Samsung’s “everything but the kitchen sink” approach isn’t for everyone. Some things work, some things don’t.The good news is that Samsung doesn’t strength characteristics of you. Many things can be turned off or customized.
We’ve highlighted some common annoyances people have with Samsung phones. They may not bother you personally, but that’s the beauty of personalization. Even if you’re not obsessed with these features, you can take advantage of Samsung’s excellent hardware and get rid of Samsung’s questionable software options.
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Swap the navigation button order
Many Android devices now default to gesture navigation, but Samsung is sticking with a three-button layout. Samsung is the only Android manufacturer to put the Back button on the right.
This feels very unnatural to me. The button actually points to the left, which is also the direction “back” is usually associated with. For example, when you open the Recent Apps menu, the previous app is on the left.
Solving this problem is simple. Go to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar and select the other “Button Order” options.
related: How to Change Navigation Buttons or Gestures on Android
retract the power button
One of the most annoying things about modern Samsung Galaxy phones is Bixby. The virtual assistant appears in a few places you might not want, especially the power button.
By default, pressing and holding the power button will wake Bixby. This is annoying for several reasons. One, it’s not the behavior we expect the power button to have. Second, you probably don’t want to use Bixby. Thankfully, it can be remapped.
related: How to Disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy S22
Stop killing background apps
Battery life can define your phone experience. Manufacturers know this and they will do everything to improve it, even to the detriment of other things. Samsung phones are notorious for aggressively killing background apps in the name of battery saving.
These battery “optimizations” can result in missing notifications and apps not functioning properly. There’s also no need to kill background apps all the time. The good news is that you can turn off battery optimization.
related: How to Stop Android from Killing Background Apps
Clean up quick settings
Samsung’s quick settings panel is slightly different from other Android devices. By default, a lot of things happen. Taking a few minutes to clean it can greatly improve the experience.
First, swipe down from the top of the screen twice, then tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner.
Then select “Quick Panel Layout”.
First, you can decide when to view the brightness control slider. It can appear in Quick Settings always or only when fully expanded.
Next, you can customize when you see the Device Control and Media Out buttons.
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remove samsung free
“Samsung Free” is a service that aggregates news, videos, podcasts and games. The service is completely free, but it’s probably not something you intend to use when you get your phone.
Some Galaxy devices have a Samsung Free panel on the far left home screen page. You can remove it entirely or replace it with Google Discover. Of course, this is not a problem if you choose to use a third-party launcher.
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Samsung Galaxy phones have many super handy features that set them apart from the competition. The software isn’t perfect, though, and that’s okay.