The software renewal that Samsung is carrying out has extended the One UI 4 and Android 12 update to a good part of the brand’s catalog. This version offers countless options and settings that are not always easy to find. And they turn out to be quite useful in the end: we have collected many One UI 4 related tips and tricks that will make using your Samsung Galaxy more complete.

The jump that occurred between One UI 3 and One UI 4 is not exaggerated at first glance despite the fact that Samsung changes the appearance of the layer and other elements, such as widgets and their applications. Of course, the update brings with it most of what’s new in Android 12; such as Material You or improving key permissions. It also takes a leap in functionality, let’s see some of the best utilities coming to your Samsung Galaxy.

Automatic customization of menus and icons

Samsung has integrated one of the keys to Material You into One UI 4, the automatic system customization enjoyed by Google Pixel. This customization adapts the icons, menus and applications to the nuances of the chosen wallpaper. And it activates like this:

Tap and hold on an empty space on the desktops until the configuration appears. Select wallpaper and style”. Enter “Color Palette”. Choose any color palette, all are created from the background. If you want new combinations, you can choose another background If you want a unified icon appearance, check the “Apply palette to icons” option. This option does not change all application icons yet.

Video recording from photo mode

Samsung has included a quick way to record a video with a simple gesture: as soon as you open the camera, and without leaving photo mode, press and hold the shutter button and slide it up. Recording will start as in video mode.

Control location permission

With Android 12, unique location permission is provided, a convenient way to keep apps private when not actively in use. Additionally, you can remove the specific location of each app from the permissions section:

Go to your mobile settings and go to “Applications”. Click on the three menu points (top right) and choose “Permissions”. Look for location permission: you’ll see all the apps that have requested it. Analyze those who have permission in case there is one who does not deserve it. To remove it, enter the application and select “Do not allow”. If you don’t want apps to know your precise location, turn off the setting for them. One UI 4 will let you access the approximate location only (some apps may not work properly if they don’t get the precise location, like maps).

As a bonus, each app that asks you for One UI 4 location access for the first time will allow you to grant it only once. It is the most recommended.

Find a missing notification

Accidentally swiped a notification and not sure which app it belonged to? No problem: go to your mobile settings, go to “Notifications” and enter “Notification history”. There you will see the full list and the content that has reached you.

Clear photo background

This Samsung gallery utility is perfect if you want to cut out people or objects from the background to paste them on another image or create stickers for your messaging apps, for example. In addition, the cut is of very good quality.

Enter the gallery of your Samsung Galaxy and choose the photo you want to edit. Click the pencil icon. Click on the crop menu and choose the selection tool, the circle with dots. Draw a line around what you want to separate from the background. Accept the crop and save the image.

Remaster your images

One of the great new features of the editor that includes the Samsung Gallery is the automatic remaster tool. With it, One UI 4 applies automatic improvements that you can undo at any time, even if you saved the result. To apply this enhancement, open any photo, click on the three menu dots and select “Remaster”.

Create a video with your photos

The gallery adds the automatic creation of personalized videos from a collage of images and videos. Go to the gallery, hold a photo to select it, and select the rest of the content you want to add to your video. When you’re ready, click on the three menu dots, select “Create” and choose “Automatic”. Then customize it as you wish.

Install icon packs without changing the launcher

This is very curious since the obligation to change the launcher if you wanted to use the icon packs that you accumulate in your Google Play library is over: thanks to One UI 4, and the always wonderful Good Lock theme park, you can configure the mobile interface to your liking. Just follow the following tutorial.

Always on display for notifications

The always-on display or Always on Display can work as an Ambient display (screen that lights up with notifications) after the arrival of One UI 4. It saves a little battery and is not so persistent:

Enter One UI 4 settings and go to “Lock screen”. Navigate to “Always on Display”. Check the option “Show with new notifications”.

Cut microphone and camera access in two steps

Following the common thread of improved permissions management brought by Android 12, One UI 4 lets you add mic and camera control to quick settings. This will give you very easy access to two of your phone’s most delicate components:

Pull down the quick settings menu by pulling down from the top of the phone. Do it twice. Click on the three menu points and on “Edit buttons”. Find the microphone and camera settings; drag them down until they are at the top of the list. Save the changes by clicking “Done”.

Now all you have to do is bring up the quick settings and click on the connectors to stop your mobile apps from spying on you.

Find out which app is using the mic or camera

In case you have not cut these two permissions, your mobile will show a small green dot in the upper right corner of the screen to indicate that the microphone or the camera is in use. If you uncover the notification area (from the top of the screen down), you will see the component specific icon. Tap it and One UI 4 will tell you which app is using it.

Evaluate whether the permission is used well or badly. Remove it without hesitation in the second case. Or uninstall the app.

Create your own Emojis with Samsung Keyboard

This keyboard adds something new with One UI 4: the combination of Emojis to create new emoticons (like Emoji Kitchen from Gboard). Open the Samsung keyboard, click the Emoji icon and drag the selector, you will see the icon of two overlapping Emojis. Click on it and choose the two emoticons you want to combine. They are sent as Gifs.

Adjust widget transparency

One UI 4 and Android 12 spin the widget picker: it’s getting better with the update. In addition, Samsung includes a very useful tool to customize the widget on the desktop: the transparency switcher.

Hold down on a free site on the desktop and choose the “Widgets” option. Select any Samsung widget. At the moment it is not available in the rest of the apps. Place the widget on the desktop and adjust the size to your needs. Once placed, hold the widget and choose the cogwheel. Select whether the background will be white or black, adapt and adjust its transparency with the horizontal slider.

Brightness below minimum

Does the screen bother you when looking at your Samsung Galaxy at night, even with the brightness turned down? Well, there is a way to reduce it even more with One UI 4:

Go to mobile settings and enter “Accessibility”. Go to “Vision Enhancements”. Select “Extra Sun”. Choose the “Intensity” of the minimum brightness (the further to the right, the lower its value) and activate the “Extra dim” function when using the mobile at night.

lock screen recorder

If you are used to recording audio notes and don’t want to constantly unlock your mobile, you can add the recorder to the lock screen. Samsung has included more widgets on this screen with the update to One UI 4:

Go to settings and go to “lock screen”. Scroll down to “Widgets”. Check the “Voice Recorder” option to be able to record audio without unlocking your Samsung Galaxy. Moreover, you can manage the rest of the widgets as you wish.