You just opened a beautiful new Samsung Galaxy phone and are eager to start configuring it. I don’t blame you; throughout the past 12 months, Samsung has produced some excellent phones. Here are all the options you should modify and set up when you do so that you may use your phone as soon as feasible.

Because the settings are a part of Samsung’s One UI Android software, which is pre-installed on all of its devices, the advice is excellent news for practically all Samsung phones that have lately been introduced. Therefore, regardless of whether you have a Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy S22 Ultra, or even a Galaxy Z Fold 4, nearly all of the suggestions will help you maximize your new Samsung Galaxy phone as soon as possible.


Charge your new Samsung Galaxy phone properly 

Perhaps you want to start using your new Samsung Galaxy phone right away, but first, let’s talk about charging. Your new phone’s battery probably has some charge in it already, but before you use it, make sure it’s fully charged. Then, totally deplete the battery before charging it once more. Although the packaging should contain a USB Type-C cable to plug into the phone from the charging block, the great majority of contemporary new Samsung Galaxy phones do not come with a charger, so you may need to find your old one or buy a new one.


Initial steps and safety

The new Samsung Galaxy phone guides you through setting up Wi-Fi, and cellular service, and transferring data from your old device in an easy and clear manner. You will have the chance to increase the security of your new phone during the procedure. It’s better to configure the fingerprint sensor now and add a PIN number or face configuration if necessary.

  • Open Settings > Biometrics and Security after the setup are complete, then choose Face Recognition.
  • Follow the directions on-screen, but don’t leave just yet after adding your face. A crucial parameter needs to be changed.
  • When the phone recognizes your face, access your home screen without swiping by disabling the option labeled Stay on Lock Screen till Swipe. 

Although some people would prefer the added security and leave it on, it is significantly faster than the option. If you didn’t see it the first time, you may access it from the same menu that you used to configure face recognition.


Use gestures instead of buttons.

The old-style Android buttons at the bottom of the screen are used by default on the majority of Samsung phones, although gestures are so much easier and more intuitive. Once you’ve begun using your phone, you’ll need to set them up. 

  • To do so, head to Settings, Display, and scroll down until you see Navigation Bar.
  • The buttons at the bottom of the screen will vanish after you open this and tap Swipe Gestures, allowing you to easily swipe through the operating system.


Change annoying notification sounds

This is the portion people frequently overlook until their new Samsung galaxy phone rings loudly and the recognizable Galaxy ringtone reminds them that they have a notification. Given the widespread use of Samsung phones, this sound has become very common and most people are probably tired of it. That indicates that you should change it to a ringtone of your choice while also lowering the preset volume levels.

  • Navigate to Sounds and Vibration in Settings. 
  • Here, you can put the phone in vibrate mode, but I suggest lowering the default volume levels first. 
  • Changes can also be made to the system sound, notification sound, and ringtone simultaneously. 

In this manner, your new Samsung Galaxy phone won’t be playing the same old Galaxy tones at an ear-splitting level when you get a call or a notification.


Set the power button.

If this is your first Samsung phone, the power button might not perform the function you anticipate right away, so you’ll need to decide what you want it to do before pressing it. The display will turn off when you touch the power key once, but if you press and hold it, Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby will appear. It’s fantastic if you want to utilize Bixby, but what if you want to restart or turn off your phone?

  • By default, to access the power menu, you must briefly hold down the power button and a volume key.
  • You may modify this setting under Settings, Advanced Features, and Side Key. 
  • Here, you can choose whether to wake Bixby or enter the power menu by pressing the button. 
  • Additionally, you may add a double-press action to launch a certain app or to activate the camera. 
  • The power menu may also be accessed from the top of the notification shade if you ever have trouble finding it.


Use the constantly-on display.

Samsung’s always-on display is frequently adjusted to “tap to show” or deactivated entirely; it is not always on out of the box. It’s unfortunate because it’s a very useful feature. Open Settings, select Lock Screen, tap it, then look for Always-on Display if you want to use it constantly. Even though it undoubtedly appears to be active, tap it to access a variety of choices for the always-on display.

  • You can change it to “Show as Scheduled” and use the setting that appears below it to select an on-and-off time. 
  • Then, select Clock Style to alter the colors and appearance of the always-on display screen. 
  • You may even use a GIF or Bitmoji to match the time and your notifications thanks to the comprehensive customization possibilities.


Software updates should be checked.

It’s possible that your new Samsung Galaxy phone will notify you if a new version of the software is available, but manually checking is still a smart idea on a brand-new Samsung Galaxy phone. There is a setting to check for updates automatically when you do.

  • To make sure the version you have installed is the most recent one, click Download and Install under Settings> Software Update. 
  • Make sure the Auto-download over Wi-Fi option is turned on on the same page. Although it ought to be by default, you now have confirmation.


One last, fantastic setting

How long does the screen remain on between your last interaction and when it goes to sleep? It is set to 30 seconds by default, which is wonderful for battery life but not really practical for daily use. Extending the duration is much more useful, and doing so hasn’t resulted in a significant drop in battery life. Also, the benefits outweigh any battery issues that might arise. It’s a significant time and effort saver if, like me, you frequently multitask and need information shown on your phone screen. 

Go to Settings> Display> Screen Timeout to access the option. It has intervals that range from 15 seconds to 10 minutes.

All done now! Your new Samsung Galaxy phone is now configured in the best way. Since these are merely the fundamentals, don’t be afraid to explore the Settings menu to discover all the tiny customizations, such as how to modify your background. Good luck with your new Samsung Galaxy phone!