Now, the first thing that I actually did when I first used the Galaxy S10 is change the icon size. Samsung goes with a default icon size that is just gigantic and does not look all that good, but thankfully it’s really easy to change that to a more reasonable icon size in seconds. To do that, long press on the home screen and select settings, and here you can pick between different icon sizes, and I personally use the smallest size to fit the most on the screen and I still find the icon size big enough for easy use.
The other thing that I did the moment I started using the S10 Plus is to change the swipe down to open my notification shade rather than the app drawer, and that’s also super easy to do. Go into home screen settings and enable the quick-open notification panel option, and voila. Now, the swipe down will show you your notifications while a swipe up will still go to the app drawer.
Try the Gesture Nav
Next up, I recommend you try using the new gesture navigation in One UI on the S10! By default, the Galaxy still comes with the familiar three on-screen buttons for Android navigation, but you can now switch to using gestures by going into settings, then click on display and then on naviagation bar and here you can select the new gesture interface. You get a quick walkthrough that shows you how to use the gestures. They are a bit cluttered as all of them start with a swipe from the bottom of the phone, but we like them better than buttons anyway and they are a neat way to free up some space on your screen. Remember that you can also swap the button order, and I personally have the back button on the right for convenience.
You can also have gesture hints at the bottom of the screen and those might be useful in the beginning, but they ruin the look for me so I prefer to keep this option off.
It looks good at night, and saves battery too
Spice up your screen colors
Right here in the display settings, you can also change the colors on the S10+. In screen mode you now have only two much simpler display options: the default natural one and a vivid one. Both of them look great and I tend to prefer the slightly toned down natural mode, but if you want the fully saturated, vivid and beautiful colors, here you can switch to the vivid mode.
Next, you can now customize the Bixby button, remap it, and basically you kind of have the flexibility that everyone requested around Bixby.
And here is how to remap the button: go to the Setting, scroll to Advanced Features, and tap on Bixby Key. Here you can select for example to only start Bixby with a double press, so it does not start every time you accidentally click the Bixby button. And then you have the option to use the single click for something else: you can select any app you want, for example I use Spotify a lot, so I am setting this to quickly open the Spotify app. And then when I go to the home screen, I click the Bixby button and as you can see Spotify opens right away, which is really useful.
You also have the Bixby Home panel to the left of your homescreen and I personally don’t find it very useful, so to remove it simply pinch the homescreen, swipe to Bixby Home and disable the toggle at the top right corner, and you will no longer see it. Keep in mind that this does not disable the Bixby button, only the Bixby Home panel.