18 Lesser Known Samsung Galaxy S3 Tips and Tricks for Power Users

Samsung Galaxy S III has proved to be the most successful smartphones the industry has ever seen. If you’re one of those lucky persons who’ve managed to get your hands on it, here are a few Samsung Galaxy S3 tips and tricks that will help you in daily use.

1. Clipboard

samsung galaxy s3 tips - clipboardClipboard is one of those features of Samsung Galaxy S phones that very less people are aware of. It saves a history of all the items that you have copied on your phone – be it a chunk of text or a photo, which you can view later on. To launch Clipboard, long-press on any text field and choose Clipboard. You’ll be presented with your history of copied items.

2. Notification Window in Full-Screen Apps

notification windowThis is a very unique feature in TouchWiz, which lets you access notification window even when you’re inside a full screen application. To do so, simply swipe down the status bar twice. You’re welcome!

3. Custom Vibration Patterns for Different Contacts

custom-vibrationThis is a hidden feature in Galaxy S III, which lets you set custom vibration patterns for different contact. Open Contacts > tap on any person > scroll down and choose vibration pattern. A list of pre-defined vibration patterns will pop up. From that popup window hit the create button and you’re ready to create your own vibration pattern.

4. Swipe to Message/Call

Swipe to Message or CallAlthough an old feature, swipe a contact to message/call is still worth mentioning. While in the contacts app, call logs or messages, swipe a contact to left or right for calling or messaging him respectively.

5. Direct call

Direct CallAnother very handy feature for the lazy people is Direct call. When you are having a text conversation with someone and you wish to call him, simply lift your phone, hold it to your ear and Direct Call will initiate a call to that person. This tip saves a few extra steps for calling that person by pressing back-opening dialer/contacts-find that person-call him.

6. Smart Stay

smart-staySmart stay is probably the coolest new addition in Samsung Galaxy S III. With the help of its front camera, the Galaxy S III can recognize whether you are looking at your phone or not and control the screen. For an example, when you are reading a web-page and your screen timeout kicks in, Smart Stay will search for your eyes to decide if it should maintain a bright display or switch off the screen.

7. Social Tag

social-tagSocial tag is something similar to facial tags in Facebook. Your Galaxy S III can recognize faces in your photos, which you can tag them with your friends’ name. After a few tags, your phone will learn about your friends and automatically tag them in photos. Tapping on their faces will bring up a pop menu to quickly get in touch with them.

8. Face and Voice Unlock

face-and-voice-unlockFace Unlock is one of the best features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that lets you unlock your phone with your face. Although it’s a cool feature to show off, a few people have been successfully crack it using a photograph of the phone owner. So, Samsung decided to step ahead and make it more secure by adding voice recognition to it. To enable Face and Voice Unlock, go to Settings > Security > Screen Unlock > Face and Voice Unlock. Please note that this uses S Voice and won’t work if you’ve disabled it (like me).

9. Best Photo

best-photoBest Photo is one of the few features that Samsung has been showing off aggressively in its commercial advertisements. When you take photographs in burst mode, Best Photo automatically picks up the best photograph by examining the details, exposure and more. To activate Best Photo, launch Camera > Tap on Settings button > Shooting mode > Burst Shot > Switch on Best shot.

10. HDR Photography

hdr-modeThis is my favorite among this list of Samsung Galaxy S3 tips, which will help you take better photos with your camera. HDR stands for High Definition Range Imaging. In layman’s terms, HDR takes a series of multiple photos at the same time at different exposure settings and merges them into a single photograph where detail has been persevered in both, dark and light areas. HDR photos are generally is rich in detail, color accuracy and lighting. Most of the nature/city wallpapers that you find online are taken in HDR mode. To turn HDR mode on, launch Camera > tap on Settings button > Shooting Mode > HDR mode.

Photos taken without and with HDR mode


11. Swipe Palms to take a Screenshot

Another handy Samsung Galaxy S3 tip, ‘Swipe to take screenshot’ option lets you take screenshots of your screen by simply swiping the side of your palm on the screen from left to right or vice versa. To enable it, go to Settings > Motion > check ‘Palm swipe to capture’.

12. Reduce Screen Unlock Time

s-voice-settingSamsung Galaxy S III takes more than a second to wake up when Screen Unlock mode is set to ‘Swipe’, which is quite frustrating. This is because of S Voice, a personal assistant app, which waits for a second for your voice command to launch it directly from the screen. To disable it in order to your reduce screen lock time, open S Voice > Press Menu button (left capacitive button) > Settings > Wake up in Samsung unlock

13. Display Battery Percentage in the Status Bar

battery-percentageApart from a simple battery icon, Galaxy S III can also show battery percentage in the status bar. To enable this modification, go to Settings > Display > Display battery percentage

14. Sync Facebook Photos with your Gallery

facebook-syncHow about having all of your Facebook photos in your gallery? You can enable this by going to Settings > Accounts and sync > Add account > Facebook.

15. Music Square

music-squareMusic Square is an amazing addition in the default music player, which can play songs according to your mood by identifying the tempo of your songs. There are four different tempos present – Passionate, Calm, Joyful and Exciting. For an example, choosing a square next to Calmwill play a soft song. Likewise, choosing a square between Calm and Joyful will play a song which Music Square identifies as both Clam and joyful. Music Square can be launched in two ways:

  • While you’re on the Now Playing screen, tap on the disco-ball-type icon of Music Square present just below the Album art. Press Menu and choose Library update to add your songs.
  • Or simply launch music app from app drawer and navigate to the Music Square tab.

For Music Square to work properly, your songs need to be stored in your phone’s internal memory.

16. Enable Swype like Function in Samsung Keyboard

swype-in-samsung-galaxy-s-iiiSurprisingly, Swype keyboard is absent from the phone, which was surprising since Swype comes pre-loaded with almost every other Galaxy phone. After a bit of playing, I discovered that Samsung has instead incorporated Swype gestures in its own keyboard with a different name, Continuous Input. To enable it, go to Settings > Language and input > Tap on settings of Samsung keyboard > check Continuous Input.

fonts18. Custom fonts

The default font in Galaxy S3 is customizable and can be changed without even rooting your phone. Open settings, navigate to display and choose Font style. There are three fonts pre-available to choose from while you can also get more fonts by tapping on the ‘Get fonts online’ button.

17. Hide Apps from App Drawer

hide-apps The new Touchwiz launcher in Galaxy S III also lets you hide applications from the app drawer. To do so, open the drawer > Hit menu > Hide applications. Enjoy your new Android superphone! I will keep updating this post with more Samsung Galaxy S3 tips as soon as I find them.

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