Galaxy S10 Tips and Tricks | Top 10May 31, 2019
I have been using the Galaxy S10 since the phone was released. I went to Vodafone and upgraded from my existing S8 on day one. Look, I’m a Google fanboy, but until the Pixel line gets to the build quality of a Samsung flagship, I will always choose a new Galaxy phone.
That been said, when I bought the phone I was told about all of its main features and how it works (I knew them already), but the longer I play with it, the more features I find. Today’s article will be about my Top 10 Galaxy S10 Tips and Tricks to improve the overall usability of your S10.
1. Remap the Bixby Key
I have no idea why Samsung is still working on Bixby, seriously, use Google Assistant and focus your energy elsewhere. That being said, you can change what a double and single press of the Bixby Key will launch. Head to Settings > Advanced Features > Bixby Key. You will then be able to choose whether a double or single tap launches Bixby and one other App shortcut. I chose to go with the double tap, it stops any accidental launches of Bixby. Unfortunately, you can’t fully remove Bixby and replace it with Google Assistant
2. Scan Documents with the Camera
You can throw out your old desktop scanners, Scan documents with the camera on the S10. You just have to have the camera set up correctly. Open the camera app, click on the settings Cog > Scene Optimizer, turn it on > go into scene optimizer > turn on Document Scan. When you scan a document the S10 will reduce all distortion and crop out anything that isn’t the document. This is a really handy feature if you don’t have a scanner or photocopier nearby.
3. Unlock with your face
Samsung already has the best in class under screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone, but, Did you know you can unlock the S10 with your face?. Head to Settings > Biometrics and Security > Face Recognition.
It’s a neat feature that might be able to help if your hands are full and you need to unlock your phone without telling anyone near you your pin. The only problem with it is, it’s not very secure, there are a few videos online of people unlocking their phones with photos. I wouldn’t be using it as my only form of security, but it’s a cool alternative.
4. Smart Pop-Up View
There is a setting that allows Apps that have multi-window support to minimize to a Messenger like, chat head shortcut. This is a clever feature and can serve as easy access to the apps you use most often. Head to Settings > Advanced Features > Smart Pop-Up View. All the apps that are compatible with this feature will be listed, and all you need to do is toggle them on or off.
When apps are minimized, Like Facebook Messenger, a chat head bubble will appear that represents the App. You can move it freely around the display as well.
5. Max Resolution
Did you know?, from the factory the S10 display is set to FHD+ (2280 x 1080), and it looks awesome. But FHD+ is mid-range for what the display can really do. Head to Settings > Display > Screen Resolution > Select WQHD+ (3040 x 1440) and enjoy those pixels.
Samsung most likely set the display to mid-range to conserve battery life, but if you got it, flaunt it. More pixels the better I say.
6. Extra Stability on Videos
The S10 has one of the best cameras in any smartphone today. Capturing video on this phone is amazing and only a few phones out there may be able to best it. But, you can make capturing video even cleaner. The phone uses electronic stabilization in all video modes, but there is a mode called “Super Steady”, this takes the stabilization to another level.
When you open up the camera app and choose video mode, on the left will be a hand icon, press that and you will engage “Super Steady”. If you are moving around and recording simultaneously, this mode will make it seem like you are recording with a gimble, it’s that good.
7. Video Enhancer
The S10 display is crisp and brilliant, and Samsung has created a feature that will enhance video played on the device. Head to Settings > Advanced Features > Video Enhancer. It shows a list of all the Apps that you currently have available that will benefit from this feature.
The phone will automatically enhance the image quality of your videos to enjoy brighter and more vivid colors.
8. Edge Lighting
Edge lighting first appeared in 2014s Galaxy Note Edge. Since then it has been a feature on all curved display Samsung phones. The S10 is no different, you can set up an amazing light show every time you get a notification. Head to Settings > Display > Edge Screen > Edge Lighting. From there you can manage notifications for all apps and customize what sort of edge lighting you want. You can customize the duration, color, and effects.
This feature was first introduced to allow you to place your phone screen down on a surface, on silent, and still be aware when you get notifications.
9. Night Mode
Night mode is my personal favorite. Whenever I can get a chance to rock a dark theme I’m all for it. There are a few benefits of this night mode. It makes the display dimmer at night, and with the OLED display, it can actually save battery life. OLED displays are capable of turning off individual pixels to represent pitch black, Samsung OLED displays are the best at this. To activate Night Mode, simply head to Settings > Display > Night Mode.
10. Bixby Routines
This smart assistant and I aren’t friends, but there is one feature that I am a fan of. Bixby routines are Samsungs version of IFTTT (If this, then that), and it’s super useful. You can set up Bixby so it changes the configuration of your phone based on time, location, or event. For example, if you finish work at 5 pm you can set your phone to automatically switch to do not disturb, open Spotify and set up google maps.
It’s a brilliant feature, one that you can play around with and truly make your phone your own. To set up Bixby Routine, head to Settings > Advanced Settings > Turn on Bixby Routines > Select Bixby Routines. Once you are in, you can add new routines and Samsung has a couple set up to get you started.
Summing It Up – Galaxy S10 Tips and Tricks
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is easily one of the best phones released in 2019. I can’t wait to see what Samsung has planned for its flagships moving forward, if they are anything like the S10, I will be happy.
I hope you learned something new about your phone and enjoyed my Top 10 Galaxy S10 Tips and Tricks. If you have any other Tips and Tricks, comment below and let me know.
Check Out My Recent Article on – The Best Smartphones of 2019, I go over why the S10 is the best Smartphone of 2019 so far.