While the device care tools are always running in the background to check for issues, you can also tap Optimize now button to perform a manual optimization – very handy if you think there might be a few problems with your smartphone.
The optimization process includes looking for duplicate or large files on your device that may be taking up unnecessary space, for example, or hunting apps that are draining battery power or closing apps running in the background unnecessarily.
Customize Always-On Display
Samsung phones give you more control than most over what appears on your lock screen and how it appears. From Settings, go to Lock screen and Always on display to set it up – but note that some budget Samsung handsets don’t offer the feature.
You will see that you have all sorts of settings to play with. You can e.g. choose how long the always-on display remains visible and choose your preferred clock style from a range of digital and analogue options.
Other options available allow you to switch between portrait and landscape orientation and choose how bright the text is on the lock screen. It’s also up to you whether the media playback controls are displayed via the always-on display.
You can even download entire themes for the always-on screen: Tap Themes from Settings, and then select AOD to see what is on offer. Quality can vary, but you should at least find a few options that suit your taste.
Place items in a secure folder
If you own a mid-range or flagship Samsung smartphone, you have access to a Secure Folder: a specially protected area on your device where you can store any type of file you want that no one else has access to.
Accessing the secure folder on your Samsung phone requires additional authentication – a fingerprint, PIN or pattern – and all data inside it is fully encrypted, meaning it’s almost impossible to hack.
Select from Settings Biometrics and security also Secure folder. Once you’ve set your authentication method and retrieved the secure folder, you can add new files and apps to it by tapping + (plus) button.
You can also add files to the secure folder from several other apps on your handset. For example, in the Gallery app, you can select photos and videos, then tap More and Move to secure folder.
Run Samsung DeX
Samsung DeX is a way to operate your smartphone with a keyboard, mouse and computer screen. If you have a lot of image editing or word processing to do on your phone, for example, then it can be useful.
What you’re basically doing is turning Android and OneUI into a desktop operating system with all the benefits it brings – floating windows, more intuitive control over your apps, keyboard shortcuts and so on.
You’ll need some specific hardware: This only works with a Galaxy S-series phone, and you’ll need a specific DeX cable from Samsung to connect it to your display and peripherals. You can also connect it to a laptop or desktop computer and use the peripherals attached to it instead.
Samsung has a complete guide to DeX which you can consult, but it’s not hard to get started and should really boost your mobile productivity – both in terms of what you can do on your phone and how quickly you can get it done.