Galaxy S9 guides is an online community for owners of Galaxy S9 or S9+ to help fellow owners.
You can find detailed how-to guides, reviews, tips and tricks on using, and customizing Galaxy S9 and S9+
Galaxy S9 guides community offers various how-to guides to help you use and customize Galaxy S9 and S9+. All Galaxy S9 guides are open to the public.
And of course, it is free.
In addition to guides, tips and reviews, comments are open on all pages. So, everyone can ask questions related to Galaxy S9 or S9+ if they are not addressed in the guides. The community will help them get the answer or solution.
Sections of Galaxy S9 guides
These Galaxy S9 guides are organized into the following five sections:
- Galaxy S9 new features guide. The section covers detailed guides for all new features and functions in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
- Galaxy S9 how-to guides. This section is a collection of high-quality how-to guides on how to efficiently use Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+,
- Galaxy S9 camera guides. There are many improvements and new features in Galaxy S9 (especially S9+) camera. This section has all the guides you need to use major features of Galaxy S9 camera properly.
- Galaxy S9 accessories guides. This section shows you the useful and affordable Galaxy S9 accessories to help you use and improve Galaxy S9 and S9+.
- Galaxy S9 user guides. This section is a collection of the official Samsung Galaxy S9 user guides in various languages. You can read and download the official user guide in PDF format in your local language.
List of Galaxy S9 guides
Here is a list of recent Galaxy S9 and S9+ guides from Galaxy S9 guides. For a complete list of Galaxy S9 how-to guides, Galaxy S9 accessories guides, please check the Galaxy S9 Guides section.
You can use Galaxy S9 safe mode to identify possible causes of some problems or strange behaviours of Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This safe mode is safe for your data, settings and apps. They will not be affected or altered when using the safe mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This Galaxy S9 how-to guide shows you when you may need Galaxy S9 safe mode, two ways to enter the safe mode for Galaxy S9 and S9+, and how to use and exit Galaxy S9 safe mode.
What is Galaxy S9 safe mode? And when do you need Galaxy S9 safe mode?
Like most other Android phones, Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a special Galaxy S9 safe mode letting you troubleshoot possible problems caused by third-party apps.
In Galaxy S9 safe mode, all third-party apps installed by you were temporally disabled so that you can determine whether the problem is caused by such apps.
Your data, settings, and app data are not affected when you reboot Galaxy S9 or S9+ into Galaxy S9 safe mode
Galaxy S9 safe mode can only determine whether some strange behaviours or problems are caused by third-party apps. It is not able to pinpoint the app.
So, under the Galaxy S9 safe mode, you can still make and receive calls, connect to the Internet, use pre-installed apps. The safe mode only prevents you from using apps installed by you.
You need to try Galaxy S9 safe mode before you visit the service centre because technical support in most service centres does not solve issues due to third-party apps. They only diagnose problems in the firmware and pre-installed apps.
Although Galaxy safe mode does not change your data and settings, you may lose some home screen customizations after you exit the safe mode. So, you may still consider to back up Galaxy S9 before rebooting into the safe mode.
How to reboot into Galaxy S9 safe mode?
There are two ways to reboot into Galaxy S9 safe mode:
- Use the power button options if Galaxy S9 or S9+ is currently powered on.
- Use buttons if the phone is powered off.
Method 1: Use power button options to reboot into Galaxy S9 safe mode
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Samsung added the Galaxy S9 home screen landscape mode in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
You can change Galaxy S9 home screen to landscape orientation when you hold Galaxy S9 and S9+ horizontally. Of course, this also applies to Galaxy S9 apps screen (app drawer), which essentially is a special home screen.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains what Galaxy S9 home screen landscape mode is, how to enable and disable Galaxy S9 home screen landscape mode, and how to use Galaxy S9 home screen landscape mode.
Update: in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+, you can use the rotation toggle button to quickly change and lock screen orientation, including the home screen. You may check this guide on using the rotation toggle to change and lock the Galaxy S9 screen orientation.
In addition, you can also lock the layout of Galaxy S9 home screen in Android Pie update as explained in this guide.
What is Galaxy S9 home screen landscape mode?
By default, the home screen (and apps screen) was always in portrait mode on most Android phones even if you hold the phone horizontally, and if you turn on auto-rotate.
So, it is hard to use the home screen in landscape mode, and you may have to hold the phone in portrait orientation to use the home screen and apps screen.
Please do not confuse this limitation in home screen with the auto-rotate.
Most apps including system apps like Settings support landscape mode for a long time. When you turn on auto-rotate, you can use most apps in the landscape orientation.
In Android tablet, since Android Honeycomb 3.0, the home screen landscape mode has been supported.
However, on the phone, the home screen landscape mode is still new.
The larger screen aspect ratio beyond 16:9 in many recent flagship Android phones exacerbates the implementation of landscape mode for the home screen. The screen simply looks too narrow for the icons.
Anyway, Samsung now offers the option to use Galaxy S9 home screen landscape mode in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This means the Galaxy S9 home screen can automatically rotate to landscape mode when you hold the phone in landscape position.
Undoubtedly, the app icons and widgets in Galaxy S9 home screen will be re-organised in landscape mode. Simple rotation is not enough due to insufficient height in the landscape mode.
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The most efficient way to change settings of Galaxy S9 and S9+ is to use Galaxy S9 quick setting button.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains everything you need to know about the quick setting buttons on Galaxy S9 and S9+: what are Galaxy S9 quick setting buttons? How to access them, how to use them, and how to customize them.
Update: after you update Galaxy S9 or S9+ to Android Pie, you can use the night mode to set the background color of quick settings panel to dark. You can also use the quick setting button to switch between using the new Android Pie navigation gestures and using the traditional navigation bar/buttons.
What are quick setting buttons on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
The quick setting buttons allow you to instantly turn on or turn off some features quickly without entering the complicated settings page.
For example, you can turn on or turn off mobile data or Bluetooth using Galaxy S9 quick setting buttons on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Since Android Nougat, stock Android also shows quick settings bar (the first a few quick setting buttons) in the notification panel, in addition to the full list of quick setting buttons.
But Samsung added the quick settings bar in Galaxy phones a long time back.
Anyway, quick setting buttons on Galaxy S9 and S9+ were designed to help you use the phone easily and efficiently.
The first 6 Galaxy S9 quick setting buttons (sometimes, it is referred to as quick settings bar) are shown above notifications in the notification panel as shown in this guide.
You can expand the list to show all quick settings buttons in Galaxy S9 notification panel.
How to access quick setting buttons on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
There are two methods to access all quick setting buttons on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Method 1: Swipe down from Galaxy S9 notification panel (or swipe down twice from the status bar)
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There are at least 5 methods to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 and S9+ without using any apps: hardware buttons (power+volume down), palm swipe, the assistant menu, Bixby voice command and Google Assistant.
This Galaxy S9 how-to guide explains to you how to use them and how to use scroll capture to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 and S9+
Why do you need to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
Sometimes, you may need to keep a record of a conversation, to share a webpage, to show some locations on Google maps to others, or to record some transactions when you are using the Galaxy S9 or S9+.
A screenshot is the easiest and the most effective way to keep info and pieces of evidence. The image saved can be read on almost any devices.
Although you can edit them after you take screenshots on Galaxy S9 and S9+, most people give more trust in screenshots than the text you typed.
Sometimes, if you want to report a problem of an app, or request technical services, you may be asked to take some screenshots so that the technical staffs can understand the problem quickly.
How to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 and S9+ without using any apps (and without using your PC)?
There are at least 5 ways to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 and S9+ without using any apps:
- Using hardware buttons (volume down + power button).
- Palm swipe.
- Using the Assistant menu.
- Using Bixby voice command.
- Using Google Assistant.
This guide will show you the details of these 5 methods in the following sections individually.
Method 1: use hardware buttons to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 and S9+
You can take a screenshot on Galaxy S9 and S9+ by pressing the holding Power button and Volume down button simultaneously, as illustrated below. You should hear a click /shutter sound once screenshot is taken.
This method works on almost all Android phones.
In old Samsung phones with a physical Home button, the physical home button was used with the power button to take screenshots. But this does NOT work on Galaxy S9 and S9+ because the Home button on S9 and S9+ is considered as a software-based button.
The key point of using physical buttons to take screenshots is to press the two buttons simultaneously.
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Samsung DeX is one of the best productivity features offered in Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8 and Note 9. You need either a Samsung DeX Station, or a Samsung DeX Pad, or a Samsung DexX cable to enjoy this feature.
This Galaxy S9 accessories guide explains the difference among the Samsung DeX accessories: Samsung DeX Station vs Samsung DeX Pad vs Samsung DeX cable, to help you get the correct DeX accessories for your phone.
What are the available Samsung DeX accessories needed to use Samsung DeX?
To use Samsung DeX, you need one of the following official accessories:
Samsung DeX Station was released in 2017 for Galaxy S8 and S8+. So, in addition to Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung DeX station works with all later devices: Galaxy S9, S9+ Note 8 and Note 9.
Samsung DeX Pad was released in 2018 for Galaxy S9 and S9+. So, it officially supports Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9. But in Android Oreo update, Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 can also use Samsung DeX Pad to enjoy Samsung DeX. So, Samsung DeX Pad supports similar devices as Samsung DeX Station unless you haven’t updated your S8 (or S8+ or Note 8) to Android Oreo.
Samsung DeX cable was released in 2018 for Galaxy Note 9. Currently, it only supports Galaxy Note 9 (and Tab S4) in DeX mode. For Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+ and Note 8, the cable is identical to other normal USB-C to HDMI cable: you can only use it for screen mirroring without a Chromecast (or Miracast device).
Which phones support Samsung DeX?
As mentioned, currently, you can use Samsung DeX in the following devices:
- Galaxy S8
- Galaxy S8+
- Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy S9
- Galaxy S9+
- Galaxy Note 9
- Galaxy Tab S4
To use Samsung DeX Pad, Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 must upgrade to Android Oreo. DeX Station does not have this requirement.
Samsung DeX Station vs Samsung DeX Pad: what are the differences?
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Galaxy S9 camera Pro mode gives you full control of your shootings: ISO, aperture, shutter speed, autofocus mode, filters, white balance, and exposure. If you properly use the Galaxy S9 camera Pro mode, you may get far better pictures than using the Auto mode (default).
But for many users without photographic backgrounds, sometimes, it is overwhelming to adjust the settings for Galaxy S9 camera Pro mode to get the desired photos.
This Galaxy S9 camera guide explains the what Galaxy S9 camera Pro mode is, when you may need it, and all settings for Galaxy S9 camera Pro mode.
What’s Galaxy S9 camera Pro mode? When do you need it?
But in recent years, with the advances in camera sensor technology and software, more and more high-end smartphones can replace middle-range point-and-shoot cameras. Some Android phone vendors started to offer some photographic features that used to be exclusive in DSLR cameras
Since Galaxy S6, Samsung has included the Pro mode in many of its phones. But the quality of photos taken in the Pro mode depends on the phone hardware and software.
With Galaxy S9 camera Pro mode, some users now can easily get many far better photos than in the Auto mode.
Galaxy S9 camera Pro mode allows you:
- Adjust the ISO value
- Adjust the aperture to use the dual apertures as explained in this guide.
- Adjust the shutter speed.
- Adjust the autofocus mode.
- Choose camera filters.
- Adjust the white balance.
- Adjust exposure compensation.
- Save photos in RAW format.
You may want to try the Pro mode whenever you are not satisfied with photos taken in the Auto mode or other camera modes.
For example, in the low-light conditions, you may play with the ISO value and shutter speed to get less noisy photos in Pro mode. The Auto mode in this situation sometimes works well; sometimes not.
Or, if the lighting conditions vary dramatically in different parts of the photo, you can choose the proper ISO value, shutter speed, white balance, … Read the rest
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Although there are many solutions for you to show photos on Galaxy S9 Home screen, using Samsung’s picture frame widget probably is the easiest way to show photos on Galaxy S9 and S9+ home screen.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to show photos on Galaxy S9 home screen using the picture frame widget provided by Samsung. You can also tweak the slideshow by including or excluding photos, adjusting slideshow timing, the layout of photos, and how the photos fill the spots.
So, this guide applies to most Samsung Galaxy phones. For Galaxy S9 and S9+, you need to install the widget from Galaxy Apps.
You may follow the steps to install the widget and show photos on Galaxy S9 Home screen. Ths steps als0 are applicable for Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, Note 9, Note 8 and Note 5. If you have an older Samsung phone, very likely, you can skip step 1 (as the widget was part of the old Gallery app).
Step 1: Install Picture Frame from Samsung Galaxy Apps
Galaxy Apps is preinstalled in Galaxy S9 and S9+. You cannot remove it.
Samsung now puts many optional features on Galaxy Apps.
In Galaxy Apps, switch to Exclusives tap as shown below.
In the Exclusives tab, you can scroll down to find the Galaxy Essentials category.
Tap view all as shown above.
Now, you can find apps included in Galaxy Essentials as shown below.
In some regions, by default, there is a Galaxy Essentials widget on Galaxy S9 Home screen. You can tap it to arrive on the same page.
Among the apps, you can find the Picture frame as shown below. It used … Read the rest
After unboxing Galaxy S9 or S9+, you may want to charge Galaxy S9 battery so that you can start to set it up and use it.
When Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ left the factory, the battery is charged to about 50% of the capacity, which is sufficient for you to inspect the phone on the counter.
Because the only difference between Galaxy S9 battery and Galaxy S9+ battery is the size (capacity), charging Galaxy S9 battery is identical to that for Galaxy S9+. Therefore, we use Galaxy S9 to refer to both Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Two ways to charge Galaxy S9 battery
You can charge the Galaxy S9 battery in two ways:
- Using a USB cable (USB charging).
- Using a wireless charging pad (wireless charging).
All Android phones now support USB charging. The charging port in most Android phones has been shifting from micro USB to USB-C.
Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer (e.g., back up Galaxy S9/S9+).
In your Galaxy S9 box, you can find the wall charger and the USB cable to charge Galaxy S9 battery.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ also support wireless charging. Samsung has added the wireless charging to Galaxy phones since Galaxy S6.
You can put Galaxy S9 or S9+ on a wireless charging pad to charge the phone.
Besides, you can also charge Galaxy S9 or S9+ when using Samsung DeX. In this situation, the adaptive wall charger is connected to a Samsung DeX Station or a Samsung DeX Pad. Galaxy S9 or S9+ is connected to the USB-C connector of the DeX Station or DeX pad.
What is fast charging for Galaxy S9 and S9+?
A normal USB wall charger has a rated output current ranging from 500mA (0.5A/5V, 2.5W) to 2000mA (2A/5V, 10W).
When using such USB wall chargers to charge Galaxy S9 and S9+, the charging voltage does not change. It is fixed at 5V. And Galaxy S9 and S9+ battery can take up to 2A current for this type of wall charger.
In addition to “normal” USB charging, Galaxy S9 and S9 also support fast charging when an adaptive wall charger (aka fast charger) is connected.
An adaptive wall charger can communicate with Galaxy S9 and S9+. Galaxy S9 and S9+ can then choose two charging modes:
- Fast charging
But occasionally, the power button may be not working as expected. You may have to use button (key) combinations to power off, power on or restart Galaxy S9 or S9+.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains how to reboot, power on and power off Galaxy S9 and S9+ in both normal situations and abnormal situations (e.g. when Galaxy S9 or S9+ hangs.).
Please note, in this guide, we do not differ reboot and restart. They are used interchangeably.
Why do you need to reboot Galaxy S9 or S9+ periodically?
You may know you have to reboot Galaxy S9 when you update the phone (for example, updating Galaxy S9 or S9+ to Android Pie). In this case, some system files being used have to be replaced. Therefore, you need to “stop” the system, then restart the system with the updated files.
For apps, normally, it is not necessary to reboot Galaxy S9 if you update them. Apps in Android are running in its own container. The system can destroy the container and then reload the app with updated apps on Galaxy S9 or S9+. Therefore rebooting Galaxy S9 or S9+ is generally not required for updating apps on the phone.
But some tech guys may tell you to reboot Galaxy S9 or S9+ periodically (from once a month to once a week, NOT daily) to make the phone more responsive.
This is actually a valid suggestion.
When you reboot Galaxy S9 or S9+, all app leftovers (some apps sometimes may fail to clean up their own files after you close them) and ghost processes will be cleaned.
How to automatically reboot Galaxy S9 or S9+?
Samsung added the feature of “auto restart” feature in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
You can enable auto restart on Galaxy S9 and S9+ in Settings — General management — Reset— Auto Restart.
As shown in the screenshots below, you can enable auto restart so that Galaxy S9 or S9+ will be rebooted automatically within one hour of the specified time.
You can only set the schedule as once a week only. Frequently restarting/rebooting Galaxy S9 and S9+ will not be helpful.
How to power off and reboot Galaxy S9 and S9+ with the power button options?
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Although most Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures work on all other Android phones, you may not be aware of some gestures that help you use Galaxy S9 and S9+ effectively.
This Galaxy S9 how-to guide illustrates the 7 Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures with animations, explains the features of these gestures and gives examples of using these gestures.
What are Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures?
As Galaxy S9 and S9+ do not have a physical keyboard or other input devices, you have to interact with the phone either through the touchscreen or voice (e.g., Bixby or Google Assistant).
In addition to the on-screen keyboard or keypad, Galaxy S9 and S9+ also accept some touchscreen gestures.
When your finger(s) or other capacitive pens (please note S Pen on Galaxy Note devices does NOT work with Galaxy S9 or S9+ screen) move on the screen, Galaxy S9 and S9 can recognize certain patterns and therefore responds accordingly.
These moving patterns are usually referred to as Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures.
So, understanding and correctly using Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures are essential if you want to use the phone efficiently.
Similar to other Android phones, there is nothing special in Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures. These gestures can be used in almost all other Android phones.
Although most of Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures are used on the screen, some can also be used on the physical buttons. e.g., the power button accepts press, double press and long press gestures.
List of Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures in Galaxy S9 and S9+
You can use the following 7 Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures on Galaxy S9 and S9+ for various operations.
1. Tap gesture (press)
Tap is one of the most used Galaxy S9 touchscreen gestures.
As shown in the animation below, you need to tap an icon or a specific area to activate something, for example, to start an app, or to open a menu item.
The tap gesture actually mimics “click” of a mouse (e.g., when using Samsung DeX with Galaxy S9 or S9+).
Of course, the action or response of the tap gesture depends on what was tapped, or where you tapped.
Some example of using tap gesture includes:
- You can open an app by tapping an app icon in Galaxy S9 home screen or
In the leftmost of Galaxy S9 Home screen, Samsung reserved it for the Bixby Home. But Many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are not impressed with Bixby. They want to remove Bixby Home from Galaxy S9 Home screen.
By removing Bixby Home from Galaxy S9 Home screen, you would at least get a cleaner Galaxy S9 Home screen.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains how to remove Bixby Home from Galaxy S9 Home screen, and how to access Bixby Home when it is removed.
Why may you want to remove Bixby Home from Galaxy S9 Home screen?
Bixby Home is supposed to show you the most relevant info for you when you open it. The info is pulled from both your data (e.g., calendar) and news feed based (e.g., Linkedin).
Such an informational page can be very useful when you are busy. You can just glimpse the Bixby Home to get informed quickly.
By default, there are at least two quick ways to access Bixby Home:
- Navigating to the leftmost panel of Galaxy S9 home screen.
- Pressing Bixby button once.
It is obvious that method 2 is faster and more intuitive to access Bixby Home, and therefore method 1 is redundant. You may want to remove Bixby Home from Galaxy S9 Home screen to clean up Galaxy S9 home screen.
In addition, some Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are not fans of Samsung’s Bixby. Google Assistant, which is available on almost all Android phones now, in most cases can be a better job.
They may feel it is annoyed when they accidentally access the Bixby Home when they want to access the home panel of Galaxy S9 home screen.
Although it is almost impossible to disable Bixby in Galaxy S9 and S9+, it is easy to remove Bixby Home from Galaxy S9 Home screen.
You can also easily disable Bixby button in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
How to remove Bixby Home from Galaxy S9 Home screen?
As shown below, in Galaxy S9 and S9+, the leftmost panel in Galaxy S9 Home screen is reserved for Bixby Home.
The double-line icon (marked in the red rectangle) in the panel indicator (indicating panel you are in currently) suggests Bixby Home is active.
To remove Bixby Home from Galaxy S9 Home screen, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Tap and hold (long tap) any empty space in Galaxy S9 Home
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The data saved in galaxy S9 or S9+ may be lost for many reasons: hardware failure, inadvertent operation/deletion, malware or virus, loss of the phone…
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to back up Galaxy S9 data to the Samsung Cloud, and back up photos on Galaxy S9 or S9+ too Google Drive (through Google Photos).
Why do you need to back up Galaxy S9 and S9+?
If the data (photos, documents, notes and others) in your phone are important, you should back up them.
The storage of the phone including the internal storage and micro SD card, like other modern electric components, may fail at any time.
You do not know when it will fail. It can be tomorrow, or after 10 years.
You may accidentally delete a file or a photo. In Android, by default, there is no undo option, and there is no recycle bin to keep deleted files.
You should never try your luck if the data are important.
The good news is that it is easy and straightforward to back up Galaxy S9 or S9+, and it is free.
What are the available methods to back up Galaxy S9 and S9+ data without using any third-party apps?
In fact, there are at least three free solutions for backing up the data on Galaxy S9 and S9+ without using any third party apps (Google Photos is preinstalled).
- Use Samsung Cloud to back up Galaxy S9 and S9+ fully.
- Use Samsung Cloud to back up (except photos) Galaxy S9/S9+ fully, and Google Photos to back up photos and videos.
- Use Google Drive to back up Galaxy S9 and S9+
Method 1: Use Samsung Cloud to fully back up Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Some owners may be not aware that Samsung offers 15GB (free) for each Samsung account. And you can back up almost everything to Samsung cloud.
If you have multiple Galaxy phones (as old as Galaxy Note 4 and S6), you can access the back up from any of the supported devices with one Samsung account. This means you can migrate old phone data to Galaxy S9 or S9 using Samsung cloud without using Smart Switch.
The only drawback is the storage is limited 15GB per account (NOT per device). In most regions, Samsung does not sell additional storage.… Read the rest
In addition to protecting your Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover offers a few unique features to make it fun and effective to use your Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This Galaxy S9 accessories guide shows you everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover: unique features, how does the cover work, pros, and cons of the cover, how to customize and use the cover.
Update: Added a new section of How to solve Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover problems after Android Pie update? If you get any issues with the LED cover after you update Galaxy S9 or S9+ to Android Pie, you may check this section. It solves two possible problems:
- The LED wallet cover is not recognized by the phone.
- Notifications are not shown on the LED cover.
For other new features in Galaxy S9 Android Pie update, for example, new navigation gestures, lockdown mode, night mode, screen orientation lock (rotation toggle), new Recents screen, lock Galaxy S9 Home screen layout, floating keyboard, remap the Bixby butt, Bixby quick commands, updated camera app, lift to wake, tap to show (display mode) for Galaxy S9 always-on display (AOD) screen, are discussed here.
What are the unique features of Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover?
The official Galaxy S9 accessories were designed to enhance some features or improve the user experiences of Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Unlike the Galaxy S9 clear view cover, Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover does not have a translucent front. It is opaque.
So, Galaxy S9 LED cover uses LED dots on the cover to display icons for calls and notifications on the front cover.
The unique features of Samsung Galaxy S9 LED wallet cover includes:
- LED icons for incoming calls, notifications, alarms, battery status, clock, and music controls. You can assign different LED icons for different contacts and different apps so that you can know who is calling or where is the notification from without opening the cover.
- LED with colors. You can assign border colors to the LED icons for Galaxy S9 LED cover. In previous generations of LED cover, there is no border color option.
- Powered by the phone battery through the NFC connection
Similar to Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9 features software navigation buttons. And Samsung allows you to hide and customize the Galaxy S9 navigation bar and navigation buttons in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
You can also use the software home button even when the screen is off.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to hide and unhide Galaxy S9 navigation bar, customize the background color of Galaxy S9 navigation bar, customize the Galaxy S9 navigation button layout, and how to use Galaxy S9 Home button when the screen is off.
Update: after updating Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus to Android Pie, you will get the new navigation gestures. You can choose to use the navigation bar with navigation buttons (Home, Back, and Recents) or use the new navigation gesture. But you will not be able to hide the navigation bar if you choose to use the navigation bar/buttons.
Please check this guide for the details about the navigation gestures on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update.
How to lock Galaxy S9 navigation bar?
By default, when you get the new Galaxy S9 or S9+, the navigation bar is shown, but not locked.
The dot (official name: show and hide button) on the left side of Galaxy S9 navigation bar indicates you can hide the status bar if you want.
Sometimes, you may not want to use the feature of hiding and unhiding the navigation bar, i.e., you may want to lock Galaxy S9 navigation bar.
Please note, when using an app in the split screen view, the Recents button changes to the multiwindow button. You may refer to this guide on how to use apps in Multi Window mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
To lock Galaxy S9 navigation bar, you may go to Galaxy S9 Setting, tap Display as shown below.
Then in Display settings page, tap Navigation bar as shown above.
In the Navigation bar settings page, tap Show and hide button (marked as 1 in the screenshot below).
After you hide the button, then you lock the navigation bar in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
If you want to hide Galaxy S9 navigation bar, then you need to enable (show) this button.
Showing the show and hide button does not mean the navigation bar will be hidden automatically. You need to use this button to hide and unhide Galaxy S9 navigation bar (read … Read the rest
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Galaxy S9 camera settings will help you get the desired photos and effectively use the camera in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This Galaxy S9 camera guide explains the meaning and usage of all entries in Galaxy S9 camera settings.
Why do you need to understand Galaxy S9 camera settings?
Many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners probably just start the camera app, shoot the photo, then share it.
It works well in most situations owing to the decent Auto mode in Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras.
But sometimes, you may need to change some Galaxy S9 camera settings, e.g., using the timer, changing the video size to save storage, taking motion photos ……
Galaxy S9 camera settings allow you to customize the camera app so that you can take the desired photos and videos.
In the new Galaxy S9 camera app, the simplified interface means more customizations in Galaxy S9 camera settings.
How to access Galaxy S9 camera settings?
- Galaxy S9 camera quick launch.
- The camera app shortcut on Galaxy S9 lock screen.
- The camera app icon in Galaxy S9 home screen.
- The camera app icon in Galaxy S9 apps screen.
- Bixby voice command.
- Google Assistant.
Once you are in Galaxy S9 camera app interface, you can tap the gear icon as shown below to open Galaxy S9 camera settings.
How are Galaxy S9 camera settings organized?
As shown in the following 3 screenshots, Galaxy S9 camera settings are organized into 3 sections/groups.
Rear camera (#1-#6)
This section includes settings related to the rear camera only.
For Galaxy S9+, there are two rear cameras. But there are no separate settings for the individual rear camera.
In fact, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have the identical camera settings.
Front camera (#7-#13)
This section covers the front camera specific settings.
Some of the second level setting pages, e.g., timer and HDR settings, are similar to those of the rear camera.
The purpose of such settings is to keep separate settings for the front and rear cameras.
The settings in this section apply to both the front and rear cameras.
Understand and use Galaxy S9 camera settings
Corresponding to the numbers in the previous 3 screenshots, here are the explanations of Galaxy S9 camera settings.
How to use Bixby quick commands on Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, and Note 9 with the Android Pie update?simon
You can execute Bixby quick commands using voice, or just tap an icon on the home screen without using your voice.
This Galaxy S9 Android Pie update explains everything you need to know about Bixby quick commands and shows you how to create, modify and use Bixby quick commands on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
The Bixby quick commands feature are also available on all Galaxy phones with Android Pie update. So, this guide also applies to Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, Note 9, and S10 (all 4 S10 models).
What are Bixby quick commands on Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, and Note 9 with the Android Pie update?
In a nutshell, a Bixby quick command lets you encapsulate multiple commands in one simple phrase you choose. Once created, you can use the simple phrase (which becomes one of your Bixby quick commands) to execute all commands encapsulated in sequence (as you defined).
You can also make a long command shorter with a Bixby quick command.
In fact, this is NOT a new feature in Android Pie update. The feature is available before Android Pie update. But it was buried deep in My Bixby. So, many Bixby users are not aware of the feature.
In Android Pie update for Galaxy phones, in addition to allowing you to remap the Bixby button, Samsung made the Bixby quick commands feature more prominent and improved it significantly.
For example, after the February update, you can even add any of the Bixby quick commands to the Home screen and use it without using your voice. You can use it just like using an app.
Another improvement of the Bixby quick commands feature in the Android Pie update is that some examples were added. You can add them to your Bixby quick commands directly, or modify them as a template to create your own quick commands.
How to create, modify, and manage your Bixby quick commands on Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, and Note 9 with the Android Pie update?
Bixby quick commands are tied to your Samsung account. By default, there are no quick commands in your account.
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Although Galaxy S9 apps screen is just a special version home screen, there are some major differences between Galaxy S9 Home screen and Apps screen.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains what Galaxy S9 apps screen is, how to access it, how to use it and how to manage apps and app folders on it.
What is Galaxy S9 Apps screen?
Galaxy S9 Apps screen is the placeholder for all apps installed on your phone. All other Android phones also have a similar apps screen.
Sometimes, apps screen is referred to as the app drawer. In the old versions of Android, widgets were normally hosted in the apps screen as well.
Galaxy S9 Apps screen actually is a special version of Galaxy S9 Home screen.
You can find apps, hide apps, sort apps, manage apps in Galaxy S9 apps screen.
By default, all apps will be listed in the apps screen unless you hide them.
How to access Galaxy S9 Apps screen?
By default, there are a couple of different ways to access Galaxy S9 Apps screen. These include:
- Use the apps screen button (apps button) in the favourite apps tray of Galaxy S9 Home screen, if you did not hide apps screen button on Galaxy S9 or S9+.
- Swipe upwards on Galaxy S9 Home screen.
- Swipe downwards on Galaxy S9 Home screen, if you did not enable quick-open notification panel.
Of course, if you hide the Galaxy S9 Apps screen, then you are working with Galaxy S9 Home screen only, and the apps screen will not be explicitly available.
How to use Galaxy S9 Apps screen interface?
On Galaxy S9 apps screen, if you tap on any app icons, the app will start. This is similar to that on the home screen.
For all apps, there are at least 3 options in the context menu:
- Select items. You can then continue to select more app icons in the selection mode. You can use the selected apps to create an app folder. Or you can uninstall them in batch.
- Add to home
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App pair on Galaxy S9 and S9+ allows you to launch and use two apps as a pair in the split-screen view of the Multi Window mode.
Samsung first introduced app pair on Galaxy Note 8 on 2017. It was then available for all newer Galaxy phones including Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9. App pair was also backported to Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the Android Oreo update.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains how app pair works on Galaxy S9 and shows you the two methods of creating app pairs. The guide also shows you how to manage app pairs and how to use app pair together with dual messengers.
As mentioned, the app pair is not an exclusive feature of Galaxy S9 or S9+. Instead, it is a standard Multi Window feature on Samsung phones with Android Oreo. So, this guide applies to other Samsung Galaxy phones including Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8+ and Note 9 as well.
What is app pair on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
As explained in the Galaxy S9 Multi Window guide, you can use two apps in the split screen view simultaneously.
You may need to use a certain pair of apps often. App pair is to address this demand: you create a pair so that the two apps are launched in the split screen view directly.
Of course, this is faster than the old workflow: entering Multi Window mode, then selecting apps.
Essentially, app pair on Galaxy S9 is a shortcut to the split-screen view of two apps. You can put the shortcut on Galaxy S9 home screen or edge screen.
If you are using the dual messenger feature to run two copies of messenger apps (e.g., WhatsApp), you can put these two copies of the messenger app in the app pair so that you can check messages in two accounts simultaneously.
Two ways to create an app pair on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
There are at least two methods to create an app pair on Galaxy S9 or S9+:
- Converting the current split-screen view to an app pair;
- Manually creating an app pair in the apps edge of Galaxy S9 edge screen settings.
Method 1: Converting current split-screen view to an app pair
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Understanding the meaning of Galaxy S9 status icons and notification icons in Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will help you to use the phone efficiently.
You can get quick system info and new notifications by checking Galaxy S9 status icons and notification icons in the status bar.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains the differences between Galaxy S9 status icons and notification icons, and the meaning of these icons in the status bar in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
What is the difference between Galaxy S9 status icons and notification icons?
The following screenshot is an example of the Galaxy S9 status bar with notification icons on the left and status icons on the right. When you use Galaxy S9 home screen landscape mode or any apps in landscape mode, the status bar is also in the top of the screen.
Galaxy S9 status icons and notification icons give you quick info about the system status (e.g., mobile network signal strength) and notifications from apps or the system.
When an app is in the immersive full-screen mode, the status bar will be hidden temporally. In this case, you can swipe down from the top of the screen to bring up Galaxy S9 status bar (and Galaxy S9 navigation bar as well)
The differences between Galaxy S9 status icons and notification icons include:
- Galaxy S9 status icons are always related to the system; while Galaxy S9 notification icons are always linked to specific apps (including a few system apps and third-party apps).
- Galaxy S9 status icons are normally shown on the right side of the status bar; while Galaxy S9 notification icons always appear on the left side of the status bar.
- Galaxy S9 status icons are more or less universal in all regions; while Galaxy S9 notification icons depend on individual apps, whose developers can use whatever they want.
Typically, when you see an icon on the left side of the status bar in Galaxy S9 or S9+, there are usually at least one or more corresponding notifications in Galaxy S9 notification panel.
But if you see a Galaxy S9 status icon, there is seldom a corresponding notification.
Meaning of Galaxy S9 status icons
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Galaxy S9 and S9+ feature some significantly new camera features such as the dual-aperture lens, and super slow motion mode. As the first step of trying the new camera in Galaxy S9 and S9+, you need to start Galaxy S9 camera app first.
In addition to tapping the camera app icon, you can have several other ways to start Galaxy S9 camera app in S9 and S9+.
This Galaxy S9 camera guide shows you the six ways to open Galaxy S9 camera app in your Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.
#1. Use Galaxy S9 camera quick launch to start Galaxy S9 camera app
The fastest way to launch Galaxy S9 camera app is to use Galaxy S9 camera quick launch feature, which is enabled by default.
You can quickly press the power button twice to start Galaxy S9 camera app immediately. Samsung named this as Galaxy S9 camera quick launch.
The good thing about Galaxy S9 camera quick launch is that it works at any times: when the screen is on or off, or when you are using any apps, or when the screen is locked or unlocked.
When you use the Galaxy S9 camera quick launch first time, it will remind you of this feature as shown below.
You can then keep it on or turn it off if you want.
If you want, you can enable or disable Galaxy S9 camera quick launch in Galaxy S9 camera settings.
#2. Use camera app shortcut on Galaxy S9 lock screen to start Galaxy S9 camera app.
By default, in Galaxy S9 lock screen as shown below, there are two app shortcuts on the left and right sides of the bottom.
One is the phone app for you to make emergency calls without unlocking the phone. And the other is the camera app as shown below.
Of course, you can use other apps to replace them in Settings — Lock screen and security — App shortcuts.
You can tap the camera app icon to open Galaxy S9 camera app without unlocking the screen.
If you launch Galaxy S9 camera app without unlocking the screen, you can only access photos taken in this session. You cannot access any other photos or pictures saved in the phone before the screen was locked.
This is a security feature, not a bug. For example, if someone gets your phone, he/she … Read the rest
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Enjoy your Galaxy S9 and S9+!