13 cool features to try

(Pocket Ribbon) – With every different Android phone comes some software tweaks that take away from the experience you’d get from buying a Pixel or a cheap Nokia Android. Something that makes it unique to that manufacturer. That certainly applies to Samsung, which loads its own One UI on phones such as the Galaxy A53 5G.

In the video below, we’ll show you a collection of features that we’ve found most useful in our time with the phone, and most of them aren’t limited to the Galaxy A53. As long as you have a modern Samsung phone running Android 12, you will find that most of these exist for you too.

1. Always show the brightness slider

Auto-brightness on smartphones has gotten really good in recent years, but sometimes it’s an area that’s not so good for these mid-range products. Sometimes you want to manually adjust the brightness without having to swipe twice to get to the controls. So to reach your brightness more easily, you can display it with just one swipe down from the top of the screen.

Just swipe down twice to bring down the quick settings shadow and tap the three dots in the corner. Now choose the option ‘Quick panel layout’ and then ‘Brightness control’. Tap “Always show” and every time you swipe down your notifications, you’ll get a screen brightness slider at the top of your screen.

2. Show or hide the camera crop in any app

Sometimes we have found that with certain apps, especially games, the images do not always fit on the screen. Instead, Samsung puts a bar at the top to hide the camera’s perforation. However, you can manually change this for any app you want.

Let’s say for example it’s Mario Karts or Call of Duty that you want to change, just go to Settings > Display and now find “Full screen apps” in the list. Now choose the camera cutout at the bottom and you will see a list of all your installed apps. Find the one you want to change, select it and – if you don’t want a black bar at the top – choose ‘Show camera cutout’.

Now that app should fill the screen.

3. Create a personalized EQ with Adapt Sound

A fairly unknown feature on Samsung phones that has been around for a few years is the Adapt Sound capability. This allows you to ensure that frequencies of music etc. are tuned to your ears, and you can choose a preset based on age, or test your own hearing.

To use it, make sure you have earphones or headphones plugged in and that you are indoors in a quiet room away from any noise. Then go to Settings > Sounds and vibrations and then ‘Sound quality and effects’. On the next screen, you’ll see an option that says ‘Adjust sound’. Choose it, then tap one of the presets for your age if you’d like, or to narrow it down, tap the “Test my hearing” switch.

Run through the test – it will see how well you hear different higher or lower frequencies and then build an EQ setting just for you that will apply when you plug in your headphones or earphones in the future.

4. Turn on the smoothest refresh rate

To make the phone seem as fast and smooth as possible, you’ll want to take advantage of the 120Hz refresh rates. It’s not enabled by default, but if you go to Settings > Display and then choose the ‘Motion Smoothness’ option, you’ll find two settings. Choose the highest to enable the 120Hz peak.

5. Make everything bigger on the screen

This isn’t a new feature, but there are plenty of people out there who either struggle to see small text and icons, or – even – prefer everything to be bigger on the screen. You can adjust this by going to Settings > Display and then choosing “Screen Zoom”. Adjust the slider until things are a comfortable size for you.

6. Set your phone to self-destruct

Okay, so your phone won’t literally self-destruct. But instead, you can enable the phone to automatically factory reset and erase all data after 15 failed attempts to unlock it. (Maybe not one to turn on if you have kids who like to guess your PIN).

Open Settings > Lock screen and now find ‘Secure lock settings’. It’s almost at the top of the list. Enter your PIN and on the next screen you will see an option to automatically factory reset. Enabling it will enable the feature that will completely wipe your phone when someone tries – unsuccessfully – 15 times to unlock it.

7. Bring Back the App Drawer Button

By default, you can access the app drawer by swiping up from the bottom of the screen on the home screen. However, you may find it easier and more convenient to have a button to press.

If you want one, go to Settings > Home screen and you’ll see a toggle next to an option that says “Show screen button for apps on home screen.” Turn it on and you now have a classic Android button on the home screen to launch the apps drawer.

8. Bring back the power button

In recent years, Android phone manufacturers have decided that you’d rather have the sleep/wake button be a smart assistant home button. However, you can bring back the functionality of the power button instead. Go to Settings > Advanced features > Side key and now under ‘Press and hold’ choose ‘Disable menu’. Now if you hold the button, you will get the power off/restart options instead of Bixby.

9. Double click for payment

In the same menu as the previous tip, you will also see an option to double-press. Pressing the side button twice will launch the camera by default. However, you can choose to have it do something else instead. For example, we found it very useful to launch Google Pay. So tap on ‘Open app’ and you will see a list of all your apps. Choose Google Pay or Samsung Pay from the list of apps, whichever service you want to use.

10. Play instant games

Like many Android phone manufacturers, Samsung has game launch software designed to optimize the settings for games. However, there are also a large number of small, casual games available in the software that are ready to play. They’re just basic puzzles, but they can be fun to pass the time.

Just open the Game Launcher app and tap the Instant Play tab at the bottom of the screen. Now choose a game to play, and you can go straight to it without installing anything else.

11. Shot Suggestions

A relatively recent Samsung feature is the “best shot” feature that allows you to align your shot. Open the camera app and tap the settings gear in the top corner, now find “Shot Suggestions”. Turn it on and now when you load the camera view into photo mode, you will see a dot on the screen to help you align the shot.

12. Swipe to Create a GIF

When you swipe the shutter button, a burst shot is taken by default. This can be very useful when shooting fast-moving objects. However, you can change this action so that instead of taking a series of photos, it creates a moving gif instead.

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Open the camera settings again by tapping that gear in the camera app, now select the option ‘Swipe shutter button to’ and select ‘create GIF’. Now if you go back to the camera and swipe and hold the shutter button, it will take a steady series of photos and turn them into an animation.

13. Record 4K video

When you start recording video, it defaults to 1080p or full HD. But it’s easy enough to change it to 4K. Just open the camera app, go to video mode and tap the FHD icon in the top toolbar, then choose ‘UHD’. Now video is recorded in a higher resolution.

For a more comprehensive list of software tips and tricks, we have a very extensive collection in our Samsung Galaxy S22 tips and tricks feature. Some of these are limited to the flagship model, but – again – a lot will be available to users of the Galaxy A53, A73 and A33 as well.

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

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