Galaxy S22, S22 Ultra, and S22 Plus: 9 Hidden Android Features and Settings You’ve Never Tried

These are the hidden settings and features you need to know about in the Galaxy S22.

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Now that the Galaxy S22 series is here, you are bound to explore the big ticket features of your brand new s 22And the S22 Plus or S22 UltraLike drawing and writing with the S Pen or testing the amazing magnification and shooting in low light. However, the S22 is also full of unknown information and sometimes hidden features and settings that can completely change the way you use your Samsung phone.

In this story, we’ll take a closer look at the features that fly under the radar, like the powerful dark mode feature, hidden widgets on the lock screen, and an immersive Dolby Atmos audio experience. Here’s what you need to know.

Force all apps to use dark mode

The system-wide dark mode feature built into the Samsung S22 works with almost every aspect of your phone, but it doesn’t always work well with third-party apps. Even if dark mode is enabled, some individual apps may still appear in light mode, which isn’t great if you’re trying to save battery or use your phone at night. Fortunately, you can force any app to adopt dark mode with this hidden setting.

Before you can enable the force dark mode feature, you must first enable your phone’s developer options. To do this, go to Settings > about the phone > Software information Then press complete the number 7 times. Enter your passcode if prompted and you now have developer settings.

To enable dark mode enforcement, go to Settings > Developer Optionsscroll down to Hardware rendering acceleration and switch in Force dark mode. Now any time dark mode is enabled, third-party apps that don’t support the feature will be forced to use dark mode.


You can force all apps, even those that don’t support it, to use dark mode.


Prevent your screen from turning off when you look at it

If you haven’t touched your screen for some time, depending on the length of the screen timeout (the default is 30 seconds), it usually turns off quickly to help conserve battery. That’s cool and all, but if you’re reading something and you don’t touch your phone, your screen will continue to sleep. Fortunately, there is a way to stop that.

In the Settings app, go to Advanced Options > Suggestions and gestures and switch in Keep the screen on while watching. From now on, the screen will continue to stay on as long as the front camera can detect your face and your eyes looking at it.


Stop automatically turning off the screen while reading.

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Turn on Dolby Atmos for cinematic surround sound

The Galaxy S22 features Dolby Atmos technology, which gives your phone high-quality surround sound, whether you’re watching a movie or simply listening to your favorite artist on Spotify. However, this sound setting is not enabled by default, so you will have to turn it on manually.

To enable Dolby Atmos, go to Settings > Sound quality and effects Then switch Dolby Atmos. By default, Dolby Atmos will automatically play for whatever you’re listening to, but if you tap to me, you can configure this to only play Dolby Atmos when you’re watching a movie, listening to music, or talking on the phone. Also, if it’s not already running, enable Dolby Atmos for gaming For surround sound when you play on your phone.


Get surround sound when you’re watching movies or listening to music on your phone.

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Automatically enable the power saving feature to help save battery

Depending on how much you use your Galaxy S22, your battery may be about to run out as early as midday. This is more likely if you spend a lot of time watching videos on YouTube or scrolling through Instagram. However, if you don’t have the charger handy, there are a few ways to help conserve battery life — like enabling your phone’s adaptive power saving feature automatically.

You can turn on the automatic power saving feature in . format Settings > Battery and device care. In the device care pagetap the three-dot menu button at the top right and tap Automation in the menu that appears. toggle on adaptive energy saving Your S22 will automatically go into power saving mode based on your usage patterns. The power saving mode feature may stop background refresh or Always On Display from turning on; This may vary.


Help conserve your phone’s battery with this automation.

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View and remove/add hidden widgets on the lock screen

Notifications are usually right on your lock screen, but on the Galaxy S22 you also have the option to add widgets – they’re kind of hidden. If you want to view your existing lock screen widgets, just tap the time at the top of the screen. The default instruments that should appear include music, next alert, and a Bixby routine.

To remove or add widgets to the lock screen, tap Settings at the bottom of the lock screen when widgets are displayed. Now you can toggle any widgets you want to get rid of and switch between any widgets you want to add to your lock screen. To rearrange the tools, press Rearrangement Then press the arrows to move the tools from top to bottom.


Click on time to display your widgets.

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Add an extra button to your navigation bar

The navigation bar at the bottom of the screen helps you quickly go back home and view all your open apps with a single tap. It’s how you maneuver around the Galaxy S22, and you can improve it by adding an extra button to it, which you can use to do things like dim the screen or mute all sounds.

If you go to Settings > Accessibility > Advanced Settings > access buttonYou can then choose to add a button either to your navigation bar or to float on top of other apps. To choose what the button does, tap Select Actions: There you can choose from more than a dozen options, including amplification, ambient sound amplification, and other useful functions.


You can add an additional button to the S22’s navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.

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Prevent Bixby from accidentally opening when you press the side button

Bixby, Samsung’s personal voice assistant, lets you run any number of commands with just your voice. Speak up and you can play an album from Spotify, text your friend, or search for photos from last year’s vacation. By default, the side button on the Galaxy S22 wakes up Bixby, but if you don’t use the voice assistant, it can be a bit annoying because it’s easy to accidentally trigger it.

If you don’t want to display Bixby any time you press the side button, go to Settings > Advanced Options > side key. From there, you can choose to open the shutdown menu instead (shutdown, restart and emergency mode) when you press and hold the side button. You can also change what happens when you double press the side key, or disable this feature entirely.


If you’re not using Bixby, you can prevent it from opening when you press the side key.

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Use the S Pen to quickly translate text (instead of just drawing)

The new S Pen in the Galaxy S series isn’t just for drawing or writing. If you pull the stylus out of your Galaxy S22 Ultra, you can hold down the stylus button to bring up the Air Command menu and choose from several actions: Create Note, Send Direct Message, Draw AR Doodle, and more.

One of the best features of the S Pen is the ability to translate text by hovering the stylus over a word. To translate text with the S Pen, choose File translate choice of Air Command menu, select the language you want to translate from and to, then simply hover the pen over the word you want to translate, without touching the screen. A second after loading, the Google Translate window will appear, with the word blue and the translation black. You can also click the copy button to save the translation to your clipboard.


You can use the S Pen to do more than just write and draw.

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Hide the application without having to delete it permanently

Although you probably use most of the apps on your Galaxy S22, there may be cases where you use an app once and then don’t need it. You can permanently delete it from your device, but if you think you will need it again, you can always hide the app.

To hide an app, press and hold the Home screen and tap Home screen settings and then Hide apps. This will bring up a list showing you all the apps that have been downloaded to your phone. Select the app or apps you want to hide. The apps should then disappear from your home screen, as well as your Applications and Settings folder. If you want to bring the app back, just do the same actions above, but this time uncheck the apps from the Hide apps section.


Instead of deleting an app, you can just hide it.

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