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8 Galaxy Z Flip features to try first



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On Friday, the folding phone Samsung Galaxy Z Flip went on sale just days after it was formally announced at the Samsung Unpacked Event in San Francisco . It comes out a week after Motorola Razr – another folding screen phone – hit stores. Razr and Galaxy Z Flip have a lot in common but are also very different phones. Together, they represent some of the biggest changes in form factors to beat phones this year.

If you're lucky enough to get hold of a shiny new Galaxy Z Flip, there are many great features to explore, such as the tiny 1.1-inch pill shaped external display and flex mode. But there are some Android 10 settings you can change to optimize the Z Flip even more, especially for better one-hand use.

Take a second and wipe the stains off your Galaxy Z Flip and then take a moment to try these features.

Transform the Z Flip fingerprint sensor into a scroll wheel

The Galaxy Z Flip asks to be used with one hand. And even though Samsung's OneUI 2 interface makes buttons and windows easier to interact with, it can still hurt to reach the top of the notification screen. Fortunately, there is an Android setting that turns the fingerprint reader on the side of the phone into a capacitive scroll wheel to pull down the notification box.

To enable the feature:

1. Go to Settings.

2. Click Advanced Features.

3. Select Movements and gestures.

4. Then turn on Finger sensor gestures slider.

When your phone is open, drag your finger from the top of the fingerprint sensor to the bottom to pull down the notification cassette. Do the same motion a second time to reveal the control panel. Pull up on the sensor to close the panel and box.





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Take a selfie with the power switch

When Z Flip is closed, you can double-click the power switch to open the outer camera for a selfie. The small 1.1-inch pill-shaped screen shows a cropped live preview.

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Aside from letting you frame selfies when the phone is closed, the small external screen has some other uses. Press the power button to display the date, time and battery status. Drag your finger across the screen to the right to reveal notifications. Click on any of the icons to see a short section of the message. If your phone is charging, the display shows the battery percentage and gives you an estimate of how long it will take your phone to be fully charged.

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Flex Mode turns the Z Flip into a children's laptop

The hinge on the Galaxy Z Flip is stiff enough to stay open in any position. When you have your phone open about halfway, Samsung has optimized some apps to take advantage of the screen. For example, when you open the YouTube app in Flex mode, your video will play on the top half of the screen while comments appear at the bottom.

Here are other ways to use Flex mode:

  • Make Google Duo video calls.
  • In the Gallery app, you browse photos on the bottom half of the screen as a touchpad.
  • Take a selfie hands-free.
  • Use as a tripod for taking photos, videos and hyperlaps.

Z Flip Shared Screen Folders

The high 6.7-inch screen with a 21: 9 aspect ratio is perfect for displaying split-screen Android apps, one app on top of another.

first Drag up the home screen to go to the latest app view or press the latest app button from the navigation bar.

2nd Select the app you want to appear on top and hold down the app icon.

3rd After a moment, a menu will appear.

4th Tap Open in split screen view.

5. Then select the other app you want to appear at the bottom.

6th Once in split screen mode, you can tap and hold in the sharing bar to change the size of how much space each app occupies.

Enable gestures for better one-use use

I found trading with the traditional gesture Android navigation field made Z Flip easier to use with one hand.

To enable gestures:

1. Go to Settings .

2nd Press the Display .

3rd Select Navigation Bar .

4th Then select Full Screen Gestures .

To use gestures, pull up from the bottom of the screen to go home. Swipe up and down to go to see new apps. And drag left or right on the screen to go back.

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There is no need for tripod. Just put the Z Flip in a 90 degree position and it will serve as its own base.


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Claim your free YouTube Premium access

If you didn't already know, by buying a Galaxy Z Flip, you get four months free from YouTube Premium. To take advantage of the offer:

1. Open the YouTube app.

2nd Click on your profile in the upper right corner.

3rd Select YouTube Premium .

4th Press the blue Try It Free button.

5th Enter your credit card information to begin your free trial.

For more information on Samsung's new foldable, here's our practical look at the Galaxy Z Flip and what impressed us about the new mussel .


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