The Samsung Galaxy S4has so many features it’s almost ridiculous, so many in fact that half of them you probably don’t even use and the other half you’ve probably forgotten about or never even knew they existed. Here we’ve got a nice little collection of ten hidden features, tips, tricks and even a hack or two to get even more out of one of the best smartphones around.
Let your Galaxy S4 really pop with our tips and tricks! / © AndroidPIT
Disable S Voice to get faster Home button response
Not sure if you know this, but the double press of the Home key to bring up S Voice actually has a built in delay. This means if you press it once to go back to the Home screen it’ll actually lag a little in case you were planning on double pressing. If you disable double press to access S Voice, you’ll get a faster return to the Home Screen. Just go into S Voice, hit the menu soft key, Settings, and uncheck ”Open via the Home key” box.
Swipe contacts to call or text
When you’re in your Contacts, instead of tapping a contact and selecting the action to perform from their contact profile, you can simply swipe left or right to call or text them instantly. The best thing is you can change your mind: if you start to swipe to the right to call someone, then realize they are at work you just swipe back to the left and you’ll get a text window instead. There’s no speed requirement either, so if you’re a little slow-witted, you can pause mid-swipe, figure out which option is best and then continue with the appropriate swipe.
From Contacts, just swipe right to call and left to text. You can even change your mind halfway. / © AndroidPIT
Access Hidden Settings
This is achieved by using a brilliant app called Note 2 Hidden Settings. Yes, it’s for the Note 2 but it works on many other Samsung devices too. It simply puts a user interface over the top of a bunch of hidden CSC files so you can change them easily. The only thing is your S4 needs to be rooted for it to work. Some of the great things you can do include managing the various irritating sounds the S4 makes, like disabling the camera shutter sound and more. The app isn’t guaranteed to work on every device so please don’t ask me to fix it if it doesn’t work for you!
An XDA Developer wrote this little gem of an app to reveal Samsung’s hidden settings. / © AndroidPIT/SteinApps
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DIY wireless charging
Listen up tight asses! You can make your own DIY wireless charger for the Galaxy S4without needing to spend a small fortune on Samsung’s official Qi-equipped back panel and charging platter. There’s not much to this hack, other than buying a cheaper Qi-rear cover and popping the guts out and inserting them into your S4 rear cover. All in all it’ll cost you about $25 and brings a little handcraft to your smartphone. Check the video out below from HackinTech to see what you’ll need and how simple it is to make your own wireless charging back panel.
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Use the IR blaster to control your TV
This is an old feature that a lot of people still don’t seem to use. Just go to the WatchON app, set up your country and service provider (if you want a TV guide as well) and add the remote widget to your Quick Settings menu or even your lock screen so you can control your television, set top box or DVR from the comfort of your smartphone. You can track your favorite shows, set reminders and even get suggestions from WatchON about shows you might like. Definitely an underused feature.
The TV remote is one of the best but least-used S4 features. It can even live on your lock screen. / © AndroidPIT
Take photos and control alarms with your voice
An oft-forgotten feature of Samsung’s voice control is the ability to take photos or control your alarm clock with your voice. Everyone remembers you can control incoming calls and Samsung’s ChatON service verbally, but saying ”cheese” to snap a picture is a great way to avoid camera shake when you take selfies. Likewise, simply saying ”snooze” from under your pillow to stop that infernal alarm clock is a godsend. You can of course also control your music playback this way too. Just go into your Settings menu at the bottom of the My Device tab you’ll see the Voice Control switch. Tapping on it once enabled will open the various settings for each voice control feature.