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.
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.
So, you have to create your quick commands before you … Read the rest
Although it is not complicated, many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are not fully aware of all functions and features of Galaxy S9 Home screen.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains the meaning and usage of all components you may find in the Home screen of Galaxy S9 and S9+. The differences between apps screen and home screen were also detailed.
What is Galaxy S9 Home screen?
Generally speaking, in Galaxy S9 and S9+, you have 4 types of pages:
- Lock screen. You need to unlock the phone before you can use Galaxy S9 ort S9+. Always-on display screen usually is considered as a special lock screen overlayed over Galaxy S9 lock screen.
- Home screen. The centre or starting screen of Galaxy S9 and S9+. It is the home of select apps and widgets.
- Apps screen. Galaxy S9 apps screen is a special home screen. It is an app drawer for all apps on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
- Individual apps.
You will have to use Galaxy S9 Home screen if you use Galaxy S9 or S9+. There are no alternatives. You cannot bypass it.
How to access Galaxy S9 Home screen?
Galaxy S9 and S9+ are protected by Galaxy S9 lock screen to prevent unauthorized access to your apps and data. Galaxy S9 home screen is always “behind” the lock screen.
In other words, you can access Galaxy S9 Home screen only after you unlock the phone.
You can access Galaxy S9 Home screen in many ways:
- After unlocking Galaxy S9 or S9+, you should get Galaxy S9 home screen directly.
- When you are using any apps, tap the Home button in Galaxy S9 navigation bar to access the Home screen directly.
- When you are using any
There are 3 levels of resetting for Galaxy S9 and S9+: reset network settings, reset Galaxy S9 settings (system settings) and factory data reset (FDR) Galaxy S9 or S9+.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to use these three levels of resetting for your Galaxy S9 and S9+, and explains what you should do before trying to factory data reset Galaxy S9 or S9+.
What are the three levels of resetting for Galaxy S9 and S9+?
When you consider resetting Galaxy S9 or S9+, there are three levels of resetting:
- Reset network settings.
- Reset Galaxy S9 settings.
- Factory data reset (FDR).
Factory data reset (FDR, level 3) would erase everything on Galaxy S9 or S9+. You will get a “new ” phone to start with. You must back up all data on Galaxy S9 or S9+ before trying the factory data reset.
But remember, factory data reset will NOT roll back system updates.
Reset Galaxy S9 settings (level 2) removes the system settings added/customized by you, but it does not erase your files and third-party app data.
Reset network settings (level 1) only remove network (mobile, WiFi, Bluetooth) settings. Other settings and user files are untouched. You may use this resetting level when your phone has problems to connect to connect WiFi or mobile networks.
What should you do BEFORE trying Galaxy S9 factory data reset?
If you have to factory data reset Galaxy S9 or S9+, you must be aware that all data and settings will be erased. All apps installed by you will be removed as well.
And there is no undo option.
Before you factory data reset (FDR) for Galaxy S9 or S9+, you should try to finish the following 3 tasks.
- Back up, back up and back up your Galaxy S9 or S9+.
All your data, documents, photos, other media files and apps will be erased.
So, it is important to back up your Galaxy S9 or S9+. You can use the Samsung Cloud and Google Photos to back up Galaxy S9 or S9+ to the cloud.
If you prefer backing up to your PC, you can install Smart Switch on the PC. Then you can back up everything to your PC.
Factory data reset will not erase files on the SD card. But app data … Read the rest
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Like other Android phones, Galaxy S9 and S9+ use some Galaxy S9 home screen panels to host apps, app shortcuts, app folders and widgets.
You can add, delete, move, and re-arrange Galaxy S9 home screen panels based on your needs. You can also assign one panel as the home panel for Galaxy S9 Home screen.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to work with and manage Galaxy S9 home screen panels.
What are the Galaxy S9 Home screen panels?
These pages are usually referred to as Galaxy S9 Home screen panels.
As you may know, you can use more Galaxy S9 Home screen panels to accommodate more app icons, app folders, widgets, app shortcuts and file shortcuts on Galaxy S9 Home screen.
You can also show photos on Galaxy S9 home screen as explained in this guide.
Besides, if you hide apps screen on Galaxy S9 and S9+, more panes will be added automatically so that all apps are added to the Home screen.
How to assign a panel as the home panel for Galaxy S9 Home screen?
Among Galaxy S9 Home screen panels, one and only one panel is always the “home” panel for Galaxy S9 Home screen. When you tap the home button once or twice, you will be directed to this specific panel.
For example, you open an app from one of the home screen panels. If you tap the home button once, you will be brought back to the panel you started the app.
If you tap the home button again, the system should bring you back to the home panel.
By default, the panel next to Bixby Home is assigned as the home panel for Galaxy S9 Home screen.
Of course, you can change the home panel and assign any of the Galaxy S9 home screen panels as the home panel.
To assign a new home panel for Galaxy S9 Home screen, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Enter Edit mode of Galaxy S9 Home screen
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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
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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Samsung DeX Station works with all Samsung DeX-enabled devices: Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8 and Note 9. You can instantly convert your phone as an Android PC (or a Linux PC if you enable Linux on DeX beta) with a DeX Station.
Although Samsung DeX Pad, Dex Station and DeX cable (for Note 9 and Tab S4) share identical DeX features, the design of these DeX accessories is substantially different. You may check this guide on using Samsung DeX Pad, and this guide (coming soon) on using Samsung DeX cable on Galaxy Note 9. For the comparison of Samsung DeX Station vs Samsung DeX Pad vs Samsung DeX cable, please check this guide.
This Galaxy S9 accessories guide explains everything you need to know about Samsung DeX Station: contents in the package (box), the layout of the DeX Station, step-by-step guide on using the DeX Station. Frequently asked questions on Ethernet port, display resolution, charging and covers are also covered.
What is Samsung DeX Station?
Although it was announced as a companion to Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung DeX Station works with all DeX-enabled devices: Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8, Note 9 and Tab S4.
The design of the Samsung DeX Pad is similar to Samsung’s fast wireless charging stand. You need to push the top part so that it stands up to support the phone.
You may check this guide on the differences among three Samsung DeX accessories: Samsung DeX Station vs Samsung DeX Pad vs Samsung DeX Cable.
What is included in the Samsung DeX Station package?
In the Samsung DeX Station package, there are only two (maybe one if you find the quick start guide is useless) useful items:
- Samsung DeX Station (aka multimedia dock).
- Quick start guide in multiple languages.
Nothing else. No cables. No power adapters.
So, you need to prepare the following items to use Samsung DeX Station:
- A Samsung fast wall charger (adaptive wall charger). The wall charger included in your Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8 and Note 9 is sufficient.
- An HDMI cable.
- (optional) A USB (or wireless) mouse/keyboard. You can use the phone screen as the trackpad. But unlike Samsung DeX Pad,
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This Galaxy S9 guide explains what Multi Window can do for you, how to use split-screen view, how to use the pop-up view, and how to use the snap window on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Update: a new section of Changes of Multi-Window in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+ was added. In Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+, many Multi Window features were removed. Please check this section and Android Pie update guide for details. You may also check this guide for using the Multi Window on Galaxy S9 and S8 with Android Pie.
What is Multi Window on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
Multi Window on Galaxy S9 and S9+ allows you to use two apps side-by-side in the split-screen view, or simultaneously use two or more apps in the pop-up view.
For example, you may want to browse the info of a product in the Amazon app and share some key info with your friends in the Messages app.
Or you may want to get some numbers from a spreadsheet in Google Sheets for an email.
Without the Multi Window, you will have to switch between apps several times.
If you are familiar with Multi Window on Galaxy S9 and S9+, you can greatly improve your productivity, and therefore get a better ROI of your Galaxy S9 or S9+.
Samsung introduced Multi Window many years in Galaxy Note 2 in 2012, which is 4 years earlier than the stock multiwindow feature introduced in Android Nougat.
Over the years, Samsung has improved and polished the multiwindow feature and made it one of the best features in Galaxy phones.
Basically, if you need to switch apps a few times for a task, you very likely will benefit from the Multi Window feature once you get used to it.
What are the two Multi Window modes on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
There are two screen modes of Multi Window on Galaxy S9 and S9+:
- Split-screen view.
- Pop-up view.
In the split-screen view, two apps share the whole … Read the rest
As explained in the new features of Galaxy S9 and S9+, the camera in both phones was significantly improved with an updated Galaxy S9 camera app.
Samsung revamped the user interface of Galaxy S9 camera app to make it more user-friendly (arguably) with different ways to access Galaxy S9 camera modes and effects. This new Galaxy S9 camera app interface is different from that in Galaxy S8.
This Galaxy S9 camera guide explains the items in Galaxy S9 camera app user interface (UI) and how to use them.
How to access Galaxy S9 camera app?
There are at least 6 different ways to access Galaxy S9 camera app in Galaxy S9 and S9+:
- Galaxy S9 camera quick launch;
- App icon in Galaxy S9 lock screen;
- App icon in Galaxy S9 Home screen;
- App icon in Galaxy S9 Apps screen;
- Bixby voice command;
- Google Assistant voice command.
You can also access the camera app from Galaxy S9 edge screen.
Although the identical Galaxy S9 camera app will be used, there are some restrictions if you access the camera without unlocking Galaxy S9 or S9+.
How to use Galaxy S9 camera app?
By default, when you start the Galaxy S9 camera, the Auto mode is activated as shown below.
In the Auto mode, in addition to the navigation bar in the bottom, you can find at least 11 items as marked in the screenshot:
- Shutter button.
- Video recording button.
- Shortcut to Gallery app.
- Galaxy S9 camera modes.
- Switch between two rear cameras (Galaxy S9+ only).
- Bixby vision.
- Galaxy S9 camera settings.
- Full-screen view.
- Turn on/off the flash.
- Galaxy S9 camera effects.
- Switch between front and rear cameras.
1. Galaxy S9 camera spp Shutter button
You can press this shutter button to take photos immediately.
If you tap and hold (long tap) the shutter button, the camera will take photos in burst mode.
Photos taken in Galaxy S9 burst mode will be always saved in the internal storage even you set photo location in the micro SD card.
2. Video recording button
You can tap the video recording button to record a video immediately.
You can also tap and hold the recording button to frame the video.
3. Shortcut to Gallery app
To the right of the shutter button, the shortcut to Gallery app allows you to access the Gallery app directly from … Read the rest
You can use two SIM cards on Galaxy S9, S9+, S10, S10+, S10e, S10 Lite, S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, if your phone is the dual-SIM version of Galaxy S9/S10/S20.
However, the dual-SIM version of Galaxy S9 and S9+ is dual standby only, not dual active. Therefore, you may encounter some limitations when you use two SIM cards in the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This Galaxy S9 guide answers all questions you may have on using two SIM cards on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
As the dual SIM features in Galaxy phones are similar, this guide applies to the dual SIM version of Galaxy S10 (all models) and the dual SIM version of Galaxy S20 (all models).
Is your Galaxy S9/S9+ capable of using two SIM cards?
Only the dual-SIM version Galaxy S9/S9+ can use two SIM cards. Don’t waste time or money to use two SIM cards if you got a single SIM version of Galaxy S9 or S9+.
If you bought your Galaxy S9 or S9+ in the US, very likely, it is a single SIM phone only. You cannot use two SIM cards on these phones sold in the US (through carriers and official distributors).
In most international markets, your Galaxy S9 or S9+ is very likely a dual-SIM version. And therefore, you may use up to two SIM cards on the phone.
You should always check with the seller on whether you can use two SIM cards on the phone you want to buy.
You can also check the Galaxy S9 box to see whether the Galaxy S9 or S9+ is dual SIM or single SIM version.
In most regions, the dual-SIM capability is usually marked as “duos” on the left side of the official Galaxy S9 box as shown below.
What are the limitations of using two SIM cards on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
The dual-SIM Galaxy S9 and S9+ are dual standby only, not dual active. This means both SIM cards are reachable when in the standby mode.
When you are talking through one SIM card, the other SIM card, by default, will be unreachable unless you enable dual SIM always on.
For the explanation of the differences between dual standby and dual active dual SIM phones, you may check this guide.
The limitations of using two SIM cards on Galaxy S9 and S9+ include:
- When you are talking
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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.
As a human, we always press one button earlier than … Read the rest
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The improvement is achieved through a personalized sound profile tailored to your ears. Galaxy S9 adapt sound will conduct a hearing test for both of your ears to create that profile and compensate the frequencies you have problems with accordingly so that you can hear the “real” music and sound
This Galaxy S9 guide explains in detail how the adapt sound on Galaxy S9 and S9+ works, and how to enable, customize and use the Galaxy S9 adapt sound to get the best audio quality on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Please note, adapt sound on Galaxy S9 and S9+ is almost identical to that on Galaxy S10, S10+, Galaxy S8+, S8, Note 10, Note 10+, Note 9, and Note 8. So, this guide also applies to these and other Samsung phones.
What is adapt sound on Galaxy S9 and S9+? How does adapt sound on Samsung phones works?
Adapt sound on Galaxy S9 and S9+ is NOT new. Samsung first introduced adapt sound in Galaxy S4 in 2013.
In the recent launches of Galaxy devices, Samsung even forgot to mention this audio feature, although Samsung tuned this feature in each generation of Galaxy devices.
But in my opinion, the adapt sound is one of the most useful Samsung features. And adapt sound on Galaxy S9 and S9+ is probably the most underused feature.
You should be very excited once you start to use the adapt sound on Galaxy S9 or other Samsung Galaxy phones: how excellent the music can be! You probably will blame yourself: why I didn’t use it before!
In a nutshell, adapt sound on Galaxy S9 creates a personalized sound profile (effects) based on your ear.
Every ear is different. Even your two ears may differ significantly in hearing capabilities. At different ages, our ears also have different listening capabilities at different frequencies.
So, the question is: did you hear the “real” music or sound?
Galaxy S9 conducts a hearing test for your ears to create your hearing profile. Then use this profile to compensate the audio output so that you get the “real” music or sound.
For example, if your left ear has problems to hear sounds at around 15KHz, but your right ear does not have any issues for the same frequency range, then normally, you … Read the rest
Proper Galaxy S9 accessories can add considerable value to your investment in Galaxy S9 or S9+.
But there are so many accessories for Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the market. You may wonder which Galaxy S9 accessories can match your needs.
Galaxy S9 accessories guides will help you make wise decisions based on your needs and budget.
Why Galaxy S9 accessories guides?
When you try to get accessories for Galaxy S9 or S9+, you will find you have too many options.
Some Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are overwhelmed by the choices.
For example, when you look for a case or cover for Galaxy S9 or S9+, you can find hundreds, maybe even thousands if you consider colour variations, of Galaxy S9 cases in Amazon online store.
Then, how to choose a case for your Galaxy S9 or S9+?
When you search for a wall charger or wireless charging pad for Galaxy S9 or S9+, you also have about 100 options. Which one can meet your needs within your budget?
You can find answers to such questions in Galaxy S9 accessories guides.
Simply put, Galaxy S9 accessories guides check and compare some noteworthy Galaxy S9 accessories, then recommend you the most suitable option based your needs.
About Galaxy S9 accessories guides
Covering all accessories for Galaxy S9 and S9+ is impossible. Therefore, Galaxy S9 accessories guides focus on:
- Galaxy S9 cases and covers
- Galaxy S9 wall chargers
- Galaxy S9 wireless charging pad
- Galaxy S9 camera modules
- Galaxy S9 screen protectors
- Micro SD card for Galaxy S9 and s9+
- Ethernet adapter for Galaxy S9 and s9+
- USB storage for Galaxy S9 and s9+
- Headphones and earbuds for Galaxy S9 and S9+
- Selfie stick for Galaxy S9 and S9+
- Galaxy S9 Bluetooth keyboard guide
- USB-C cable guide
- and others
We will try to give unbiased reviews and recommendations for accessories we tested. You will then be able to make well-informed decisions.
List of Galaxy S9 accessories guides
New guides on Galaxy S9 accessories will regularly be added.
So, if you do not find the accessories guide you need, you may check this page later.
At the same time, you can also post your questions or problems with accessories for Galaxy S9 and S9+. We will try to help you find the answers.
We may also … Read the rest
How to use the rotation toggle to change and lock screen orientation in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus?simon
After updating Galaxy S9 or S9+ to Android Pie, you can use the new rotation toggle to change screen orientation on-the-fly when auto-rotate is turned off. You can even lock the screen orientation to landscape mode with this toggle (aka orientation lock).
Many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners find this feature extremely useful once they realize the functions of the small rotation toggle icon.
This Galaxy S9 Android Pie update guide explains the functions of the rotation toggle, and how to use it to change and lock the screen orientation on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update.
What is the rotation toggle in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+?
Most smartphone owners hate the auto-rotate. It often rotates the screen when you are not intended to do so.
So, most smartphone owners disable the auto-rotate and use the portrait mode.
However, occasionally, you may want to switch to landscape mode temporally for some apps. For example, you may want to show others the photos or videos shot in the landscape mode.
In this case, without the rotation toggle, you have to go to quick settings (this is the fastest router prior to Android Pie ), tap the auto-rotate button, rotate the phone, then show the photos. Once you finish it, you need to disable auto-rotate in the quick settings.
In the stock Android Pie, Google added the rotation toggle (orientation lock) to solve this issue. The toggle will appear (and animates) in the navigator bar once the phone detects the orientation is different from the “locked” one. You can tap the toggle to change the orientation. Of course, you can ignore the toggle (and do not change the orientation).
Samsung customized this feature a bit in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+. The rotation toggle animates only twice in Galaxy S9 and S9+, then disappear if you do not tap it.
It is unclear why Samsung decided not to show the toggle all the time.
How does the orientation lock work?
The rotation toggle (orientation lock) in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+ works only when auto-rotate is off (it is obvious).
So, you will see the rotation toggle in the navigation bar (if you are using the new navigation gestures, the toggle will appear in a simialr location.) only when:
- Auto-rotate is disabled.
- The phone detects that you
This Galaxy S9 guide explains what you can do (and cannot do) with Galaxy S9 super slow motion mode, how to use the super slow-motion mode, how to edit super slow-motion videos, how to add music to the video, and how to share super slow-motion videos with others as videos or GIF animations.
Samsung ported this camera mode to Galaxy S8 and S8+ in Android Oreo update. You can find the super slow-motion mode (super slow-mo) on Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+ and s few other Galaxy phones with Android Oreo. So this guide applies to all these phones with the super slow-motion mode, although screenshots in this guide were taken from a Galaxy S9+.
What is Galaxy S9 super slow-motion mode (super Slow-mo) on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
The normal slow-motion mode in most smartphones today can record videos at about 60fps (frames per second). Some high-end phones, like Pixel 2, iPhone X may record slow motion at 240fps. Galaxy S9 and S9+ allow you to record a video in 960fps with the super slow-motion mode.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ is not the first smartphone with 960fps slow-motion mode. Sony offered this feature in Xperia XZ Premium in 2017. But the phone did not sell well in most markets.
In Galaxy S9 and S9+, you have the traditional slow-motion mode (60fps), and this special super slow-motion mode (super slow-mo).
Compared to standard slow-motion mode, Galaxy S9 super slow-motion mode has the following limitations:
- The video resolution is limited to 720p (1280*720). The standard slow-motion on Galaxy S9 or S9+ has a resolution of Full HD 1080p (1920*1080).
- The length of one super slow-motion event is limited to 0.2 seconds (high quality) or 0.4 seconds (standard quality).
- In the multi-take mode, you can include up to 20 slow-motion events in one video.
- Super slow-motion mode usually requires more light to get a decent video.
- If you want to share the video, you need to export the video first because other phones may have problems to play the video directly.
- The videos are always saved in the internal storage even you use an SD card on the
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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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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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Of course, for carrier-locked phones, Android update always arrives slower than unlocked ones.
This Galaxy S9 Android Pie update guide explains why and how to update Galaxy S9 or S9+ to Android Pie, and answers some questions you may have on Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Should I update Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus to Android Pie (Android 9)?
The short answer is yes, for most owners.
Once the update is available, you should update Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus to Android Pie for the following reasons:
- Security. All future monthly security update/patch will be based on Android Pie. Samsung will not release Galaxy S9 and S9+ security patches for Android Oreo after Android Pie update is released in your region.
- Performance. Android Pie address not only some security but also performance issues. Especially, Android Pie has improved a lot in battery management to extend the battery life (screen-on time, SOT) for Galaxy S9 and S9+. Of course, Android Pie cannot increase the battery capacity, or make the CPU run faster. But it does make the power consumption and CPU usage more efficient.
- New Android Pie features. Besides the underhood improvements, Android Pie brought many useful new features for most users as explained in this page. For example, you can use the lockdown mode to temporally disable biometric unlock and smart lock. Or you can use the magnifier when selecting text.
- New One UI features. Samsung changed the Samsung Experiences to One UI (FYI, it has nothing to do with Android One) in the Android Pie update. In addition to the visual (UI)changes, there are many functional updates as well. For example, you can try the navigation gestures on Galaxy S9 or S9+ (which is different from the navigation gestures in stock Android Pie). The night mode in Galaxy S9 and S9+ works better than the stock Android Pie dark theme (+night mode).
Of course, you cannot expect “stock” Android Pie in the Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+. As an Android manufacturer, Samsung has to customize the OS to differentiate itself from other manufacturers.
For a very small portion of owners of Galaxy S9 and S9+, you may have to withhold a while if:
- You are using
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This Galaxy S9 Android Pie update guide explains the new features of Bixby in Android Pie update, and how to remap the Bixby button to other apps or a quick command.
New gestures for the Bixby button on Galaxy S9 and S9+ after updating to Android Pie
Traditionally, the Bixby button in Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, and Note 9 only supports one gesture: press.
You can choose to press to open Bixby (Bixby Home), or do nothing (this essentially disables the Bixby button). Of course, you cannot remap the press gesture to anything else, or disable Bixby in your phone.
In Android Pie update for Galaxy S19, S9+, Note 9, Note 8, S8, and S8+, Bixby was updated to a new version with new gestures for the Bixby button. Now, the Bixby button supports 3 gestures:
- Single press.
- Double press.
- Long press.
The long press is reserved for Bixby Voice command. You cannot change it. When you long press the Bixby button, you can continue with voice commands immediately.
The single press OR the double press MUST be assigned to Bixby Voice page. For example, if you assign the single press to Bixby Voice, then you can customize (remap) the double press to something else.
Please note, Bixby Voice page, which is different from Bixby Home, is new in Galaxy S9 Android Pie update. Bixby Home still exists in Galaxy S9 Home screen, and you can still hide it if you want.
Major changes of Bixby in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, and Note 9
In Android Pie update for Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, and Note 9, Bixby Service, Bixby Voice, and Bixby Vision, were bumped to version 2.1.x, and Bixby Home to version 3.x.
The major changes of Bixby in the Android Pie update include:
- New gestures for the Bixby button. Remapping the Bixby button to third-party apps was added in February update of Bixby.
- New Bixby quick commands.
- New Bixby Vision integration in the new camera app.
- New Bixby Voice page (showing tips, features, and suggestions for Bixby Voice, and accessing Bixby Voice settings).
You can update Bixby in Galaxy Store.
How to remap Bixby button on
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Samsung announced Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the 9th generation of Galaxy S phones, on February 25, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain, immediately ahead of MWC 2018. You may want to know the new features of Samsung Galaxy S9.
As in previous Galaxy S phones, Samsung staffed some new features of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to lure new customers and keep existing customers.
This post details the top 10 new features of Galaxy S9 and S9+ to help you decide whether Galaxy S9 or S9+ is the right phone for you.
#1. Android Oreo
Android Oreo is the latest Android OS.
Samsung packed Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box.
You can enjoy many new features and improvements of Android 8.0 in Galaxy S9 and S9+, although Samsung tweaks a lot of the stock Android.
For Galaxy S9 notification dots (notification number badge, app icon badges) on Galaxy S9 and S9+, you may check this guide.
#2. Dual-aperture in the main camera: one of the most welcomed new features of Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung tried to direct your attention to one of the best new features in Galaxy S9 and S9+: the camera.
And the most prominent features of the Galaxy S9 camera is dual-aperture.
In Auto mode, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ main camera can switch between two apertures of f/2.4 (under normal lighting conditions) and f/1.5 (in low-light conditions) automatically.
In Pro mode, you can set the two apertures manually. Unfortunately, you cannot set anything in between.
Essentially, the dual-aperture camera makes it easier to capture good photos in low-light conditions.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the only smartphones in the market with such a feature.
You may check this guide on how to use the two apertures in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
#3. Intelligent scan
Iris scanner and face recognition is not new in Galaxy phones. You can enable either of them to unlock the phone in your Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8.
Both methods work well in contrast conditions: iris scanner does not work well under the sun ( or under intense light), and face recognition refuses to work in darkness.
In Galaxy S8 and Note 8, these two methods are mutually exclusive: you can only enable one of them.
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Enjoy your Galaxy S9 and S9+!