Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra: 7 Hidden Android Features, Settings to Know


Stop your screen from turning off when you’re looking at it: If you don’t touch your screen for a bit, depending on how long your screen timeout is (the default is 30 seconds), it usually turns off quickly to help conserve battery. That’s great and all, but if you’re reading something and not touching your phone, your screen will keep falling asleep. Thankfully, there’s a way to stop that. In the Settings application, go to Advanced features > Motions and gestures and toggle on Keep screen on while viewing. From then on, the screen will continue to stay on as long as the front camera can detect your face and your eyes looking at it.

Turn on Dolby Atmos for cinematic surround sound: Your Galaxy S22 features Dolby Atmos, which gives your phone high-quality surround sound, whether you’re watching a movie or simply listening to your favorite artist on Spotify. However, this sound setting isn’t enabled by default, so you’ll have to turn it on manually. To enable Dolby Atmos, go to Settings > Sound quality and effects and then toggle on Dolby Atmos. By default, Dolby Atmos will then turn on automatically for whatever you’re listening to, but if you tap on Auto, you can configure that so Dolby Atmos only turns on when you’re watching a movie, listening to music or talking on the phone. Also, if it’s not already on, enable Dolby Atmos for gaming to get surround sound when you game on your phone.

Automatically enable power saving feature to help save battery: Depending on how much you use your Galaxy S22, your battery might be close to dead as early as midday. That’s even more likely if you spend a lot of time watching videos on YouTube or scrolling through Instagram. However, if you don’t have your charger handy, there are some ways to help save battery life — like automatically enabling your phone’s adaptive power saving feature. You can turn on the automatic power saving feature in Settings > Battery and device care. In the Device care page, tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right and then tap Automation in the menu that appears. Toggle on Adaptive power saving and your S22 will go into power saving made automatically depending on your usage patterns. The power saving mode feature may stop background refresh or turn on the Always On Display; this may vary.

View and remove/add hidden widgets on lock screen: Notifications usually live on your lock screen, but on the Galaxy S22 you also have the option to add widgets — they’re just sort of hidden. If you want to view your existing lock screen widgets, simply tap on the time at the top of the screen. The default widgets which should appear include Music, Next alarm and Bixby Routines. To remove or add widgets to your lock screen, tap Settings at the bottom of the lock screen when the widgets are in view. Now you can untoggle any widgets you want to get rid of and toggle on any widgets you want to add to your lock screen. To rearrange the widgets, tap on Reorder and then tap on the arrows to move the widgets around, top to bottom.

Stop Bixby from accidentally opening whenever you hold the side button: Bixby, Samsung’s personal voice assistant, allows you to run any number of commands with just your voice. Speak and you can play an album from Spotify, text your friend or find photos from a vacation you took last year. By default, the side button on the Galaxy S22 wakes up Bixby, but if you don’t use the voice assistant, that might be kind of annoying because it’s easy enough to accidentally trigger. If you don’t want to bring up Bixby anytime you press down on the side button, go to Settings > Advanced features > Side key. From there, you can choose to instead open the power off menu (power off, restart and emergency mode) when you press and hold down on the side button. You can also change what happens when you double-press the side key, or disable that feature altogether.