Samsung has changed the Galaxy S20 series to a change. Rather than offering an inexpensive model to replace the S10e, we’ve had an expansion on the high end with the S20 Ultra, a super spec phone, alongside the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 +.
But there’s a lot to understand: Samsung offers more features than anyone else out of the box, making it easy to overlook or never discover some of the hidden gems. We’ve analyzed the phones to put together a detailed guide to everything your S20 device will do and how to master it.
Samsung Galaxy S20 suggestion: If you’re having trouble finding things, scroll down the quick settings and you’ll find a search option at the top. Just start typing your search query and this will universally search your phone for calendar settings, applications, contacts and appointments. It’s really powerful.You can also start it by opening the app tray and tapping the search bar at the top.
How to turn 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, instead of turning off the device like (almost) any other phone on the planet. To turn off the phone, slide down the quick settings panel and tap the power icon there. Then you can turn off the phone. On that screen there is also a shortcut to the side key settings so you can change the function if you need to.
Tips for Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 +, S20 Ultra home screen
The part of the launcher home screen. It’s where you unlock your phone, the place for app shortcuts and widgets, and it’s where you come back when you’re done doing something in an app. Now compatible with Android 10, you can also choose your browsing style.
Activate Android 10 gesture navigation: By default, the S20 will offer all three Samsung icons for navigation. If you want to switch to Android 10 gestures, open settings> screen> navigation bar. Here you have a choice of buttons or full screen gestures. You can touch “more options” to customize, but with full-screen gestures your phone will allow you to swipe in from one side to back, up from the bottom to go home, just like other Android devices.
Customize the navigation bar: By sticking to the on-screen navigation controls, you can customize the order. Head to settings> display> navigation bar and you can change the order of the buttons.
Edit your home screen: A long press on the wallpaper on any home screen allows you to edit the wallpaper, themes, widgets, pages or additional settings. This area will also allow you to add or remove full screens, so if you want a widget page, this is where you should add it.
Get more on your home screen: You can change the size of the screen grid where your shortcuts and widgets are located, depending on how dense you want the home screen to be. Tap and hold the wallpaper and select “home screen settings.” Select 4×5 to keep things pretty clear, 4×6, 5×5 or 5×6 to stick more. 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 change the size or position of the Google search box.
Customize the status bar: This is the information at the top of the screen. Head to settings> notifications> status bar and you will have some options. You can limit to three notification icons, or you can have all of them. You can also enable or disable the battery percentage.
Let your home page run horizontally: This option will allow the start screen and the application tray, settings, etc., to be displayed horizontally. It is disabled by default, but you can enable it in settings> home screen settings> rotate to landscape mode. Turn it on to get the rotation to landscape, so if you switch from games to watching movies, you don’t have to keep going back to the portrait.
Create a folder: Just drag one app on top of another on the home screen and a folder will be created. To remove an app from a folder, open the folder and hold an app and you will get a pop-up menu that allows you to remove that app. To add applications, drag them to a folder or press the “+” button inside the folder to add applications.
Change the color or name of a folder: 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 background color of the folder, tap the dot in the right corner and select a new color, including fully custom colors.
Delete a folder: If you don’t want a folder anymore, touch and hold, then press delete from home. The folder and shortcuts to the applications will disappear.
Access Samsung Daily from the home screen: On the left of the home screen, Samsung now has something called Samsung Daily, which replaces Bixby Home. You can swipe over to it and it will provide you with news, sports, weather and stuff from Galaxy Store, along with additions of some services you could use like Spotify. You can change what it shows by opening the menu at the top right and selecting the cards you want to see.
Turn off Samsung Daily: If you don’t want Samsung Daily (and we don’t blame you), tap and hold the wallpaper, and you’ll access the home screen controls. Swipe right and the Samsung Daily panel will appear. There is a toggle switch in the upper right corner. If you don’t want the Samsung Daily panel on your home screen, just turn it off. Unfortunately, you can’t change it to something else without changing the launcher.
Change launcher (home screen): You can easily change your phone experience with a different launcher, like Nova, if you want further customization. Just download the launcher from Play Store and install it. When you press the start button, you will be given the option to select a new default launcher. Or head to settings> apps and hit the menu button in the upper right corner. Select “default applications” and then “start application”. You will see your choice of launchers there, pick the one you want. Note: If you’re using Android 10 gesture navigation, this isn’t supported by third-party launchers, so you may need to reuse three-button controls.
Show app suggestions in recent apps: When you tap on the recent apps button, or slowly swipe up if you’re using Android 10 gestures, you’ll get thumbnails of your recent apps pages, but also a line of suggested apps at the bottom. These are based on what the Galaxy S20 thinks it might want based on recently used apps. If you don’t want this, open the menu at the top right of the search bar and disable “suggested apps”.
Pop-up conversations in a separate window: Remember the Facebook chat bosses? Samsung can do that with messaging services on the Galaxy S20, displaying the conversation on a floating button so you can reply without changing apps, as long as the app supports the use of multiple windows. It’s called “smart popup” and you can find it in settings> advanced features> smart popup. You can toggle the apps you want to deploy (we used to use for messaging services) and then you can reply to them in a separate window. It is disabled by default.
Manage your digital assistants on the Galaxy S10
Samsung pushes Bixby as its digital assistant, while as an Android phone you also get the Google Assistant. Install Alexa and that becomes an option, although Samsung will also allow you to access Samsung’s Finder and Internet via the same path as well. Here are all the management options for those virtual assistants.
Access the Google Assistant: A long press on the on-screen virtual start button will open the Google Assistant. Then you can talk to Google and get the full experience as Mountain View intended. This syncs with your Google account from login, so it works with anything Google Assistant has already set up. If you use Android 10 gestures, swipe diagonally from the bottom corner to start the Assistant.
Activate the keyword “Ok Google”: The keyword for Google to respond with your voice only is part of the Google app, but you’ll need to turn it on to respond. Head to the Google app, tap “more” in the lower right corner, settings> voice> voice match> hi Google. Activate the option and whenever there is a voice match linked to your account, it will recognize you speaking and give you voice control of your phone.
Disable Google Assistant / all assistants: If you don’t want the Google Assistant on that home button shortcut, you can eliminate the possibility of starting it there. Head to settings> apps and open the top right menu and select default apps. Then go to “support app” and up to “device support app”. You will now see the option to select “none”. Tap that option and nothing will 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 prefer to launch Alexa on the home button, install the Alexa app, and then, as indicated above, change the default device support app to Alexa, or Bixby Voice if you prefer. That will mean you have access to Alexa or Bixby through the home screen instead of Google. The Alexa keyword will not work.
Launch of Bixby Voice: If you want to use Bixby, press and hold the side button and Bixby will start. You will need to be signed in to a Samsung account to use Bixby. You can also enable the keyword “Hello Bixby”. The easiest way to do this is to start Bixby, swipe up from the bottom, and then open the top right menu. Bixby’s voice settings will appear: tap “voice alarm clock” and you can control your voice. It’s disabled by default, so if you’re not going to use it, leave it off.
Reassign the side button: There is no longer a Bixby button like the latest Galaxy S models, but a single button. Head to Settings> Advanced Features> Side Key. Here you get all the options for that side key, so you can remove Bixby, you can configure it to turn off the phone with a long press, start the camera with a double press or open an application of your choice. Basically you can choose.
Samsung Galaxy S20 quick setup tips and tricks
The quick settings area is part of Android, where you can access the most frequent settings for your device, such as power saving, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modes. It’s a selection of shortcuts that are accessed when you swipe down from the top of the screen on the Samsung phone. Samsung also adds a couple of additional elements here.
Instantly access quick settings and the notification panel from your home screen: Swipe down anywhere on the home screen and the notification panel will slide down, which means you don’t have to stretch to the top of the page, swipe down again and you’ll get quick settings, really useful in Galaxy S20 + and S20 largest Ultra phones. It is disabled by default, to enable it, touch and hold the wallpaper and select “home screen settings”, then “swipe down to access the notification panel”.
Edit quick settings: To change the shortcuts you see when you swipe down notifications, swipe down twice to see the entire grid, open the menu by tapping the three dots, and select “button order”. You will be shown the full list of options on all pages. You can drag to reorder or delete shortcuts that you don’t need. Better advice: Only the first six apps are shown in the compact view at the top, so make them your first setup 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 will instantly jump to the full setup menu. It is really useful for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and power saving options.
Access connected devices in the quick settings panel: By default, you will find that connected devices and media are also displayed in the Quick Settings panel. This means you can swipe down and touch to access the music you are playing or the speakers it is connected to. The device option covers direct connections as well as SmartThings, so if you are a smart home user this is a way to get directly to those devices. You may find that you don’t need or need that option, so you can disable it by opening Quick Settings and tapping the menu in the upper right corner. Then tap “quick panel layout” and uncheck “show media and devices” to remove it.
Quickly adjust the screen brightness: Samsung allows you to access the brightness through the quick settings panel, just slide it down and you will see the slider. If you want to adjust the automatic brightness, press the down arrow on the right end of the slider and it will take you directly to that setting, where you can enable or disable it.
Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 + app tips
The app tray is part of the launcher on your phone and is the area where your app shortcuts live.
Show all apps on the home screen: This is a popular option for some. If you want to delete the app tray, touch and hold the home screen and tap “home screen settings”. Then select “home screen layout” and you will see two options, “home screen only” or “home screen and app screen”. The first one removes the app tray completely, like the iPhone.
Add or remove a button from the application tray: By default, there is no app tray button and it opens the app tray with a swipe. If you want the button to return to the home screen settings as above and select “apps button”. Here you can enable or disable it.
Slide to show or hide the app tray: As stated above, the Galaxy S20 allows you to view the app tray by sliding your finger up. The application pages scroll left and right. If you want to go back to the home page, you don’t need to press the home button, you can just swipe up again and the app tray will disappear.
Change the size of the app screen grid: Like the home screen, you can change the density of apps in the app tray / page. As stated above, go to the home screen settings and you will see the option for “app screen grid” with up to 5×6. The latter will include more applications.
Alphabetize your applications: In the app tray, tap the menu in the upper right corner, then “sort”. This will give you the option to have an alphabetical order. Just touch that option and everything will fall into place.
Reorder apps: Press the menu button in the upper right corner, then tap “order.” This time, select “custom order”. Now you can drag the applications to the position where you want them.
Create an application tray folder: You can have a folder for apps, either in custom or alphabetical order. Just tap and hold an app icon and drag it over another and a folder will be created. Then you can edit the name and color as you like.
Search all your phone with Finder: At the top of the apps screen is a search bar for Finder. This will return search results for apps you’ve installed, but you can also search for content in apps such as Netflix, Play Store, messages, reminders, calendar, and more. Tap the Finder bar on the app tray, then press the menu button on the right and then “manage apps” and you can choose where to search.
Manage the applications Finder is looking for: If Finder returns information you don’t want, you can disable some of the applications it accesses. Open the application tray and touch the top right menu. Then select Finder Settings> choose apps to search. This will allow you to disable applications for which you do not want results.
Let Finder give you app suggestions: When you tap the Finder at the top of the app tray, you’ll immediately receive suggestions based on recent apps you’ve used. If you don’t want this, go to the Finder settings as above, and you can disable it in “Show suggested apps”.
Uninstall apps: You can uninstall directly from the icon of an application. Just press and hold the app and a pop-up menu will give you the option to uninstall an app. If it’s a core app (that you can’t uninstall), the same option will allow you to disable an app.
Add apps to your home screen: Press and hold the app shortcut in the app tray. This will allow you to 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 the home screen: Head over to the home screen settings (touch and hold the wallpaper) and you’ll find the option to “add apps to the home screen.” Please disable it, otherwise all apps you install will be added to your home screen. Or turn it on, if that’s what you want.
Change the default app: Android allows you to decide which is the default application if you have more than one that does the same. In settings> apps, press the menu button in the upper right corner and then “default apps”. Here you can see what has been selected as the default browser, calling app, messaging app, and home screen. The first application that opens for a particular task selects other defaults.
Control app permissions: Android allows you to manage all the permissions for each application individually. Go to settings> apps and select the app you want, then press Permissions. This will allow you to enable and disable permissions, so you can disable location or access to contacts, for example.
Samsung Galaxy S20 lock screen and always on screen
The lock screen is what you see when your phone is locked. It really breaks down into two parts, one when the screen is off, where the “always on screen” can give you information, or the proper lock screen where the screen is fully on, but you can’t access the device.
Always turn on the screen: To make the screen show “always on” information, go to the lock screen> always on screen and turn it on; it is disabled by default. This shows when the phone screen is on standby, that is, when the screen is off. You can choose to have it appear on a schedule, it might only show when it’s on your desktop, or it might show at all times or when you touch your phone. Remember, it consumes battery.
Change the style of the always-on watch: There is a range of different clock types for the always-on S10 display. Head to settings> lock screen> clock style. Here you can change the clock for both the always-on screen and the lock screen. You can also change the colors, 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 screen: FaceWidgets is the name that Samsung uses for other information on your lock screen or always-on screen. You will probably have a music controller there by default, but if you don’t have it go to settings> lock screen> FaceWidgets. Here you will find all the options to activate and deactivate, including Bixby routines, weather, alarms and schedules.
Change the brightness of the always-on screen: This is tied to auto brightness on your phone, however you can manually override it to set the brightness yourself. Head to settings> lock screen> always-on screen. Within this menu you will see “automatic brightness”. Turn this off and you can set the brightness yourself. You can also change the brightness manually by tapping the always-on screen once it is displayed.
Change lock screen shortcuts: You can have two shortcuts on the lock screen for quick access (only the lock screen, not the always-on screen). These are the default phone and camera, but they can be whatever you want. Head to settings> lock screen> shortcuts. Here you can select the left and right shortcuts, or disable them entirely.
Disable / enable screen lock notifications: If you don’t want to receive notifications on the lock screen, head to settings> lock screen> notifications. This allows you to hide content, only show app icons, or disable notifications entirely. Conversely, if you want content notifications, don’t select hide.
Change the appearance of lock screen notifications: Not only can you change the information displayed on the lock screen, but you can also change how it appears. Head to settings> lock screen> notifications and you can change the transparency of the lock screen notifications. You can also invert the text to make it stand out more in the background.
Show a roaming clock on the lock screen: One of the best features of phones is that it automatically changes to local time, but a mobile watch can show you your home time zone. Head to settings> lock screen> roaming clock. You can also choose where your local time zone is.
Unlocking and security of Samsung Galaxy S20 series
Security is still as important as ever, with Samsung offering a range of unlock options.
Top safety tip: Biometric data is not foolproof, because when they fail, your device goes back to PIN or password to unlock. Therefore, your device is as secure as the password or PIN you use, as anyone trying to enter your phone can always choose to go directly to these unlock methods. Biometrics is there for convenience, not security.
Enable fingerprint or facial security: To use your fingerprint or face to unlock, head to settings> biometrics and security. Here you can register your face or fingerprints. You will need to set a backup PIN or password at the same time to provide additional security. Better advice: If you use fingerprints, register your fingers on each hand so you can unlock it no matter how you hold your phone.
Touch the screen to show the location of the fingerprint scanner: You can make the fingerprint icon light up by tapping the phone, so you know where to unlock it. Go to settings> biometrics and security> fingerprints. Touch your PIN or password, then go to “show icon when screen is off”. Then you can choose to touch the screen and the fingerprint icon will appear prompting you to press.
Instant lock: When you press the wait button, you want your phone to lock instantly. Head to settings> lock screen> secure lock settings. There is an option to lock the device as soon as the screen turns off or when you press the standby button. If you want a delay, there are many time options.
Smart Lock / Unlock Bluetooth: Again in settings> lock screen> there is the Smart Lock section. This is a standard Android feature and you have the option to nominate reliable devices, so your Android will be unlocked when connected to something else. You can nominate Bluetooth devices (such as your smart watch or car), location, trusted voice, etc. Bonus tip: This is basically one of the only places in Samsung’s unique user interface where you go back to stock Android images!
Automatically clean your device: If you are concerned that your phone will fall into the wrong hands and crack, you can have it cleaned automatically. Head to settings> lock screen> secure lock settings. Here you will find the option of automatic factory reset if 15 unsuccessful unlocking attempts are made.
Network lock and security features: 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 is stolen. However, it also means that you must unlock your phone to activate flight mode. Head to settings> lock screen and security> secure lock settings to find the option to enable or disable it.
Encrypt your SD card: If you don’t want people to spy on your SD card if they take it out of your phone, you can encrypt it. Then it can only be read on your unlocked phone. Head to settings> biometrics and security> encrypt the SD card and you can get all the details.
Keep your files and apps private in the safe folder: If you are concerned about people accessing your phone and finding things they shouldn’t, you can use the Secure Folder. This sets up another layer of security, then you can add files, images, and apps that you want to keep hidden, ranging from personal photos to business documents. You can also add second versions of applications that you want securely and privately. It’s in settings> biometrics and security> secure folder.
Tips for the display of the Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung is now on its second generation of Infinity-O displays and in the Galaxy S20 series there is now the 120Hz option.
Activate 120Hz mode: There is the option for 120Hz or 60Hz on the S20. Head to settings> display> smoothness of motion. This will allow you to choose, with 120Hz in order to smooth things over. It’s only available in Full HD + resolution (also the default), but it will also use longer battery life than sticking with 60Hz.
Change the screen resolution: “Quad HD +” they say, but the default is “Full HD +”. You can select the resolution you want for the screen in settings> screen> screen resolution. A lower resolution can save your battery.
Activate dark mode: This has been on Samsung phones for a while, but is much more widespread and is now a native Android feature. Just open the settings menu and head to the screen. It’s the first thing you’ll see at the top of the page, but you can tap “dark mode settings” and you can set dark mode to activate at sunset.
Change screen colors: Head to settings> display mode and you will have the option to change the appearance of the display. The default is vivid with the option to make it natural. Inside Vivid you can change the color temperature and RGB settings if you want.
Turn on the video enhancer: Hay un potenciador de video oculto en el S20 que tiene como objetivo impulsar los videos. Funciona con una variedad de aplicaciones, incluidas Netflix, Play Movies, Prime Video y YouTube. Dirígete a configuración> funciones avanzadas> potenciador de video para activarlo o desactivarlo según tus preferencias.
Encienda el filtro de luz azul: Esto cambia el color de la pantalla para reducir la luz azul, evitar la fatiga visual y ayudarlo a dormir mejor, en teoría. Dirígete a configuración> pantalla> filtro de luz azul para cambiar los tiempos y la intensidad del efecto.
Hide the front camera: Si no le gusta la cámara en la parte delantera, puede ocultarla en una pancarta oscura. Significa que su teléfono tendrá un bisel superior más grande. Dirígete a configuración> pantalla> aplicaciones de pantalla completa. Abra el menú para revelar la configuración avanzada. Aquí encontrará una opción de alternar para ocultar la cámara frontal, si le molesta.
Modo con una mano: Dirígete a Configuración> Funciones avanzadas> Modo con una mano y encontrarás la opción de un botón o gesto para habilitar el modo con una sola mano. Esto debe activarse, pero reducirá la pantalla para brindarle un acceso más fácil a las cosas más cercanas a la parte superior, ideal para manos pequeñas en teléfonos grandes. Una vez en el modo con una sola mano, puede cambiar de izquierda a derecha tocando las flechas. Para salir del modo con una sola mano, solo toque el área negra.
Consejos y trucos de notificaciones de la serie Samsung Galaxy S20
A Samsung le gusta notificarte todo el tiempo, por lo que controlar esas notificaciones y hacer que hagan lo que quieres es una gran parte de vivir con un teléfono moderno. Samsung a menudo reemplazará todas las notificaciones con su propio sonido y vibración, por lo que hay mucho por hacer. Hemos cubierto algunas notificaciones en la sección de la pantalla de bloqueo anterior, pero así es cómo controlar todos esos pitidos y zumbidos.
Para desactivar las notificaciones de una aplicación: Vaya a configuración> notificaciones y verá una sección de “enviado recientemente”. Toca “ver todo” y obtendrás opciones fáciles de alternar para todas las aplicaciones en tu teléfono. Aquí puede apagarlos por completo o tocar para controlar notificaciones específicas.
Mostrar insignias de íconos de aplicaciones: Las insignias de iconos son una característica de Android, lo que permite que cada aplicación le muestre cuántas notificaciones tiene. Samsung aplica esto en todo el dispositivo. Dirígete a configuración> notificaciones> insignias de íconos de aplicaciones. Puede activar o desactivar las opciones, o tocar para cambiar el estilo (números o sin números). Si toca una aplicación en su lugar, puede desactivar los puntos para una aplicación específica.
Vea las notificaciones de su aplicación con una pulsación larga en un acceso directo de la aplicación: Esta es una extensión bastante avanzada de las insignias de iconos. Puede mantener presionado el ícono de una aplicación que muestra una insignia y las notificaciones se mostrarán en un menú emergente. Dirígete a configuración> notificaciones> insignias de íconos de aplicaciones y encontrarás esta opción en la parte inferior de la página en “notificaciones en íconos de aplicaciones”.
Desactiva una notificación que hayas recibido: Esta es una característica estándar de Android, pero es realmente útil. Si recibe una notificación de cualquier aplicación y nunca quiere volver a verla, deslice lentamente la notificación hacia la derecha y verá un engranaje de configuración. Toca eso y verás la opción de desactivar las notificaciones para esa aplicación.
Controles de volumen Samsung Galaxy S20, sonido y no molestar
Aprender a dominar no molestar es una habilidad clave de Android. Puede obtener las notificaciones que desee cuando las desee, puede silenciar su teléfono cuando lo desee sin necesidad de un control deslizante mecánico, pero aún así dejar pasar esas notificaciones vitales. En el Galaxy S20 tienes cinco controles deslizantes de volumen. Así es, cinco: tono de llamada, medios, notificaciones, sistema, voz Bixby.
Active el subtítulo en vivo para todo: Live caption es una oferta de todo el sistema que le dará subtítulos para aplicaciones de video. Se esconde en los controles de volumen. Simplemente toque el volumen hacia arriba o hacia abajo y cuando aparezca el control deslizante, toque la flecha desplegable. Esto mostrará todos sus controles de volumen, pero al final de la lista verá la opción para activar los subtítulos en vivo.
Ignorar la alternancia de volumen de medios: Dentro de la configuración de volumen (deslice hacia abajo el volumen o en configuración> sonidos y vibraciones) encontrará la opción de usar las teclas de volumen para los medios. Esto está desactivado de manera predeterminada, pero si lo activa, cuando presiona los botones de volumen, solo se mueve el volumen de medios. Déjelo apagado y controla el volumen del timbre, pero cambia al volumen de medios cuando tiene reproducción de medios, por ejemplo en Netflix o Spotify.
Cambia los niveles de vibración para todo: Dirígete a configuración> sonidos y vibración> intensidad de vibración y puedes cambiar los niveles de vibración para llamadas, notificaciones y toque.
Cambie rápidamente a alertas de vibración: Si desea silencio, pero aún después de las alertas de vibración, presione el botón de volumen y toque el icono del altavoz en la ventana emergente. Esto cambiará a vibrar. O puede mantener presionado el botón de volumen para que se deslice completamente hacia abajo para vibrar.
Configure su teléfono en silencio: Los controles de volumen normales solo van a vibrar. Para silenciar su teléfono, deslícese hacia abajo a la configuración rápida y toque el atajo de sonido. Esto alternará entre sonido / vibración / silencio. Recuerde volver a activar el sonido, o perderá todas sus llamadas y mensajes, o use no molestar en su lugar.
Apague el ruido de carga, el ruido de desbloqueo, los sonidos del teclado: Samsung haría que su Galaxy emitiera un pitido y vibre en cada acción y toque. Dirígete a configuración> sonido y vibración> sonido del sistema / control de vibración y encontrarás todas las opciones para desactivar estas cosas. Hazlo por favor.
Habilitar y controlar Dolby Atmos: Esto se puede activar en configuraciones rápidas o ir a configuraciones> sonidos y vibraciones> calidad de sonido y efectos. Dentro de la sección Dolby Atmos tiene la opción de auto, película, música o voz como opciones individuales para mejorar el audio. También existe la opción de que Atmos se encienda automáticamente cuando comienzas un juego.
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: 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.
Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ screenshot
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 Twitter, 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. But they also burn through them pretty quickly. Here’s how to get the most fro 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.