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Samsung Galaxy S20 Series – A Comprehensive User Guide

  • The Samsung Galaxy S20 Series boasts some of the best technology in the smartphone world. Our team have pulled together a comprehensive user guide to get the best out of the S20 Series
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
  • Setting Up the Display
  • Managing Screen Resolution
  • Managing Refresh Rate
  • Activating Dark Mode
  • Managing Gesture Control & Navigation
  • Managing Tones & Vibrations
  • Always on Display & Lock Screen
  • One Handed Mode
  • Connecting to a Laptop or PC
  • Dual SIM - Dual Messenger function
  • Accessibility & Screen Reader

Setting Up the Display

The Galaxy S20 series come with an AMOLED screen that has crisp colours. Not every user likes it when the colours are displayed too vividly. The Galaxy S20 offers the "Screen mode" menu item in the settings under Display. 

There, the user can choose between the modes "natural" (a gentle colour display) and "Bolder" (a stronger colour display). In the latter, a white balance is still possible, which enables five different shades between cool and warm. In addition, there is an advanced setting available in which the colours red, green and blue can be regulated separately.

Managing Screen Resolution

The display of the Galaxy S20 series also offers a high resolution, but the display does not always have to show the highest resolution. In the settings under Display in the "Screen resolution" menu, the user can choose between three modes. 

In addition to the full WQHD + resolution (3,200 x 1,440 pixels), FHD + (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) and HD + (1,600 x 720 pixels) are also available. The higher the resolution, the sharper the display - however, the sharper the resolution the quicker the battery drains.

Managing Refresh Rate

The Galaxy S20 series also offers an increased refresh rate of 120 Hz, previously smartphones were only equipped with 60 Hz or partially with 90 Hz displays. Due to the higher repetition rate, the display panel is updated more often, this makes scrolling through content much smoother. In the settings under Display, two modes are available in the menu item "Refresh rate". 

The user can choose either 60 Hz or 120 Hz, at 120 Hz the full WQHD + screen resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels is not possible - the smartphone then automatically switches to FHD + with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels.

Activating Dark Mode

The S20 Series display technology is the significantly better when displaying black content. The individual pixels are completely switched off, enabling a deeper “black” than with LCD screens which also saves on battery power. 

Setting up Dark Mode in simple, In the settings under Display there is a choice between "light" and "dark" right at the beginning. There are multiple other settings for dark mode, such as a schedule and an adaptive colour filter.

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Managing Gesture Control & Navigation

The Galaxy S20 series can be operated in the classic way via the navigation bar; there are two different arrangements to choose from. Alternatively, there is also a gesture control that Samsung offers in two versions. In addition to "stroking from below" with three lines that replace the classic elements of the navigation bar, the user can also opt for complete control with three gestures
The start screen is swiped upwards from the bottom of the screen - the overview of the apps that were last opened appears when this gesture is held down - a swipe back takes you from the display side (left or right) to the center of the display.

Managing Tones & Vibrations

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series relies on high-quality stereo sound and uses the strong speaker on the bottom and the speaker under the display, which is otherwise used for making calls. In order to improve the sound a little, there is the "Dolby Atmos" sound tuning in the settings under Tones and Vibration in the "Sound Quality and Effects" menu. 

Depending on the content, the sound should be a little higher. In addition, there is the equalizer, where the sound can be adjusted to your own taste. The "Adapt Sound" function is also available, which can amplify calls.

Always on Display & Lock Screen

Due to the ever-increasing displays with narrower side edges, there is hardly any space for a notification LED on the front. Alternatively, the "Always on Display" can be used, which can be activated in the settings under the lock screen. The user can choose between three display options, for example "always show" or "tap to display". 

One Handed Mode

Under "Extended functions", the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra offer other exciting features that might not otherwise be apparent. This also includes the one-handed mode, which is particularly suitable for the Galaxy S20 Ultra with its huge 6.9-inch display. 

If the mode is activated, the reduced display can be activated with a gesture or button. The system then reduces the display to approx. 4.2 inches - slightly larger than the display of the iPhone 5. 

Connecting to a Laptop or PC

The "Link to Windows" function is particularly useful in the workplace, which ensures that computers and smartphones work more efficiently. The Galaxy S20, S20 + or S20 Ultra can connect to the PC and then share some functions.

These include managing and writing text messages, sharing the smartphone screen live or simply “dragging and dropping” photos from the smartphone gallery directly to the computer. For "Link to Windows" a Microsoft account is required, a Windows 10 computer and the "Your smartphone" app on the computer (available in the Microsoft store). After accepting some permissions, the smartphone connects to the app via WiFi (and possibly Bluetooth for calls).

Dual SIM - Dual Messenger function

Dual SIM has become an integral part of the Galaxy S20 series, the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra also offer the option of using two SIM cards at the same time. However, this often collides with messenger apps that only support one SIM card. With Dual Messenger you can create a second app instance which enables the use of messenger services from the second SIM card. 

The "Dual Messenger" menu item is available in the settings under "Extended functions", but only apps that are installed and supported are shown there - examples are WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat or Telegram. In addition, the contact list for the second apps can be separated, but this is optional.

Accessibility & Screen Reader

Under "Accessibility", users will find additional functions to simplify the use of the Galaxy S20 smartphones, for example improvements in visibility or improvements in hearing. 

This also includes the screen reading program, which can help users with poor eyesight. First, it provides a basic introduction and requires the Voice Assistant, which can control the display and actions. 

Under Settings you will find further functions such as reading out the caller ID, vibration and sound feedback or key combinations. These functions are probably not used by many users, but it is very commendable that Samsung has integrated the input help.