Did you recently purchase a Galaxy S8 or S8+? If so, you’re probably looking for easy ways to make it better. Yes, your phone is more powerful than many computers – but there’s always room for improvement.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 tips for the Galaxy S8 or S8+.
Change your Navigation Buttons
Many S8 users are unaware that they change customize their navigation buttons. It’s true! Samsung lets you pick from a range of different navigation options. After finally switching to on-screen navigation buttons with the S8, Samsung has given users the choice of changing what your navigation buttons do.
For example, you can use the classic Samsung interface and have the back button on the right-hand side and the overview on the left. Or, if you’re used to other Android phones, you can flip the two buttons so the back button is on the left.
To change your S8’s navigation buttons, go to Settings > Display > Navigation bar. You can even change how much pressure it takes to trigger the Home button (remember: the button is pressure sensitive).
Remove Hello Bixby Cards
Bixby is Samsung’s new smart assistant – similar to Google Now. It displays information it thinks you may enjoy – like your alarm, emails, contacts, gallery photos, and news stories. All of this info can be found by swiping left from the main homescreen.
You can disable Bixby cards by swiping left from your homescreen, then tapping the gear icon in the upper right corner. From here, you can choose what gets displayed on your Bixby screen.
You can disable certain cards. Or, if you want to remove Bixby entirely, you can enter editing mode by long-pressing on an empty space, then flicking the switch above the Bixby panel.
Ultimately, Bixby tries to be a lot like Google Now – but it’s not as good. You can disable it for now, then wait until it gets improved in the future.
Remove Icon Frames
Icon frames are an odd addition to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. They’re faint lines that go around your home screen icons. All of your apps are found inside these frames. Fortunately, you can disable these frames by going to Settings > Display > Icon frames, then switching it to Icons only. Now your homescreen looks a lot more unified.
Customize the Order of your App Drawer
Do you frequently struggle to find things in your app drawer? The S8 has an easy way to fix that problem. You can now customize the order of your app drawer. Or, place it in alphabetical order by default (which reorganizes the order alphabetically every time you install new apps, something that wasn’t available on previous Samsung models).
To change these settings, open your app drawer, tap the menu button, and tap Sort. You can choose “Custom order” or “Alphabetical order”.
Start Using the Iris Scanner
If you’re like me, then you saw the iris scanner option for Samsung and just assumed it wouldn’t work. However, the iris scanner on the S8/S8+ works surprisingly well. It’s a great alternative unlocking tool – especially if you find the new fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone uncomfortable to use.
To add your iris to your phone, click Settings > Lock screen and security > Iris scanner. Then, enable iris unlock and turn on “Iris unlock when screen turns on”. Now, you won’t have to swipe the screen to activate iris scanning mode – it will automatically scan your irises every time the display wakes up, and will unlock immediately.
Spooky? Yes. Cool and fast? Absolutely.