Samsung’s Android 12-based One UI 4.1 has reached millions of Galaxy users through OTA updates. The new custom OS brings lots of noticeable features to provide users with the best of Samsung. Some of these noticeable changes can be seen in Samsung Keyboard.
One UI 4.1 Samsung Keyboard is powered by Grammarly so you won’t make any silly typing mistakes. Despite just allowing you to type and send text messages, the keyboard is well designed and customized to allow you to type with voice, send emojis, files, GIFs, audio, video, and many more.
Not only this, you can easily undo and redo with just two fingers, use the translation function, voice recognition function, Samsung Pass, and many more. Here, in this article, I’ll give you 10 smart tips to let you use your Samsung Keyboard like a Pro.
Smart Samsung Keyboard tips
Samsung One UI 4.1 brings Grammarly to the Samsung keyboard. It ensures that every text is clear, mistake-free, and professional. Meanwhile, if you want Grammarly to stop marking a particular spelling as incorrect, you can add the word to your personal dictionary. To enable it:
- Open your Galaxy phone’s Settings.
- Go to General management.
- Click on Samsung Keyboard settings.
- Scroll down and tap the Select third-party content to use.
- From the menu, enable the Grammarly keyboard integration.
- Go back to the main menu then head over Suggest text corrections.
- Enable Writing Assistant for English or whatever language you use on your phone.
If you don’t like the default set of symbols that show up when pressing the period (.) key, you can replace the characters with the ones that you use frequently. To do this:
- Go to the Settings of Samsung Keyboard.
- Tap Custom symbols.
- Tap on the symbol that you want to change.
- Select its replacement symbol from the keyboard.
Add and Customize Emojis, GIFs, and Stickers
All the emojis, GIFs, and stickers offered by the Samsung Keyboard are housed under the Emoji icon in the toolbar. To add, use, and customize emojis and stickers on Samsung Keyboard:
- Tap on the Emoji icon in the toolbar to see the available things.
- Press on the tabs at the top like GIFs, stickers, etc., to switch between them.
- Now, tap on the item that you want to add.
Voice input function
The Samsung keyboard allows you to enter long texts by voice.
- Tap the microphone icon at the top of the keyboard.
- Immediately say what you want to type.
- Tap the moving microphone icon.
- What you say is converted to text and entered correctly.
Quick access to change the keyboard input type
There is an easy and fast way to change the keyboard input type settings when using the Samsung keyboard. You don’t even need to open Settings from the home screen to find it. If you want to change the keyboard format while already using the Samsung keyboard, then follow the below steps.
- Tap the keyboard icon at the bottom of the keyboard.
- Tap the Settings icon on the right side of the Samsung Keyboard.
- Tap Language and types.
- Select the language you are using.
- Select the language input type you want to use.
Suggest Stickers and Emojis While Typing
Samsung Keyboard offers a smart typing feature where it suggests emojis and stickers while typing. You don’t even need to open the emoji or sticker panel. To enable this feature:
- Open Settings on your Samsung Keyboard.
- Enable the toggle for Suggest emojis and Suggest stickers while typing.
Create shortcuts for frequently used phrases
If you use some specific words that are lengthy in spelling or you always do mistakes while writing them, you can create a shortcut for them so later you can simply type the shortcut and its expanded version will show up in the toolbar. To do this:
- Open Settings on your Samsung Keyboard.
- Go to Text shortcuts.
- Here you will find a list of existing shortcuts.
- Tap on the add (+) icon at the top to create a new shortcut.
- Type the shortcut phrase like MTE and its expanded phrase (Make Tech Easier) in the available fields.
- Tap on Add.
Samsung keyboard has built-in tools to let users translate text on the go. To can use it inside any application such as WhatsApp, Instagram, etc. To use it:
- Tap the Translate button in the toolbar to open translation panel.
- Choose the input and output languages by tapping on the arrows next to them.
- Start typing the text that you want to translate in the box and hit the Translate button, present in the place of Enter button, to add it to the text field.
Use swipe typing
You can use gestures to type quickly using Samsung Keyboard. Simply slide your finger across the letters that you want to type. To do this:
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down and enter Swipe, touch, and feedback.
- Tap Keyboard swipe controls.
- Select Swipe to type.
Customize appearance of Samsung keyboard
Good Lock Keys Cafe is the best option to customize your Samsung keyboard. Here, you can change colors, add animations, create custom layouts, as well as make your own sticker packs.
Here’s the complete guide.
How to check battery health of your Galaxy Watch via Samsung Members app (Self-diagnose)
Samsung has recently updated the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 lineups with January 2023 version. In addition to the latest patch, the Galaxy Watch firmware included two new features including the phone’s camera zoom control and self-diagnose via Samsung Members.
First, make sure your Galaxy Watch 4 or Watch 5 is running the latest firmware version and apps including Samsung Members and Galaxy Wearable are also updated to the most up-to-date version. Once done, you will be able to diagnose the Galaxy Watch through the Samsung Members app.
If your Galaxy wearable is connected to the Galaxy phone, you will be able to access the self-diagnosis feature. On the latest release, the Connected Device Diagnosis menu has been added inside the Help tab at the bottom of the Samsung Members app.
As soon as you access the new menu, the Galaxy Watch (or Buds) connected to your phone will be displayed, allowing you to begin the diagnosis process. For the first time, the diagnostic software will be installed for the device and you can proceed ahead post-installation.
There are plenty of self-diagnose options available for Galaxy Watch users including battery status, device restart status, official software, check for updates, sensor, WiFi, location accuracy, touchscreen, mic, button, speaker, vibration, wireless charging, wear detection and alarm.
You can check the operation test by clicking on the list one by one. Some functions make sounds for testing or require permission, which can be authorized through the Watch. If you look at the list of diagnostics you have completed, they will all show up as normal diagnostics.
Using the self-diagnosis feature, you can identify the cause of the problem happening on your device as soon as it emerges. For your information, there are 6 options available for the self-diagnosis of the Galaxy Buds 2 in the Members application.
Here’s how to block promotional ads on Samsung phones
Samsung smartphones come with a lot of features and services but Ads and pop-up banners appearing on your Galaxy phone can ruin your entire One UI experience. So the best way is to block ads from Samsung phones.
When you download new applications, some of them start to push pop-up ads to your phone. These ads popping up randomly on your home screen, lock screen, or while apps are running can be very annoying and disruptive.
Keep reading to know how you can block ads these annoying system ads from Samsung phones.
How to block personalized ads:
The best way to avoid ads on your Samsung Galaxy phone is to stop them before they start. To do so, head over to your phone’s “Settings” and visit the “Samsung Account” section and then its “Security and privacy” area.
At the last of this page, you will see a “Customization Service” option, tap on it in and then mark right on the “Use Customization Service” toggle. Finally, tap the “Agree” button and turn off the customization service.
For your information, the ‘Use Customization Service’ feature will enable personalized promotions on Samsung apps. This will not completely disable the ads but will prevent them from being personalized with your data. Also, it will reduce the number of ads on your Samsung device.
How to stop ads altogether:
Unfortunately, you probably can’t. However, you can reduce them as much as possible by following the steps:
Identify the app that is sending the pop up
In order to show ads, the app must be activated on your device. Open the “Google Play store” to see which apps were recently active. Now click on the line icon, go to Manage apps & device >> Installed >> Last used.
This should help you narrow it down, especially if it shows an app you haven’t used recently. Select one of the “recently used apps” and “uninstall” them until the pop-up ads stop.
Block ads via Google Chrome
Go to the “Google Chrome” app and tap on the 3 dots icon. Now select “Settings”, scroll down the page and select “Site Settings”. Next, tap on “Pop-ups and redirects”. Make sure this setting is turned off. Finally, select “Ads” and make sure this is turned off as well.
Block ads via Samsung Internet
Head over to the “Samsung Internet” app and visit the “More” menu. Select “Settings” and then “Sites and download”. Now toggle on “Block pop-ups”. Head back to the “Samsung Internet” menu and select “Ad Blockers”. Download a suggested ad blocker.
Here’s how you can use Separate app sound on your Samsung phone
We often use more than one audio application on our phone, for example, watching a YouTube video, Tik Tok, Instagram, or others during an ongoing call. To manage more than one application sound, Samsung smartphones offer a Separate app sound feature on Galaxy devices.
Separate app sound allows your Galaxy phone to shift the media sound from desired apps to external devices while keeping other sounds coming from the mobile device’s built-in speaker. It can be very handy when you want to play the sounds of two different applications on your phone.
How to enable and use Separate app sound on Samsung:
To enable the Separate app sound feature on your Galaxy One UI 5.0 phone, you first need to enter the system “Settings”. Now enter the “Sound and vibration” section, scroll down, and at last, you will see the “Separate app sound” option.
Just tap on that option and turn the toggle on in front of the “Turn on now” option. This section also lets you manage the related function on your Galaxy phone. You can enter the “App” section and select the apps you want to play on a different audio device. If the desired application is not on the list, you can click on the “Add apps” option.
Next, there’s an “Audio device” option. When you tap on it, you can select the audio device you want to use for the apps you selected. These include:
- Bluetooth devices
When you select “Phone”, you will be able to hear different sounds from the applications normally and you choose “Bluetooth devices”, your phone will offer you separate sounds when your phone is connected to a hearable Bluetooth device.