They both run Android 7.0 Nougat, with the latest edition of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of it. This is the most minimal version of Touchwiz we will use, but it can still be a little confusing to those first time users or first time Samsung owners and long-time Galaxy fans alike.
TouchWiz has so many features, hidden options and multiple ways of getting things done, so knowing how to dig down and uncover this hidden features is crucial for getting the best out of your new handset. So we will teach you now.
1. REARRANGE THE ON-SCREEN BUTTONS.
Just head to the Settings app > Display > Navigation Bar. Press the button layout and you can now reverse the layout to something a little more familiar.
2. PICK YOUR APP DRAWER PREFERENCE.
Options are in Display > Home Screen. Press on App Button and choose the one that best suits you.
Apple owners might not want an app drawer at all, no problem: go to Display > Home Screen and tap Home Screen Layout. Now you can choose the drawer altogether for multiple home screens filled with apps, in the order you choose.
3. Search for anything on your phone.
There is a search bar built into the app drawer can help you out, though. Just swipe down anywhere onscreen, or tap the app drawer icon if you’ve got it enabled, then tap on “Search phone” at the top of the screen. This will search through any installed apps, as well as calendar appointments, SMS messages, and Settings pages, which should help you get to where you want to be that little bit quicker than doing everything manually.
4. Secure your phone with fingerprints, iris scanning or facial recognition.
Add a password by going to Settings > Lockscreen and Security, and registering your face, fingerprint and iris. Each one has its own sub-menu on this screen. You’ll also need to set a PIN, password or pattern before you can use biometrics, and you can only use one of either facial or iris scanning at once.
5. Sleep better by turning on the Blue light filter.
You can turn this on manually, either by going to Display > Blue Light Filter in the Settings or by pulling down the notification tray and turning it on the Blue light filter there. This strips out the blue light, leaving your screen looking warmer, but without stressing your brain while you’re using the phone at night.
Even better, you can set it to a schedule. You can set one up manually, or leave it on automatically between sunset and sunrise. Both options are in the Blue Light Filter screen in the Display page of the Settings screen.
6. SET UP EDGE PANELS
Only a few are turned on by default and the handle that you have to swipe to open up the edge panels might not be in the best place for your fingers. To change it, go to Settings > Display > Edge Screen and tap on Edge Panels.
From here, you can toggle on different panels, or tap the three dots in the top right and select Handle Settings to move the location of the trigger, make it bigger, or turn it transparent so it doesn’t get in the way of your apps.
7. SET UP ALWAYS-ON DISPLAY
Head to Settings App > Lock Screen & Security and tick Always On Display. If you don’t like a clock, you could swap it for a calendar or a picture of what you like.
You can also set Always On Display to run on a schedule here, so it’s not keeping you up at night.
8. TAKE SCREENSHOTS THE RIGHT WAY
You can press the power and volume down keys at the same time, or you can enable swipe gestures by heading to Settings > Advanced features and turn on Palm swipe to capture.
9. CHANGE DISPLAY RESOLUTION
If you want to get full use out of all those pixels you’ve just paid for, you can head to Settings app > Display > Screen Resolution and force it to run at WQHD+. If you want to go the other way, you can drop things down to HD+ and save even more of that precious smartphone battery.
10. CHANGE THE THEME
There are plenty to choose from, with both free and paid entries available to download, and many will also include new icons.
Go to Settings Apps > Wallpapers and themes, and give a few a try. They can completely transform the look and feel of your phone.
11. Get the best audio with Adapt Sound
Go to Settings > Sounds and Vibration > Sound quality and effects, and scroll down to Adapt Sound. This will then walk you through a sound test, where you listen out for beeps at different pitches. Just tap yes or no if you can hear them or not, and make sure you’re somewhere quiet while you’re doing it.
At the end, you’ll have a custom EQ setting tweaked especially for you. (This is great! :))
12. TURN ON ONE-HANDED MODE
Go to Settings Apss > Advanced > One-Handed Mode to turn it on. You can toggle it with either a diagonal swipe from the bottom corner, or by triple-tapping the home button. It’ll shrink the screen and make things much easier to reach. This is good when you are using two mobiles at the same time. 🙂
13. USE MULTI-WINDOW
For example you are watching a YouTube clip. Tap the Recents onscreen navigation key, and then tap the square icon that appears next to the X. This’ll let you drag a box around a portion of the screen, so that your video continues to play while you’re using Twitter or Instagram below it.
Traditional split-screen is here, too. You can activate it from the Recents menu too, or you can turn on a shortcut by going to Settings Apps > Advanced features > Multi Window. Toggle on “Use Recents Button” and you’ll be able to turn any app into split screen just by pressing and holding the Recents key.