Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Tips & Tricks for the Galaxy S4 Mini

BY Bethwel Njore / April 1, 2015
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BY Bethwel Njore / April 1, 2015 / Devices, How To

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini may not provide all apps found in the Galaxy S4. Nonetheless, it has several fantastic features with various options which many of the S4 mini users may not be aware of.

 Features of the Galaxy S4 mini:

  1. Taking a screenshot

Taking a screenshots seems very easy to many S4 mini users but most of them run into trouble while trying to make a screenshot. The process is simple; press the volume down and the home button at the same time till you see the screenshot on the home screen or hear a sound. The screenshot image will be saved on the Gallery app, clipboard or in any other picture application in your phone. You can share the screenshot to your friends just like a regular photo.

  1. Activating block mode

This mode blocks notifications, launches programmed alarms in your handset for periods of time. The mode can be set to begin at a specific time of the day. The mode provides a perfect and comfy night’s sleep without unnecessary disturbance in your slumber.

  1. Wi-Fi options shortcut

You can deactivate and activate Wi-Fi in the Quick Settings in a fast way. To access the Wi-Fi settings directly, long press the Wi-Fi icon for 2 to 3 seconds. The shortcut helps you to shorten the steps taken to configure to the Wi-Fi settings. You can long press on all the apps icons in your handset and each will bring you to the settings.

  1. Smart Stay

Once the smart stay feature is activated in your handset, the S4 mini’s display will stay lit if you are looking at it. This feature is super amazing.

  1. Starting driving mode

The simplest way of activating the driving mode is pulling down the notification bar. Then swipe the toggles at the top, you will see the driving mode. If you fail to see it, it means that the button has not been added. To add it follow these steps; Go to settings > display > notification panel then drag the buttons you would like to have then drop them.

  1. Getting into easy mode

For those who want to keep their S4 mini easy to use and for the beginner Android users, you can activate your handset into easy mode. To activate your handset to the easy mode; go to the settings > Home screen mode > Easy mode and then apply.

  1. Activating motion gestures

Many people aren’t aware that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has motion gestures that make handling the handset easy. To activate the motion gestures; Go to the Settings > motion > switch motion on then select applicable motions.

  1. Using a widget on your lock screen

Widgets are more useful when on the lock screen than on the home screen. They allow you to open applications that you use mostly directly.  To activate a widget on your lock screen, go to the settings and choose the lock screen

  1. Customizing messages on the lock screen

You can personalize a message in the Galaxy S4 mini. The option is found on the lock screen. You can also improve its display by adding color, using a clear font and using an appropriate size.

  1. Changing the home button shortcut

To change the home button shortcut, go to the settings and check for accessibility. The shortcut can also be accessed through the physical home screen.

  1. Using Galaxy S4 mini settings

To use these settings, download the ‘Note 2 Hidden Settings’. The app is for the Galaxy Note 2 but it still works in other Samsung handsets. The app puts an interface of the hidden CSC files so that you can be able to change them. The S4 mini needs to be routed for this application to work. The app allows one to disable the camera shutter sound.

  1. Control alarms and take photos with your voice

Galaxy S4 mini has a voice control feature that controls the alarms and takes photos with your voice. The S4 mini users need to say ‘snooze’ to stop the irritating alarm clock. You can also control the music playback through using your voice. To activate the voice mode; Go to the setting’s menu and you will find the voice control switch at the bottom of the device.



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