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Samsung Galaxy S8 tips and tricks

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the latest flagship device to be released by the South Korean manufacturer, and as it's only a few months old, so you're probably not expecting to have any issues with it - at least not yet. We're doing our bit to ensure that you can get the most out of your new smartphone, so what better way is there than to provide you with a few tips and tricks for your new Galaxy S8? 

Turn on "Smart select"

One of the best and least known features which has made its way onto the Galaxy S8 is one which managed to survive the fiery demise of the Note 7: the Smart select feature. In the Note 7, Smart select was integrated into the S Pen. Samsung has adapted this feature for the Galaxy S8 and S8 +, and integrated it into the edge of the display. The screen is still divided into individual panels, which gives you quick access to your apps, tasks, contacts and much more. 

To activate Smart select, go to Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge panels and then tap on "Smart select."  

Samsung Galaxy S8 Smart Select
Smart select provides a new level of functionality for the Galaxy S8. / © ANDROIDPIT

Advanced screenshot functions with "Smart select"

Smart select also includes advanced screenshot functions. The feature allows you to create and cut square or round image, add notes or markers, and immediately split or save them. Videos can be converted and split into animated GIFs with Smart select. This is a good way to enhance social media postings or WhatsApp messages. First, find a video you actually want to use as a GIF - YouTube is always a good place to start. Then just follow these steps: 

  • Swipe the edge of the S8 to open up the Smart select features app tray and select "Animation."
  • Make a box around the video you want to capture by moving the edges of its corners.
  • Select ‘Record’ while the video is playing and the tool will capture the video.

As the GIF is being recorded, a timer and file size indicator allows to you view both how large your file is as well as the length of the clip. After this, you'll be able to find your GIF in the Google Photos app and from here you'll be able to send to a wider audience.

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The Galaxy S8 allows you to create GIFs, all thanks to Smart select. / © ANDROIDPIT

Disable "Always On"

Taking an occasional look at your phone to check the time is convenient, but it also drains your battery. You can easily resolve this by disabling the "Always On Display" mode. Just go to Settings > Lock screen and security > Always On Display, then slide the toggle to turn the function off. 

Once this is done, the screen will stay off when your smartphone is locked. No need to worry though, if you do find yourself needing to check the time, just press the home button. 

S8 Always On
Always On Display would be a great function if it didn't drag your battery life down. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Ditch the Auto brightness option

As we should all know by now, one sure fire way of saving your battery is taking control of your screen's brightness. This can be solved quickly by simply disabling the Always On Display. Under Settings > Lock screen and security > Always On Display, you can deactivate the function.

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Take control of your device to support your battery. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Keep screen timeout low

Limiting how long your display stays on is another tried and true method of increasing battery life. The default timeout setting for the S8 is set to 15 seconds. You can leave it there or, if you must, go up to 30 seconds. Any longer than that and you're wasting battery.

You can adjust the timeout settings for your S8 in Settings > Display > Screen timeout.

Samsung Galaxy S8 ScreenTimeout
Don't try this at home if you're wanting to save your battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

Optimize your battery time

The Galaxy S8 and S8 + both have an impressive, high-resolution display, but this also has its disadvantages. One major drawback is that the display can significantly reduce the battery life when it has the maximum resolution and other optimization settings turned on. So that the average S8 user doesn't have to go hunting around in the settings to make multiple adjustments, Samsung has created so-called performance modes. 

With the factory settings, the Galaxy S8 is in Optimized mode. Beyond this, there are an additional three other preconfigured modes with the names "Game", "Entertainment" and "High Performance." 

So that you avoid setting things up via Settings > Device management  > Performance mode before you start a game, a video or play music, Samsung provides a shortcut with Entertainment mode. Don't allow the label to lead you astray; the button can only be switched between Optimized and one of the other three modes.    

S8 Performance Mode
High performance can be a major drain, so use it sparingly.  / © ANDROIDPIT

Send your apps to sleep

With the release of the Galaxy S8, Samsung has introduced a nifty new function to help users improve their chances of avoiding battery issues. You now have the option to manually put your apps to sleep. 

Once an app is "asleep" it won't run in the background, and any push notifications will be paused. When you go to use the app it will wake up, and so after this you will once again receive notifications and updates.

To send an app to sleep, long-press on an app icon until a settings menu opens. Select "Sleep", and when the second window opens, tap "OK."

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 Sending apps to sleep can help save your battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

Have you recently invested in a Samsung Galaxy S8? What tips and tricks have you discovered that help you get more out of your new device? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • I want to know the wallpaper

  • Here's why I leave auto brightness ON: When I'm outside and there's direct sunlight on the screen the screen gets about 50% brighter than is possible with the highest setting on the manual slider. Makes a big difference when outside. But, if you're a desk jockey with pale skin you can ignore this advice.

  • Developer options:
    Windows animation scale - OFF,
    Transition animation scale - OFF,
    Animator duration scale - OFF.

    You will save not the only battery life but the phone will be like a rocket as well.

  • i came from a one plus 3t and im really disappointed with battery life on the s8 the 3t easily outperformed it i struggle to get 4 and a half hours on s8 while 3t was nearly 7 hrs there is not a chance i can make it through the day without a second charge on my s8 because when phone is idle it drains maybe 4% per hour, i charge it to 100% and after 5 mins use its around 93% the 3t felt snappier in almost every department to. Super disappointed Samsung i will be selling it late summer and investing in the pixel 2 or the one plus 5

  • Don't know about you guys, but I am super happy with s8's battery life.
    Maybe because I expected it will be very bad, maybe because my last phone was Xiaomi that even with 4000mAh had worse results...don't know what is reason, but I love it.
    Anyway, auto brightness, sleep set on 2 minutes, Led view cover (so almost nothing battery is used for Always on screen) and I got 5,5 to 6,5 sot, using GPS at least hour a day, same as Spotify, youtbe cca half time, and than surfing, social apps...and it is my first phone that can do more than a full day.
    I am really impressed...
    Thing I hate is Samsung's keypad, but it is easy to change. (Or maybe it's just not optimised for this site, so writing a comment goes slow)

    • Yes, battery life is much better than that of other phones I've had. I don't even think about it any more.

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