Got that brand new Samsung Galaxy S5? Maybe you have already had it for a while, but we all know many of us can get lost in the sea of details and features that come with Samsung’s new phones.
These devices are full of neat tricks, and we are here to make sure you take advantage of them. We have put together a list of some of the most awesome features in the Samsung Galaxy S5. These can be a bit easy to miss, so come and take note.
Remember that awesome feature we first saw on the Samsung Galaxy Note series? The one where you could literally use two apps at once. The apps would take up half of the screen, as opposed to the whole display. It is a very neat feature and takes multi-tasking to a whole other level.
Well, you can also do it with the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can activate this feature by pressing and holding on the back button or simply turning it on in the settings. After that, you will be presented with a list of apps you can use in this mode. The feature has also been improved since the Galaxy Note 2, as it can now remember your options.
We live fast and busy lives, so you can’t exactly use your phone with both hands at all times. This is an ability that has been stripped from us as screens continue to grow, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 offers a very creative solution.
Swipe from the side of the screen to the center and then back. This will shrink the size of what is being shown in the screen, allowing you to more easily reach the whole UI. The image will move towards whatever side of the screen you do this gesture from, which makes it a very handy tool.
All the options are found in the Settings app, right under the Sound and Display section.
Scan your finger sideways
One of the Samsung Galaxy S5’s most interesting features is definitely the fingerprint scanner, but we all know that one. Did you know you can scan your finger sideways instead of swiping it down? Now that is a rare feature.
We know it can be a pain to swipe your fingerprint downwards when one-handing it. If you want to try doing it sideways, just register sideways swipes when setting up your device and you will be set.
Live HDR Mode
People love taking their HDR photos. And of course, it’s great to get all the details in your shot, regardless of overly-lit backgrounds (or foregrounds). HDR results can be a bit unpredictable, though, and this is why the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a great camera to use HDR with.
This phone has a mode that is called Live HDR, and it essentially does what it sounds like it will do. It can show you how the HDR image will look before you actually take it.
Samsung has become all about multi-tasking, and Toolbox just happens to be one of my favorite features in the Galaxy S5. Toolbox is a bubble that is always floating in your screen (a la Facebook Chatheads). It can hold up to 5 shortcuts, allowing you to easily access your favorite apps from anywhere.
You can configure it and get it all set up by going into the Settings app. It’s right under the Sound and Display section.
Pay with PayPal… using your fingerprint
Want to feel like a high-status agent? The easiest way to do that is by doing any type of daily chore using your fingerprint. That includes paying at the store, a feature you can now take advantage of with the Samsung Galaxy S5.
You can learn all about it by reading PayPal’s demo. It’s a good improvement on security, allowing you to keep your finances secure even if your phone reaches the wrong hands.
Use the screen without taking your gloves off
Many of us don’t often think about this, but those who live in cold and snowy places know it’s a pain to use your phone. Users usually have to take off their gloves in order to use a screen. Not only is that time consuming, but it’s not very comfortable on your warm hands.
Luckily, your Samsung Galaxy S5 has an option for raising the sensitivity in your screen, allowing you to interact with it will wearing gloves. Simply go to your Quick Settings and access the Display options. From there, you can check the option that reads “Increase touch sensitivity”.
Ultra Power Saving Mode
Forget all the other battery-saving modes you have seen in the past. The Samsung Galaxy S5 may very well have the best one. This mode can keep your phone alive for over a week, depending on usage.
How is this possible? Well, the mode pretty much turns your smartphne into a dumb phone. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be limited to text messages, calls and a very short list of messaging and social network services.
Safety Assistance text messages
Safety Assistance is a feature many users tend to ignore, but it may very well save your life one day. This feature allows you to make an emergency contact list, which would be contacted via text message if you press the power button 3 times, consecutively.
Those in your emergency contact list would then get a text message with your location, a picture taken by the camera and an audio recording. Pretty smart idea, to be honest. You can activate it and choose your own preferences by going to the Settings app and accessing Safety Assistance.
Now let’s move to a much brighter note. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a handy LED notification light, but sometimes that’s just not enough to grab your attention. Did you know you can actually turn the camera LED flash into a notification light?
Simply go to Settings > Accessibility > Hearing > Flash notification. After activated, the flash will light up every time you get a notification.