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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G review: The perfect introduction to Samsung’s flagship range

The ideal entry point into Samsung’s premium range, packing in all the best features of the Galaxy S20 while also cutting the superfluous features that only serve to increase the price. It offers solid performance from the camera, all the benefits of Samsung’s OneUI, and a screen that can’t be beat. Whether you’re new to Samsung, or upgrading from an older handset, this is the device for you.

  • Incredible screen that owes a lot to the 120Hz refresh rate
  • Premium specs, including a top-tier chipset
  • All the best parts of the S20 for a slightly lower price
  • No Bixby Button
  • – Premium price, far from what you’d consider “affordable”
  • – Battery life not best in class

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G review. Specs

Dimensions: 159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4 mm (6.29 x 2.93 x 0.33 in) Weight: 190g (6.7 oz Screen: 6.5-inch, HDR10, 120Hz, 1080 x 2400, 20:9 ratio CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 GPU: Adreno 650 RAM: 6GB/8GB Storage: 128GB/256GB Rear cameras: 12MP, 8MP, 12MP Front camera: 32MP Battery: 4,500 mAh OS: Android 10, One UI 2.5 5G: Yes

Samsung produces a lot of phones, but apparently, they hadn’t quite covered the whole market just yet. There are still people to target, would you believe. So here we have the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, a phone with flagship-tier specs but at a lower price point than we’ve come to expect from premium devices.

This is a phone that looks fantastic on paper, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. In this review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, we take a deep dive to find out if it is actually worth spending your cash on.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Design Screen

Samsung likes to do Android its own way, making them instantly recognisable.- especially from a software perspective. The S20 FE is no different, and is about as on-brand as you can expect from a Samsung flagship.- whether that’s the presence of OneUI 2.5 or the rectangular rear camera array that debuted on the S20.

The screen is, as you might have expected, the S20 FE’s crowning achievement. While the resolution is limited to FHD, rather than the S20’s QHD, the 120Hz refresh mate makes it one of the nicest phone screens out there. The silky smooth motion is what really makes things work, and I’ve never seen Avenger’s Endgame look so good. And that includes watching it in 4K and at the cinema. HDR would have been nice, but that’s on Disney not Samsung.

The 6.5-inch display is a bit of a tricky one. It skips the curved Edge display of most premium Samsung phones, which I’m always in favour of, but there’s still a touch more bezel than you’d expect. It’s only a few millimetres around the phone, but that’s enough to be noticeable if you’re looking carefully. Of course the holepunch camera is very small, the smallest Samsung has apparently, and that means you’re able to take great selfies without losing much screen space.

Some criticism has been levelled at Samsung for swapping glass backs for a type of transparent glass called ‘glasstic’. While it’s true glasstic doesn’t feel as glossy and premium as actual glass, it doesn’t seem to make much difference in the grand scheme of things. Sure it would be nice for premium phones to go all in with the best features, but unless you’re really looking you won’t be able to notice much difference.

Glasstic looks fine, it just feels and looks more like the matte surface that it is. rather than the glossy casings of more expensive Samsung phones.

The only thing I’d change is the thickness of the camera bump, and the lack of a headphone jack. But that’s true of all phones, and isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Long gone are the days of TouchWiz hell, and Samsung’s OneUI is an absolute joy to use. It’s smooth, responsive, and it’s very easy on the eyes. It’ll be an adjustment for anyone used to a different flavour of Android, but it’s not so different that it’ll take that long to master all the changes. As for long-time Samsung loyalists, there’s nothing you won’t already be familiar with. which is exactly the point of OneUI.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Camera

One of the more unique features on the S20 FE is the 30x hybrid zoom feature.- the same as that on the S20 and Note 20. It’s not surprising that the S20 FE doesn’t offer the same level of zoom as the Ultra S20 and Note 20 phones, but it’s worth mentioning that 30x zoom is still a very long way.

Long enough for the picture quality to seriously degrade at any rate, which seriously limits what you’ll actually be using the zoom feature for. As you can see in the images below, which took a picture of this solo country tower at various degrees of zoom.

Poorer weather didn’t help things either, which is worth keeping in mind as we head towards winter.

Of course if you do want Hyper-zoomed in shots, Samsung still has the on-screen viewfinder to help you find what you want to photograph. Because it is incredibly easy to accidentally shift and lose your shot, and without it the feature would be impossible to use.

Standard camera images work out a lot better, provided you limit yourself to the 3x zoom afforded by the telephoto camera lens. You can’t complain about the final quality, whether we’re talking about wider-landscape shots, close-ups of the trees, or even the stuff decorating the shelves in my office. But that shouldn’t be a surprise, since the S20 FE’s camera is almost identical to the one in the standard S20. which we had very nice things to say about in our review.

As for the selfies, there’s nothing to worry about where the foreground is concerned. Smaller details in the background come out a bit worse for wear, but since you’ll be the FOCUS then that’s not such a dealbreaker. The foreground is as good as you could expect, but isn’t anything particularly special. Still that’s not a bad thing, whatever your selfie needs are.

K Video at 60 FPS

There’s no 8K video recording this time round, another consequence of the lower price, but unless you already shelled out for an 8K TV then this won’t be a huge issue. Especially not since it can record in 4K at 60 frames per second, and as you can see from our comparison video, that’s seriously better than a bog-standard FHD 30FPS shot.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Hardware

Any phone that is designed to cost less will inevitably compromise on the hardware in some way. The S20 FE has those compromises, but not when it comes to the internal hardware. The 5G model comes with the Snapdragon 865 which, while not as new or powerful as the recently released 865, is still one of the best chipsets on the market.- and the same as the one in the rest of the S20 range. It also comes packing the Adreno 650 GPU, the same as the S20 and Note 20 ranges, and 6-8GB of RAM, depending on which model you buy.

In other words, Samsung hasn’t been doing much in the way of downgrading, and your performance experience is identical to the other Samsung flagships.

The hardware isn’t completely identical, but not in the ways that really matter. The S20’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner has been replaced with an optical version, though it still works exactly as you’d hope from any fingerprint scanner. It’ll still have trouble if your fingers are dirty or not precisely placed, but that’s true of any optical scanner out there.

All of that is great, but none of it matters if the phone’s battery is terrible. Thankfully it holds up rather well, even with the power-draining features like the 120Hz refresh rate switched on. The S20 FE is powered by a 4,500 mAh, which sits right in the middle of the standard S20’s 4,000 mAh and the S20 Ultra’s 5,000 mAh, and it seems to hold up fairly well to heavy use.

Playing Pokémon Go for 90 minutes, at full brightness with the 120Hz refresh rate switched on, led to a 20% loss in battery life. At first glance that seems like a lot, but multiply it and you wind up with around seven and a half hours of usage. Pokémon Go is a notorious battery drain, so being able to get that much playtime out of it was a surprise. Not that many people could stomach playing it for that long anyway.

That said, not having a terrible battery isn’t the same as having a great battery. The S20 could get you to and from work on a single charge, even with mid-level usage, but you’re going to have to plug it in for any evening activities. You can always switch off some batter-raining features, like the 120Hz refresh rate, but it seems counter-productive to buy a phone with premium features if you’re going to keep them switched off.

Corners have to be cut to meet certain price points, but battery life should never be compromised in favour of something superfluous.

One minor point to note is that the Galaxy S20 FE 5G does not support all 5G standards. Or rather it does not support the superior mmWave 5G that offers higher bandwidth.- and thus higher potential speeds. It’s not so much an issue in the UK, since there’s no mmWave coverage there, but if you’re in a country that does (such as the US) then you should know what you’re buying.

Of course mmWave coverage is very limited, especially compared to the more common sub-6 5G that the S20 FE does support. So you’re not really missing out on very much.

Finally, the most important change between the S20 FE and the rest of the S20 range is the loss of the Bixby button. Like the Note 20 range, Samsung has opted to let you summon Bixby by holding down the power button instead. That said if you don’t want to use Bixby, at all, you can reprogramme that gesture to open up the power menu. just like every other Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Verdict

The Galaxy S20 FE has an incredible amount to offer, taking the best parts of the Galaxy S20 range and packaging them into a slightly more affordable handset. Emphasis on slightly, though, because it is still considerably more expensive than other “affordable” phones from rival phone makers.

But the fact is that the compromises that have been made aren’t particularly serious, so this is a phone designed for people put off by the more extravagant features (and pricing) on S20 and Note 20 handsets. Improvements could always be made, but that’s true of any phone.

So if you’re looking for a premium phone that skips a lot of the fluff, and the resulting price inflation, the Galaxy S20 FE might be for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a long-time Samsung user or you’re just looking for a change of scenery.

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Ratings Reviews

I replaced my beloved LG G5 with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE UW based on the reviews and the camera specs. I like the size of the phone which is basically the same width as my G5 but about 3/4 of an inch taller. Easy to hold and use. However, the display and camera I found to not be any better than my 4 year old G5 and in some instances not as good (selfie camera). Part of the problem may be one of expectations because I had read that AMOLED displays are superior to LCD IPS screens, I am not finding that to be the case in the S20 FE which has an AMOLED display. The FE display is not bad, it is just doesn’t seem to be quite as good as my G5’s LCD IPS screen as far as depth, color and clarity. The display in one thing but the selfie camera in another. While I had read that Samsung’s pictures tend to have a “Hyper real” look which did not sound bad to me in theory but in practice I do not like it. The pictures seem to have an exaggerated sharpness combined with a flatness. As one reviewer wrote. “Samsung does not like shadows” and I would agree. The shadows are all lightened which takes away from the the depth of the pictures. I am happy to report the rear camera does not suffer the same flatness as the selfie camera and on the positive side, the rear camera does have an optical zoom feature which the G5 does not. They both have Ultra wide. I will also point out that both cameras has several adjustment options and I have not tried most of them yet so one may be able to adjust them better to one’s liking. As far as the phone and the features it has, I generally like it, and the transfer of apps from my G5 was pretty easy so I am not totally unhappy with my purchase just surprised that the camera and the display didn’t quite live up to the hype Read full review Read less

If you’re buying this phone I will assume you’ve done your homework. You know you’re getting s20 specs at a lower price, and it delivers. I will however caution anyone looking at this phone about the things you might not notice in reviews, and the things for which I’m knocking one star off:. The camera software doesn’t let you explicitly set the resolution of your photos, only the aspect ratio. This is a ridiculous oversight by Samsung and kind of unforgivable for me since all of my past Samsung phones have had this feature. Not even the pro mode lets you set the resolution The haptics feel a bit off. It’s hard to pinpoint but you can tell the vibration motor on this model in combination with the plastic back feels cheap compared to previous flagships The phone screen’s ratio is 20:9 which feels too tall. On a large 6.5″ screen the 20:9 ratio feels awkward in my hand even with big male hands. This is one of those you can’t tell in a video and have to feel for your self. Mileage may vary depending on what case you put on this beast. Bottom Line: Battery life is amazing, the 120hz is smooth as butter, the display should have been 1440p but you won’t notice its only 1080p, the UI is packed to the gills with features and options. It’s solid, feel good buying it Read full review Read less

One of the best in it’s price range. Mine was an “open box” item just under 500.00. Nice comfortable screen size. Phone is pretty thin and light. Battery life is great with resolution and screen refresh rate adjusted to medium levels. I can go three days with light use and all day with heavy video/ game use. These phones charge quick too so I just plug it in once briefly during the day and I never have to worry about the battery. Photos are clear and detailed and camera has some nice setting options. Screen image quality is excellent as well. Mine did not come with any type of screen protection so you will need to purchase one Read full review Read less

Although I am still getting accustomed to the phone, I am very favorably impressed with it. The size is good; picture quality is excellent and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the camera and the picture quality of the camera. I was also wowed by the long life of the battery. I believe I could use it for at least two days without charging it but so far I’ve charged it nightly. I may put it to the test over the next two or three days to let the battery completely discharge. I still have not taken advantage of all the features on the phonenor have I found all the features. WAY more phone than I was accustomed to Read full review Read less

this phone does everything i need great for any games never lag at all good for watching movies and easy to screen cast on any Smart TV call quality is great 128 gb add a 128gb SD card and you will never run out of space but the best thing about this phone is its factory unlocked it works with any carrier and thats the best investment i ever made purchasing this phone this phone looks brand new not one scratch anywhere also the 2 speaker sound is incredible one is on top and one on the bottom im very satisfied with this phone its the best phone i ever purchased. Read full review Read less

My old phone was showing it’s age (apps no longer supported, slow and unresponsive). This new Galaxy S20 FE is lightning fast in comparison. I specifically was shopping for phones with expandable storage, because lack of space was an issue on my old phone. So far, the 512 GB SD card that I picked up separately is keeping my storage usage nice and low, even after transferring the contents of my old phone. 1 month in and so far loving my new phone. Specs might not be as good as the S20’s, S21’s and S22’s that are popular today, but the price was better and to me the performance is awesome Read full review Read less

Not having an LED light for reminders on texts is annoying. You can set up the edge light display and set up reminders however the LED does not illuminate with reminders. Otherwise no major complaints. The phone is fast and has a lot of space. Long battery life, fast charging, and expandable memory are a plus. Phone is on the larger side however the one hand feature is a nice touch and makes it easier to use. As with all Samsung/androids tons of customization can be done. Can’t say much about the camera because I really haven’t used it that much Read full review Read less

I normally don’t buy the latest and greatest new phones as I’ll usually buy a used phone for around250. I’m switching from the S8 and was about to buy the S10 then decided to get the S20 FE. Decided to pay the difference and get the newest upgrade to the S20, which just saves me money in the long run. The featured cameras sealed the deal. So far I’ve experienced no problems and had a very easy time transferring content. I would definitely recommend this phone. I love Samsung phones Read full review Read less

Used to own a S7 Galaxy and this phone doesn’t have a screen button on the face like the S7, it requires Vol Dwn and Power button to be pushed together to shut off, and there’s no hole/connection for wired earphones. None of these are major issues but inconveniences. The phone is a bit large (I like the S7 size) but it does have the SD card expansion slot (very important to me). The speed seems very good. Overall, it’s a decent phone but not Samsung’s best! Read full review Read less

A Great phone. I had Verizon install a 4G SIM card (Free) to keep my plan the same price. 5G will gobble up lots of data for nothing to gain. 5G is not available where I live anyway. Read up on 5G before you waste your money. And it will need an unlimited data plan Go with 4G. The phone performs flawlessly. The battery lasts me 2 days, without a charge, and is powerful Read full review Read less

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Exynos vs Snapdragon?

Exynos versus Snapdragon: for years, consumers in Europe and America live out this dilemma every single year concerning just which SoC will they receive in their Samsung handsets. This question was particularly pertinent in the Galaxy S and Note lines. Armed with the different versions of the Galaxy S20 FE that carried the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 chipsets, we put the two premium processors to the sword by running them against one another in a battery of benchmark tests.

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This article is not a traditional comparison like the ones usually normally found here on NextPit. Both models are virtually identical in terms of specifications and components, apart from the SoC used.

Exynos and Snapdragon on the same shelf

The Galaxy S20 FE launched in late 2020 with two versions. a 4G version equipped with the Samsung Exynos 990 processor and a 5G capable model with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 regardless of the region it was released in. After all, Samsung Electronics traditionally reserves its Snapdragon-powered phones for the Chinese and North American markets.

Recently, the Exynos 990 version was removed in Europe and Latin America, making way for the Snapdragon 865-equipped model. The new model, while still offering 4G connectivity, can be identified by product code SM-G780G. versus the SM-G780F and SM-G781B identifiers of the original 4G and 5G versions, respectively.

We weren’t able to get our hands on the new revision in order to compare it with the old one, but nonetheless, we put the 4G and 5G versions in a head-to-head shootout. It’s worth noting that in addition to the processor, the 5G model includes a Snapdragon X55 modem which is the same one used in the iPhone 12 range, but all tests were done without a SIM card in order to isolate the component’s impact as much as possible.

Bug fixed and performance improvement

Just so that everyone is aware, prior to performing the benchmarks using the most current firmware version, we ran the benchmarks on the version sent by Samsung straight from the factory in order to try to identify variations in the behavior between the two Galaxy S20 FE handsets.

In the case of the 5G model with Snapdragon, even with the transition between OneUI 2.5 armed with the October 2020 patch and the updated OneUI 3.1 version, there was no significant variation in the results. On the other hand, in the Exynos model (shipped with the Dec/2020 firmware and OneUI 3.0), there was a significant performance improvement, not to mention a bug fix.

In the first run of the 3DMark Wild Life benchmark, the device consistently registered a lower score of around 2,190 points, followed by subsequent scores in the region of 4,200 points. In the case of the Stress Test, the initial score was between 2,115 and 2,136 points and then it hovered between 1,750 and 4,200 points.

After updating the handsets to the latest firmware from June 2021 and resetting it to the factory setting, the 4G model started to behave more consistently as well as improved its performance in some benchmarks.

The 5G model, meanwhile, achieved far more consistent results with a 89.3% stability rate. versus 42.8% for the Exynos version.

Thermal throttling in practice

To prove that thermal throttling kicked in, we called for an unrealistic test. Unless you live in a place where the sun still shines at midnight, we put the Galaxy S20 FE 4G through a similar test in the fridge. Please do not try this at home!

The result was not only a more stable score that ranged between 4,336 and 4,384 points, which points to a 98.9 percent stability, but it is also superior to the same model at room temperature, which was between 20 and 24 degrees during regular testing.

Of course, the test has no relevance in day-to-day use, but it does show that the Exynos 990 strives to offer performance equivalent to the Snapdragon 865. However, it is unable to sustain such performance levels in the medium term. The observation may not apply to traditional mobile usage that features short periods of heavy use, but it’s something to bear in mind during gaming sessions, HD video recording and editing, and other processor-intensive tasks.

Which processor consumes more battery?

Apart from the performance difference, another comment commonly made concerning Exynos processors point to higher power consumption, and consequently, a shorter battery life. In order to test the processors in this matter, we used the PCMark app battery life benchmark, which simulates common tasks in use until it arrives at 20% remaining battery life.

Here, even with a modem installed next to the SoC (which remained disabled throughout the test), the Galaxy S20 FE with Snapdragon 865 showed a greater battery life, with 12h 12min in the test, against 9h 32min the Exynos 990-equipped model.

PCMark Work 3.0

Scores Exynos 990 Snapdragon 865
Battery life 9h32min 12h12min
Overall performance 12.753 12.863
Web browsing 10.857 10.914
Video editing 6.896 7.137
Text edition 12.531 14.035
Image editing 33.799 29.309
Data processing 10.636 10.991

In the processor benchmarks run by PCMark, the two SoCs showed similar overall results, reinforcing the perception of equivalent performance for everyday tasks, but at the cost of battery consumption in this case.

Conclusion: Exynos or Snapdragon?

This comparison focused on the performance differences between the models equipped with the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 SoCs in the Galaxy S20 FE. Ideally, we would use the new 4G model with the Snapdragon 865 (SM-G780G), but that wasn’t possible for this article.

Apart from the processor and modem, the devices are basically identical in all aspects when taking main daily tasks into consideration. In some situations, however, the loading time of the tests was slightly longer on the Exynos-powered model, reflecting the difference in the PassMark app’s storage benchmark score.

What is noticeable when testing the devices side-by-side, is the higher power consumption of the Galaxy S20 FE equipped with the Exynos 990 processor, not to mention a greater variance in its results when it comes to longer and more demanding benchmarks as the speed is throttled due to temperature management in order to avoid the CPU from overheating. This is a trend seen in the Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 flagship processors of 2021, with both of them rolling off Samsung’s manufacturing lines.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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If you are considering picking up the Galaxy S20 FE 4G, it is worth keeping an eye on the model number, as it is better to pick the SM-G780G model that is powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC. The main reason for doing so? Better battery life in the long run.

Although the strategy of varied processors for different regions of the world does not show any signs that it will be changed anytime soon, at least the performance difference between the SoCs of 2021 is far less noticeable, as shown in this year’s review.

Speaking of reviews, stay tuned to NextPit to read the full Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G review. If you’re interested to see how the Snapdragon 865 fares in the fridge test, don’t forget to leave a comment!

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G vs Galaxy S20 FE 5G

  • 1x ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.84 GHz
  • 3x ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.42 GHz
  • 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.80 GHz
  • GPU Adreno 650 MHz
  • TSMC N7P (“7 nm”)

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Samsung Galaxy S20 tips and tricks: The insider’s guide to the S20FE, S20, S20 and S20 Ultra

Samsung has shifted the Galaxy S20 series up a gear and here’s the ultimate guide to getting the most out of them.

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Samsung has shifted the Galaxy S20 series up a gear. We’ve had an expansion at the top end with the S20 Ultra. a super-spec phone, sitting alongside the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20. with the S20 FE at the more affordable end.

But there’s a lot to get to grips with: Samsung offers more features than anyone else out of the box, so it’s easy to overlook or never discover some of the hidden gems. We’ve torn through the phones to pull together a detailed guide of everything that your S20 device will do and how to master it. With One UI 3.0 and Android 11 update there are changes. and all the S20 devices should now have the new software.

Samsung Galaxy S20 top tip: If you’re struggling to find things, swipe down the quick settings and you’ll find a search option at the top. Just start typing your search query and this universally searches your phone returning settings, apps, contacts, calendar appointments. It’s really powerful. You can also launch it by bringing up the apps tray, and tapping the finder bar at the top.

How to power off or restart the Samsung Galaxy S20: Samsung has reconfigured the side key on the S20, so a long press will launch Bixby by default, rather than power off the device like (almost) every other phone on the planet. To power off the phone, slide down the quick settings pane and tap the power icon there. Then you can turn off the phone. On that screen is also a shortcut to the side key settings so you can change the function if you need to.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, S20, S20 Ultra home screen tips

The home screen part of the launcher. It’s where you unlock your phone to, the place for app shortcuts and widgets and it’s where you return when you’re finished doing something in an app. Now supporting Android 11, you can also choose your navigation style.

Turn on Android 11 gesture navigation: By default the S20 will offer Samsung’s three icons for navigation. If you want to switch to Android 11’s gestures open settings display navigation bar. Here you have the option for buttons or swipe gestures. You can tap on “more options” to customise, but with swipe gestures your phone will then let you swipe in from the side to go back, up from the bottom to go home, just like other Android devices.

Customise the navigation bar: If you’re sticking with on-screen navigation controls, you can customise the order. Head into settings display navigation bar and you can change the the order of buttons.

Edit your home screen: A long press on the wallpaper on any home screen lets you edit the wallpaper, themes, widgets, pages or further settings. This area will also let you add or delete complete screens, so if you want a widgets page, this is where you go to add it.

Get more on your home screen: You can change the size of the screen grid on which your shortcuts and widgets sit, depending on how dense you want the home screen to be. Long press on the wallpaper and select “home screen settings”. Select 4×5 to keep things fairly clear, 4×6, 5×5 or 5×6 to cram more in. We tend to use 5×6, otherwise things look too big, but this comes down to personal preference.

Resize widgets: Many widgets are resizable. A long press selects them. When you lift your finger, you can drag the blue box that appears and resize your widget. You can even resize or reposition the Google search box.

Customise the status bar: This is the information that sits at the top of the screen. Head into settings notifications status bar and you have some options. You can limit to three notification icons, or you can have all. You can also turn on or off the battery percentage.

Allow your home page to work in landscape: This option will allow the home screen and apps tray, settings, etc, to display in landscape. It’s off by default, but you can turn it on in settings home screen settings rotate to landscape mode. Switch this on to get rotation to landscape, so if you’re switching from gaming to movie watching you don’t have to keep returning to portrait.

Create a folder: Simply drag one app on top of another on the home screen and a folder is created. To remove an app from a folder, open the folder and long press an app and you’ll get a pop-up menu which lets you remove that app. To add apps, either drag them into a folder, or hit the “” button within the folder to add apps.

Change a folder colour or name: Open a folder and enter the name you want at the top. If you don’t want a name, leave it blank. To change the folder background colour, tap the dot in the right-hand corner and select a new colour. including completely custom colours.

Delete a folder: If you no longer want a folder, press and hold and then hit remove from home. The folder and the app shortcuts will vanish.

Access Samsung Daily from the home screen: To the left of the home screen, Samsung now has something called Samsung Daily, which replaces Bixby Home. You can swipe to it and it will feed you news, sport, weather and stuff from the Galaxy Store, along with additions from some services you might use like Spotify. You can change what it shows you by opening the menu top right and selecting the cards you want to see.

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Turn off Samsung Daily: If you don’t want Samsung Daily (and we don’t blame you), long press on the wallpaper and you’ll enter the home screen controls. Swipe to the right and the Samsung Daily panel will appear. There’s a toggle switch in the top right-hand corner. If you don’t want the Samsung Daily panel on your home screen, just turn this off. Sadly, you can’t change it to something else without changing the launcher.

Change launcher (home screen): You can easily change the experience of your phone with a different launcher, such as Nova, if you want more customisation. Just download the launcher from Play Store and install it. When you press the home button you’ll be given a choice to select a new default launcher. Or, head into settings apps and hit the menu button top right. Select “default apps” and then “home app”. You’ll see your choice of launchers there, pick the one you want. Note: if you’re using Android 10/11’s gesture navigation, this isn’t supported by all third-party launchers, so you might have to revert to using three button controls.

Show app suggestions in recent apps: When you tap the recent apps button, or slowly swipe up if you’re using Android 11 gestures, you’ll get thumbnails of your recent app pages, but also a line of suggested apps across the bottom. These are based on what the Galaxy S20 thinks you might want based on recently used apps. If you don’t want want this, then open the menu top right in the search bar and turn off “suggested apps”.

Pop-out conversations in a separate window: Remember Chat Heads? Samsung can do that with messaging services across the Galaxy S20, popping out the conversation into a floating button so you can respond without switching apps. as long as the app supports multi window use. It’s called “Smart pop-up view” and you can find it in settings advanced features Smart pop-up view. You can toggle those apps you want to pop-up (we used to for messaging services) and then you can reply to them in a separate window. It’s off by default.

Managing your digital assistants on the Galaxy S10

Samsung pushes Bixby as its digital assistant, while as an Android phone you get Google Assistant too. Install Alexa and that becomes an option. although Samsung will also let you access Finder and Samsung Internet too via the same route. Here are all the management options for those virtual assistants.

Access Google Assistant: A long press on virtual the on-screen home button will launch Google Assistant. You can then talk to Google and get the full experience as Mountain View intended. This is synced with your Google account from sign-in, so works with anything you’ve already set-up Google Assistant to do. If you’re using Android 11 gestures, swipe diagonally in from the bottom corner to launch Assistant.

Turn on “Ok Google” hotword: The hotword to get Google to respond with just your voice is part of the Google app, but you’ll have to turn it on to get it to respond. Head into the Google app, tap “more” in the bottom right-hand corner, settings voice voice match hey Google. Toggle on the option and as long as there’s a voice match linked to your account, it will recognise you speaking and give you voice control of your phone.

Disable Google Assistant/all assistants: If you don’t want Google Assistant on that home button shortcut, you can remove the ability to launch it there. Head into settings apps and open the top right-hand menu and select default apps. Then head into “assist app”, and top on “device assistance app”. You’ll now see the option to select “none”. Tap that option and nothing will then happen with a long press on the home button or when you swipe from the corners.

Change your digital assistant to Alexa or Bixby Voice: If you’d rather launch Alexa on the home button, install the Alexa app and then, as above, switch the default device assistance app to Alexa. or Bixby Voice if you’d rather. That will then mean you have Alexa or Bixby accessed through the home screen instead of Google. The Alexa hotword will not work.

Launch Bixby Voice: If you want to use Bixby, press and hold the side button and Bixby will launch. You’ll have to be logged-in to a Samsung account use Bixby. You can also enable the “Hi Bixby” hot word. The easiest way to do this is to launch Bixby, swipe up from the bottom and then open the menu top right. This will bring up the Bixby Voice settings. tap “voice wake-up” and you’ll be able to get control with your voice. It’s off by default, so if you’re not going to use it, leave it turned off.

Re-assign the side button: There’s no longer a Bixby button like the last few Galaxy S models had, instead there’s just one button. Head into settings advanced features side key. Here you get all the options for that side key, so you can remove Bixby, you can set it to power off the phone with a long press, launch the camera with a double press or open an app of your choosing. Basically, you get to choose.

Samsung Galaxy S20 quick settings tips and tricks

The quick settings area is part of Android where you can access the most frequent settings for your device, like power saving modes, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s a selection of shortcuts, accessed when you swipe down from the top of the screen on Samsung phone. Samsung also adds a couple of extra elements here.

Instantly access the quick settings and notifications pane from your home screen: Swipe down anywhere on the home screen and the notifications pane will slide down meaning you don’t have to stretch up to the top of the page, swipe down again and you’ll get quick settings. really useful on the bigger Galaxy S20 and S20 Ultra phones. This is off by default, to turn it on long press on the wallpaper and select “home screen settings”, then “swipe down for notification panel”.

Edit quick settings: To change the shortcuts you see when you swipe down the notifications, swipe down twice so you see the full grid, open the menu by tapping the three dots and select “button order”. You’ll be shown the full list of options across pages. You can drag to reorder, or remove shortcuts you don’t need. Top tip: only the first six apps are shown in the compact view across the top, so make these your first settings shortcuts.

Instantly access device settings from quick settings: This is a standard Android tip, but great for accessing settings instantly. Press and hold the shortcut (for example Bluetooth) and you’ll instantly jump to the full settings menu. It’s really useful for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and power saving options.

Access connected devices in quick settings pane: By default you’ll find that connected devices and media is shown in the quick settings pane too. This means you can swipe down and tap through to access music you’re playing or speakers that you’re connected to. The devices option covers direct connections as well as SmartThings, so if you’re a Smart home user then this is a way to get directly to those devices. You might find you don’t or need that option, so you can turn it off by opening up the quick settings and tapping the menu top right. Then tap on “quick panel layout” and toggle off “show media and devices” to remove it.

Quickly adjust the screen brightness: Samsung lets you access the brightness through the quick settings panel, just swipe it down and you’ll see the slider. If you want to adjust autobrightness, hit the down arrow at the right-hand end of the slider and it will take you straight through to those settings, where you can turn it on or off.

Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 app tips

The apps tray is part of the launcher on your phone and it’s the area that your app shortcuts live.

Show all the apps on the home screen: This is a popular option for some. If you want to remove the apps tray, long press on the home screen and tap “home screen settings”. Then select “home screen layout” and you’ll see two options, “home screen only” or “home screen and apps screen”. The former removes the apps tray completely, like the iPhone.

Add or remove an apps tray button: By default there is no apps tray button and you open the apps tray with a swipe. If you want the button back head into the home screen settings as above and select “apps button”. Here you can turn it on or off.

Swipe to show or hide the apps tray: As above, the Galaxy S20 lets you view the apps tray with a swipe up. The apps pages themselves then scroll left and right. If you want to return to the home page, you don’t need to press the home button, you can just swipe up again and the apps tray vanishes.

Change the apps screen grid size: Like the home screen you can change the density of apps in the apps tray/page. As above, go into the home screen settings, and you’ll see the option for “apps screen grid”, with up to 5×6. The latter will pack more apps in.

Alphabetise your apps: In the apps tray, hit menu in the top right-hand corner, then “sort”. This will give you the option to have alphabetical order. Just tap that option and everything will drop into place.

Reorder apps: Hit the menu button in the top right-hand corner, then tap “sort”. This time, select “custom order”. You can now you can drag the apps to the position you want them in.

Create an apps tray folder: You can have a folder for apps whether you’re in custom or alphabetical order. Just press and hold an app icon and drag it over another and a folder will be created. You can then edit the name and colour as you wish.

Search your entire phone with Finder: At the top of the apps screen is a search bar for Finder. This will return search results for apps you have installed, but can also search content in apps, like Netflix, Play Store, messages, reminder, calendar and a whole lot more. Tap the Finder bar in the apps tray, then hit the menu button on the right then “manage apps” and you can choose where it searches.

Manage the apps that Finder searches: If Finder returns information you don’t want, you might want to turn off some of the apps it accesses. Open the apps tray and tap the menu top right. Then select Finder settings choose apps to search in. This will let you turn off the apps you don’t want results from.

Let Finder give you app suggestions: When you tap on the Finder at the top of the apps tray, you’ll immediately get suggestions based on recent apps you’ve used. If you don’t want this, head into the Finder settings as above, and you can turn it off under “show suggested apps”.

Uninstall apps: You can uninstall directly from an app icon. Just long press on the app and a pop-up menu will give you the option to uninstall an app. If it’s a core app (which you can’t uninstall) the same option will let you disable an app.

Add apps to your home screen: Press and hold on the app shortcut in the apps tray. This will let you place a shortcut on your home screen by dragging it to the top of the page, or you can select “add to home” from the pop-up menu that appears.

Stop adding new app icons to home screen: Head into the home screen settings (long press on the wallpaper) and you’ll find the option to “add apps to home screen”. Turn this off, otherwise every app you install will be added to your home screen. Or turn it on, if that’s what you want.

Change the default app: Android lets you decide which is the default app if you have more than one that will do the same thing. Under settings apps hit the menu button in the top right-hand corner and then “default apps”. Here you can see what has been selected as the default browser, calling app, messaging app and home screen. Other defaults are selected by the first app you open for a particular task.

Control app permissions: Android lets you manage all the permissions for each app on an individual basis. Go to settings apps and select the app you want, then hit Permissions. This will let you toggle permissions on and off, so you can disable location or contacts access, for example.

Samsung Galaxy S20 lock screen and always-on display

The lock screen is what you see when your phone is locked. It’s really divided into two parts, one when the screen is off. where “always-on display” can give you some information. or the proper lock screen where the screen is fully on, but you can’t access the the device.

Turn on always on display: To have the screen show you “always on” information, head into lock screen always on display and switch it on. it’s off by default. This shows when the phone display is in standby, i.e. when the display is otherwise off. You can opt to have it appear on a schedule. perhaps only show when you’re at your desk. or show at all times or when you tap your phone. Remember, it consumes battery.

Change the always-on clock style: There are a range of different clock types for the S10 always-on display. Head into settings lock screen clock style. Here you can change the clock both for always-on display and the lock screen. You can also change the colours, so if you don’t want mono, you can select something else.

Add a music controller or FaceWidgets to your lock screen or always-on display: FaceWidgets are the name Samsung uses for other information on your lock screen or always-on display. You’ll probably have a music controller there by default, but if you don’t, head into settings lock screen FaceWidgets. Here you find all the options to turn on and off, including Bixby Routines, weather, alarms and schedules.

Change the brightness of the always-on display: This is linked to auto brightness on your phone, however you can manually over-ride this to set the brightness yourself. Head into settings lock screen always-on display. Within this menu you’ll see “auto brightness”. Turn this off and you can set the brightness yourself. You can also change the brightness manually by tapping on the always-on display once it is showing.

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Change lock screen shortcuts: You can have two shortcuts on the lock screen for quick access (only the lock screen, not the always-on display). These are phone and camera by default, but can be anything you like. Head into settings lock screen shortcuts. Here you can select the left and right shortcuts, or turn them off completely.

Disable/enable lock screen notifications: If you don’t want notifications on your lock screen, head to settings lock screen notifications. This lets you hide content, only show app icons or disable notifications completely. Conversely, if you want notifications with content, don’t select hide.

Change the look of lock screen notifications: Not only can you change the information you are shown on the lock screen, but you can change how it appears. Head into settings lock screen notifications and you can change the transparency of the lock screen notifications. You can also have the text invert so it stands out more against the background.

Show a roaming clock on the lock screen: One of the nicest features on phones is that it automatically switches to the local time, but a roaming clock can show you your home timezone. Head into settings lock screen roaming clock. You can also choose where your home timezone is.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series security and unlocking

Security remains as important as ever, with Samsung offering a range of unlocking options.

Top security tip: Biometrics aren’t foolproof, because when they fail your device reverts to PIN or password to unlock. Therefore, your device is only as secure as the password or PIN you use, as anyone trying to break into your phone can always opt to head straight to these unlock methods. Biometrics are there for convenience, not security.

Enable fingerprint or face security: To use your fingerprint or face to unlock, head into settings biometrics and security. Here you can register your face or fingerprints. You’ll have to set a back-up PIN or password at the same time to provide additional security. Top tip: if using fingerprints, then register fingers on each hand so you can unlock however you are holding your phone.

Tap the screen to show the fingerprint scanner location: You can have the fingerprint icon illuminate by tapping the phone, so you know where to unlock it. Head into settings biometrics and security fingerprints. Tap in your PIN or password, then head to “show icon when screen is off”. You can then opt to tap the screen and the fingerprint icon will appear showing you were to press.

Instant lock: When you press the standby button, you want your phone to lock instantly. Head into settings lock screen secure lock settings. There’s the option to lock the device as soon as the screen goes to sleep or when you press the standby button. If you do want a delay, there’s plenty of time options.

Smart Lock/Bluetooth unlock: Again in settings lock screen there’s the Smart Lock section. This is a standard Android feature and you have the option to nominate trusted devices, so your Android will unlock when connected to something else. You can nominate Bluetooth devices (like your smartwatch or car), location, trusted voice and so on. Bonus tip: This is basically one of the only places in Samsung’s One UI where you revert to stock Android visuals!

Automatically wipe your device: If you’re worried about your phone falling into the wrong hands and being cracked, you can have it automatically wipe. 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.

Lock network and security functions: This option will mean that your network settings cannot be changed while your phone is locked. This makes it easier to locate your phone if it’s stolen. However, it also means you have to unlock your phone to engage flight mode. Head into settings lock screen and security secure lock settings to find the option to turn it on or off.

Encrypt your SD card: If you don’t want people snooping through your SD card if they pull it out of the phone, then you can encrypt it. Then it can only be read on your unlocked phone. Head into settings biometrics and security encrypt SD card and you can get all the details.

Keep your private files and apps in the Secure Folder: If you’re worried about people accessing your phone and finding things they shouldn’t, you can use the Secure Folder. This sets up another layer of security, you can then add files, pictures and apps that you want to keep hidden. that might be anything from personal photos to business documents. You can also add second versions of apps you want secure and private. It’s in settings biometrics and security secure folder.

Samsung Galaxy S20 display tips

Samsung is now on its second generation of Infinity-O displays and on the Galaxy S20 series there’s now the option of 120Hz.

Engage 120Hz mode: There’s the option for 120Hz or 60Hz on the S20. Head into settings display motion smoothness. This will let you pick from “high” or “standard”, with 120Hz aiming to make things smoother. It’s only available at Full HD resolution (also the default), but it will also use up more battery life than sticking to 60Hz.

Change the display resolution: “Quad HD” they say, but the default is “Full HD”. You can select the resolution you want for the display in settings display screen resolution. Lower resolution might save you battery power. There’s no option to change the resolution on the S20 FE.

Engage dark mode: This has been on Samsung phones for a while, but it’s much more widespread and is now a native Android feature. Just open the settings menu and head into display. It’s the first thing you’ll see at the top of the page, but you can tap on “dark mode settings” and you can schedule dark mode to come on at sunset.

Change the display colours: Head into settings screen mode and you’ll get the option to change the way the display looks. The default is vivid with the option to make it natural. Within vivid you can change the colour temperature and the RGB settings, if you want.

Turn on the video enhancer: There’s a video enhancer hiding on the S20 that aims to boost videos. It works with a range of apps, including Netflix, Play Movies, Prime Video and YouTube. Head into settings advanced features video enhancer to toggle it on or off depending on your preferences.

Turn on the blue light filter: This changes the colour of the display to reduce blue light, avoid eye strain and help you sleep better, notionally. Head into settings display blue light filter to change the times and the strength of the effect.

Hide the front camera: If you don’t like the camera on the front, you can hide it in a dark banner. It means your phone will then have a larger top bezel. Head into settings display full screen apps. Open the menu to reveal the advanced settings. Here you’ll find a toggle option to hide front camera, if it bothers you.

One-handed mode: Head into settings advanced features one-handed mode and you’ll find the option for a button or gesture to enable one-handed mode. This has to be toggled on, but it will shrink the display to give you easier access to things nearer the top. great for small hands on large phones. Once in one-handed mode, you can switch from left to right by tapping the arrows. To exit one-handed mode, just tap on the black area.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series notifications tips and tricks

Samsung likes to notify you all the time, so taming those notifications and getting them doing what you want is a big part of living with a modern phone. Samsung will often replace all notifications with its own sound and vibration, so there’s a lot of unpicking to be done. We’ve covered some notifications in the lock screen section above, but this is how to get a grip on all those beeps and buzzes.

To turn off notifications for an app: Go to settings notifications and you’ll see a “recently sent” section. Tap “see all” and you’ll get easy toggle options for all the apps on your phone. Here you can either shut them off completely, or tap through to control specific notifications.

Show app icon badges: Icon badges are a feature of Android, letting each app show you how many notifications you have. Samsung applies this across the entire device. Head into settings notifications app icon badges. You can toggle the options on or off, or tap to change the style (numbers or no numbers). If you tap on an app instead, you can turn off dots for a specific app.

View your app notifications with a long press on an app shortcut: This is quite an advanced extension of the icon badges. You can press and hold on an app icon that’s showing a badge and the notifications will be revealed in a pop-up menu. Head into settings notifications app icon badges and you’ll find this option at the bottom of the page under “notifications on app icons”.

Disable a notification you’ve received: This is a standard Android feature, but it’s really useful. If you get a notification from any app and you never, ever, want to see it again, slowly swipe the notification to the right and you’ll see a settings cog. Tap on that and you’ll see the option to turn off notifications for that app.

Samsung Galaxy S20 volume controls, sound and do not disturb

Learning to master do not disturb is a key skill of Android. You can get it to give you the notifications you want when you want them, you can silence your phone when you want without needing a mechanical slider, but still let those vital notifications through. On the Galaxy S20 you have five volume sliders. That’s right, five: ringtone, media, notifications, system, Bixby voice.

Turn on live caption for everything: Live caption is a system-wide offering that will give you captions for video apps. It’s hiding in the volume controls. Just tap the volume up or down and when the slider appears, tap the drop down arrow. This will show all your volume controls, but at the bottom of the list you’ll see the option to turn on live caption.

Ignore the media volume toggle: Within the volume settings (swipe down the volume or in settings sounds and vibrations) you’ll find the option to use the volume keys for media. This is off by default, but if you turn it on, then when you press the volume buttons, only the media volume moves. Leave it off and it controls ringer volume, but switches to media volume when you have media playing, for example in Netflix or Spotify.

Change the vibration levels for everything: Head into settings sounds and vibration vibration intensity and you can change the vibration levels for calls, notifications and touch.

Quickly switch to vibrate alerts: If you want silence, but are after vibration alerts still, push the volume button and tap the speaker icon on the pop-up. This will switch to vibrate. Or you can hold down the volume button so it slides all the way down to vibrate.

Set your phone to silent: The normal volume controls only go to vibrate. To make your phone silent, swipe down to the quick settings and tap the sound shortcut. This will cycle through sound/vibrate/mute. Remember to turn the sound back on, or you’ll miss all your calls and messages, or use do not disturb instead.

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Turn off the charging noise, unlocking noise, keyboard sounds: Samsung would have your Galaxy beep and vibrate on every action and touch. Head into settings sound and vibration system sounds/vibration control and you’ll find all the options to turn these things off. Do it, please.

Enable and control Dolby Atmos: This can be toggled on in quick settings, or head into settings sounds and vibration sound quality and effects. Within the Dolby Atmos section you have the option for auto, movie, music or voice as individual options for audio enhancement. There’s also the option to just have Atmos automatically turn on when you start a game.

Adapt the sound quality to you: You can customise the sound output from the S20 devices. Head into settings sounds and vibration sound quality and effects and you’ll see “adapt sound” down that the bottom. You can take an age-based profile or you can create a custom setting based on a short listening test.

Engage do not disturb: Do not disturb is an Android feature that lets you silence your phone, but set up a range of exceptions. Swipe down quick settings and tap the do not disturb button to turn it on. You can also set it to a schedule, for example at night, or when you’re in the office. Just press and hold the quick setting to access the full menu options.

Allow alarms and exceptions in do not disturb: If you want silence then do not disturb is great. But if you want some notifications, then you have to designate the exceptions that are allowed. Head into settings sound and vibration do not disturb allow exceptions. Here you can allow alarms (essential if you want to wake up in the morning), but also allow repeat callers or nominated contacts. such as favourites for messages and calls. as well as reminders. It’s worth checking what can get through and what can’t.

Allow notifications in do not disturb: While sounds and vibrations are silenced in do not disturb, you can still have silent notifications. In settings sound and vibration do not disturb hide notifications you’ll find options to allow or stop notifications. Hide all will mean there’s nothing appearing, but you get to choose. you can turn off icon badges, the notifications list, pop-ups and status bar icons.

Samsung Galaxy S20 camera and photo tricks

The cameras on the S20 and S20 are quite different to the S20 Ultra. but there’s a lot that they have in common and a lot to get to grips with. Here’s how to take control of the camera.

Engage the 108MP mode (S20 Ultra only): The S20 Ultra has a 108-megapixel camera, but by default it’s set to 12-megapixels. If you want the full resolution, tap the aspect ratio button in the viewfinder and you’ll see the “4:3 108MP” option.

Turn on 8K video capture (S20, S20 and Ultra only): If you want to capture video in the highest resolution, head into the video mode and tap the aspect ratio icon. you’ll see the option for 16:9 8K. You do lose some features at this resolution. there’s no advanced features, just the 8K capture.

Use night mode for better low light shots: Samsung has improved the low light shooting both in the normal camera and with a night mode. When it’s dark the camera will suggest you use night mode. tap on the notification. Or, head into the shooting modes and tap night mode. When shooting in low light, keep the camera as steady as possible, until the little moon in the shutter button is filled yellow.

Get a better macro photo: The wide aperture of the S20 cameras means that things up close might look blurred around the edges. This is partly caused by the f/1.8 aperture. Take a step back and use the telephoto instead. the narrower f/3.5 (on the S20 Ultra) or f/2.0 (on the S20) might get more of a close-range subject in FOCUS.

Use Single Take for moving subjects: If you’re looking at something interesting that’s moving around, like a street performer or perhaps your dog, Single Take can grab a range of images and video for you. Note: Single Take doesn’t capture sound putting its own soundtrack over video.

How to get out of a camera mode: If you find you’re stuck in camera mode and don’t know how to get back, look for the back arrow in the left corner of the phone. This will go back to the normal viewfinder.

Turn off ultra-wide angle distortion correction: When you take a photo with the ultra-wide camera, software corrects some of the distortion that comes with it. The might be a straight line that is curved when it shouldn’t be, for example. If you’d rather the phone doesn’t do that, head into camera settings save option and you’ll see the option to turn it off.

Turn on the shot suggestion mode: A feature introduced on the S10, it will analyse the scene and suggest the best composition. The camera will suggest the best shot you can take and help you line it up using a guide on the screen. Open the camera and tap the settings cog at the top and you’ll find the option to turn on.

Use scene optimiser to improve your photos: The new scene optimiser uses AI to improve your photos, as well as allowing longer handheld night photos. In the viewfinder in the camera app you’ll see swirly icon in one corner. If it’s blue then scene optimiser is turned on and will identify the scene and pick the best settings for you. If there’s no swirly icon, head into camera settings and toggle on scene optimiser. You also get option to tweak how it works in the same section.

Quick launch the camera: By default, a double press on the side button will launch the camera. If you want to change this. like we mentioned for the side key controls above. head into settings advanced features side key and you’ll find the controls.

Switch camera modes: The camera does loads and you can swipe through modes from photo, swiping through the modes that you’ll see to the right or to the bottom. Basically you can swipe along that list, moving through single take, photo, video, more. You can swipe across the camera display to move through the modes. In more you’ll find the other functions, like pro (manual control), night, live FOCUS, hyperlapse and so on.

Edit the available camera modes: You don’t have to stick to the default options above. you can add or remove modes that you find more useful. Head into “more” and you’ll see a pencil appear at the bottom. Tap that and it will allow you to drag those modes you want onto the list, so you can easily select them without opening up the “more” menu every time.

Quickly switch from rear to front camera: There’s a button to switch between front and rear cameras, but you can also do it with a swipe. Just swipe up or down the display to switch to the other camera. (Basically, swipe in the opposite direction to the one that changes the shooting mode as above.) Or, you can double press the power button again and the cameras will switch.

Enable raw capture: If you want the dng files saved as well as regular jpeg, head into the settings save options. Here is the option to save both raw and jpeg files. To use it you’ll need to be in Pro mode, however, so if you want raw files, turn it on and shoot in Pro. you also can’t switch to 108MP in this mode, so you can’t get that huge raw file.

Enable video stabilisation: To stabilise your video on the rear camera, just tap the icon on the left with a hand and wiggly lines. This turns on super steady mode. It’s yellow when turned on. You can’t have super steady on 8K video.

Shoot in HDR10 video: HDR10 is a beta (or “labs”) feature. Head into the video mode and then open the camera settings advanced recording functions. You can toggle on HDR10, but be warned that you can only view those on a compatible HDR10 display, otherwise they just look like low quality video. You can also only capture HDR10 at 1080/30p, not the full range of resolutions the camera offers.

Take a selfie portrait: Rather than offer a portrait mode, Samsung offers “live FOCUS”, which will blur the background. Just switch to the front camera and select live FOCUS from the menu. There are four different bokeh effects to try. Note that skin smoothing is turned on my default, so tap the wand icon if you want to make changes.

Use AR Emoji: This is now a mode over in the menu. It will let you capture an emoji that’s you or use various AR characters. Just tap AR emoji and have some fun.

To take a long exposure photo: Open the Pro mode. On the right-hand side/bottom you’ll see the option to change the length of the exposure with a symbol that looks like a camera shutter. Use the slider to select the length of time you want. The exposure compensation icon will indicate whether you’re going to over or under expose, by switching from to

Change gallery view: If you’re looking at your photos and you want more or less on display, you can pinch zoom, to change the thumbnail view.

Samsung Galaxy S20 edge screen tips

Ever since Samsung introduced the edges on the Infinity display, it has been trying to find things to do with it. If you don’t want any of the functions, you can turn it all off.

Add or remove edge panels: Head into settings display edge screen and tap on edge panels. Here you’ll see the selection of panels available and you can add and remove those you don’t want. Stick to the useful, otherwise you’ll spend more time navigating and less time doing. Smart select is worth investigating.

Move the edge panel handle to anywhere you want: You can move the edge handle (where you have to swipe to open the edge panels) to anywhere on the left or right of the screen. Just press and hold and you can drag it where you want it. If you don’t want to be able to move it, you can turn off that option in the settings, as below.

Change the size and transparency of the edge panel handle: Head into settings display edge screen edge panels. Then tap on the menu in the top right-hand corner and select “handle settings”. Within these settings you can change the handle. including making it invisible, changing the colour, size and if you want it to vibrate when it’s touched.

Enable edge lighting for notifications: You can have the edges of the display light up to give you notifications. Head into settings display edge screen edge lighting. You can change the style of the edge lighting as well as nominate which apps it will notify you about. You can have it on for everything, or just those apps you really care about.

Turn off edge screen: Head into settings display edge screen and toggle off edge panels. They will be banished to the bucket of functions you never use.

Bixby tips and tricks

Bixby is Samsung’s assistant. It made its debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8 in 2017 and has subsequently appeared in phones that have followed. The AI assistant can do a range of things, but it’s basically broken down into Bixby Voice (with its own screen) and Bixby Vision. We’ve covered some Bixby Voice tips in the digital assistants section above. If you want to know more about Bixby, we have a full Bixby feature for you to enjoy.

Setup a Bixby Routine: Head into settings advanced features Bixby Routines and you’ll find this option. This will let you setup various If and Then recipes. For example, when you travel abroad, turn off mobile data. You can make custom routines based around opening an app, which is great for gaming, for example.

Use Bixby to access settings on your phone: One of the charming things about Bixby is that it can be used to access settings on your phone. Press and hold the Bixby key and Voice will start listening, then say what you want to change on your phone.

Use quick commands to change the state of your phone: There’s a range of quick commands that will adapt your phone for particular settings, like driving, for example. They will let you use Bixby Voice to enable them in a flash. Open Bixby via the button, swipe up to open the main Bixby page, open the menu top right and you’ll find “quick commands”. Here you set up what you want to happen when you say a particular thing. It’s like Bixby Routines but for voice.

Have Bixby only respond when connected to a Bluetooth device: This is a fun. Head into Bixby settings voice response and you’ll find the option to ensure that Bixby only responds with voice when connected to a Bluetooth device. It makes it ideal for hands-off control, in the car for example.

Use Bixby Vision to translate: Open the camera and you’ll find the Bixby Vision in the camera modes. Tap it and it will open Vision. By default it’s set to read barcodes and shopping. but open the menu and you’ll find the option to turn on translate, which is much more useful. Then it will find text and live translate that text for you.

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Take a screen shot: Press the volume down and standby buttons at the same time. A screenshot will be captured.

Palm swipe for a screenshot: If you don’t want to press the buttons to take a screenshot, head into settings advanced features motions and gestures and turn on palm swipe to capture. This saves you having to press two buttons at once. It should be on by default.

Use Smart capture: Samsung gives you more options for screenshots. Head into settings advanced features motions and gestures Smart capture. This will let you scroll to get more of a page, with instant edit and share options too. It’s great for capturing full web pages. There’s also a tag generator that will scan the image and suggest tags to add to it.

Capture a gif from the screen: You can create a gif instantly from anything that’s playing on your phone, like a video in. Instagram or YouTube. Enable the Smart select edge panel. Then, once your video is on the display, swipe to Smart select from the edge and select animation. A preview window will appear which will let you record video to create a gif.

Samsung Galaxy S20 battery tips

The Galaxy S20, S20 and S20 Ultra have massive batteries. 4000mAh, 4500mAh and 5000mAh respectively. while the S20 FE also has a 4500mAh battery. But they also burn through them pretty quickly. Here’s how to get the most from them.

Turn off the 120Hz display: The fast refresh rate eats more battery, so if you’re stuggling, then turn it off. Instructions are in the display section above.

Switch to Full HD: It’s the default setting for Samsung’s phones for a reason. because higher resolutions eat more battery life. Again, the instructions are above, but head to settings display and you’ll find the option.

Turn on dark mode across your device: There’s some evidence that using dark mode lowers the power the phone needs to illuminate all those white background. Again, it’s in the display settings.

Turn off features you aren’t using: Samsung phones come fully loaded with features and you’re not going to use them all. In many cases you can turn them off. That might include everything to do with Bixby, NFC, the second SIM card slot, edge panels, edge illumination, all the vibration notifications.

View what’s eating battery: Head into settings device care and tap battery. This will show you the predicted battery usage based on your 7-day averages, and tapping the “battery usage” will show you what’s using up that battery.

Look at your battery usage history: On the battery usage page detailed above, you can tap through the graph to see what your usage was on the last 7 days. Scrolling down the page will reveal the apps that used the most battery.

Manage app power saving: In settings device care battery you’ll find app power management. Here you can choose to put some apps to sleep if you think they’re using too much power in the background. For example, if Amazon Alexa appears to be using battery in the background, you can choose to restrict that background access. Take care though. some apps might not work as you expect if they’re asleep.

Engage power saving mode: Either hit the shortcut in quick settings, or head into settings device care battery. Here you can change the power mode and engage medium or maximum battery saving, with the option to change the settings for each mode. You can also opt for adaptive power saving.

Use Wireless PowerShare: The Samsung Galaxy S20 can reverse charge wirelessly. There’s a quick settings toggle for the function that will let you charge another device when you place them back to back. Just tap the button and then place the other device on the back of the Galaxy S20 be that Samsung Buds or an iPhone or any other Qi device.

Enable fast charging: Head into settings device care battery charging. Here you’ll find toggles for different charging rates.

Time till fully charged: Charge time is displayed when connected to a charger. Look at the bottom of the lockscreen and in the battery status screen. If you’re fast charging, it will say so, and the estimated time left.

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