9 useful Galaxy S22 features that Samsung hides from you

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Here are the hidden settings and features you need to know about the Galaxy S22.

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If you have a Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus or S22 Ultra in your hands, you’ve probably enjoyed some of its main benefits – z modernized cameras for an elegant appearance. But the new S22 line also includes some lesser-known features that could change the way you use your phone.

Below, we take a closer look at features under the radar, such as Force Dark Mode, hidden lock screen widgets, and immersive Dolby Atmos audio. And be sure to check it out those setting changes that will take your Android experience to the next level.

Force all applications to use dark mode

The built-in dark mode feature for the entire system of the Samsung S22 works with almost every aspect of the phone, but it doesn’t always work well with third-party apps. Even if dark mode is on, some apps may still appear in light mode, which isn’t great if you’re trying to save battery or use your phone at night. Luckily, you can force any app to adopt dark mode with this hidden setting.

To be able to enable dark mode enforcement, you must first enable your phone’s developer options. To do this, go to Settings > About the phone > Information about the software and then touch Build number 7 times. Enter your passcode if prompted and you now have developer settings available.

To turn on Forced Dark Mode, go to Settings > Developer optionsscroll down to Hardware acceleration rendering and turn it on Force dark mode. Now, every time dark mode is enabled, third-party applications that do not support this feature will be forced to use dark mode.


You can force all applications, even those that don’t support it, to use Dark Mode.


Don’t let the screen go blank while you’re looking at it

If you do not touch the screen for a while, depending on how long the screen timeout is (30 seconds by default), it usually turns off quickly to save battery power. That’s great and all, but if you’re reading something and don’t touch your phone, the screen will keep falling asleep. Fortunately, there is a way to stop this.

In the Settings app, go to Advanced Features > Movements and gestures and turn it on Leave the screen on while watching. From then on, the screen will stay on as long as the front camera can detect your face and the eyes staring at it.


Stop the screen from turning off automatically while reading.

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Turn on Dolby Atmos for cinematic surround sound

Your Galaxy S22 comes with Dolby Atmos, which gives your phone high-quality surround sound, whether you’re watching a movie or just listening to your favorite artist on Spotify. However, this sound setting isn’t turned on by default, so you’ll need to turn it on manually.

To enable Dolby Atmos, go to Settings > Sound quality and effects then turn on Dolby Atmos. By default, Dolby Atmos will turn on automatically for what you’re listening to, but if you touch Automatic, you can configure it so that Dolby Atmos will only turn on when you are watching a movie, listening to music, or talking on the phone. Also, if it’s not already on, turn it on Dolby Atmos for games to get surround sound while playing games on your phone.


Get surround sound while watching movies or listening to music on your phone.

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Automatically turn on the power saving feature to help save battery power

Depending on how much you use your Galaxy S22, the battery may be running low as early as midday. This is even more likely if you spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos or scrolling through Instagram. However, if you don’t have a charger handy, there are several ways you can extend your battery life – such as automatically turning on your phone’s adaptive power saving feature.

You can turn on the automatic power saving feature in Settings > Battery and device care. In Device care pagetap the three-dot menu button in the upper-right corner, then tap Automation in the displayed menu. Turn on Adaptive energy saving and your S22 will automatically go into power saving mode depending on your usage patterns. The power saving mode feature can stop background refresh or enable Always On Display; it may be different.


Help save phone battery with this automation.

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View and remove / add hidden widgets on the lock screen

Notifications are usually displayed on the lock screen, but on the Galaxy S22 you also have the option of adding widgets – they’re just hidden. If you want to view your existing lock screen widgets, just tap on the time at the top of the screen. The default widgets that should appear are Music, Next Alert, and Bixby Routines.

To remove or add widgets to the lock screen, tap Settings at the bottom of the lock screen when widgets are visible. Now you can disable any widgets you want to get rid of and enable any widgets you want to add to your lock screen. To reorder the widgets, tap Reorder and then touch the arrows to move the widgets from top to bottom.


Tap on the time to view your widgets.

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Add an extra button to the navigation bar

The navigation bar at the bottom of the screen helps you quickly go back, go home and view all your open apps with just one tap. This way you maneuver around your Galaxy S22, and you can make it even better by adding an extra button to it that you can use to do things like dimming the screen or muting all sounds.

If you go to Settings > Availability > Advanced settings > Accessibility button, you can then add the button to the navigation bar or place it on top of other apps. To choose what the button does, tap Choose actions: You can choose from over a dozen options, including zooming in, ambient sound enhancement and other useful functions.


You can add an extra button to the S22 navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.

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Stop Bixby from accidentally opening every time you hold down the side button

Samsung’s personal voice assistant, Bixby lets you run as many commands as you want with just your voice. Talk and you can play a Spotify album, text a friend, or find vacation photos you took last year. By default, the side button on the Galaxy S22 wakes up Bixby, but if you’re not using the voice assistant it can be a bit annoying as it can be accidentally triggered.

If you don’t want to summon Bixby every time you press the side button, go to Settings > Advanced Features > Side key. From there, you can open the shutdown menu (shutdown, restart, and safe mode) by pressing and holding the side button instead. You can also change what happens when you press the side key twice, or disable the feature altogether.


If you’re not using Bixby, you can prevent it from opening when you press the side key.

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Use the S Pen to quickly translate text (instead of just drawing)

The S Pen, which is new to the Galaxy S series, is not only for drawing and writing. If you pull the stylus out of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, you can press the pen button to bring up the Air Command menu and choose from several actions: create a note, send a live message, draw an AR Doodle, and more.

One of the best features of the S Pen is that you can translate text by hovering over the word with the pen. To translate text using the S Pen, select Translate option with Air Command select the language you want to translate from and into, then simply hover your pen over the word you want to translate without touching the screen. After a second loading, the Google Translate window will appear with the word in blue and the translation in black. You can also tap the copy button to save the translation to the clipboard.


You can use the S Pen stylus for more than just writing and drawing.

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Hide the app without having to permanently delete it

While you probably use most of the apps on your Galaxy S22, there may be times when you use the app once and then you don’t need it. You can remove it permanently from your device, but if you think you’ll need it again, you can always just hide the app.

To hide an application, hold on the home screen and tap Home screen settings and then on Hide applications. This will bring up a menu showing all the applications downloaded to the phone. Select the application or applications you want to hide. The apps should disappear from your home screen as well as your apps and settings folder. If you want to restore an app, just follow the same steps as above but this time uncheck the apps in the Hide Apps section.


Instead of deleting an app, you can just hide it.

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