10 Samsung Galaxy features you should be using

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Justin Duino / How-To Geek

Samsung Galaxy phones are known to have tons of features whether you like it or not. This means that there is a very good chance that there are some nifty things you don’t know about. Let’s fix it.

Cancel typing with a gesture

Undo and redo gesture.

You probably often undo typing with the Ctrl/Command+Z shortcut on your PC. The iPhone also has a nifty undo gesture. Did you know that Samsung Galaxy phones have one too?

The default Samsung keyboard has an undo gesture if you turn off swipe typing. In this context, “Undo” will remove the last words typed, not individual characters. Simply swipe two fingers across the keyboard in either direction to undo or redo.

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Supercharged with a good lock

Good lock logo.

Perhaps the best way to personalize your Galaxy phone is with Samsung’s “Good Lock” app. Don’t let the name fool you, the app is much, much more than just your lock screen.

“Good Lock” is a suite of modules that add extra functionality and customization to many different parts of your phone. You can customize the appearance of notifications, create clocks, change multitasking screen, navigation bar, sound, lock screen and more.

It’s really nice that Samsung offers Good Lock. No other smartphone maker offers this level of customization. It’s there if you want it, but not in your face if you don’t.

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Watch videos in better quality

There is a good chance that you have a Samsung phone because of its beautiful display. So why not make videos look good on it? This is where the “Video Enhancer” feature comes into play.

With Video Enhancer enabled, your phone will brighten the screen and make the colors more vibrant whenever you watch a video. You don’t have to manually increase the brightness and you can decide which apps to apply it to.

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Match the theme to your wallpaper

Color palettes.

Samsung Galaxy devices have had themes for a long time, but they got color palettes with Android 12. The colors are taken from the wallpaper and applied to different areas of the phone.

Colors appear in Quick Settings, notification shade background color, and colors in system apps. A theme can dramatically change the look of your phone, but the color palette is a more subtle approach, plus it changes with the wallpaper.

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Quick access to app shortcuts

Swipe on the panel to switch between panels.

Getting things done fast on your phone is a big deal, so why not put your favorite stuff close at hand? “Edge Panels” is a sidebar that slides out from the side of the screen. Common use is for app shortcuts, but it can do a lot more.

Borders can include contacts, weather, reminders, tools, and even your notes. There are other Edge Panels available in the Galaxy Store as well. It’s a handy feature to have all the stuff you use a lot at your fingertips.

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Custom lock screen shortcuts

Samsung lock screen shortcuts

The lock screen is often the first thing you see when using your Galaxy phone. By default, there are a couple of shortcuts: the phone and the camera. You can change them to as many apps as you like.

Shortcuts appear in the lower left and right corners. You can drag the icon towards the center of the screen to open the app even if the phone is still locked. However, you or anyone else won’t be able to do anything else.

RELATED: How to customize Samsung Galaxy lock screen shortcuts

Music apps in Quick Settings

Audio app shortcuts.

There’s a good chance that listening to music and podcasts is a big part of how you use your Samsung phone. You should know that you can easily put them at your fingertips in the Quick Settings panel.

Galaxy phones have a “Media Output” menu for changing where the audio should play from. However, this menu can also be used for app shortcuts. You can select your favorite media apps and have them all in one place.

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Make the shutter button easier to reach

Move the shutter button.

There’s no mystery that Samsung makes very large phones. You may find it difficult to reach certain things on the screen. This can be especially true when trying to hold the phone and take a picture.

The Samsung camera app has the ability to use a “floating” shutter button. All of this means that you can move the shutter button anywhere on the screen. No matter how you hold your phone for that selfie, you can reach for it.

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Clone apps with Secure Folder

Hero of cloned apps

“Secure Folder” may be the most used Samsung Galaxy feature. People assume it’s just for work or hiding sensitive photos, but it’s so much more. You can use it to have multiple instances of the same app on your phone.

Secure Folder is essentially a separate sandbox environment from the rest of your phone. Any apps you place in it are duplicates that share nothing with apps outside the folder. Non-Samsung phones have more complicated ways to do this.

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Flip the phone for silent calls

Turn on the switch.

While you can’t and shouldn’t slam your Galaxy phone to end a call, you can do something a little more subtle, but still satisfying.

This is a feature on many Android phones and Samsung includes it on theirs as well. After enabling the option in the settings, you can simply flip the phone over on the screen to silence the call. It also works for alarms.

RELATED: How to mute calls by flipping your android phone

The downside to having a full featured boat is that they are often not easy to find. Hopefully, with this list, you’ve found some new tips and tricks to get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy phone.

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