You might just got your Samsung galaxy note 9, or still complain about the backorder of your 512 version master note 9. There are some things you should know how to get the most out of your Galaxy Note 9.
1.Choose how to use your navigation buttons
Years after moving away from hardware navigation buttons, Samsung is still shipping its phones with the "back" button on the right and "recent" on the left — but thankfully, you get options to configure them. Head into Settings, Display, and Navigation bar to set them up how you like.
"Button layout" lets you switch the back and recent buttons, which is the most useful part of this whole area. But you can also change other parts. You can set a background color for the bar if you want something a bit more unique than a grey gradient. You can also select how sensitive the home button is to a hard press, which is used for (among other things) turning on the screen from the Always On Display.
"Show and hide button" is an interesting one — it gives you a small dot on the left side of the navigation bar that lets you hide the bar entirely. Double-tap the dot to hide the bar, and then it only appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen — once it's visible, double-tap it again to lock it in place. It isn't that useful considering how tall the screen is, and full-screen apps will hide the bar anyway, but if you have a specific need for it, the choice is yours.
2.Set up face/iris scanning in addition to fingerprint
With the Note 9's fingerprint sensor moving to a good location on the back of the phone, the discussion about-face and iris scanning has moved to the back burner. But Samsung's implementation of these alternative unlocking methods is really good, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't turn on at least one of the two — and preferably both.
Go into Settings and then Biometrics and security to get started with the setup. You can choose to use Face Recognition, which is fast but less secure, or Iris Scanner, which is slower but more secure. If you're planning to use Face Recognition, you really should just use Intelligent Scan, which tries to scan your face or your irises at the same time.
The most important setting for making this face and iris unlocking work seamlessly is under Intelligent Scan, it's called "Screen-on Intelligent Scan." When you turn this on, the phone starts looking for your face and irises as soon as your screen comes on, rather than after you already swipe. For those times when you can't reach the fingerprint sensor, your phone will unlock quickly without any further intervention.
3.Enable easier access to your notification shade
The Note 9 is a massive phone. With a 6.4-inch display and 18.5:9 aspect ratio, it's really hard to reach the top of the screen to pull down the notification shade. But Samsung has two ways you can more easily get your notifications without reaching.
First, there's a fingerprint gesture like on so many other phones. Go into Settings, Advanced features, and find Finger sensor gestures. Turn it on, and now you can swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to lower the notification shade.
Second, if you're still using the default Samsung launcher you can change a setting to pull down notifications with a swipe down on the home screen. Pinch in on the home screen to open its settings and tap on Home screen settings. There's a toggle for the Quick-open notification panel to turn on. Now it's as simple as a swipe down on the home screen to bring down the shade — and a swipe up still opens the app drawer.
4.All the statues bar shows all of the notification
Go into Settings, Display, and then a Status bar to bring them back. Turn off the toggle for "Show recent notifications only," and your Note 9's status bar will now show all of your unread notifications across the status bar — at least until they run into the persistent icons on the right. If that happens, maybe you should think about tweaking the notification settings in your apps ...
5.Configure your S Pen actions of the button
There's a good chance that part of your Note 9 buying decision was predicated on the new wireless S Pen features. Now that the S Pen connects over Bluetooth, it can perform actions with single and double presses of its button even when it's away from the phone. Go into Settings, Advanced features, and then S Pen to control all of these settings and get familiar with what it's capable of.
S Pen remote is the settings are for all of the wireless features. You'll see a list of every app that supports S Pen remote features, plus the top-level choice of which app you'd like to launch with a long-press of the S Pen's button. For each app, you'll see options to assign a different action to a single-press and double-press of the button. You can also choose to have one or the other do nothing if you think there's a chance you'll accidentally do something you don't want.
It may take a little while of using the new feature to see what works best for you, but these settings will always be there to help you tweak and get the most out of your new S Pen. The Note 9's software will also highlight the fact that you can use S Pen remote features whenever the S Pen is removed and a supported app is launched.
6. Set up the ALWAYS ON DISPLAY
Samsung pioneered the information-dense always-on display with its exclusive use of OLED screens, and though it isn't as interactive and useful as other implementations it's highly-configurable. To start, go to Settings, Lock screen, and tap Always On Display. Here, you can choose whether you want to see a clock on the Always On Display, whether you want it to automatically change brightness (believe me, you do) and when you want it to stay on. I typically set my Always On Display to only come on from morning to night, rather than 24 hours a day, but each person has their own needs. You can also turn off Always On Display when your Note 9's battery hits 15%, which is a smart battery-saving move.
Now back out of those settings and go to "Clock style" to configure how it looks on the Always On Display. Samsung has about a dozen different clocks to choose from, ranging from simple to extravagant, and each one has further configuration options. You can choose the style and color of each one, and then tweak further features depending on which one you choose. You can add subtle backgrounds to the clock, get multiple time zones set and so much more. Give yourself a few minutes to play around and see the options so it's set up uniquely for your needs and style.
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