Now this week I’m focusing on the samsung s20 range of phones. Now I have done a artical already that shows you how to remove Bixby and replace it with Google assistant. This artical is about more tips and tricks of how to tweak the s20 to really customize it to how you want it. So I’m gonna be going through the look and the feel and look at some of the apps that are available on the s20 that you may or may not know about.
So one of the first things you’re going to want to be doing with the samsung s20 is setting a lock screen pattern. So in order to do that we just
have to go into settings, and if we find that lock screen option that’s down here, you can see your lock screen type up here.
There’s a few options in this space. It will ask me to enter my pin before
I enter it because I’ve had one already set up. Now you can see the various options here. Pattern and PIN are going to be your minimums.
PIN is the minimum recommended at least. Once you’ve got that set up it enables you to have biometrics as an option as well. You can choose between face and fingerprints. I wouldn’t go with face because there is the possibility that someone with a picture of you could use that to unlock your phone, so the fingerprint option is definitely the better option to go with.
Once you’ve got that set up, when your phone is locked like this, you can now use your fingerprint just to unlock the phone. Easy! What you just saw previously was also the ‘Always On Display’. So I’ve got it set to always show but if you go into here you can actually change it to be just ‘tap to show’ which means the screen will be black unless you tap it and then it will display.
You can set it to a schedule as well so you might just want it on during the day or at night or on a timer, but I’ve got it set to ‘Always Show’ at the moment. There’s also some options you can do here with the notifications. So by default when the ‘Always On Display’ turns up, these icons here are just icons.
If I click on it I can’t get any more information. So there is an option to show a bit more information in your notifications even on the lock screen. So if
we go back into settings and then if we go back and in our lock screen settings we go down to notifications, there’s a ‘view style’ of ‘details’ or ‘icons only’.
‘Details’ will give you a bit more information and ‘Icons Only’ will just give you that icon, so you can see the difference of the more information that you get. I like to have its details, gives you a bit more information, like it will start to give you the start of a gmail message for instance on your lock screen so you know whether your phone’s worth opening.
So in your ‘Always on display’ screen here you can see this little icon here that shows you where your finger print can go. That’s not on by default, so you need to go and enable that. So in settings, if I go up to here and I go to
Either tap to show, similar to the always on display it self, or on always on display, and that’s what I’ve got it set to. So that just helps you know where you’re supposed to put your thumb, or whatever finger you’ve registered to unlock the phone.
So you can certainly customize this phone quite a bit in how it looks and how it feels. If we concentrate on the display just for the moment here, if I go into my settings there’s the display setting here. Clicking on that, the most obvious one to first look at is the display mode itself, between light and dark.
What you’ve been looking at at the moment is the light mode. If I switch this to dark you’ll now notice that the screen goes black. Now for me there’s a couple of advantages here. First one is that with an OLED screen whatever is black isn’t using power, so it is going to use less power and your battery will last a little bit longer.
Other one is that if you’re looking at this at night or in a dark setting it’s not going to glare as much in your face. I personally find it easier to read, but I recommend trying both out and see which one you prefer.
Another option if you go back into the display settings again is going to be the motion smoothness. This is basically the hertz rating of the phone. It has two options. By default it will be set to standard which is 60 hertz. You can change that to high which is going to set it to 120 hertz. That means that the screen is updating 120 times a second instead of 60. that’s, well, double obviously, but
it’s quite a significant difference.
You’re not really going to see it on the screen here because the video is recording at 30 frames a second but if you try it out yourself, decide whether
it’s worth changing it so that you actually get that smoother refresh rate. There will be a battery hit so your battery won’t last as long but it’s not a significant difference so try it out and see what you think.