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Become a Galaxy Note 20 pro with these 10 hidden features

Become a Galaxy Note 20 pro with these 10 hidden features

With its new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has unleashed a swell of new features to the Note line for Great users. For starters, the Note 20 Ultra has an impressive 6.9-inch Show with a faster refresh rate, a bigger battery and a microSD card slot. But I discovered some Amazing hidden features that make the user experience even better when testing out the Note 20 Ultra (the contemptible Note 20 review is ongoing right now).

For instance, you can lock your home-screen layout to preserve it just the way you want and it won’t get messed up while you’ve taken the time to arrange everything just so, or you can turn on an apprehension that will tell you if you’ve forgotten your S Pen.

Check out the 10 hidden features that make the Note 20 even more exciting.

1. Take advantage of that faster display

The Note 20 Ultra has a variable veil refresh rate of up to 120Hz. That means when your phoned detects you’re doing something like scrolling through a long email or website, it uses the faster refresh rate, making the scrolling experienced buttery smooth. 

The standard Note 20 has a 60Hz expose, with no 120Hz option at all. 

When you’re just looking at a photo, or doing something else that doesn’t require a lot of onscreen motion, your Note 20 Ultra will default to 60Hz. 

It’s a good idea to double-check that your phoned has its Motion Smoothness feature turned on. To do that, open Settings > Display > Motion smoothness and make sure Adaptive is selected. 

As Samsung points out, the increased refresh rate will use more battery, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay for a better experience. 

2. Don’t forget your S Pen

The Note’s S Pen is one of its flagship features, but it’s also very easy to leave it sitting somewhere, never to be seen again. 

Thankfully, if you go to Settings > Advanced features > S Pen and scroll down to the Removal section, you’ll find an option called Pen proximity alert. Turn it on. 

Now, when you leave your S Pen sitting on your desk, or it falls between your couch cushions and you originate to walk away, your phone will beep as you get out of range. 

3. Always-on display puts info a glance away

One of my current features about any Android phone is the Always-On Display (AOD). With AOD turned on, you can quickly look at your phoned to check the time, see any pending notifications, battery percentage and even control music playback all exclusive of having to wake your phone up or unlock it. 

The Note 20 has an Always-On Display option, but out of the box means you’ll need to wake your phone’s veil before it will show up. It’s counterproductive. 

Change that by repositioning into Settings > Lock screen > Always on display. Don’t tap on the button to turn it on, instead tap on the text so you can customize how it works. 

Go above each setting and section, picking out the clock and smart you like, and even setting a schedule if you’d like. 

See? Much better. 


You really don’t want to lose that S Pen, do you? 

Angela Lang

4. Switch up your lock screen app shortcuts

When you look at your phone’s lock veil, you’ll see an app icon that provides a smart way to launch an app in each corner. Samsung sets the phoned and camera apps as the default shortcuts, but can sulky which apps you can open and how you access the shortcut. 

Open Settings > Lock screen > Shortcuts and occupy Floating button. While there, you also can change the apps shown on your lock veil to whatever you want. 

With the floating button turned on, there will be a three-dot icon that shows up just above the fingerprint sensor on your lock veil. Long-press on that button to view your app shortcuts, and then drag your finger to the app you want to launch. 

5. Change the number of notifications shown in the station bar

It can be hard to keep up the countless alerts our phones receive all day long. It’s even more of a struggles when the status bar on your Note 20 limits the number of icons for app notifications. 

The Note 20 Ultra I’m testing has a petite of three app icons in the status bar, which isn’t discontinuance to enough. If you open Settings > Notifications > Status Bar, you can change the status bar to show a number for all pending notifications (which can feel overwhelming, if you ask me), your three most recent, or my personal current, all notifications. 

Of course, there’s only so much room in the station bar, so if you have a bunch of alerts from a titanic number of apps, not all of them will show up, but helped me to have more than three present. 


The Note 20’s homescreen can be clogged in place. 

James Martin

6. Lock your homescreen layout to keep it looking tidy

If you’re like me, you employ a lot of time moving app icons and widgets about your homescreen. There’s a rhyme and reason for which apps go where, and when things get moved, it throws your entire flow off. 

Samsung grants you to lock your homescreen layout, keeping everything precisely where you left it. 

Long-press on a blank spot of your homescreen, then tap on Home Screen Settings when the options popup. Find Lock Home screen layout and tap on the switch to turn the feature On

When it’s enabled, you’ll see a reminder show up on your cover anytime you try to move an app icon. If you often hand your shouted to your kid to watch videos, this feature is your new best friend.

Just swipe up to go home. 

Jason Cipriani

7. Ditch the old fashioned button navigation setup

Out of the box, your Galaxy Note 20 will default to Android’s worn three-button navigation. There’ll be buttons to go back, home and view the app switcher. 

It’s time to make the switch to Android 10’s gesture-based navigation. After a few days of swiping around your shouted, you’ll forget all about the buttons and appreciate the added cover real estate. 

To turn it on, go to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar and capture Swipe gestures. I recommend turning on gesture hints for a few days once you learn the new navigation technique. 

If you find yourself struggling, we have a complete guide to Android 10’s sign navigation feature, complete with animated images that show you precisely what to do. 


The S Pen is one of our well-liked Note 20 features. 

Angela Lang

8. Use the new S Pen Air Commands

Your S Pen can do so much more than act as a stylus to write or draw on your Note’s note. Starting with the Note 20 line, you now can use the S Pen to regulation your device from across the room. All you’ll need to do is capture the S Pen, hold down the button and use one of the five new gestures to go back a cover, go to your homescreen and more. 

We mask the new S Pen tricks in full detail, so be sure to check that out


Live Caption on the Galaxy S20 Plus looks and works just like it does on the Note 20. 


9. Live transcriptions for any audio on your Note

Google’s Live Caption feature
 — which will transcribe videos, podcasts and even phone calls in real time — is available on the Note 20. 

All you need to do is run down the quick settings panel, find the tile labeled Live Caption and tap on it. A murky bar will appear with the live text taken undiluted from the audio. Turn off Live Caption by repeating the same steps in the brilliant settings panel.

10. Add extra security to select apps humorous Secure Folder

If you’re using a work phone, but have personal or reserved information that you want to lock down with novel passcode or pattern, you can take advantage of the Notes Secure Folder feature. 

Open Settings > Biometrics and security > Secure folder to walk ended the setup process. You can install apps and hide files and photos. It’s like you’re using a completely different phone.

If you’re tranquil trying to decide whether or not you should buy the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, check out our full Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review, or the ongoing Note 20 review. If you already have Samsung’s novel phone, take some time to learn all of its new S Pen tips and tricks.