12 cool features to try out

(Pocket ribbon) – Samsung’s Galaxy Flip 3 is arguably the most exciting phone launched in years, if only because it brought a sturdy design and a more accessible price to foldable phones.

And – if you realized that – and made the Z Flip 3 your first flexible smartphone purchase, there’s plenty in the software worth diving into that’s more than just surface level. Watch the video below or follow our written instructions if that’s easier for you. Let’s dive in!

1 – Use the cover display as a camera monitor

Perhaps the most useful feature of the small Cover Screen on the front of the phone is that it can be used as a monitor for the cameras to take selfies with. If only because it means you’re using the better quality cameras on the outside, rather than the poorer selfie camera cut into the main display.

To do this – with the phone closed – just press the sleep/lock button on the side twice quickly and the camera should launch automatically. If not, go to Settings > Advanced Features and tap “Side Key”. Make sure “Double press” is enabled and “Quick launch camera” is selected from the list.

After launching the camera, take a photo by just tapping the screen, and you’ll see a little countdown timer that gives you time to frame yourself before the photo is taken. To record a video, just swipe left or right until it says “video”. Swipe up or down to switch between the ultra wide-angle camera and the primary camera.


2. Use your photos as Cover Screen wallpaper

This year’s Cover Screen is much more useful than the previous version, and it’s full color too. If you go to Settings > Cover screen > Clock style, you can choose between 11 different styles. Some have their own animated image, but the simpler ones let you choose an image to display behind the clock.

To choose your own photo, choose your preferred clock style — one that doesn’t have its own animated image — then tap “Background Image” and select “Choose from Gallery” from the pop-up window.

Now you can choose any image from your own gallery. You can even choose up to 15 of them. When you have the images you want, you can pinch to zoom and frame and save them the way you want. Now when you wake up your cover screen it will show your chosen image, and if you chose more than one it will scroll through them every time you wake it up.

3. Take Hands-Free Selfies

One of the great things about having a flexible flip phone is that you can make it sit up and take a hands-free selfie. Just open the camera app, choose your front camera and rest the phone with the camera facing you.

Adjust the angle of the screen until you have a frame and now all you have to do is show your palm to the camera. It automatically starts counting down and takes a selfie.

If it doesn’t work, open the settings menu in the camera app by tapping the gear icon in the corner. Swipe down until you see ‘Recording methods’ and make sure ‘Show palm’ is turned on. There is also an option to enable voice commands.

4. Cover Screen Widgets

In addition to showing notifications and a clock, the cover display also gives you access to a set of widgets by simply swiping left on the screen. This can be weather information, music controls, a voice recorder or a timer. Although a default set is installed, you can choose to change it to other widgets.

Go to Settings > Cover screen again and this time choose “Widgets”. Here you will see a list of available options and all you need to do is toggle the options you do want on or off. And if you click on “Reorder” at the top, you can change the order in which they appear.

5. Flex Mode

With some apps, when you fold the screen upright, you can have the app display on the top half of the screen and a series of controls on the bottom half. This is a beta feature for now, but to try it all you need to do is go to Settings > Advanced Features > Labs and then choose “Flex Mode Panel”.

Once you’ve enabled the app, whenever you open that app and bend the screen up to 90 degrees, the app will go up to the top half, and the bottom will give you controls for volume, screen brightness, screenshot, and a shortcut for the notification shade down. drop.

6. Adjust sound

One potentially useful feature – depending on your age or how your hearing is – is a sound adjustment feature. Go to Settings > Sounds and vibrations > Sound quality and effects. Now tap on “Adjust Sound”.

From this menu, you can choose one of four preset sound frequency options that are generically tailored to age groups based on how – on average – parts of your hearing sensitivity change over time.

To run a custom test to see how yours is and then create a custom profile, click “test my hearing”, plug in your Bluetooth headphones, go to a quiet room and enter you take the test.

7. Swipe down everywhere for notifications

On the home screen, you should be able to swipe down anywhere in the background and have your notifications pop up (no more reaching for the top). However, if it isn’t running, long press on your wallpaper and tap on “settings”. Now enable the “Swipe down for notification panel” option.

8. Rotate your home screen to landscape

One option that is not enabled by default is that your home screen is automatically rotated to landscape mode when you rotate the phone. But you can enable this feature. Just long press your wallpaper and tap “settings” again. Now turn on the switch next to “Rotate to landscape mode”.

9. Reverse Wireless Charging

Since the battery in the Galaxy Z Flip 3 isn’t huge, we don’t recommend doing this all the time, but you can use the back of the phone to charge other products wirelessly. Handy for, for example, your compatible earphones or smartwatches.

There are a number of ways to use it. You can enable it by dropping down your quick settings screen, swiping over and then tapping the “wireless power sharing” button. You can also open Settings > Battery & Device Care > tap “Battery” and now select “Wireless Power Sharing” and enable it.

As mentioned, there is quite a small battery in this phone so you can put a limit on how much it is allowed to be drained by this feature. Just tap on “battery limit” and set it to a percentage you’re happy with.

10. Limit the maximum battery charge

If you stay in the battery settings, you will see an option for “more battery settings”. There are a number of options here for more or less efficient battery use, but one feature designed to help your battery last longer is the “Protect Battery” toggle.

With this enabled, your battery will never charge more than 85 percent and should not deteriorate as quickly as if you had to charge it to 100 percent every time. It will of course mean that you have less battery juice to play with, so you may need to charge more often as a result.

11. Bedtime Mode

One of our most used features on any modern Samsung phone is the bedtime mode. This allows you to schedule a time when the screen changes to grayscale and mutes notifications to encourage you to get off your phone and go to sleep. Open Settings > Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls. Now scroll down and select “bedtime mode”.

You can enable it manually, or better yet, enable the scheduled option and pick a time when you want it to come on every night and which nights it should apply to.

12. Change your lock screen shortcuts

When your phone is locked, there are two icons at the bottom of the screen by default: phone and camera. If you want to change them to something else, go to Settings > Lock screen and select “Shortcuts”. Tap the left shortcut and choose from one of the other options that don’t require unlocking. You can have a flashlight, do not disturb or activate the voice recorder or calculator.

There’s also a list of apps you can launch, but they require a fingerprint scan or PIN/password to access.

Written by Cam Bunton. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.

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