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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Enable or Disable Screen Lock Sound in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

If your lock screen is not turned off and your phone is not in silent or vibration mode, you can set your phone to play a sound when you lock or unlock the screen by enabling the screen lock sound. Even, you can get a different screen lock sound when you have set swipe as your unlock method by changing the lock screen effect. But, if you don't want your phone plays a sound when you lock or unlock the screen, you can get rid the sound simply by disabling the screen lock sound.


How to enable or disable screen lock sound?
You can turn on or off this option by using the following steps:
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the Sound and display section and then tap Sounds and notifications.Scroll down the screen to find Other sounds, and then tap it.Tap Screen lock sound to enable or disable this option. When the checkbo…

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Enable or Disable Dialling Keypad Tone in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

You can set your Samsung Galaxy S5 to play a tone when you do some actions, one of which is when you tap the dialing keypad in the stock Phone app to make calls. FYI, the option to enable or disable dialling keypad tone in the settings menu is moved to a new menu when your phone has been updated to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. I write this post so you can still find the option in your phone with ease.


How to enable or disable dialling keypad tone?
You can turn on or off dialling keypad tone with several methods available. But, as the example, we'll do so by using two different methods: from the settings menu and from the Phone app.


Method #1: From the settings menu
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to Sound and display section and then tap Sounds and notifications.Scroll down the screen to find Other sounds, and then tap i…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Block Unwanted or Unknown Text Messages in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat or in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

Two days back, an insider named Kelly told me via email that she tried blocking messages by following my post about how to block unwanted text messages here but she couldn't find the spam settings in her stock Messaging app. Apparently, her phone runs with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat while that post is written based on my Samsung Galaxy S4 when it's still using Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. FYI, the settings menu for the stock Messaging app changes when this phone is updated to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, but it's not when it's updated to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. So, I write this post for those of you who have updated your Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat or to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and want to block text messages.

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Disclaimer: I write this post (the steps and screenshots) based on my Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. Since the settings menu of the stock Messaging app in Samsung Galaxy S4 runs with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat or Android 5.0.1 Lollipop has…

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Manually Turn Off Do Not Disturb Feature in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

Do not disturb is a new feature brought by Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. This feature lets you set your phone to mute all calls and alerts, except for your selected exceptions. If you have set a schedule for this feature, it will turn on and off automatically at the scheduled times. But, if needed, you can also turn this feature off manually by using several methods available with ease.


How to disable Do not disturb feature manually?
There several methods available that can be used to manually disable this mode. As the example, we'll try to do so by using four different methods: from the notifications panel, from the quick settings panel, from the lock screen and from the settings menu.


Method #1: From the notifications panel
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel.Tap DISABLE in the Do not disturb notification to disable this feature.Do not disturb mode has been disabled.

Method #2: From the quick settings panel
On any screen, swipe down the top of…

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Use Do Not Disturb Feature in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

If you have updated your Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, you will have a new feature named Do not disturb that can be used to mute all calls and alerts, except for your selected exceptions. By enabling this feature, you can keep your phone silent so that you won't be interrupted by notification sounds and vibrations of unwanted calls and alerts while you're sleeping, during meetings, or during other situations. For flexibility reason, aside from letting you turn this feature on at anytime, this feature also has the scheduling options to let you turn this feature on and off automatically at scheduled times.


How to enable Do not disturb feature?
You can do so by using the following steps:
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the Sound and display section and then tap Sounds and notifications.Scroll th…

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Use Notifications in Lock Screen in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

When you have updated your Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, you'll have a new feature that will let you to change the notifications behavior when the screen is locked. Your phone will display notifications in lock screen, in condition that you have set your phone to show the lock screen notifications either with its contents or not. The notifications in lock screen will help you to easily know that you have unread notifications so that you won't miss any important one.


How to use notifications in lock screen?
In Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, notifications in lock screen gets some improvements so that it's now more useful and interactive for the users. You can use the following steps as the example of using notifications in lock screen:
When the screen is locked, notifications will be displayed in lock screen.If you have a lot of notifications, you can expand notifications to view all of them by swiping down the notifications section in lock screen. If needed, you can …

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Change the Lock Screen Notifications in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop brings some new features for your Samsung Galaxy S5, one of which is a feature that will let you change the way your phone shows notifications in lock screen. By default, your phone will only show notifications without displaying its contents in lock screen. But, if needed you can set your phone so that it will show notifications along with its contents in lock screen or not show any notification in lock screen.


How to change the lock screen notifications?
You can change the notifications behavior when the screen is locked by using the following steps:
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the Sound and display section and then tap Sounds and notifications.Scroll the screen to the very bottom.Tap While locked and then select from the following options:Show all content: select this option if you want…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Fix S Voice Hands Free Mode Turn On Automatically By Itself in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

A couple days back, an insider named Francois sent me an email to ask me why S Voice hands free mode in his Samsung Galaxy S4 ran with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat automatically turned on by itself. It's quite annoying for him since he had to turn off S Voice hands free mode manually several times a day. After some further investigations, I figure out that S Voice hands free mode will be turned on automatically if we are connected to the Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device that we, may have accidentally, set as the method to recognize location for the car profile within My places menu. Given to that fact, to stop S Voice hands free mode automatically turn on by itself, we have to set none as the method for the car profile within My places menu.

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Disclaimer: the steps and the screenshot within this post are written or taken based on my Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. But, I can confirm that it can also be used to fix the same problem …

Samsung Galaxy S4: Changes and New Features in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

Samsung Galaxy S4 supports Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. I myself updated my Samsung Galaxy S4 to this latest Android version a week ago. As same as other updates, this update brings some changes (new looks and features) and also eliminates some old features.


New looks
Some visual changes have been brought by this update to provide a new look and improve your experience while using your Samsung Galaxy S4. Here's the list:
The notifications panel is now more interactive.
The notifications panel gets the following changes to make it more useful and interactive for users:Transparent background. New S Finder and Quick connect apps. S Finder app can be used to find contents on your phone or search more in the search engine with more easily and fast. While, Quick connect app can be used to search for nearby devices automatically to connect to them quickly and easily.Brighter colour is used for the background of the quick setting buttons section.Separated sections. Each section in the notifica…

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Enable and Use the Text Message Preview Feature in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

Text message preview is a feature that will let your phone shows a preview of received messages in status bar (notifications panel) and lock screen so that you can easily know the sender and the message preview without you have to open the message first in the stock Messaging app. Though the text message preview is not a new feature, it changes a bit when you update your Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. If in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat you have two options of the text message preview that can be used to separately enable or disable the text message preview in the status bar and lock screen so that you can choose to enable or disable one or both of them, in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop you only have a single option of the text message preview so that your choice is only enable or disable the text message preview feature in the status bar and lock screen at the same time.


How to enable the text message preview feature?
You can do so by using the following steps:
Open the stock Messaging a…

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Use Quick Settings Panel in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

You can quickly enable/disable some options or access the detailed settings of options by utilizing the quick setting buttons in the notifications panel. However, since there are only 10 quick setting buttons available in the notifications panel, if needed you can use the quick settings panel to use more quick setting buttons. By default, you'll be provided with 21 quick settings buttons in the quick settings panel, they are: Wi-Fi, Locations, Sound, Screen rotation, Bluetooth, Mobile data, Ultra power saving, Multi window, Toolbox, Mobile hotspot, Screen mirroring, NFC, Sync, Smart stay, Smart pause, Power saving, Do not disturb, Flight mode, Car mode, Private mode and Touch sensitivity


How to use quick settings panel?
You can do so by using the following steps:
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel.Tap at the top right corner of the notifications panel to view all quick setting buttons in the quick settings panel.Tap the required quick…

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Use Notifications Panel in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

The notifications panel was the first thing that grabbed my attention when I had finished updating my Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. It's now more interactive after getting some visual changes. The notifications panel can be used for multiple purposes, e.g: enable or disable some features, view more information of indicators appear on the status bar, open up unread notifications in appropriate apps, etc.


How to use notifications panel?
See the following steps as the example of using notifications panel:
Open the notifications panel:
Swipe down the top of the screen (status bar) to open up the notifications panel.View the current date and time:
The current date and time is displayed at the top left corner of the notifications panel.Launch the settings menu:
You can quickly go to the settings menu by tapping at the top right corner of the notifications panel. I myself prefer to access the settings menu by using this method than other ones because it's easier and fa…

Samsung Galaxy S5: the Changes and New Features in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop have been available months ago. That's why, no wonder if some of you may have already updated your Samsung Galaxy S5 to this latest Android version. Since I myself have just updated my Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop a couple days back, this time I'm going to resume about the changes (new features and looks) brought by this Android version.


New looks
Android 5.0.1 Lollipop brings some visual changes. For me, it's now simpler, more interactive, smooth and fun. Here's the list:
The notification panel is now more interactive.
Some changes have been made to make it more useful and interactive for users:Transparent background.New button for S Finder and Quick connect.Separated sections. Each section in the notification panel (e.g: notifications, recommended apps, quick setting buttons, etc) is now separated in a different row. It's also applied for notifications in lock screen.Expandable notifications. When you have a lot of unread noti…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to See Hidden Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Easter Egg Animation

Every Android version has different hidden Easter egg animation. If you have updated software in your Samsung Galaxy S4 to the latest Android version, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, you can find and play an animation game that is similar with a popular game named Flappy Bird as the hidden Easter egg animation. The differences between the game within this Easter egg animation and the real Flappy Bird game are the bird will be replaced with an Android guy and the pipes will be replaced with the lollipop pipes.


How to see hidden Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Easter egg animation in Samsung Galaxy S4?
You can do so by using the following steps:
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.Tap More tab.Scroll the screen to the very bottom and then tap About device.Tap Android version rapidly for 5 times or so. A coloured circle will be displayed at the middle of the screen.Tap the coloured circle and you'll …

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Check Android Version

Samsung Galaxy S5 runs with Android 4.4 Kitkat by default. But, you're allowed to update the software in your phone to the latest Android version, Android 5.0 Lollipop so that you can enjoy some enhancements brought by this Android version, e.g: new features, improved functionality, etc.


How to check Android version?
If you have updated the software in your phone via over the air or other methods, you can check the Android version to make sure that the software in your phone has been updated to the latest one by using the following steps:
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the System section and then tap About device.See the value of the Android version option. If the value of this option is 5.0, it means that you have updated the software in your phone to the latest Android version, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Update Device Software to Android 5.0 Lollipop

There are some ways available that can be done to update software in your Samsung Galaxy S4 to the latest Android version, Android 5.0 Lollipop, one of which is by updating software via over the air(OTA). First, you have to download the update into your phone. It's recommended for you to use a Wi-Fi connection to download the update because if you use a mobile data connection, it may result in additional charges. Once done, you can install the update and then enjoy the new Android 5.0 Lollipop in your phone.


How to update firmware in Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop via over the air ?
Assuming that you have connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can update the software in your phone by using the following steps:
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.Tap More tab.Scroll the screen to the very bottom and then tap About device.Tap Software update.Tap Update. Your phone will check f…

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to See Hidden Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Easter Egg Animation

If you have updated your Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0 Lollipop, you can see the hidden Easter egg animation of this latest Android version in your phone. If you have ever heard or played an inexplicably popular game named Flappy Bird, then you can find and play the similar game in this animation. The differences are the bird will be replaced with an Android guy and the pipes will be replaced with the lollipops.


How to see hidden Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Easter egg animations?
You can do so by using the following steps:
On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the System section and then tap About device.Tap Android version rapidly for 5 times or so. A coloured circle will be displayed at the middle of the screen.Tap the coloured circle and you'll see a big lollipop with the word "lollipop" inside it.Single tap…