Both the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Plus come with a lot of cool features, whether it’s the updated OneUI or the cool screen. But at the end of the day, all the features are designed for the general public and not tailored for you. And that’s where we come in to help you get the most out of the new Samsung Galaxy S21.
We’ve listed all the settings you can use to tweak your phone in the context menu. So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best tips and tricks for the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 +.
1- Enable video calling effects
I’m sure you should get it A lot of video calls On the new Galaxy S21. If you want to excite your calls, the Galaxy S21 has a clever trick up its sleeve. The Galaxy S21 series comes with some really cool effects to make your home videos look a lot better on calls.
To do this, go to Settings> Advanced features> Video call effects , and select the effect you want.
For example, if you want to darken your background, add a custom image or add color to video calls, you can do it effortlessly.
2- Get the smoothest screen
When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, mentioning it is incomplete without talking about the 120Hz screen. Yes, the 120Hz refresh rate is here, and you can activate it with the push of a button. And trust me, it’s so cool.
To enable it, go to the display settings and set the motion smoothness to Adaptive.
Once done, scroll down to set your screen resolution to WQHD +. And that’s all there is to it.
The best part is that you can use the Galaxy S21 Ultra in QHD resolution with an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz, unlike the older Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series.
3- Customize contact wallpapers
Another good trick of Samsung Galaxy S21 is that you can also Change the contact background. So, if you want to add an animated video, it is possible now.
The good part is that activating it is as easy as pie. Just open the dialer and click on the 3-dot menu button, then select Settings.
Then select Contact Context> Context. Now all you have to do is select a video from the set of available videos. Or you can add a custom video from your gallery by clicking the + icon.
Pro tip: create a custom video with AR emojis for a more personalized touch.
4- Customize the sidebar
In addition to the aforementioned customizations, the Galaxy S21 also contains a nifty shortcut that you can use with the side switch. While you can turn off your phone, it also allows you to open your favorite app when you double tap it.
To reset the button, go to Settings> Advanced features> Side switch. In the Double tap section, select Open application.
Here you can choose any application of your choice. Most people are confused about Signal and Telegram , What do you think?
5- Always on the display screen
Another good trick for your Galaxy S21 is that it allows you to choose and customize the Always On Display wallpaper.
With the brand new OneUI 3, you can choose from many AOD (Always On Display) wallpapers. Now you can set GIFs, customize colors, etc.
So, go to Settings> Lock screen> Always on display and set it to Always on.
Once finished, press the clock style to choose the style and colors of the clock. Also, you can click on the image icon, then choose from different GIFs.
6- Enable the screen widget
Wouldn’t it be amazing to check basic things like text messages or email themes right from your phone’s lock screen? If so, say hello to Lockscreen widgets.
To enable the widget, go to Settings> Lock screen> Tools. Select the room of your choice. After that, activate the toggle next to Always show on screen.
The next time your phone goes into AOD mode, double tap the watch, then swipe down to access the tools section. This will only load widgets in AMOLED mode, so Save battery life While allowing you to check your schedule, play songs or how often Unlock your phone.
7- Hello, live comments
The Samsung Galaxy S21 is smart. It’s smart enough to automatically generate subtitles when it detects speech in videos that are playing. Yeah, I’m not kidding. The best part is that it works seamlessly on Instagram, YouTube, Netflix or even videos in your phone’s gallery.
To activate it, click the volume button, then click that expand icon (down arrow), and select Live Captions. Easy.
Note that the subtitles will not be as fast as the built-in subtitles for video and movie files.
8- Long phone? Say hello to one hand
The Galaxy S21, especially the premium version, is a huge phone. Sometimes it becomes difficult to handle the phone with one hand, especially when you’re traveling on public transportation.
At times like these, it makes sense to switch to one-handed mode. Fortunately, activating it is easy and requires only one configuration.
To enable it, go to advanced features in settings and flip the switch next to one-handed mode. Now you can set the launcher for it, depending on the style of navigation bar you use.
Once that’s done, enter one-handed mode by swiping down in the middle of the bottom edge or double-tapping the Home button. And that’s all there is to it. The best part is that you can also move or resize the window to your liking.
9- Bring floating notifications to the home screen
When it comes to notifications, it’s safe to say that Samsung’s user interface was way ahead of its counterparts. And with the Galaxy S21 and S21+, you can scroll through notifications to open a floating window. Cool, right?
However, you will need to enable this cool feature first. To do so, select Advanced Settings> Floating Notifications and set it to Smart Popup.
From now on, you can easily interact with your notifications in a floating window.
10- Set reminders for notifications
Speaking of notifications, you should already know that the Galaxy S21 reminds you of old notifications that you might have been pulling from. Now you can take it a step further by setting notification reminders for those you might forget. It can be a text message or a simple missed call.
To set it, go to Notification settings under Advanced settings and select Notification reminders, then turn on the switch.
Now set the reminder frequency for the apps.
11- Bnus: Activate the BixBY routine
Well, Bixby hasn’t managed to achieve the same status as its Google Assistant or Siri counterparts for iOS, but it still has some potential. Well, if you bought a $700+ phone, why not use it, right?
For starters, you can create Bixby routines based on your needs. These routines can be called IFTTT recipes for your Samsung phones more simply. So add custom actions and set specific triggers for them.
To create a Bixby routine on a Samsung Galaxy S21 phone, go to Settings> Advanced Features and select Bixby Routines.
Here, choose one of the current presets (under the Recommended section) and fill in the empty fields as needed. You can also create your own from scratch by clicking the More icon in the upper right corner of My Routines.
Make your smartphone smarter
Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 +.
In addition to the above, One UI 3.0 contains several features to change the phone’s settings to get the most out of it. For example, you can add or remove Edge panels or choose the appropriate Dolby Atmos mode when watching movies.