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10 Settings You Must Change on Samsung Galaxy Note 9



  note 9 in hand
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Have you divorced the plastic of the shiny new Galaxy Note 9 yet? When you start configuring your new Samsung smartphone, we have rounded 10 settings you might want to customize to get the best experience.

You can check out our Galaxy Note 9 review for our views, and check out our best-in-one 9 case cases to add some protection on the entire glass phone.

Get the Best Screen Resolution

Out of box, your Galaxy Note 9 will not have the maximum screen resolution turned on by default. Why? Samsung said it's to save battery life and the screen still looks good at 2,220 x 1

,080 resolution. But you bought the best big screen smartphone, so of course you want a resolution that fits the phone's 6.4-inch display. Go to Settings by opening the App Tray and find the Settings icon, or swipe down on the notification tray and touch the gear icon in the upper right. Touch Display> Screen Resolution and drag the slider to a maximum of 2,960 x 1,440 pixel resolution. You can even set the resolution to a bad 1.480 x 720 pixels if you really want to save on battery life.

Change navigation bar

If you come from another Android phone, whether it's a LG or Google device, you can find Samsung's navigation button layout strange. Most Android devices use a Back / Home / Recents layout, but Samsung has long chosen the latest system / home / back system. Fortunately, Samsung allows you to change it. Go to Settings > Display> Navigation Bar> Button Setup and press Back / Home / Repeat to select the traditional Android setup. Here you can also change the color of the navigation bar, add a button to hide the navigation bar for a full screen app experience, or customize the pressure level needed to use the home button from the lock screen.

Customize S Pen

S Pen is more useful than ever before on note 9, mainly because it now comes with Bluetooth equipment. That means you can use it as a remote control to control features on your smartphone. By default, you hold the S-pen button opened the camera – press it once to get a photo and press it twice to switch between the back or front camera. If you are not much of a photographer, you can change the default app. Switch to Settings> Advanced Features> S Pen> S Pen Remote>> and press Hold the pen key. You can technically choose any app, but the single and double-click buttons do not work – only a few apps support them, such as Chrome or the Gallery app. Alternatively, you can choose to use the button to trigger S Pen features such as Create Note, Live Messages, Magnify or Translate.

If you return to the general S Pen settings page, there are more Options to adjust so you can customize your experience a little more.

Enable Advanced Features like Smart Stay, Finger Sensor Gestures, SOS Messages

The page you are already in Advanced Features We recommend that you take a look at some other alternatives you can switch as gives some convenience. Smart Stay, for example, is a feature that has been around for Samsung phones for quite a while, and it will keep the screen on as long as it recognizes you're still staring at it. Touch the swap icon for it in Settings> Advanced Features> Smart Stay . You should also switch on Finger Sensor Gestures that lets you swipe your finger down on the rear fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification tray (or open Samsung Pay). This setting is a few options during Smart Stay. There is also Video Amplifier to switch further below, which will make the videos look better and Send SOS messages allows you to press the power key three times to send a SOS notice to the family or friends.

If you love using shared screen mode, you can customize this by pressing Multi-Window> Use Repeat Button . This will now turn on screen mode when you press and hold the Sender button.

Hide apps in the App Tray

Is the App Tray a little too messy for you? If there are apps you do not use and can not uninstall, you can hide them from appearing here by opening App Tray Touch the three vertical points in the upper right and touch Home screen settings > Hide apps . Just select the apps you want to hide and press Apply.

Back in the Home Screen Settings you can hide the App Tray completely and just add all your apps to the Home screen by changing Home screen, or adding a Apps button to the dock if you do not want to sweep up the App Tray.

Turn off Bixby Home

Currently there's no way to easily turn on or off the Bixby button on Galaxy Note 9. You can turn off Bixby Home, but it's the screen on the left side of the home screen. Bixby Home will provide contextually relevant maps to make the smartphone even more useful, but if you do not find it very useful, you might as well get rid of it. Simply tap and hold anywhere on the home screen, then move left and turn on the Bixby Home switch. It is here that you can also access wallpapers, themes, widgets and home screen settings.

Use Volume Keys for Media, Exchanging System Sounds

If you often leave your smartphone silent or vibrate, you may be able to make sure that the volume buttons focus on controlling audio from the media. You can change this by going to Settings> Sounds and Vibrations and Togglling on Use Media Volume Keys . Now, whatever you press the volume buttons, it will increase or decrease the media volume by default.

Samsung also leaves many system sounds by default, for example, when you touch items on the screen when you dial the keyboard, or enter the keyboard. You can customize exactly what you want sound turned on and what you want to turn off. It's in the same Settings> Sounds and Vibration See Only under System and Key Press Feedback . One more thing – if you have headphones that support Dolby Atmos, you can turn it on here too; just scroll all the way to the bottom, press Sound quality and effects, and switch on Dolby Atmos.

Make the edge panel transparent

As useful as the edge panel, the handle on the edge of the home screen may look a little bit ugly. Fortunately, there's a way to hide it without compromising all the features that Edge Panel offers. Push the panel out of the edge of the screen and press the gear icon in the bottom left. Next. Touch the three vertical points in the upper right and go to Edge Panel Handle . Here. You can choose to set the edge panel on the left or right edge of the screen, and you can increase the size and transparency of your taste. We have put our transparency to the highest and maximum size so that sweep from the edge will still expel the panel, which will now be hidden.

See all your alerts, schedule the blue light filter

By default, you'll see only three of the latest alert icons in the status bar at the top of the phone screen. To see all the notification icons from all your notifications, go to Settings> Display> Status Bar> and turn off View only the latest announcements . Now your status bar will be filled with more than three alert icons when you have many alerts.

In the same Display section you should also consider planning the blue light filter to protect your eyes. Studies have shown that blue light from monitors at night can be harmful to sleep and health, and blue light filters try to reduce this by reducing the amount of blue light on the displays. Switch to Display> Blue Light Filter to turn it on. You can schedule it to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise, or you can create a custom schedule. You can quickly turn the filter on or off using the Quick Setup tab in the notification tray.

Customize the lock screen clock

Did you know that you can change the look of the clock on the lock screen and always on display? Switch to Settings> Lock screen and make sure that Always on screen is turned on. Then tap Clock Format and you will see two tabs at the top – one forever on the screen and the other for the lock screen. At the bottom there are several options to choose from and when you select one, you can tap the Color tab at the bottom right to fine-tune the colors of the clock. When done, touch Done at the top right.






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