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Galaxy S8 and S9: Best Tips and Tricks for Your Device

Dolby atmosphere

The Dolby Atmos system is featured on newer Samsung models, although it is disabled by default. It is quite simple to enable it, however, as it is accessible from the system's shortcut center. Swipe the notification bar and access the command center, swiping from right to left to access the second wave of shortcuts.

Turn on Dolby Atmos, and if you want to set the sound profile for a better experience, hold your icon for a few seconds until the profiles appear:

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Dolby Atmos System Profiles for Galaxy S9 / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Monitored Permissions

The Monitored Permissions system has come with Android Oreo to the Galaxy S9 and S9 +, and it is an enhanced version of Android's native app permissions. By going to the Device Maintenance menu under System Settings, you will find this option and be able to set individual accesses for each application manually.

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Monitored Permission System / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Download New Emoji AR

The Emoji AR feature creates a design based on the user's facial expressions through the front or rear camera of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +. Most interestingly you can download masks of Disney characters or other brands or with different designs.

To do this you need to open the Galaxy App Store and click on Sticker Shop at the top of the store. Check out the available options and download the ones you like and automatically the new mask will be added to the camera software along with the others.

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Disney's Emoji AR / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

How to activate the "Edge Screen"

One of the best mix of features of Samsung Note and Edge series has been added original version of Galaxy S8. The feature known as "Edge Screen" offers S Pen inheritances and dual-edge screen functions for the Galaxy S8, S9, S9 + and Galaxy S8 +. Since both models have curved sides of the display, you can use the side tab for quick access to applications, tasks, contacts, and more.

By default, the Edge Screen is already enabled on new flagships, but if you have not enabled it, go to Settings> Display> Edge Screen> Enable.

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Edge Screen allows you to quickly access system resources / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Use the "smart selection" function to create GIFs

Smart selection feature includes advanced screen capture functions. This allows you to create and crop square or round images, add notes or markers, and immediately split or save them. In addition, videos can be converted and divided into animated GIFs using smart selection.

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Using Smart Selection you can make GIFS or screenshots / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

This is a great resource for improving social media posts or WhatsApp posts. First, find a video you really want to use as a GIF YouTube is always a good place to start. Then just follow these steps:

  • Swipe from the Galaxy S8 side tab to open Edge Screen features and navigate to "Smart Selection" and select "Animation";
  • Increase or decrease the area you want to capture in GIF by resizing the check box;
  • Select "Record" while the video is playing and the tool should capture the video / GIF.

As the GIF is being recorded, a timer and file size indicator become visible. After that, you can edit the GIF by adding drawings, for example, but you can't cut it using the editing tool, unfortunately.

How to turn on the blue light filter

The Blue Light Filter allows you to reduce eye strain by limiting the amount of blue light emitted by the screen. Incidentally, this is a feature that is already present in the Galaxy S line since the update for Android Nougat. To enable it simple, go to quick shortcuts or Settings> Display> Blue Light Filter> enable filter. In the settings, it is still possible to customize the opacity and schedule the filter for specific times.

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Rest your eyes from the brightness of your smartphone screen with the blue light filter / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

How to turn off the "Always On" feature

With the integration of Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung software, the Always On feature has become much more functional as, in addition to showing which notifications you have received, double clicking on them will get you straight to the message in question.

However, despite the low power consumption, many users do not use this feature, and since Always On is configured by default, I decided to share two tips about this feature. The first is how to turn it off completely: To do so, go to Settings> Lock Screen and Security> Always On Display> Disable function.

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Configure Always On Display Limited / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

The second tip, which I use configured in my Galaxy S9, limit the feature between 7h and 23h, because then, night, does not disturb my sleep. To change this, go to Settings> Lock Screen & Security> Always On Display> Disable the option: Always display> Set schedule.

How to decrease screen time

Some time ago I wrote about one of the great energy saving secrets on your smartphone and this same tip goes for the Galaxy S8, S9, S9 + and S8 +. Limiting the amount of time the screen stays on is an excellent way to increase battery life. So if you don't work using your smartphone all the time, rethink the screen time you use. The default backlight duration setting for the Galaxy S8 can be 15 seconds.

You can adjust timeout settings by going to Settings> Display> Backlight Duration> select 15 seconds.

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Screen Time / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

How to control screen brightness

In conjunction with the tip above, take the time to decrease the brightness of your phone screen by using the quick shortcut settings, as in dark environments you can further optimize your smartphone battery. First, make sure that auto brightness is off, as everything related to brightness adjustment consumes a lot of battery power. To do so, go to Settings> Display> Auto brightness> disable option.

From there, control the brightness of the screen from the quick shortcut bar. As simple as limiting the sleep mode and display brightness of your Galaxy S8, S9, S9 + or S8 + may seem, at the end of the day you will notice the difference between worrying about it and not.

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Screen brightness / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Optimize the battery using the "Performance Mode" function

The "Device Maintenance" feature, added TouchWiz with the system update for Android 7.0 Nougat, also offered on the Galaxy S8, S9, S9 + and S8 + and brings "Performance Modes" as a power saving solution. Samsung saw in the software a good alternative to saving energy by offering up to four performance modes:

  • Optimized (recommended) – This is the way the Galaxy S8 goes out of the box. It balances battery life and screen resolution for daily use. Can be used with up to three screen resolutions: HD + (1480 x 720), FullHD + (2220 x 1080), WQHD + (2960 x 1440). Energy savings will be directly related to screen resolution;
  • Game – Enhances the gaming experience by making games run more efficiently. It can also be used in the three resolutions cited in optimized mode, but by default FHD +.
  • Entertainment – Configures music and video for high quality sound (UHQ), enhances images for maximum quality through the video enhancer. It can be used in all three resolution settings, but by default uses WQHD +;
  • High performance – Utilizes the full screen potential of the Galaxy S8, maximum brightness and resolution.
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Each performance mode has a power consumption profile / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Suspend background apps

With Android Nougat, the option to suspend apps has prevented them from using the battery when in the background. This means that these apps cannot receive updates or send notifications. However, this will happen when you open them again.

To do this, simply press and hold your finger on the app in question, and when you open the options box, choose Suspend. This will put the app to sleep. But remember, to do this, of course, the app must be running in the background, otherwise the option will not appear.

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You can suspend power and background data consumption / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

These are some of the tips and tricks for the Galaxy S8, S9, S9 + and S8 +. Testing was done with the Galaxy S9 running on Android Oreo. The video with the features of the new version you can watch in the player below:

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