The Samsung Galaxy S20 features exciting new settings options that we’re about to break down for you. It’s time to highlight some of the most notable features this phone has to offer.
Many applications, particularly social media platforms, offer dark mode within the display settings that allow you to change the background to a darker color rather than the standard white. This is now true for the Samsung Galaxy S20. Not only does this mode look appealing, but it is better for your battery and eyes. To switch to dark mode, go to your Settings > Display; there should be a Dark Mode Settings option at the top of the screen. You can either schedule a time for the switch or choose an adaptive brightness option that will automatically enable dark mode at night.
You can now remove the extra step of having to swipe to the home screen after using Face Unlock. By going to Settings > Biometrics and Security there should be a Stay on Lock Screen option. The toggle should be turned on so that when you unlock your phone using Face Unlock, you will be directed to your home screen rather than the last screen you were using when you locked your phone.
There is now the option of enabling your phone to turn off when pressing the power button. Traditionally, the power button on the Galaxy S20 wakes up Bixby and to turn your phone off requires going to the power menu of the notification shade. By going to Settings > Advanced Features > Side Key, and selecting the Power Off Menu under Press and Hold, you can activate the power button for this purpose.
The traditional setup of the Galaxy S20 features the back, home, and menu navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen. You can change these to a gesture based control system. This system option enables you to swipe up to return home, swipe up and hold to view the app menu, and swipe left or right to go forward or back. You can do so by going to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar and under Navigation Type, select the option named Full Screen Gestures.
Get the most out of your Edge Screen by customizing it yourself. The Edge Screen typically features a few of your frequently used apps, allowing you to add new icons as well. However, you can further customize this by going to Settings > Display > Edge Screen and selecting Edge Panels or Edge Lighting. These options allow you to add more panels or change the lighting effects for notifications.
The Galaxy S20 has the ability of running at 3200 x 1400 pixels for screen resolution but automatically defaults to 2400 x 1080 pixels. This is in place because it helps retain the life of your battery. You can alter this by going to Settings > Display > Screen Resolution and selecting WQHD to make the most of this feature. Keep in mind that this will strain the life of your battery and should only be used occasionally.
The refresh rate for the Galaxy S20 is defaulted to 60Hz to protect the battery. However, it can be ran at 120 Hz, which makes scrolling through apps, the web, and some games drastically smoother. The downfall to this is that it causes your battery to drain at a much faster rate, so if you are unable to charge your phone for an extensive period of time, it is best to avoid switching this setting. To enable this, go to Settings > Display > Motion Smoothness, then select and apply the High Refresh Rate option. This setting cannot be used in conjunction with the WQHD resolution setting for the health and safety of your phone.
These new settings can greatly improve the performance of your phone, but it is important to keep in mind that most of the default settings are put into place for a reason. Altering the resolution or refresh rate settings in particular, can greatly impact your battery life and should only be used sparingly. However, it is exciting to have the option to alter and enable new features if desired.