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[Weekend Tip] How to use Samsung One UI 4.1 Widgets and tools
One UI 4.1 is the latest iteration running on Samsung Galaxy devices. It’s based on the Android 12 operating system, which is packed with a slew of new features and improvements over the last year’s Android 11-based One UI 3.1.
For the Home Screen, Samsung One UI 4.1 software comes with a lot of customization options and useful functions such as the Widgets. Today, we are here with a quite simple yet useful guide – How to add or remove Widgets?.
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Unquestionably, Widgets are like mini versions of apps. They appear on your Home screen and when you tap them, they will activate or use an app’s feature. These shortcuts help users access their favorite apps directly from the home screen.
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How to Add Widget in One UI 4.1
If you want to add a widget, swipe to the Home screen. Then, touch and hold an empty spot. Here, tap Widgets, select your desired widget and then tap Add.
How to Remove Widget in One UI 4.1
In order to remove a widget, just touch and hold the widget on the Home screen, and then tap Remove.
Samsung One UI 4.1 introduces various types of Widgets in order to make your Galaxy phone’s Home Screen extra useful. After placing a Widget, there will be a few options available, however, keep in mind the options may vary depending on the widget.
- Transparency: Increase or decrease the widget’s transparency so you can easily see it. You can access this by touching and holding the widget and then tapping Settings.
- Resize: Widgets that can be resized will have a blue line along their edges. You can resize it by touching and dragging the lines.
- Color: Set your widget to a different color. You can access this by touching and holding the widget and then tapping Settings.
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One UI 5 Watch Beta: How to join, download and install when Samsung starts
A few days back, Samsung teased the One UI 5 Watch operating system. This new wearable OS will be coming pre-installed with the next-generation Galaxy Watch lineup this August. Meanwhile, Samsung also starting the One UI 5 Watch Beta for current models this month.
As of May 20, Samsung has not announced the One UI 5 Watch’s Beta Program. It’s expected to begin next week for the Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. With a few simple steps, you will be able to join the One UI 5 Watch Beta through your Galaxy device.
How to join One UI 5 Watch Beta
To participate in the One UI Watch Beta Program, you must register through the Samsung Members app on your device:
- In the Samsung Members app, log in with your Samsung Account.
- If you do not have a Samsung Account, create an account on the Samsung Account site.
- Once logged in to the Samsung Members app, select “Notices > Registration for One UI Watch Beta Program.”
- Complete and submit the application form.
If you meet the participation criteria, you will be enrolled in the One UI Watch Beta Program.
How to download & install One UI 5 Watch Beta
You must be enrolled in the One UI Watch Beta Program to install the Beta software. To avoid compatibility issues, before installing the Beta software, make sure all apps such as Galaxy Wearable and Watch Plugin on the device are updated to the latest version available.
If you enrolled in the Beta program successfully, update notifications will be sent at the start of Beta.
To download and install the Beta software, on your device, select “Settings > Software update > Download and install”. You can also use the update menu in Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app. Beta software updates are rolled out gradually to One UI Watch Beta Program participants.
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How to recover calls and messages from a Samsung Galaxy using Find My Mobile
Samsung’s Find My Mobile function allows you to locate, lock and/or wipe your device remotely, which is necessary if you have lost your Galaxy device. This guide tells you how you can enable an important toggle, which makes it possible to recover calls and messages from your Samsung Galaxy.
Firstly, you will need to be signed into your Samsung account in order to use Find My Mobile. And to utilize the tools available in the Find My Mobile section, you will need to enable the Remote Controls feature on your mobile device before you can use the service.
How to enable Remote Control feature
From the home screen of your Samsung device, swipe up and choose Settings. Now, you have to open the Security and privacy tab, where you can find the option to expand Find My Mobile tools.
Once expanded, hit the toggle to turn on the Find My Mobile. It will get enabled swiftly if your phone already has Samsung Account logged in, otherwise, you need to login or create a new one.
Now, simply tap the switches to turn on the listed tools namely Allow this phone to be found, Remote unlock, Send last location, Retrieve calls and messages, and Offline finding.
Note: If you have already set up your Samsung account on your account, you may need to enter your password.
How to enable Retrieve calls and messages
During the procedure of setting up Find My Mobile, you have already enabled the “Retrieve calls and messages” feature. It allows you to recover your calls and messages if you lost your Samsung Galaxy device or it gets misplaced/stolen.
Find my mobile will show you the last 50 numbers that your device has made or received, for calls and messages. To recover, you will first need to login into SmartThings Find using your Samsung Account on a PC or secondary device and follow the below-mentioned steps.
- On the Find My Mobile page, click Retrieve calls/messages
- Click Retrieve
- The last 50 numbers will display on your screen
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One UI 5.1 Always On Display: How to activate and customize on all Samsung devices
Samsung One UI 5.1 brings an enhanced Always On Display feature, which delivers a stunning user experience. Galaxy users are adequately aware of the Always On Display, while some users may have not activated or customized the function yet.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to access the One UI 5.1 Always On Display, turn it on or off, access additional settings, and edit the appearance. For starters, it’s going to be a big beneficial guide, while users already rocking with AOD on Galaxy can share their setup with us at tip[at]sammyfans[dot]com.
Samsung’s amazing AOD lets you view the clock, battery, and missed phone call/message notifications when the screen is turned off. Despite keeping the screen on all time, the feature uses less power and utilizes the proximity sensor to turn off completely when in the pocket.
With regular improvements, the company made the Always On Display feature more appealing. You can keep it on and show it off to your friends, while the ClockFace app allows you to create a customized clock appearance for the AOD functionality.
Let’s begin the guide:
First, swipe down from the Notification bar, then select the settings Settings icon. Now, scroll to and select Lock screen, turn Always On Display on or off and select the Always On Display switch. To access AOD Settings, select Always On Display and Edit the settings as desired.
Adding to this, One UI also allows you to edit the Always On Display appearance. To do so, navigate to the Always On Display screen, and select Clock style. Once done, you will be able to Edit the appearance as desired, then select Done.
It’s worth mentioning that flagship Galaxy devices may offer additional customization settings and options compared to budget ones. Samsung tells features availability varies by market and carrier so there’s a chance of riffs for consumers worldwide.
- To get ClockFace, you need to download Good Lock on your Samsung device from the Galaxy Store.