The Things You Should Do Right Away With Your Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

There are many adjectives that may be used to characterize the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and we are currently writing our review. However, whether this is your first foldable phone or you’re upgrading from a previous model, there are some things you’ll want to set up and check out right away regardless of whatever model you’re using. Despite the fact that there are more settings panels than we can keep track of, these are the first things we want to do with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 when it arrives.

1. Install and configure your fingerprint scanner.
This one is rather self-explanatory, and it’s likely that you have set up a fingerprint when you went through the original setup procedure. Alternatively, in the case that you did not, this is the location where you will need to go in order to configure the fingerprint scanner.

Launch the Settings application.
Scroll down to the left panel and choose Biometrics and security from the drop-down menu.
Fingerprints can be found on the right-hand panel.
If asked, enter your personal identification number (PIN) or passcode.
To add a fingerprint, choose Add fingerprint.
Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.

With the Galaxy Z Fold 3, we strongly advise you to set up several fingerprints, which is one of the most important things you can do. Take a moment to consider the many ways in which you could use or pick up the Fold 3, as well as which fingers would be the most handy for unlocking the device. To give you an example, I have the following settings configured:

Thumb on the right (same for every phone)
The index finger of the left hand
The middle finger on the left hand
By configuring several fingerprint scanners, it’s much easier to rapidly unlock the phone, independent of how I pick it up or where I am standing.

2. Remove Bixby from your life and reclaim your Power Button.

For years, Samsung has refused to abandon Bixby, despite the fact that the company’s bottom line has suffered. Although the voice assistant has seen significant improvements over time, it still cannot compete with the likes of Google Assistant or even Amazon Alexa.

By default, Bixby can be enabled by holding down the side key for a lengthy period of time, however this requires you to enter the notification shade simply to access the power menu. Here’s how to make that happen:

Launch the Settings application.
Scroll down and choose Advanced Features from the drop-down menu.
In the left panel, press the Side Key key.
Under Press and hold, select Power off menu from the drop-down menu.
The Side Button settings may be customized even further if you want to play about with them even more. For example, you can have custom applications launch when the button is double-tapped. Simply activate the Double Press toggle, choose Open app from the drop-down menu, press the Gear symbol, and select your desired app.

3. Customize the appearance of your Home Screen.
On the whole, customization is important with Android, and with two distinct screens, you’ll want to make sure your Home Screen suits your own style and requirements. Creating a personalized Home Screen is simple and can be done on the Cover Screen as well as the Main Display.

Long-press on an empty area on your Home Screen to bring up the menu.
Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
Go over each of the following options one by one:
Layout of the home screen
Grid for the home screen
Grid of apps on the screen
Grid of folders
The one exception here is that if you wish to personalize the Cover Screen, you’ll need to close your Z Fold 3, unlock it, and then follow the procedures. It goes without saying that opening Fold 3 and following the instructions above will apply to the main display as well.

4. Make a shortcut to the taskbar.
You would expect to be able to access your most frequently used applications from wherever you are with a display as large as the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Technically, this is already feasible owing to Edge Panels, but Samsung has developed a brand-new Taskbar that takes things to the next level of sophistication.

Launch the Settings application.
Scroll down and choose Advanced Features from the drop-down menu.
Select Labs from the drop-down menu.
Toggle the switch next to “Pin your favorite applications” at the bottom of the screen.
This section describes how to actually activate and use the taskbar once that it has been enabled.

Edge Panels are revealed by swiping from the left or right side of the screen.
To close the panel, tap the three lines at the bottom of the screen.
To pin something, press the Pin button.

As soon as the new taskbar is visible, your screen will automatically adapt to accommodate it. By default, you’ll have easy access to the most frequently used applications, as well as some of your favorite programs and websites. In order to modify the row taskbar that contains a slew of applications, you’ll need to perform the following:

To pin something to the taskbar, click on the Pin icon at the bottom of the screen.
In order to expose the Edge Panel, swipe in from the edge of the display.
To close the panel, tap the three lines at the bottom of the screen.
Select Edit from the drop-down menu.
Apps may be added to the panel by dragging and dropping them from the list.
Once you’ve finished, click on the back button in the navigation bar or slide to return to the previous screen.
Tap the three lines a second time.
To pin something, press the Pin button.

5. Get into a Good Lock Position.
We aren’t going to go into detail about every small nook and cranny of Good Lock right now. However, once you have become more familiar with the capabilities of your Z Fold 3, Good Lock is the next site you should visit.

Good Lock serves as a central hub for a collection of modules that can be installed and used to modify virtually every element of your Samsung phone’s functionality. Here, the concept of a “Labs” area in the Settings app was conceived, and it has since grown in popularity and usefulness as a result of its introduction.

To obtain Good Lock for your Galaxy Z Fold 3, just click on the button below from your device to access the Galaxy Store and download the app. You’ll want to start it up from there, and you’ll be provided with the following modules:

Unit \sLockStar
QuickStar \sClockface
NavStar Home is now operational.
NotiStar \sRoutines+
Family \sKeys Cafe
The Pentastic Wonderland Theme Park is located in the city of Pentastic Wonderland.
Nice Take Advantage of One-Handed Operation+
Assistant to the Sound
It is necessary to download each of those modules separately, however you may do it directly from the Good Lock application. To create the ideal customized configuration, simply begin modifying and fiddling with the existing components.

6. Make your home screens mirror each other.
According to reports, some Galaxy Z Fold owners prefer that the layout of their Cover Screen match the layout of the main Home Screen. This was not feasible with the Z Fold 2, but due to the One UI 3.1.1 on the Fold 3, you can now ensure that the same apps are available on both displays without having to switch between devices.

Long-press on an empty area on your Home Screen to bring up the menu.
Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
Cover the screen mirroring with a double-tap.
Select On from the drop-down menu and press the Apply button.
The following is one item to bear in mind. If you utilize widgets or have varied grid size layouts, it is possible that the Cover Screen will become even more difficult to navigate through. Additionally, if you enable this function, you may discover that you are not taking full use of the large screen size.

7. Continue to use applications even after the Fold has been folded.
Sometimes you’ll be reading through Twitter or shopping for something on Amazon using the main display and want to switch to the Cover Screen to continue the conversation. However, the most significant advantage is that you have the ability to choose which apps may be resumed after you have closed the Fold, which is a useful feature in many situations.

Launch the Settings application.
Select Display from the drop-down menu.
Continue applications on the cover screen by scrolling down and tapping Continue apps.
Continue to go down the list and choose the toggle for the applications that you wish to keep running.

9. One-handed operation on the large display
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a massive 7.6-inch display, which allows you to carry around a folding tablet in your pocket. However, while this is convenient in many instances, there are others in which you will find yourself wishing to use the phone with only one hand instead. Without having hands the size of Shaq, this becomes difficult to accomplish. To their credit, the phone comes equipped with a one-handed mode that makes it simple to reach all four corners of the screen without having to do any complicated finger acrobatics.

Launch the Settings application.
Scroll down and choose Advanced Features from the drop-down menu.
One-handed mode may be activated by tapping it.
Toggle the On/Off switch in the upper right corner to the On position.
Choose one of the options from the list below:
Swipe down from the middle of the bottom edge of the screen to activate the gesture.
Button: Press and hold the Home button twice.

8. Make every application run in full-screen mode.
In terms of the foldable phone’s form size, the issue is that not all applications have been designed for it. As a result, Samsung has partnered with companies like as Microsoft and Google to help alter the situation, but development is going at a snail’s pace. Samsung has also acknowledged that this is a problem and has made it possible to compel programs to utilise the entire screen.

Launch the Settings application.
Scroll down and choose Advanced Features from the drop-down menu.
On the right-hand side, choose Labs.
Customize the aspect ratios of your app by selecting Customize app aspect ratios.
Find the app that you wish to push into full-screen mode by scrolling through it (or searching for it).
Choose the appropriate application.
Full screen may be selected from the drop-down menu.

There is always the possibility that you will come across applications that continue to appear and function erratically when in Full Screen mode.

Dark Mode might help you save some battery power.
It’s hardly a stretch to say that battery life on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is sub-par. Consequently, you’ll want to do everything you can to acquire as much juice as possible throughout the day. The Dark Mode feature comes into play at this point, and here’s how to enable it:

Launch the Settings application.
Select Display from the drop-down menu.
Dark mode options may be found in the right-hand panel.
Select Turn on as planned from the drop-down menu.
Choose one of the options from the list below:
From sunset until morning, there is no rest.
Schedule that is tailored to your needs
When you choose Custom schedule, you can specify when Dark Mode should be triggered as well as how long it should be active for.

10. Easily control your Smart Home from anywhere.
With Android 11, Google accomplished a fantastic feat by making it simple to access your Smart Home controls simply holding down the power button for a lengthy period of time. Samsung, on the other hand, did not get the memo and instead chose to use the whole “Bixby as default” option. However, there is another method for you to manage your smart home items even if you do not have the side button on your smartphone.

Unlock your Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphone.
To uncover the notification shade, swipe down twice on the screen.
To access the three vertical dots in the upper right corner, press and hold them.
Quick panel layout may be selected from the drop-down menu.
Toggle the following options by tapping the toggle next to them:
Devices and Media buttons should be visible.
Toggle the Devices and Media buttons to the top of the notifications list.
When you scroll down to check your alerts, the Devices and Media buttons will now be visible on the screen. However, there are just a few of extra tasks you must complete before you can access the smart home controls.

To expose the notification shade, swipe down from the top of the screen.
To access the Devices menu, press the Devices button.
Select SmartThings from the drop-down menu.
To return to the previous screen, select Home from the drop-down menu.
In the event that you rely on Samsung SmartThings to operate your smarthome gadgets, you can skip the preceding set of instructions. All of your linked smart home devices and accessories may be operated with simplicity, regardless of whatever option you pick..



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