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.
But some Galaxy S10 owners still have some questions or concerns on using wireless charging on Galaxy S10 and therefore may haven’t tried this nice feature yet.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide first explains the confusing terms of wireless charging, fast wireless charging, and fast wireless charging 2.0, and why they are relevant when you charge Galaxy S10 wirelessly. Then I show you how to disable fast wireless charging and answer some questions related to wireless charging on Galaxy S10.
What is wireless charging? What is fast wireless charging? and what is fast charging 2.0?
All smartphones support cable charging. Normally, you can connect the phone to the charger (adapter) through a USB cable (or a proprietary cable) to charge the phone.
The other way to charge a phone battery is wireless charging without using any cables on the phone.
Wireless charging used in the smartphone industry now is all inductive charging, which transfers energy from the charging station to the phone through induction coils.
On the charging station (charging stand, charging base), the induction coil inside the station uses the current from the adapter to create an electromagnetic field. The induction coil in the phone, once paired with the coil in the station, takes power from the electromagnetic field and convert it into charging current for the phone battery.
Wireless charging usually is less efficient than cable charging because energy has to be converted twice: current –> electromagnetic field in the charging station, and electromagnetic field –> current on the phone. So, traditionally, the wireless charging speed is slow. The normal wireless charging can only output charging power up to 5W. Galaxy S6 is the first Samsung phone with wireless charging.
To improve the charging speed, Samsung announced fast wireless charging with Galaxy S7. The maximum charging power output is about 7.5W.
With Galaxy S10, Samsung announced fast wireless charging 2.0, which supports up to a 12W output.
As explained in this guide:
Fast wireless charging 2.0 is based on Qi wireless charging standard set by Wireless Power Consortium. The 2.0 was coined by Samsung to differentiate its implementation from previous fast wireless charging.
So, fast wireless charging 2.0, one of the top 10 new features of Galaxy S10, is not a new industry standard.
The major difference among wireless charging, fast wireless charging, and fast wireless charging 2.0 is the charging power (5W vs 7.5W vs 12W). And therefore, they are backward compatible.
What do you need to use wireless charging for Galaxy S10 battery?
You need 3 components to use wireless charging:
- A phone supports wireless charging.
- A wireless charging station.
- An adapter supplying power to the charging station.
Whether you are using normal wireless charging, fast wireless charging, or fast wireless charging 2.0, is determined by the lowerest one among the 3 components.
For example, since Galaxy S10 (S10, S10+, … Read the rest
Although it is not a new feature, many Galaxy S10 owners may be confused about the differences when managing app folders on the Home screen and Apps screen.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains why you need app folders, the limitation of the app folders, how to create, use, and manage app folders on both Galaxy S10 Home screen and Apps screen.
What are app folders on Galaxy S10? Why do you need them?
So, using app folders can help you:
- Save screen space. You do not want to scroll 20 home screen panels to find an app.
- Organize apps. You can organize similar apps or apps from one developer into one app folder so that you can locate them very quickly.
In fact, when you unboxed your Galaxy S10, you already found the Samsung folder and the Google folder in Galaxy S10 Apps screen.
Please note, although Galaxy S10 lock screen has two spots (bottom left and right) for two apps, you cannot use app folders there.
What are the limitations of the Galaxy S10 app folders?
There are a few limitations when you use app folders on Galaxy S10, including
- Galaxy S10 does not support nested app folders. You are not allowed to put an app folder under another app folder.
- You cannot customize the screen grid for the app folders. In Galaxy S10 Home screen settings, you can customize the screen grid from 4×5 to 4×6 to 5×5 or to 5×6. But the layout of app icons inside the app folder is always 4×4. If you put more than 16 apps in one app folder, a new panel inside the folder will be added automatically.
- On Galaxy S10 App screen, one app icon can appear only in one app folder. All app icons on the Apps screen can only be shown once. When you put an app into an app folder in the Apps screen, this app icon will only appear in the app folder. You cannot find it elsewhere on the apps screen. Please note, Galaxy S10 Home screen does not have this limitation. In other words, one app icon can appear multiple times including multiple app folders on the Home screen.
- You can only use app folders on Galaxy S10 Home screen and Apps screen. You cannot use them on the lock screen.
- App folders are supported in Galaxy S10 Edge screen. But you can only use app folders created in the Edge screen.
These limitations are similar to those … Read the rest
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By default, the developer options are hidden on all Android phones. You can unhide them on Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G, then use them.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains what you can do with the Galaxy S10 developer options, shows you how to enable and unhide the developer options, how to disable them after enabling them, and lists the available developer options on Galaxy S10.
What are Galaxy S10 developer options?
Traditionally, Android developers can access some special features to:
- Test their apps.
- Enable USB debugging.
- Use ADB commands.
- Monitor resource usage.
- Limit resource usage.
- Enable some beta features.
Of course, in addition to developers, more and more experienced Android users also enable some features in the developer options.
In recent years, before a new version of Android is officially released, Google released beta or developer versions to developers to help them migrate apps to the new Android versions.
In these developer releases or beta releases, a lot of new features are hidden in the developer options. Google later moves some of them to the official features. Of course, some also stay in the developer options.
When the new version of Android is released, Google usually removes most of the beta features that were not delegated to official features from the developer options and only keeps common tools and features and a few beta features.
Samsung may also add or remove some entries in the developer options on Galaxy phones.
For Galaxy S10 owners, you may also find that the developer options are useful. For example,
- You can enable quick settings developer tiles (e.g., the night mode button in the quick settings panel).
- You can enable USB debugging so that you can access some features from a PC (e.g., taking a lot of screenshots from a PC).
- You can enable Wi-Fi safe mode.
- You can change the default Bluetooth audio codec.
- You can set animation speed or disable animation to make Galaxy 10 “look” faster.
- You can manage and limit the background processes.
- You can allow all apps to use external storage (e.g., SD card).
- You can also force all apps to be compatible with Galaxy S10 multi-window.
In short, the developer options on Galaxy S10 are not only for app developers. They may improve your experience with Galaxy S10 if you know what you want.
How to unhide (enable) developer options on Galaxy S10?
In all Android phones, the developer options are hidden by default. Galaxy S10 is not an exception.
To unhide or enable Galaxy S10 developer options, you may follow these steps:
Step 1: Open Galaxy S10 Settings
You can open/access Galaxy S10 Settings in several different ways including:
- Tap the Settings app icon on Galaxy S10 home screen.
- Tap the Settings app icon on Galaxy S10 Apps screen.
- Tap the Settings (gear) icon on the Galaxy S10 notification panel.
- Tap the Settings (gear) icon on
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How to hide suggested apps on Galaxy S10? and how to stop Finder uploading your data to Samsung servers?simon
Although the suggested apps may be useful for some users, very often, it is not intelligent enough and therefore some owners feel it is a waste of precious screen space.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide shows you how to disable the suggested apps in Samsung Finder on Galaxy S10, other Finder options, and how to stop Finder uploading your usage data to Samsung servers.
What is Samsung Finder? And what are the suggested apps on Galaxy S10?
When talking about search, many think about Google.
But on Galaxy phones, Samsung has built its own local search engine for a long time. And they named it Finder in recent devices or S Finder in older devices.
So, Samsung Finder is just a local search app in Galaxy phones. Its strength is finding local files, emails, contacts, call logs, messages, apps, settings, rather than web search.
As shown below, by default, on Galaxy S10, there is a row of “suggested” apps below the search bar.
The suggested apps actually update dynamically when you type. It sounds interesting and impressing.
But very often, many owners find it is useless. and want to disable it.
How to hide suggested apps on Galaxy S10?
To hide the suggested apps in the Finder on Galaxy S10, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Open the Finder
You can tap the search icon in any locations to open the Finder.
For example, as shown in the screenshot below, you can tap the search icon in the quick settings panel to access the Finder.
You can also tap the Finder app icon in Galaxy S10 Home screen or Apps screen to launch it.
Step 2: Tap the menu icon (3 vertical dots)
As shown earlier, tap the three vertical dots (marked as 2).
Step 3: Tap Settings in the menu
As shown below, tap Settings (marked as 3) to open Finder settings.
Step 4: Disable suggested apps in the Finder
As shown above, in the Finder settings, you can find the option to enable/disable suggested apps.
You can tap the switch to enable or disable this feature.
After disabling the suggested apps in Finder, you can find more space as shown below.
Other Finder settings on Galaxy S10
In addition to showing or hiding the suggested apps, you can also tweak other Finder settings as shown earlier.
When using Finder, you may consider disabling customization services if you do not want to upload your data to the server.
In Finder settings, tap Customization service to enable/disable the customization.
In a nutshell, if you enable the customization service (this is the default), some … Read the rest
These shooting methods work on all Galaxy S10 phones (S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G) when using the default Samsung camera app.
This Galaxy S10 camera guide explains how to enable and use all shooting methods on Galaxy S10.
How to take a photo (or record a video) with Galaxy S10 camera app?
As explained in this guide, in the Galaxy S10 camera app interface, you can:
- Tap the shutter button to take a photo or record a video.
- Hold the shutter button to take burst shots or create GIF. This feature is configurable in Galaxy S10 camera settings.
Of course, you can choose different camera modes including the new night mode for different scenarios.
What are the available shooting methods for Galaxy S10 camera?
In addition to the fixed shutter button, Galaxy S10 camera app also offers other shooting methods including:
- Use the volume key.
- Use your voice.
- Use the floating shutter button.
- Show your palm.
In Galaxy S10 camera settings, as shown in the screenshot below, tap Shooting methods to enable/manage shooting methods for the camera app.
As shown in the screenshot above, you can find the possible 4 additional shooting methods for Galaxy S10 camera.
Voice control, floating shutter button, and show palm are all disabled by default. You need to use the switch to enable the method individually.
Show palm method only works for the front camera (selfies). The other 3 shooting methods work for both the front and rear cameras.
How to use shooting methods for Galaxy S10 camera?
The fixed shutter button is always available in all scenarios.
The other 4 methods must be enabled before you can use them.
Use the power button to take photos on Galaxy S10
By default, in Galaxy S10 camera app, you can press the volume key to take photos.
But you can assign the volume key for other functions.
Tap Press volume key to (marked as 1) in the shooting methods page to get the options as shown below:
- Take picture or record video (default).
- System volume.
Please note, the camera app does not differ volume up or volume down when you use it to take photos (or record videos).
If you assign the volume key for zoom, then volume down and volume up will correspond to zoom out and zoom in respectively.
Use the floating shutter button to take photos on Galaxy S10
Once you enable floating shutter button (marked as 3) in the shooting methods, you can then find an additional shutter button as shown above.
You can tap and hold the floating shutter button, then move it to any desired location.
The floating shutter button can be used exactly as the fixed shutter button. It is usually used for selfies, although … Read the rest
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On Galaxy S10, Samsung chose to extend the dark theme features in the stock Android Pie to deliver better user experiences with the new One UI.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains the details of the night mode on Galaxy S10 (including Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G), and shows you how to enable and customize the night mode.
What is Galaxy S10 night mode? Why you may need it?
By default, Android phones tend to use a white background. This usually looks great when you show the screenshot in presentations.
But it is not good for your eyes, especially in the low-light conditions, for example, in a theatre, or in the bedroom.
For the OLED screen like the one in all Galaxy S10 phones, the black (dark) background can save noticeable battery as well.
Samsung started to support third-party themes since the Galaxy S6. So, technically, you can get a dark theme for your S6, S7, S8, S9, and S10 with a third-party theme from the Galaxy Store. But the quality of these third-party themes varies sharply.
So, Galaxy S10 night mode is essentially an enhanced (improved) version of the dark theme in Android Pie.
You should not confuse this night mode with the newly added night mode in Galaxy S10 camera app, which is just a camera mode for low-light conditions. The night mode discussed here is a theme (or template) with a dark (black) background.
How to enable and customize the Galaxy S10 night mode?
By default, the night mode is not enabled on Galaxy S10 (S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G). You need to enable it by following the steps below if you want to try or use the night mode.
In the Display settings page, as shown above, you can find the Night mode option.
You can tap the switch (or drag it to the right side) to enable the night mode immediately.
Of course, you can tap Nigth mode (not the switch) to open the night mode settings so that you can further customize (schedule) it.
As shown below, you can use the night mode on Galaxy S10 in two ways
- Turn on now. Night mode will be turned on immediately. It will NOT be turned off automatically. You need to turn it off explicitly or change to turn on as scheduled.
- Turn on as scheduled. The night mode will be turned on and
There are a few other combinations of keys (buttons) that you may need to know to power off, power on, reboot, reboot into recovery mode, or reboot into download mode on Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G.
This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains how to reboot Galaxy S10 when the phone hangs, and other key combinations for powering on, powering off and rebooting Galaxy S10 (including all 4 Galaxy S10 models).
How to reboot Galaxy S10 when the phone hangs?
Although it happens rarely, Galaxy S10 may hang (not responsive), just like other electronic devices or other Android phones.
If this happens to your Galaxy S10, you may also find the phone does not respond to the power button as well.
Up to Galaxy S5, Samsung used a removable battery in their phones and you can remove the battery to force a reboot.
But since Galaxy S6, Samsung has switched to non-removable batteries. And therefore, the battery removing method is not working for Galaxy S10.
So, when Galaxy S10 hangs (even not responsive to the power button), you can hold the Power button and the volume down button (2 buttons), as shown below, for more than 7 seconds to reboot the phone forcefully.
Technically, holding these two buttons is equivalent to removing (and putting back) the battery.
Using the power button and power button menu on Galaxy S10
Normally, you can press the power button on Galaxy S10 to:
- Power on the phone (when the phone is off).
- Wake up the screen (when the screen is off).
- Turn off the screen and lock the phone. (when the screen is on)
- Take photos in the camera app (if you enable it).
- End a call (if you enable it).
If you quickly press the power button twice, you can launch the camera app. This is called Galaxy S10 camera quick launch.
You can also call out the power button options (power button menu) as shown below by long press the power button for about 2 seconds.
Please note, normally, you need to use the Power off button in the power button menu to power off Galaxy S10.
The Reboot button allows you to reboot Galaxy S10 gracefully. Reboot Galaxy S10 gracefully will not lose any data. But if you reboot Galaxy S10 forcefully, all unsaved data will be lost.
If you hold the power button for more than 5 seconds, Galaxy S10 will reboot.
How to reboot Galaxy S1o into recovery mode?
Occasionally, you need to reboot Galaxy S10 into the recovery mode, for example, to clear the cache partition.
It is recommended to manually clear the … Read the rest
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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. For US Galaxy S10 (all variants), the camera night mode was added with the June security update.
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.… 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.
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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?
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?
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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.
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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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Enjoy your Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G!