About Galaxy S10 Guides
Galaxy S10 guides @GadgetGuideOnline is an online community for Galaxy S10 owners and by Galaxy S10 owners.
It is an owner-help-owner community for owners of Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e. Galaxy S10 5G will be also covered.
Galaxy S10 Guides do NOT cover the following: rooting Galaxy S10, DIY hacking the S10 hardware, flashing the firmware for Galaxy S10…
Galaxy S10 Guide is a free community: all contents are free to read. You are free to ask questions related to Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G.
How are Galaxy S10 Guides organized?
Detailed how-to guides on using Galaxy S10 or solving problems on Galaxy S10 are the starting point. Many owners can learn to use some features of Galaxy S10 through these guides. Owners can also share their solution or recommendations for a similar problem.
Discussions are moderated in the comments section so that meaningful contributions from fellow Galaxy S10 owners will benefit other members in the community.
There are 5 sections in Galaxy S10 Guides.
For example, many owners want to know how to use the in-display fingerprint scanner in Galaxy S10 and S10+.
You can find guides on all these Galaxy S10 new features in this section.
Galaxy S10 how-to guides are our flagship guides. They cover almost aspect of using and customizing Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and Galaxy S10 5G.
If you need help on any features of Galaxy S10, you may check this section.
The guides in this section usually cover all detailed steps so that anyone can easily follow.
In this section, you can read and download the official Samsung Galaxy S10 user manuals in your language for your Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G.
All Galaxy S10 models have great cameras. There are a few unique camera features in Galaxy S10, S10+, S1oe, and S10 5G as well.
The Galaxy S10 camera guides host many detailed guides showing you step-by-step how to use the Galaxy s10 camera to take nice photos in all conditions.
You may need some accessories to improve or protect the expensive Galaxy 10.
This section not only introduces various useful and affordable Galaxy S10 accessories but also shows you how to use these Galaxy S10 accessories.
List of recent Galaxy S10 guides
Here is a list of recent Galaxy S10 guides from Galaxy S10 guides. For a complete list of Galaxy S10 guides, please check the Galaxy S10 Guides section.
Very often, you may want to avoid mirrored photos.
This Galaxy S10 camera guide explains why you get the mirrored photos, how to stop saving mirrored photos, and how to flip the mirrored photos as normal photos without using any third-party apps.
Why do you get the mirrored photos from Galaxy S10 front camera?
When you take selfies with Galaxy S10 front camera (see Galaxy S10 layout), the preview screen shows you a “mirrored” image for you to check.
Actually, all smartphone front cameras work in this way. This is consistent with what you do with makeups and clothes: you check them with a mirror.
But very often the mirrored photo is not what you want for a selfie photo. You often want to get a “normal”, not mirrored (flipped), photo, as what you get from the rear camera.
Unfortunately, most Android phone manufacturers by default save the mirrored photo for the front camera.
Of course, when saving, most Android phone manufacturers allow you to change the saving option in camera settings to avoid the mirrored photos.
Google Nexus and Pixel phones always avoid the mirrored photo when using the front camera. Actually, on Nexus and Pixel phones, there are no options for you to save a “mirrored” photo, although in the preview screen you get the mirrored image.
So, do not blame the Galaxy S10 front camera if you hate the mirrored selfies.
You should blame Samsung’s developers, who set the default as saving the mirrored photos.
Of course, you can change the Galaxy S10 camera settings to stop saving mirrored photos (read on).
For the mirrored photos saved on your phone, you can also easily flip them back to normal photos (read on).
How to avoid the mirrored (flipped) photos from Galaxy S10 front camera?
As mentioned, the mirrored photo issue is due to the default settings. You may follow these steps to stop saving the mirrored photos.
Step 1. Open the Camera app
Step 2: Access camera settings
Step 3. Change save options
In the camera settings, tap Save options as shown above.
Step 4. Disable save pictures as previewed
To avoid the mirrored photos, you can disable the Pictures as previewed in the save options.
As shown below, tap Picture as previewed to disable the mirrored photos.
Please note, in old Galaxy phones, the option may be named as “save as flipped”.
As shown above, after disabling the pictures as previewed, all photos taken with the front camera will be saved as normal photos (flip the preview).
How to flip the mirrored photos to normal photos on Galaxy S10?
If you already have some … Read the rest
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Galaxy S10 clear view cover ( aka Galaxy S10 S-View flip cover) is one of the flagship accessories from Samsung for S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G.
The unique S-View features make the cover stand out, although some original S View features were removed or redesigned.
This Galaxy S10 accessories guide explains the changes, special features, pros and cons of the Galaxy S10 clear view cover. It also shows you how to customize and use the cover, and how to use the always-on display on the clear view cover.
The clear view cover (S View cover) is available for all Galaxy S10 models (S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G). The only difference is the cutout and size of the case. In this guide, S10 refers to all of the four S1o models.
What’s new in the Galaxy S10 clear view cover (S-View flip cover)?
Samsung always releases some “official” accessories for their Galaxy phones.
Galaxy S10 clear view cover, aka Galaxy S10 S-View flip cover in some regions, is an evolution of the “S View” cover.
- No kickstand. The kickstand in S-View serials covers for S8, S9, Note 8 and Note 9 was removed in S10.
- Glossy back. The glossy plastic replaces the texture-rich back. It is a fingerprint magnet.
- Some textures “inside” the front panel. The translucent front panel looks similar to that in S9. But if you stare at it at 90 degrees, you may notice there are some textures. Of course, the texture is inside, not outside of the panel.
- Lighter and thinner. Because the kickstand was removed, the cover is lighter and thinner compared to that for S9.
On the software side, there are almost no changes.
What are the special features of Galaxy S10 clear view cover (S-View flip cover)?
Galaxy S10 clear view cover shares the similar S-View features as in S9 and S8:
- Respond to calls, alarms, and events without flipping the cover.
- Control music on the cover.
- Read important information including time, date, and battery level on the cover.
- Auto lock and unlock.
- Use faceWidgets on the cover.
Please note, there is no separate S-View window as in Galaxy S7 S-View cover. Since S8, the full front panel is translucent. The actual display is always on the phone screen.
How to apply and remove the Galaxy S10 clear view cover?
When you apply the Galaxy S10 clear view cover to Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G, you should fix the top part first. Then finish the bottom part.
When you want to remove the cover (to take out the phone), you should start from the bottom. Once the bottom part of Galaxy S10 is taken out of the cover, you can easily take the phone out.
Do NOT try to start from the top if you want to remove the … Read the rest
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This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains what Galaxy S10 apps screen is, how to access it, how to hide apps button, how to hide the apps screen, and how to customize the apps screen on Galaxy S10.
This guide applies to all Galaxy S10 modes: Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G.
What is Galaxy S10 Apps screen?
Apps screen is common in all Android phones. Sometimes (and traditionally), it is called App drawer.
Essentially, the Galaxy S10 Apps screen is the warehouse of all apps installed on the phone. The individual app icon on the home screen actually is a shortcut to the corresponding app in the Apps screen.
But Apps screen is different from the Home screen in the following aspects:
- Galaxy S10 Apps screen can only host apps. You cannot put widgets, apps shortcuts, user files, or photos in the apps screen.
- Galaxy S10 Apps screen does not support duplicate listings. One app can only appear once in the Apps screen.
- You can hide the apps screen. Surely, you cannot hide the home screen.
The Apps screen shares the same wallpaper with the home screen.
You can also use apps screen in the landscape mode (same as Galaxy S10 Home screen landscape mode).
How to access Galaxy S10 Apps screen?
By default, there are two ways to access Galaxy S10 Apps screen:
- Use the touchscreen gesture (swipe up). On the home screen, you can swipe upwards to access the apps screen as shown in the picture below.
- Use the apps button in the favorites tray. You can tap the apps button to open the apps screen.
By default, you can also use the swipe down gesture to access the apps screen on Galaxy S10. But the swipe down gesture on Galaxy S10 home screen can be assigned to access notifications as explained in this guide (coming soon).
If you do not hide the apps button, you can tap the button as shown below to access the apps screen on Galaxy S10.
Of course, you can hide the apps button and access apps screen only with the touchscreen gesture.
Once in the apps screen, you can then swipe left and right to navigate to different pages.
You can swipe upwards or downwards in the apps screen to return to the home screen. The quick-open notification panel setting does not affect the apps screen.
How to hide apps button in the favorite tray?
In Galaxy S10 Settings, tap Display.
As shown in the screenshot below, in the display settings, tap Home screen.
On Galaxy S10, the apps screen settings are grouped under home screen settings.
As shown above, you can:
- Show or hide the apps button (marked as 1) using the switch.
- Set the screen grid for the Apps screen (read on).
- Show or hide apps
This Galaxy S10 camera guide explains the details of the Galaxy S10 camera night mode, how to use the night mode, and differences between the night mode and the Auto (Photo) mode.
The camera night mode is available for all Galaxy S10 phones (S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G). In this guide, Galaxy S10 refers to all these models.
What is Galaxy S10 camera night mode?
On Galaxy S10 (S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G), you may find there was no night mode for the camera when you got the phone.
Although Samsung claimed the Auto mode (and Photo mode on Galaxy S10) is good enough and you do NOT need a dedicated camera night mode, many owners do not agree. They want to get back the dedicated night mode.
On Galaxy S10, Samsung bragged about the Bright Night feature for the S10 rear camera and did not give users a dedicated mode for it. Apparently, the Photo mode often fails to deliver the promise.
So, in the Galaxy S10 firmware update released in April, Samsung finally added a dedicated night mode for the camera.
Yes, after 5 years (since Galaxy S5), Samsung finally realized the Auto mode (or the Photo mode) is not sufficient for taking photos in low-light conditions.
Now, on S10 (all variants), you can choose the night camera mode when you need to take photos when the light is not good.
Please note, the new Galaxy S10 camera night mode is available only for the main rear camera (12MP).
How to access and use Galaxy S10 camera night mode?
You can access the Galaxy S10 camera night mode like other camera modes.
On the Galaxy S10 camera app interface, as shown in the screenshot below, the default camera mode is Photo (aka Auto) mode (or the last used camera mode if you enable the option in Galaxy S10 camera settings).
You can swipe left as illustrated to access the camera night mode.
As shown above, when in the Galaxy S10 camera night mode, it will remind you:
Hold your phone steady while taking night shots.
Do not ignore this reminder because the night mode will generally use a long exposure time. Therefore you need to hold the phone steady for a bit longer time than in the Auto mode.
Besides, you may also notice that there are only 3 shooting option buttons: Settings, Timer, and Aspect ratio (photo size).
Compared to those for the Auto (Photo) mode, the Galaxy S10 camera night mode does not support flash and camera effects.
When you are ready, you can tap the shutter button normally to take photos.
Please note the night … Read the rest
Galaxy S10 edge screen allows you to access some features and apps quickly from the curved the display.
Since the inception of the curved screen in Galaxy Note edge, Samsung tried hard to develop some killing features for the curved screen.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains everything you need to know about Galaxy S10 edge screen.
What is Galaxy S10 edge screen?
Samsung introduced the edge screen feature since Galaxy Note Edge (Note 4 Edge). But edge screen on Galaxy Note edge is a separate display area to the right side of the main screen.
Since Galaxy S6 Edge, edge screen has been no longer a separate part. It refers to a part of the main screen linked to the curved edges of the display.
So, Galaxy S10 edge screen is not a separate screen. Instead, it is just part of the screen close to the curved edges on both sides of Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G as illustrated in Galaxy S10 layout.
Because Samsung started to reduce the curved part of the screen from Galaxy S8, many new Galaxy S8, S9, Note 8, Note 9 and S10 owners may even not realized the curved edges, and the special features associated with them.
Galaxy S10 edge screen includes two fundamental features:
- Edge lighting. You can use edge lighting the light up the edges of the screen when notifications arrive.
- Edge panels. You can put frequently used apps and some special tools in the panels so that you can access them quickly.
If you disable both edge lighting and edge panels, Galaxy S10 edge screen will be disabled automatically. This is the only way to disable Galaxy S10 edge screen features.
When you use edge screen on the lock screen, some features will not work until the phone is unlocked. This is a security feature, not a bug.
If your home screen or lock screen is in landscape mode, or you are using an app in landscape mode, edge panel handle will disappear automatically. In other words, Galaxy S10 edge screen does NOT work in landscape mode.
How to access the Galaxy S10 edge screen?
You can access the Galaxy S10 edge screen by dragging the edge panel handle to the center of the screen, as shown below.
The edge panel handle appears on the right side by default. You can customize it so that it can appear on either left or right sides. You can also choose a color for it (read on).
The touchscreen gesture is dragging. But the swipe gesture works as well.
How to customize the Galaxy S10 edge panel handle?
The edge panel handle is the entrance to Galaxy S10 edge screen features. You can customize it based on your preference.
In … Read the rest
Galaxy S10 Home screen edit mode allows you to customize the home screen with themes, widgets, screen panels, wallpapers.
Although some customizations and options can be accessed from Galaxy S10 settings or quick settings, a few features can only be accessed from the Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains when you need to use Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode, what you can do in the edit mode, and how to access and use Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode.
What is Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode?
It is impossible to stuff all customizations and settings into Galaxy S10 Settings. Also, some customizations for Galaxy S10 can be done quickly on the screen with simple gestures.
So, Samsung used the home screen edit mode for you to quickly customize the Galaxy S10 home screen without navigation through the Galaxy S10 Settings.
In a nutshell, Galaxy S10 Home screen edit mode is a special mode of the home screen. In this mode, you can customize many aspects of the Galaxy S10 Home screen.
And some settings/customizations for Galaxy S10 Home screen can only be done through this edit mode. For example, assigning a home screen panel as the “Home” of Home screen panels/pages, or remove the Bixby Home from Galaxy S10 Home screen, or adding widgets to the home screen, all can only be done in the Galaxy S10 Home screen edit mode.
Of course, some features in the edit mode can also be accessed from Galaxy S10 Settings (for example, adjust Galaxy S10 home screen settings), or standalone apps/app shortcuts (e.g., use themes and wallpapers).
How to access the Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode?
You can only use touchscreen gestures to access Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode.
There are two gestures for you to access the edit mode for Galaxy S10 Home screen:
- Tap and hold (long tap) any blank area on the Galaxy S10 Home screen.
- Pinch on the Galaxy S10 home screen.
These are the two only methods to enter the Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode.
You can tap anywhere above home screen panel indicator (see below) or tap the back button to exit the edit mode and return to Galaxy S10 Home screen.
What are the features of Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode?
As shown in the screenshot below, you can find the following common features and functions in the edit mode of Galaxy S10 Home screen:
- Assign the panel/page as the home of the Galaxy S10 Home screen. If you keep tapping the Home button, you should return to the “Home” of the home screen. You must have one and only one panel/page as the home of the home screen panels.
- Delete the page. If this is
You can use Galaxy S10 always-on display (AOD) to check notifications, the time, next alarm, today’s schedule, and the weather, and to control music play without waking up the phone.
On Galaxy S10, Samsung added a few new features for the always-on display and the default behavior. So, do NOT assume the AOD on Galaxy S10 is identical to that on older phones like S9.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains the new features of the Galaxy S10 always-on display (AOD), the difference between Galaxy S10 lock screen and AOD screen, how to enable and customize the always-on display screen on Galaxy S10.
Please note, the always-on display is identical among all Galaxy S10 phones. In this guide, Galaxy S10 refers to Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, and S10 5G,
What is new in Galaxy S10 Always On Display (AOD)?
In all previous Galaxy phones, the always-on display screen will not be turned off automatically unless it is turned on by the scheduler.
So, once you turn on the always-on display on these devices, you have to choose to show the AOD screen all the time when the phone is locked or to show the AOD screen based on your designated period.
On Galaxy S10, Samsung added the show mode for the always-on display screen: tap to show. And this is the default option.
So, after enabling Galaxy S10 always-on display, by default, the AOD screen will NOT show up after you lock the phone unless you tap the screen (once).
The AOD screen will display only about 10 seconds, and then the screen is off.
If you need to show Galaxy S10 AOD screen all the time, you need to change the show mode.
This new show mode is also available on Android Pie update for Galaxy S9, S8, Note 9 and Note 8.
Please note, if you tap Galaxy S10 screen twice when the screen is off, you will wake the screen and get the Galaxy S10 lock screen, instead of the always-on display screen.
Of course, you can disable this feature in Settings —Advanced features —Motions and gestures — Double tap to wake.
Other new features of Galaxy S10 Always on Display include:
- Landscape mode for Galaxy S10 AOD screen.
- Brightness adjustment for the AOD screen.
- Quick settings for AOD.
AOD Quick settings can also be found on Galaxy S9, S8, Note 8 and Note 9 if you updated these phones to Android Pie.
What is the difference between the lock screen and the always-on display screen?
Although Galaxy S10 always-on display screen is part of the Galaxy S10 lock screen and shares the identical FaceWidgets, they serve different purposes.
The major differences between the AOD screen and lock screen include:
- Galaxy S10 lock screen shows up when the phone wakes up and is in the locked state. While Galaxy S10 AOD screen shows up only when the phone is NOT waking up.
- You can use app shortcuts in
You can use Galaxy S10 wireless PowerShare to charge other devices wirelessly.
Galaxy S10 (including Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G) can be used as a wireless charger to share Galaxy S10 battery with other devices.
This Galaxy S10 new feature guide explains the details of Galaxy S10 wireless PowerShare feature, how to use it to charge other devices, and answers some questions you may have when using the wireless PowerShare.
What is Galaxy S10 wireless PowerShare?
Wireless charging is not new. Samsung added it as a standard feature since Galaxy S6.
But using the phone as a wireless charger to share the phone battery with other devices is still new.
Huawei named this feature as wireless reverse charging and introduced it in Mate 20 Pro (in 2018) and P30 Pro. Samsung introduced this feature in Galaxy S10 (all 4 models) and named it as wireless PowerShare.
Galaxy S10 wireless PowerShare lets you share the battery juice of Galaxy S1o with other devices that support Qi wireless charging.
Technically, you can still use Galaxy S10 as usual when you share the battery with other devices.
You can even use wireless PowerShare when you are charging Galaxy S10 battery through a USB cable. For example, you may have only one charger, but you need to charge both the phone and a Galaxy Watch. In this case, you can connect the wall charger to charge Galaxy S10 and use wireless PowerShare to charge the watch.
In a nutshell, Galaxy S10 wireless PowerShare adds a Qi wireless charger on the back of Galaxy S10. And the charger can use Galaxy S10 battery to charge other devices wirelessly.
Limitations of Galaxy S10 wireless PowerShare
Wireless PowerShare is very convenient, and it works with any devices that support Qi wireless charging.
FYI, most recent mobile devices including iPhone support Qi wireless charging. All Samsung gadgets with wireless charging support Qi wireless.
But wireless PowerShare on Galaxy S10 has some limitations including:
- Charging speed is slow. There is no fast charging. The maximum charging capacity is 5W. The actual charging speed is substantially lower than this. So, Galaxy S10 wireless PowerShare is mainly designed for accessories like Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch. It may be a temporal solution of sharing the battery with other phones. If the other phone also has a USB C port, you can charge it faster by directly connecting Galaxy S10 to that phone with a USB-C to USB-C cable.
- You may have to remove the covers or cases for Galaxy S10. When you charge Galaxy S10 with a wireless charging pad, normally it is not necessary to remove the cover unless the cover is exceptionally thick (or is made of metal). At least, for all Samsung Galaxy S10 official cases (for example, Galaxy S10 LED back cover, Galaxy S10 LED view cover, and Galaxy S10 clear view cover). But when you use wireless PowerShare, you very
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The dual-SIM version of Galaxy S10 can work in dual-standby mode. The two SIM cards share (time sharing) one modem and therefore the dual SIM version of Galaxy S10 does not support dual active mode.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains how to use two SIM cards on Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e, how to enable and use dual SIM always on and how to use SIM card manager to set preferred SIM cards for calls, messages, and mobile data.
Please note, Galaxy S10 5G only supports one SIM card in all regions. So, in this guide, Galaxy S10 refers to Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ only.
Who can use two SIM cards on Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e?
In most regions of Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, Galaxy S10 (except S10 5G) supports two SIM cards (dual SIM version).
You can use two SIM cards concurrently. In some countries, some carriers charge excessively for mobile data if the SIM card can also make calls. Some bundle very limited mobile data with voice plans. In this case, you can use one SIM card for calls, one for mobile data.
Or when traveling, you can use one SIM card issued in your home country and the other one from a local carrier. In this way will not miss important calls and messages without paying excessive roaming voice and data fees.
You can also use one SIM card for work-related communications, and the other for private affairs.
To use two SIM cards on Galaxy S10, you need to have a dual SIM version of Galaxy S10. As mentioned, unless you bought Galaxy S10 in North America, your Galaxy S10 (S10, S10+, and S10e) is very likely the dual SIM version.
How to check whether the Galaxy S10 is a dual SIM version or a single SIM version?
If you are not sure, check the IMEI number in Galaxy S10 Settings —About phone.
Also, if the model number has a suffix of /DS as shown in the screenshot, it also indicates it is a dual SIM version of Galaxy S10.
Of course, on the box of Galaxy S10, the dual SIM version is usually stated as Duos.
The limitation of Galaxy S10 dual SIM capabilities
For dual SIM phones, there are two variants: dual standby, and dual active, as explained in this guide.
In a nutshell, dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) means the two SIM cards share one set of modem and antenna. The time-sharing (similar to virtualization) is implemented in the software, and the user should not notice it when both SIM cards are … Read the rest
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You can hide the front camera cutout on Galaxy S10, S10+, S105G, and S10e with the Galaxy S10 virtual bezel without using any third-party apps.
Samsung pinched an elongated hole for the front cameras to avoid a notch on the screen. And they proudly announced this trick as infinity “O” display. But some owners do not like this design.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains how to use Galaxy S10 virtual bezel to hide the front camera cutout on Galaxy S10, S10+, S105G, and S10e, and the implications of using Galaxy S10 virtual bezel.
Why some owners do not like the front camera cutout?
Nowadays, all smartphone manufacturers try hard to increase screen size without increasing the overall size of the phone.
So, the size of the bezels decreases over the years. Samsung virtually eliminated the bezels on the sides with curved display since Galaxy S6.
On the bottom, Samsung removed the physical buttons and reduced the size of the bezel to the limit already.
So, on Galaxy S10, they tried to reduce the size of the bezel on the top further.
But there is a hard limit on the top: the front camera, notification LED, iris scanner, proximity, and light sensors all need spaces and cannot be hidden.
And Samsung made 2 stupid mistakes in reducing the size of the top bezel on Galaxy S10 (S10, S10+, S10 5G, and S10e):
- The iris scanner was removed.
- The notification LED was removed.
The hole punch for the front camera actually is not a bad idea, although some owners may prefer the notch design as in other Android phones or iPhones.
But what makes it wrong (or less ideal) is the location of the hole. On all Galaxy S10 phones, the hole is punched on the right side.
First, the hole destroys the symmetry of the front side. The ugly asymmetric look will be magnified when you use an app with a white background.
Second, the curved screen is used on Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10 5G. The hole must keep a certain distance from the curved part. This results in a significantly-reduced area for the status bar. So, Galaxy S10 has to offer the option for you to reduce the number of notification icons on the status bar or even hide/disable the notification icons on the status bar entirely.
Of course, some Galaxy S10 owners like the design.
Anyway, for those owners who cannot live with the look of the front camera cutout, it is easy to hide the front camera cutout without using any apps.
The truth is that Samsung already knew some owners would dislike the hole and therefore offered the Galaxy S10 virtual bezel to hide the front camera cutout.
The price you have to pay to hide the Galaxy S10 front camera cutout is slightly reduced screen size.
How to use Galaxy S10 virtual bezel to hide the front camera cutout?
If you want to hide the front cutout on Galaxy S10, you can … Read the rest
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Although Galaxy S10 screen zoom corresponds to display size in the stock Android, Samsung customized this feature a lot and they work quite differently.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains when you need to adjust the Galaxy S10 screen zoom, and how to adjust it on Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G.
What is Galaxy S10 screen zoom?
Google introduced the display size in Android Nougat (Android 7) for users to scale all display elements on the phone.
If you are using Windows PC, the display size in Android is similar to the scale (under display settings) on Windows.
Galaxy S10 screen zoom is based on display size in Android. But Samsung made significant customizations.
Compared to the display size in the stock Android, Galaxy S10 screen zoom works differently in the following aspects:
- Galaxy S10 screen zoom does NOT scale the app icons on Galaxy S10 Home screen, Apps screen, and lock screen.
- Galaxy S10 screen zoom has 3 levels. While the display size in Pixel phones has 5 levels.
- The zoom levels in Galaxy S10 screen zoom is quite moderate.
For the text and icons, Galaxy S10 screen zoom works on all pages and apps, just like the display size in the stock Android.
Normally, Galaxy S10 screen zoom is used together with the font size and style settings to get the desired look on Galaxy S10.
When do you need to change Galaxy S10 screen zoom? Why font size setting is not sufficient?
On Android, the size of some texts and display elements is hard-coded or fixed (based on DPI of the display).
For example, many Galaxy S10 owners complained about the small text size of the notifications. They tried to increase the font size. But the text size in the notification panel is not affected by font settings because it is fixed.
So, for such text (and icons), you will need to use the screen zoom to change the size.
In short, for most parts of Galaxy S10, the font settings are respected. But for the fixed-size text and icons, you have to use the screen zoom to adjust the display size.
How to adjust Galaxy S10 screen zoom?
You can change the screen zoom levels on Galaxy S10 settings.
As shown in the screenshot below, on Galaxy S10 settings, tap Display to change the display settings for Galaxy S10.
In the Display settings page, as shown above, tap screen zoom.
Now in the screen zoom settings page, as shown below, you can find the 3-level slider.
You can drag it left or right to adjust the screen zoom level to small, medium, or large.
On the top part of the page, you can immediately preview the result of the setting. On Galaxy S10, Samsung only lets you preview the result in … Read the rest
You can use the landscape mode for Galaxy S10 lock screen and Home screen on Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G.
When you hold the phone in the landscape orientation, both Galaxy S10 lock screen and Home screen can also rotate so that you can use them easily.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains how to control the Galaxy S10 screen rotation, how to enable and use Galaxy S10 home screen landscape mode and Galaxy S10 lock screen landscape mode.
Different ways to control Galaxy S10 screen rotation (orientation)
On Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung introduced landscape mode for the home screen as explained in this guide.
Even better, Samsung added the landscape mode for Galaxy S10 lock screen on all Galaxy S10 phones. Currently, this is a Galaxy S10 exclusive feature. So, the landscape mode for the lock screen is only available on Galaxy S10 phones.
On Galaxy S10, you can control the screen rotation in different ways:
- You can turn on Auto-rotate so that the apps can change the orientation automatically when you rotate the phone. When Auto-rotate is on, you can exclude the Galaxy S10 Home screen and Lock screen.
- You can turn off Auto-rotate (portrait mode) so that the rotation toggle appears when you rotate the screen. So, you can change and lock the screen orientation when you want. You may check this guide on how to use the screen orientation toggle here. When Auto-rotate is off, the rotation toggle will NOT appear on Galaxy S10 lock screen regardless of your lock screen rotation settings.
Please note, some apps may ignore the screen rotation settings. For example, Galaxy S10 camera app will not follow your screen rotation settings. When you rotate the screen, the camera app will always follow regardless of other settings.
How to enable and use the landscape mode for Galaxy S10 Home screen?
To use Galaxy S10 Home screen in the landscape mode, you must enable it first.
You can enable Galaxy S10 Home screen landscape mode in two different locations:
- Galaxy S10 Settings
- Galaxy S10 Quick settings.
As shown above, in Galaxy S10 Home screen settings page, you can enable or disable “Rotate to landscape mode.”
You can also enable or disable Galaxy S10 Home screen landscape mode from Galaxy S10 quick settings.
As shown in the screenshot below, on the Galaxy S10 quick settings panel, tap the text, NOT the button/icon, of Auto Rotate.
If you disabled the auto-rotate, the Auto-rotate text should change to Portrait. In this case, tap the text (not the button) of Portrait.
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Galaxy S10 Multi Window allows you to run two apps side-by-side (split-screen view) or to overlap multiple apps over each other and other apps (pop-up view) to improve your productivity on Galaxy s10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G.
Samsung changed and removed some multi-window features on Galaxy S10 with the updated Recents screen. Besides, Galaxy S10 Multi Window is significantly from that in the stock Android.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains everything you need to know about Galaxy S10 Multi Window: what is it, the difference between the split-screen view and pop-up view, how to use the split-screen and pop-up views of Galaxy S10 Multi Window.
What is Galaxy S10 Multi Window?
By default, only one Android app can occupy the screen at any time, although Android is based on Linux, which of course supports multitasking on the desktop.
Google first introduced the multi-window (split-screen view) feature in Android Nougat.
But for Samsung Galaxy phones users, Multi Window had been introduced since Galaxy Note II in 2013.
And Samsung continued to polish this feature in each iteration of the Galaxy devices.
Galaxy S10 Multi Window allows you:
- To run two apps side by side (split-screen view).
- To let one or more apps floating over other apps and any screens (pop-up view). The size of the app window can be adjusted and even minimized. The stock Android does not support this even in the latest Android Pie.
Of course, you can use the split-screen view and pop-up view simultaneously.
What are the Multi Window features removed in Galaxy S10?
Unfortunately, Samsung removed some very useful features from Galaxy S10 Multi Window including:
- Converting a normal app window to the pop-up view mode with a gesture. The diagonally swiping gesture is not supported on Galaxy S10. You cannot find the settings in Galaxy S10 settings anymore.
- Directly converting split-screen view to pop-up view. When two apps are in the split-screen view mode, the only multi-window tool in Galaxy S10 is to resize the window. All other tools and options (e.g., app pair creation, Snap Window, swap apps) are removed in Galaxy S10 Multi Window.
- Snap Window.
- Multi Window (split-screen) icon was removed in the thumbnails in the Recents screen. You have to long tap the app icon in the Recents screen to use Galaxy S10 Multi Window feature.
What are the differences between the split-screen view and pop-up view?
The most powerful feature of Galaxy S10 Multi Window is the pop-up view.
Basically, the split-screen mode allows you to run two apps side-by-side (in the long side). You can adjust the percentage of the screen for each app. If one app gets 60%, the other will use the remaining 40%.
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You can adjust the photo size on Galaxy S10, S10e, S10 5G, and S10+ to make sure the photo is good for the intended usages, e.g., to show on a TV screen, or to print on photopapers, or to use it for a design project.
Unfortunately, Samsung removed the option to explicitly set photo size on Galaxy S10, S10e, S10 5G, and S10+. You have to implicitly set photo size through the aspect ratio settings.
This Galaxy S10 camera guide explains the available photo sizes and how to set photo size on Galaxy S10, S10e, S10 5G, and S10+
Why you may want to set photo size on Galaxy S10, S10e, S10 5G, and S10+?
The requirement for a photo to be shared with others on the phone or to be printed on the photobook is surely different.
The size of a photo includes two factors:
- Aspect ratio.
- The number of pixels (resolution).
The 4:3 aspect ratio is good for printing and for old monitors. The native aspect ratio of the rear camera sensors on all Galaxy S10 phones is close to 4:3.
Therefore, among all aspect ratios, the 4:3 aspect ratio can have the maximum pixels. You can imagine photos with all other aspect ratios are just cropped from the 4:3 one (as illustrated in the picture below).
The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for most TV screens and modern monitors. Because of 4:3=16:12, a 16:9 photo crops the 4:3 photo in the height direction and maintains the width.
The 1:1 aspect ratio is mostly used by designers and some social networks. As 1:1=3:3, a 1:1 photo on Galaxy S10 crops the 4:3 photo in the width direction and maintains the height.
The 19:9 (aka full) ratio matches the Galaxy S10 phone screen. All 4 Galaxy S10 models have a screen with an aspect ratio of 19:9. A 19:9 photo on Galaxy S10 also crops the 4:3 photo in the height direction and maintains the width, like the 16:9 one.
The cropping relationship between the 4 aspect ratios is illustrated in the following picture.
Please note, the above discussion is only for the rear cameras on Galaxy S10.
The front camera(s) on Galaxy S10 has a native aspect ratio close to (slightly smaller than) 3:2. This means for aspect ratios larger than 3: 2 (i.e., 19:9 and 16:9), the photos are cropped in the height direction. The photos with an aspect ratio smaller than 3:2 (i.e., 4:3 and 1:1) are cropped in the width direction.
For some unknown reasons, Samsung removed the options to set up the number of pixels for the photos on Galaxy S10. Once you set the aspect ratio, the size of the photo will be fixed at the maximum number of pixels.
How to set photo size on Galaxy S10,
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You can customize the LED notification icons on the front for individual contacts and apps.
This Galaxy S10 accessories guide explains the unique features of the Galaxy S10 LED View Cover, how to use the Galaxy S10 LED Wallet Cover, how to customize the LED notification icons for individual contacts and apps. A quick review of the Galaxy S10 LED View cover is also included.
Please note, due to differences in dimensions and cutout of Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ (see Galaxy S10 specifications), you need to get the Galaxy S10 LED View Cover for your Galaxy S10 model. In this guide, Galaxy S10 refers to S10, S10e, and S10+.
Also, in some regions, Galaxy S10 LED View Cover is named as Galaxy S10 LED Wallet cover. Do not confuse with the Galaxy S10 LED back cover (LED cover) with the LED View (or LED Wallet) cover.
Difference between Galaxy S10 LED cover (back cover) and Galaxy S10 LED View Cover (LED Wallet Cover)
For Galaxy S10, Samsung released two LED covers:
- Galaxy S10 LED Cover (LED Back cover).
- Galaxy S10 LED View cover (LED Wallet cover)
Galaxy S10 LED cover is a back cover; while Galaxy S10 LED View cover is a flip cover.
Besides, the features of these two covers also differ in:
- Unique features. Galaxy S10 LED cover has mood lighting, camera timer, and emoticons for the rear cameras. Galaxy S10 LED View cover does not have any of them.
- Pocket (Wallet). Galaxy S10 LED View cover has a pocket (wallet) in the inside of the front part. Galaxy S10 LED cover does not have the front part and has no pockets.
- Lock and wake up the phone. Galaxy S10 LED View cover can lock the phone (when you close the case) or wake up the phone (when you open the case). Galaxy S10 LED cover does not have this feature.
- Customize LED icons for contacts and apps. Galaxy S10 LED View cover allows you to customize the LED icons for individual contacts and apps. Galaxy S10 LED cover does not allow this. Besides, LED notification icons on the Galaxy S10 LED cover only works with pre-installed apps.
So, these two LED covers are substantially different. Galaxy S10 LED View cover is the evolution of Samsung’s traditional LED Wallet cover (e.g., Galaxy S9 LED Wallet cover, or Galaxy S8 LED Wallet cover). While Galaxy S10 LED back cover is a new product.
What are the unique features of the Galaxy S10 LED View Cover (Galaxy S10 LED Wallet Cover)
Compared to other Galaxy S10 cases and covers, Galaxy S10 LED View cover has the following prominent features:
- LED notifications. You can get LED notifications on the LED View cover for incoming calls, app notifications, alarms, battery status, clock, and music controls. You
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Some screenshot-taking methods are unique to Galaxy S10 (and other Galaxy phones). Some are universal among all Android phones.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains and shows the 5 different methods to take screenshots on Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G.
What are the 5 ways to take screenshots on Galaxy S10?
On Galaxy S10 (all 4 Galaxy S10 variations), without using any third-party apps, you can use the following methods to take screenshots:
- Use hardware buttons (volume down + power button).
- Swipe your palm (palm swipe).
- Use the Assistant menu.
- Use Bixby Voice command.
- Use Google Assistant.
Please note, although these are different methods to take screenshots on Galaxy S10, the result is identical except Google Assistant (read on).
Method 1: Use hardware buttons (volume down + power button) to take screenshots on Galaxy S10
On all Android phones, you can take a screenshot by pressing the holding Power button and Volume down button simultaneously.
This works on Galaxy S10 as well.
As illustrated below, you can simultaneously hold the power button and volume down button to take a screenshot on Galaxy S10. Please check Galaxy S10 layout for the location of physical buttons on S10 (S10e, S10+, and S10 5G).
Once the screenshot is taken, you will hear the click or shutter sound. If the smart capture feature is enabled in Galaxy S10 Settings — Advanced features, you will also see the toolbar on the bottom as well.
In old Samsung phones with a physical Home button, the physical home button was used with the power button to take screenshots. Because since Galaxy S8, Samsung has switched to on-screen (software) home button, you cannot use the Home button (with the Power button) to take screenshots on Galaxy S10.
The critical point of using physical buttons to take screenshots on the Galaxy S10 is to press the two buttons simultaneously.
As a human, we always press one button earlier than the other. It usually is OK to press the power button slightly earlier than pressing the volume down button. The power button accepts both single tap (press) and long tap gesture (for the power button options), and the long tap gesture will be triggered after you hold the button for about 2 seconds. So, as long as you hold the volume down button within 2 seconds (after holding the power button), you should be able to get the screenshot.
If you press the volume down button first, you will get the volume settings immediately because the volume down button only accepts the single press gesture.
After pressing the two buttons,
- If you get the power button option, it means you press the power button too early.
- If you get volume settings, it means you press the volume button too early.
- If the screen is turned off, it means, you release the power
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On Galaxy S10, Samsung made it hard to disable Bixby Home and other Bixby features. But you can hide the Bixby Home and remap the Bixby key so that the Bixby is less visible on Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains what Bixby Home is, why some Galaxy S10 owners want to hide it, and how to hide Bixby Home from Galaxy S10 Home screen.
What is the Bixby Home?
Bixby Home is a component of Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant.
By default, Bixby Home shows some relevant info (e.g., schedule, news, and weather) for you. You can manage and customize the various cards in the Bixby Home.
On Galaxy S10 (S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G), a dedicated panel (the leftmost panel) in Galaxy S10 home screen is assigned for Bixby Home.
Although some owners may find the Bixby Home is useful, Google Now (Google Assistant) page usually is better (arguably) and gives more relevant info.
Besides, many owners do not like the idea of a dedicated Bixby Home or (Google page) on Galaxy S10.
Therefore, some Galaxy S10 owners want to hide Bixby Home from Galaxy S10 Home screen.
How to hide Bixby home from Galaxy S10 Home Screen?
As shown in the screenshot below, the two lines on the leftmost of the home screen panel indicator tell you that the Bixby Home is currently shown on Galaxy S10 Home screen.
After you hide Bixby home from Galaxy S10 Home Screen, then the indicator should disappear.
You can also access the edit mode by tap and hold (long tap) any blank area on the Galaxy S10 home screen.
In the Galaxy S10 home screen edit mode, as shown above, you can tap the two-line indicator to navigate to the leftmost panel.
You can also just swipe right to navigate to the same panel.
Please note, the 2-line indicator will always be shown in the edit mode even after you hide the Bixby Home from Galaxy S10 Home screen.
This is not a bug. It allows you to unhide the Bixby Home in the future if you change your mind.
Once in the leftmost panel, you can find the switch for Bixby Home as shown below.
You can tap the switch to turn it off (if it is currently on) or turn it on (if it is currently off).
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There are usually up to 11 types of items on Galax S10 Home screen. And they are usually designed and arranged for different functions and purposes.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains what Galaxy S10 Home screen is, the contents of Galaxy S10 home screen, and how to use the 11 types of items on the home screen.
What is Galaxy S10 Home screen?
In Galaxy S10 (S10, S10+, S10e, or S1o 5G), you will deal with 8 types of screens:
- Lock screen. The lock screen is the first screen you will encounter after starting or wake up the phone. You need to unlock to access private data and apps.
- Home screen. By default, after you unlock Galaxy S10, you will be directed to Galaxy S10 Home screen.
- Apps screen. Traditionally, in Android phones, the apps screen is called app drawer, where you list all installed apps. Typically, only part of the installed apps is added to the home screen.
- Edge screen (for S10, S10+, and S10 5G only). As explained in Galaxy S10 layout, edge screen actually is a software feature, rather than a dedicated screen. The edge screen requires a curved edge of the display. Therefore, it is not available in Galaxy S10e due to its flat screen.
- Recents (Overview) screen. You can find the list of recently used apps in the Recents screen. You can launch these apps in the split-screen view or pop-up view (multiwindow mode) as explained in this guide.
- Notification panel. You can swipe down from the Galaxy S10 status bar to access the notification panel.
- Quick settings panel. You can use the quick setting buttons to turn on or off some features on Galaxy S10 without opening Galaxy S10 Settings.
- Individual app screen.
Galaxy S10 Home screen is the center of the phone. There is no way to bypass the home screen.
Galaxy S10 is protected by Galaxy S10 lock screen to prevent unauthorized access to your apps and data. Therefore, the Galaxy S10 home screen is always behind the lock screen.
You can access the Galaxy S10 Home screen in different ways:
- After unlocking Galaxy S10, you should get the Galaxy S10 home screen directly.
- When you are using any apps, you can tap the Home button (or swipe up from the center line if you are using Galaxy S10 navigation gestures) in Galaxy S10 navigation bar to access the Home screen directly.
- When you are using any apps, you can keep tapping the Back button in Galaxy S10 navigation bar to return to the Home screen eventually. Some apps may require you to tap the back button several times before you get the Home screen. A few apps may ask you to confirm to exit the app. Anyway, the behavior of the back button in an app depends on individual
Like other Android phones, Galaxy S10 offers plenty of options for you to customize and tweak the phone to meet the needs and preferences of different owners.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide shows you how to access and use the Galaxy S10 Settings. It also explains the main entries of the Galaxy S10 settings.
Why do you need to understand and use Galaxy S10 Settings?
When you get Galaxy S10 (S10, S10e, S1o+, or S10 5G), the phone should work immediately after you set up the phone, or migrate to Galaxy S10.
But you may want to change something. For example, you may want to change or customize the Galaxy S10 lock screen. Or you may want to try the new fingerprint scanner.
All these customizations for the phone can be accessed from Galaxy S10 Settings.
However, the options in Galaxy S10 settings are overwhelming. Samsung had to place them into different categories on several levels. The organization for the settings and options changes in each Android version.
So, some seasoned Galaxy phone users may also have problems to find the entry easily.
How to access Galaxy S10 Settings?
Galaxy S10 Settings are packed in the Settings app in Galaxy S10 phones.
You can access Galaxy S10 Settings in at least 5 different ways including:
- Tap the Settings app icon on the Home screen as shown below. If you cannot find the Settings app on Galaxy S10 Home screen, you can add it to the home screen from the Apps screen (app drawer).
- Tap Settings app icon on the Apps screen. You can always find the Settings app in Galaxy S10 Apps screen (app drawer). You cannot hide it.
- Tap Settings icon in Galaxy S10 notification panel or quick settings panel, as shown below.
- Use Google Assistant voice command. You can use voice command “OK Google, open Settings app” if you turned on Google Assistant voice commands.
- Use Bixby Voice command. You can also use Bixby voice command (if enabled) “Hi Bixby, open Settings app.”
All the 5 ways to start Galaxy S10 Settings will give you the identical result: being you to the settings page (read on ).
Galaxy S10 Settings explained
As shown in the screenshot below, Galaxy S10 settings are divided into 19 (3-21) different main functional groups.
Inside each group, there may be some sub-groups at several levels. So, it is hard to explain all entries of the settings.
Corresponding to the numbers in the screenshot above, let’s navigate through the first level functional group.
1. Search button for Galaxy S10 Settings
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Some of the camera settings on Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G are intuitive. But some are hidden under other settings/entries.
This Galaxy S10 camera guide explains the Galaxy S10 camera settings and shows you how to use them.
Because the camera app in Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G are almost identical, this guide applies to all 4 Galaxy S10 models although only Galaxy S10 is normally referred to.
Why do you need to understand the Galaxy S10 camera settings?
So, if you just migrated to Galaxy S10 from other Android phones, or from Samsung Galaxy phones with Android Oreo or older versions, you are facing a very different camera app.
Compared to other Samsung Galaxy phones with Android Oreo (Android 8.0), there are many changes in Galaxy S10 camera app as explained in this guide. Some changes are reasonable and make things better. But a few changes may be undesirable.
To fully utilize the features packed in the Galaxy S10 cameras so that you can get the best possible photos, you need to adjust some Galaxy S10 camera settings depending on the situation.
For example, you should enable shape correction for the ultrawide camera to reduce the distortion. But the option is not enabled by default in the camera app.
How to access Galaxy S10 camera settings?
In the Galaxy S10 camera app, you can tap the Settings icon, as shown in the screenshot below, to open Galaxy S10 camera settings.
Galaxy S10 camera settings explained
After tapping the camera settings icon in Galaxy S10 camera app, you will get the following Galaxy S10 camera settings.
Please note, if you are in a camera mode other then the Auto mode, or the front camera is active, some entries in the camera settings will be greyed out. These grayed out entries are NOT relevant to your current camera mode or camera.
Samsung divided Galaxy S10 camera settings into 4 categories:
- Intelligent features. These features, scene optimizer, shot suggestions, and flaw detection, intend to make your camera smart and therefore help you get the best possible photos automatically if enabled.
- Pictures. This section includes settings for photos including motion photos, the action for holding the shutter button and photo save options.
- Videos. The settings in this section are about videos including rear video size, front video size, advanced recording options, and video stabilization.
- Useful features. Everything else is included in the section of useful features. They include HDR,
Enjoy your Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G!