Galaxy S21’s new options will make you need to get one, ASAP – TNE


The Galaxy S21 sequence has quite a lot of options, a few of that are hidden. 

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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 lineup is spectacular. From 5G assist to a brand new digicam setup with higher efficiency, there’s quite a bit to be enthusiastic about. Heck, the S21 Ultra even borrowed one of many Note’s marquee options: S-Pen stylus assist. That’s proper, now you can use a stylus to put in writing or draw on one in every of Samsung’s S-series telephones.

All three telephones run Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1 proprietary pores and skin. That means you get the perfect Android at the moment has to supply (till Android 12 comes out), however you even have entry to enhancements and tweaks Samsung has made to the working system. For instance, the S21 has two various kinds of floating notifications and now you can add results to your video calls.

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Below I’ll present you a few of the finest options I’ve found on the Galaxy S21 Ultra to this point.

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How to show the S21 off

If you long-press the facility button anticipating to show the telephone off, you are in for a shock. A Bixby shock, to be precise. That’s proper, holding within the energy button will launch Bixby, as a substitute of supplying you with the choice to show the telephone off. But do not fret, you could have just a few completely different choices to energy your S21 down or restart it:

  • Swipe down from the highest of the display to view the short settings panel, then faucet on the facility button within the top-right nook.
  • Long press the facet button and quantity down button on the similar time till the facility menu reveals up.
  • Change the facet button to perform as the facility button by going to Settings > Advanced options > Side key and choose Power off menu. From now on, long-pressing the facility button will deliver up the facility menu.

The S21 Ultra will work with an S Pen. Cool, proper? 

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S-Pen assist on the S21 Ultra

This is not a hidden characteristic, a lot because it simply is not all that apparent except you’ve got been explicitly instructed about it. You see, the S21 Ultra lacks wherever to retailer the S Pen, just like the Note sequence does. So in case you purchased the telephone since you wished the perfect Samsung has to supply, you would not know any higher.

The S21 Ultra will work with any Galaxy Note sequence or Galaxy Tab S sequence S-Pen stylus. Or you’ll be able to go for the S21 Ultra case that features an S Pen.

If you could have an S Pen, all it’s essential do to start out utilizing it with the Ultra is to the touch the tip of it to the display and it ought to simply work. If you hover the pen simply above the display’s floor, you may see a bit of icon on the show displaying that it acknowledges the stylus. Once you contact it to the display, the Air Command icon will present up, letting you are taking fast notes, screenshots and so forth.


Smart choose needs to be top-of-the-line hidden options on any Galaxy telephone. 

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Take higher screenshots

Every Galaxy S21 has Samsung’s considerably hidden Edge panels that tuck away shortcuts to apps, options and data. You might have seen a barely clear line alongside the right-side of your S21’s display. That’s the place you entry the hidden panels. Out of the field, one of many screenshot panel is turned off. 

It’s simply one of the crucial helpful panels because it provides you many choices to do extra than simply seize your display. The panel is definitely referred to as Smart Select, and it provides you the instruments to seize only a portion of your display utilizing the rectangle or oval, file an animated picture (or GIF) or pin a screenshot, maybe with a telephone quantity or deal with, to your display. 

To activate the Smart Capture panel go to Settings Display > Edge Panels Panels and faucet on the circle above Smart choose. Going ahead, you solely have to open the Edge panel and swipe between the panels you could have added till you discover good choose, then choose the instrument you need to use to take a screenshot. 


Video calls can tackle a distinct look with new video name results. 

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Add results to your video calls

Ever see somebody use these fancy backgrounds on Zoom? The ones that make it appear to be you are some other place? Well, you are able to do that on the Galaxy S21 in your video calls. To choose your impact, go to Settings > Advanced options > Video name results. Turn it on, then choose whether or not you need your background simply blurred, a coloration or a selected picture out of your pictures.

Turn on Floating notifications for simple entry to alerts

Android 11 introduced the launch of Google’s new Bubbles notification characteristic, which appears and works quite a bit like Facebook Messenger’s Chatheads characteristic. That is, as a substitute of getting to swipe down the notification panel to view alerts, a floating circle provides you fast entry to your conversations always. Bubbles does the identical factor, however for extra apps, reminiscent of Google’s Messages.

Bubbles joins Samsung’s model of the identical characteristic, referred to as Smart pop-up view. But earlier than you should use both one, you may have to allow it.

Go to Settings > Notifications > Advanced settings > Floating notifications. Pick the choice you need to use, each of which have a fast animation on the display to point out how they work. Experiment with each Bubbles and the Smart pop-up characteristic to determine which one you favor, even when it is neither of them.


Bubbles or not? That is the query. 

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Lock display widgets

Samsung’s Always On Display characteristic has lengthy been a favourite of mine. It makes it simple to rapidly see data or management audio playback, however with the Galaxy S21, you are able to do much more with it. If you go to Settings > Lock display > Widgets you’ll be able to activate every widget you need to make use of, together with Show on Always On Display. Then, each time your telephone is locked and the AOD is energetic, double-tap the clock to view your entire widgets.


Lock Screen widgets are the place it is at. 

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Search for something in your telephone

Having hassle discovering an app, contact or file? Swipe down from the highest of the display to overview the short settings shortcut panel, then swipe down once more to view the complete fast settings panel. Tap the search icon on the high of the display and sort your question.

If you are still on the fence concerning the S21, you’ll want to learn our overview. The S21 Ultra has some fancy digicam methods — here is how you can use them. If you are interested in the way forward for Android and what options it’s going to deliver, Android 12 is at the moment in beta and we’ve got a roundup of our favourite options to this point. When your telephone begins to really feel a bit sluggish, give it a tune-up

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