Starter Guide: 8 Essential Samsung Galaxy S8 Tips (You Must Know!)

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Samsung Galaxy S8 hit the stores on 21st of April, which means that a lot of people already received their pre-orders or bought from the stores. So, if you did grab it or if you plan to buy the new Galaxy S8, then you need to read the starter guide and here are some of the most essential Samsung Galaxy S8 tips and tricks to get the most of it.

The Best and Hidden – Samsung Galaxy S8 Tips And Tricks

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SET UP ALL THE UNLOCK METHODS

The first thing in the tips and tricks for Samsung Galaxy S8 is the different unlock methods. The first activity you should do with your Galaxy S8 is to set up all the biometrics methods that Samsung provides to unlock the phone. The Galaxy S8 has a conventional fingerprint scanner, but the position of the scanner is quite weird. No need to worry, because Samsung also offers iris and a face unlock method. In our opinion, you should try all of them to find out which one is working best for you.

How to do it?

Go to setting, then Lock Screen and Security to set up the unlock methods.

SWITCH THE PLACEMENT OF THE ON-SCREEN BUTTONS

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The Galaxy S8 is the first flagship smartphone by Samsung to use virtual on-screen buttons, and their default configuration is in the traditional order of Recent, Home button, and Back. It can be confusing for those who speaks any other language that reads left to right or you are switching from any other Android phone, as the back button is always in the wrong position. Thankfully, because they are not physical buttons, you can change the positions of the buttons.

How to do it?

Go to setting app, under Display and Navigation Bar. You can also change the theme of the bottom bar as you like.

TURN ON EDGE NOTIFICATIONS

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It is one of my favorite things in the Galaxy S8. Its software can make the edges of the display light up when any notification comes in. It also has ‘window shade’ effects for a slick pill-shaped bubble that pops up when an alert is received. We do not know the reason, these features are disabled, and you have to dig into the settings to enable them.

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How to do it?

Just go to Settings App, then Display, then Edge Screen, then toggle the Edge lighting feature to enable it.

CHANGE THE DISPLAY SCALING

It is from one of my personally favorite Samsung Galaxy S8 tips. If you bought the smaller Galaxy S8 of 5.8 inches screen size, then you may have noticed that mostly the on-screen elements such as buttons and text are large. They are not fixed, you can adjust the scaling of the display to smaller items, and you can see more things at one time.

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How to do it?

Go to Settings App, Display, then Screen zoom and font. You can slide the Screen Zoom to the left to get more of your screen back.

CHANGE THE THEME

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The Galaxy S8’s software interface is pretty nice, and more attractive than the Samsung’s earlier efforts have been. However, if you do not like the white background of the notification system apps, you can change the look entirely by downloading a different theme.

How to do it?

Go to Settings App, Wallpapers and Themes to browse the many themes available.

SET UP THE ALWAYS ON DISPLAY

You can also amend the way of always-on display feature look. It can show the date, time, battery life, icons for new notifications, and virtual home button. You can download various other options if you head to the themes section.

Always On Display options found in Settings, then Lock Screen and Security, you can install themes for it from the previously mentioned themes section, as well.

SET UP SAMSUNG PAY

The Galaxy S8 has full support for Samsung’s payments platform, which can be used at various points and more than Google’s own Android Pay. How to do it? Open the Samsung Pay application, and set up your account, add supported credit or debit card.

Samsung will even give you bonus points in its rewards program for being one of the first person to buy the Galaxy S8 when you set up a Samsung Pay.

 TAKE A SCREENSHOT

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It is not one of the setup tips and tricks for Samsung Galaxy S8, but it is still useful for everyday life. The Galaxy S8 lacks a physical home button, taking a screen shot is little different than older Samsung smartphones. There are multiple ways to take a screenshot in Galaxy S8.

The first way is to press the power button and volume down button at the same time. After the screenshot is captured, you can edit, share, or capture more of the screen instantly. It is useful if you are trying to take more than just the visible things on your phone at once.

The second method is to enable a gesture that will allow you to swipe the side of your hand across the Galaxy S8 screen to take the screen shot. It is quite difficult, and it is not easier than the first method. However, if you want to try it, then go to Settings, Advanced Features, then toggle on the Palm swipe to capture option.

The third and last method to capture a screen shot is to use the Smart Select Edge App that is available by swiping in on the tab that sits on the right side of the screen. You can choose what area of the screen you want and even capture a GIF file from a playing video that can be instantly shared. The default should enable it, but if you want to know how to do it? Then go to Settings App, Display, then Edge Screen, to Edge Panels to see all of the available configurations and options.

So these were the Samsung Galaxy S8 tips and tricks, if you want to know more then read our round-up story.

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