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How to customize the Side Key features of your Samsung Galaxy phone

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Samsung‘s devices come with the most powerful inventive smartphones series as well as refined software functions. Similarly, Galaxy flagship devices have two physical keys on the right side – the Volume key and the Side key.

As the name suggests, the Volume key can be pressed to adjust the phone’s volume. The Side key, or the Power/Bixby key, can be short pressed, long pressed, or double pressed to access different functions.

If you can’t find the Power button on your Galaxy phone, don’t panic. There’s no longer a separate Power and Bixby button. They have been combined into one and include Bixby functionality.

This new button is called the Side key, and it can be programmed to perform different tasks, whether you want to turn off your phone, call Bixby, or perform other actions.

Alone, the keys have their own functions, but together, they can be used to create your own shortcuts for a more streamlined experience. Below are the steps that help you out.

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Side key

Alone, the keys have their own functions, but together, they can be used to create your own shortcuts for a more streamlined experience.

Here are the default key functions you can use:

  • Bixby Voice: Long press the Side key.
  • Screen on or off: Short press the Side key.
  • Power on: Long press the Side key while the phone is off.
  • Screen capture: Short press the Side and Volume down key simultaneously.
  • Power off-menu: Long press the Side and Volume down key simultaneously while the phone is on.
  • Launch Camera: Double press the Side key. If you’ve already set up Bixby Voice, double pressing may open Bixby Assistant Home instead.

Note: You can also power off your phone with the Quick Settings panel. Swipe down from the top of the screen, tap the Power icon in the top corner of the screen, and then tap Power off.

If you are using a foldable phone like the Galaxy Fold or Z Flip, make sure the phone is opened when pressing these shortcuts. They may not work the same way when the phone is closed.

Customize the Side key

Maybe you’re used to that key just doing one thing, like waking up Bixby. No worries, you can customize the key to make it work for you.

From Settings, search for and select Side key, and then tap Side key again.

Here you can select your desired settings.

For Press and hold, you can choose between:

  • Wake up Bixby
  • Power off menu (You can also use Quick settings or Bixby.)

For Double press, you can choose between:

  • Quick launch camera
  • Open Bixby
  • Open app (Tap the Settings icon to select an app.)

Customize the Volume keys with Accessibility or other settings

If you want quick access to the Accessibility option on the phone, you can customize your phone’s Side key, so it opens up certain Accessibility settings. Now they’ll be much easier to reach.

  • From Settings, search for and select Direct access under Advanced settings.
  • Tap Side and Volume up keys.
  • Then tap the switch to turn this feature on.
  • Next, tap the switch next to Accessibility settings to add them to this shortcut.

To use your added shortcuts, press the Side and Volume up keys at the same time, and then tap the Accessibility setting you want to use.

Customize with other features

You can also customize the Volume up and down keys to open up certain features that you use often.

  • From Settings, search for and select Direct access under Advanced settings.
  • Tap Volume up and down keys.
  • Then tap Selected service.

You can choose from a variety of services, although the available ones will differ depending on your phone or carrier. Some common services are:

  • Your Phone Companion
  • Universal switch
  • Voice Assistant
  • Live Transcribe

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One UI 6.1: How to turn on App Protection feature on Samsung devices

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Samsung One UI 6.1 App Protection feature

In an age where digital security is more important than ever, Samsung keeps Galaxy devices secure with its App Protection feature. Let’s see how you can enable the App Protection feature on your One UI 6.1 device and keep your Samsung smartphone more secure.

Samsung’s App Protection Feature scans your device to save it from the unseen dangers of malware and viruses. It works seamlessly in the background, automatically scanning all applications and files on your device.

If a security issue is noticed, you can uninstall or stop the download process of the related application to avoid data theft.

Here’s how to activate the App Protection feature

You can activate the App Protection feature on your One UI 6.1 device with just a few taps.

  • Open Settings and select Device Care.
  • Turn on App Protection within the Device Care menu.
  • After enabling, the device will start scanning.
  • For additional settings, tap the More icon and go to Settings.
  • Enable options such as Auto-scan apps daily and Auto-scan when installing apps.
  • By enabling Auto Blocker, App Protection will also be activated.

By following these steps, you can set up your Galaxy smartphone to automatically monitor and protect your device. This feature simplifies the process of maintaining your digital safety, allowing you to focus on your day-to-day activities without worry.

One UI 6.1 App Protection feature

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How to create and use Secure Folder in Samsung Galaxy

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Samsung secure folder 1.9.10.27 update

Samsung Galaxy phones come with a Secure Folder feature for enhanced data protection. It works as a dedicated compartment in your Galaxy smartphone where you can store different kinds of files (photos, videos) and installed applications.

The Knox technology provides layers of security and privacy, not only to protect users but also to give them a choice in what they want to secure. For those who want to keep their most personal information separate and safe, there’s Secure Folder.

Photos, videos, and files stored in Secure Folder won’t be accessible in regular apps. If you need them, you have to access the Secure Folder – authentication required. It takes the security and user privacy to a whole new level and the data is secured by Samsung on-device.

Secure Folder can keep your most private data such as calendar schedules and contact info, as well as notes, photos, videos, files, and even apps. You can even encrypt the Secure Folder to keep your apps and data even more locked down until the next time you open the folder.

Samsung One UI Secure Folder

You can find Secure Folder in your apps.

The first time you open it, you’ll have to set your lock type to either a PIN, pattern, or password, with fingerprint authentication can be enabled as well. Anything you create within the Secure Folder will be automatically stored here, but you can also move data here at any time.

For instance, if you want to keep a copy of your driver’s license, you can take a photo of it using the Camera app within Secure Folder, or you can pick a photo in your Gallery, tap the options menu (the three dots) and then select ‘Move to Secure Folder.’

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Samsung One UI 6.1 Advanced Motion Photo Feature

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Samsung Galaxy S24 Camera issue update

Samsung One UI 6.1 brings an amazing photography experience with its enhanced Motion Photo feature. This enhanced functionality arrives with the Galaxy S24 series with One UI 6.1 and offers users the ability to capture the best moments with unmatched precision and creativity.

With One UI 6.1 update, the enhanced Motion Photo feature is available on the Galaxy S23 series including S23 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, and Galaxy Tab S9 series. It is soon available on Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Z Fold 4, and Galaxy Z Flip 4 smartphones.

Motion Photo Feature

The Motion Photo feature of Samsung One UI 6.1 allows users to record a scene in a dynamic sequence of up to 90 frames, capturing a detailed 3-second preview before and after the shutter is pressed. This means you can pick the best photo from several options, even if you thought you missed the moment.

One UI 6.1 Enhanced Motion photo feature

The Galaxy S24 Series’ camera is not just fast, it’s smarter and more intuitive. With a shutter speed that’s 30% quicker than the previous models, the ‘Faster Shot-to-Shot Shutter Speed’ capability of the Galaxy S24 series ensures you’re always ready to capture a candid scene.

The AI automatic enhancement feature refines the chosen frame, saving it as a high-resolution image with vivid details up to 12MP. Even in challenging lighting conditions, the Super High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature ensures your photos are clear and vibrant.

How to use the Motion Photo feature?

  • Launch the Camera app
  • Enable the Motion Photo feature by tapping on its icon.
  • Click the shutter button as usual to take a photo
  • Visit the Gallery and select your photo that has been successfully taken.
  • Tap ‘View Motion Photo’ to explore the frames.
  • Choose the best image in Motion Photo and apply ‘Quick Crop’.

One UI 6.1 Enhanced Motion photo feature

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