, you should see an Up Arrow button at the bottom of the browser. Tap it to get the top instantly.
7. Use the shortcuts of the buttons in the bottom bar
You can see the Back, Forward, Home, Bookmark, Tabs and Menu buttons in the bottom bar, but do you know you can long tap them to open the History screen, Quick access or Settings directly? 8. Restore recently closed tabs
Unlike Chrome, Samsung Internet browser doesn’t prompt you the Undo option if you closed a tab by accident. But, no worries, you can get your closed tabs back by tapping the Menu > Reopen closed tab in the Tabs screen.
9. Open links in the background
Samsung Internet can load your links for later viewing so you can continue viewing the current tab without interruption. Here’s how to do that: Long tap a link and then select Open in background tab.
10. Change the download location
If you have using a huge memory card (max. 256GB) on your phone, you can make use of it by using it to save the download files from the web. Here’s how to do that: In the browser settings, go to Sites and downloads > Save download files to, and then select SD.
11. Use night mode
You can use Night Mode in the browser to view webpages in the dark without hurting your eyeballs. In One UI, the browser will change to dark mode automatically when you turn on the system-wide Night mode in the Display settings, so you don’t have to enable any extra settings in the Samsung Internet app.
12. Personalize Quick access
Quick access are the shortcuts that appear on the homepage and below the address bar when you tap the address bar. You can add the webpage you’re viewing to Quick access by tapping the ‘hamburger’ menu button > Add page to > Quick access.
To delete or rename a webpage, tap the address bar > Edit (on the Quick access), and then select a webpage and remove or rename it accordingly.
13. Change the default search engine
If you prefer Bing or DuckDuckGo as the default search engine, tap the Menu button in the lower right corner > Settings > Default search engine and select your preferred search engine.
14. View tabs on other Samsung devices
If you’re using multiple Samsung mobile devices, you could see what tabs you have opened on another devices. For this to work, you’ll need to sign in your Samsung account to these devices and have the Samsung Internet sync turned on. Once you’ve those done, you can go to the Tabs button > Three-vertical-dot Menu button > Synced tabs to see all the tabs opened on other devices.
15. Browse in secret
If you don’t want Samsung Internet to remember your activities, you can browse the web privately in Secret mode. To turn on the Secret mode, tap the Tabs button in the bottom bar, and followed by tapping Turn on Secret mode. You’re now in secret mode browsing which can have its own bookmarks and saved pages. To exit Secret mode, repeat the steps.
1. Remove the number row
The number row in the Samsung keyboard comes in handy when you need to type alphanumeric password. But, if you don’t think it’s necessary you can turn it off. Simply head to the Samsung keyboard settings, slide the Number keys switch (in Keyboard size and layout) to the off position.
1. Disable individual notification
You can disable the message notifications from a particular contact/number. Here’s how:
- Open the Messages app.
- Tap the conversation from the contact you want to mute.
- Tap the Menu button in the upper right corner of the screen, then tap the Notification button to toggle the notifications on and off.
2. Send out a scheduled message
Sending scheduled text messages on your phone lets you send messages on certain times in the future, and is best for those who are forgetful. Here’s how:
- Open the Messages app.
- Type the message you want to send.
- Tap the + button next to the message, select Schedule message, set a time and date, and tap the Send button. The message will be sent on the scheduled time.
3. Pin the best conversations to the top of the list
No more scroll through hundreds of conversations to the one you’re looking for. You can pin the conversations you access regularly to the top of the list. Here’s how:
- In Messages, long tap to select the conversation you would like to pin to the top.
- Tap the Three-vertical-dot Menu button > Pin to top.
4. Lock messages to prevent them from being deleted
In the Messages app, you can lock a message to prevent it from being deleted accidentally. Open the Messages app. Open the conversation that contains the message you want to lock. Long tap the message, and then select Lock. You should now see a little pad lock icon next to the message. The locked message will not be deleted, even though you delete the whole conversation.
5. Adjust the text size in messages
You can quickly increase or decrease the text size in the Messages app by pinching out and in on the screen using two fingers.
6. Search contacts from messages
The Samsung messages app in One UI offers two tabs now, one for messages and one for contacts. To type a new message, you can now tap the Contacts tab, search for a contact and compose the message.
1. Turn your phone face down to silence the ringer
This is nothing new, but it’s still worth mentioning. You can flip your phone face down to silence the ringer without rejecting the calls. To use this feature, you’ll need to turn on the Easy mute option in the device’s Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures > Easy mute
With Easy mute, you too can silence the ringing by hovering your hand over the screen.
2. Send a quick reply to reject calls when your phone is facing down
If flipping over your phone to silence the incoming call ringer isn’t enough, you can reject the calls by sending a preset message by just touching the heart rate sensor for 2 seconds. The option to enable this feature is buried in the Display settings. Follow the path below to turn it on. Device’s Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge lighting Turn on Edge Lighting. Tap the 3-vertical-dot Menu button > Quick reply to customize the preset message.
3. Set contact default storage location
Every time you tap the + button in the Contacts app, you’ll get a prompt to pick the location you want to save the new contact. If these pop-up prompts are driving you mad, you can get rid of them by setting the default storage location.
- Open the Contacts app.
- Tap the three-vertical-stripe Menu button on the left of the screen.
- Tap Manage contacts > Default storage location.
- Pick a storage location.
1. Encrypt your SD card
If you don’t want people to read your SD card if they pull it out of your phone, then encrypt it. Head into Settings > Biometrics and security > Encrypt SD card and you can get all the details.
2. Automatically wipe your phone
If you’re worried about your phone being stolen and cracked, you can set to wipe out your phone automatically. Head into Settings > Lock screen > Secure lock settings. Here you’ll find the option to auto factory reset if 15 failed unlock attempts are made.
Set a password when your phone restarts
You can put in place a password that’s needed when your phone restarts. This is so that if your phone is stolen it won’t restart without you putting in a PIN. Go to Settings > Biometrics and security > Secure startup and you can enable this option.
Keep your private files, photos and apps private
If you want certain apps, contacts, photos or emails to hide behind another layer of security, enable Samsung’s Secure Folder. To create your secure folder, open Settings > Biometrics and security > Secure Folder, and follow the prompts to set it up, and add the files and apps that you want to hide.
Once you’ve setup the Secure Folder, you can further personalize it by tapping the three-vertical-dot Menu button > Customize icon to pick a new icon and change the folder label.
– Wi-Fi and other connectivities
1. Share your phone’s Wi-Fi connection
When enable your phone to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can now share its Wi-Fi connection instead of your mobile data connection.
When you turning on the Wi-Fi hotspot feature, make sure the Wi-Fi sharing option is turned on to share your phone’s Wi-Fi connection.
Apps and others
Use Samsung Pass for faster sign-ins
Tired of memorizing multiple passwords and typing them repeatedly? Samsung Pass allows you to use your saved biometric information (fingerprint, iris, or face recognition) to log into accounts, apps and websites.
Go to Settings > Biometrics and security > Samsung Pass to turn on and setup this feature. Then, sign in an app or a secure website with your traditional password and confirm that you want to use Samsung Pass in the future. That’s it! Next time you want to sign in to the same app or site, you’ll be prompted for a biometric login.
Move an app to SD card
If you want to move apps to the microSD card to free up some space on your internal storage, go to Settings > Apps and tap an app > Storage, and tap Change in Storage used and you’ll be able to select the SD card. This only works with the apps that are compatible.