Use your Galaxy foldable phone when it's opened or closed

Woman using the Galaxy Fold to video chat friends

There wasn't much you could do on a flip phone's front screen - if it even had one. Once your phone was closed, that was it. But that isn't the case with the Galaxy Fold, Z Fold2, Z Flip, or Z Flip 5G. You can access certain apps on their front screen and main screens for easy access and multitasking. On the Z Flip, you can even use apps when the phone is partially folded!

Note: You may notice a crease at the center of the main screen. This is a natural characteristic of the phone.

Use apps flexed

On the Z Flip series and Z Fold2, you can use apps when the phone is partially closed. In other words, when it’s “flexed.” Just prop up your foldable phone on a flat surface and use apps that are compatible with Flex mode. For example, you can use Google Duo to video chat with family when your hands are full. Or, open the Camera app, set a timer, and pose for a selfie that you normally couldn't do when holding a phone.

When you're folding your phone, you can use Camera, Video calling, Gallery, Video player, Clock, Calendar, YouTube, and Google Duo.

Hands free selfie mode on a table

Note: Flex mode is not available on the original Galaxy Fold.

Use your Z Flip while it's closed

The front screen on the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Flip 5G is called the Cover screen, and it lets you view notifications, battery life, and other information like the time – all while the phone is closed. You can even send messages, answer phone calls, and take selfies from the Cover screen. While the Z Flip is closed, just use one of the simple command gestures, like double pressing the Side key to open the Camera app. You don't even have to open your phone to use Samsung Pay.

Use apps folded or unfolded on your Fold

If you have an app open on your Fold's front screen, it will continue working when you unfold to the main screen. But things work a little differently when you close your phone. By default, the front screen will turn off, but you can customize this setting to make your Galaxy Fold work for you. For example, you can use Samsung Pay when the screen is folded!

  1. Navigate to and open Settings. Tap Display, and then tap Continue apps on cover screen.

  2. From here, tap the switch next to your desired apps.

  3. The apps you choose will stay open when you close your phone, and you can continue using them on the front screen.

  4. Any apps you don't select will automatically close when you fold your phone.

App continuity settings screen on the Fold

Note: Right now, App Continuity only works with select apps; however, the number of compatible apps will increase with time.

Set up security for both screens on your Fold

The front and main screens are two parts of the same whole. So, when you apply security to your phone, the same Lock screen will appear on both screens.

Setting up a Lock screen on the Galaxy Fold is the same as on any other phone. The only difference is that you may need to enter the Lock screen PIN or scan your fingerprint more than once when you open and close the phone, depending on how you set everything up.

Screen lock type settings on the Fold

Add apps to both Home screens on your Fold

To make your Fold phone easier to use, first you'll want to add your favorite apps to the front and main screen's Home screen.

For example, you can add a message app to the front screen for quick access when the phone's folded. Or you can add a reading or movie app to the main screen since you'll get a better viewing experience when the phone is unfolded.

However, when you add an app to a Home screen on one screen, you'll need to add it to the other as well. An app won't automatically show up on both screens unless you add it to both. Just touch and hold your desired app, and then tap Add to Home. The process is the same for both screens.

Option to add YouTube app to the Home screen

Other Home screen settings on your Fold

There are other ways you can customize the two Home screens on your Fold series phone. You can change the screen's layout, prevent apps from moving around, hide apps you don't want seen, and more.

To do this, navigate to and open Settings. Tap Display, and then tap Home screen. Here you can view the available Home screen settings. But please be aware that these settings may only apply to one screen:

Home screen settings menu for the Fold
  • Home screen layout: Make your phone display a Home screen and a traditional Apps screen, or make it display just a Home screen, where you can swipe left to access your apps.

  • Home screen grid or Apps screen grid: Adjust the layout and number of apps displayed on the Home screen or the Apps screen. This only applies to the main screen.

  • Lock Home screen layout: Prevent items on the Home screen from being removed or rearranged. This applies to both the front and main screens.

  • Add apps to Home screen: Automatically add newly downloaded apps to the Home screen. This applies to both the front and main screens.

  • Quick-open notification panel: Swipe down to open the notification panel from the Home screen. This applies to both the front and main screens.

  • Hide apps: Hide apps you don't want displayed on the Home screen or the Apps screen. This applies to both the front and main screens.

  • Rotate to landscape mode: Allow the main screen to rotate automatically when your phone is held sideways. This only applies to the main screen. The front screen will not automatically rotate.

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