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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Organize Apps in the Applications Menu

Samsung Galaxy SIV has comes with several pre-installed apps to meet the basic needs of the user. But, if you're not satisfied with these pre-installed apps or wants to install another apps, then you can do so easily by downloading and installing the desired apps from the Google Play Store.

See also: How to Download and Install Free Apps from the Google Play Store in Samsung Galaxy S4

You can see and access all installed apps through the application menu. By default, the apps in the application menu are displayed in the customizable 3x4 grid which will place all pre-installed apps in the first place and then the recent installed apps in the next place. The flaws of this default layout is the apps will looks like not organized well and sometimes makes us end up to spend more time to swipe back and forth in the apps menu to find certain apps. So, if you don't like this default, you can change the way of the application menu to arrange all apps by changing the view type option a…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Enable and Use Air View

The first time Samsung Galaxy SIV was released in the past year, one thing that being the talk of the town of this phone is the new advanced features which are pinned inside it. One of which is the air gesture feature which will allow you to control the phone without actually having to touch the screen. Though this feature is not supports with all apps, but an air gesture icon will be displayed at the top of the screen to inform you when this feature is available.

See also: How to Enable and Use Air Gesture Feature in Samsung Galaxy S4

Another feature which is similar with the air gesture available in this phone is the air view. When you enable this feature, you can preview helpful information in the apps that supports with this features simply by hovering your finger over the screen.



How to enable and use air view?
Below are the steps to do so:
Go to Settings.Tap My device tab.Slide the switch next to Air view option to the right to enable this option.Tap Air view.Here you'll see s…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Adjust Screen Brightness

Aside from going to the Settings menu, the Samsung Galaxy SIV user does allowed to access certain option through the notification panel. By default, there are 10 quick setting buttons in the notification panel which will allow you to quickly enable or disable them and a brightness slider allows you to adjust the screen brightness quickly from there.

See also: How to Customize Notification Panel in Samsung Galaxy S4

In certain case, you might be need to adjust the screen brightness manually to fit it with your situation, such as: you might be need to increase the brightness under the sunlight or decrease the brightness in the brighter environment. You could also decide to turn on automatic brightness to let the phone adjusts the best brightness for the screen.


How to change the screen brightness?
Generally, there are two methods available to do so as listed in the steps below:


Method #1: From the notification panel
Swipe your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom to open up the …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Change Font Style and Size

Change the wallpaper is one of the best way to personalize the phone. This will not only beautify the phone, but also will give it a personal touch which differentiate it with another. You can choose to use the stock wallpaper, live wallpaper and even your own picture as the wallpaper.

See also: How to Change Home Screen or Lock Screen Wallpaper on Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from changing the wallpaper, you can also change the font style and size used by the device. There are some options available to customize both of them which you can choose the best one suit your personal taste.



How to change font style and size?
Below are the steps to do so:
Go to Settings.Tap My device tab.Tap Display.Scroll down to the Font section. To change the font style go to the step #5, while to change the font size go to the step #6.Change the font style:Tap Font style.You'll see some default font styles in the pop up menu. They are: Default font, Choco cooky, Coll jazz, Rosemary, Samsung Sans.Select th…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Customize Notification Panel

In Samsung Galaxy SIV, accessing notification panel by swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom will allow you to enable or disable certain option which is displayed as the quick setting buttons. By default, there are 10 quick setting buttons appears in there. They are likely: Wi-Fi, GPS, Mute/Sound/Vibrate, Screen rotation, Bluetooth, Reading mode, Mobile data, Blocking mode, Power saving and Multi window button.

See also: How to Enable and Use Multi Window Feature in Samsung Galaxy S4

As another thing in this phone, you're also allowed to customize the notification panel, allows you to control which the quick setting buttons you wish to display at the top of the notification panel as well as to display or not the brightness adjustment bar in there.



How to customize notification panel?
Below are the steps to do so:
Go to Settings.Tap My device tab.Tap Display.Tap Notification panel.Depending on your current settings, tap Brightness adjustment to enable or disabl…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Hide, Move and Edit Multi Window

Lot of tasks to be done at this time made us should do everything faster. That's why the ability to do multiple tasks in the same time is being the one thing needed by most of everyone. Luckily, by using the Samsung Galaxy SIV, you can do so with ease. Moreover, this phone has pinned with the enhanced multitask feature called multi window which is not only will allow you to do multiple tasks in the same time but also displaying two apps in the same screen.

See also: How to Enable and Use Multi Window Feature in Samsung Galaxy S4

Once you enable multi window, you'll see a half circle icon which you can use to access multi window tray contains apps that support with this feature. To suit your need, you're allowed to hide and move that icon, even you do allowed to control which apps you wish to display in the multi window tray.



How to hide multi window icon?
By default, you'll see a half circle icon in the left middle of the screen. But, if you don't want that icon be …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Enable and Use Multi Window Feature

The ability to do more than one task or we used to refer it as the multitasking is one of best thing that you can do with most of smartphone available today, including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV. Moreover this phone has equipped with the powerful processor which will allow you do multitask smoothly and as easy as when you do multitask with your personal computer.

See also: How to Multitask and Remove All Running Applications in the Samsung Galaxy S4

To deliver a better multitask experience for the user, this phone does has the enhanced multitask feature called multi window. This feature will allow you to open two different apps at once by splitting the screen into two windows, allows you to browse the webs while watching a video as the example.


How to enable or disable multi window feature?
There are two methods available to do so as listed below:


Method #1: From the notification panel
Swipe two fingers from the top of the screen to the bottom to bring up the quick panel.Depending on yo…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Multitask and Remove All Running Applications

Samsung Galaxy SIV has equipped with set of powerful hardware and software as well as the useful features inside it which will be able to provide the better experience for the user while using this phone, including to do more than one task or commonly referred as the multitask easily and smoothly as when you do so with your personal computer. This ability does allow you to jump between active apps and complete the multiple tasks in the same time, for example you can write an email while waiting the Google Play Store updating your apps.



How to use multiple app?
Below are the steps to do so:
Open the desired app, either from the Home screen or from the application menu.While the app is open, tap the Home key to close the app and keep it running in the background.Now, open another apps.To jump between active apps, long tap the Home key until the active apps list is displayed and then tap the desired app you wish to open.The selected app will be opened.
How to remove certain or all running a…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Enable and Use Air Gesture

Most of you must be agree to say that the Samsung Galaxy SIV is a great Android-based smartphone. This phone is equipped with the powerful hardware and software as well as the advanced features which will certainly be able to improve the user experience of using the high-end Android-based smartphone.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S4 Specifications and Features

One of the advanced feature which has pinned inside this phone is the air gesture. This feature will let you to control your phone by using a specific movement with your hand above the sensor, allows you to do so without having to actually touch the screen. You'll see the air gesture icon at the top of the screen when this feature is available.



How to enable and use air gesture feature:
There are some gestures available under the air gesture menu which you can enable and configure by using the steps below:
Go to Settings.Tap My device tab.Scroll down to find Motions and gestures, then tap it.Slide the switch next to Air gesture to …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Change Lock Screen Effect

Locking the screen is the best standard way to secure the phone from unauthorized people accessing the phone, especially if you use the high-security unlock methods, such as PIN or password. Unfortunately, using these high-security unlock methods does limited the options which you can use to customize the lock screen.

See also: How to Unlock the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lock Screen

The different thing happens when you use swipe methods which is the low-security unlock method to unlock the screen, this methods will provide you more options to customize the lock screen than another. One of the option available when you use swipe is the lock screen effect. These effects will be played whenever you swipe your finger to unlock the screen. But, if you prefer to use the plain lock screen effect then you can easily do so by turning off the lock screen effect option.



How to enable or disable lock screen effect?
Kindly follow the steps listed below to turn on or turn off the lock screen effect:
Go to Se…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Add, Remove and Rearrange Lock Screen

There are some unlock methods available in the Samsung Galaxy SIV, from the low-security unlock methods up to the high-security unlock methods. But, you may be noticed when you use the swipe method to unlock the screen then you'll have lot of options that you can use to customize the lock screen. One of which is to display up to 12 favourite apps in the lock screen. The best part of this is that you can control which the apps you wish to display in there, allows you to put your own favourite apps if these default are not fit with you.

See also: How to Add or Remove Favourite Apps in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lock Screen

By default, this phone supports up to five lock screen that you can customize per your needs, such as remove unused lock screen, add new additional lock screen or even change the lock screen position. Two of the lock screen are the standard lock screen which are usually reside in the right side. One is the lock screen that provide access to your missed call or messagin…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Add or Remove the Favourite Apps in the Lock Screen

The multiple widgets is one of the option available that you can use to customize your Samsung Galaxy SIV lock screen. Once you enable this option, then you can configure to display the favourite apps or camera and also clock or personal message when the phone is locked. You'll get all these options when you use the swipe methods to unlock the screen.

See also: How to Enable and Customize Multiple Widgets in Samsung Galaxy S4 Lock Screen

Well, when you choose to display the favourite apps in the lock screen, you can easily access these favourite apps by swiping the near top area in the lock screen from right to left. If you swipe your finger in the middle of the lock screen usually it will unlock the screen instead of allow you to access the additional lock screen. From here, you just need a single tap to open the available app. This of course will provide you the easiness to access these apps. Luckily, you can also add another apps available into these favourite apps as well as r…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Enable and Customize the Multiple Widgets on Lock Screen

For the security reason, the Samsung Galaxy SIV has comes with several options available that you can use to lock the screen. Depending on your needs, you're free to use the low-security unlock methods or high-security unlock methods. By locking the screen especially with the high-security unlock methods, you'll be helped to secure your phone from unauthorized people for accessing your phone.

See also: How to Unlock Samsung Galaxy S4 Lock Screen

From all of the option available to unlock the screen, the swipe is the standard unlock methods which is usually has been enabled by default. Though the security of using this method is low, but while you're using the swipe option you'll get lot of options available to customize your lock screen, one of which is the multi widgets.


How to enable or disable the multiple widgets on lock screen?
Below are the steps to do so:
Go to Settings.Tap My device tab.Tap Lock screen.Depending on your current settings, tap Multiple widgets opti…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Unlock Lock Screen

Customizing the five shortcut of the favourite apps displayed at the bottom of the lock screen is one of the way that the user can do to speed up the way to access these apps when the phone is locked. Nonetheless, you can easily change which the app shortcuts you wish to display there if these default are not fit with you. But, you should use the swipe methods to unlock the screen in order to make them displayed in the lock screen.

See also: How to Customize the Bottom Shortcuts in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lock Screen

Another customizable thing in the lock screen is the way you unlock the screen. There are some methods available in this phone, from the low-security unlock methods(eg. swipe or face unlock) up to high-security unlock methods(eg. PIN or password). More higher the security of the unlock methods you use will also help you much better to prevent unauthorized people accessing your phone.



How to unlock the screen?
Below are the steps to do so:
Go to Settings.Tap My device tab.Tap…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Customize the Bottom Shortcuts in the Lock Screen

If you noticed, while you in any Home screen, there are five shortcuts of the favourite apps which are always displayed in the bottom of the screen. The main purpose of the bottom shortcuts list is to speed up the user to access these apps. Luckily, you can choose which apps you want to display there if you don't like these default shortcuts.

See also: How to Customize the Bottom Shortcuts List in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Home Screen

As same as the Home screen, in the lock screen there are also five favourite app shortcuts that you can find in the bottom of the screen while your phone is locked. They are likely the Phone, Messaging, Internet, Camera and Contacts app. And of course you're allowed to customize these bottom shortcuts list, such as add, remove, rearrange or even change the shortcuts in the list per your wish.



How to add, remove, rearrange and change the bottom shortcuts in the lock screen?
FYI, the bottom shortcuts in the lock screen only will be displayed if you use …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Change the Default Home Screen

As one of the customizable part in the Samsung Galaxy SIV, the Home screen in this phone is allowed you to add the new Home screen, remove one or more Home screen or even rearrange its position per your wish to suit your needs. But, use the Home screen as needed is the better choice to prevent an increase of the RAM uses which may led some problems to your phone.

See also: How to Add, Remove and Rearrange Samsung Galaxy S4 Home Screen

If you noticed, in some Home screen available in the phone, one of them will always appear whenever you turn on the phone. This Home screen is the default Home screen which is usually has the clock or weather widget at the top of the screen. Luckily, you're free to assign another Home screen as the default if you don't like the previous one.



How to set a Home screen as the default screen?
Below are the steps to do so:
In the Home screen, tap the Menu key then select Edit page. Or, you can also pinch the Home screen to enter the edit page.The defaul…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Add, Delete and Rearrange Home Screen

Adding app shortcuts to the Samsung Galaxy SIV Home screen is one of the way that you can do to make you more faster and easier to access your favourite apps or the most frequently used apps. As we all know, by default, all of newly installed apps will automatically add the shortcut to the Home screen, but if you don't want them displayed there, then of course you can easily to remove them from the Home screen.

See also: How to Add or Remove Apps or Widgets in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Home Screen

Aside from the ability to control which the apps or widgets you wish to display in the Home screen, here you're also have the ability to customize the Home screen itself, including add the Home screen up to seven, remove the unused Home screen or even to re-arrange the position of the Home screen.



How to add new Home screen?
By default, you might be seen that there are only five Home screen. Actually, you're allowed to add additional Home screen up to seven Home screen if these five …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Change Wallpaper

Home screen is one of the customizable part of the Samsung Galaxy SIV. In here, you can control and decide which the apps or widgets you wish to display, allows you to put the most frequently used apps or widgets here to speed up the way you access them whenever you want. Moreover, the ability to group some apps into a single folder will of course be able to increase the numbers of the apps and widgets you could display in here.

See also: How to Create a New Folder in Samsung Galaxy S4 Home Screen

Another things that you can do to customize the Home screen is by changing its background image, or we used to call it as the Home screen wallpaper. Most of users use this way to give the personal touch to their phone to differ it with others, or even to reflect who's they are. Aside from the Home screen, you can also change the lock screen wallpaper as easy as the way you do with the Home screen.



How to change lock screen wallpaper?
Kindly follow the steps listed below to change the back…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Create a New Folder in the Home Screen

One of the customizable thing in the Samsung Galaxy SIV Home screen is the bottom shortcuts list. You can add, delete or change that five default apps icon in there with those you like to suit your need. And of course, it will more useful if you place your most favourite apps or the most frequently used apps in there to speed up your way to access all of them when you want to use them.

See also: How to Customize the Bottom Shortcut in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Home Screen

Indeed, by default there are only five spots available in the bottom shortcuts list, but by adding the new folder you could increase the numbers of the apps icon that you can place in there. Aside from creating the new folder in the bottom shortcuts list, you can also use this method to organize the apps icon in all of the Home screen by grouping them into a single folder per category you want.



How to add new folder in the bottom shortcuts list?
Below are the steps to do so:
In the Home screen, tap and hold one of the apps…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Customize the Bottom Shortcuts in the Home Screen

The common method used by the Samsung Galaxy SIV user to speed up their way to access certain app is by adding the shortcut of that app to the Home screen. That's might be the explanation why the Google Play Store has the default settings to add the newly installed app shortcut to the Home screen--if there's an available room--. You're also free to remove the unused app shortcuts in the Home screen or the one that you don't want to be there, allows you to control which app shortcuts you wish to reside on your Home screen.

See also: How to Add or Remove Apps or Widgets to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Home Screen

While you on the Home screen, you would see the five favourite app shortcuts in the bottom. By default, they are likely the Phone, Contacts, Messaging, Internet and Apps which are the most frequently used apps by most of the users. But, if that default doesn't fit with your needs, then you can easily customize them by adding, removing or changing one of them or mor…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Add or Remove Apps or Widgets in the Home Screen

Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy SIV has comes with the several pre-installed apps to meet the user needs. You can use all of them directly without you need to install it first by yourself. But, in certain case with any reason, you might be not satisfied with them or wants to install another apps to meet your needs. If so, you can easily do that by downloading and install the desired apps from the Google Play Store into your phone.

See also: How to Download and Install Free Apps from the Play Store in Samsung Galaxy S4

By default, the Google Play Store will add the newly installed apps icon to the Home screen in order to make you more easier when you want to access the apps. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy SIV also supports up to seven Home screen that would be capable enough to accommodate lot of apps or widgets icon.



How to add shortcut of the apps or widgets to the Home screen?
If the apps has no icon in the Home screen or if you wants to add certain app or widget to the Home screen, then yo…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Attach Any File Types into Email Message in Gmail App

Samsung Galaxy SIV has comes with some pre-installed apps to meet the basic needs of the users. One of which is Gmail app which will let you to send or receive email message with others. This ability of course will make you more easier to communicate with others by using email messages. Moreover, this app also has the default ability to allow you to attach picture and video files into your Gmail message.

See also: How to Create and Send Email Message With or Without Attachment Using Gmail App in Samsung Galaxy S4

However, in certain case, you might want to send another file types other than the picture or video files by attaching them into your email message. Indeed, by default Gmail app only allows you to attach picture and video files, but with the help of the third-party File Manager app, now you have the ability to attach any file types into your Gmail messages.



How to attach any file types into Gmail message?
There are several third-party File Manager app available in the Google P…

Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Fix Can't Find the Wi-Fi Direct Option on Android 4.3

In Android 4.3, there are some options that changed its location in the Settings menu causing some users are having trouble to find them when they want to use them. As happen with one of the insider named Maureen who has the difficulty to change the Bluetooth name in her phone after she did update the phone to the Android 4.3. She said that she couldn't find the rename option in the Bluetooth menu, where the option is usually located. Apparently, in the recent update you have to change the device name to change the Bluetooth name.

See also: How to Fix Can't Change the Bluetooth Name on Samsung Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.3

Another problem with the similar causes also experienced by another insider named Richard who has send me an email and said that he could no longer find the Wi-Fi Direct option in the Settings menu when he want to activate this option to allow him transferring some stuff to another phone.


How to find Wi-Fi Direct option in Android 4.3?
FYI, in Android Jelly…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Create and Send Email Message With or Without Attachment Using Gmail App

Once you activate your Google account on your Samsung Galaxy SIV, then you will be able to use it to access all Google services available in your phone. The most frequently accessed of the Google services is the Google Play Store which is the official market for all Android smartphone. You can use your Google account to access the Play Store, search the desired apps--either the paid version or the free one-- and then install them to your phone.

See also: How to Download and Install Free Apps from the Google Play Store on Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from the Play Store, another Google services which may be frequent you use is Gmail app. This app will let you to send or receive email messages, with or without attachment inside it. This of course will useful if you're the one who often use email messages to communicate with each others.



How to create and send email message with or without attachment using Gmail app?
Assuming that you already activate your Google account and have an inter…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Download and Install Free Apps From the Google Play Store

The thing that you might be done once you own the Samsung Galaxy SIV as your device is activating a Google account, either your existing Google account or the new one. That's because you'll need an active Google account to access the Play Store--as well as another Google services-- to download and install apps into your phone.

See also: How to Activate an Existing or New Google Account in Samsung Galaxy S4

Once your Google account is activated on your phone, now you're ready to use it to access Google Play Store, search to find the desired apps then install it to the phone. Google Play Store provides tons of apps that you can choose which best to suit your needs. And the best part of this is that you have lot of choices of a great apps that you can get for free. But, of course the paid version will provide you more options and features than the free one.



How to download and install free apps from the Play Store?
Assuming that you already have the internet connection and an …

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Activate an Existing or New Google Account

As with another Android-based smartphone, activating Google account is one of the most important thing to do to allow you accessing all Google services in your Samsung Galaxy SIV. For instance accessing the Google Play Store to download apps or games, Gmail to send and receive email, Youtube to upload video, etc.

See also: Review and Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S4

Assuming that you already have an internet connection on your phone, then below are the steps you need to do to activate Google account on your phone, either the existing account or the new one.


Method #1: Activate New Google Account
if you don't already have a Google account or want to create a new Google account, then kindly follow the steps below to do so:
Slide down the top edge of the screen using your finger.Tap the Settings icon.Tap Accounts tab.Tap Add account.Tap Google.Tap New.Type your first name and last name, and then tap the Right arrow button to go to the next steps.Type the name of your new Google…