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.

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.

  Locate a cell phone for free at a distance!

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.

But first of all, we would like to point out that our service to locate a phone is compatible with Windows and Mac, tablet and Mobile under Android, or iOs for the iPhone, and whatever your terminal, you will be able to locate a cell phone for free without authorization of the person you want.

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.

Functioning of the Portable Geolocation

If you want to take advantage of our service and locate a lost or stolen cell phone, there is only one address to visit, ours: “edenback.com” the application that will allow you to track any cell phone in Europe, and even, and this is the good news, you can locate an iPhone. Isn’t that amazing!

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.

Easy Guide: Applications to locate a person's phone

Easy Guide: Applications to locate a person’s phone

You’ve lost your smartphone or you want to keep an eye on your kids. Find out how to locate your phone

Locating someone without them knowing is useful in many situations. You may need to check on your child’s whereabouts to ensure their safety. Locating a cell phone without authorization is a great solution for people who are unsure of their spouse.  This feature is effective in case the smartphone is lost or stolen.

This type of application for locating a person is also used for wrongdoing. Malicious people use it to commit various criminal activities on their target. From a legal point of view, the use of an application to locate a person without their knowledge is only allowed for parental control.

How to track someone’s phone without their knowledge via official tools?

At the rate at which the latest Apple and Android smartphones are sold, it is better not to lose them or have them stolen inadvertently. If this is the case, there is a recourse on both sides to locate your precious cell phone.

Below we detail two official methods to locate a cell phone without needing prior authorization on iPhone and Android.

Using the “Find My iPhone” feature for iOS

Apple has developed a built-in tool for its iPhones called “Find My iPhone”. Here is how to use this feature to locate a lost smartphone or your child’s cell phone. Launch the “Find My iPhone” application on a cell phone. You can also access it from the Apple iCloud manager on your browser.

You will need to log in with your credentials or those of the target person. You will select the “Devices” tab. Once you select the device, you will be able to see its location on a map. If you select “Directions”, you will be able to access its location in the “Maps” section.

If the battery of the cell phone to be located is discharged or if the device is turned off, you will unfortunately only have access to its last location.

This feature also allows you to make the iPhone ring. To do this, you will select the “Devices” tab again. Then you choose the smartphone you want to ring, then you click on “Ring”. However, if you are not connected to the network, the device will not ring.

The “Find My iPhone” feature also offers the possibility to find a lost iPhone. To do this, once the “Devices” tab is selected, you will choose the iPhone that is lost. In the drop-down menu, you will have to select “lost” and then “activate”. This option allows you to send a message to the person who found the cell phone.

Using the “Find My Device” feature on Android

Android users can use the built-in “Find My Device” feature. To activate this feature, you will need to access the following address: https://www.google.com/android/find from your web browser. To find the phone, you will log in with the email and password for that account.

You will then select the phone and activate the “Find My Device” function. The location will be displayed on a map. This location cannot be determined if the cell phone is not connected to the Internet.

“Find My Device also allows you to lock the device if necessary. In addition, you can set a recovery phone number and send a message to the lost or stolen phone.

The best applications to track a phone without authorization

We have established a list of the 3 major applications to track a phone, without the need to have an authorization. These applications are to be considered in a security context and especially for children with a smartphone.

1- mSpy

msPy is the best surveillance application available on the market today. This spy software, specialized in online parental control, allows you to track and monitor all your child’s online activities.

You can monitor all incoming and outgoing calls as well as received, sent and deleted SMS. This software has an advanced geolocation feature that allows you to determine in real time the person’s routes on a map and the history of their movements. mSpy includes a geofencing option to delineate safe and risky areas for your child.

2- Flexispy

Flexispy is a monitoring application similar to mSpy, but with less performance. Its geolocation feature is not as well developed. It only allows you to view the location of the phone on a map that you can download to your smartphone.

3-Hoverwatch

Hoverwatch also has a GPS location feature. However, its performance is not as advanced as that of mSpy. From a general point of view, it allows you to locate the third-party device on a map.

Conclusion

After several tests, we found mSpy to be the most advanced surveillance application for locating a person without them realizing it. Its geolocation features provide a real-time overview of the movements and location of the cell phone.

It is extremely useful to have such an application for one’s children, as no one is safe from what may happen. Many young people are victims of various abuses or rackets in schools. It is therefore a way to get information and evidence if the problems go far.

With social networks we are also under various addictive influences that can cause other problems. So if it is important to have a smartphone for a child, it is also useful to be able to control him without necessarily trying to spy on all his actions. It is necessary to see the security aspect before all! After that, everyone is free to make their own choices.

 

Locate a mobile phone for free, some indisputable tricks

Until I had my mobile phone stolen a few days ago, I had never understood why it was so important, even primordial, to take measures to protect my mobile phone so that it could be easily found if it was lost.

You’ve certainly understood people telling you that it was possible to locate a mobile phone for free and find it easily, and they’re not wrong.

There are two reasons why you might want to read this article: you have lost your mobile phone and would like to find it or you simply want to take preventive measures.

Chances are that you are concerned about the case of theft. Whatever the reason for your presence, the most important thing is that you are at the right address. You will be able to find your mobile phone. Preventive and curative measures that will allow you to trace your mobile easily throughout the world.

Please keep in mind that this article is not intended to help you take control of your mobile phone remotely, but rather to inform you about its geographical location. For remote control of a mobile phone, you can refer to this publication which explains how to hack a phone. You will find a good number of bugs.

I share with you in this article, 5 tips that really make it possible to locate a smartphone and find it wherever it is. Below, you have the list of the different methods to track a phone.

1- Locate someone thanks to mobile phone data

You are constantly monitored by your operator. Do you know how the operator spies on you? You will have understood it, it is thanks to your phone number.  How does it work? It is possible thanks to the GSM network.

Indeed, your mobile in the presence of a telephone network transmits and receives signals that the relay antennas use to communicate with the satellite. Several services for locating your mobile by number work in close collaboration with mobile phone operators.

As long as your phone is switched on and covered by an operator’s network, they can help you locate it easily. One solution in case of loss is to contact your operator directly to help you find it.

It is also possible to locate a mobile phone for free thanks to the number without having to go through your operator. This solution, although preventive, works very well.

It is a question here of collecting information that will allow us to find the phone through the Internet. How does it work?

You must proceed to a triangulation which is done with the following information: the Cell Cell Id (CID), the Location Area Code (LAC), the Mobile Contry Code (MCC) and the Mobile Network Code (MNC).

This information is obtained through the Cellid Info application. It can be downloaded via the link below.

https://cellid-info.en.aptoide.com/app

Once the application has been downloaded, you must open it if you have an internet connection and accept the permissions that the application requires to function normally.  Then, retrieve the information listed above.

Once in possession of this information, go to the site so the link is given below to proceed to the localization.

https://cellphonetrackers.org/gsm/gsm-tracker.php

On the site, enter the information requested in the order and then click on “Track it”. You will then see the location of the phone on a Google Map.

Tip: Enlarge the map and then click on “Directions”. In the start field, enter your position to view the route to the location of the mobile phone.  If you are on foot, click on the foot-tone icon.

This method works for any type of phone, regardless of the brand. On iphone the Cell-ID Info application is also available.

2- How to find a mobile phone thanks toIMEI

The Internaltional Mobile Equipment Identity is the “DNA” of your phone or “its identity card”. This number, which is obtained by dialling *#06#, contains a large amount of information that makes it easy to identify a phone.

This is a very important preventive measure. It is therefore strongly recommended that you note it down as soon as you purchase your phone. You can also find it on the back of your phone by lifting the battery.

If you have taken your IMEI code and you wish to recover your stolen phone, you simply need to contact your mobile operator who will be able to assist you better.

All the thief has to do is make a call with another sim card from the operator to be detected. During the call, the IMEI code is displayed and thanks to this code the thief can be tracked. In short, this code allows mobile operators to identify the phone and control it via the GSM network.

3- The developer of the OS helps you in tracking

Developers of mobile operating systems give users the possibility to find the location of the mobile phone. Depending on the installed system, the location conditions will be different. But on the other hand, the possible actions to be performed on the located mobile will be almost similar.

Once the phone is located, you could either ring it to see if it’s nearby, lock it remotely, or completely erase the data on it.  The systems involved are Android, iOS, Windows for mobile Windowsphone, and Blackberry.

Tracking an android phone

For Android-enabled phones, Google gives you the ability to track your phone wherever it is. But you must first activate the android device manager. This feature is not enabled by default. Depending on the brands, the action may be a little bit different. But the logic remains the same. You have to go to “Settings”, “Security”, then “Device Admin” and check the box below “Android Device Manager” at the end.

Now that this function is active, you can go to the Google Device Manager site for the location of the mobile. Go to the android device manger site.

To use the service, you need to sign in with a Google Account. This is the gmail account required when using services such as the Google App Store( Play Store). It is with this account that you will log in to the “Google find my phone” site.

Once logged on the site, accept the terms of use if this is the first time. You will then be able to track your mobile, make it ring or lock it by indicating the message that will be displayed on the lost phone, followed by the phone number where you can be reached.

That’s it! Now you know how to locate an android phone with Google and find it easily. The position can be approximate, but at least you’ll have a fixed idea of the radius in which the phone is located.

Trace an iPhone

The easiest way to find an iPhone or iPad is through the iCloud account. Your laptop on iOs needs an Apple account to download applications via the App Store. This account associated with your phone is the one that is used as your iCloud account.

To locate your iPhone, you just need to follow this link: Click here to locate your iPhone. Once on the site, click on “login” at the bottom of “find your lost device”.

Enter your Apple account information. You will then see all your mobiles and can then have the exact location and do additional actions as with Google Device Manager (make it ring, …).

Although there are other methods and applications to find an iPhone, this one is more reliable, because here you don’t need to install anything on the mobile.

Trace a Windows Phone

As always, you must follow the same logic. If you’ve misplaced your Windows Phone or forgotten it somewhere and don’t remember where it is, you don’t need to panic right away! Microsoft gives you the weapons to go after your smartphone.

For the service to be functional, you must activate the locate my phone option which will allow the authors of its operating system to follow it anywhere in the world.

The next step is to go to the official Microsoft website and log in with your Windows Live ID account (Microsoft Account). Apart from locating your phone, you will be able to overwrite its contents, lock it and much more. For more details on the procedure, follow this article which explains very well how to locate a Windows Phone.

Track a BlackBerry Mobile

What is the procedure for finding a lost BlackBerry phone? BlackBerry proctect is the solution you use when you lose your BB phone. It only works if the application is installed and configured on the lost phone. In some phones, the application is already present. If it is not, you must add it manually.

If the application has been downloaded and installed, in case of loss, you can go to the BB proctect platform via the following link: http://protect.blackberry.com/ . Once on the site, you must log in with your BlackBerry ID.

Being in your account, in the manager of your phone, you have the option to delete your sensitive data if you think you can no longer find your phone, make it ring, or be fixed on its position. For more information, you can read this article.

4- Installing a tracker on the mobile phone

Yes, it is perfectly possible to install a tracker on your own or someone else’s laptop for tracking. The reasons can be various. The installation of a tracker makes it possible for example to follow your children, in this case the use is family. But more than that, it allows you to track a mobile phone in case it is lost.

A spyware application or a snitch is the name given to this type of mobile software. Its operation is simple. Once installed, you can completely hide the traces of the application in the home page. Except you will know that it exists, which avoids uninstalling it since its presence will remain secret.

The role of the application is therefore to collect information such as the location of the mobile, call history, audio recordings of calls made, SMS and messages on social networks, etc..  This information is transmitted to the software developer’s servers whenever there is an internet connection and you can retrieve it at any time via your account.

Bugs, there are a large number of them on the market. You will find free and paid ones. As an example you have: FamilyWall, Zenly, mobipast, Geozilla.

For my part, I recommend mobipast which is optimized for mobile phone geolocation.

5- The smartphone manufacturer helps you in its geo-localization

Another way to find your phone is to turn to the manufacturer. The major mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony include very advanced tracking features. All you have to do is create an account and configure it in your mobile phone to be able to geolocate it via the manufacturer’s official website.

In this article, we’ve taken the example of three brands of phones that allow you to track your mobile wherever it is. These are the brands Samsung, Sony and Htc.

Find a Samsung device

Just lost your Samsung mobile? Stay calm. You still have a chance to find it. One-time condition, have set up a Samsung account on the device and have activated the tracking option. You are a careful person and have performed these manipulations? Simply go to the official website to geolocate your phone.

How to set up a Samsung account on your device? Simply go to “Settings” then “Lock and security screen”.

In the new tab, select the option “Mobile tracking.

On the next page, create an account or simply add your Samsung account if you already have one. Once the account is added, check the “Remote Control” box.

All you have to do is go to Find My Mobile Samsung to track your phone and protect your data.

Find an HTC phone

And if my stolen phone is a Htc brand, what should I do?  Same logic as in the previous example, except that here we use HtcSence.

The first step is to activate the phone search function on your HTC, if it is not by default. Then, you must go to the site HtcSense.com.

On the Htc site, you have a complete guide on how to use HtcSense . To know more about it,

Find a Sony device

Finally, here’s how to find a Sony brand phone. Sony’s location service requires the use of a Google Account. It’s called Protection by my Xperia. Again, you need to have location enabled and have a Gmail account.

For more details on how to geo-locate a Sony device, please read the official website’s explanation of how Protection by my Xperia works.

There’s really no magic formula for locating a mobile phone. The methods detailed above are essential and sufficient to find your phone. Don’t get scammed by online sites that ask unreasonable amounts of money to geolocate a mobile phone.

This article I wanted to be as complete as possible to help you find any phone. I really hope it has been useful to you. And if it did, please share it with others and leave your questions if you think you need any assistance.

 

Top 10 Best Locator Phone Number, Anti theft and Find My Phone apps For Android

The worst thing that can happen to each of us, or more specially to person who might be suffering of Nomophobia (a contraction of No mobile phone phobia), is when his device has been lost or stolen. Losing his phone can be a dreadful experience to all of us. It isn’t just a pain, it’s a huge security risk. Nobody wants to lose their phone regardless if he was suffering of Nomophobia or no.

Anyway, you have to stay calm and just follow my guidelines and you will be fine. We’ve got 10 great locate a phone apps (Just for Androids) that can help you get your device back or at least recover data from the lost or stolen device.

There are numerous Android apps available in in the Google Play Store which can be used to locate and track the Android Smartphone which are lost or stolen. But today we have chosen for you 10 of them, the most popular apps which can be used to track down lost or misplaced Android device.

You can also track a phone location online for free.

Note: We highly recommend reporting the police your phone stolen. Don’t risk yourself for a phone.

1- Find My Device by Google

Price: Free

Find My Device is a Google app that allows you locate your lost or stolen Android phone. It can locate your device within a certain distance. You can track your phone on a map. When Google Maps isn’t sure about current location, you’ll see the last known location.

Find My Device also allows you ring your phone. Once you click on the ring button your device will ring at full volume, even if your device is on silent. Worst case, you can erase the device or lock it with a custom message.

This app is completely free with no in-app purchases or advertising.

2- Where’s My Droid

Price: Free with in-app purchases

When your phone goes stolen, with Where’s My Droid you can send a code via text that make the phone ring, even if your device is set in silent mode. And you will receive the GPS coordinates of your phone. You can also control your phone by connecting it to a web-based interface. You can use GPS to find your device’s location on a map and track its movements.

Where’s My Droid offers a Pro version which allow lock your phone from anywhere to keep your data safe or remote wipe the app to save your personal information from misuse. It’s lets also take pictures with the camera

3- Cerberus Phone Security (Antitheft)

Price: Free trial, subscription required

Cerberus Phone Security is another third-party anti-theft app for Android. The three main ways that Cerberus Phone Security provides users with a remote control options via the web portal, such as locking the device, sounding an audible alarm, displaying a text message.

Cerberus Phone Security can locate and track your device, start an alarm, lock your device, and wipe all the memory (Internal and external). It can also take photos and record videos of the person who has stole your device, and upload them to the cloud for you.

You can enjoy a 7 days free trial. After that, you need to sign up for $5 per year for pro version

4- Lost Android

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Lost Android is a significant app with a diverse collection of features for locating your lost device.

Features:

  • Read SMS’es from your phone and send them to your email
  • Pop up messages on the phone
  • Start alarm with flashing screen from your PC
  • Find the location of your phone on a map
  • Lock and unlock the phone from the web
  • Get call list
  • Record sound from microphone
  • Erase SD card
  • Wipe phone
  • And various other features

5- Life360 – Family Locator, GPS Tracker

Price: Free, $5 monthly for premium

Life360 is a family locator gps tracker that let you stay in sync with your family members.
You create a circle of your family members and invite them to join the group. Once accepted, each member appears as an icon on a private map so you can show their location accurately.

It let you know when they have reached certain locations or when they are arrived or left at a particular places. You don’t need to check your phone every time Life360 send you alerts when your family arrives at a designed location!

Features:

  • Create family members groups to track location
  • Communicate without using text messages
  • It can help locate stolen or lost devices

6- T-Mobile FamilyWhere

Price: Free trial, subscription required

This is a T-Mobile lost phone tracker. You can use FamilyWhere for FREE for 30 days. After the trial ends, there’s a monthly subscription for $10/month that appears on your bill.

Here’s how to locate family members on your account:

  • Log into your account at T-Mobile.com.
  • Click on Profile.
  • Click on Family Controls, then head to Manage.
  • Then you select phone number you want to locate.

Features:

  • Locate your family members on demand
  • Check to see if your kids are home after school or practice with automatic
    scheduled checks
  • Allow your family members to share their location with you

7- SeekDroid: SeekDroid Lite

Price: Free to download, subscription required

SeekDroid is a service that will give you the ability to track your phone from any internet connected device. Once you login to SeekDroid.com you will be able to track the movements of the lost or stolen device with a history map, sound an alarm with a message (even if it is on silent mode), remote lock, retrieve the most recent call logs, and even wipe as a last resort.

8- Prey Anti-Theft

Price: Free
Prey Anti-Theft is a security application provides you with many features that allow you to track your lost or stolen device. It help you protecting your device and data including location of the device, thief’s picture, and allow you to see all active connections near your phone to track it easier.

Prey Anti-Theft offers a set of premium features like wiping, and a File Retrieval feature that allows you to recover your data.

9- Lookout Security & Antivirus

Price: Free, subscription required

The free version of Lookout Security and Antivirus includes anti-theft features (location, alarm), the antivirus, and System Advisor to report on OS issues.

It goes for $2.99/month or $29.99/year. It’s specially good for an antivirus or anti-malware app.

10- Plan B

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Plan B allows you to to track your lost or stolen phone even if the app hadn’t been installed before hand. But it’s better to install it on the phone before.

Plan B can locate your phone as long as the phone is on and connected to the internet. Then the service sends the location of your device to your Email Inbox.

Bonus

McAfee Antivirus & Security

Kaspersky Mobile Security

Norton Mobile Security Lite

AVG AntiVirus

Avast! Mobile Security