Slim, powerful and fast, the Galaxy S II is loaded with features and built to perform on the go. Check out our helpful hints and find out how to get the most out of this amazing smartphone.
Tips and Tricks
Samsung Galaxy S™ II
Sharing Apps: Have a favorite app? Recommend it to friends via Bluetooth, email, messaging or Wi-Fi Direct™. Go to Applications and touch the Menu key > Share App. Select the app from the list and touch Done. Follow the prompts to send a link to download the app.
Battery Management Tools: You can better understand battery life and how to optimize it with tools found in the Settings menu. Touch Applications > Settings > Applications > Battery usage to see what programs are currently using the battery and the estimated remaining charge. You can also go to Applications > Settings > Power Saving Mode to set preferences that reduce battery usage.
Customizing Camera Shortcuts: The camera toolbar can be customized with your chose shortcuts. To add specific shortcuts, touch Camera > Settings > Edit Shortcuts. Hold down and drag the preferred shortcuts to the toolbar. Click here for additional camera Tips & Tricks
Using the Clipboard: When you copy text or an image from a message, the gallery or the browser, the item is stored on the Clipboard and can be pasted into any kind of composer, including email, memos and messaging. To open the clipboard while in a composer, double-tap the text box, touch the blue arrow and select Clipboard. Touch a Clipboard item to paste it into the composer.
Switching Between the Two Cameras: During photo sessions, you may want to switch between the rear-facing and front-facing cameras. While in the camera application, touch the Switch icon to toggle between the two cameras. In the Camcorder application, touch Recording Mode > Self-Recording.
The Benefit of a microSD Card: The Galaxy S II does not require a microSD card for any phone uses, but accepts microSD cards up to 32GB. A microSD card provides additional data storage for music, movies, pictures, videos and more.
While a song is playing, the music player can be controlled from the app, the notifications panel, and even from the lock screen. Simply touch the play/pause, skip forward, or skip back icons to control the music. Within the app, you can search the web and YouTube™ to find more info on a song or band by touching the name of the currently playing song.
Opening the Notification Panel: The Notification Panel provides information about missed calls, new messages and voicemails, download progress and more.The panel also offers quick access to on/off switches for Wi-Fi® Bluetooth®, GPS, Sound and Auto rotation. To open the panel, touch the top of the screen and tsweep down.
Motion Settings: The Galaxy S II can use four user motions-turn over, tilt, panning, and double-tap to control certain functions of the phone. Turning the phone over mutes incoming calls and sounds, tilting reduces or enlarges screen image in the Gallery or Browser, panning moves widget and shortcut icons from page to page in the Home and Applications screens, and double tap prepares the phone for voice commands. To activate these features and learn more about them, touch Applications > Settings > Motion.
Selecting Items in the Photo Editor: To apply effects to an area of a photo in the editor app, it must first be selected. To select an area of a photo, touch the selection tool and choose New Selection. The tool works best when you drag your finger across the middle of the desired area like a paintbrush, rather than trying to outline the area. Selections can be fine-tuned with the Add To and Remove From options in the Selection menu.
Direct Dialing & Messaging: If there are certain contacts that you call or message frequently, you can add thosecontacts as a direct dial or direct message shortcut on a home screen. Then, with one touch and without opening the dialer or composer, you can call or message you contact. To add a direct dial or message contact, from the home screen, touch Menu > Add > Shortcuts. You can also sweep a contact to the left to send amessage or sweep to the right to make a call.
Browser Bookmarks: Any website that's been bookmarked in the browser can also be added to the home screen as a one-touch shortcut. To add a shortcut to a favorite website, from the home screen, touch Menu key > Add > Shortcuts > Bookmark. Touch the thumbnail of the website to select it.
Capturing a Screen: To capture a photo of the phone's current screen, momentarily touch the Home key and Power key at the same time. A gray triangle appears; drag this to resize the image.
Synced Social Networking: The Galaxy S II can be a powerful social networking tool when you add their preferred social networking accounts to the phone. Go to Applications > Social Hub, for full social networking integration and syncing, including feeds, messages and the ability to post status updates, comments, tweets and more.
Super AMOLED™ Plus
The Superiority of Super AMOLED™ Plus: The Super AMOLED Plus display technology uses 50 percent more sub-pixels than Super AMOLED, resulting in crisper text and smoother graphics. Power consumption, response time and screen thickness are reduced compared to competing displays. The Super AMOLED Plus display also boasts improved transparency and color gamut, better viewing angle and less reflection than conventional LCD screens.
Recently Used Apps: Touch and hold the home key to open the Recent Apps menu, a thumbnail display of previously used apps. Touch any app icon to navigate to the app, or touch Task Manager to open the app management tool. To exit a task, simply touch Exit next to the app name within the Task Manager.
Attaching USB Devices to the Galaxy S II: With the optional USB adapter, you can connect devices such as keyboards, mice and thumb drives to the Galaxy S II. High-powered devices and charging another device from the Galaxy S II's port are not supported.
Voice Talk at the Ready: When Voice Talk displays a green light, say "Hi, Galaxy" or use Tap & Speak to deliver commands. Note: Keeping the app open can drain the battery over time.
Voice Talk Bluetooth® Launching: Activate Launch on Bluetooth in Voice Talk settings to automatically launch the app when a Bluetooth® headset is active.
Making the Most of Voice Talk: Vlingo® Voice Talk lets you control Galaxy S II without typing or menus. Make calls, text, get directions, movie times and dinner reservations, or even ask questions. Plus, combine driving mode with a Bluetooth headset for hands-free safety on the road.
Resizing Widgets: Many of the home screen widgets can be resized by long-pressing the widget and then releasing it. Yellow lines show the available sizes for the widget. Grab the lower-right corner of the widget to resize it to fit one of the yellow outlines, or briefly touch the widget again to cancel the resize.
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