8 Galaxy S8 Tips and tricks that will enhance your experience

Sep 28. 2017
8 Galaxy S8 Tips and tricks that will enhance your experience

Want to get the very best out of your Galaxy S8? We have unearthed some tips and tricks that will make your user experience with the device incredible.

When designing Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung went to great lengths to ensure that the UX behind its groundbreaking, bezel-less designs would foster convenient and intuitive interactions. The Galaxy S8 comes with a seamless interface that allows users to navigate the immersive display with ease and take full advantage of its powerful features.

Tip 1: Get to Know the Navigation Bar - The navigation bar houses the Galaxy S8’s Home, Back and Recent buttons and has a few tricks up its sleeve.

After activating the Unlock with Home button feature via Settings > Display > Navigation bar, a hard press of the square Home button from the Always On Display will unlock the device (a swiping motion is not required), while a double-tap will pull up the lock screen. The navigation bar’s settings also allow users to customise the Home button’s sensitivity to avoid unwanted presses.

Tip 2: Take Full Advantage of the Edge Screen - The Edge panels in the Galaxy S8’s Edge screen offers access to apps, news and key functions with a simple swipe of the side of the screen. Users may customise their Edge panel selection and add more apps and shortcuts that work for them.

The Edge screen’s Edge lighting feature adds additional convenience, notifying users of incoming messages by illuminating the Infinity Display’s edges. Users may access the Edge screen’s settings by tapping Settings > Display > Edge screen.


Tip 3: Create Convenient Reminders – The Galaxy S8 enables users to set convenient reminders about interesting websites they need to revisit or to create reminders based on the texts they receive – without navigating away from the page they’re on.

Website: When the URL you’d like to access is already open, simply open your browser’s sharing options and tap on the Reminder icon – this will automatically save it.

Text: In the Messages app, long-press your selected message until the Message options menu appears and choose Send to Reminder. The message will automatically be saved to the Reminder app.

You’ll always have the option of when you’d like to receive the notification. Reminders can also be pinned to the Always On Display, making them visible at all times. To do so, open the Reminder app, tap on the reminder that you would like to display and select Pin to Always On Display.


Tip 4: Power Button and Sensor Shortcuts – These are some great shortcuts you can take with the Galaxy S8:

Capture every MOMENT: Samsung Galaxy S8’s camera launches instantly with a double-press of the power key. The camera’s zoom function is similarly seamless, allowing users to easily zoom in or out by dragging the white shutter button to the right or left.

Use the fingerprint sensor to manage functions: A simple swipe down or up will show or hide the notification panel, while swiping up on the sensor from the Home screen will launch the Samsung Pay app. The function may be found under Settings > Advanced features > Finger sensor gestures.

Politely decline a call: In a meeting and can’t answer the phone? With the Galaxy S8, you can politely decline incoming calls with preset text messages. The Quick Reply feature activates with a two-second touch of the device’s heart-rate sensor and allows users to send a customised response that suits their needs. The function may be found under Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge lighting > More Options > Quick reply.


Tip 5: Step Up Your Screenshot Game – There is more than one way to grab a screenshot. Users have the option to press and hold the ‘volume down’ and power buttons simultaneously, swipe the screen from one side to the other with the side of their palm, or utilise the Galaxy S8’s Smart Select feature, which is found via the Edge screen and allows you to select an area of the display to capture as an image or GIF.

Located under Settings > Advanced features > Smart capture, scroll capture is another useful option that’s designed to help users snap more complete screenshots. The function appears after a screenshot has been taken and allows for all of an app or page’s scrollable content to be included in the image.


Tip 6: Get More Done with Snap Window – The Galaxy S8’s new Snap Window feature allows users to select a portion of the most recently opened app to pin to the top of their screen. Users can keep an eye on a video or the stock market, while using the remainder of the display for another purpose.

Activate the feature by pulling up your recent apps and tapping on the function’s corresponding button.


Tip 7: A Fun Way to Unlock Your Phone – After registering their irises for biometric verification, Galaxy S8 users have the option to select a fun mask or background to display when the security feature is activated.

Available designs may be found under Settings > Lock screen and security > Iris scanner > Preview screen mask.


Tip 8: Sharing Links with Samsung Cloud – Samsung Cloud offers users an effortless means to share large video clips and reams of pictures by creating a URL that lets others access your shared media.

The function maintains full picture quality and supports files of up to 1 GB in size. Users may save up to 2 GB of content per day. After two days, the files are deleted from Samsung’s servers.

To utilise the feature, select the photo or video that you would like to share in the Gallery app, tap Share and choose Link Sharing. The subsequent screen will allow you to select the app you would like to use to send your link.

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