Some tips, shortcuts and stuff you won’t find in the manual, collected from different forum and personal experimentation. Please use only tips you understand – if you don’t know what a
factory reset means, you do not want to find out :)
The Samsung stock keyboard has a Swype-like feature. You can enable this via: “Settings” > “Language and Input” and then click the wheel next to “Samsung keyboard” and check “Continuous Input”.
Lock screen shortcuts
Go to Settings > Security, enable “With swipe lock” and then click on “Lock screen options”. There you can enable different shortcuts for the lockscreen and modify them, display a clock, current weather and you can enable a nice shortcut for quick camera access [holding the device straight, tapping and holding the screen and then rotating the device].
Use S-Voice to unlock the phone: Choose “Wake up in Samsung Unlock” in the above menu.
Battery percentage display
Go to “Settings” -> “Display” -> “Display battery percentage” to show an additional percentage display next to the battery icon.
Application drawer by alphabet
In the application drawer you can choose an additional view setting: “Alphabetical grid”. Open the app drawer, click menu, then “View Type”.
Disable shutter sound [root only]
If you don’t like the camera shutter sound you can disable it by renaming the following file: /system/media/audio/ui/Shutter.ogg – therefore root access is required. I haven’t yet found out how to disable the shutter sound for burst shots.
Additional free apps from Samsung
There are some additional apps from samsung which can be installed for free: Start “Samsung Apps”, click on “Category” and then choose “More Services”. Apps I found useful:
“Flipboard”, which is a very nice looking news reader – including Google Reader, Twitter and Facebook integration.
“Photo Editor”, a good picture editing app.
Custom vibration patterns
You can create your own vibration patterns here: “Settings” > “Sound” > “Device Vibration”. Then click “Create” and press the wheel to create patterns.
In Call EQ
A bit hidden: Open keypad, press menu, choose “Call settings”, “Additional settings” and scroll down. There you can select different equalizer settings for calls and create a personalized one.
Force TW Launcher in memory [root only]
If done wrong your phone might be unusable.
Open /system/build.prop as root with a text editor. Add following line at the end:
Make sure the last line has one empty space, reboot.
Factory reset (Everything will be deleted!)
Via these three ways:
- Turn phone off, press and hold: volume Up + home + power. Use volume keys to navigate up/down, home to execute.
- In the phone keypad: Enter *2767*3855#
- Menu: Settings > Back up and reset > Factory data reset.
Codes (enter via phone keypad, the ones below work for me)
*#06# Show IMEI Number
*#2222# HW Version
*#1234# Phone info/Firmware version
*#34971539# Camera Firmware settings
*#9900# Sysdump (Logfiles etc.)
*#0228# Battery diagnostics
*#7353# Function testing
*#9090# Service Mode
*#197328640# Service Mode Menu
*2767*3855# Factory Reset (not tested.. :) ?