Although it is a minor feature, many Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners like this feature in the Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+ because it is very practical.
This Galaxy S9 Android Pie update guide explains the details of the lift to wake feature on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update and shows you how to enable and use it on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
What is the lift to wake feature on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
Often, when you pick up the phone, you actually want to use the phone.
Now, in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung finally added this lift to wake feature. So, when you pick up (lift) the phone, the screen will wake up automatically. You do not need to press any buttons.
Surely, this is extremely useful when you just want to check time or notifications on Galaxy S9 lock screen.
If iris scanner or face recognition was enabled, it may unlock the phone at the same time when the screen wakes up (if you are staring at the screen).
Of course, many other Android manufacturers introduced similar features for some time already. For example, Motorola added the active display in the first-gen of Moto X. Samsung now is now catching up in adding more cool features in the One UI.
Please note, the lift to wake feature on Galaxy S9 and S9+ will not work if you are using the LED cover or the clear view cover when the cover is closed. These two cases are designed to lock the screen when they are closed.
How to enable and use the lift to wake feature on Galaxy S9 and S9+?
By default, the lift to wake feature on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update is disabled after you update the phone.
You need to enable it if you intend to use this feature on Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus.
In Galaxy S9 settings, tap the Advanced features as shown in the screenshot below.
In the advanced features page, tap Motions and gestures as shown above.
Now, in the motions and gestures page, you can find the lift to wake.
As shown below, you can tap the switch on the right side of it to enable this feature.
Of course, you can tap the switch to turn it off. When you can see the blue background for the switch (the white button will be on the right side), it means it is enabled. If the background color is white (correspondingly, the white button will be on the left side), then it means the lift to wake feature is disabled.
That's it. You are ready to wake up the screen by simply lift (pick up) the phone.
Do I need the lift to wake feature when I use always-on display?
On Android Pie update, the always-on display (AOD) was updated with the display mode options to control the always-on display as explained in this guide.
If you enable tap to show for the always-on display, then the AOD screen will be off after 30 seconds automatically. The lift to wake feature can complement always-on display so that you can check the lock screen info at any time by picking up the phone.
Please note, the lift to wake and always-on display (AOD) are independent of each other and work differently:
- The lift to wake feature will bring you to the lock screen directly. It does not matter whether the screen is off, or AOD screen is active.
- The always-on display screen is different from the lock screen. The lock screen requires you to wake up the phone/screen. AOD screen is designed to show info when the screen and phone are in the standby mode.
Anyway, you may still need the lift to wake feature on Galaxy S9 and S9+ even you are using the always-on display on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update.
Can you use the lift to wake feature on Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Pie update now? Do you have any questions on this feature?
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For the user guide for new features of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, please check Galaxy S9 new features guides page.
For using Galaxy S9 and S9+, please check Galaxy S9 how-to guides page.
For using Galaxy S9 camera, please check Galaxy S9 camera guides page.
For accessories for Galaxy S9 and S9+, please check Galaxy S9 accessories guides page.
For official Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ user manuals in your language, you may check this page (if your Galaxy S9 or S(+ is running Android Oreo), or this page (if your Galaxy S9 and S9+ have got the Android Pie update).
Detailed how-to guides for new features of Android Pie update for Galaxy S9 and S9+ be found on this page.