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.
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
Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+ has been rolled out since December 2018.
More and more Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are enjoying the new features of Android Pie update. Samsung also updated the official user guide with Android Pie update.
Android Pie (Android 9) is a major update for Android. There are many new features in Android Pie.
On top of the standard Android Pie features, Samsung also updated the UI for Galaxy S9 and S9+ to One UI.
So, many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners sometimes get confused on how to use the new features in Android Pie (Android 9) update for Galaxy S9 and S9+.
A series of guides on new features of Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been prepared and tested since December 2018.
Now, we are releasing these Android Pie guides for Galaxy S9 and S9+ here.
This is a live post. A new guide is released only after it passes all our testing and verifications. We will update this post once a new guide is released.
Here is the list of released or coming-soon guides on the new features of Android Pie (Android 9) update for Galaxy S9 and S9+.
If you cannot find the Android Pie guides you need, or if you have any questions on Android Pie features on Galaxy S9 and S9+, please let us know them in the comment box.
We will try to release the guide earlier, and the community will help you get the answer or solution.
As the first major update of Galaxy S9 and S9+, Android Pie (Android 9) update brings not only Android Pie features to Galaxy S9 and S9+ but also a totally new UI (One UI).
This Galaxy S9 Android Pie update guide explains the top 9 most useful new features of Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+ including One UI, night mode, lift to wake, floating keyboard, lock home screen layout, lockdown mode, new camera app, navigation gestures, and adaptive battery
Read on …
You can read online or download the official user manuals for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus with Android Pie update in your local language for your … 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
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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Although some Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners may prefer the old camera app, the updated camera app in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9 does introduce some new features (ported from Galaxy Note 9 mainly).
This Galaxy S9 Android Pire update guide explains the new features of the updated camera app in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+, and how to use the new camera app.
The new user interface of the updated camera app in Android Pie update for Samsung phones
After you update Galaxy S9 or S9+ to Android Pie, you will first see the new app icon for the camera app.
Once you start the camera app (all the 6 methods to launch camera app on Galaxy S9 and S9+ still work.), you may be surprised by the updated camera app in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+.
- Camera modes are now placed on the bottom (above the shutter button) in the portrait orientation.
- Camera setting buttons (options for the camera mode being used) are now placed in the top (below the Bixby vision and AR Emoji).
- Bixby vision button is moved to the top of the screen.
- AR Emoji is not listed among camera modes. It is now placed on the top of the screen.
- Auto mode is renamed as Photo mode.
- The shutter button does not have the zoom function. You cannot drag the shutter button to zoom. You have a new way to zoom (read on).
- New scene optimizer button was added (read on).
- Buttons for camera selection (for Galaxy S9+ rear cameras), were updated. You can also use it to zoom in/out (read on).
- For supported camera modes, you can now change the aspect ratio of the photo (and photo size) without navigating to Galaxy s9 camera settings. In the screenshot below, the 4:3 button can be used to change the photo aspect ratio to 16:9 or 4:3 or 1:1 or full (18.5:9). In the original camera app, you can only switch between 18.5:9 and the one you set in Galaxy S9 camera settings.
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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.
As another one of the top new features of Galaxy S9 and S9+, these two methods … Read the rest
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Galaxy S9 camera settings will help you get the desired photos and effectively use the camera in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This Galaxy S9 camera guide explains the meaning and usage of all entries in Galaxy S9 camera settings.
Why do you need to understand Galaxy S9 camera settings?
Many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners probably just start the camera app, shoot the photo, then share it.
It works well in most situations owing to the decent Auto mode in Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras.
But sometimes, you may need to change some Galaxy S9 camera settings, e.g., using the timer, changing the video size to save storage, taking motion photos ……
Galaxy S9 camera settings allow you to customize the camera app so that you can take the desired photos and videos.
In the new Galaxy S9 camera app, the simplified interface means more customizations in Galaxy S9 camera settings.
How to access Galaxy S9 camera settings?
- Galaxy S9 camera quick launch.
- The camera app shortcut on Galaxy S9 lock screen.
- The camera app icon in Galaxy S9 home screen.
- The camera app icon in Galaxy S9 apps screen.
- Bixby voice command.
- Google Assistant.
Once you are in Galaxy S9 camera app interface, you can tap the gear icon as shown below to open Galaxy S9 camera settings.
How are Galaxy S9 camera settings organized?
As shown in the following 3 screenshots, Galaxy S9 camera settings are organized into 3 sections/groups.
Rear camera (#1-#6)
This section includes settings related to the rear camera only.
For Galaxy S9+, there are two rear cameras. But there are no separate settings for the individual rear camera.
In fact, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have the identical camera settings.
Front camera (#7-#13)
This section covers the front camera specific settings.
Some of the second level setting pages, e.g., timer and HDR settings, are similar to those of the rear camera.
The purpose of such settings is to keep separate settings for the front and rear cameras.
The settings in this section apply to both the front and rear cameras.
Understand and use Galaxy S9 camera settings
Corresponding to the numbers in the previous 3 screenshots, here are the explanations of Galaxy S9 camera settings.
After unboxing Galaxy S9 or S9+, you may want to charge Galaxy S9 battery so that you can start to set it up and use it.
When Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ left the factory, the battery is charged to about 50% of the capacity, which is sufficient for you to inspect the phone on the counter.
Because the only difference between Galaxy S9 battery and Galaxy S9+ battery is the size (capacity), charging Galaxy S9 battery is identical to that for Galaxy S9+. Therefore, we use Galaxy S9 to refer to both Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Two ways to charge Galaxy S9 battery
You can charge the Galaxy S9 battery in two ways:
- Using a USB cable (USB charging).
- Using a wireless charging pad (wireless charging).
All Android phones now support USB charging. The charging port in most Android phones has been shifting from micro USB to USB-C.
Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer (e.g., back up Galaxy S9/S9+).
In your Galaxy S9 box, you can find the wall charger and the USB cable to charge Galaxy S9 battery.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ also support wireless charging. Samsung has added the wireless charging to Galaxy phones since Galaxy S6.
You can put Galaxy S9 or S9+ on a wireless charging pad to charge the phone.
Besides, you can also charge Galaxy S9 or S9+ when using Samsung DeX. In this situation, the adaptive wall charger is connected to a Samsung DeX Station or a Samsung DeX Pad. Galaxy S9 or S9+ is connected to the USB-C connector of the DeX Station or DeX pad.
What is fast charging for Galaxy S9 and S9+?
A normal USB wall charger has a rated output current ranging from 500mA (0.5A/5V, 2.5W) to 2000mA (2A/5V, 10W).
When using such USB wall chargers to charge Galaxy S9 and S9+, the charging voltage does not change. It is fixed at 5V. And Galaxy S9 and S9+ battery can take up to 2A current for this type of wall charger.
In addition to “normal” USB charging, Galaxy S9 and S9 also support fast charging when an adaptive wall charger (aka fast charger) is connected.
An adaptive wall charger can communicate with Galaxy S9 and S9+. Galaxy S9 and S9+ can then choose two charging modes:
- Fast charging
You can also allow selected apps or specific contacts to reach you when the Do Not Disturb on Galaxy S9 or S9+ is activated.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to turn on/off and schedule Galaxy S9 Do Not Disturb (DND) and how to manage exceptions for the DND on Galaxy S9 and S9+. App rules and Do Not Disturb access were also discussed.
What is Do Not Disturb on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
In some situations, you may want not to get disturbed by the phone. Do Not Disturb on Galaxy S9 or S9+ was designed to help you escape from annoying notifications and sounds.
With DND on Galaxy S9 or S9+, you can silence the phone during a scheduled period, or at any time you need it. You can also allow certain apps or certain contacts to bypass the Galaxy S9 Do Not Disturb settings.
As usual, Samsung tweaked the Do Not Disturb on Galaxy S9 and S9+. Therefore, the Do Not Disturb on Galaxy S9 and S9+ may not work as in stock Android, or other Android phones.
How to enable and disable Do Not Disturb on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
By default, Galaxy S9 Do Not Disturb (DnD) is off. You need to enable it if you want to use it.
There are a couple of ways to turn on and turn off Do Not Disturb on Galaxy S9 and S9+. Here let’s try two of them.
Method 1: Use quick setting buttons
In quick setting buttons, you can find the Do Not Disturb button as shown in the screenshot below.
You may check this guide on how to use Galaxy S9 quick setting buttons.
Tap the button to enable (if currently off) or disable (if currently on) Galaxy S9 Do Not Disturb.
If you tap and hold (long tap) the button, you will get the settings page for Do Not Disturb.
Method 2: Use Galaxy S9 Settings
The traditional (not so efficient) way to turn on DND on Galaxy S9 is through Settings — Sounds and Vibration.
As shown above, in the sounds and vibration page, you can use the switch to turn … 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
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
Galaxy S9 notification panel allows you to check, snooze, dismiss and manage all notifications on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains to you what Galaxy S9 notification panel is, how to access it, the layout of the notification panel and how to use notification panel in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
What is Galaxy S9 notification panel?
Like other Android phones, Galaxy S9 notification panel is an integrated part of Galaxy S9 and S9+.
There is no way to avoid it. You can access Galaxy S9 notification panel regardless what you are doing on the phone.
Galaxy S9 notification panel is a centralized location for all app notifications in Galaxy S9 and S9+. In other words, all apps “post” or push their notifications to the notification panel.
Apps can send or push notifications even when you do not use the app in the foreground.
In short, Galaxy S9 notification panel is a special panel for you to check, dismiss, snooze and manage all notifications in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
How to access Galaxy S9 notification panel?
If the status bar is hidden (e.g., when you are in full-screen mode), you can just swipe down from the top of the screen.
You can access Galaxy S9 notification panel even when the screen is locked. Of course, in Galaxy S9 lock screen settings, you can choose how notifications are shown.
In Galaxy S9 and S9+, there is another way to access Galaxy S9 notification panel quickly on Galaxy S9 Home screen. The feature was named as quick-open notification panel.
You can swipe down on Galaxy S9 Home screen to access Galaxy S9 notification panel. This method, however, is turned off by default. You need to enable it.
In fact, by default, when you swipe up or swipe down in Galaxy S9 Home screen, you will access Galaxy S9 Apps screen.
To use the swipe down gesture for Galaxy S9 notification panel, you need to enable it Galaxy S9 Settings.
As shown below, in Galaxy S9 settings, tap Display.
In the Display page, tap Home screen, as shown in the screenshot above.
In Home screen … Read the rest
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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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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
Galaxy S9 themes allow you to customise many aspects of the UI in Galaxy S9 and S9+. It is no longer necessary to customise the colour scheme, wallpaper, icons or always-on display (AOD) screen individually.
You can find many excellent free Galaxy S9 themes in Samsung themes to meet your needs.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains everything you need to know about Galaxy S9 themes: What are they? How to get them? How to access them in Samsung themes? How to install and use them? How to manage or delete Galaxy S9 themes.
What are Galaxy S9 themes?
Galaxy S9 themes are “skins” for your Galaxy S9 and S9+.
You can use Galaxy S9 themes to customise the user interface of Galaxy S9 or S9+. The customisation usually includes:
- Colour scheme for the UI. The default white scheme in Galaxy S9 and S9 UI can be annoying when you are using the phone in darkness.
- Wallpapers for Galaxy S9 Home screen (including Galaxy S9 Apps screen), Galaxy S9 edge screen, and Galaxu S9 lock screen.
- App icon pack for pre-installed Samsung apps to replace the stock icon.
- Font, style and background settings for Settings, Phone, Messages, Internet, Contacts, Clock, My Files and a few (about 30 to 40) other Samsung system apps.
- Galaxy S9 always on display (AOD) themes.
Please note, Galaxy S9 themes work with the default launcher. If you are using a third-party launcher, Galaxy S9 themes unlikely will work as expected.
Besides, themes for other Galaxy phones (e.g., Galaxy S8/S8+) will NOT work on Galaxy S9/S9+.
Where to get Galaxy S9 themes?
As a security measure, you should get new themes for Galaxy S9 and S9+ ONLY from Samsung’s Theme store, which is embedded in Galaxy Apps.
You probably should never get any themes from other sources.
How to access Galaxy S9 themes?
You can access Galaxy S9 themes from Galaxy S9 Home screen edit mode.
In Galaxy S9 home screen, you can enter the edit mode by:
Once in the edit mode of the Galaxy S9 Home screen, as shown below, tap Themes to access Galaxy S9 themes.
In Galaxy S9 themes page, as shown in the screenshot above, tap Themes to enter themes tab.
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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.
Please note, Pro mode is … Read the rest
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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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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 easily disable Bixby button in Galaxy S9 and S9+ if you frequently pressed the button inadvertently, or if you do not want to use Bixby.
This Galaxy S9 guide explains the functions of Bixby button in Galaxy S9 and S9+, and shows you how to disable Bixby button in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
What is Bixby button? Why may you want to disable Bixby button in Galaxy S9 and S9+?
Since Galaxy S8 (and S8+), Samsung added a dedicated button for Bixby with the hope of boosting the usage of Samsung’s AI assistant.
As shown in Galaxy S9 and S9+ layout, Bixby button is located on the left side of the phone below the volume keys.
- If you press the Bixby button on Galaxy S9 or S9+, the phone will open Bixby Home.
- If you long press (press and hold) the Bixby button, the phone will open Bixby Voice.
Samsung does not allow you to map the Bixby button on Galaxy S9 and S9+ to any other apps. It can only be used for Samsung Bixby unless you root the phone and mess up a few system settings.
Although Samsung Bixby has been dramatically improved since the initial release with Galaxy S8, in many aspects, it is still not comparable to Google Assistant, which can be enabled in Galaxy S9 or S9 by long tapping (tap and hold) the Home button. Some Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners may not want to use Samsung’s Bixby at all. They are happy with Google Assistant.
Some other owners may do not use either Google Assistant or Bixby. But they may press the Bixby button accidentally when they want to press the volume button or the power button.
Even some Bixby users may not want to use the Bixby Home, which comes out when you press the Bixby button. You can use other Bixby features without the button.
So, there are sizeable Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners who may want to disable … Read the rest
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 the Android Pie update. But it was buried deep in My Bixby. So, many Bixby users are not aware of the feature.
In the 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 … Read the rest
Enjoy your Galaxy S9 and S9+!