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You can find detailed how-to guides, reviews, tips and tricks on using, and customizing Galaxy S9 and S9+
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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
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.
So, in addition to using a micro SD card, you can further expand Galaxy S9 storage with a USB storage.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains to you when you need to use a USB flash drive, the limitations of using USB storage on Galaxy S9, how to use and manage USB storage on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
When do you need to use a USB flash drive on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
Although you can expand Galaxy S9/S9+ storage with a micro SD card as explained in this guide, sometimes you may find you have to use a USB flash drive or using a flash drive is more convenient than other tools/methods.
Or if you want to share some large videos on your phone with others and you do not want to hand over the phone to that person, you can then directly transfer files from Galaxy S9 to a USB flash drive.
Or when you want to transfer some large files between Galaxy S9 and the PC/notebook without using the USB cable, then a USB flash drive probably is the fastest solution.
Some Galaxy S9 owners also use a USB flash drive to save offline videos and music files. They can use the USB flash drive on multiple devices without making copies on each device.
What are the limitations of using a USB flash drive on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
Although a USB flash drive is a plug-and-play (PnP) device, sometimes you may find a USB flash drive simply refuses to work with your Galaxy S9 or S9+.
Before you try to get a USB flash drive for Galaxy S9 or S9, you need to know the following limitations of using a USB flash drive on Galaxy S9 and S9+:
- The NTFS file system is NOT supported. You should format USB flash drive in exFAT file format (or FAT32). By default, most vendors format the flash drive in FAT32 format when it is shipped out of the factory. If you format the drive on a Windows
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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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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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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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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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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 autofocus mode.
- Choose camera filters.
- Adjust 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 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 and exposure … Read the rest
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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 snap window on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
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 screen without overlapping. The status bar will be hidden as in the immersive full-screen mode. The navigation bar is shared and linked to the currently active app window.
In the pop-up view, one or more app windows can float over or behind other app windows. You may use multiple apps simultaneously, just like what you can do on a PC,
How to use split screen view of
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 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 super slow-motion videos are always saved in the internal storage even you use an SD card on the Galaxy S9.
Of course, … Read the rest
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This Samsung DeX guide explains the details of the Samsung DeX, shows you how to use Samsung DeX, answers questions you may have on Samsung DeX.
This guide applies to Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 9, although most of the screenshots were taken from Galaxy S9.
What is Samsung DeX? What do you need to use Samsung DeX with Galaxy S9 and S9+?
For Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones, it is always easy to connect to external monitor or TVs using a micro USB MHL adapter (for Galaxy S or Note devices prior to Galaxy Note 7 with a micro USB port), or a USB C to HDMI cable (for Galaxy S or Note devices with a USB type C port like Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9).
In addition to MHL support, Samsung also incorporated Micracast support in most in these devices. In recent versions of Galaxy S and Note devices, the Miracast support is limited to Samsung’s implementation only.
So, for Galaxy S9 and S9+, you can use at least following three methods to mirror the phone screen to A TV or external monitor:
- Use a USB-C to HDMI cable (like the official Samsung USBC to HDMI cable).
- Use Miracast to cast the screen to a Samsung TV or monitor through WiFi direct. It may not work with other brands of TV.
- Use Chromecast to cast the screen through a wireless router.
But all these connections between Galaxy S9 (or S9+) can mirror the screen only.
Samsung DeX can do more than screen mirroring.
In a nutshell, Samsung DeX converts your Galaxy S9 or S9+ to a PC (Android PC) with a Samsung DeX station or a DeX Pad.
- Two USB Type A ports. You can connect a wired or wireless mouse and keyboard to it. Of course, you can also connect a USB flash drive or
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 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 S8+, S8, Note 9, and Note 8. So, this guide also applies to these and other Galaxy 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 adapt sound feature, although Samsung tuned this feature in each generation of Galaxy devices.
But to my opinion, 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 Galaxy S9 adapt sound: 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 adapt sound 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 will not notice the issue without using a headphone. But when you use a … Read the rest
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.
For example, you may open apps edge to quickly start a favourite app you added to … Read the rest
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You can pin files to Galaxy S9 Home screen so that you can open them directly by tapping them without fiddling through apps. For example, you can add a PDF file to the home screen and open it without opening the file explorer or storage manager.
After you add files to Galaxy S9 home screen (to be precise, you are actually adding file shortcuts to the home screen), you can use them just like using apps and widgets: open, relocate, delete them.
A file pinned on the home screen always occupies one spot (icon). This is different from adding and showing photos on Galaxy S9 Home screen as a widget, which is resizable.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to pin files to Galaxy S9 Home screen, manage files added to the home screen, and how to add files to task edge in the edge screen.
When you may want to pin files to Galaxy S9 Home screen (add files to the home screen)?
Many owners who use Galaxy S9 or S9+ as a productivity tool often need to open or edit some files repeatedly.
By default, this means you have to open a file explorer (e.g., My files), navigate to the folder, find the file, tap on it to let the default app to open it.
But if you pin the file on Galaxy S9 home screen (i.e. add a shortcut of the file to Galaxy S9 Home screen), then you can tap the shortcut on the home screen to open it straight away.
If you want to show photos on Galaxy S9 Home screen, you may check this guide.
When you pin a file to the home screen, you actually add a shortcut of the file to the home screen. The file is still in the original folder and is NOT moved. If you delete the icon in the home screen, the corresponding file will NOT be removed. But if you update the file, the file in the original folder will be updated.
Technically, the shortcut (the pinned file) in Galaxy S9 home screen is a symbolic (soft) link to the original file, not a copy of the file.
How to pin files to Galaxy S9 Home screen?
There are many third-party apps that allow you to add file shortcuts to Galaxy S9 Home screen. But you do not install any of them.
The pre-installed … Read the rest
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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.
Factory data reset will not erase files on the SD card. But app data … Read the rest
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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
Galaxy S9 and S9+, together with other Galaxy S devices (except Galaxy S6, S6 edge and S6 edge+), support SD card. You can use a micro SD card on Galaxy S9 or S9+ to expand phone storage.
In addition to media files and documents, you can move some apps to the SD card on Galaxy S9 or S9 to free up some internal storage space.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains how to use SIM card on single SIM or dual-SIM versions of Galaxy S9 and S9+, how to move apps to SD card, how to manage SD card with the device maintenance utility, how to encrypt and decrypt SD card on Galaxy S9, and how to save photos to SD card or phone storage for Galaxy S9 camera.
For using a USB flash drive on Galaxy S9 or S9+, please check this guide.
How to insert micro SD card on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
There are two major variants (versions) of Galaxy S9 and S9+: single SIM version, and the dual-SIM version, depending on the market.
Both of these two variants of Galaxy S9 (and S9+) supports the micro SD card to expand the phone storage.
For the single SIM version of Galaxy S9, it is simple. The SIM card tray, as shown below, has two slots: slot 1 for the SIM card, and the slot 2 for the micro SD card.
But for the dual-SIM version of Galaxy S9 (and S9+), it is a bit complicated.
The SIM card tray, as shown below, also has only two slots. You can only fit a SIM card in the slot 1. The slot 2 can hold a SIM card OR a micro SD card, but not both simultaneously.
As explained in this guide:
- If you want to use two SIM cards on Galaxy S9 or S9+, then you cannot use the micro SD card.
- If you want to use a micro SD card, then you cannot use two SIM cards. You can only use one SIM card.
When you place the micro SD card on the SIM card tray, you need to make sure it is secured. The metal contact part should face downwards, same as the SIM card as explained in this guide.
What are the limitations of using micro SD card on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
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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
This means if you want to print any documents or photos saved on Galaxy S9 or S9+, you can directly print then from the phone, instead of copying them to a PC to print.
Most printer manufacturers have released their own apps for their printers. These apps usually also provide wireless printing features, in addition to other features.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to set up and use wireless printing with the Android build-in printing feature, as well as with the vendor’s app.
What do you need to use wireless printing on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
To use wireless printing on Galaxy S9 or S9+, you need:
- A wireless printer. If your printer can only use USB connection to the PC, you have to use Google Cloud print, we will discuss it in other guides.
- A WiFi network which can be used by the printer and your phone (Galaxy S9 and S9+). Ethernet also works.
- A plugin for your printer. Almost all major printer vendors released the Android plugin in Google Play store. This guide will show you how to get it.
In this guide, we assume your Galaxy S9 or S9+ is connected to the same wireless router as the wireless printer. If not, you have to use Google cloud print, which is covered here (coming soon).
Steps of setting up wireless printing on Galaxy S9 and S9+
To print wirelessly from Galaxy S9 or S9+ to your printer, you need to install the print service for the brand of the printer you are using.
Wireless printing services (the plugin) on Android are provided by individual manufacturers. They are similar to the printer drivers on the PC. But on Android, typically, you only need to have one driver from (for) one vendor, instead of one for each printer. For example, if you have two different HP printers (both support wireless printing), you only need to install HP printer plugin once.
Step 1: Check print services installed
On Galaxy S9 Settings—Connections, tap More connection settings.
On the More connection settings page, tap Printing as shown in the screenshot below.
In the printing setting page, as shown above, you can see a list of installed printing services from manufacturers.
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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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For many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners, Galaxy S9 or S+ is not your first smartphone. You were very likely using an iPhone or an Android phone before getting Galaxy S9 or S9+.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains to you how to transfer and migrate data to Galaxy S9 and S9+ if you were using 1). an iPhone; or 2). a Samsung Galaxy phone, or 3). other Android phones.
What can be migrated to Galaxy S9 and S9+? What cannot be?
Contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos, music files, documents and stock calendar data in your old phone can be easily transferred and migrated to Galaxy S9 and S9+.
If you want to migrate data to Galaxy S9 from an iPhone, of course, apps cannot be transferred. There is no one-to-one match in Google play store and Apple’s App Store. Some app developers only release apps in App Store. Some may only release them in the Google Play store.
If you want to migrate data to Galaxy S9 from a Samsung Galaxy phone, then you can transfer and migrate almost all data. Apps from Galaxy apps and side-loaded apps can be transferred as well. Phone settings including WiFi, wallpaper, home screen settings, and some system settings, will be migrated. The only data that cannot be transferred or migrated are some game progress data and login credentials (unless you use the Samsung Pass). Your email settings in the stock email app can also be migrated. But you need to re-enter the password for each account.
If you transfer and migrate data to Galaxy S9 or Note 9 from other Android phones, some phone settings will not be copied. Some side-loaded apps may also be ignored.
Transfer and migrate data to Galaxy S9, S9+ or Note 9 from an iPhone
If you want to migrate from iPhone to Galaxy S9, you need to have iOS 5 or higher on your iPhone.
The simplest way to migrate iPhone data to Galaxy S9 is through iCloud. You back up everything you need to transfer in your iPhone to iCloud.
In your iPhone, go to Settings – YOURNAME – iCloud – iCloud Backup (for iOS 10.2 or later) or Settings – iCloud – Backup (for older iOS) … Read the rest
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How to use Galaxy S9 dual messenger to run two accounts of messenger apps simultaneously on Galaxy S9 and S9+?simon
Galaxy S9 dual messenger makes it possible to have two accounts of the supported messenger apps (e.g., WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Telegram, Viber…) and Facebook accounts in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
You can use these two messenger accounts simultaneously on Galaxy S9 or S9+.
Galaxy S9 dual messenger works on all Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones. It does NOT require the dual-SIM version of Galaxy S9 or S9+.
Dual messenger was first introduced in Galaxy S8. You can use the identical dual messenger feature on Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8 and Note 9.
This guide shows you how to use Galaxy S9 dual messenger to enable two accounts of messenger apps on Galaxy S9 and S9+. It also shows you how to disable individual messenger apps on Galaxy S9 dual messenger.
Why may you need to have two accounts of WhatsApp and other messenger apps in Galaxy S9 and S9+?
Many Galaxy S9 or S9+ owners may have different social profiles when they are in office, and when they are at home.
You may never want to mess up your personal WhatsApp or Facebook account with the account for work.
Some owners may want to show themselves differently in social media to buddies and to parents or teachers or supervisors.
Many Android apps support multiple profiles. For example, you can add multiple Google accounts to Galaxy S9. In Google+, you can quickly switch to different profiles.
But some apps limit one account on one device.
WhatsApp has been notoriously enforcing this policy since day 1. Facebook also requires you to sign out if you want to switch the account on the same phone.
But with more and more Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners use two SIM cards on the phone, there is a genuine need for running two messenger accounts concurrently on the phone.
Anyway, two or more WhatsApp (and other messenger apps) accounts can make your life easier by separating different aspects of your daily life.
How does Galaxy S9 dual messenger work?
Secure folder works well in creating two spaces in one phone. But most owners do not use this feature because it is not so convenient. You … Read the rest
Enjoy your Galaxy S9 and S9+!