These little tips and tricks will help you make the most of your new Galaxy phone and while we have initially tried them on the Galaxy S10 Plus, they work equally well for all three models: the S10, the S10 Plus and the S10e.
#1: Custom Wallpapers!
Hide the punch hole cameras
But if you don’t like the hole punch design even with these wallpaper tricks, you can actually hide it in a different way. If you go to Display Settings and select Full Screen Apps you can choose the hide front camera option. This will put a big thick artificial black bar at the top of the phone. It’s definitely not the most elegant look, but it comes in handy especially when you watch videos that fit the whole screen. That’s probably the one case when the punch hole is actually quite annoying, and this setting can fix that.
#2: Change Icon Size
Now, the first thing that I actually did when I first used the Galaxy S10 is change the icon size. Samsung goes with a default icon size that is just gigantic and does not look all that good, but thankfully it’s really easy to change that to a more reasonable icon size in seconds. To do that, long press on the home screen and select settings, and here you can pick between different icon sizes, and I personally use the smallest size to fit the most on the screen and I still find the icon size big enough for easy use.
#3: Easy notifications
The other thing that I did the moment I started using the S10 Plus is to change the swipe down to open my notification shade rather than the app drawer, and that’s also super easy to do. Go into home screen settings and enable the quick-open notification panel option, and voila. Now, the swipe down will show you your notifications while a swipe up will still go to the app drawer.
#4: Try the Gesture Nav
Next up, I recommend you try using the new gesture navigation in One UI on the S10! By default, the Galaxy still comes with the familiar three on-screen buttons for Android navigation, but you can now switch to using gestures by going into settings, then click on display and then on naviagation bar and here you can select the new gesture interface. You get a quick walkthrough that shows you how to use the gestures. They are a bit cluttered as all of them start with a swipe from the bottom of the phone, but we like them better than buttons anyway and they are a neat way to free up some space on your screen. Remember that you can also swap the button order, and I personally have the back button on the right for convenience.
You can also have gesture hints at the bottom of the screen and those might be useful in the beginning, but they ruin the look for me so I prefer to keep this option off.
#5: Night Mode
It looks good at night, and saves battery too
#6: Spice up your screen colors
#7: Remap Bixby
Next, you can now customize the Bixby button, remap it, and basically you kind of have the flexibility that everyone requested around Bixby.
And here is how to remap the button: go to the Setting, scroll to Advanced Features, and tap on Bixby Key. Here you can select for example to only start Bixby with a double press, so it does not start every time you accidentally click the Bixby button. And then you have the option to use the single click for something else: you can select any app you want, for example I use Spotify a lot, so I am setting this to quickly open the Spotify app. And then when I go to the home screen, I click the Bixby button and as you can see Spotify opens right away, which is really useful.
You also have the Bixby Home panel to the left of your homescreen and I personally don’t find it very useful, so to remove it simply pinch the homescreen, swipe to Bixby Home and disable the toggle at the top right corner, and you will no longer see it. Keep in mind that this does not disable the Bixby button, only the Bixby Home panel.
#8: Edge Panels
#9: Camera Tricks
How to get better photos
And if you are not that keen on the pro photography options, but still like to share a ton of images on Instagram, you might be happier to use the brand new Instagram option that’s built in both the camera and the gallery apps. Now when you take a photo like this here super professional selfie you get a little Instagram button in the bottom right and when you press it you can instantly share the image to your feed or to your story, which is really cool. And if you want to follow us on Instagram where we share a ton of cool photos, you can find us @phonearena.
#10: Video tricks
For video, the coolest new feature on the S10+ is something called Super Steady and it is this wavy hand icon at the top on the camera app. This gives you really a superior image stabilization, but it will only work in 1080p, so you have to choose whether you want a super steady video or the higher resolution. Another cool new feature on the S10 is HDR10+ recording and you enable it by going in the camera settings. This will give your videos a wider dynamic range and since the screen on the S10 is also HDR10+ compatible, you can notice the difference right away as you watch the videos and it generally make them look noticeably better. Keep in mind, though, that you cannot use the ultrawide and telephoto cameras with HDR10+, and we had trouble playing back the files on a computer so it might be better to keep it off for most shots and only enable it for select few, at least for now. Also, if you shoot a lot of 4K video, it’s a good idea to turn on the H265 codec which can reduce the sizes of those videos by half.