7 Lesser-Known Features You Need to Try On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone

Samsung phones are packed with features both in terms of software and hardware. With so many features that a typical Samsung phone has, you may not know about all of them or may not be able to use them.

Whatever the case, if you own a Samsung phone, you must try the features mentioned below to get the most out of your device. They are available on most major modern Samsung phones, including Galaxy S21/S22 series, A52 and A53, A72, Note series, etc.

1. Take a more natural selfie

Samsung phones tend to automatically apply a beauty filter-like effect on all selfies. As a result, your face will look brighter because the photo is often over-processed and over-sharpened. All imperfections are also erased to return a smooth look to your face.

However, in case you are not a fan of this, you can set up your Samsung phone to take more natural looking selfies.

  1. Open Camera app and tap Setting in the upper left corner.
  2. Scroll down Selfie tones and choose Nature.

A preview will be displayed, so you can decide if you prefer a more natural treatment or a preview with a beauty filter applied.

2. Set Up Bixby Processes

Bixby Routines is one of Bixby’s best time-savers and one of the most underrated features of Samsung phones. You can use it to automate everyday tasks, such as automatically putting your phone on silent when you enter work, resume music when you enter the car, etc.


Bixby Routines are hidden under Settings > Advanced Features > Bixby Process. Samsung offers several pre-made routines, but you can also create one according to your requirements.

When a specific event occurs, Processes allows you to trigger a specific action like play music, put your phone on low power mode, and more. These events may vary depending on the time of day depending on the battery level that you receive new messages.

3. Adjust the intensity of the flashlight

Whenever needed, you can use the LED light on the back of your Samsung Galaxy phone as a flashlight. For this you can simply use Torch from the Quick Settings panel. What you may not know is that you can also adjust the intensity of the flashlight. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open the Quick Settings panel by swiping down twice from the notification drawer.
  2. Click “Torch” below Torch tiles in the panel.
  3. You can now choose between five different levels of flashlight intensity and turn it on and off if you want.

You can adjust the intensity even when the flashlight is on.

Do not use the LED as a flashlight at full intensity for long periods of time, as that can significantly shorten the life of the lamp.

4. Reduce the space occupied by photos and videos

If you take a lot of photos and videos from your Samsung phone, you can save them in HEIF and HEVC formats to reduce the space they take up.

This change shouldn’t have any impact on regular use, but the space savings will be substantial. You might just run into some compatibility issues when trying to open media files on some older PCs or phones, but that’s the point.

Follow the steps below to save photos in HEIF format on your Samsung phone:

  1. Open the Camera app and tap Setting in the upper left corner.
  2. In Image, select Image format.
  3. From the menu that opens, switch Highly effective images Selection.

You can continue to record video using the H.264 codec if you want. If not, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Camera app and tap Setting in the upper left corner.
  2. Scroll down to Videos and select Advanced recording options.
  3. Activated Reduce file size optionally record video using the HEVC codec.

The reduced file size for photos and videos will not affect their quality in any way. It’s just that newer file formats have better compression techniques.

5. Quick access to the Notification Panel

Accessing the notification panel on your Samsung Galaxy phone can involve quite a few fingers, especially if it has a large display. Thankfully, there’s an option in Samsung’s One UI launcher that lets you quickly access the notification panel with a simple swipe down anywhere on the home screen.

For this, go to Settings > Home screenscroll to the bottom and turn on Swipe down to see the bulletin board Selection.

6. Change the System Color Palette

If your Samsung Galaxy phone is running One UI 4 or One UI 4.1, you can adjust the system color scheme. By default, the system takes color accents from the wallpaper you are using, but you can choose a different color scheme if you want.

  1. Towards Settings > Wallpaper & Style > Color Palette on your Samsung phone.
  2. The different palettes extracted from the background colors will be listed and a preview will be displayed above it.
  3. Choose the color palette you like. Activated Apply color scheme to app icons if you also want to apply color to the shortcuts.

Check out the best new features in One UI 4.1 to find more cool things to do in that version of Samsung’s interface.

7. Customize the side key function

You can use the side key — the power button — on your Samsung phone to quickly launch the app of your choice. By default, pressing and holding the button is set to activate Bixby, which many users find annoying. Thankfully, you can set it up to show the power menu. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Towards Settings > Advanced Features > Side Keys on your Samsung phone.
  2. You’ll find the option to customize the side key’s double-tap and long-press functionality here.
  3. To open an app of your choice when you double-press the side key, tap the gear icon and make your selection. You can also choose to quickly launch the camera app here.

Get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy phone

With so many features in a Samsung phone, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed at times. However, the features we’ve outlined above will help boost your productivity levels, solve some of the user interface pain points, or just improve the overall experience of using the device.

And if using Bixby Routines has inspired you to take a closer look at what you can do with Bixby, we have a guide to help you.


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