The best tips and tricks for Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has finally landed in our shores and with it comes a lot of exciting features and changes over the previous model. Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone serves as the company’s plan to recover its reputation after the Note 7 disaster. With the Galaxy S8, the South Korean firm combines what’s best of its high-end techs in one aluminum unibody.

If you now own a Samsung Galaxy S8, you should know that this thing in your hand is far more capable than any previous model. In this article, we have compiled a list of the best tips and tricks for your Samsung Galaxy S8.

  1. Use fingerprint scanner to access the notifications tab

This year, Samsung’s decision to place the fingerprint scanner next to the camera lens on the back of the S8 has been met with a lot of controversy. However, the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 is pretty useful in some cases.

You now can pull down the Notifications window from the top of the screen by simply swiping down on the fingerprint scanner on the back. This comes in handy, especially for those users who struggle to reach the top of the bigger display. To enable the feature, you can head to Settings, select Advanced features and hit Finger sensor gestures and turn on the switch.

  1. Split screen multitasking

Samsung was the first smartphone maker to bring multitasking features to its smartphones. With the Galaxy S8, the South Korean firm has made things even better. The Galaxy S8 offers impressive multitasking performance mainly thanks to its Infinity Display. You can run two apps side by side at the same time on your phone’s screen. This means that you can scroll through your News Feed in Facebook while keep track of your new emails.

To enable split screen multitasking, you need to tap on the Recents button at the bottom of the screen and then hit the multitasking tab on a running app (note that some apps may not work in split-view multitasking mode)

  1. Google Assistant

The Samsung Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat at launch, so it comes with the built-in Assistant, Google’s new personal helper. Google Assistant is a great personal helper that challenges Apple Siri thanks to its ability to handle more complex tasks.

With Google Assistant, you can do a lot of things on your phone, like checking a flight status, making calls with Google Home, typing your questions, and even more. Google Assistant is not enabled by default, meaning that you need to set it up first. To do this, launch Google Assistant by long pressing the home button, hit Continue and tap Yes, I’m in to allow permissions.

  1. Smart Lock

You have three options to unlock your Samsung Galaxy S8 including iris scanner, facial recognition, and fingerprint scanner. While facial recognition and iris scanner may not work sometimes, fingerprint scanner is pretty confusing to many folks.

Luckily, the Galaxy S8 includes a handy feature called Smart Lock, which automatically unlocks the phone when your device is in trusted locations (work, home) or connected to other devices. You can enable Smart Lock by heading to Settings > Lock screen and security > Smart Lock and select your option.

  1. Samsung Health

Samsung Health has been around for a while on Samsung phones. This year, Samsung has taken its Health app to a new level. You now can monitor your health, keep track of your burnt calories, or track your steps in a day. If you now live in the US, Samsung Health can help you find medical help and get to the doctor.

  1. Sleep an app to save battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S8 includes the option to send an app that you are not using to sleep to get more battery life. To do this, you simply need to tap and hold any app icon and select Sleep. This will de-activate the app, meaning that you will not receive any notifications and updates for that app.

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