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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.
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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
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If you upgraded your old Galaxy phone to Galaxy S9 or S9+, you might be frustrated with the new Galaxy S9 notification number badge (notification dots, aka Galaxy S9 app icon badges).
Galaxy S9 notification number badge (notification dots) simply does not work like the old number badge with which you are familiar.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains the differences between Galaxy S9 notification number badge (notification dots) and the old number badge and shows you how to customize Galaxy S9 notification number badge (notification dots).
What is Galaxy S9 notification number badge (notification dots)?
When you get a notification in Galaxy S9 notification panel, by default, you will find a number badge on the top right corner of the corresponding app icon in Galaxy S9 Home screen and Apps screen.
For example, as shown below, when you have 3 notifications for the Internet app (browser app), you will find the number (3) in the top right of the browser app icon.
This number badge is usually referred to as Galaxy S9 notification number badge. In old Galaxy phones, there has been a number badge which looks similar to Galaxy S9 notification number badge.
Because Galaxy S9 notification number badge corresponds to notification dots in stock Android, the notification number badge was sometimes referred as Galaxy S9 notification dots.
If you think the new Galaxy S9 notification number badge (notification dots) is just a beautified version of the old number badge, you are then totally wrong.
What are the differences between Galaxy S9 notification number badge (notification dots) and the old number badge?
Although they look similar, Galaxy S9 notification number badge and the old number badge are two entirely different things.
The major differences include:
- Galaxy S9 notification number badge is actually the notification dots introduced in Android Oreo. The old number badge in Samsung’s phones is Samsung’s proprietary implementation in TouchWiz (now Samsung Experience).
- Galaxy S9 notification number badge directly links to notifications in Galaxy S9 notification panel. The old number badge is not linked to the notification panel.
- Galaxy S9 notification number badge works for all apps. The old number badge only works with selected apps, usually Samsung apps and a few pre-installed apps.
- Galaxy S9 notification number badge only counts notifications, nothing else. The old number badge may count both notifications and unread messages depending on apps.
- For Galaxy S9
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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
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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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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Compared to Samsung DeX Station, Samsung DeX Pad has an improved design and offers generous accessories in the box. For a detailed comparison of the Samsung DeX Pad, DeX Station and DeX Cable, please check this guide.
This Galaxy S9 accessories guide shows you the contents in the Samsung DeX Pad box, the layout of the DeX Pad, and how to use Samsung DeX Pad.
What is Samsung DeX Pad?
Samsung DeX Pad, announced together with Galaxy S9 and S9+, is the 2nd generation of Samsung DeX dock accessories. But it is NOT a replacement of Samsung DeX Station. Rather it is a compliment to the DeX Station.
DeX Pad features a smaller footprint than its predecessor (DeX Station). And one of the significant changes is your phone can lay down on the DeX Pad. So, it is very easy to use the phone screen as a touchpad.
Samsung DeX Pad works with all DeX-enabled devices: Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, Note 9 and Tab S4. It also offers identical Samsung DeX features as the DeX Station and DeX cable.
For the detailed comparison of three current DeX accessories DeX Pad vs DeX Station vs DeX cable, please check this page.
What is included in the Samsung DeX Pad package?
Samsung DeX Pad package includes the essentials you need to use Samsung DeX.
You can find the following items in the package:
- One Samsung DeX Pad.
- One HDMI cable.
- One USB cable. The USB-A to USB-C cable is for you to connect the power adapter/wall charger to the DeX Pad. It can also be used for data transfer between your phone and a PC (e..g, for backing up Galaxy S9). The cable itself is similar to the USB cable included in Galaxy S9 box.
- One USB power adapter/wall charger. In most regions, the included wall charger is identical to that in your Galaxy S9 box. Of course, you can use this power adapter to charge Galaxy S9 battery.
- One quick start guide in multiple languages.
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Dual aperture, which allows the system to choose the suitable Galaxy S9 camera aperture depending on lighting conditions, is one of the significant improvements in Galaxy S9 (and S9+) camera compared to previous Galaxy phones.
However, in most camera modes, choosing Galaxy S9 camera aperture will be done automatically, and therefore you cannot manually select one of the two apertures.
The Pro mode is an exception, which allows you to manually choose Galaxy S9 camera aperture.
This Galaxy S9 camera guide explains dual aperture feature in Galaxy S9 and shows you how to manually choose Galaxy S9 camera aperture in the Pro mode.
What does dual aperture mean for Galaxy S9 camera aperture?
In photography, aperture, which controls how collimated the admitted rays are, is one of the three legs of the exposure triangle.
In most digital cameras or more expensive DSLRs, you usually have a certain level of control of the aperture.
But in smartphones, due to the compact size, the aperture of the camera lens is usually fixed. Therefore, the camera app can control exposure through ISO and shutter speed.
Samsung introduced the dual aperture in the real camera od Galaxy S9 and S9+ so that the system can adjust the aperture based on lighting conditions.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ camera only supports two discrete apertures f/1.5 and f/2.4. The system cannot set an aperture between these two values.
Typically, when ambient is very dark (in the night), the system will set the aperture to f/1.5. This allows more light to pass through the lens to get brighter photos.
When the ambient is very bright (e.g., under the sun), the aperture will be set at f/2.4. The photo will generally look more crispy than using f/1.5
How to use dual aperture to switch Galaxy S9 camera aperture manually?
Although dual aperture is a good feature for the rear camera, Samsung does not want you to mess up Galaxy S9 camera aperture. Therefore, aperture switching was programmed as an automatic Galaxy S9 camera feature.
In other words, it does not allow you to manually switch the Galaxy S9 camera aperture in most Galaxy S9 camera modes.
The only exception is the Pro mode, which allows you to control almost all aspects of the camera settings manually.
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The night mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update is the combination of the dark theme and night mode. In the stock Android Pie, the settings of dark theme and night mode are independent of each other.
This Galaxy S9 Android Pie update guide explains the details of the night mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update, and how to use the night mode so that you can enjoy the phone in all situations.
What is the night mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update?
Many owners also hate the default white theme, which looks great in the showroom. For day-to-day use, many owners preferred a dark theme.
Of course, you can use third-party themes to customize the Galaxy S9 home screen and Samsung apps. But most of the dark themes in the Galaxy Apps (theme store) are poorly designed.
In Android Pie, Google introduced a dark theme. But it does not apply to Settings or to most Google apps.
Besides, Android Pie also introduced the night mode in developer options. But it is independent of the theme settings if dark them is used already. You may refer to this guide on how to use the dark theme and night mode in stock Android Pie.
In the Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung added the night mode as an alternative to the default light theme.
The night mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update lets you:
- Set the display to the dark (black) theme.
- Apply the dark theme to Galaxy S9 Home screen, Apps screen, Settings, quick settings, notifications panel, power button options, Bixby home, most Samsung apps include Phone, Messages, Contacts, Camera, Gallery, Clock, Calendar, Calculator, Samsung Notes, Email, My Files, Internet, Bixby, Finder.
- Instantly turn on/off night mode in quick settings.
- Instantly change the night mode settings in the developer options as “always-on”
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You can use Android Pie lockdown mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie (Android 9) update to temporally disable biometric unlock and smart lock. PIN or password will be required to unlock the phones.
The lockdown mode is a standard security feature in Android Pie (Android 9). Luckily, Samsung did not mess up this feature in the One UI.
This Galaxy S9 Android Pie update guide explains everything you need to know about the lockdown mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update and shows you how to use it.
What is the lockdown mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update?
If enabled, Galaxy S9 and S9+ offer many ways to unlock the phone.
In addition to PIN/password/pattern, you can also unlock Galaxy S9 and S9+ using:
- Trusted devices, trusted places, trusted faces, and matched voices through the smart lock.
All these additional unlock methods are provided for your conveniences. Many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners enjoy these fast unlock methods.
However, in some special situations, for example, someone attempts to force you to unlock the phone to get your data, you may try to disable these unlock methods temporally (and quickly), then typed the wrong password/PIN a few times so that you have to wait longer and longer to try again.
The lockdown mode is one of the new features in Android Pie. Samsung kept the stock feature and did not mess it up this time in the Android update for Galaxy S9 and S9+, unlike what they did to the navigation gestures.
How to enable the lockdown mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update?
By default, the lockdown mode on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update is not enabled.
You need to enable it in the power button options (power menu) before you can use it.
As shown in the screenshot below, tap Lock screen in Galaxy S9 Settings.
As shown above, in the lock screen settings page, tap Secure lock settings.
In the secure lock settings, as shown below, you can find the Show lockdown option.
You can tap the switch next to it to enable it. If it was enabled, you can tap it to … Read the rest
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As an owner-help-owner community, Galaxy S9 Guides need your feedback and suggestions.
The community is ready to find solutions for your problems related to Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Meanwhile, you may have the knowledge or experiences to answer some questions other Galaxy S9 or S9+ owners may have.
Galaxy S9 Guides is a platform facilitating such communications, discussion and helping each other.
If you have any questions on Galaxy S9 and S9+, or if you encounter any problems when using Galaxy S9 and S9+, you may check the high-quality how-to guides released on the website.
These Galaxy S9 guides are organized into five sections:
- Galaxy S9 new features guide.
- Galaxy S9 how-to guides.
- Galaxy S9 camera guides.
- Galaxy S9 accessories guides.
- Galaxy S9 user guides.
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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 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.
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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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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
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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After unboxing Galaxy S9 or S9+, you need to understand the package contents in your Galaxy S9 box or S9+ box so that you can properly use them when needed.
The package contents in Galaxy S9 box, and in Galaxy S9+ box are identical except the phone.
Also, the Galaxy S9 package contents may slightly vary in different regions.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you the contents of Galaxy S9 box and Galaxy S9+ box. It also explains how to use these items in the Galaxy S9 box.
What are the Galaxy S9 package contents in Galaxy S9 box and S9+ box?
You can find Galaxy S9 package contents in Galaxy S9 box and S9+ box as shown in the picture below.
They include (corresponding to the numbers marked in the picture):
- The sealed box.
- The phone.
- Wall charger (adaptive charger, aka fast charger).
- USB cable (USB-A to USB-C).
- USB connector.
- SIM card ejection pin.
- AKG earphone.
- Additional earbud cups (large and small).
There is also a getting-started booklet (leaflet) together with a safety manual (not shown in the picture below).
In some regions, printed stickers with IMEI number and serial number may also be included in the box.
For the official Galaxy S9 user manual, you may check and download it in your language in the official Samsung Galaxy S9 user guides page.
You can also get the online version of the user manual from Settings – User manual. This service may be unavailable in some regions.
How to use the items included in Galaxy S9 package contents?
Galaxy S9 box (or Galaxy S9+ box)
Everything is in the box.
Some vendors in some regions may offer additional free accessories. But they should be not in the box.
You need to check and make sure the seal is not broken.
Galaxy S9 phone or S9+ phone
The phone should have some protective plastic films on all sides. You should remove them before using the phone.
In almost all regions, the camera lenses are also covered by the plastic film, which must be removed before you take any photos.
In some regions, Samsung does not offer a 1-to-1 exchange if the new phone has any problems. They only offer repair services under warranty.
If this is the case in your region, you should power on the phone to test it before leaving the counter.
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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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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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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
If you use Galaxy S9 apps screen, you can hide the apps screen button (apps button) so that you can just swipe up on Galaxy S9 Home screen to access Apps screen.
This Galaxy S9 how-to guide explains to you how to hide/unhide Galaxy S9 apps screen and how to hide/unhide Galaxy S9 apps screen button.
How to hide Galaxy S9 apps screen on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
If you want to use all apps in one central location, you may want to hide Galaxy S9 apps screen.
After you hide Galaxy S9 apps screen, you can then access all apps in Galaxy S9 Home screen. It is not necessary to manually add apps to the home screen.
To hide Galaxy S9 apps screen, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Enter Galaxy S9 Home screen edit mode
You can also pinch on Galaxy S9 Home screen to enter the edit mode.
Step 2: Access Home screen settings
In the edit mode, tap Home screen settings as shown below.
The home screen settings page should be shown up.
Alternatively, you can access the same home screen settings page through Galaxy S9 Settings: Settings — Display —Home screen.
Step 3: Choose to unhide or hide Galaxy S9 apps screen
In Galaxy S9 Home screen settings page, as shown in the screenshot above, tap Home screen layout.
In Home screen layout page, you can find two options:
- Home and Apps screen.
- Home screens only.
Option 1 is the default. It means you have both Galaxy S9 Home screen and Apps screen. In other words, the apps screen is not hidden.
Option 2 will let you hide Galaxy S9 apps screen. All apps will be added to the home screen automatically.
So, you can use these two options to hide or unhide Galaxy S9 Apps screen.
Step 4: Apply the settings
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Although the edge screen on Galaxy S9 and S9+ is not a new feature, many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners still know little about using edge screen to improve their experiences with the phone.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains the details of Galaxy S9 edge screen, and how to use and customize edge screen on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
What is Galaxy S9 edge screen? The history of the edge screen on Samsung Phones
Galaxy S9 edge screen can be traced back to Galaxy Note Edge (Note 4 Edge), on which Samsung introduced a separate physical screen on the right edge of the standard screen in 2014.
But the reception of a dedicated edge screen was not as warm as expected. So, Samsung introduced the new “shared” edge screen in Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge+. The edge screen was further polished in Galaxy S7 edge. Since Galaxy S8, Samsung has used curved screens on all flagship phones (Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series),
Galaxy S9 edge screen is a more or less matured feature in both Galaxy S9 and S9+.
There is no dedicated edge screen. Instead, you can trigger some useful features in the (curved) edge part of the main screen.
Edge screen on Galaxy S9 and S9+ is actually a productivity and software feature. It allows you to quickly access some features like opening apps, access tasks or contact your favourite friends.
Although the edge screen is conceptualized with the curved screen, only edge lighting utilizes the curved display. Other Galaxy S9 edge screen features (edge panels) do not rely on the curved edges of the infinity display and therefore can be easily implemented on a flat screen,
By default, edge screen on Galaxy S9 and S9+ was enabled when you got the phone.
In the right edge of the screen, as shown below, you can find edge screen handle.
Swipe to the left side to access Galaxy S9 edge screen features.
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Enjoy your Galaxy S9 and S9+!