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How to use iMessage reaction feature on Google Messages for Android?

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Android users have long wanted an iMessage-like message response feature on their Messages app. Meanwhile, Google has finally released the iMessage reaction feature for Android users through a new Google Messages beta update.

In this article, we’ll see how to use the iMessage reaction feature on Google Messages for Android devices. If you don’t know the reaction feature of iMessage, then let me tell you that it works like the message reaction feature of Instagram.

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Message Reaction lets you express your sentiments for a particular message through emojis. This could be a heart, a laugh, a thumbs up, a thumbs down, a question mark, or an exclamation. You can choose one of the emojis that suits your mood or reaction to the message and can use it instead of texting.

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Before the change, Google Messages users receiving reactions from iOS devices would see a text description of the accompanying emoji instead of a character. For example, a heart emoji response would come as the text “[user] loved [entire text message]” on Google Messages.

Luckily, this has changed now and Google Messages users can clearly see iMessage responses on their phones. However, the feature is currently released for beta testers but it will soon expand to more users.

How to use iMessage reaction feature on Google Messages

Fortunately, the process of enabling the message reaction feature on Android smartphones is very easy. To manually turn it on:

  • Open Google Messages.
  • Click on three dots that appeared in the top right corner.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Click on the Advanced option.
  • Finally, enable Message Reactions.

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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 1.9.12.0 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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