The Samsung Galaxy S22 It may not look much different than its predecessor, but there is plenty to sink your teeth into. From trying out updated software to improving optics and internal hardware, there’s a lot to do. But the real question is where should you start? The Galaxy S22 offers a pretty good experience right out of the box, but here are 10 tweaks you can make to your shiny new phone and get the most out of it.
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Customize the quick settings panel
Customizing the quick settings panel pays huge dividends to make your experience even better. The ability to swipe down from the home screen or an app to quickly get an actionable toggle helps you get things done faster. You can add a lot of widgets to the quick settings panel, however, only the first six quick settings toggles appear in the compact view across the top when you swipe down from your home screen.
I recommend dedicating this top row to only adding the ones you see yourself using most frequently. Here’s how to do it:
- Swipe down twice from the home screen to reveal the quick settings menu.
- Now, swipe left to reveal more switches and the “+” icon that lets you add or customize the layout of these options.
- Press and hold the current switches to rearrange them. Alternatively, you can also tap and hold the icons at the top to drag and drop them below to add them to the main quick settings panel.
One of the new features of the Galaxy S22 series is the addition of the new Smart Widgets. This particular feature basically lets you stack widgets, letting you take a look at more than one of your favorite apps while taking up less space on your home screen. To add a smart widget:
- Press and hold on your home screen and select Widgets.
- Now select smart widgets From the tool selection menu and choose one of the available options.
- Once added, you can tap and hold on the widget to see an option to customize and add or remove UI elements from the stack.
Use the Finder to get personalized suggestions
The Samsung One UI Home launcher comes with a powerful search tool that lets you find different apps, settings, and more. You can also use this to find search results on the web or within an app. One of the best things about this Finder tool is that you can customize it to show only the suggestions you want to see. Heres how to do it:
- Head to the app drawer and tap the search bar to open the Finder page.
- Now, click on File Three-dot list in the upper-right corner to open the Finder settings page.
- Here, you will see a set of toggles that allow you to get suggested results while searching for something using the Finder. Turning off the suggested settings option, for example, will hide the settings suggestions on the Finder homepage.
Activate the roaming clock on the lock screen
If you are someone who loves to travel, having a roaming watch on your phone lock screen is a godsend. To enable the roaming clock:
- Head to Settings > Lock screen > Roaming clock.
- Here, you will be able to set the time zone for your country and also find an option to make the roaming watch visible on Always On Display.
Alternatively, if like me you work with an international team on a daily basis, you can use the roaming watch to keep track of the local time of your teammates in a different region. To do this, simply change your country’s time zone within the roaming clock setup page to whatever time zone your teammates are in. It’s a simple hack that allows me to keep track of time for some of my teammates who work in a time zone.
Secure Folder Setup
The Samsung Galaxy S22 provides a secure folder for those who worry about others accessing their phones and finding personal files, photos, etc., which they should not do. Secure Folder, once set up, can hide some apps that you might want to hide from others. It basically adds an extra layer of security for those who want to keep things private. To set up a secure folder:
- Go to Biometrics and security inside Settings page.
- Inside, you will find an option to create a file safe folder.
- Tap on it and follow the onscreen instructions to read about Secure Folder and wait for the device to finish setting one up for you.
- Once this is done, you can secure this folder using the authentication method of your choice.
- Once you open the folder, you will see a bunch of apps that have already been added to the folder. You can press the “+” button to add more applications to it.
- In addition, you can also press the three-dot menu to find an option to add files to the folder. This particular option will allow you to add anything from photos, videos, audio files, documents, and more.
Turn off notifications for each app
Google is adding an option to Android 13 that lets you turn off notifications for each app. However, One UI 4.1 from Samsung already has this option that you can use to block unwanted notifications. This is useful when you don’t want to see notifications from certain apps that tend to spam your device to get your attention. Here’s how to turn off notifications for each app:
- head over to Settings and find Notices Selection. Here, you will see the Recently Sent section which, as the name suggests, shows you a short list of apps that have sent you notifications recently.
- You can either turn off notifications from those apps directly or press the More button to see a list of all the apps installed on your phone.
- Find the app you don’t want to see notifications from and turn it off to avoid receiving unwanted messages in the future.
Use the Edge panel to access your favorite apps
Samsung introduced the Edge panel feature with the Galaxy S6 Edge, the company’s first smartphone with a curved screen on both edges. So it’s safe to say that this special feature has been around for quite some time now. It has also improved over the years and I think it’s a great way to access your favorite apps, jobs, and even contacts. Here’s how to enable and customize Edge panels on the Galaxy S22:
- Go to Show option inside Settings page, then scroll down a bit to find a file Edge panels Selection.
- From here, you can enable the Edge panel as well as select what you want to see on the panel. For example, you can have the Edge panel show you the apps of your choice, different contacts, tasks, or even panels dedicated to weather, compass, reminders, and more.
- You can also find an option to customize the Edge panel in terms of how it looks and where you can swipe on the screen to reveal it. There are a lot of options that you can go through, so be sure to spend some time on this.
Set up Samsung’s Find My Mobile for offline tracking
Samsung’s new offline search feature lets you find your lost Galaxy phone even if it’s not connected to a network. I highly recommend using this special feature to be able to find your Galaxy S22 if you end up losing it. The offline search feature uses other nearby Samsung phones to discover your phone, just like the Galaxy SmartTag.
If this sounds like a privacy nightmare to you, don’t worry as Samsung also offers an Offline Location Encryption feature. To enable offline tracking for your device:
- Go to find my mobile The option inside Biometrics and security option on Settings page.
- Here, you will see a file Currently searching With two other options including remote unlock And the Submit last site.
- Just enable and enable offline search as well Offline site encryption which can be found inside the offline search option.
Reset your side button
Did you know that long pressing the side button no longer opens the power menu by default on Samsung phones? That’s right, a long press on the Galaxy S22 now opens Bixby while a quick double tap opens the camera app by default. Fortunately, you can reset these actions by heading over to the Settings page. Heres how to do it:
- open the Settings app and head to Advanced Options.
- Scroll down to find a file side key Menu and tap on it to expand the Re-layout option.
Your options are somewhat limited when it comes to pressing and holding the function – wake up Bixby or open the shutdown menu. However, the double tap feature has plenty of options to choose from. You can set it to open any app installed on your phone. Notably, you can also use it to activate things like a flashlight.
Various tips to save battery
Battery life is more than a gray area for the Samsung Galaxy S22. The device has a 3700mAh battery which results in a less than ideal battery life. Depending on how you use your smartphone, there’s a good chance you might be working on a charger before the end of the day. So for the latest mod in this article, we wanted to touch on some battery saving tips to make sure you don’t have a miserable experience with the device.
Turn on dark mode
Enabling dark mode on the Galaxy S22 drastically reduces the power the phone needs to light up the white pixels. You can enable this by heading to Settings > Display. It’s the first option at the top within the Display Settings page.
Adjust brightness manually instead of using Adaptive
Using the adaptive brightness feature will reduce your worry about it, but I suggest you manually control the brightness of the phone to make sure you don’t over-extend the battery usage. Adaptive brightness tends to miss the mark by sometimes making the screen appear brighter than I want it to. I highly recommend scrolling down the notification shade to manually adjust the brightness, thus reducing the load on the battery as well.
Turn off features you don’t use
By default, the Samsung Galaxy S22 comes enabled with a bunch of features that you may not use all the time. This includes things like NFC, 5G mobile network, all vibration notifications, and more. You can turn off these settings by quickly searching for them on the Settings page. I always turn NFC off and disable 5G from my mobile network settings because I don’t want my phone to constantly check for a compatible NFC or 5G signal.
Well, that brings us to the conclusion of the 10 best tweaks you can make to your Galaxy S22. We hope this guide was helpful in setting up and getting the most out of your new device. There are a few other things you can do like changing the accent colors for better customization, setting up Bixby actions, and more. You may also find some of your own settings that work best for you. If you do, be sure to leave it in the comments below.
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