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


The Galaxy S21 collection 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 write down or draw on considered one 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 very best Android at present 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 greatest 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 cellphone off, you are in for a shock. A Bixby shock, to be actual. That’s proper, holding within the energy button will launch Bixby, as an alternative of providing you with the choice to show the cellphone off. But do not fret, you could have just a few totally different choices to energy your S21 down or restart it:

  • Swipe down from the highest of the display to view the fast 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 operate 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 convey 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 function, a lot because it simply is not all that apparent except you’ve got been explicitly advised about it. You see, the S21 Ultra lacks wherever to retailer the S Pen, just like the Note collection does. So when you purchased the cellphone since you needed the very best Samsung has to supply, you would not know any higher.

The S21 Ultra will work with any Galaxy Note collection or Galaxy Tab S collection S-Pen stylus. Or you may go for the S21 Ultra case that features an S Pen.

If you could have an S Pen, all it’s essential to 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 just a little icon on the show exhibiting that it acknowledges the stylus. Once you contact it to the display, the Air Command icon will present up, letting you’re taking fast notes, screenshots and so forth.


Smart choose needs to be probably the greatest hidden options on any Galaxy cellphone. 

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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 could have observed 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 probably the most 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, document an animated picture (or GIF) or pin a screenshot, maybe with a cellphone quantity or handle, 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 must open the Edge panel and swipe between the panels you could have added till you discover sensible choose, then choose the software you wish 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 seem like you are elsewhere? 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 shade or a selected picture out of your photographs.

Turn on Floating notifications for straightforward entry to alerts

Android 11 introduced the launch of Google’s new Bubbles notification function, which appears and works quite a bit like Facebook Messenger’s Chatheads function. That is, as an alternative 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, resembling Google’s Messages.

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

Go to Settings > Notifications > Advanced settings > Floating notifications. Pick the choice you wish 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 function 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 function has lengthy been a favourite of mine. It makes it simple to rapidly see info 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 may activate every widget you need to make use of, together with Show on Always On Display. Then, every time your cellphone is locked and the AOD is lively, double-tap the clock to view all your widgets.


Lock Screen widgets are the place it is at. 

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Search for something in your cellphone

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

If you are still on the fence in regards to the S21, you should definitely learn our evaluation. The S21 Ultra has some fancy digicam tips — this is tips on how to use them. If you are interested by the way forward for Android and what options it’s going to convey, Android 12 is at present in beta and we now have a roundup of our favourite options to date. When your cellphone begins to really feel a bit sluggish, give it a tune-up

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