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How to quickly access notifications on your Samsung Galaxy phone

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Getting a ton of notifications can be rather annoying, and that’s made especially true when accessing said notifications isn’t very easy. As phones get bigger and bigger, swiping down from the very top of your screen to see who texted you is far from ideal. Thankfully, by following these handy tips, you can get access to all of your notifications with a lot more convenience. Let’s take a look!

How to access notifications with the home screen gesture on Galaxy phones

Kicking off this article, let’s talk about the most popular way of quickly accessing notifications — swiping down from anywhere on your home screen. This is a setting that allows you to bring down your notification panel by swiping anywhere on your screen, not just from the very top. To enable it, all you have to do is the following:

Press and hold down on a blank part of your home screen.
Tap Home screen settings.

Tap the toggle next to Swipe down for notification panel.

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This gesture only works when you’re on your home screen, meaning if you’re in an app or game, you’ll still need to swipe down from the very top. Even so, it’s a great feature to have and is hard to live without once you experience it for yourself.

How to access your notifications with the fingerprint sensor on Galaxy phones

Our second tip only applies if you have a Samsung phone with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, such as the Galaxy S9, S8, Note 9, or Note 8. More recent Galaxy phones with in-screen sensors (such as the S10 and S20) are out of luck.

If you do happen to have an older Galaxy with a rear-mounted sensor, listen up. Hands down, this is the best way to access your notifications.

Open the Settings app on your phone.
Scroll down and tap Advanced features.

Scroll down and tap Motions and gestures.

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Tap Finger sensor gestures.
Tap the toggle next to Off.

Once it turns blue and says On, you’re all set.

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No matter what you’re doing on your phone, you can now just swipe down on your fingerprint sensor and view all of your notifications. When you’re done looking at them, swipe up on the sensor to hide the notifications.

How to get better notifications on your lock screen on Galaxy phones

Our final tip isn’t necessarily for accessing your notification panel, but it does make it much easier to get more information out of the notifications on your lock screen.

Open the Settings app on your phone.
Scroll down and tap Lock screen.

Scroll down and tap Notifications.

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Tap View style.

Tap Details.

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With this changed, you’ll now see actual info about your notifications on the lock screen instead of a simple icon. You can tap the toggle next to Hide content to show or reveal more notification info, and the Transparency slider allows you to change the appearance of lock screen notifications.

Our top equipment picks

It’s really easy to have fast access to notifications on your Galaxy phone, but what if you want to go a step further? If you have the cash to afford it, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 ensures all of your texts, emails, and more are accessible directly from your wrist.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

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$229 at Amazon
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Your wrist is your notification center

Managing notifications on your Galaxy phone is one thing, but being able to see them at all times on your wrist completely elevates the experience. In addition to lending a hand with all of your pings throughout the day, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 also doubles as an excellent gadget for activity and sleep tracking.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series announced for August 21

Samsung on Wednesday announced its its latest phones, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Scheduled for wide release on August 21, the pre-orders kick off on August 6.As one might expect, the new phones boast cutting-edge hardware features and run the latest version of Android. And, as we’ve seen with each iteration of the series, the Note 20 models gain new smarts and capabilities.The two phones closely resemble each other in many of the specifications; however, the Ultra version dials things up a little bit in select spots.The Galaxy Note 20 line feature 120Hz refresh rates, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ processor, 25W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and support for 5G.Samsung Galaxy Note 206.7-inch flat Infinity-O Display FHD+ Super AMOLED+Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor8GB RAM128GB internal storageRear 64-megapixel telephoto, 12-megapixel wide-angle, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camerasFront-facing 10-megapixel camera4300mAh battery with 25W chargingSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra6.9-inch edge Infinity-O Display Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2XQualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor12GB RAM128GB/512GB internal storageRear 108-megapixel wide-angle, 12-megapixel telephoto, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camerasFront-facing 10-megapixel camera4500mAh battery with 25W chargingSpecifications and bullet points are only part of the story as the real details and features aren’t quite as easily expressed. As such, the new phones gain an overhauled Samsung Notes experience with free cloud sync, PDF annotation, nested folder structure, personalized handwriting cleanup, sound recordings time-synced with notes, and sync capabilities for OneNote and Outlook.Further, the S Pen supports five new gestures, allowing general Android navigation using accessory as a remote control.On the camera front, the Note 20 series include 8K video capture, multi-track audio including remote mics, manual controls, variable-speed zoom, and the ability to use the new Galaxy Buds Live earbuds as microphones.AvailabilityYou won’t have to look too hard to find the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 as pretty much all major carriers will offer the phone. Moreover, they’ll be offered at retail outlets like Best Buy, Amazon, and others. Pre-orders start on August 6 with wide availability slated for August 21.The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ($999.99) will be sold in Bronze, Mystic Green, and Mystic Gray while the Samsung Galaxy Note Ultra ($1,299.99) will have Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, and Mystic White colors.All pre-orders include a Samsung Credit to spend with on accessories, and also come with four months of YouTube Premium, six months of Spotify Premium, and discounts for Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Watch 3.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 arrives, marking its first 5G-ready tablets

Samsung, at its Unpacked event, announced a whole array of new products, including the flagship level Galaxy Note 20 series. Also making its introduction was the Galaxy Tab 7 series of tablets.Offered in two versions, the Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 7 Plus are Samsung’s first tablets to feature 5G connectivity. The two will be sold later this fall with pricing starting at $650 and $850, respectively.The Galaxy Tab line has evolved from being a standard tablet experience into one that potentially rivals a PC or laptop in terms of performance. Moreover, they’re far more versatile than in previous years.Features in the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus include 120Hz refresh rates, come with Samsung’s S Pen, and support optional keyboard cases.The main difference between the two units will be the size and type of display. The Galaxy Tab S7 has an 11-inch LCD while the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes in larger at 12.4-inches with an OLED panel under the glass. 1 of 4 Also noteworthy and related, the Tab S7 Plus has an in-screen fingerprint scanner while the Tad S7 has its built into the power button. Batteries, as one might suspect, are also different with 8,000mAh and 10,000mAh power sources.The Galaxy Tab 7 series tablets have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and come with either 6GB or 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for external media (up to 1TB).In terms of software, the Galaxy Tab 7 run Android 10 with Samsung’s OneUI on top. Additionally, they support Samsung’s DeX interface for a more PC-like experience.Both models will be offered in Wi-Fi and cellular (5G) versions with millimeter-wave and sub-6 5G connectivity. Rounding out the specifications are Type-C charging, quad speakers with Dolby Atmos, and super fast (45W) charging.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 officially slated to arrive in September

Samsung on Wednesday began uncovering the preliminary details for its next-gen premium foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2.With pre-orders set to kick off on September 1, there’s still plenty of features to be uncovered. However, Samsung does give us a sense of what to expect.For starters, both screens have been made larger as compared to its predecessor. The exterior display is 6.2-inches while the flexible interior one has been bumped up to 7.6-inches.SEE ALSOSamsung Galaxy Tab 7 arrives, marking its first 5G-ready tabletsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 series announced for August 21Similar to its Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung will employ its Ultra Thin Glass in the Galaxy Z Fold 2. This will help keep the screen more safely protected.Samsung has also re-engineered the hinge, using more than 60 precision parts all while retaining a similar appearance.Other specifications include punch hole cameras in both displays and a 4,500mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be sold in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze colors. A limited run Thom Browne Edition will also be sold.Pricing and exact availability is unclear, but we do know that Verizon and T-Mobile have already pledged to carry the phone. Look for the full picture to be revealed as we approach the September 1 pre-order date.

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