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Let’s just forget about the launch of Galaxy Note 21 because we already have this smartphone in the form of Galaxy S21 Ultra. It is due to Samsung, which is providing the support of S Pen in this premium device that was earlier reserved for the Note series only.

However, this approach of Samsung sometimes creates confusion for consumers while picking the right smartphones, but at the same time, it increases the versatility of other devices by having the features of its premium device.

So, today we will be exploring the positive side of this strategy where you will be getting some cool tips and tricks of S Pen while using it with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Therefore, without wasting any time let’s hit the topic.

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Customize Air Command

This is one of the cool features of the S pen that was earlier present in the Note series only. However, you will get the same experience in the S21 Ultra also. Therefore, to begin customizing your shortcuts, simply open Air Command and tap Add Shortcuts at the bottom of the list.

From there, you’ll be taken to a screen, displaying every app installed on your phone, along with a vertical stripe on the right containing your Air Command shortcuts. You can drag any app to this strip adding it to your Air Command list including the rearranging of the apps.

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This is also one of those features which were popular in the Note series. So to use this in the S21 ultra, just open the Air Command view, then tap the Settings cog in the lower-left corner of the screen. You’ll be taken to the general S Pen settings, where the first option is a quick toggle f.

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Then, the user can simply start writing or drawing writing on the S21 Ultra’s display without having to unlock or even wake the screen. But make sure, you will be using it without turning on the AOD as it will overlap the information displayed through the AOD.

Get a good case

As we know, Note series devices come with a dedicated slot for S Pen which not only keeps the pen but also charges it via supercapacitor. But this is not the case with S21 Ultra as it didn’t have any place in itself where you can store the S pen.

So for that, you can have the extra-wide silicone cases made by Samsung in which you will be getting a slot to store the S pen. However, you still can’t charge the pen, due to the hardware unavailability in the S21 Ultra.

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Limitations of Galaxy S21 Ultra with regards to S Pen

It was quite challenging for Samsung to bring S Pen assistance to the Galaxy S series for the first time. However, it still can’t perfectly mirror the functionality of a Note, at least, not yet.

It is because there’s no supercapacitor in the phone to charge the S Pen, you even don’t have access to the Bluetooth-powered features as on recent Note models. This implies users can’t use the S Pen as a remote shutter for the camera, slideshow presentations, or even music playing is also a buggy task for S21 Ultra.

Therefore, you will not experience the fully-fledged Note in the S21 Ultra, but as a tech enthusiast it’s our duty to not only inform you about the features but also introduce you to the drawbacks or we can say limitations.

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Samsung Odin: How to install firmware manually

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Odin is the ROM Flashing tool for Samsung Android smartphones and tablets devices. It is used to flash a custom recovery firmware image manually to your Samsung Galaxy devices.

If you wanted to install a software update manually on your Samsung Galaxy device, in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use this software. Follow the steps below.

Requirements:

  • A Windows PC
  • USB cable to connect your device to PC
  • The latest version of Odin Software
  • Firmware for your device

Tip:

  1. Back up your important Data, before installation
  2. Use the USB cable that comes with your smartphone
  3. Keep battery sufficiently charged
  4. Do not disconnect your phone during installation

Here is a quick overview of all the steps that are involved in manually installing the software update on your Galaxy device.

  • Downloading Firmware
  • Download Odin
  • Understanding Odin
  • Setting up your device
  • Extract firmware
  • Installing firmware in the device using Odin

You’ll need an update package to install it on your Galaxy device. Here are the three most reliable sources that we have listed to download the software update for your Galaxy device. To know more click on the link below.

1. Downloading the firmware for Samsung smartphone

Check our complete guide on how to download firmware for Samsung phones here.

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2. Downloading Odin (From here)

3. Understanding the interface of Odin Software:

After you install the Odin, Open the software and you’ll find four different sections and buttons for the respective section, where you can upload the extracted firmware file. These are:

  • BL: Bootloader
  • AP: Android Partition
  • CP: Modem/Radio
  • CSC: Consumer software customization
  • USERDATA

There are three buttons on the bottom – Start and Reset alongside Exit

4. Extract Firmware:

Extract the firmware and should get 5 files including the following:

  1. AP
  2. BL
  3. CP
  4. CSC
  5. HOME_CS

Note: Use CES_ if you want to perform a clean install or Home_CS_ to keep your personal apps and data.

5. Setup your Samsung device:

Reboot your phone in Download/Odin mode (make sure your device is off) with the button combo mentioned below.

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  1. POWER + VOLUME DOWN + BIXBY
  2. VOLUME DOWN + VOLUME UP then USB cable
  3. POWER + VOLUME DOWN + VOLUME UP
  4. POWER + VOLUME DOWN + HOME BUTTON
  5. USB cable + VOLUME DOWN + BIXBY (Samsung Galaxy Note 9 )
  6. POWER + VOLUME UP (Samsung Galaxy Note 10 )

*Before you start the process make sure that your device is charged more than 50%. 

6. Installing the firmware on your device using Odin:

  1. In download mode, connect your smartphone to the PC using the USB cable that came with your smartphone.
  2. Open Odin and it’ll automatically detect your device and a Blue box will appear with the COM port number.
  3. Do not tick or press any other options.
  4. Click the Start button and it’ll start the firmware installation
  5. Wait for the installation. Once finished, it’ll show “PASS” output and your device will reboot and you can disconnect your smartphone and set it up.

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Samsung One UI 3.1 Tip: How to customize Quick Settings panel on your Galaxy device

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Samsung has built One UI 3.1 with an intuitive and easily accessible interface, which is not only new but gives you a rich and clean UI feel.

From the first appearance, you’ll see that the Home screen, apps, Settings menu, Notification panel, and more are all redesigned compared to the previous one.

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Adding to this your Galaxy device gives you tons of control options – and you don’t even have to look for it. The Quick Settings panel on your Galaxy phone or tablet allows you to easily access and use various functions.

For example, you can turn on airplane mode, mute your device, change the order of keys, or rearrange the keys in any way you choose. This article will help you to customize the Quick Settings panel on your Galaxy device with Samsung One UI 3.1.

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Samsung One UI 3.1 Tip for Quick Settings panel 

Edit the button order

Maybe you’re always connecting to Wi-Fi or using your phone’s flashlight. If that’s the case, you can change the button order so your favorite shortcuts show up first.

  • To open the Quick settings panel, swipe down from the top of the screen using two fingers.
  • Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Edit buttons or Button order, depending on your phone model.
  • To move a button, touch and hold it, and then drag it into the desired position. Tap Done when you’re finished.

Samsung One UI 3.1 Tip for Quick Settings panel 

Note: On phones with the One UI 3.1 update, you can add a new icon to the panel by swiping left and then tapping the plus sign. Touch and hold your desired icon, and then drag it to your desired position. Tap Done when you’re finished.

Access setting for Quick settings

You know that tapping a Quick setting icon automatically activates certain features. But what about when you want to access the feature’s settings, such as the Flashlight’s brightness setting?

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To do this, open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen. Then, tap the name of the feature under the icon.

  • For example, if you want to access the Flashlight settings, tap the word Flashlight.

A setting menu will automatically appear. Sometimes, you may need to tap Details to be taken to the full settings page. Also, please note that certain settings might be grayed out or not appear if the feature is turned off (e.g., Wi-Fi networks may not show if Wi-Fi is turned off).

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Here are some Samsung Galaxy S21 tips and tricks to take your experience to the next level

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series

Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 lineup in 2021. From the base S21 Galaxy to the powerful S21 Ultra, the company offers a range of devices that are sure to delight many Android fans.

Whether it’s your first time choosing a Galaxy smartphone or you’ve been around the block a few times, there are a few tips and tricks for everyone to learn from.

Here is our collection of great tips and tricks for the Samsung Galaxy S21 to take your experience to the next level.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Tips and Tricks

Switch to Android touch navigation

By default, Samsung smartphones continue to use the three-button navigation system. This means you are given three buttons at the bottom of your screen that allows you to go back to your home screen, switch between open apps, and go back to the app.

However, Android 11 offers a touch-based system, similar to using an iOS device. This method can feel more precise and allows apps more screen space.

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Here’s how to enable touch navigation on your Galaxy S21:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select the Display option.
  • Choose Navigation Bar.
  • Select Swipe Gestures as your option.

Access a personal Google Newsfeed

One of the features introduced in Samsung’s Samsung S21 line with One UI 3.1 is Google Discover. By swiping to the left of your home screen, you can access the automated and customized news feed.

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Google supports Discover feeds for your online activity in an effort to display only the information it believes you would like to read. If Google Discover is not approved, you can follow these steps to show it on your device:

  • Hold down on the Home Screen.
  • Swipe right to access the leftmost screen.
  • Choose to enable or disable Google Discover.

Access call and text from other devices

If you have another Samsung device, such as a tablet, you can allow the feature that allows messages and calls to be shared on your Samsung account.

To enable this feature, follow these instructions:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down to Advanced Features.
  • Enable the Call and Text on Other Devices feature.

Control your Galaxy side button

There was a time when Galaxy devices came with a dedicated Bixby assistant for Samsung, but that time is no more. Now, the Galaxy S21 series offers one side button (known as the “power button” for most people) that can be customized as you wish.

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Do you want to access Bixby or quickly launch your camera? Choose exactly what the sidebar does when you press it, double-click, and more. Here’s what:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down to Advanced Features.
  • Choose the Side Key option.
  • Select what function you want the key to perform.

Show the fingerprint scanner location

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series under-screen scanner is a great way to keep your smartphone safe while feeling like James Bond every time you turn it on. However, sometimes it can be tricky to find the right place.

Here’s how to display your fingerprint scanner when your device is locked, so you know exactly where to place your finger:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Choose the Biometrics and Security option.
  • Choose Fingerprints.
  • Confirm your PIN.
  • Enable the Show Icon When Screen is Off option.

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