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Android 11: The best tips for Samsung smartphones


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It's not just the design of the Samsung smartphones with Android 11 that has changed. Samsung is now distributing Android 11 and One UI 3.0 on smartphones. Among other things, as part of the Galaxy Unpacked event in January 2021, the South Korean company showed which new functions are waiting for users. But which innovations are useful and where are they hidden? Rackar Biatch presents eight useful tips with which you can get even more out of your smartphone with Android 11 and One UI 3.0. You can see in the overview whether and when your Samsung mobile phone receives Android 11.


New volume panel
The volume panel allows you to customize the sound settings. With Android 11, Samsung has improved the volume control. The panel moves prominently to the center of the screen. If you press the volume button, the control appears next to it on the display and with a fingertip on the three dots you open the panel. There the volume of the ringtone, media, notifications and the system can be individually controlled. Simply tap on the respective bar.

 

Smart pop-out for messages
With floating notifications, the messages appear right on the screen. Facebook Messenger users have known the function for some time. With Android 11, all messenger services get a pop-out mode. When you receive a message, the profile picture pops up as a small circle on the screen. If you click on this circle, the chat window opens and you can answer there directly. To activate the function, first open the settings. Then click on Notifications and there on Advanced Settings. There you will find Pending Notifications and if you click on it you have a choice of how the notifications are displayed to you.
 

Peace of mind thanks to the concentration mode
With the concentration mode you eliminate the distraction caused by your smartphone. Do you find it difficult to concentrate on your work or do you want to rest from your smartphone for a while? This is what the concentration mode is for. You can not only set the runtime, but also the usable apps. To activate the mode, open the settings. Then click on Digital Well being and Parental Controls. There you will find ways to switch off the concentration mode under the item. Then select one of the pre-made modes or create a new one by clicking Add. Under Edit you can customize the apps within the modes. The duration can be found under the item Duration establish.

 

Automatic subtitles
This is what the automatic subtitles look like in practice. Inclusion is an important issue. Deaf people enjoy having videos or films subtitled so they can understand what is being said. But subtitles can also be useful on the go without headphones. With Android 11, Samsung is now offering this function but with restrictions. They currently only work on YouTube and there only in English. It is not known if and when further apps and languages will follow. In the first test it became clear that a precise pronunciation is important in order not to get complete gibberish. You enable the automatic subtitles in the settings. To do this, you must select the input help area there. Then click on Improvements for Hearing and there again on automatic subtitles. You can activate automatic subtitles by clicking on the control next to them.
 

Lock screen widgets
With the new widgets, the smartphone can also be used better when the display is locked. Notifications are displayed on the lock screen and other applications such as music or the Bixby routines can already be controlled via the lock screen under Android 10, but there are changes with Android 11. Clicking on the clock on the lock screen opens a view with different widgets. To determine which widgets are displayed, first go to the settings. There click on lock screen and then on widgets. Under the item Reorder You can also change the arrangement.

 

Add widget easier
Adding the widgets is easier with Android 11. Widgets are even easier to add to the home screen on Android 11 at Samsung. To do this, simply press and hold an app symbol with your finger. Then the icon begins to bob and you can click on Widgets in the box that appears on the right. The widgets view then opens, where you can select the appropriate one and if you click Add, it will automatically be placed in a free position.

 

Dim widgets
Dimmed widgets create a quieter atmosphere. Android 11 offers Samsung users even more individuality. Among other things, you can now decide how transparent you want your widgets (such as the calendar) to be. To do this, press and hold the desired widget on the home screen. Then click on the Settings item and select the desired percentage under the Background Color item. There you can also set whether the background color should be black or white and this can be compared with the dark mode. The latter means that the widgets adapt to the dark mode settings.

 

Customize the call background
The call background can be customized with Android 11. Not only the layout of the call background can be adjusted under Android 11 at Samsung and the background itself is also more individual with new options. To do this, click on the phone symbol and then in the keyboard view on the three small dots in the top right corner. Next click on Settings and there on Call Background. At the bottom you will then find the options Layout and Background. By clicking on the background and then on the plus symbol in the top right corner, you can select suitable videos or images for the background from your gallery.

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