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-dots 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 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 suggestions 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 > 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. Put 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 maintenance > 3-vertical-dots Menu button > Add shortcut on home 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 annouce the time after every snooze interval. When setting an alarm, simply turn on the Read time aloud switch to enable this feature.
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.
13. Use any of these four ways to take a screenshot
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 > 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 > Hearing > Flash notification.
- Turn on Camera light.
Tip: Here, you can also turn on the Screen 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 > Games, and turn on Game launcher.
- You should now see the Game launcher folder on the Home screen.
- Tap to open it, and you should find all your games in this folder. You can tap 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.
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 maintenance > 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 2 different cities
No 3rd party clock is needed when it comes to showing 2 clocks of 2 different cities. Your phone comes with a Dual clock widget.
24. Zip and unzip files using My Files
No 3rd 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.
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.
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.
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 method.
- 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 > Volume key function.
- Use the Shutter button that’s floating around the camera screen. To enable the floating shutter button, go to the Camera’s settings > 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 and dragging them into your preferred order. Also, you can add shortcuts for any of these modes so that you can open them directly from the Home screen.
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 Effects.
- 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 > Animate.
- Here, you can tap Edit to rearrange the photos sequence and more. When you finish editing, tap Save.
– 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 select 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. Long tap the bottom row buttons for settings
You can see the Back, Forward, Home, Bookmark and Tabs buttons at the bottom of the browser, but do you know you can long tap on them to open their settings?
5. Scroll to the top of webpages 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 a Up Arrow button at the bottom of the browser. Tap it to get the top instantly.
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 Menu button in the upper right corner, select Schedule message, and then set a time and date.
- You should now see a little clock on the Send button. Tap it and your 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 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.
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 > 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 Menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Tap Manage contacts > Default storage location.
- Pick a storage location.
– 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.