Samsung Galaxy smartphones are notorious for having tons of features. That means there’s a very good chance there are certain unique things you don’t know about.

Undo typing with a gesture

You probably undo typing with the Ctrl/Command+Z shortcut on your PC a lot. The iPhone also has a nifty undo gesture. Did you know Samsung Galaxy phones have one too? The default Samsung Keyboard has an undo gesture if you turn off swipe typing. In this context, “Undo” will remove the last few words you typed, not the individual characters. Simply swipe two fingers across the keyboard in either direction to undo or redo.

Watch videos in better quality

There’s a pretty good chance you got a Samsung phone because of its beautiful display. So why not make videos look as good as they can on it? That’s where the “Video Enhancer” feature comes in. With Video Enhancer enabled, your phone will increase the screen brightness and make colours more vibrant whenever you’re watching a video. You don’t have to manually turn up the brightness yourself and you can decide which apps it applies to.

Supercharge with a good lock

Perhaps the biggest way you can customize your Galaxy phone is with Samsung’s “Good Lock” app. Don’t let the name fool you, the app is for much, much more than just the lock screen. Good Lock is a suite of modules that add extra functionality and customization to many different parts of your phone. You can customize how notifications look, make clocks, tweak the multitasking screen, navigation bar, sound, lock screen, and more. It’s really cool that Samsung offers Good Lock. No other smartphone makers offer this level of customization. It’s there if you want it, but not in your face if you don’t.

Match the theme to your wallpaper

Samsung Galaxy devices have had themes for a long time, but they gained colour palettes with Android 12. The colours are picked out from your wallpaper and applied to different areas of the phone. The colours show up in the Quick Settings, the background colour of the notification shade, and colours in system apps. A theme can dramatically change the look of your phone, but the colour palette is a more subtle approach, plus it changes with your wallpaper.

Quick access to app shortcuts

Getting things done quickly on your phone is a big deal, so why not put your favourite stuff within quick reach? “Edge Panels” is a sidebar that slides out from the side of the screen. The common use is for app shortcuts, but it can do much more than that. Edge Panels can include contacts, weather, reminders, tools, and even your clipboard. There are more Edge Panels available from the Galaxy Store as well. It’s a handy feature to have all the stuff you use a lot just a swipe away.

Flip the phone to silent calls

While you can’t—and shouldn’t—slam your Galaxy phone down to hang up a call, you can do something a little more subtle, but still satisfying. This is a feature on a lot of Android phones and Samsung includes it on theirs as well. Once you enable the option in the settings, you can simply flip your phone onto its screen to silence the call. It also works for alarms. The downside to having a boat load of features is they’re often not easy to find. Hopefully, with this list, you found some new tips and tricks to get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Musa Suleiman
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