Everyone is busy managing their lifestyle by doing various jobs. When you’re in a hurry, you might actually not like the process of unlocking your phone and dismissing all those notifications. Well, with Samsung Galaxy phones, you can easily control notifications so that you don’t have to look at useless stuff.
Staying connected is important and notifications alert you when something new has happened with one of your apps. Although it’s great for holding your important messages on top, it can be annoying when you’re reminded to open it while performing another important task.
Meanwhile, Samsung gives you complete control over your notifications, you can choose which apps send alerts and which don’t. It lets you customize and block notifications from your apps and makes sure that you are only alerted to the required things.
You can also customize the way your favorite apps send alerts, such as notifications, sounds, and vibrations. You can even set reminder notifications or access the app’s notification settings from the lock screen.
Control Samsung One UI 4.1 Notifications
Lock screen notification settings
No one likes when other people can see their notifications, especially if it’s personal. Luckily, you can hide notification details on the lock screen.
- Go to Settings of your device.
- Enter Lock Screen.
- Tap Notifications, customize the available settings to your liking:
- Notification style: Choose between Icons only, or Details. If you’d like more information about a notification at a fast glance, choose Details. This option also lets you adjust notifications’ transparency and auto-reverse their text color.
- Transparency: Adjust the slider to see more of your Lock screen wallpaper behind the notification.
- Auto-reverse text color: Automatically adjusts the color of the notification text to make sure it’s readable against your background.
- Hide content: Hide notification content in the Notification panel.
- Notifications to show: Enable either Alert and silent notifications, or Alert notifications only.
- Show on Always On Display: Show or hide notifications when your Always On Display is active. This option may not be available on all devices or when you are using Power saving mode.
Open Lock screen notifications
Some notifications are just meant to be dismissed, thus, Samsung provides you the option to open or dismiss notifications right from the Lock screen of your phone.
- From the Lock Screen, double-tap the notification’s icon to open up the Notification panel
- Tap the desired notification to open it.
- Unlock your phone if needed.
Lock screen display settings
Your smartphone’s lock screen not only displays time and notifications but also lets you access apps and features without unlocking your Galaxy phone. With certain settings, you can get quick access to the camera, your schedules, alarms, and even contact information right from the Lock screen.
- Open your smartphone’s Settings >> Lock Screen
- Use the following settings to customize your Lock screen’s appearance:
- Wallpaper services: Set up a Dynamic Lock screen or Samsung Global Goals to get alternating wallpapers with special themes.
- Clock style: Set the style and color for the clock on the Lock screen and Always On Display.
- Roaming clock: You can set your home time zone. Your home time zones and local time zones will be displayed when you are roaming.
- Widgets: You can set the Lock screen and the Always On Display feature to display things like the Music controller, Today’s schedule, your Next Alarm, and Digital Wellbeing.
- Contact information: You can add your contact information and it will be displayed on the Lock screen.
- Notifications: Adjust the style and settings for notifications that appear on your Lock screen.
- Shortcuts: Select apps to open from the Lock screen.
Just like you snooze your alarm, you can snooze your notifications as well. This will make them disappear and then reappear after a set amount of time.
- To snooze a notification from the Lock screen, tap the down arrow to fully open the notification.
- Tap the Snooze icon (it looks like a bell).
- Select your desired amount of time.
- Finally, tap Save.
Emergency alert notifications
Emergency alerts are messages sent by public services to alert you about dangerous weather, missing persons, or other matters of local or national importance. If desired, you can customize which emergency alerts you receive and disable the ones you don’t want, except for national alerts.
- Navigate to and open Settings.
- Enter the Notifications option.
- Click Advanced Settings
- Tap Wireless emergency alert. The following options are available but may differ depending on your carrier:
- National alerts: National warning messages issued by the national government. These alerts cannot be turned off.
- Extreme threats: Extreme threats to life and property, such as a flash flood or hurricane.
- Severe threats: Severe threats to life and property. Considered slightly less dangerous than extreme threats.
- AMBER alerts: Child abduction emergency bulletins.
- Public safety messages: Recommended actions that can save lives or property.
- Test alerts: Carrier tests and scheduled tests from the safety alert system. These may be called “State and local tests” on certain carriers.
Turn on Notification history
Many times we accidentally close a notification we are reading. With the Notification History feature on your Galaxy phone, you can view your recent notifications exactly as they appeared. Now you will never miss any important alerts like system updates.
- Navigate to and open Settings on your phone.
- Tap Notifications.
- Enter Advanced Settings.
- Tap Notification history
- Click on the switch at the top of the page.
- Your notification history will appear here from now on.
- If you don’t currently see anything on this page, come back later after you’ve received some new notifications.
Related: How to manage notifications, permissions of apps on your Samsung smartphone? HERE
Here’s how to switch your Galaxy buds between your phone and tablet
If you own a pair of Galaxy Buds, you might want to use them with both your phone and tablet. But how do you switch between the two devices without having to manually disconnect and reconnect them? Don’t worry, you can do that as Samsung offers a function for Galaxy devices named “Auto switch to other devices”.
The Auto switch to other devices function allows your Galaxy Buds to automatically connect to the phone or tablet you’re using when you start a call or play media. This way, you don’t have to worry about missing a call or pausing your music when you switch devices. You can enjoy seamless audio across your Samsung devices.
To use this feature, you need to sign in to the same Samsung account on both your phone and tablet. This feature may vary depending on your device, so make sure you have the latest software update on both devices. You also need to enable Bluetooth on both devices and pair your Galaxy Buds with them.
To enable the auto switch feature, follow these steps:
- Tap on Earbuds settings.
- Tap on the Auto switch to other devices option
- Toggle on the switch, next to the devices you want to use with the auto switch.
That’s it! Now you can enjoy using your Galaxy Buds with both your phone and tablet without any issue. You can also disable the auto switch feature anytime by following the same steps and toggling off the switch.
Here’s how to add transitional effects on lock screen of your Samsung device
Samsung offers a bundle of features for lock screen customization on your Galaxy smartphone. In addition to the wallpaper, you can now add transition effects for lock screen wallpapers, all thanks to the Samsung Wonderland Good Lock module.
The new update of Samsung Wonderland added a new type of wallpaper that includes captivating transition effects when the user turns on the screen. It allows users to customize their experience by setting different wallpapers with transitions.
How to add transitional effects on the lock screen?
To apply the transition effect lock screen wallpaper, you just need to follow a few steps given below.
- Open Samsusng Wonderland app.
- Tap on the “Create your different lock screen effect” option.
- Select any one transitional wallpaper for the lock screen. You can also select it from the Gallery app.
- Now tap on the Set as Wallpaper option and it is done.
However, you can customize the transition effects type, Speed, thickness, Brightness, and Grayscale of the lock screen, just need to tap on the Edit option ahead of Set as wallpaper.
Here’s how to use Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 ‘Water Lock Mode’
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 offers a remarkable feature named Water Lock Mode. It prevents unintended interactions while submerged in water. This feature is a valuable addition, ensuring seamless functionality and peace of mind while wearing the Galaxy Watch 4 in the water.
There are two simple methods to activate Water Lock Mode on the Galaxy Watch 4. The first involves a quick swipe down to access the Quick Settings Panel, followed by tapping the Water Mode icon.
Alternatively, users can enable this mode through the device’s Settings menu by selecting “Advanced Features” and toggling on the “Water Lock” option. Once enabled, Water Lock Mode renders the touchscreen inactive, shielding the watch from accidental touches underwater.
To deactivate Water Lock Mode, users can press and hold the home key. The watch emits sounds to expel water from the speaker, while a gentle shake eliminates any moisture from the pressure sensor.