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Buttons out! Now gestures control your Samsung Galaxy

Each new layer of Samsung customization adds new ways to control the mobile. Right now, if you have a Korean brand smartphone in your possession with the latest operating system update installed, you have a dozen gestures you can do to make navigating the smartphone much easier and more comfortable, as long as you get used to them.

Of course, as is usually the case with most layers of customization, Samsung likes to make things a little difficult for us and locating all the gestures of One UI 3.1 is not an easy task. Some of them are hidden among the advanced functions, others in the screen options, etc. We will try to locate them all so that you have at your fingertips, never better said, all the ways to use your device.

Are there new gestures in One UI 3.1?

Really the news regarding gestures have landed with One UI 3.0. Users with a brand phone can use gestures to control the mobile without using the buttons at all and one that Samsung users have been begging for is to turn on the smartphone with a simple touch on the device’s display. Not even on the fingerprint reader.

The arrival of Android 11 to Samsung smartphones, via One UI 3, added a new gesture to the system such as the ability to turn the screen off or on, which can now be done by tapping on it in this new version. To be able to activate it you must access the Configuration menu Z Advanced functions> Movement and gestures

What is newer is the possibility of using the gestures of the navigation bar. Actually, this option that allows you to do without the virtual buttons on the mobile has been present for a long time, with access from the route Settings> Display> Navigation bar. If we choose navigation gestures, we will see a button called “More options” where we are encouraged to change the sensitivity of the gesture, the great novelty present in One UI 3.1. You can set it to more or less sensitive depending on how you use your mobile phone.

All the gestures to control your Samsung

Adding the additions in the latest versions of the firm’s operating system, these are all the gestures you can do with your fingers to navigate your Samsung smartphone. All of them can be configured from the screen options or from the advanced functions of the software:

  • Go to the home screen: Swipe up from the bottom navigation bar.
  • Open multitasking: Swipe up from the bottom navigation bar and hold your finger still for a second.
  • Go back “back”: Swipe left or right from the left or right side of the screen to go back in a page or application. If you use the mobile in landscape you must slide from the top or bottom of the screen.
  • Switch between open apps: Swipe the bottom line to the left or right to navigate between the open apps.
  • Pick up to activate: If you enable this option, the smartphone will turn on when it detects that it has been picked up.
  • Turn on the screen: The aforementioned function to turn on the screen by double-tapping the glass of your Samsung Galaxy.
  • Turn off the screen: Same as above, but in reverse. Double press to turn off the phone.
  • Keep the screen on: This tool keeps the mobile on as long as you are looking at it.
  • Alert when picking up the phone: Make the smartphone vibrate when picking it up after receiving calls or messages.
  • Mute by hand: Placing your hand on the screen will silence any incoming call or notification sound.
  • Palm Capture: Swipe the edge of your hand across the screen to take a screenshot.
  • Calls and messages: From a contact page, swipe left or right to make a call or send them an SMS.

The extra, the gestures with the fingerprint sensor

From the same Advanced Functions> Movements and gestures menu, we can find an addition for all those smartphones of the brand that have a biometric sensor. If we activate the option “Gestures for the fingerprint sensor” we will have the opportunity to open and close the notification panel by placing the finger just on it.

The gesture that we have to perform in Samsung One UI, after activating this option, to access the notification center is to slide a finger down from the fingerprint sensor module. In this way we will see at a glance those messages, alerts or missed calls regardless of the phone screen we are on. As you can imagine, to close the panel we simply have to swipe up again or, directly, by clicking on an empty area of ​​the phone screen.

Gestures fail? How to fix it

The most common thing is not that the gestures do not work on your phone, but that they are slow or with an excess of lag. If this is the problem, it may be due to a system overheating which is causing the software to not work as it should. Try to cool down the mobile or stop using it for a while, closing all the apps, and see if it works normally after a few minutes.

If the problem always occurs, especially when applying an update, the failure is likely to be found in some interruptions that occurred during the installation of the update package. If this is your case, the best thing to do is to reset the factory settings to eliminate possible errors that have been inherited and to reset the personal settings of your Galaxy. Once the data is copied, since it will be lost, you must go to Settings> General administration> Reset> Factory reset.

If after restoring the smartphone to its original state the problem does not disappear, you can do little more than contact the company. Luckily doing it is as simple as reproducing the error (recording the screen), then going to Samsung Members> Help> Send opinion> Error reports> Select Category, Frequency, describe the problem as best as possible and add the recording to the message where it is appreciating the failure of your Samsung.

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