Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S10 and S10+ alongside the cheaper Galaxy S10e are radically different smartphones from last year’s Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S8 released in 2017. The phones have a “hole punch” in the bezel-less display for the front-facing camera, a revamped OneUI interface, reverse wireless charging and so on.
If you have got a new Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ or Galaxy S10e, we have a few tips and tricks that will help you get most out of the phones. These features will help you use your Galaxy S10 to the fullest.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Customise Edge panel
Whether you have noticed or not, the Galaxy S10 has the edge panels that offer a new way to glance information and access shortcuts, apps, contacts and other information with a single swipe. To add edge panels on the right or left side of the screen, head to display settings then choose Edge screen and turn it on. You can customise the edge panel to show different apps and useful information like sports scores, weather, or stocks.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Secure folder
Someone could be looking to hack into your phone to get hold of sensitive information, including contacts, e-mails, and bank passwords. Samsung, however, assures that the Galaxy S10 is more secure than any other smartphone as it is built with defense-grade Samsung Knox system.
That’s where the secure folder comes in. Think this as an additional layer to keep all your apps, files, photos and documents secure and private. To set up a secure folder, go settings > biometrics and security > secure folder. Now enter your PIN, pattern, or password. Tap complete to finish the initial secure folder setup. Tap on the Secure folder icon in the app drawer and authenticate.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Wireless PowerShare
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 can charge other devices wirelessly that supports the Qi wireless standard, similar to the Huawei P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. You can turn it on pretty easily through Settings, and once the feature is enabled, just place any Qi-enabled smartphone or earbuds on the Galaxy S10’s back and it will charge. We wouldn’t necessarily say the Galaxy S10’s Wireless PowerShare is a killer feature, but it’s a nice option to have. It works best with smaller devices, say Samsung’s own Galaxy Buds or Apple AirPods 2 with a wireless case built-in.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Remap Bixby button
If you’re fed up with the annoying Bixby button on the side of the Galaxy S10, there’s finally a fix. All thanks to the Galaxy S10’s OneUI, you can remap the dedicated Bixby button to trigger other apps and commands. The process is super quick and easy and can be done by heading to settings > advanced features > Bixby key. You can configure the button to open an app of choice — Google Hangouts, for example.
However, keep in mind that you can’t completely disable Samsung’s voice assistant — a long press of the button will still bring up Bixby Voice. The other thing to note is that you can’t set up the Bixby button to open Google Assistant. It’s understandable why Samsung wouldn’t want you to make Google Assistant the default voice assistant on your phone.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: One UI Night Mode
The new OneUI interface brings the dark mode to the Galaxy S10. Not only does it reduces eye strain when looking at your phone at night, but it also saves battery life too. You’ll find “dark mode” in settings > display>battery. One can easily turn it on or off manually, plus the Galaxy S10 also supports an automatic sunrise-sunset schedule and a custom schedule option.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Use Infinity-O display as a notification LED
Did you know that the Galaxy S10’s camera cut-out can be used as a notification light? There are already a few third-party apps like Holey Light that turns the camera cutout on the Galaxy S10 into a notification indicator of sorts. Samsung too offers a similar feature, which it likes to call as Eclipse which lights up the display cutout for notifications.
To use that, you are required to download Good Lock tool from the Galaxy store. Then install a separate app called EdgeLighting+. Open the EdgeLighting+ app and tap on Effect whichever you like. Select Eclipse. It’s good to see that Samsung thought of the effect, though right now it doesn’t light up for notifications from third-party apps like WhatsApp and Facebook messenger. Simply put, I found this restricted in nature as it works only with a handful of apps by Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Always-on display
The Galaxy S10’s screen supports an always-on display, meaning one can see the time, battery life, and notifications on the lock screen. To turn on always-on display on the Galaxy S10, go to lock screen > always on display and turn it on. Plus, you can schedule it so the always-on display doesn’t stay on during the night.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Activate gesture controls
Samsung has added gesture controls in OneUI, which is based on Android Pie; but they need to be manually enabled. To manually turn them on, open Settings, tap display and then navigation bar. From there, you will see two options: Navigation Buttons and Fullscreen gestures. Select Full screen gestures. You will notice the usual three Android navigation buttons have gone from the bottom of the screen. Now you can try Samsung’s new gesture-based navigation controls.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Change the display colours
The Galaxy S10 has the best display on any smartphone. Period. The latest movies and videos look absolutely stunning, as do games. The viewing angles are great, too. The display is accurate, as you’d expect from Samsung. Somehow, the Galaxy S10’s default display color mode is set to “Natural” by default. It is fine, but there is a “Vivid” option too that makes colour pop on the Galaxy S10+. Changing the display colours is very simple. Just go to settings > display>screen mode and then select “vivid”.
Samsung Galaxy S10 tips and tricks: Customise wallpapers
This is the easiest and the most effective way to customise your phone. On Reddit, there’s a sub dedicated to Galaxy S10 wallpapers. Some wallpapers are creative and totally out of the box. Samsung too has realised that S10’s ‘Infinity O’ display cutout has given a dimension to wallpapers. Perhaps why it has created a dedicated section in the Galaxy store app, where you can find “Cutout Wallpapers for the S10.” Though you have to spend Rs 50 or more to get a wallpaper designed to take advantage of the Galaxy S10’s punch-hole display.