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The 7 best tricks and tips for the Samsung Galaxy S21

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The 7 best tricks and tips for the Samsung Galaxy S21

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is the best Android smartphone on the market at the beginning of 2021 and to get more out of it we show you the best tricks. These functions are present in the Galaxy S21 range, among other models.

So, if you have a Samsung smartphone in hand, follow the list of tricks and productivity tips with practical examples to be able to locate and activate some of these functions according to your needs. Above all, enjoy the technology.

1. Find what you need in One UI 3

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
At any time, in the drop-down menu, we have the function “Magnifier”

The starting point for finding the function or setting we need in the Samsung interface – the One UI – is the Magnifying glass. It is present throughout the interface, always accessible by making a swipe gesture (swipe) from top to bottom.

This will download the menu / bar for notifications and quick settings where, at the top, we find the search magnifying glass, immediately to the left of the button to turn off the phone, direct access to Settings, in addition to the notification bar options.

We can therefore search for any parameter or function of the Samsung phone with suggestions immediately presented.

2. Easily activate One-Hand Mode

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Enabling One-Hand Mode from Settings.
  • Access Phone Settings
  • Search for “One-handed mode”
  • Activate the option through the desired mode (Gesture / Button)

The 6.8-inch screen of the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is one of the best attributes of the phone, but it is not easy to use it with one hand due to its dimensions. With that in mind, Samsung included the One Hand Mode in its interface (One UI).

Once the function is active, depending on the activation mode defined, it will be possible to switch between the “small” and the big screen with the software minimizing the entire interface.

This way you can use the phone's functions without risking dropping it.

3. Erase unwanted objects from photos

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The option is present in the settings of the Gallery application.
  • Opens the Gallery on the Samsung phone and choose the image to edit
  • Touch the pencil icon at the bottom where we have the options to give in to Editor
  • In the editing toolbar – navigate until you find the last option – Delete objects
  • (You may need to activate the function in the Gallery app settings at Samsung Labs)
  • Touch the object to be removed and select its outlines. Touch “Delete

This is one of the experimental features for the image gallery on Samsung smartphones, using Artificial Intelligence to remove unwanted objects from the images. The operation is similar to removing stains in Photoshop and Lightroom.

It allows the user, without having to resort to external applications, to correct some images with the results varying from case to case.

The function is most effective when the object is clearly distinguished from the background of the image.

4. Special effects on video calls on Samsung smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The list of supported apps is shown in the same menu.
  • Access the Definitions – advances to Advanced functions
  • Find and tap the “Video call effects
  • Choose the effects available for the main video call apps like Google Duo, Zoom, etc.
  • The list of video call apps installed on the Samsung phone will be displayed

Video calls are part of everyday life and, just like on the computer, it is also possible on the smartphone to change the background with special effects. Whether to blur or replace it, Samsung has this feature present in its One UI 3.

Accessible through the Advanced Functions menu – in Settings – we have an increasing number of options. There we can choose the desired effect to have an effect in several popular video call applications.

5. Widgets for the Always-On lock screen

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
There are various contents that can be displayed on the lock screen.

We can define which widgets to appear on the locked screen of Samsung smartphones, thus personalizing the type of information presented. Present in the One UI 3 Settings, the options range from Bixby Routines to Music.

Thus, with the screen locked, we have the most important widgets to be presented with information highlights, or multimedia control. The lock screen thus becomes a place where, in addition to the hours, we can see the most useful content.

6. Adjust the brightness of the Samsung phone's flashlight

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The brightness of the flashlight can be adjusted at various levels.

Most Samsung smartphones, with One UI 3 installed, allow adjust the brightness of the LED flashlight. The option is present when we activate it from the drop-down menu of quick controls and settings.

Touch and hold the flashlight icon. A menu will open where we can adjust the brightness intensity in five different levels.

Alternatively, by touching the icon and turning on the LED flashlight, a cursor below that can be dragged to adjust the brightness will appear below the quick settings menu.

7. Take advantage of the quick access side menu

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The side menu is accessible at any time, anywhere in the UI.

Accessible at any time by dragging the tab at the top right of the screen, we have quick access to various application and service shortcuts. Their order and content can be defined by the user according to their needs and preferences.

We advise the Samsung smartphone user to place their favorite apps there to speed up access to them anywhere on the phone.

If you do not want this tab – which can interfere with navigation gestures – you can also disable it in Settings.

Extra: take advantage of the S-Pen on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The S-Pen can be used with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G model.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G can take advantage of the S-Pen (and the new Pro version) on its large screen. It is an excellent productivity tool, allowing you to take notes, draw and write with the pen, or use it as a remote shutter.

There is a whole range of functions dedicated to the S-Pen that we can unlock in Settings, whether for work, convenience or productivity, effectively blurring the differences between this model and the Galaxy Note equipment.

Before you go, check out the Galaxy Buds Pro review, excellent Bluetooth True Wireless earbuds for this Samsung phone.

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