The Samsung Galaxy s4 is one of the most anticipating Android Smartphone available in market which provides you an amazing package of latest technology. Samsung Galaxy S4, the only product which is giving jaw breaking competition to iOS devices and is expecting the same from its upcoming android mobiles.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a mobile device that host variety of hidden features that unlock the full potential of the device. And some of the best features of Galaxy S4 devices are behind setting and hidden deep in menus which are unknown to experienced users. Beside this it is also known for something which is very unique.
In this guide I intend to share with you some of Samsung Galaxy S4 Hidden Features without buying any accessories or spending single buck on Galaxy S4 application.
We also guarantee you that after reading this guide you’re going to find half of the features and settings which many users may not even going to explore after spending a year. So without further ado, let us start reading the first one.
Note: Good thing is that, you don’t need to root Samsung Galaxy S4 or install a custom ROM to access features which are listed below. But after rooting your device you can unlock a bunch of features.
1. Use Galaxy S4 as a TV Remote
Samsung Galaxy S4 features an IR port, Or there is an app called WatchOn using which you can turn your device into universal remote control i.e., can control room or entire home’s gadgets.
Setting up WatchOn application is very easy. You just need to open the application and follow the guide.
2. Use Best Photo Features Quickly
Galaxy S4 has Best Photo feature using which you can take eight photos quickly just like in a burst mode which help you to shoot and grab some group photos
To access this, you need to open camera app and tap on the Mode button to click Best Shot. Now press the shutter and it will take 8 photos of your subject and highlights the best one for you.
3. Galaxy S4 Lock Screen Customization
Using some inbuilt widgets you can customize your device and adjust setting to make it your phone. By default it shows life companion text on the lock screen and a small clock. But you can change it. To get started go to Setting-> My device Tab -> Lock Screen. You can also see a clock or personal message using this feature.
4. Connect USB Storage and Xbox 360 Controller
You might be unaware of this feature that, Samsung Galaxy S4 also supports the use of gaming controller like the corded Xbox 360 controller. You can also connect a USB drive as extra storage by using an affordable Micro USB to full size USB cable
5. Activate DND for Galaxy S4
You can also put your device in blocking mode feature, basically, “DND” means “Do Not Disturb” for Android. Blocking mode is new and improved option to start and end blocking mode. This feature provides the ability to block Incoming calls, Notifications, Alarm & time and Disable the LED.
Each above mentioned options are separate, so you can easily pick the one which you want. At the time of testing, we didn’t get any call from contacts which were blocked using this feature.
6. Use HeadPhone to Controls Music and Calls
Now with Samsung Galaxy S4 you can control phone calls and music with small mic area without taking your device out of the pocket. Like, if you hold the button S voice will open and will tell you about any latest upcoming message. This also helps you to perform other S voice action. Also the upper buttons control volume for calls and music.
And, if you’re listening to music a single press will pause the music and another tap will resume the music again. And if you quickly double tap will take you to the next song.
7. Control your Galaxy S4 with Motion
New features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the option to control your device using gesture and motion. All this became possible with the help of “Air Gesture” using which you can control your device by waving a hand on it.
To activate this feature you need to Go to Settings -> My device tab -> Motions and gestures -> Air gesture -> On.
Using this feature you can also perform actions like accepting calls with a wave, explore photos, music and browse the web without touching your device.
8. Improve Battery Life or Get a better battery life on the device
Galaxy S4 features a power saver mode which helps you to save battery life. This is the only way or inbuilt feature which actually works in painless way to get an improved battery life on your device.
You can activate this mode just by pulling down the Notification panel and tap on Power saving. While using this feature make sure that your device performance doesn’t affect the screen or performance of your mobile device.
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9. Take Photos using your Voice
Using one of the feature of the Samsung Galaxy S4 you can also click photos using voice command. This feature has become helpful when your device is connected to a tripod or you’re with someone who don’t have much knowledge to use mobile device.
To turn on this feature you need to open the Camera -> press Menu -> tap on Settings -> tap the settings cog -> scroll to Voice control and turn it on.
Once this feature is turned on you just need to give voice commands like smile, cheese, capture and shoot.
10. Smart Alerts When You Pick Up the Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has feature which vibrates your phone when you pick it up, say, if you have two notifications. Now this is one of the best feature which let you know whether you have to pick the phone or just put your phone back to your pocket.
But in case you don’t like the vibration feature every time you pick your Samsung Galaxy S4. If you want to turn this feature off, follow this- Settings -> My device tab -> Motions and gestures -> Motion -> Smart alert -> On.
11. Better Sounding Music and Phone Calls
You can turn on and set up Adapt sound to customize the sound hearing of your Samsung Galaxy S4. You just set up a short session which identifies hearing by changing the audio profile of call and music which fits in everyone’s ear.
To enable this, go to Settings -> My device tab -> Sound -> Adapt sound -> follow the prompts.
Note: You need a headphone to set this up and if you want to see the difference you can check only with the help of headphones.
12. Block Annoying Callers
If you’re annoyed with telemarketing calls, or from a boyfriend and girlfriend calls or anyone to whom you don’t want to talk, then you can try this. Using a Call rejection mode of your device which let you block calls from specific number of specific people.
To use this mode, Open the phone app -> tap on the Menu -> tap on Call settings -> Call rejection.
Once the list is made, your device will never rung up for those numbers which you added to the block list, but yea it will go to voice call.
13. Use Galaxy S4 with Gloves
Now you can also access your Samsung Galaxy S4 with Glove as this device display is sensitive enough to make this thing happen. But this feature is turned off by default.
To start using your device with Gloves you need to go to Settings -> My Device tab -> Display ->High-touch sensitivity -> On.
Note: Make sure to use thin gloves as various test confirm that this works best with thin gloves in comparison to other.
14. Get More information by Hovering (Air View)
Samsung Galaxy S4 is featured with Air View which provides you more information about anything on the device just by hovering their finger over a spot on the screen
To enable this feature, go to Settings -> My Device Tab -> Air View -> On. Next, tap on Air view to see the settings and fine tune what you want it to do.
Once this feature is activated, you just need to hover on text message, video and photo to get more information.
15. Monitor and Avoid Excess Data Usage
Samsung Galaxy S4 is featuring an inbuilt data monitor which helps you to track data used and push alerts which help you to use your mobile data wisely or help you to save money
To enable this, you need to go to Settings -> Connections tab -> Data Usage.
16. Control your Samsung Galaxy S4 with your Eyes
Your device also has a feature which helps you to control it using your eyes. You can enable this feature by going on:
Settings -> My device -> Smart screen and then:
- Check Smart Stay
- Check Smart Pause
- And turn Smart scroll on and then tap on the text to choose more options.
So once these features are enabled, you’re ready to access your Samsung Galaxy S4 using your eyes. But keep in mind that this feature doesn’t work fine with all apps.
17. Find your Stolen or Lost Galaxy S4
Soon Samsung Galaxy S4 will offer you an amazing feature i.e. Lojack which allows user to track a Stolen Samsung Galaxy just by paying a monthly fee, also a team of trained professionals will help you in all this process.
Also if you’re looking for a free solution, then you can install Lookout Mobile app, this application will help you in tracking, sound alerts and gives you direction to the last location where your battery goes down or its switched off. If your device is already stolen you can try Plan B
18. Move Keyboard freely around the screen
Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with preinstalled swiftkey, as smart keyboard which is counted as one of the best keyboard for android device. But do you know that Samsung Galaxy S4 allows you to move this keyboard freely around the screen.
To get this you need to Open the keyboard -> long press on the microphone for Settings -> Tap on Predictive Text -> link to your accounts.
19. Speed Up Galaxy S4 Home Button
By default Galaxy S4 Home Button is very slow because it wait for users to double tap and launch S-Voice. But if you’re the one who don’t use S-Voice, you can fasten your Home Button just by disabling this feature.
For this, open S-Voice by double tapping the home button. Then tap menu and choose Settings. Uncheck Open via the home key.
20. Check Alerts Without Touching the Galaxy S4
One of the best feature of Samsung Galaxy S4 is that now you can check alert notification without touching your Smartphone. To activate this you need to Settings -> My Device -> Motions and gestures-> Air Gesture -> Quick glance -> On.
Once this is active you just need to move your hand over the display when the device is asleep. Using Quick Glance feature you can get a notification for Missed Calls, New Text message, Icons from the Notification bar, Battery Life and the current time.
Note: But this feature doesn’t let you jump to apps or unlock your device. But it’s confirmed that it will show you why your device rung.
21. Use Two Apps at Same Time
With the help of multi-view feature of the Samsung Galaxy S4 you can run two applications on your device screen at the same time. This is one of the best productivity feature which make multitasking easier.
Using this feature you can check twitter and watch YouTube, take notes and Browse the web, check Facebook and mail at the same time and much more.
22. Quick Access to Common Setting
We all know that you can quickly change setting with a single tap in the Notification Drawer. But there is something of which you might be not aware i.e., If you long press on any of these toggles, it will open up that page in setting.
This feature really works when you want to pair a Bluetooth device and changing settings while using gestures and motion control on your device.
23. Launch Google Now Fast and Quickly
Google Now is an amazing personal assistant for Samsung Galaxy S4, but if you feel tough to launch this application quickly, you should read this tweak.
To launch Google Now, all you need to do is hold the menu button on your device and it will pop up providing you an option to search with Google now and ask the phone to do what you want just like Siri do for you.
But if you are using Google Now for the first time, you need to On it.
24. Turn On Easy Mode on Galaxy S4
If you’re using your device for the first time, it’s better to start with easy mode which provides you easy to use user interface, with larger icons which are easy to use and tap.
And its very easy turn Off and On Galaxy S4 device, So if possible try the easy mode first and then go for standard one.
25. Access All Toggles With a Two Finger Pull
This is one of the best feature of Samsung Galaxy S4 i.e. notification Toggle, using which you can quickly change settings on your device. Now if you pull down with one finger you can swipe side to side. But making pull down with two finger you will get access to all the toggles just at once.
From here you can edit all your toggles and remove the one which you don’t use daily.
So these are some of the best Samsung Galaxy S4 Hidden Features which you may love to use on your device. So give a try to these and share your opinion with us. Also if you are aware of any hidden feature which I forget to share with you, drop it in the comment section below.