The Samsung Galaxy S4 you believe it or not, boost number of features which are hidden but not so hidden if tapped through…
Many of the best Galaxy S4 features are hidden deep in menus and behind settings that even experienced users wouldn’t tap on. This Galaxy S4 guide will show you how to get more out of the Galaxy S4 without buying any Galaxy S4 accessories or spending money on Galaxy S4 apps.
Check Alerts Without Touching the Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 includes a feature that makes it easy to check alerts and notifications without touching the Galaxy S4.
Head to Settings -> My Device -> Motions and gestures-> Air Gesture -> Quick glance -> On.
The Quick Glance feature will turn the display on and show;
- Icons from the Notification bar
- Missed calls
- New Text messages
- Battery Life
- and the current time.
Speed Up the Galaxy S4 Home Button
By default the Samsung Galaxy S4 home button is a bit slow because it is waiting for users to double tap and launch S-Voice. If you don’t plan to use S-Voice or don’t polan to use it from the home button, turning this setting off will dramatically speed up going form an app to the home screen.
To do this, open S-Voice by double tapping the home button. Then tap menu and choose Settings. Uncheck Open via the home key.
Users can still launch S voice by tapping on the S Voice icon in the app drawer.
Block Annoying Callers
If you get annoying telemarketing calls, calls from an ex boyfriend or girlfriend or anyone you never want to talk to, the Samsung Galaxy S4 features a call rejection mode that automatically blocks calls from specific numbers.
This is a great way to avoid an alert when an annoying person or company tries to reach you.
Open the phone app -> tap on Menu -> tap on Call settings -> Call rejection.
From here users can set up specific numbers in the Auto reject list. Once on the list, those numbers will not rung the phone, but will still go to voicemail.
Better Sounding Music and Phone Calls
Turn on and set up Adapt sound to customize the Samsung Galaxy S4 sound to your hearing. This short setup session identifies hearing shortfalls and compensates by changing the audio profile of calls and music to fit each ear.
Go to Settings -> My device tab -> Sound -> Adapt sound -> follow the prompts.
You will need headphones in to set this up, and afterwards the difference will be most noticeable with headphones, though it may also make a difference for phone calls made without them, depending on the user.
Get Better Samsung Galaxy S4 Battery Life
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a power saver mode that can automatically help save battery life. This isn’t something every user will need all the time, but it is a relatively painless way to get better Galaxy S4 battery life.
To do this, just pull down on the Notification panel with two fingers and tap on Power saving.
Do Not Disturb for Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a Blocking mode, which is essentially Do Not Disturb for Android.
Blocking mode is new and improved for the Samsung Galaxy S4 complete with options to start and end at a specific time. Blocking mode on the Samsung Galaxy S4 also includes the ability to block;
- Incoming calls
- Alarm and time
- and Disable the LED.
Each of these options are separate so users can pick and choose. Users can also set allowed contacts so that calls coem through. In our testing texts do not come through from these contacts.
Customize the Galaxy S4 Lock Screen
The Samsung Galaxy S4 lock screen is customizable with widgets and other settings to make the phone yours. By default the Galaxy S4 features a life companion text on the lock screen and a small clock. This is all up for change.
To get started go to Settings -> My device tab -> Lock Screen. From here we can pick options.
It’s a good idea to pick a screen lock at this time, in order to secure the Galaxy S4. In the Lock screen widgets menu below it you can choose to see a clock or the personal message and to customize the message. This is also where you can turn on shortcuts to your favorite apps.
USE ‘S TRAVEL’ APP as Wallpaper for Lock Screen
Use the Travel Wallpaper to get new wallpapers for your S4 in every 6 hours or different suitable intervals. You get to see some fantastic places and lovely clicks of some wonderful places.
In Home Screen –> Long Tap –> Set Wallpaper –> Lock Screen –> Travel Wallpaper
There ya go, your phone will automatically keep fetching new wonderful wallpapers using the in-built software Travel.
Use the Galaxy S4 as a TV Remote
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features an IR port and the WatchOn app which turns the Galaxy S4 into a universal remote control capable of controlling your entire living room and multiple other rooms.
Setting it up is as easy as opening the WatchOn app in the app drawer and following the guide to add your devices. The video below shows where to add more devices and change settings.
The ability to quickly look at a visually appealing program guide and control multiple devices and multiple rooms makes this a great feature.
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