If you’re lucky enough to have snapped up one of Samsung’s three new flagship handsets – the Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G or Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G - you’re going to love it. A lot.
No matter which of the three you go for, you’ll find a phone packed with neat tricks to help you get more done, and have loads of fun while you’re doing it. So, if you’re still finding your way around it, here are five tips and tricks you’ll definitely want to give a try.
1. Shoot like a pro
With an S21 in your hands, you’ll be able to shoot pro quality photos without even thinking about it. There’s so much clever camera tech that all you need to do is point and shoot for a great looking photo.
And if you look a little closer at the camera settings, you’ll find some options that’ll take your shots to the next level. Think you need some help finding the right angle and composition? Then switch on Shot Suggestion mode. This automatically analyses the scene for you, and an onscreen graphic target then directs you to the best shot. When you’ve lined it up, take that perfect photograph!
Think you need even more help? If you can never seem to decide on the right style of photo or video to take, go for Single Take mode. This captures 14 versions of the same image (everything from a suggested ‘best shot’ to a slo-mo video), so you can take your time choosing a favourite.
2. Make your display smoother than smooth
The S21 display is Samsung’s most intelligent ever. It automatically boosts brightness and contrast if you step outdoors into bright sunlight - so if you take a perfect shot on the camera, you’ll be able to check it out instantly, rather than heading to a shady spot (or trying to shield the display with your hand).
You’ll find two display modes on the S21. Standard smoothness (with a 60Hz refresh rate) and adaptive smoothness (refresh rate up to 120Hz). Higher refresh rates make everything you see on screen faster and smoother. So, if you love gaming and want the best possible experience, you’ll definitely want to give adaptive smoothness a go. To switch it on, go to Settings > Display > Motion Smoothness. And don’t worry about all this fast-moving action hitting your battery hard. The big advantage of adaptive smoothness is that it controls the demand on your battery, so it won’t run down too fast.
3. Make the good times last
With all these awesome things to do on your S21, you won’t want to stop and recharge more than you have to. Luckily, it has a few power-saving tricks up its sleeve.
We’ve already mentioned the Adaptive Smoothness display option that manages some of the demand on your battery above . But there’s more.
If you’re running low and want to make the battery last for as long as possible, switch on Power Saving Mode (under Settings > Battery and Device Care > Battery). You’ll then see a few options you can turn off to save power, like decreasing the brightness, reducing the CPU speed or turning off the ‘Always-On’ display.
If you’re worried that a certain app’s eating up most of your battery life, it’s easy to check. Go to Settings > Battery and Device Care > Battery > Battery Usage. You can then view a graph of your 7-day battery usage, and scroll down to see which apps are playing most havoc. If it’s an app you don’t really need, the choice is easy. Get rid!
4. Find what you need in a flash
Here’s another top tip. If you can’t find something you know is somewhere on your phone, simply swipe down on your screen and you’ll see a search bar at the top of quick settings. Start typing what you’re looking for, and you’ll find it almost instantly. We’re not just talking about rogue apps that you can’t find – this powerful search function will find anything and everything from contacts to calendar appointments. Even if you’re the type of phone user that downloads pages of apps, games and website shortcuts, you’ll find what you need without swiping through loads of screens. We’ve all been there.
5. Make it secure and easy to access
You’ve probably already enabled your fingerprint or face security, but if you haven’t, you might as well do it now. Go to Settings > Biometrics and Security, then register your face or fingerprints. If you go for the fingerprint option, we recommend you register fingers on both your left and right hands. Then you’ll always be able to quickly unlock your phone no matter how you’re holding it.
The S21’s fingerprint scanner is located under the display, and there’s a handy setting that helps you see it. Go to Settings > Biometrics and Security > Fingerprints and turn on the option that says: ‘Show icon when screen is off’. Then when you tap your locked phone, the fingerprint icon illuminates onscreen - showing you exactly where to plant your digit.
Fancy making a stunning S21 your next phone? Order the Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G or Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G from Carphone Warehouse today.