iOS 15: How to enable picture-in-picture mode on Youtube (Premium)

iOS 15: How to enable picture-in-picture mode on Youtube (Premium)

The picture-in-picture mode of the Youtube application for iOS entered a test phase on August 25. Reserved for premium subscribers, it allows you to watch a Youtube video in a floating window on your iPhone while using another app or browsing its interface. Here’s how to activate it on your iPhone.

Note that Apple already offers a native picture-in-picture mode since iOS 14 that only works with some apps but not Youtube, obviously.

This test phase is a new carrot from Google to persuade Youtube users to subscribe to its Premium package whose price of 12 euros per month logically cools down more than one.

How to activate the picture-in-picture (PiP) mode of the Youtube application on your iPhone

  1. If you are a Youtube Premium subscriber, go to https://www.youtube.com/new
  2. Go to Picture-in-picture on iOS
  3. Choose to Try
  4. In the Youtube application on your iPhone, launch a video
  5. Go back to the home screen, as if you were leaving the Youtube application

There you go, you should see the video in a floating window without interruption.

Google says the PiP mode testing period is open until October 31. In its first announcement of the launch of this new feature back in June, Google promised that all YouTube users would be able to take advantage of PiP in the US. It remains to be seen whether this promise to free users will also apply to Europe.

Android 12: Google will remove Android Auto, here's what will change

Android 12: Google will remove Android Auto, here’s what will change

If you have a car and use an Android smartphone, then you probably know about Google’s Android Auto app.  With the release of Android 12, however, Google has decided to ditch the Android Auto app in favor of Google Assistant Car Mode.

  • Starting with Android 12, the Android Auto app will be replaced by Google Assistant Car Mode;
  • Android Auto for compatible vehicles will not be affected.

With Android Auto, it’s possible to access smartphone apps from the car’s infotainment system, or even create a navigation environment directly on the device itself, to use apps like Google Maps, Waze, Spotify and receive calls without taking your eyes off the road. However, Google also offers a similar experience with Google Assistant Car Mode.

Now, to avoid this overlap of features and focus on developing a single comprehensive Android experience for cars, Google has confirmed to 9to5Google that Android Auto will be dropped on smartphones running Android 12 in favor of Google Assistant Car Mode:

For those using Android Auto on compatible vehicles, this experience will not end there. For those using the mobile experience (Android Auto mobile app), they will be redirected to Google Assistant Car Mode. Starting with Android 12, Google Assistant Car Mode will be the integrated mobile driving experience. We have no further details to share at this time.

Personally, I think this decision by Google is pretty consistent, given that Google Assistant’s Car Mode is easier to use and is present on a much larger number of smartphones, since it is a native app, even having a dedicated button on some devices.

However, it’s a little worrying that Google Assistant is getting more and more attention from the company and will force even more people to use it for important daily actions, like driving from home to work every day.

Samsung will finally remove ads in its applications

Samsung will finally remove ads in its applications

If you use a Samsung smartphone, then you may be familiar with the ads in some system applications. After spending more than 1,000 euros for a Galaxy S21+ or a Samsung foldable smartphone, it is of course very annoying. However, this annoying practice will come to an end as the manufacturer announced today that it will remove advertising in the affected apps. NextPit shows you which Samsung apps are affected.

  • Samsung to remove ads from its system apps
  • Ads were only introduced last year in apps like Samsung Music, Samsung Pay, etc.
  • This move is aimed at improving the user experience in the Galaxy ecosystem in the long run.

Last year, Samsung introduced ads in its applications. For example, even with a Galaxy S21 Ultra bought for more than 1000 euros, you had to deal with ads in apps like Samsung Pay, Samsung Music or Samsung’s weather app. Of course, this was not only a thorn in the side of many users, but it certainly drove people away from using Samsung’s apps.

Samsung understood this, as the manufacturer announced that it would remove the ads from its overlay, OneUI. According to Sammobile, Samsung’s “president and head of the mobile communications business” announced this information during an online conference. This decision is, among other things, a reaction to internal criticism.

The Galaxy ecosystem must be strengthened

Sammobile also told us that Samsung is looking to strengthen its Galaxy ecosystem. And since the ads in the applications have attracted a lot of criticism, the manufacturer is now looking for “new growth opportunities in the area of content services and advertising.” So it remains to be seen whether Samsung will integrate ads elsewhere in the interface to draw attention to its own services.

It is also quite possible that Samsung’s decision is a reaction to the decline in sales of Galaxy devices. Personally, however, I wonder if this is the right approach. Maybe it’s not the ads that are driving Samsung customers away, but the flagships without micro SD card support or other points of criticism we made in our tests of Samsung’s new flagships.

How to activate and configure your new iPhone correctly

How to activate and configure your new iPhone correctly

The ID, the settings but also the data. There are several factors to configure when you start using a new iPhone. You don’t have to look long to find out how to do it. We explain everything in detail.

Any new electronic machine needs a configuration to work properly. This is also the case with iPhones. As soon as a new Apple cell phone is started, it will directly start requesting information: username, name, wifi network and other data. However, most of the configuration is done later from the menu. In addition, if you have data imported from another device, then you will have to adopt the appropriate method that ensures the transfer. How to configure an iPhone? And how to transfer data to it? Below are the answers.

How to configure a new iPhone

Define the language settings

Usually, you change the language of your phone from the settings. But this is not the case when you set up a new iPhone. After starting it, a welcome message will appear on the screen. And immediately after that, the phone will ask you to set the language. This will be the language of the displayed texts, the menu and the communication with the Phone. Just browse the list and press the choice. Note that you can later change it from the menu.

Define network settings

The basic way to configure iPhone is to create an Apple account. This is what the phone will ask you to do? However, how to check your email and confirm your address without an internet connection? For this, the mobile will propose you, during the startup, to define the network settings. You can connect your iPhone to the nearest wifi network. All that is required from the user is to choose the source and enter the password if there is one. However, please be aware that it is possible to skip this step and configure the mail later. It becomes a must when you are not close to a network source.

  • Click on the desired wifi network and enter the password.

Setting up the Apple ID

Without this ID, you will not be able to use the iPhone. During the startup of the new device, it will ask you to create an Apple ID or enter the ID if you already have one. The process is simple. You only need to provide some personal information such as name, first name or date of birth. If the proposed address is taken by another user, a message will appear on the screen asking you to change it. Nevertheless, it is possible to skip the configuration of the identifier at startup and do it later. Here are the steps to follow on the iPhone.

  • At the startup of the device, click You forgot your password or you don’t have an Apple ID > Click on New free Apple ID.
  • Select your date of birth and name > Click Next each time.
  • Enter your email address and password > Click Next.

Enable Face ID or Touch ID

In order to raise the level of security of your device, Apple suggests you to use Face ID and Touch ID. The purpose of this configuration is to recognize the user of the iPhone via facial recognition or fingerprint. This technique is widely used to lock the phone or to confirm online purchases. When the iPhone starts up for the first time, it asks you to scan your face or your fingerprint. So you are sure to have a highly secure mobile.

Activate Siri or other services

Voice recognition is also available. The user can now give commands to the iPhone by a simple statement. The Siri feature takes care of executing this order. You can launch an application, open a web page or search for a contact without touching your mobile. The test of Siri is done at the startup of the device. However, you can call this feature later via two methods. The first is to say to the phone the phrase “Say Siri”. While the 2nd requires pressing the side button and dictating the request.

  • Press the side button on the iPhone and then give your instruction.

Enable Screen Time and other display options

Here’s a little known but oh so valuable feature. iPhone developers are now giving users the ability to control their browsing on the device. In other words, you can view statistics about the time you spend on your iPhone. Screen Time is also very popular with parents who want to take a look at their children’s usage. They can even block or limit the amount of time they can spend on an application or game.

Restore or transfer your apps and data

Restore from iCloud

After booting up, it’s time to start powering up the iPhone. Most users think about the best way to restore data from their old devices. One of the best known is certainly iCloud. The service developed by Apple offers 5GB of storage space for customers of the American company. You can host several data such as photos, notes or contacts. For those who are looking for more space, you will have to go through the paid version. The existing files on the iCloud servers can be used at any time. You just need to access this service via your application or website to consult them. This way, you can download the data and put it on your new iPhone. Below are the steps to follow.

  • Open the iCloud site > Write the data to your account.
  • Access the data and choose the files you want to download.
  • Download files to your computer.

Warning

You can only upload these files to the Mac/PC computer.

Restore via Finder on Mac

Mac and iPhone are two closely related devices. Linking them together is an easy operation that does not require any third-party software. You only need to link your iPhone to Mac via USB cable by launching Finder. The Finder acts as a dashboard. It displays all the details about the connected devices including your iPhone. So you can see all the files it contains and exchange them with the Mac. For those users who were lucky enough to have their iPhones rescued, the Finder gives them the opportunity to recover it. This way you will find all the files it contains on the target device. Very easy operation to perform. Here are the steps to follow.

  • In Launchpad, open Finder by connecting your iPhone to the Mac.
  • Select your device and click Restore Backup.

Restore via iTunes on PC

For PC users, Finder does not exist. So it can’t be a solution to restore iPhone data. However, they can benefit from a famous in track in this field. It is the famous iTunes. Pure Apple product, this software is compatible with all iPhones. To use yours, you will have to link the mobile to the computer via a USB cable. The iTunes home page allows you to browse the contents of the iPhone: music tracks, videos, etc. With a single click, you can download this content to the computer. Not to mention that the software has the ability to make a complete backup of the iPhone. Thanks to this feature, you will be able to feed your new mobile with this data. How do you do it? By making a backup restoration. The most important thing during this process is to keep a stable connection between the mobile and the computer. And in the end, you will find your iPhone ready. Below are the steps to follow.

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes > Click Restore Backup.
  • Choose the backup you want to recover and click on Restore.

Transfer from an iPhone

No software or cable this time. Apple had the cunning to insert a small feature to its mobile that ensures the transfer of data between two iPhones. It is called Quick Start. This option is only available from iOS 11. You can consider it a real revolution. Indeed, you just have to bring the phones physically closer to each other to deploy the link. A message will appear on the screen of the target device to confirm the connection. At this point, you must introduce the Apple ID of the old iPhone. This will allow the new mobile to explore your account data. The window you are probably waiting for is the content transfer window. The Quick Start feature gives you choices: transfer data directly from the iPhone or restore an iCloud backup. Choose the option that suits you. But before you do, follow these steps.

  • Start the new iPhone > Bring it close to the source iPhone that contains the data to be transferred.
  • Verify your Apple ID > Click Continue.
  • Set up Face ID (or Touch ID) on iPhone > Click Continue.
  • Choose the data transfer method to start the operation.

Migrate data from Android via Migrate to iOS

Even if you have just moved from Android to iOS, it is possible to take your data with you. Migrate to iOS is a good title to remember. As the name suggests, this app allows you to transfer files from any Android device to an iPhone. Moreover, it supports wireless connection. The two mobiles will be linked via a wifi network. Unfortunately, relatively old iPhones are not supported. The app is only compatible with those equipped with iOS 9 or later. Also, Migrate to iOS does not allow you to move all types of data. For example, videos or music tracks are not transferable. And even for the rest, it is impossible to selectively sort files. You can only copy all the content of one type, such as contacts or messages. This is not likely to make duplicates since transferring with this method will overwrite the content of your iPhone. Here are the instructions for the application.

  • Connect your Android phone and iPhone to the same wifi network > Click Continue and enter the code on your iOS device to establish the connection.
  • Select contacts, messages and photos to start transferring.

Transferring data between two devices via PhoneTrans

For more advanced transfer, PhoneTrans is probably the best choice. This software supports all Android and iOS phones. Moreover, it offers several interesting features: selective transfer, full backup, clone, etc. PhoneTrans was designed to satisfy all needs. From copying a single file to overwriting all data. Thanks to its dynamic interface, you can connect two devices at the same time and exchange data between them. All file types are supported. The software does not affect the resolution of photos and sound quality. Documents also remain intact during transfers. Users who have just bought a new iPhone can adopt the clone module. The latter takes care of transferring all the contents of the old phone to the new one. No detail will escape. At the same time, you won’t waste hours searching if a contact or a video is missing. With all these advantages, downloading PhoneTrans becomes obvious. The rest you’ll find out for yourself.

  • Start PhoneTrans by connecting both smartphones to it > Click on Quick Transfer.
  • Confirm the devices connected to the software.
  • Select the data and press the Transfer Now button.
  • Wait for the message that confirms the success of the operation.

For cloning a phone, the method is not so different. You can migrate all the data between the same two mobile systems. Here are the steps to follow.

  • Start PhoneTrans by connecting both iPhones to it > Click Phone Clone.
  • Start the clone.
  • Check the data to clone > Click Clone Now.
  • Wait for the message that confirms the success of the operation.

Conclusion

You just bought a new iPhone? Don’t forget to give it the time needed to configure it correctly. As you have just seen, the operation is not complicated. But when it comes to data transfer, don’t hesitate to adopt PhoneTrans. You will never regret it.

 

10 Of The Best Samsung Galaxy S21 And S21+ Tips And Tricks

10 Of The Best Samsung Galaxy S21 And S21+ Tips And Tricks

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.

Android manual, basic guide for beginners

Android manual, basic guide for beginners

If you searched for android manual and I found this post, first thing, welcome. You have come this far for two possible options. Either you’re one of the “nuts” who resisted having a smartphone and finally decided to upgrade, or you’re coming from another operating system and want to make the move to Android, the mobile operating system par excellence. Maybe you are still in the research phase and curious to know how everything works. More and more people are taking the plunge, partly because they feel a bit disconnected from the rest.

If you’re one of those who finally decided to “go through the hoop” and buy an Android smartphone, you won’t regret it. Today we’re going to take you step by step through all the basic Android configuration settings to make your experience as satisfying as possible. We’ll be by your side to guide you and help you get your new phone up and running. Wherever you’re from, I say, welcome to Android.

What is Android?

If you are new to the world of smartphones, we are not going to get involved in eternal rivalries. You should know that Android is the mobile operating system from Google. And what about the operating system for the most used mobile devices in the world. Your current number of recently published active users exceeds two billion. There is nothing. And today it competes almost exclusively with Apple’s operating system, which accounts for more than double the number of users. We can say that Spain is an Android country since more than 92% of smartphones in our country run on the green Android system.

In 2017 Android It has been 10 years since its launch. Has been actively working since 2008 on mobile devices, tablets and recently on wearable devices. Created under the financial support of Google by the software company “Android Inc.”, which would eventually be acquired by Google in 2005. Its acknowledged father, Andy Rubin, and a selected team of engineers intended to create a system based on Linux. This is how the Android operating system came to be.

A system open to all

The advantages of this operating system over Apple’s iOS are that it is an open system. Any manufacturer can use it and adapt it to its devicesChange today. Any developer can create applications for the same thanks to a kit that Google offers for free download. In short, to be able to use it freely for what it was designed for. An operating system for smart devices with a touch screen. In this way, any brand that manufactures a smartphone, with the mandatory Google license, you can use Android as an operating system. What Apple, for example, does not. It is currently a trend that even manufacturers who used to use their own operating system, like BlackBerry for example, have ended up succumbing to a more global system.

Android is an operating system based on an application structure. The main ones, considered basic for their functionality, are integrated as standard by the operating system itself. A system built on an architecture designed to simplify the reuse of components. Thus, any application can use the resources of the device, and it can be replaced by the user. Later, we will talk about applications, their installation and give you some tips.

 What are the customization layers in Android?

As we have explained, almost all current manufacturers use the Google system to bring their devices to life. And there are companies that, with the intention of differentiating themselves from others, use so-called customization layers. This would be, explained in a very graphic way, like “Dress up” the Android system with other clothes. The operating system remains the same, but in appearance it is different. The image it shows is different from the one created by Google. Here the level of optimization plays a fundamental role that has been achieved with the insertion of a layer on Android.

There are companies, like Sony, that postulate more aggressive layers of customization, even limiting some access to the configuration in some cases. There are brands like Xiaomi, whose version of the operating system, called MIUI, is getting very good reviews from its users. And there are others that choose to offer a “pure” Android, much cleaner and more configurable.

To taste the colors. But we are in favor of an Android without limitations and without “disguises”. Since sometimes these layers cause slowdowns of an already fluid system that works well unnecessary.

How to create a Google account

You may not have an Android smartphone, but it is quite possible that you have a “gmail” email account. If you already have it, it will be your identity to use all Google services. If you haven’t created your Google account yet, you’ll need to do so before starting the configuration of your device. To do this, you won’t need more than two minutes. In this Android manual, we explain everything. The procedure is like creating an email account, because you will do it too. The only problem you may find is that someone is already using the name you want. For the rest, including a series of personal data, you will have immediately created your Google identity but if you have any doubts, here we explain step by step and the different ways to create a google account.

Once you are logged in, you are ready to access the biggest app store there is, the Play Store. In the same way, you can use on your Android device all the services offered by Google for free. As a rule, these are all the applications that our device already has pre-installed. Depending on the brand of the device, they may be accompanied by some of the company’s products such as music players, etc.

Free Google services

Google really wants to make our lives easier. And offers us a series of tools with which we can make the most of our smartphones in the most comfortable way. There are so many and so diverse that we could differentiate by headings the types of services that Google offers for free. In our Android guide, we have selected those that can offer you the most in the first place.

Google services for work

In this section we can use

  • Google Documentsan online text editor in which we can edit and share any document wherever you are.
  • Google Spreadsheets is a spreadsheet, but with the ability to share it, make it public to edit one or more, and use it anywhere.
  • Google Presentations, the closest thing to what you would call “power point”. A very easy to use program to create and read your presentations.
  • Google Drive, a safe “place” to keep a copy of your most used files, even application data.

To organize yourself

Google also gives us the opportunity to become more organized. And have the most valuable content on our smartphones anywhere. So we will have at our disposal

  • Google Photos, which is not only used to organize our captures. Automatically create albums by dates or places. In addition to offering us up to 15 GB of storage so that the photos do not take up space on our device.
  • Google Contacts makes us never worry about changing phones due to the loss of stored numbers or having to transmit them manually. Synchronize the contacts with your Google account and they will be where you identify yourself.
  • Google Calendar, the Google calendar so you don’t forget anything and everything is written down. Notices, reminders, alarms, nothing will escape you.

Answers to the questions

Why do we want a smartphone if we can’t ask it anything, right? To have Google in the palm of your hand is an advantage. With the pre-installed Google widget, we can ask by talking to Google about anything. Or search and browse in its well-known application in your browser.

  • Google Chrome to search and navigate in the well-known application of your browser
  • Google Maps. Whether you want to know where something is or how to get there, the big “G” is there to help you instantly. Google doesn’t leave you behind no matter where you are.
  • Google Translate, this will ensure that wherever you are, language won’t be a barrier for you either.

Entertainment and fun

A smartphone is for many synonymous with distraction. And so it is, we have all been relieved at some point by a long wait. There are also those who use their Android phone as a multimedia entertainment center. For this, we can enjoy a varied number of applications.

  • YouTube. The video streaming platform par excellence. Play your favorite videos, share them or download your own.
  • Google Play Music puts a competent media player in your hand. And in addition to playing music from your devices, you can access the latest hits of the moment. Or buy the latest album by your favorite artist.
  • Google Play Movies As with music, get the latest in movies, TV shows or series.

These are the most important services, but Google offers you much more. As you see, a whole world of possibilities with your Android device. Were you aware of everything you were missing? Surely you don’t regret buying an Android smartphone. And if you haven’t bought it yet, by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll surely be convinced.

Basic configuration of your Android phone

Basic configuration of your Android phone

Have you already bought it? Congratulations. If you finally have your new Android device in your hands it’s time to get it ready. In this Android manual we will guide you step by step through the initial setup. After taking your new phone out of its box, we’ll need to add our SIM card first. And without fear, press the power button to start the configuration.

How to set your language on Android

This is the first thing we have to do when we turn on our new Android device. After the diplomatic welcome message with which it greets us we must choose the language with which we will interact from that moment with our smartphone. From a long list of languages, we will select the appropriate one, and that’s it.

If at any moment we want to change the language chosen in the initial configuration, we can do it easily. We will not direct in the menu of our smartphone to “Settings”. And from here, normally enter inside “Advanced Settings” we must look for the option “personal”. From here, clicking on “Language and text input” we can access the list of languages and change it to the one we want.

How to set your Android device as a “new device

The latest available versions of Android offer new configuration options for the launch of a smartphone. Thus, in the case where the new phone purchased serves to renew a previous one, we will have it easier. From this point, we can configure the new phone with the same options as the old one. Even with the same applications we have installed, Wi-Fi keys, etc..

But this is not our case now. And to continue with the basic configuration, we need to select the option “Configure as new device”. In this way, the following steps and settings will be entered for the first time. So let’s go to the next step.

Select a wifi network for our Android smartphone

Although the step of selecting a Wi-Fi network not necessary completely to complete the configuration of the new device. If it is strongly recommended to perform these operations with an Internet connection. In this way, the configuration of the device will be completed. In the list of available Wi-Fi networks, we must select ours. To continue, after entering the access code, we must select “continue”.

It is common to use more than one Wi-Fi network throughout the day. For this reason, and so that you can add all the networks you need, we explain how to do it at any other time. We access again to the “Settings” icon of our device and select the “Wifi” option. After activating the Wi-Fi connection, we will be able to see in a list the available networks. Simply select the desired network and enter the access code. Our device will automatically connect to the registered networks when we are in its coverage area.

How to connect with our Google account.

We assume that we already have a Google account or that we have created it following the instructions above. Accessing it and being able to enjoy all the services offered by our account is very simple. We will simply have to identify ourselves with our account “xxx@gmail.com” and enter our password. Once this is done, we must accept the terms of service in order to proceed to the next step.

It is also possible to continue the configuration without having a “gmail” account. But again, we recommend you do it with it. In this way, we can take full advantage of the set of services that Google offers us. And so the configuration will be more complete in all respects.

How to add another email account

Once the previous step is finished, the configuration menu will ask us if we want to add another email account. Here we can add the rest of the email accounts that we use assiduously. Whether they belong to Google or any other operator. The Gmail application will take care of organizing them in folders. You can see all the e-mails at once or select the inboxes, sent, etc. individually.

As for Wi-Fi networks, once the process of configuring the device is over, we can also add as many email accounts as we need. For this, we will go to the repeated icon of “Settings” where we should look for the option “Accounts”. From there, we will select “add an account” and we will enter the account name, password, etc. And immediately it will appear in the inbox with the rest.

Configure the security and unlocking system in Android

In this aspect, the security options that our device can offer us play an important role. In other words, it depends on the related advantages you have. Currently, almost all new devices are equipped with fingerprint readers. And although there are phones that still do not incorporate this technology, there are also those that have iris reader or facial recognition.

If our device does not have any of the security systems news, we should not worry. It can always be safe from third parties if we make good use of the tools that Google offers us. We can always have an unlocking scheme or do it via a numerical code. In this step, we can select just one or combine them with each other. Either way, we always advise you to use one.

This is the last step in the basic configuration of our device, but it is not the least important for this. Once we have selected the security system, our smartphone is almost ready. These settings are usually the same on almost all Android devices. But the order could change depending on the customization layers and the version of the operating system we have.

Depending on our location, we will select the appropriate time zone. From there, we can be sure that the time indicated by the device is correct.

Now, yes, we can enjoy our new device to the fullest. But first, we can give you a little touch of personalization. Undoubtedly one of the features of this operating system, the ability to give it the appearance that we like most. From the basic configuration of the device we can select the theme, ringtones or message that we like most. Just like it background lock screen or use of the screen. Or the colors of the notification lights related to each notice.

How to know if my Android operating system is up to date

Counting on the multiple pre-installed applications that Google offers us, the smartphone is already fully operational for almost all tasks. But before proceeding to install external applications, it is worth checking that our software is up to date. To do this, in the device menu, we will go to “Settings”. We will look for the option “About my device” and we will click on it. Once this option is open, we must select “Check for updates” (or a very similar option). The phone itself will check if it has any updates waiting to be installed.

If there is an update waiting, just click on “Download and install” and immediately the download will start, which will be installed automatically. This process may take a few minutes and our phone will be up to date. Note that you will not be able to download an update with less than fifty percent of battery.

As a practical tip, it is convenient to perform this operation with a wifi connection. Since downloading an operating system update can increase our data consumption in excess.

An updated operating system is always more secure and efficient. Optimizing the device with its own features and with applications is always better with the latest version available. Being up to date will prevent you from encountering application compatibility problems, and even the battery consumption might improve.

How to download applications on Android

Now it is. Our smartphone is ready to receive applications. We can now download and install as many applications as we want. And our main advice is to do it from the official store, Google Play Store. There we will find almost a million applications at our service for practically everything we can think of. All we have to do is press the Play Store icon preinstalled by default and we can access it.

Sorted by categories among which we can findFor example, entertainment, lifestyle, photography, education, sports, and so on to more than thirty options. We can choose to search among the most popular, or search for games, movies, music. Endless options with which we will surely find the application we want.

To install an application on our devices, the first thing is to access the Play Store. Once inside, when we have found the desired application, you just have to click on it. When we open it, we can see information related to its content, see screenshots of the application itself, and even read reviews and see user ratings. In addition to checking whether the application is free or paid.

How to install or uninstall applications on Android

If you’ve convinced us, just click on “install”. The application will automatically start downloading and installing on our device. And once the installation is complete, the application will create a new icon on the desktop. To open and use it, just click on its icon. Do you see how easy it is? It couldn’t be easier to download and install an application.

But what if I don’t like the application I downloaded? No problem, we can also uninstall them very easily. One option would be to go to “Settings”. From there, we select “Applications” and we will see the list of installed applications. By clicking on the application we want to uninstall, a menu appears in which we must select “Uninstall”. Or, depending on the version of Android we are using, if we press and hold on any application, a cross will appear on each of them. And by clicking on the cross, the application will also be uninstalled.

Essential applications on Android

With the multitude of options available to us in the Play Store, every smartphone is different from another. Your device says a lot about you. By looking at the applications we have installed, we can know our tastes and preferences. Sports, games, music, photography. There are so many options we can download that it is difficult to make a selection that will satisfy everyone.

But even so, we could agree for the vast majority with a series of “fundamental” applications. And we are going to recommend you the ones that are recommended to us. Among them, we have selected the most popular in each sector. By installing them, you will be able to get the most out of your new Android phone.

Social networks

Social networks’ own applications are the “abc” of downloaded applications for smartphones. And they are above operating systems, brands and models. So we can not ignore the applications that cherish the most hours of use. Smartphones are almost inconceivable without these apps. They live for each other and vice versa.

Facebook

Considered as the network of networks, we can tell you few things that are not known about this social network. The fact is that if you’ve decided to switch to a smartphone and still don’t have a Facebook account, this is the time.

Twitter

Twitter, another of the social networks that are essential to be in communication with the world. Originally designed as a microblogging service. And converted through its use, and of course its users, into a real communication tool. Personalities, authorities, professional and amateur media combine perfectly in a cocktail of information and opinions that we can not ignore.

Instagram

The social network for photography enthusiasts. Or that’s how our smartphones arrived for the first time. Currently converted into a powerful platform to discover people, photographs, stories and even businesses of interest. Instagram can not miss on a new Android smartphone.

Messaging

Communication is the primary purpose of a phoneor whether it’s smart or not. And as we know, our current form of communication has changed. There are hardly any phone calls anymore. And with an Android smartphone in your hands, it is absolutely mandatory to install at least two.

WhatsApp

Is the most downloaded and used messaging application in the world. Who doesn’t use WhatsApp today? There are even companies that integrate this application, among which we find it pre-installed. A fundamental application to be in the world

Telegram

Telegram considered “the other” by many. But chosen better than WhatsApp in countless comparisons. Its essence is the same as that of its rival. But with continuous work on updates and with the implementation of different features manages to be more versatile than WhatsApp.

Useful applications for your smartphone

The aforementioned apps are the ones you’ll see on almost every smartphone that works today. But in the vastness of the Google Play Store, there is room for much more. And there are applications that can serve you only for what you need. Applications that without a doubt they will give your smartphone another point of usefulness and functionality.

Therefore, below, we are going to recommend you some of the applications that we like the most and those that we use of course daily. For many, smartphones are another form of communication and entertainment. But for many others, it is also a useful work tool that can help us a lot.

Evernote

A place to keep everythingThis is how an application defines itself that can help you a lot to be more organized. Designed like a notebook but serves much more. You can save photos, files, audios or text notes. It serves as a reminder for appointments or tasks to be done. One of the most complete applications for the office or for your business and the most evolved.

What is new and useful in this application is that you can use it on any of your devices. And you will always have them synchronized simultaneously. So you don’t have to worry about finding a note on your phone or tablet. What you write in Evernote will be on every device you use. One of the most useful apps you’ll find.

Trello

Another great tool for organizing work – Trello – . Great for performing group work tasks. Create a board and share it with whoever you want to collaborate with. You can create very visual columnar lists. Yes fill them with cards, for example, tasks. These cards can be easily moved from column to column, for example from tasks to completed tasks.

If you share an office or tasks with a team, we can’t think of a more convenient and useful way to get organized. Share your board with your colleagues. A) Yes everyone will have access to updated information about pending and completed jobs. A highly recommended app.

pocket

One of the applications that always wins a place among our favorites. With the motto of “Save for later”, it helps us not to miss anything that might interest us. Put it in your “pocket” and read it when you have time. You can save articles and news in an unlimited way. And you can even order them as it suits you best. Definitely a tool designed for those of us who don’t stop. And this is very useful so that we don’t miss any important article for us. what we are really interested in.

Pocket is as useful as it is easy to use. Saving a publication in your “pocket” is quick and easy. After installation, Pocket includes an extension with its icon. Using the sharing option, we can automatically save in the pocket. And we only have to access the application to search for everything we want to save for later. An excellent idea that can be of great help to us.

iVoox

This application is designed with a very similar idea to Pocket. Although it includes other types of media. The world of podcasts is gaining more and more people thanks to this type of platform. Humor, entertainment, culture or music programs. Everything fits in iVoox. A huge and well organized platform where you can listen to your favorite radio program whenever you want.

If you can never listen to the radio program you like the most, chances are it is already on iVoox. You can subscribe to different publications. This way, you’ll know when there’s new content related to your tastes and programs you follow. Not everything will be for work, right? A perfect ally for your leisure time.

We could advise you about the applications without stopping you for a long time. These are some of the ones we use the most and consider the most useful. But as each user is a world. The best advice is to dive straight into the Play Store and find your particular “treasures”. If you need an app for something secure, it’s in the Google App Store.

Android Security

It’s normal to read and hear that Android is not a secure operating system. Or at least it’s not one hundred percent. And in part that’s true. Something that, on the other hand, being the most used system in the world, it is normal that it is the most attacked by malware. To ensure the security of our device, we have at our disposal a series of applications and antivirus to control the “cleaning” of our mobile.

Keep in mind that the security of our devices depends a lot on the risk we expose them to. Access websites with questionable reputations. Opening suspicious emails. Or even downloading poor quality, ad-filled apps. As we can see, there are several possible forms of infection. Fortunately, Android is constantly working to improve security. And it seriously checks potentially dangerous apps by banning them from the Play Store.

As an active Android user since its inception, I must say that I have never encountered a serious problem due to a virus infection on my smartphone. And it is a fact, as it happens in a computer, that the constant scanning of files on a device that makes a program or application, eventually slows down its operation. Therefore, to avoid virus problems without losing some performance, some precautions must be taken with the content we consume and its origin.

But if you want to sleep peacefully knowing that everywhere you access your passwords and data will be safe, it’s best that you install an antivirus application. A great option could be 360 Security, considered the most reliable mobile security software in the world. Not in vain, it has a rating of 4.6 out of five in the Play Store. In addition to having over two hundred million downloads.

How to backup my data on Android

As a rule, our smartphones contain valuable information for us. Sometimes in the form of messages, photos and videos. Or even work documents that we should not lose. To ensure that all our data is safe accident, or access by a third party, it is best to use the tools that Google makes available to us.

Through Google Contacts, Google Photos or Google Drive, we can have our contacts, photos, files or documents safely and anywhere. But if we want to create a backup in the device itself, we will explain how to do it. To make our backup copy, we need to open the “Settings” option. We go to the advanced settings and look for “Personal”. One of the settings is “Backup Copy”.

In this option we have several options available. We can copy our data to the device itself or do it through our Google account. For this, we need to be logged into the smartphone with our own account. From there, we can also restore network settings, for example, in case of a change of operator. And we can also restore the factory data, in case we want to completely erase our devices.

All the previous steps we explained will be very useful if you are new to an Android device. And they will also be if you are before your debut in this field of mobile technologies. We tried to make a complete guide so that you won’t get lost at any point. But you may not be new to the world of smartphones. And yes you are on Android.

So, to make this guide more versatile, we will include one more step. That’s how we’ll make this welcome work for everyone who wants to join the world’s leading mobile operating system. Both new users and those who come from other operating systems. And that switching from one operating system to another is no obstacle.

How to transfer my data to Android from iPhone

From Google, they have always taken into account the possible migration to Android of users from an iPhone. And for years, it has been developing applications that facilitate the task of migrating data from one platform to another. Although sometimes the process can seem tedious and complicated. Google offers tools that will greatly simplify this transition from Android data to iOS

Google Drive for iOS

One of the most useful applications that Google offers for free through the apple’s signature application platform. With this app we can export all the content we deem necessary from the old iPhone to have it on our new Android. And we can do this by following a few very simple steps.

Installed on an iPhone, besides being able to use it as the tool it is, to store and process files and documents. It can also be us very useful to transfer our data from iOS to Android. Therefore, the first thing to do is to download this application. Yes, once installed on the iPhone, we identify ourselves with our Google account. The data will be copied through this account.

With Google Drive for iOS installed on the iPhone, we must do the following. From the settings menu we must select “Make a backup”. We must choose to have the data copied to our Google Drive account in which we previously identified. Once this is done, we will select the different files we want to copy such as contacts, photos, calendar events, and even WhatsApp conversations. Easy, right?

When we open the same application on our Android device, pre-installed in the factory, we can access all the copied data. From WhatsApp, when we install it, we must select the restoration from the copy in Google Drive so that the chats are saved. We will do the same to recover contacts, calendars, etc.

Google Photos for iOS

As a limitation of Google Drive, we can see that the storage it offers us is insufficient. As a rule, the highest percentage of occupying the memory of a smartphone corresponds to photos. And they are the ones that give the impression that the storage is cluttered.

In the same way that we have on the Apple App Store from Google Drive, recently also we can download Google Photos. With a not insignificant 15 GB available for free, we can greatly lighten the storage occupation of our devices. And in the same way, have at our disposal all the photos and videos instantly on our new Android smartphone.

Although always we recommend first the native Google applications for its solvency and proven functionality. We can also recommend a relevant application that we can find for free on the Google Play Store. If you have not yet clarified these steps to follow, there is a simple and foolproof application.

Move the transfer / backup of contacts

If transferring contacts from your old iPhone to your new Android smartphone is a problem, stop worrying. So that the start with your Android doesn’t get off on the wrong foot We’ve selected an application that after using it, you won’t hesitate to recommend. In less than a minute, you’ll see how your contacts move from one device to another without having to complicate things.

Whether you’re coming from iOS or renewing a device and want to recover your contact book this is the perfect app. A recently updated version and a 4.8 rating on the Play Store precedes it. Yes the experience of having used it several times confirms its excellent performance.

We should download the application on the iPhone and also on the new device. We access via its icon on both phones at the same time. Taking into account that we must have Bluetooth enabled. In our new phone, we will select the option “import contacts from another device”. The application itself will follow the Bluetooth devices in the vicinity. When we see the name of the old device on the screen, we just have to select it by clicking on the icon that appears with its name.

In this case, we will select the iPhone from which we want to import the contacts. We need to grant permissions to the necessary application so that you can access the calendar data. Once we do this, the directory will start to be copied from the old device to the new one. All that remains is to grant permissions on the new device to locate the imported data in the contact book. Yes, right away we can enjoy all our contacts on the new phone. It is simple.

From now on, we can no longer use as an excuse not to change the operating system due to the difficulty of transferring our data from one platform to another. Thanks to these applications, we will be able to have all our files, photos and contacts through very simple steps.

You are now ready to immerse yourself in the Android world

Today we have explained in detail how to fully enter the Google mobile ecosystem. From this moment on, Android can already be part of your life. Properly configured, a smartphone becomes a useful “extension” of ourselves. And far from being an obstacle in our personal relationships, with proper use, it can help us in many ways.

If you have hesitated from the beginning to choose between iOS or Android you say that over time, and increasingly, the two operating systems are becoming more and more similar. In principle, we could say that both serve exactly the same purpose and work with the same concept. And both are supported by an application store that complements the basic services they offer.

The fact that Android manages to stand out from the rest is due to some key circumstances. An operating system with the most open mind in all aspects. Its free software is one of its greatest assets. Access to the development of applications without the need for expensive licenses. And the possibility of having many more possibilities of configuration and customization. Supposedly, there will be nothing you can miss in Android from other operating systems.

If you are not a beginner, you may find this guide too basic. Although this was the real purpose of its creation. Help those who, due to circumstances, have not been able or willing to access new mobile technologies until now. Was our guide useful to you? We hope we have helped you to make your new smartphone as functional as possible. Now all that’s left is to enjoy the Android experience, good luck!

And if you have any doubts or if there’s something you don’t know how to do, leave us a comment and we’ll help you.

10 tips to boost the performance of your Android smartphone

10 tips to boost the performance of your Android smartphone

As with any operating system, whether desktop or mobile, the performance of your Android operating system will begin to diminish after some time of use. Mobile operating systems are supposed to be lighter and faster to meet our need to move around, while giving us access to everything. But we have to admit that our smartphones nowadays literally hold our whole life, so they can quickly get tired. It is therefore important to know some tips to boost the performance of your Android smartphone, in order to keep an optimal comfort of use.

Have you ever wondered how to configure your Android smartphone? To tell the truth, few people ask themselves this question, as the use of these devices is nowadays very intuitive thanks to their touch screen. However, over time, by installing all sorts of applications from the Google Play, the performance of these devices degrades, so much so that we have the impression that our smartphone runs in “slow motion”. So it would be interesting to see how an Android smartphone is used…

Before looking for any application promising to boost your smartphone, here are 10 tips to boost the performance of your Android smartphone, with just its native settings.

1- Know your device

It is important that you first learn about the capabilities and drawbacks of your smartphone. Today there are many types of smartphones: some models are optimized for gaming, others for photography, others for professional use, even allowing them to be transformed into real laptops, as we saw for example with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. If you try, for example, to install the latest games, such as Fortnite, on a smartphone that lacks power, inevitably the experience will be disappointing.

So don’t overload your phone with resource-intensive apps that would otherwise degrade your phone’s performance at your expense.

2- Think about Android updates

If you haven’t updated your Android phone to the latest firmware, you should do so. Google makes great improvements with each new version of the Android operating system, including updates that ensure stability, better speed and connectivity, and other new user-friendly features.

3- Remove unwanted applications

Every application you install in your phone takes up some storage space, runs processes in the background, and adds to data usage. The more storage space or background processes, the slower your phone’s performance.

Don’t install apps you barely use. Keep only the applications you need, and if you have an application that is not really useful, you can uninstall it or disable it.

4- Disable unnecessary applications

The “performance wizard” was introduced in Android to help you disable applications you don’t need. Deactivating applications is different from uninstalling applications: uninstalling removes application files from the phone, while no files are removed when you deactivate them. These deactivated applications are not displayed on the home screen or in the application bar, but you can reactivate them to use them at any time.

5- Update applications

You should regularly update the applications installed on your phone from Google Play. Developers fix bugs and add features in new versions of applications. Updated apps work better (normally) and faster, and are less likely to crash your phone.

6- Use a high-speed memory card

The memory card is your phone’s secondary storage space. Not all smartphones offer this option for adding memory, but if your model has it, take advantage of it, especially if your smartphone has little storage to begin with! Not only does it add storage capacity, but also speed. You can now easily add between 64 and 256 GB of storage to support high-speed read/write operations. Always opt for class 6 or class 10 memory cards for your Android phone if you are looking for performance for your phone.

7- Limiting widgets

Widgets are not applications, which only run once you have chosen to activate them. No, widgets always run in the background: they are always active! While some Android users use them to keep track of the weather and their calendar, others use widgets like “Extended Controls” for quick access to essential settings like turning on or off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, their GPS, even their home control.

These widgets have their uses, but keep in mind that too many of them displayed on your home screen will slow down the performance of your device.

8- Avoid animated wallpapers

You must love the animated wallpaper feature of Android? Most manufacturers ship different animated wallpapers nowadays, but you should know that animated wallpapers that are poorly made will need more CPU cycles to run, which will drain the battery faster. Every time you activate the home screen, you launch not only your applications but also your animated wallpaper.

9- Stop synchronization

Sync is a very good feature that synchronizes your data with Google servers. By staying in sync, you can receive notifications every time a new mail arrives or when you get new notifications or updates for apps. To do this, it performs a refresh at every predefined interval (for example, it checks your mail every 5 minutes for new incoming messages), which reduces your smartphone’s performance for other activities.

You can disable Sync for non-required services or enable it only when you need to transfer or upload documents to Google servers.

10- Disable animations

What animations? If you haven’t noticed, your phone’s screen does a lot of things when you switch between tasks. To see this in action, go to Settings > Development Options > Window Animation Scale > 10x Animation Scale. Then choose “Window Animation Scale” again to see the slow-motion fade effect.

When you choose “Animation off”, the screen simply positions itself without animation. You can also turn off the transition animation scale in the same way. If you are a power user, you will probably notice that your Android runs faster when all animations are disabled.

Note: if the “Development Options” menu does not appear in your settings, you need to go to Settings > System > About Device. There, press 7 times on the Android version number. A message will tell you that the development menu has been unlocked.

Conclusion

If you follow these 10 tips to boost your Android smartphone, you should be able to make it faster and smoother while using it. In any case, these are some tips that I’ve been using for a while, and that allow me to take advantage of my smartphone in an optimal way when I’m on the move (on a trade show, for example, where I use it intensively, between taking pictures, notes, and sending messages to social networks). Note that these tips are also valid for an Android tablet, or even an Android console like the Powkiddy X15 we saw ;-)

If you have other tips and tricks to improve the performance of your Android, let us know in the comments!

Samsung Galaxy S20 Tips and Tricks  The S20FE, S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra Initiation Guide

Samsung Galaxy S20 Tips and Tricks  The S20FE, S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra Initiation Guide

Samsung has taken the Galaxy S20 series to the next level. We’ve had an expansion at the top with the S20 Ultra – a super-specific phone sitting alongside the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ – with the S20 FE at the more affordable end.

But there’s a lot to master: Samsung offers more features than anyone ready to use, so it’s easy to overlook or never discover some of the hidden gems. We tore the phones apart to put together a detailed guide to everything your S20 device will do and how to master it. With the One UI 3.0 update and Android 11, there are changes – and all S20 devices should now have the new software.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Top Tip: If you’re having trouble finding things, swipe down on Quick Settings and you’ll find a search option at the top. Just start typing your search query and it universally searches your phone returning settings, apps, contacts, calendar appointments. It’s really powerful. You can also launch it by bringing up the application bar and pressing the search bar at the top.

How to turn off or restart the Samsung Galaxy S20: Samsung has reconfigured the side button on the S20, so a long press will launch Bixby by default, rather than unplugging the device like (almost) every other phone on the planet. To turn off the phone, slide the quick settings pane down and press the power icon. Then you can turn off the phone. On this screen there is also a shortcut to the side key settings so you can change the function if you need to.

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Tips for the home screen of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, S20+, S20 Ultra

The home screen part of the launcher. It’s where you unlock your phone, where you have shortcuts and app widgets, and where you come back when you’re done doing something in an app. Now compatible with Android 11, you can also choose your navigation style.

Turn on Android 11 gesture navigation

by default, the S20 will offer Samsung’s three icons for navigation. If you want to switch to Android 11 gestures, open settings> display> navigation bar. Here you have the option to use buttons or swipe gestures. You can press “more options” to customize, but with swipe gestures, your phone will then let you swipe sideways to go back, up and down to go home, just like other Android devices.

Customize the navigation bar

if you stick to on-screen navigation controls, you can customize the order. Head to settings> display> navigation bar and you can change the order of the buttons.

Change your home screen

a long press on the screen background on any home screen allows you to change the screen background, themes, widgets, pages or other settings. This area will also allow you to add or remove entire screens, so if you want a widget page, this is where you’ll add it.

Get more on your home screen

you can change the size of the screen grid on which your shortcuts and widgets are located, depending on the desired density of the home screen. Long press on the screen background and select “Home screen settings”. Select 4×5 to keep things fairly clear, 4×6, 5×5 or 5×6 to cram in more. We tend to use 5×6, otherwise things look too big, but it depends on your personal preferences.

Resize widgets

Many widgets are resizable. A long press selects them. When you lift your finger, you can drag the blue box that appears and resize your widget. You can even resize or reposition the Google search box.

Customize the status bar

this is the information at the top of the screen. Head to settings> notifications> status bar and you have some options. You can limit to three notification icons or all of them. You can also enable or disable the battery percentage.

Allow your homepage to run in landscape

this option will allow the home screen and the app bar, settings, etc. to display in landscape. It is disabled by default, but you can enable it in settings > home screen settings > rotate to landscape. Enable it to rotate to landscape, so if you switch from gaming to watching movies, you don’t have to switch back to portrait.

Create a folder

simply drag an application onto another on the home screen and a folder is created. To remove an application from a folder, open the folder and long-press an application and you will get a pop-up menu that allows you to delete that application. To add applications, drag them into a folder or press the “+” button in the folder to add applications.

Change the color or name of a folder

Open a folder and enter the desired name at the top. If you do not want a name, leave it blank. To change the background color of the folder, press the dot in the right corner and select a new color, including fully custom colors.

Delete a folder

If you no longer want a folder, hold down the key and then press Delete from Home. The folder and application shortcuts will disappear.

Access Samsung Daily from the home screen

To the left of the home screen, Samsung now offers something called Samsung Daily, which replaces Bixby Home. You can swipe in and it will provide you with news, sports, weather and stuff from the Galaxy Store, as well as additions from some services you might use like Spotify. You can change what it shows you by opening the menu at the top right and selecting the cards you want to see.

Turn off Samsung Daily

If you don’t want Samsung Daily (and we don’t blame you), long-press the screen background and you’ll be taken to the home screen controls. Swipe right and the Samsung Daily panel will appear. There is a toggle switch in the upper right corner. If you don’t want the Samsung Daily panel to appear on your home screen, simply turn it off. Unfortunately, you can’t change it to something else without changing the launcher.

Change launcher (home screen)

you can easily change the experience of your phone with another launcher, such as Nova, if you want more customization. Just download the launcher from Play Store and install it. When you press the home button, you will have the choice to select a new default launcher. Or, go to settings> applications and press the menu button on the top right. Select “default apps” and then “home app”. You will see your choice of launchers there, choose the one you want. Note: If you are using Android 10/11 gesture navigation, it is not supported by all third-party launchers, so you may need to revert to using three-button controls.

Show app suggestions in recent apps

when you press the recent apps button, or slowly swipe up if you’re using Android 11 gestures, you’ll get thumbnails of your recent apps pages, but also a line of suggested apps at the bottom. These are based on what the Galaxy S20 thinks you might want based on recently used apps. If you don’t want this, open the top right menu in the search bar and turn off the “suggested apps”.

Contextual conversations in a separate window

remember Facebook chat heads? Samsung can do this with messaging services on the Galaxy S20, bringing up the conversation in a floating button so you can reply without switching apps – as long as the app supports the use of multiple windows. This is called “smart contextual view” and you can find it in settings> advanced features> smart contextual view. You can toggle which applications you want to see (this used to be the case for email services) and then you can reply to them in a separate window. It is disabled by default.

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Managing your digital assistants on the Galaxy S10

Samsung offers Bixby as a digital assistant, while as an Android phone, you also get Google Assistant. Install Alexa and it becomes an option – although Samsung also lets you access the Finder and Samsung Internet via the same route. Here are all the management options for these virtual assistants.

Access Google Assistant

a long press on the virtual home button on the screen will launch Google Assistant. You can then talk to Google and enjoy the full experience as Mountain View intended. This is synchronized with your Google account from the login, so it works with everything you already have configured Google Assistant to do. If you are using Android 11 gestures, swipe diagonally from the bottom corner to launch the Assistant.

Enable the “Ok Google” keyword

The keyword that allows Google to respond only with your voice is part of the Google app, but you’ll need to enable it to respond. Head to the Google app, press “more” in the bottom right corner, settings> voice> voice match> hey Google. Enable the option and as long as there is a voice match linked to your account, it will recognize you speaking and give you voice control of your phone.

Disable Google Assistant/all assistants

if you don’t want Google Assistant on this home button shortcut, you can remove the ability to launch it there. Head to settings> applications and open the menu on the top right and select default applications. Then head to “assistance application” and up to “device assistance application”. You will now see the option to select “none”. Press this option and nothing will happen with a long press on the home button or when you swipe from the corners.

Change your digital assistant to Alexa or Bixby Voice

If you prefer to launch Alexa on the home button, install the Alexa app, then, as above, switch the default assistant app to Alexa – or Bixby Voice if you prefer. This will then mean you have access to Alexa or Bixby via the home screen instead of Google. The Alexa keyword will not work.

Launch Bixby Voice

If you want to use Bixby, hold down the side button and Bixby will launch. You will need to be signed in to a Samsung account to use Bixby. You can also enable the “Hi Bixby” hotword. The easiest way to do this is to launch Bixby, swipe your finger up, and then open the menu at the top right. This will bring up the Bixby Voice settings – tap on “voice alarm” and you can take control with your voice. It’s off by default, so if you’re not using it, leave it off.

Reassign the side button

there is no longer a Bixby button like the last Galaxy S models, but a single button. Head to settings> advanced features> side button. Here you get all the options for this side button, so you can remove Bixby, you can configure it to turn off the phone with a long press, launch the camera with a double press or open an application of your choice. Basically, the choice is yours.

Samsung Galaxy S20 quick settings tips and tricks

The quick settings area is part of Android where you can access the most common settings for your device, such as power saving modes, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is a selection of shortcuts, accessible when you slide your finger from the top of the screen on the Samsung phone. Samsung also adds a few more items here.

Instantly access the quick settings and notifications pane from your home screen: swipe anywhere on the home screen and the notifications pane will slide down, which means you don’t have to stretch to the top of the page, swipe down again and you get quick settings – really useful on the larger Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra phones. This is disabled by default, to enable it, long press on the screen background and select “Home screen settings”, then “swipe down to notification panel”.

Change quick settings

to change the shortcuts you see when you swipe down for notifications, double swipe down to see the full grid, open the menu by pressing the three dots and select “button order”. The full list of options will be displayed on all pages. You can drag to rearrange or remove shortcuts you don’t need. Tip: Only the first six applications are shown in the compact view at the top, so make these your first settings shortcuts.

Get instant access to device settings from Quick Settings – this is a standard Android trick, but ideal for instant access to settings. Press and hold the shortcut (e.g. Bluetooth) and you’ll instantly jump to the full settings menu. This is really useful for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and power saving options.

Access connected devices in the quick settings pane

By default, you’ll find that connected devices and media are also displayed in the quick settings pane. This means that you can swipe down and tap to access the music you are listening to or the speakers you are connected to. The devices option covers direct connections as well as SmartThings, so if you’re a smart home user, this is a way to access those devices directly. You may find that you don’t have or need this option, so you can turn it off by opening the quick settings and tapping the menu in the top right. Then tap on “quick panel layout” and disable “show media and devices” to remove it.

Quickly adjust the screen brightness

Samsung allows you to access the brightness via the quick settings panel, just drag it down and you will see the slider. If you want to adjust the automatic brightness, press the down arrow at the right end of the slider and it will take you directly to these settings, where you can turn it on or off.

Also read: Locate a lost or stolen Android phone or iPhone

Tips for Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ applications

The application bar is part of your phone’s launcher and is the area where your application shortcuts live.

Show all applications on the home screen

this is a popular option for some. If you want to remove the application bar, long press on the home screen and press “Home screen settings”. Then select “Home screen layout” and you will see two options, “Home screen only” or “Home screen and apps screen”. The first one completely removes the application bar, like the iPhone.

Add or remove an application bar button

by default, there is no application bar button and you open the application bar with a simple swipe. If you want the button back, go to the home screen settings as above and select “application button”. Here you can turn it on or off.

Swipe to show or hide the app bar

as above, the Galaxy S20 allows you to show the app bar by swiping up. The application pages themselves then scroll left and right. If you want to go back to the home page, you don’t need to press the home button, you can simply swipe up again and the application bar disappears.

Change the size of the application screen grid

like the home screen, you can change the density of applications in the application bar/page. As above, go to the home screen settings and you will see the option “application screen grid”, with up to 5×6. This will contain more applications.

Sort your applications alphabetically

in the application bar, press the menu in the upper right corner, then “sort”. This will give you the option to sort alphabetically. Just press this option and everything will fall into place.

Reorganize applications

press the menu button in the upper right corner, then press “sort”. This time select “custom order”. Now you can drag the apps to the position you want them in.

Create a folder in the application bar

you can have a folder for applications, whether you are in custom order or alphabetical. Simply tap and hold an application icon and drag it to another and a folder will be created. You can then change the name and color as you wish.

Search your entire phone with the Finder

At the top of the applications screen is a search bar for the Finder. This will return search results for the apps you have installed, but can also search for content in apps, like Netflix, Play Store, messages, reminder, calendar and more. Tap the Finder bar in the app bar, then tap the menu button on the right, then “manage apps” and you can choose where to search.

Manage apps searched by Finder

if the Finder returns information you don’t want, you can disable some of the apps it accesses. Open the application bar and tap on the top right menu. Then select Finder settings > choose the applications to search in. This will allow you to disable the apps you don’t want to get results from.

Let the Finder give you app suggestions

when you tap the Finder at the top of the app bar, you immediately get suggestions based on the recent apps you’ve used. If you don’t want it, go to the Finder settings as above and you can disable it under “show suggested apps”.

Uninstall applications

you can uninstall directly from an application icon. Long press on the application and a context menu will give you the option to uninstall an application. If it is a main application (that you cannot uninstall), the same option will allow you to deactivate an application.

Add applications to your home screen

long press on the application shortcut in the application bar. This will allow you to place a shortcut on your home screen by dragging it to the top of the page, or you can select “add to home” from the pop-up menu that appears.

Stop adding new application icons to the home screen

go to the home screen settings (long press on the screen background) and you will find the option “add applications to home screen”. Deactivate this option, otherwise every application you install will be added to your home screen. Or turn it on, if that’s what you want.

Change the default application

Android lets you decide which app is the default if you have several that will do the same thing. Under settings> applications, press the menu button in the upper right corner, then “default applications”. Here you can see what has been selected as the default browser, calling application, messaging application and home screen. The other defaults are selected by the first application you open for a particular task.

Control application permissions

Android allows you to individually manage all permissions for each app. Go to Settings> Applications and select the desired application, then tap Permissions. This will allow you to turn permissions on and off, so you can disable access to location or contacts, for example.

Samsung Galaxy S20 lock screen and permanent display

The lock screen is what you see when your phone is locked. It’s really divided into two parts, one when the screen is off – where the “always on display” can give you information – or the proper lock screen where the screen is fully on, but you can’t access the device.

Always on display

to have the screen show you “always on” information, go to the lock screen > always on and turn it on – it is off by default. This is displayed when the phone screen is in standby, i.e. when the screen is off. You can choose to display it on a calendar – maybe only display it when you are at your desk – or display it at any time or when you press your phone. Don’t forget that it consumes battery power.

Change the permanent clock style

there are a range of different clock types for the S10 permanent display. Go to settings> lock screen> clock style. Here you can change the clock for both the permanent display and the lock screen. You can also change the colors, so if you don’t want mono, you can select something else.

Add a music controller or FaceWidgets to your lock screen or permanent display

FaceWidgets are the name Samsung uses for other information on your lock screen or permanent display. You will probably have a music controller there by default, but if not, go to settings> lock screen> FaceWidgets. Here you’ll find all the options to enable and disable, including Bixby routines, weather, alarms and schedules.

Change the brightness of the permanent display

this is related to the automatic brightness of your phone, but you can manually line up to adjust the brightness yourself. Go to settings> lock screen> permanent display. In this menu, you will see “auto brightness”. Turn it off and you can adjust the brightness yourself. You can also change the brightness manually by pressing the permanent display once it is displayed.

Change the lock screen shortcuts

you can have two shortcuts on the lock screen for quick access (only the lock screen, not the permanent display). These are the default phone and camera, but it can be anything you want. Head to settings> lock screen> shortcuts. Here you can select left and right shortcuts or disable them completely.

Disable/enable lock screen notifications

if you don’t want notifications on your lock screen, go to settings> lock screen> notifications. This allows you to hide content, show only app icons, or turn off notifications completely. Conversely, if you want notifications with content, do not select hide.

Change the appearance of lock screen notifications – not only can you change what information is displayed on the lock screen, but you can also change how it is displayed. Head to settings> lock screen> notifications and you can change the transparency of the lock screen notifications. You can also reverse the text to make it stand out more in the background.

Show a Daylight Saving Clock on the lock screen

One of the coolest features of phones is that it automatically switches to local time, but a daylight saving clock can show you your time zone. Go to settings> lock screen> roaming clock. You can also choose your home time zone.

Also read: How to locate your child’s phone?

Security and unlocking for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Security remains more important than ever, with Samsung offering a range of unlocking options.

Security tip

Biometrics is not foolproof, as if it fails, your device reverts to PIN or password to unlock. Therefore, your device is only as secure as the password or PIN you use, as anyone trying to break into your phone can always choose to go directly to these unlocking methods. Biometrics are there for convenience, not security.

Enable fingerprint or face security

to use your fingerprint or face to unlock, go to settings > biometrics and security. Here you can enroll your face or fingerprint. You will need to set a PIN or backup password at the same time to provide additional security. Tip: If you use fingerprints, enroll the fingers of each hand so you can unlock regardless of how you hold your phone.

Tap the screen to show the location of the fingerprint reader

you can make the fingerprint icon light up by tapping the phone to see where to unlock it. Go to settings> biometrics and security> fingerprint. Type in your PIN or password, then head to “show icon when screen is off”. You can then choose to tap the screen and a fingerprint icon will appear indicating that you should tap.

Instant lock

when you press the sleep button, you want your phone to lock instantly. Go to settings> lock screen> secure lock settings. It is possible to lock the phone as soon as the screen goes to sleep or when you press the sleep button. If you want a delay, there are many time options.

Smart Lock/Bluetooth unlock

Again in the settings> lock screen> there is the Smart Lock section. This is a standard Android feature and you have the ability to designate trusted devices, so that your Android unlocks when it is connected to something else. You can designate Bluetooth devices (like your smartwatch or car), location, trusted voice, etc. Bonus tip: this is basically one of the only places in Samsung’s One UI where you revert to stock Android visuals!

Automatically wipe your device

if you’re worried about your phone falling into the wrong hands and getting cracked, you can have it wiped automatically. Head to settings> lock screen> secure lock settings. Here you will find the option to automatically reset the factory settings if 15 unsuccessful unlock attempts are made.

Lock network and security features

This option means that your network settings cannot be changed when your phone is locked. This makes it easier to locate your phone in case it is stolen. However, it also means you have to unlock your phone to activate airplane mode. Head to settings> lock screen and security> secure lock settings to find the option to turn it on or off.

Encrypt your SD card

If you don’t want people snooping around your SD card if they remove it from the phone, you can encrypt it. Then it can only be read on your unlocked phone. Go to settings> biometrics and security> encrypt SD card and you can get all the details.

Keep your private files and apps in the secure folder

if you’re worried about people accessing your phone and finding things they shouldn’t, you can use the secure folder. This sets up another layer of security, you can then add files, images and applications that you want to keep hidden, whether they are personal photos or business documents. You can also add second versions of applications that you want to be secure and private. This is in settings > biometrics and security > secure folder.

Samsung Galaxy S20 display tips

Samsung is now in its second generation of Infinity-O displays and on the Galaxy S20 series, there is now a 120 Hz option.

Enable 120 Hz mode

there is an option for 120 Hz or 60 Hz on the S20. Go to settings> display> motion smoothness. This will allow you to choose between “high” or “standard”, with 120 Hz aimed at making things smoother. It’s only available in Full HD+ resolution (also the default), but it will also use more battery life than sticking to 60 Hz.

Change the display resolution

“Quad HD+” they say, but the default is “Full HD+”. You can select the resolution you want for the display in settings > display > screen resolution. A lower resolution can save you battery. There is no option to change the resolution on the S20 FE.

Enable dark mode

this has been around on Samsung phones for a while, but it’s much more common and is now a native feature of Android. Just open the settings menu and head to the display. This is the first thing you’ll see at the top of the page, but you can tap on “Dark Mode Settings” and you can set the dark mode to turn on at sunset.

Change the display colors

go to settings > screen mode and you will have the possibility to change the appearance of the display. The default value is vivid with the possibility to make it natural. In Vivid, you can change the color temperature and RGB settings, if you wish.

Turn on the video amplifier

There is a hidden video amplifier on the S20 that aims to enhance videos. It works with a range of apps, including Netflix, Play Movies, Prime Video and YouTube. Head to settings> advanced features> video enhancer to turn it on or off depending on your preferences.

Turn on the blue light filter

this changes the color of the screen to reduce blue light, avoid eye strain and help you sleep better, theoretically. Head to settings> display> blue light filter to change the times and strength of the effect.

Hide the front camera

If you don’t like the front camera, you can hide it in a dark banner. This means that your phone will have a larger top bezel. Head to settings> display> full screen applications. Open the menu to reveal the advanced settings. Here you’ll find a toggle option to hide the front camera, if that bothers you.

One-handed mode

go to settings > advanced features > one-handed mode and you’ll find the option of a button or gesture to enable one-handed mode. This must be enabled, but it will reduce the display to give you easier access to things closer to the top – ideal for small hands on large phones. Once in one-handed mode, you can switch from left to right by pressing the arrows. To exit one-handed mode, simply press the black area.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series notification tips and tricks

Samsung likes to notify you all the time, so taming those notifications and getting them to do what you want is a big part of living with a modern phone. Samsung will often replace all notifications with its own sound and vibration, so there’s a lot to do. We covered some notifications in the lock screen section above, but here’s how to master all those beeps and buzzes.

To turn off notifications from an app

go to Settings > Notifications and you’ll see a “Recently Sent” section. Tap on “See All” and you’ll get easy toggle options for all the apps on your phone. Here you can either turn them off completely or tap to control specific notifications.

Show app icon badges

icon badges are an Android feature, allowing each app to tell you how many notifications you have. Samsung applies this across the entire device. Go to settings> notifications> application icon badges. You can enable or disable the options, or tap to change the style (numbers or no numbers). If you tap an app instead, you can disable the dots for a specific app.

View your app’s notifications by long-pressing an app shortcut

this is a fairly advanced extension of icon badges. You can press and hold on an app icon that displays a badge and the notifications will be revealed in a pop-up menu. Head to settings> notifications> app icon badges and you’ll find this option at the bottom of the page under “notifications on app icons”.

Disable a notification you received

this is a standard Android feature, but it is really useful. If you receive a notification from any application and you never want to see it again, slowly slide the notification to the right and you will see a settings wheel. Press it and you’ll see the option to disable notifications for that app.

Samsung Galaxy S20 volume controls, sound and do not disturb

Learning how to master do not disturb is a key skill of Android. You can get it to give you the notifications you want when you want, you can silence your phone when you want without needing a mechanical slider, and still let those vital notifications through. On the Galaxy S20, you have five volume sliders. That’s right, five: ringtone, media, notifications, system, Bixby voice.

Enable live captioning for everything

Live captioning is a system-wide offering that will give you subtitles for video apps. It’s hidden in the volume controls. Simply press the volume up or down and when the slider appears, press the drop down arrow. This will show all your volume controls, but at the bottom of the list you will see the option to turn off live subtitles.

Ignore the media volume rocker

in the volume settings (swipe down on volume or in settings > sounds and vibration), you will find the option to use the volume keys for media. This is disabled by default, but if you enable it, when you press the volume buttons, only the multimedia volume moves. Leave it off and it controls the ringer volume, but switches to the media volume when you have media playing, for example in Netflix or Spotify.

Change vibration levels for everything

Go to settings > sounds & vibration > vibration intensity and you can change vibration levels for calls, notifications and touch.

Quickly switch to vibration alerts

If you want silence, but still want vibration alerts, tap the volume button and tap speaker icon in the pop-up. This will switch to vibrate. Or you can hold down the volume button so it slides all the way down to vibrate.

Set your phone to silent – normal volume controls only vibrate. To silence your phone, swipe down to the quick settings and press the sound shortcut. This will cycle through the sound/vibrate/mute. Don’t forget to turn the sound back on, or you’ll miss all your calls and messages, or use Do Not Disturb instead.

Disable charging sound, unlocking sound, keyboard sounds

Samsung would make your Galaxy beep and vibrate with every action and touch. Head to settings> sound and vibration> system sounds/vibration control and you’ll find all the options to disable these elements. Just do it please.

Enable and control Dolby Atmos

This can be enabled in the quick settings, or go to settings > sound & vibration > sound quality & effects. In the Dolby Atmos section, you have the option to use car, movie, music or voice as individual options for audio enhancement. There is also the possibility to automatically activate Atmos when you start a game.

Tailor the sound quality to your needs

You can customize the sound output of the S20 devices. Go to settings> sound and vibration> sound quality and effects and you will see “adapt sound” at the bottom. You can take a profile based on age or you can create a custom setting based on a short listening test.

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb is an Android feature that allows you to turn off your phone but configure a series of exceptions. Swipe down from the quick settings and tap the Do Not Disturb button to turn it on. You can also set it to a schedule, such as at night or when you’re in the office. Simply tap and hold the quick setting to access all menu options.

Allow alarms and exceptions in Do Not Disturb

if you want silence, Do Not Disturb is ideal. But if you want notifications, then you need to designate allowed exceptions. Go to settings> sound and vibration> do not disturb> allow exceptions. Here you can allow alarms (essential if you want to wake up in the morning), but also allow repeat calls or designated contacts – such as favorites for messages and calls – as well as reminders. It’s worth checking what can and can’t get through.

Allow notifications in Do Not Disturb

Although sounds and vibration are disabled in Do Not Disturb, you can still have silent notifications. In settings > sound and vibration > do not disturb > hide notifications, you will find options to allow or stop notifications. Hiding everything will mean that nothing appears, but you can choose – you can disable icon badges, the notification list, pop-ups and status bar icons.

Samsung Galaxy S20 camera and photo tips

The S20 and S20+ cameras are quite different from the S20 Ultra – but they have a lot in common and a lot to master. Here’s how to take control of the camera.

Turn on 108MP mode (S20 Ultra only)

the S20 Ultra has a 108-megapixel camera, but by default it’s set to 12 megapixels. If you want full resolution, press the aspect ratio button in the viewfinder and you’ll see the “4:3 108MP” option.

Enable 8K video capture (S20, S20+ and Ultra only)

If you want to capture video at the highest resolution, go to video mode and press the aspect ratio icon – you’ll see the option for 16:9 8K. You lose some functionality at this resolution – there are no advanced features, just 8K capture.

Use night mode for better low-light shots

Samsung has improved low-light shooting both in the normal camera and with a night mode. When it’s dark, the camera suggests you use night mode – tap the notification. Or, go to shooting modes and tap night mode. When shooting in low light, keep the camera as steady as possible until the little moon in the shutter release is filled with yellow.

Get a better macro shot

The large aperture of S20 cameras means that things up close can look blurry around the edges. This is partly due to the f/1.8 aperture. Step back and use the telephoto lens instead – the narrower f/3.5 (on the S20 Ultra) or f/2.0 (on the S20) can get things in focus closer.

Use Single Take for moving subjects – if you’re looking at something interesting that’s moving, like a street performer or maybe your dog, Single Take can capture a range of images and video for you. Note: Single Take does not capture sound by placing its own soundtrack over the video.

How to get out of camera mode

If you find that you are stuck in camera mode and don’t know how to get back, look for the back arrow in the left corner of the phone. This will return to the normal viewfinder.

Disable ultra wide angle distortion correction

When you take a picture with the ultra wide angle camera, the software corrects some of the distortion that goes with it. This could be a straight line that is curved when it shouldn’t be, for example. If you prefer the phone not to do this, go to the camera settings > recording option and you will see the option to disable it.

Activate the suggested shot mode

a feature introduced on the S10, it will analyze the scene and suggest the best composition. The camera will suggest the best shot and help you align it with an on-screen guide. Open the camera and press the settings wheel at the top and you will find the option to activate it.

Use Scene Optimizer to improve your photos

the new Scene Optimizer uses IA to improve your photos, while allowing longer handheld night shots. In the viewfinder of the Camera application, you’ll see a swirling icon in the corner. If it’s blue, the Scene Optimizer is on and will identify the scene and choose the best settings for you. If there is no swirling icon, go to the camera settings and turn on the scene optimizer. You can also change its operation in the same section.

Quick launch of the camera

By default, a double press on the side button will launch the camera. If you want to change this – as we mentioned for the side button controls above – go to settings> advanced features> side button and you will find the controls.

Change camera mode

the camera loads and you can browse the modes from the photo, browsing the modes you see to the right or down. Basically, you can browse this list by browsing a single shot, photo, video, etc. You can drag your finger on the camera screen to move through the modes. In addition, you will find the other functions, like pro (manual control), night, live focus, hyperlapse and so on.

Change the available camera modes

you don’t have to stick to the default options above – you can add or remove modes you find more useful. Head to “more” and you’ll see a pencil appear at the bottom. Press it and it will allow you to drag the modes of your choice onto the list, so you can easily select them without opening the “More” menu every time.

Quickly switch from rear to front camera

there is a button to switch between front and rear cameras, but you can also do it with a simple swipe. Just swipe up or down to switch to the other camera (basically, swipe in the opposite direction to the one that changes the shooting mode as above). Or, you can press the power button twice more and the cameras will switch.

Enable raw capture

If you want the dng files to be recorded as well as the normal jpeg, go to settings > recording options. Here is the option to record both raw and jpeg files. To use it, however, you’ll need to be in Pro mode, so if you want raw files, turn it on and shoot in Pro – you can’t switch to 108MP in that mode either, so you can’t get that huge raw file.

Enable video stabilization

to stabilize your video on the rear camera, just press unicorn on the left with a hand and wavy lines. This activates the super stable mode. It is yellow when it is on. You can’t have super stability on 8K video.

Shoot HDR10+ video

HDR10+ is a beta (or “lab”) feature. Head to video mode, then open the camera settings> advanced recording features. You can switch to HDR10+, but be aware that you can only view them on an HDR10+ compatible display, otherwise they look like a low quality video. You can also only capture HDR10+ at 1080/30p, not the full range of resolutions offered by the camera.

Take a portrait selfie

Rather than offering a portrait mode, Samsung offers “live focus”, which will blur the background. Simply switch to the front camera and select live focus from the menu. There are four different bokeh effects to try. Note that skin smoothing is enabled by default, so tap the wand icon if you want to make changes.

Use AR Emoji

This is now a completed mode in the menu. It will allow you to capture an emoji that looks like you or use various AR characters. Just tap on AR emoji and have fun.

To take a long exposure photo

Open Pro mode. On the right side/bottom you will see the ability to change the exposure time with a symbol that looks like a camera shutter. Use the slider to select the desired time. The exposure compensation icon will indicate whether you are going to over or underexpose, switching from + to -.

Change the gallery display

if you are looking at your photos and want to display more or less, you can pinch the zoom to change the thumbnail display.

Tips for the Samsung Galaxy S20 edge screen

Ever since Samsung introduced the Infinity Edge Screen, it has been trying to find things to do with it. If you don’t want any of the features, you can disable everything.

Add or remove edge panels

go to settings > display > edge screen and tap on edge panels. Here you will see the selection of available panels and you can add and remove the ones you don’t want. Stick to the point, otherwise you’ll spend more time navigating and less time doing. Smart selection is worth studying.

Move the edge panel handle anywhere

you can move the edge handle (where you have to drag to open the edge panels) anywhere on the left or right side of the screen. Just press and hold and you can drag it anywhere you want. If you don’t want to be able to move it, you can disable this option in the settings, as below.

Change the size and transparency of the edge panel handle

go to settings > display > edge screen > edge panels. Then press the menu in the upper right corner and select “handle settings”. In these settings you can modify the handle – including making it invisible, changing the color, size and whether you want it to vibrate when touched.

Enable edge lighting for notifications

You can turn on the edges of the screen to send you notifications. Go to settings> display> edge screen> edge lighting. You can change the style of the edge lighting and designate which applications it will notify you about. You can have it for everything, or only for the apps you really want.

Disable the edge screen

go to settings > display > edge screen and disable the edge panels. They will be banished to the bucket of features you never use.

Bixby tips and tricks

Bixby is Samsung’s assistant. It debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S8 in 2017 and then appeared in subsequent phones. The AI assistant can do a range of things, but it’s basically split into Bixby Voice (with its own screen) and Bixby Vision. We covered some Bixby Voice tips in the digital assistants section above. If you want to learn more about Bixby, we have a full Bixby feature you can take advantage of.

Set up a Bixby routine

go to Settings > Advanced Features > Bixby Routines and you’ll find this option. This will allow you to set up various If and Then recipes. For example, when you travel abroad, turn off mobile data. You can create custom routines based on the opening of an application, which is ideal for games, for example.

Use Bixby to access your phone’s settings

One of the benefits of Bixby is that it can be used to access your phone’s settings. Press and hold the Bixby button and Voice will start listening, then say what you want to change on your phone.

Use Quick Commands to change the state of your phone

there are a range of quick commands that will adapt your phone to particular settings, like driving, for example. They’ll let you use Bixby Voice to activate them in a flash. Open Bixby via the button, swipe up to open the main Bixby page, open the menu at the top right and you’ll find “quick commands.” Here you configure what you want to happen when you say a particular thing. It’s like Bixby Routines but for voice.

Make sure Bixby only responds when it’s connected to a Bluetooth device

it’s fun. Head to Bixby Settings> Voice Response and you’ll find the option to make sure Bixby only responds by voice when connected to a Bluetooth device. This makes it ideal for hands-free control, in the car for example.

Use Bixby Vision to translate

open the camera and you’ll find Bixby Vision in the camera modes. Press it and it will open Vision. By default, it’s set to read barcodes and purchases – but open the menu and you’ll find the option to turn on translation, which is much more useful. Then it will find text and translate it live for you.

Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ Screen Capture

Take a screenshot: press the Volume Down and Sleep buttons simultaneously. A screen shot will be captured.

Palm Swipe for Screen Capture

If you don’t want to press the buttons to take a screen capture, go to settings > advanced features > movements and gestures and enable palm swipe to capture. This prevents you from having to press two buttons at once. It should be enabled by default.

Use smart capture

Samsung gives you more options for screen captures. Head to settings> advanced features> movements and gestures> smart capture. This will allow you to scroll to get more than one page, with instant editing and sharing options too. It’s great for capturing entire web pages. There is also a tag generator that will analyze the image and suggest tags to add.

Capture a gif from the screen

you can create a gif instantly from anything on your phone, like a video on Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. Activate the smart selection panel. Then, once your video is on the screen, swipe up to the smart selection from the edge and select the animation. A preview window will appear that allows you to save a video to create a gif.

Samsung Galaxy S20 battery tips

The Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra have massive batteries – 4000mAh, 4500mAh and 5000mAh respectively – while the S20 FE also has a 4500mAh battery. But they also burn through them pretty quickly. Here’s how to get the most out of them.

Turn off the 120Hz screen

the fast refresh rate consumes more battery, so if you’re having trouble, turn it off. Instructions are in the display section above.

Switch to Full HD+

this is the default setting on Samsung phones for a reason : higher resolutions consume more battery life. Again, the instructions are above, but head to settings> display and you’ll find the option.

Enable dark mode on your device

there is evidence that using dark mode reduces the power the phone needs to light up all those white backgrounds. Again, this is in the display settings.

Turn off features you don’t use

Samsung phones have many features and you don’t want to use them all. In many cases, you can disable them. This could include anything from Bixby, NFC, the second SIM card slot, edge panels, edge lighting, any vibration notifications.

See what’s using up battery power

Go to settings > device maintenance and tap battery. This will show you the expected battery usage based on your 7 day averages, and tapping on “battery usage” will show you what is using that battery.

View your battery usage history

On the battery usage page detailed above, you can scroll through the graph to see what your usage has been over the last 7 days. Scrolling down the page will reveal which applications have used the most battery.

Manage application power saving

in settings > device care > battery, you will find application power management. Here you can choose to put certain applications to sleep if you think they are using too much power in the background. For example, if Amazon Alexa seems to be using battery power in the background, you can choose to restrict that background access. Be careful, though – some apps may not work as intended if they’re asleep.

Enable power-saving mode

tap the shortcut in Quick Settings or go to Settings > Device Maintenance > Battery. Here you can change the power mode and engage medium or maximum battery saving, with the ability to change the settings for each mode. You can also opt for adaptive power saving.

Use Wireless PowerShare

The Samsung Galaxy S20 can reverse charge wirelessly. There’s a quick-set toggle for the feature that will allow you to charge another device when you place them back-to-back. Simply press the button, then place the other device on the back of the Galaxy S20, whether it’s Samsung Buds+, an iPhone or any other Qi device.

Enable fast charging

Go to settings > device care > battery > charging. Here you will find toggles for different charging rates.

Time to full charge

the charging time is displayed when connected to a charger. Look at the bottom of the lock screen and in the battery status screen. If you charge quickly, it will tell you that and the estimated time remaining.

Locate a lost or stolen Android phone or iPhone

Locate a lost or stolen Android phone or iPhone

You have misplaced your mobile or it has been stolen? Don’t panic! If you have activated the appropriate function, you can quickly trace it to recover it and even lock it or delete it remotely.

It’s a misfortune that doesn’t just happen to others. Losing your cell phone or having it stolen, inevitably takes on a dramatic dimension when the device contains a good part of your life. Personal photos, bank data, various contact details, messages… Nobody wants all this information to fall into the wrong hands. For that, several precautions remain essential.

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Once these measures are taken, it becomes possible to geolocate a mobile, whether it is an Android phone or an iPhone. Depending on the situation, it can be easily retrieved – when it has been forgotten, at the office, or at a friend’s house, for example -, warn the person who finds it – when it has been lost -, or block it or even erase it completely to prevent its use, if it has been stolen. All this for free and remotely.

What precautions should I take before a phone is lost or stolen?

Precautions mean taking steps before the problem occurs, since you have access to your phone…

  • First of all, you should make sure that you regularly back up the contents of your phone. This is done on Google servers for Android phones (in the device settings, enable the automatic backup options) and on iCloud or a Mac for iPhones. This way, you can recover all your data to reintegrate them into a new mobile in case you don’t get your lost or stolen smartphone back.
  • Next, you need to recover the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of your smartphone. This 15 to 17 digit number is used to uniquely identify a cell phone, similar to a social security number or an ID card. You will need it when you report the lost or stolen device to the police. This way, you will be able to notify your operator and the IMEI number of your cell phone will be registered in the database of blocked and unusable devices on the French territory. The IMEI is always written on a label glued on the original case of the phone, on a paper inside or on the purchase invoice – always keep it carefully. It is also written accessible under the battery of the phone – hardly practical on recent models, on which it is immovable … But to get it easily and instantly, simply launch the Phone app and dial *#06# on the keyboard. The IMEI is then displayed directly on your phone screen! Copy this information in a safe place, somewhere else than on your mobile.
  • Finally, the last precaution that will allow you, perhaps, to find your precious, consists in activating the options of localization. Thanks to this feature, you will be able to see on a map where your mobile is located. And if it is not connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network (3G or 4G), its last known position will be recorded on Google or Apple servers. Using a friend’s smartphone or a computer connected to the Internet, it will then be possible to make your device ring, lock it, display a message or a phone number to contact you as soon as the device is connected to a network again. You will also be able to remotely erase its contents. This last action is only to be launched when you consider your mobile as definitively unrecoverable. It will not be possible to locate it afterwards.

How to locate an iPhone?

iOS has all the necessary options to enable the location of your iPhone in case of loss or theft. If you did not activate them when you took possession of the device, here is how to proceed. You will then just have to connect to another device (mobile, tablet or computer) to locate the iPhone on a map.

Enable location on iPhone

  • Go to iOS Settings. Scroll down the page, then tap Privacy.
  • On the page that appears, tap Location at the very top. The Location Service option should normally be turned on. If it is not, flip the switch so that it is displayed in green.
  • A little further down, tap Share my location, then tap Locate my iPhone. Toggle the three switches Locate my iPhone, Network Locate and Send last location to active position. This will give you the best chance to find the location of the device even if it is offline or if its battery is depleted.

Locate the iPhone on a map

  • From a computer (PC or Mac), a tablet or an Android mobile, launch any web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari). Go to your iCloud account. Enter your Apple account ID and password (the same one you use on your iPhone).
  • With the dual authentication system, you’ve probably received an alert and a request for authorization to log in on devices (Mac, iPad or Apple Watch) also connected to your Apple account. If you have one of these devices at hand, activate the Authorize button and enter the six-digit code sent by Apple.
  • If you don’t have one of these devices or can’t receive a passcode, click the Locate button on the left below the passcode entry box.
  • Re-enter your Apple Account ID and password. A map will appear in the browser window. It shows the last known location of your device.
  • The dots (green or gray) represent your devices registered with your Apple account. The green dot means the device is connected to a network. If it is gray, the iPhone is offline. Click on one of these dots to find the one corresponding to your iPhone. Then click on the i button to the right of its name.
  • At the top right of the window, you will see the name of the device, the date and time it was last detected and three options.
  • Click Ring if you think it’s not too far from you or in a known location where someone could pick it up for you. The iPhone will ring quite loudly even if it’s in Do Not Disturb or vibrate mode. If it is turned off or offline, the ringtone will sound as soon as it is turned back on and/or connected to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.
  • If you don’t recognize the location displayed on the map, click on Lost Mode. Here you can enter a phone number where you can be reached if someone finds it. Click on Next.
  • Now enter a message. It will appear on the iPhone screen as soon as it is turned on and connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network. Click on Done.
  • Finally, if you click Delete iPhone, all data on the iPhone will be deleted and the link to your Apple account will be broken. You will no longer be able to locate the device. Use this function only if you think you will never find it again and if you prefer that no one accesses its contents.

How to locate an Android smartphone?

Google has also foreseen the eventuality of the loss or theft of your smartphone. The American giant has implemented a device on Android that allows you to locate it on a map from any other device (PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet) connected to the Internet… provided that the location system is activated on the missing mobile.

Activate location on the smartphone

  • In order for you to find your phone, you need to check a few details. Go to the Android settings by pressing the cogwheel icon, then choose Security, Security and Location, Security Status or equivalent (the names may change depending on the version of Android, the manufacturer and the software overlay).
  • Make sure the Locate my device option is enabled. If other settings are available for location (for example, a High Precision mode), enable it.

Locate the Android smartphone on a map with a browser

  • From a computer (PC or Mac), tablet or Android mobile, launch any browser and go to Google’s Android device search webpage. Enter your Google Account ID and password (the same one you use on your Android smartphone).
  • The page that appears shows a map with an immediate Locate My Device alert superimposed on it. Accept the terms of use.
  • Immediately, the map updates and refocuses on the last known position of your smartphone. Its name is displayed in the upper left corner. It is accompanied by the date and time when it was last detected. On the left panel, you have three options.
  • Click on the first option, Ring, if you think it is not too far from you or in a known location where someone could pick it up for you. Your phone will ring loudly for five minutes even if it’s in Do Not Disturb or Vibrate mode. If it’s turned off or offline, it will ring as soon as it’s turned back on and/or connected to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.
  • If you don’t recognize the location shown on the map, click on the second suggestion, Secure Device. You can then enter a phone number where you can be reached if someone finds it. You can also write a message that will appear on the phone’s screen as soon as it is turned on and connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network. Keep it short, you only have 60 characters. Then click on Secure Device.
  • Your phone will be instantly locked as soon as it is turned on and/or connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network. If you get it back, you will only need to enter the security PIN you usually use to unlock it (fingerprint or facial recognition will not be enough).
  • Finally, if you click on Delete device data, all the content of your phone will be deleted and the link with your Google account will be broken. You will not be able to locate it anymore. Use this function only as a last resort, if you think you will never find your phone and if you prefer that no one accesses its contents.

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You have just lost your cell phone, it is as if the sky fell on your head. Without it, you feel lost. And it would be even worse if it was a theft. You thought of the thousand and one ways you could avoid this disaster. But, how about using a technique that will help you locate a cell phone? Of course, yes, because this is an unexpected service, to be seized at all costs. Except that, with us, it’s free.

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Thanks to our FLM panel, you will be able to access the real time location of the person you are looking for. And, of course, in total discretion. No one will guess who you are.

In addition, and as a true expert, we have the ability to locate any cell phone with an Internet connection.

How to locate a cell phone online?

How to do it? It’s almost child’s play. You just have to enter your phone number in the fields provided. And then our powerful algorithms come into play, and frantically work to locate a cell phone by satellite and once done, they will offer you, like on a silver platter a fast and accurate geolocation, with an almost insignificant margin of error. And this is where our strength lies, in the almost infallible precision of our algorithms, this tool with magical virtues. When the phone is located, you will be redirected to a new page that will show you with mathematical precision the location of the device.

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And rest assured, no one will be able to reveal your identity, because, and this is our major concern, we want to preserve the anonymity of our customers, that is why the geolocation of the cell phone will be done on our servers, no script will be launched on your terminal, so that you are not identified, tracked.

We will not establish any information exchange, everything, absolutely everything is governed by our geolocation system. Once the work is done, you will have at the end the GPS coordinates of the person you are looking for.

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But, for our algorithms to successfully track the lost cell phone, the target phone, the person to be geolocated should be connected to the Internet and the location setting on his mobile should be functional. Then, our algorithms will do the rest. They will inject small spyware on the phone you want to locate, and therefore allow our system to recover the exact coordinates of the target person, these coordinates will be subsequently displayed on a map, with the live movements of your device.

However, our system can’t do anything if the phone to be located is switched off or if it is outside the coverage area of its operator, but as soon as the user connects to the Internet, our algorithms will be activated and will collect its GPS coordinates which will be sent to you systematically, with the added bonus of remembering this extraordinary option, its movements while its phone was switched off.

How to locate a cell phone with google?

Enter the phone number of the person you want to locate, and possibly your identity, it’s optional; as well as your email address or your phone number so that we can contact you.

  • Click on locate a cell phone.
  • Access our mobile geolocation panel, a Captcha may be required to access the location panel, it will only take a few minutes.
  • And above all, do not forget that our service is 100% anonymous and 100% free.

Finally, we want to reassure you too. Our code of ethics requires us to protect the privacy of our customers. And we are committed to doing so. That is why we strictly comply with the laws in force as set forth by the CNIL. Moreover, these laws stipulate that the location of a cell phone cannot be done without the prior authorization of the user. Nothing to say then, you will be in good hands.

 

How to locate your child's phone?

How to locate your child’s phone?

I’ve tried a variety of methods for monitoring my children’s phone locations, including various spy apps, but none of them performed well and were difficult to set up and use.

That’s when I realized that I don’t need the latest spy technology to locate my kids’ phones. With the right parental control app, I can get real-time updates of where all my kids are 24/7 (thanks to the GPS in their phones).

There are hundreds of parental control apps available, many of which I’ve tried with my children, but not all of them have accurate and safe monitoring and location features. I found Norton Family, which has an easy-to-use interface and a cloud-based dashboard that allows me to see where my children are at all times. Norton Family is available as a 30-day free trial, allowing you to try out the service without risk and without having to give your credit card details.

Is the native geolocation feature enough?

Android and iOS devices all have a built-in location feature, which can also be used to track your children. However, this feature was created to find a lost or stolen phone, not to track its geographic location. This means that it can be difficult to access the tracking data unless you have your child’s Google or iCloud information. It’s also easy for kids to disable this feature or turn off the phone’s GPS, making location tracking impossible.

On the other hand, a good parental control app displays location data on the dashboard of the parent app and does not allow children to disable tracking services or GPS without prior permission.

Location tracking is just one of the many essential features of parental control apps. The best of these apps also provide comprehensive monitoring solutions that can incorporate web filters, screen time management, etc.

What’s the easiest way to monitor your child’s phone without their knowledge?

There really isn’t an easy way to anonymously monitor a child’s phone or tablet. Although there are spy apps that allow for discreet installation, but it’s far from easy. The best monitoring apps also require root, which can damage the phone if you don’t know how to do it.

You’ll need to install these apps directly on your child’s phone or via their iCloud account, which can be difficult if you want to do it without their knowledge.

Instead of using spy apps, special educators and psychologists recommend opening a dialogue with children about the dangers present on the internet and explaining why monitoring programs are necessary. That way, they won’t feel like you’re invading their privacy, and since the applications run in the background, kids will likely forget they’re there after a week or two.

How do you locate your child’s phone discreetly?

Locating a phone without kids knowing is a little easier than setting up discreet monitoring tools. Most Android and iPhone phones come with a location feature. However, these devices are designed to locate a lost phone, so it can be difficult for parents to access the data. Additionally, children can simply disable the geolocation feature on their devices.

Another solution is to install a parental control application and save it in a hidden folder, hoping your kids won’t find it. I don’t recommend either of these options, as they usually don’t end well and can cause you a lot of problems in your relationship with your children.

The best solution is to talk to your kids and let them know that you are installing a parental control app on their phones that allows them to be located. Since the tracking is done in the background, the kids won’t pay attention to it, and may even forget it’s there. In the meantime, you can monitor their location and make sure they are where they should be and not getting into trouble.

The 5 best parental control apps to monitor your kids

1- Norton Family: very accurate location tracking on Android and iOS

Norton Family is much more than just a location tracking app. It’s simply the best parental control app I’ve tested, not only for location, but also for monitoring my kids’ online activities. It all starts with a simple setup, where I was able to create a unique profile for each of my kids with predefined web filters and screen time.

After the profiles were created, I installed the apps on their phones, and it instantly monitored and tracked their activities. There is a section in the dashboard related to location, where you can not only view your children’s real-time geographic location on a map, but also the location history for each of them.

Norton Family has an AI-based web filter that adds sites to at least 47 categories, based on the text, images and metadata of the site. You can choose which categories you want to block completely or warn kids if the site they are visiting may not be appropriate. I like that Norton Family has a feature that allows kids to send an unlock request if they feel the website is blocked by mistake.

The screen time management tools are divided into two parts. You can set a daily time limit or create a usage schedule. There is also a remote learning setting that allows kids to use their devices for school work, but the time will not count towards the daily limit. You can create a list of websites to include in the remote learning environment, and everything else will be blocked.

Norton Family offers a premium subscription that supports an unlimited number of devices and child profiles. Before committing to a long-term subscription, I recommend taking advantage of Norton Family’s 30-day free trial. You don’t have to enter any payment information, and if the app isn’t a good fit for your family, at the end of the 30 days, the account will automatically switch to a basic free plan.

2- Qustodio : configure georeferencing in a radius of up to 200 meters

There aren’t many parental control apps that are better at location-based control. Qustodio recently updated its app to include a geo-referencing feature. This means that you can set a 200-meter radius around where your kids are supposed to be, and if they leave that radius, you’ll get an alert on your phone.

Qustodio has an SOS button that kids can press in case of an emergency and that sends a text or email to parents in case of an emergency. While this feature is a great initiative, which I have yet to see in other parental control apps, it does have some flaws and still needs improvement.

I’ve challenged my kids to find flaws or failures in the web filter and screen time limit feature, but they haven’t made it this far. I really like getting notifications or alerts when they try to access a restricted site or use a locked device. This way I don’t have to go through all the notifications every day and only get updates when there is something that needs my attention.

All Qustodio subscriptions come with a 30 day money back guarantee, I personally tested this guarantee by emailing the customer service team. I didn’t have to come up with a reason why I wanted to cancel my subscription, I simply said it wasn’t the right app for me. I was responded to within 2 business days to let me know that the refund request was accepted.

3- Net Nanny: configure a geographic limit based on location history

Net Nanny is known as one of the best parental control apps thanks to its customizable web filters and screen time management features. Lately, the app has improved its geolocation features, which is why I placed it third in my list.

Using the phone’s GPS, Net Nanny can provide an accurate real-time location that can be viewed from the app’s parent dashboard. Net Nanny does have a geo-location feature, but it is extremely basic. First of all, you can’t create a geographic boundary based on where your child wants to go, unless they’ve already been there and the destination appears in the location history. If you have set a geographic limit and your child leaves the allowed area, you will receive an instant alert on the dashboard.

Net Nanny offers several subscription plans depending on the number of devices you need to monitor. I chose the Family Protection Pass plan that protects 5 devices and requested a refund after 10 days by sending an email to customer service. The email had to include the reason why I wanted a refund. The customer service team responded quickly to my request and tried to resolve my issue, but when I said that a feature I wanted was missing, an advisor immediately proceeded with my refund.

4- Kaspersky Safe Kids: setting a permitted geographical area for your children

Kaspersky Safe Kids has a special geolocation feature. You can enter an address or location and the date and time of the place where you think your children are. You will then receive an alert when they arrive and leave the authorized area. Plus, you can get real-time location updates when you access the app’s dashboard.

Safe Kids also has a great web filter with 14 categories, but my kids were able to find ways around it to visit restricted websites.

Not only does Kaspersky offer one of the cheapest subscriptions, but you can also get a free 7-day trial and test the program yourself. I appreciated not having to enter my payment information to start my free trial. After 7 days, my account was upgraded from the premium version to the free version, which does not offer the geolocation feature, and I didn’t have to worry about my refund!

5- Mobicip: good location functionality, but no geolocation functionality

While most of Mobicip’s dashboard is perfectly fine for easy use, it took me a while to find the location option. Once I found it, I found that it allowed me to access the GPS and track my children’s geographic location in real time. Each child’s avatar is displayed on a Google Maps with full accuracy.

Mobicip offers a 7-day free trial, which allowed me to test all of its features and verify the location system. Although I had to enter my credit card information, Mobicip does not charge the card account until the 7 days are up. All I had to do was delete my account via the dashboard, and I didn’t have to worry about a refund.

Find out where your kids are 24/7

These days, kids have more freedom than ever, and it’s our job as parents to keep them safe. With so many parental control apps out there, it’s hard to find one that’s right for you. It’s even harder to find one with good location functionality. Of all the apps I tested, Norton Family outshone them all in terms of accuracy with location, monitoring, web filtering and ease of use features. Norton Family offers a free 30-day trial so you can test its location functionality yourself without having to enter your payment information.