Galaxy S8 Tips and Tricks Hidden FeaturesWant to know how to get the most out of the new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Edge Plus features hidden by Samsung? Let's get started with the Samsung Galaxy S8, and here’s our pick of the most useful, in a handy tips and tricks-style guide.
How to use the Galaxy S8 or S8 Edge with one hand comfortably?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is already a pretty comfortable handset to use with one hand, thanks to its relatively compact 5.8-inch design. If you’re still struggling to operate it without both mitts, or you opted for the super-sized 6.2-inch S8 Edge instead, then check out Samsung’s One Handed Mode.
Galaxy S8 Tips and Tricks
You must read this to familiar controlling the touchscreen n both of the S8 and S8 Plus :
- Do not allow the touchscreen to come into contact with other electrical devices. Electrostatic discharges can cause the touchscreen to malfunction.
- To avoid damaging the touchscreen, do not tap it with anything sharp or apply excessive pressure to it with your fingertips.
- The device may not recognise touch inputs close to the edges of the screen, which are outside of the touch input area.
- Leaving the touchscreen idle for extended periods may result in afterimages (screen burn-in) or ghosting. Turn off the touchscreen when you do not use the device.
- It is recommended to use fingers or the Galaxy S8 S Pen when you use the touchscreen.
- Tapping and holding : Tap and hold an item or the screen for more than 2 seconds to access available options.
- Dragging : To move an item, tap and hold it and drag it to the target position.
- Double-tapping : Double-tap on a webpage or image to zoom in. Double-tap again to return.
- Swiping : Swipe to the left or right on the Home screen or the Apps screen to view other panels. Swipe upwards or downwards to scroll through a webpage or a list of items, such as contacts.
- Spreading and pinching : Spread two fingers apart on a webpage, map, or image to zoom in a part. Pinch to zoom out.
In here you’ll find the One-handed operation setting. In here you’ll find two options: Reduced screen size, which squashes the usable desktop to the bottom portion of the screen when your triple-tap the home button, and ‘One-handed input’ which moves the keyboard to one side of the screen. Enable whichever option you want with a quick tap.
How to fit more shortcuts onto your Galaxy S8's desktops
If you've got loads of favourite apps or widgets and you want to fit more onto your Galaxy S8 home screen or desktops, you can quickly and easily change the display grid size.
- To do this, press and hold your finger on a spare bit of desktop space and then tap the 'Screen grid' option that pops up.
How to free up storage space on your Galaxy S8
Have you downloaded tons of apps or shot reams of 4K video on your new S8 and already run out of space?
Then check out our quick and easy Galaxy S8 Plus manual guide to managing storage on the S8, which also shows you how to quickly expand the available storage with a microSD memory card.
How to get better battery life when gaming with the Galaxy S8
Got S8 battery problems? If your S8 or S8 Edge is almost out of battery life but you’re still desperate to beat your high score on Flappy Bird, then try the Game Launcher’s Save Power mode to preserve your battery dregs. Samsung Galaxt S8 Plus Manual Using Game Launcher
- Open the Game Launcher by tapping the icon in your apps tray, then tap the power modes option beneath the list of available games.
How to record your gameplay on the Galaxy S8 screen record to upload to YouTube
Galaxy S8 Game Launcher can also be used to record any games you play on the Galaxy S8 or S8 Edge, complete with video commentary from yourself. If you’re into shooting Let’s Play videos, record share and upload . Here Samsung S8 Edge Plus Manual Game Launche
- Open S8 Menu, Settings, head into Advanced Features, tap on Games, then toggle on Game Tools, then the next time you’re gaming on your Galaxy S8 edge, you’ll see a floating button in the right-hand corner. Simply press it and you’ll find Screenshot and Record options.
If you want to watch a bit of YouTube as you check your emails, or perform some necessary web research while editing your documents, then the Galaxy S8’s split-screen multi-tasking mode will be your best friend.
- Just tap the Recent Apps button beneath the Galaxy S8’s display and you’ll notice that many of your open apps have an icon that looks like two rectangles, to the left of the cross that closes them.
- Tap this icon on one of the apps you wish to multi-task with and it’ll pop up to fill half of the S8’s screen.
- On the bottom half you’ll see another list of apps. Poke one and it will open in the bottom half.
You can resize the windows by dragging the white circle between the two apps up and down.
How to get rid of the Samsung Upday news widget on the Galaxy S8
Just find a blank bit of desktop space and press and hold your finger on it. The desktop will shrink and you’ll find yourself in the edit mode, where you can add widgets and app shortcuts or change your S8’s wallpaper, for instance.
Flick right until you can see the Upday page. You’ll notice a toggle at the top, which simply reads ‘Upday’. Tap this and the Upday page will disappear. Job done.
How to tweak or disable Samsung’s Always On Display on the Galaxy S8
Another crap Samsung feature on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge is the Always On Display.
This is good in theory, allowing you to quickly check the time and any waiting notifications without powering on the display, thus preserving battery life. However, the lack of notifications from any non-Samsung apps means that you won’t be warned of any waiting Gmail or WhatsApp messages, for instance.
As you’ll therefore end up constantly turning the screen on anyway, you might as well disable the Always On mode to save a bit of battery.
- Just pull down your notifications tab by dragging your finger from the top of the screen.
If you want to keep the Always On display, but wish to tweak the look of it, then head to your Settings and then Display. In here you'll find the 'Always on display' option.
Give this a tap and you can change whether to display the time, your calendar or a pre-selected image (you have a choice of three).
How to disable Quick Charge on the Galaxy S8 to prevent battery overheating, explode and damage
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge support Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging, which means that the S8 phones charge up more quickly when using Samsung’s bundled cable and plug. However, if you usually charge your phone overnight, we’d recommend turning off fast charge to avoid any potential overheating issues or long-term battery damage.
- To turn off Adaptive Fast Charging, head to the S8’s Settings menu and then tap the Battery section and scroll to the bottom.
How to use and disable Samsung's gesture features on the Galaxy S8
Head to the Galaxy S8's Settings and then scroll down to Advanced Features. In here you'll find toggles for all of Samsung's infamous gesture controls, which are still alive and kicking on the S8 (and enabled by default).
- You can capture S8 screenshot by swiping the edge of your hand from right to left across the screen.
More usefully, you can mute your calls by flipping your phone over onto its screen.
How to enable/disable the apps tray on the Galaxy S8
By default, Samsung's customised interface mirrors stock Android in that it keeps all of the app installed on your phone tucked away within the apps tray. Should you want to pin one to one of your home screens it's simply a case of pressing and holding on an app and then dragging and releasing your finger when you're happy with the placement.
Galaxy S8: Galaxy Labs
If you'd rather have every app you've already installed live on a desktop and cut the apps tray out altogether, you also have the option available to you if you deep dive into the settings.
- Open the settings menu, head to 'Advanced features', scroll down to 'Galaxy Labs' and under 'Show all apps on home screen' flip the toggle on to disable the apps drawer or off to re-enable it.
Quick Dial lets you place a call simply by read this Galaxy S8 tutorial :
- Press a long time on the home button saying the name of the contact you want to call.
As with enabling and disabling the apps tray, you can find the toggle to active/deactivate Quick Dial by going to Settings, Advanced features, Galaxy Labs.