Samsung's Android version has 5 great features you won't find anywhere else

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When you pick up an Android phone, the software experience will vary depending on the manufacturer. Everybody adds their own twist to the Android operating system, even though Google makes it all the basics.

On Google's Pixel phones, for example, you get exclusive features like call screening from Google Assistant and a Now Playing widget for identifying songs playing in the background. It's also true for Samsung phones, which run a modified version of Android called OneUI. These are some of the most useful features you won't find on other phones if you own a Samsung handset.

You can hide apps you don't use

If you have a lot of unused apps on your screen, you'll have a hard time finding the apps you want. That makes your interface cluttered and increases the time it takes to find the ones you want. Although uninstalling apps is always an option, you might not want to go that far. Additionally, you can't uninstall certain fundamental preinstalled apps from Samsung and Google, which means you're stuck with them.

There is a solution in Samsung's OneUI, which allows you to hide apps. There are still apps on your phone, but they don't show up in searches, app drawers, or home screens. It is necessary to unhide them in order to bring them back.

You can hide apps by opening up the app drawer, tapping the three dots at the top right, and then choosing Settings. From the list of apps, you can hide or unhide any app you have installed on your phone. Your hidden apps are grouped together at the top.

Get Your Device Optimized

In the Settings app, choose Battery and device care to access a phone management screen that's not available on other Android devices. The purpose of it is to keep your phone running smoothly for as long as possible. Additionally, you'll learn how to take care of your device's battery, free storage space, system memory, as well as a variety of security settings. You can see a ranking of how well optimized your device is right at the top of the screen.

If you think your smartphone may be having a few issues, you can use the Optimize now button to perform a manual optimization, while the device care utilities run in the background. In an optimization process, duplicate or large files might be taking up unnecessary space, apps that are draining battery power, or background apps that are running unnecessarily.

You can customize the Always-On Display

Unlike most phones, Samsung gives you more control over what's displayed on your lock screen, as well as how it's displayed. You can configure it in Settings under Lock Screen and Always On Display, though some budget Samsung handsets don't support it. The settings are all there for you to mess around with. Among other things, you can select how long the always-on display stays visible and choose from a variety of digital and analog clock styles.

On the lock screen, you can choose how bright the text is and switch between portrait and landscape orientations. In addition, you can choose whether or not to display media playback controls in the always-on display.AOD themes can even be downloaded from Settings: Tap Themes, then pick AOD to see what's available. Although quality can vary, you should be able to find at least a few options that suit you.

Maintain a secure folder for items

With a Samsung smartphone, you have access to a Secure Folder, which is a special, password-protected area where you can save files that no one else can see. Samsung's Secure Folder requires additional authentication—a fingerprint, PIN code, or pattern—and all its data is fully encrypted, so it's impossible to hack. Select Biometrics and security from the Settings menu and then Secure Folder.

With the Secure Folder open, you can add new files and apps by tapping the + (plus) button. After you have set your authentication method, the Secure Folder will appear. Several other apps on your handset can also be used to add files to the Secure Folder. If you select photos and videos in the Gallery app, you can tap More and Move to Secure Folder.

Start Samsung DeX

With Samsung DeX, you can operate your smartphone with a keyboard, mouse, and computer monitor. For example, it can be helpful if you do a lot of image editing or word processing on your phone. As a result, Android and OneUI can be turned into desktop operating systems, with all the perks that come with them-floating windows, intuitive app control, keyboard shortcuts, etc.

A Galaxy S series phone is required, as well as a Samsung DeX cable to connect your monitor and peripherals. It can also be connected to a laptop or desktop computer and used with its peripherals. You can consult Samsung's full guide to DeX, but it's pretty easy to set up and should sharpen your mobile productivity—both in terms of what you can do on your phone and how quickly.

Source: wired

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