Samsung phones offer a ton of useful features, but ironically, the sheer volume of these features makes it hard to find them in settings. This leads to many of them going unused and you being unable to get the full value out of your device.
In this guide, we’ll show you 12 of the best features on Samsung phones that will enhance your user experience, improve your security, and make your life easier. Let us begin.
1. Pick up your phone to wake up
Your phone can detect when you pick it up using the sensors inside it, so you can instantly access the lock screen and unlock your device without having to press the power button.
To enable the feature, go to Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures and activate lift to wake up. Now you don’t have to press the power button every time.
2. Double press the power button to start the camera
You can set your Samsung phone to quickly launch the camera without unlocking the device, so you won’t miss any photo shoots. To do this, go to Settings > Advanced features > Side key and activate Press twice. Now select quick release camera from the menu.
3. Use power saving mode to extend battery life
You can maximize battery life on your Samsung phone by going to Settings > Battery and device care > Battery > Power saving and activating Limit apps and home screen. Doing this limits your phone to selected apps, turns the wallpaper black, and stops additional features like edge panels.
All this combined maximizes energy savings. You don’t want it to be on all the time, but it’s vital when the battery is running low.
If you are curious, you can also check out these tips to extend battery life on Android.
4. Hide private albums in your photo gallery
One of the best features of the Samsung Gallery app is the ability to hide albums that contain sensitive content. To do this, simply open the application, go to the albums tab, tap on the three-dot menu and tap hide albums. Here, select all the albums you want to hide by tapping the switch next to them.
5. Answer calls hands-free via Bluetooth
Answering a call while you’re, say, cooking or driving is a huge pain. Fortunately, Samsung phones come with a really useful accessibility feature that allows you to answer incoming calls hands-free when using a Bluetooth device.
To activate it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity > Answer and end calls and activate Auto answer. You can go one step further by enabling Read caller names aloudso you can know exactly who is calling in advance.
6. Unlock your phone without opening the lock screen
You can unlock your phone a bit faster by going to Settings > Security and privacy > Biometrics > Fingerprints and activating Always-on fingerprint. Doing this allows your phone to read your fingerprint even when the screen is off, so you don’t necessarily have to press the power button and go to the lock screen.
7. Set up and use border panels
Edge Panels is one of the best features on Samsung phones and makes it much easier to navigate your device. You can enable it by going to Settings > Display and activating edge panels. Once enabled, a handle should appear on the side of the screen that you can pull in to access your app drawer, where you can store your favorite apps for quick access.
Once you learn the basics, you can follow these tips to use Edge Panels like a pro.
8. Move items to the secure folder
Most Samsung phones come with the Secure Folder app; it’s a kind of digital vault that you can use to store your photos, videos, sensitive documents, and more. you can find it below Settings > Security and privacy > Secure Folder.
Be sure to read our complete guide on how to use Secure Folder on Samsung phones.
9. Instantly Delete Shared Screenshots
The screenshots that you share with other people are stored in your gallery and clutter up your gallery. You can set your phone to automatically delete shared screenshots to save space. To do this, go to Settings > Advanced features > Screenshots and screen recorder and activate Delete after sharing from the toolbar.
For the feature to work, you need to share the screenshot of the image toolbar that appears right after you capture it. Otherwise, the screenshot will be saved to your gallery as usual.
10. Create a custom sound profile for your ears
Everyone’s ears are different, and if you find the sound quality of your Samsung phone to be unsatisfactory, you can create a custom sound profile according to your ears. Follow these steps to get started:
- Go to Settings > Sounds and vibrations > Sound quality and effects > Adapt sound.
- Tap test my hearingthen play Begin to start the test. Answer if you can hear the beeps.
- Once the test is complete, give your sound profile a name and press Save to end.
See how to improve sound quality on Samsung phones for more information.
11. Access the hidden SOS flashlight
Samsung phones come with a hidden SOS flashlight feature that allows you to call attention if you get lost and need help. If you are curious to give it a try, you can refer to our guide on how to enable SOS flashlight on Samsung phones.
12. Automate your device with modes and routines
Modes and Routines (formerly Bixby Routines) is perhaps the most underrated feature on Samsung phones. It’s an automation feature that allows you to set commands and have your phone execute them based on certain triggers, such as the time, your location, or the state of the device.
You can access the feature by going to Settings > Modes and Routines. Check out our full guide on how to use modes and routines on Samsung phones if you need help setting up the feature.
Discover the best of your Samsung phone
Your Samsung Galaxy phone is much more capable than you think, and it’s a good idea to explore the settings to discover features you might have overlooked.
With each new update, Samsung adds more features to One UI to enhance your experience, so if you’re a fan, make sure you’re always on the lookout for the latest announcements.