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How to use Samsung Flex Mode on Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4

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Samsung has recently launched its foldable phone lineup. Under this series, Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 have been introduced. Both of these devices have many latest features, which include the Flex Mode.

The ability to operate in multi-screen mode on foldable Galaxies, Flex Mode is one of the most important features, allowing you to take advantage of multiple things. Let’s know more about the Flex Mode feature and how to enable it.

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What is Flex Mode

By folding the phone’s foldable display in half you can activate the Flex mode. Once enabled, your phone’s top half of the screen is used when held upright. The lower part of the screen can be used to control the upper area. The bottom half has the controls, while the upper half shows the apps you want to use.

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Apps that support Flex Mode

Not all apps supported by Flex mode on the Fold series phones are supported by Flex mode on the Flip phones. The following applications are compatible with Flex mode by default on Fold 4: Gallery, Clock, YouTube, Samsung TV Plus, Camera, Samsung Health, Google Duo, Zoom, Calculator, Calendar, Samsung Free, and Phone.

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However, you must take the steps listed below if you want to use Flex Mode for any other app. Simply select Settings, followed by Advanced features and Labs. Then simply tap the Flex mode panel after scrolling down. Next, pick the application you want to use in Flex mode.

How to enable Flex Mode

  1. Go to “Advanced features” in the settings app after opening it.
  2. Next, pick “Labs” from the menu.
  3. Click on the “Flex mode panel.”
  4. Next, by touching the toggle button, choose which applications to open the Flex mode panel for.
  5. Open the app of your choice, fold it, and utilize Flex mode so that the top screen displays the app and the bottom screen displays the touchpad for Flex mode.

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Here is how you can download and install Samsung One UI 5.0 Beta [Without PC]

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Samsung is offering the One UI 5.0 Beta Program for flagship Galaxy devices in select countries, while users in unsupported regions can also get the Android 13 Beta through the manual download and install method.

For many users, the process of manual firmware flashing is a bit difficult as it leads to problems like phone brick in case of any single wrong step. Meanwhile, the Alliance Shield X app is here, which allows you to install the firmware manually, and you don’t need a PC for it.

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Ahead of manual firmware installation, you will be needing the One UI 5.0 Beta firmware for your Samsung smartphone, which you can find out here. Do note that Samsung firmware contains some CSC limitations, therefore, we don’t recommend manual installation.

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Now, download and install the Alliance Shield X app from Google Play Store. Once done, open the application, create an account using the Register button and allow the Knox permissions.

Next, you need to rename the downloaded One UI 5.0 Beta firmware file to Update.zip, followed by moving it to the root storage directory (/storage/emulated/0).

After that, open the App Manager function, which you should find inside the Alliance Shield app itself. Then, search for “Software Update” and select the option with the purple/white Icon.

Once done, head for the activities and search for “com.idm.fotaagent.enabler.ui.admin.main.AdminMainActivity” term, and open it using the prompted Option.

At last, you will get the Sideload button, which is the last step before beginning the manual firmware flashing on your Samsung device. If you want to go ahead with it, press the sideload button and select the Update-File.

Installation of firmware will start, and it will be completed in a few minutes.

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Here’s how you can change app icon shapes on Samsung phone

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Samsung change app icon shapes

Got bored with default Samsung app icon shapes? You can change them right now and that to without installing any third-party app. Samsung is king in providing customization options. If the One UI features are not enough for you, there’s the Good Lock application, which has the next level of personalization features.

Changing the icon size on any smartphone is a simple yet effective way to add a little personalization to your phone. Samsung smartphones come with the usual rounded square-shaped app icons, which can be boring for you at times. Therefore, to add some more advancements to your home screen or app screen, you can change their shapes.

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Good Lock is an excellent app offered by Samsung. It has different modules for different purposes, you can design your own wallpaper, theme, quick panel, and volume panel as well as add more features to the home screen lock screen, notification panel, and others.

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change Samsung app icon shapes

One such Good Lock module is Theme Park where you can completely theme your phone. It will let you change the regular rounded square app icon shape of your Samsung smartphone. It has six different shapes and you can choose the one according to your preferences.

Below you can check how you can change app icon shapes on your Samsung phone.

How to change Samsung app icon shapes:

  • Open the Good Lock application on your Samsung phone.
  • On the Make up section, tap on the Theme Park module.
  • Select App icons.
  • Here you can select one app icon shape among 6.
  • Once done, install the theme by naming it.
  • Now tap the installed theme and tap apply.
    • The theme will be applied to all apps available on your phone.

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Not only this but here you can also change the app icon size color as well as the app tray color. Just tap on respective options and you can completely personalize your Samsung phone’s app icons.

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3 basic Galaxy Z Fold 4 tips and tricks

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Although there are various methods that may be employed when purchasing a Galaxy Z Fold 4, most people are clueless about these tweaks, so they use their new phone in the same manner as most people do. The top 3 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 ways to make the most of it are listed below.

Labs feature

Technically speaking, labs features are beta features that not everyone should use, but if you want to give them a try, just follow the instructions. On the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Labs function is a fantastic feature that enables multitasking.

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Simply go to settings, select Advanced Features, and then search for Labs. Following that, you will have two choices for activating pop-up floating window mode and split-screen multitasking.

Additionally, a split view option will be available, allowing you to divide your messaging apps. This feature gives you a split display where all of your contacts are on one side and the chat options are a different size.

You might also attempt gestures in the Labs option, however, not all applications are split-feature compatible. As a result, using this feature with an unsupported application may result in issues.

Keyboard

Most consumers prefer using the Samsung keyboard or the Google keyboard. The Samsung keyboard, if we’re talking about it, is a fantastic option for any Galaxy Z Fold phone because it has a split-screen view function that enables you to use it when you unfold your phone to make it easier for you to type on the large screen.

We advise utilizing Gboard if you previously owned a Google phone or used to use Gboard on your phone instead of the Z Fold 4 because Google recently upgraded the Gboard software to include a split screen view that enables you to use it on both screens. We advise trying both keyboards to see which one is more comfortable for you to use it.

Selfie view feature

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a Selfie view feature that is useful when capturing someone else since it allows them to preview their appearance in the image before you capture it. You can use it if you wish to use the rear camera to capture selfies.

You can take a selfie and the preview will be displayed. Right now, your cover screen might not become active when you open a camera app because you need to do some steps to turn it on. However, when you open the camera app, the cover screen will become active.

Simply open the camera app, unfold your phone, and look for a square icon on the screen’s upper right corner. When you click on it, a sample of your photos will appear on the cover screen.

It produces precise results, and if your phone starts to shake while you’re taking a selfie because you pressed the volume button, you can use the palm gesture to take the photo, which starts a timer for three seconds while allowing you to adjust your posture. Your camera will turn on as soon as you hold out your hand to the phone.

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