is . All three models look really impressive, with full 5G support in the lineup, a new camera array and improved camera features. Even for the S-series there is a new feature .
All three phones runWith a UI 3.1 proprietary skin from Samsung. This means that you get Android 11 the best, but you also have access to improvements and Samsung has twisted for the operating system. For example, the S21 has two different types of floating notifications and you can now add effects to your video call.
Below I will show you some of the best hidden features discovered so far on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
How to turn off S21
If you long press the power button hoping to turn off the phone, you are in for a surprise. A Bixby surprise, to be exact. That’s right, holding the power button will launch Bixby instead of giving you the option to turn off the phone. But don’t fret, you have a few different options to down or restart your S21:
- To see the Quick Settings panel, swipe down from the top of the screen, then tap on the power button in the upper-right corner.
- Long press the side button and volume down button at the same time, until the power menu appears.
- Change the side button to act as a power button Adjustment > advanced features > Side key Choose more Power off menu. From now on, long pressing the power button will bring up the power menu.
S-Pen Support on S21 Ultra
It is not a hidden feature, not only that, it is not at all clear unless you have been explicitly told about it. You see, the S21 Ultra lacks anywhere to store the S Pen, as the Note series does. So if you have bought the phone because you want the best Samsung to be offered, then you will not know any better.
The S21 Ultra will work with any Galaxy Note series or Galaxy Tab S series S-Pen stylus. Or you can opt for S21 Ultra Case which includes S Pen.
If you have an S Pen, you need to start using it with Ultra, it has to touch the tip on the screen and it should just work. If you rotate the pen just above the screen surface, you will see a small icon on the display that shows that it recognizes the stylus. Once you touch it on the screen, an air command icon will appear on the screen, allowing you to take quick notes, screenshots, etc.
Add effects to your video call
Ever see someone use those fancy backgrounds on a zoom? Who makes it feel like you’re somewhere else? Okay, you can do this on the Galaxy S21 in your video call. To select your effect, go to Adjustment > advanced features > Video call effect. Turn it on, then choose if you only want to blur your background, a color from your photos, or a specific image.
Turn on floating notifications for easy access to alerts
Android 11 launched Google’s new Bubbles Notification feature, which looks and works like Facebook Messenger’s Chathead feature. That is, instead of swiping down the notification panel to see alerts, a floating circle gives you instant access to your conversations at all times. Bubbles does the same thing, but for more apps, such as Google’s Messages.
Bubbles joins Samsung’s version of the same feature, called Smart Pop-Up View. But before you can use any one, you have to enable it.
Go for Adjustment > Notifications > advanced settings > Temporary notifications. Choose the option you want to use, both have a quick animation on the screen of how they work. Experiment with both bubbles and smart pop-ups to find out who you like, even if it is none of them.
Lock screen widget
Samsung’s Always On Display feature has long been my favorite. Makes it easy to quickly view information or control audio playback, but with the Galaxy S21, you can do even more with it. if you go to Adjustment > lock screen > Widget You can turn on each widget you want to use, along with Always show on display. Then, whenever your phone is locked and AOD is activated, double-tap the clock to see all your widgets.
Find anything on your phone
Having trouble finding an application, contact, or file? To review the Quick Settings shortcut panel, swipe down from the top of the screen, then swipe again to see the full Quick Settings panel. Tap the search icon at the top of the screen and type in your query.
As we continue to dig through the Galaxy S21 and its features, we will continue to add more hidden features that we find. If you have a favorite, leave a comment. If you are still on the fence about the S21, then do read our review. And then, if you are confident, you can place an order now.