Top 15 Sam­sung One UI 3 Tips and Tricks to Use It Like a Pro

Parth Shah

Samsung used to get a lot of flake over the bloated TouchWiz UI back in the Galaxy S7 days. With the introduction of phones like Galaxy S8 with tall aspect ratios, the company launched a brand new One UI for all the Galaxy devices. With the third iteration of One UI rolling out, it has become a fan-favorite. If you've just received the update, check out the Samsung One UI 3 tips and tricks to use your phone optimally.

Samsung One UI tips and tricks

One UI is so much better than the TouchWiz and has become a major win for the Galaxy devices. Besides tons of customization options, the One UI 3.0 update adds some neat tricks for the users. Apart from customizing it to your preference, you can use the new features to ensure your phone runs smoother and its battery lasts a bit longer.

1. Switch to Google Discover Menu

Samsung, by default, offers the Samsung Home menu to the left pane. Users have been asking for Google Discover integration for years. The company finally listened to the growing demand and added an option to switch to the Google Discover menu on the left side.

Enable google discover

Swipe right on the home screen. Hold down to the screen, and it will offer you to select between Samsung Home and Google Discover menu.

2. Change Home Screen Layout

Are you switching from the iPhone to Samsung and missing the continuous app drawer on the home screen? Samsung takes care of that as well. You can go to the Home screen settings and change the default layout for apps.

Change home screen layout

3. Add Lock Screen Widgets

Taking a page from Apple’s book, Samsung has added a trick to showcase the default widgets to the lock screen. You can add Music, Weather, Digital Wellbeing, Bixby Routines, and more from the Lock Screen option in the Settings menu.

Lock screen widgets
Lock screen widget

4. Live Transcribe

Samsung finally implemented Google’s excellent Live Transscribe feature. Live Transcribe shows speech as text on your screen so that you can engage in conversations around you. You can type responses on screen while viewing the transcription.

Accessibility
Live transcribe

The option is buried inside the Settings > Accessibility menu.

5. Explore Call Backgrounds

Samsung offers a cool personalization option during calls. From the call settings menu, you can create customized call backgrounds. You can select a picture or video when you call or receive one from the other person.

Call backgrond
Customize call backgrond

There are a bunch of layouts and backgrounds.

6. Remove Location While Sharing Photos

This one is a neat privacy trick to remove location data from the photos. When you hit the share button to send the selected picture, One UI will remove the location data from the image.

Remove location data

7. Customize Notification in Status Bar

Those coming from the iPhone world will appreciate this one. By default, the Android OS showcases the number of notification icons from the apps. You can restrict that to the last three apps and make things less crowded on the status bar.

Notificaiton in status bar
Customize notifications in status bar

Go to the Settings > Notification > Advanced options and change the status bar to showcase three recent notifications.

8. Customize Always On Display

Many Android OEMs offer an AOD (Always On display) option. However, Samsung takes the experience further with tons of customization options. Open the Always On Display from the Settings menu.

Always on display
Customize always on display

You can select from many clock styles, add an image as a lock screen, and even play with gradient colors to customize the experience.

9. Enable Wireless Power Sharing

This option is only available for those with high-end Samsung smartphones, such as the Galaxy S21 series. Using Wireless Power sharing, one can share the device battery juice with compatible devices and accessories.

Wireless power sharing
Wireless power sharing on

Simply enable the option from the device Battery menu and place your smartwatch or earbuds on the back of the device. The device will wirelessly share the battery.

10. Enable Notification History

This one is straight from the Android 11 OS. You can enable the notification history from the Settings menu and glance at which app sends notifications frequently to the device.

Notification history
Notification history on

11. Customize Side Key

Honoring the user demand, Samsung is offering a way to customize the side key experience. Navigate to Settings > Advanced Features > Side Key and you can allow it to open Bixby, Camera, or any app. One can also customize the press and hold side key function.

Side key button
Side key customization

12. Turn off Screen by Double Tap Gesture

You no longer need to press the Power button or use a third-party gestures app to lock the screen quickly. Enabled by default, you can turn off the screen by simply double-tapping a space on the home screen.

Double tap to turn off screen

If you want to disable the feature or it doesn’t work, navigate to Settings > Advanced Features > Motions and gestures. Enable the toggle for ‘Double tap to turn off screen.’

13. Use Powerful Search

If you've never used the search feature on your Samsung phone, it's time to reconsider it. You might like it because One UI 3 enhances the Finder's search capabilities. As a result, in addition to apps and contacts, it now includes settings and search suggestions.

Powerful search on one ui

14. Continue on Other Devices

If you use multiple Samsung Galaxy devices, you might want to take advantage of Continue apps on other devices feature. With the feature enabled, you can continue using apps like Samsung Notes and Samsung Internet browser on a different device just from where you left on the first device. The feature also lets you copy text, images, etc., on one Samsung phone and paste them on another.

Continue apps on other device

To use this feature, go to Settings > Advanced features. Tap on Continue apps on the other devices. Turn on the feature.

15. Use Google Duo Integration

Samsung has partnered with Google to deliver a native integration with the Samsung Phone app. When you dial a number, you have an option to make a call using the Google Duo app or the call app.

Google duo integration

Explore One UI Capabilities

Go through the tricks above and start using One UI like a pro. While you are at it, let us know about your favorite addition to the One UI 3.

Next up: Microsoft launcher is another capable Android skin out there. Read the comparison post below with Samsung One UI to learn all the differences.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.