Samsung’s “everything but the kitchen sink” approach isn’t for everyone. Some things are useful, others are not. The good news is that Samsung doesn’t strength characteristics in you Many things can be disabled or customized.
We have highlighted some of the common annoyances people have with Samsung phones. They may not all be annoying to you personally, but that’s the beauty of customization. Even if you’re not crazy about these features, you can still take advantage of Samsung’s excellent hardware and eliminate Samsung’s questionable software options.
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Change the order of the navigation button
Many Android devices now come with gesture navigation by default, but Samsung is sticking with the three-button layout. Samsung is the only Android manufacturer that puts the “Back” button on the right side.
This feels very unnatural to me. The button is literally pointing to the left and that’s also the direction “back” usually maps to. For example, when you open the Recent Apps menu, the previous app is on the left.
Fixing this is simple. Go to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar and select the other “Button Order” option.
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Retrieve the power button
One of the most annoying things about modern Samsung Galaxy phones is Bixby. The virtual assistant appears in a few places you probably don’t want, most notably the power button.
By default, holding down the power button activates Bixby. This is annoying for a couple of reasons. One, it’s not the behavior we expect from a power button. Two, you probably don’t want to use Bixby. Fortunately, it can be reassigned.
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Stop killing background apps
Battery life is something that can make or break your phone experience. Manufacturers know this and do their best to improve it, even to the detriment of other things. Samsung phones are notorious for aggressively killing background apps in order to save battery life.
These battery “optimizations” can cause notifications to be missing and apps to not behave as well as they should. You also don’t need to kill background apps all the time. The good news is that you can disable battery optimizations.
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Clear quick settings
Samsung’s quick settings panel is a bit different from other Android devices. By default, a lot of things are happening. Taking a few minutes to clean it can greatly enhance the experience.
First, swipe down twice from the top of the screen and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
Then select “Quick Dashboard Layout”.
First, you can decide when you want to see the brightness control slider. It can appear in Quick Settings always or only when fully expanded.
You can then customize when you see the “Device Control” and “Media Out” buttons.
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Remove Samsung Free
“Samsung Free” is a service that aggregates news, videos, podcasts, and games. The service is completely free, but it’s probably not something you intended to use when you got the phone.
Some Galaxy devices come with a Samsung Free panel on the leftmost home page. You can remove it completely or change it to Google Discover. Of course, this is not a problem if you choose to use a third-party launcher.
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Samsung Galaxy phones have a lot of super useful abilities, things that set them apart from the competition. However, the software isn’t perfect, and that’s okay.