One of the greatest things about using Android instead of other operating systems is the fact that you can customize it however you want. Android is truly open source and you can basically replace anything you want in the way your user interface looks like. From changing your launcher, to adding widgets and changing color themes, there’s little you cannot do on your Galaxy S5. Moving on, let’s look at 3 customization tips for your Galaxy S5.

1. 3D rotation home-screen transition

You can now change the way home-screens switch from one to another with the new transition effects introduced by Samsung in the Galaxy S5. To access the transition effects menu, long-press on an empty spot on a home-screen until the controls pop-up. Select Home Screen Settings>Transition Effects. 

You will notice that you have 3 options. The default transition effect is Card stack, but you also have the option to select no effect at all. The new feature is 3D Rotation which will leave you with the impression that you are rotating thorough a 3D cube. Activate this setting and try it out by slowly moving from one screen to another.

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2. Activate Daydream

Daydream is a screensaver for your phone, similar to what you have on your desktop computer. Go to Settings>Display>Daydream to activate it. You will see there that you have the option to choose whether you want to display photos from your gallery, Google photos, shift from different colors, choose a Flipboard feed and more. In addition to those built-in features, there are quite a few Daydream apps in the Google Play Store than can add other capabilities.

You can choose whether Daydream is activated when the phone is charging, or when docked.

3. Change Fonts

Many people don’t know this, but you can even change your font size and color on your Galaxy S5. Go to Settings>Display>Font>Font style. You will be shown  a list of font types to choose from,  such as ‘Choco cooky’, ‘Cool Jazz’ or ‘Rosemary’. You can also choose to make the font a little larger, especially if your eyes  aren’t quite as good as they used to be.

The S5 has many other ways to customize the user experience, but these three are a good place to begin.

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