Published On: Tue, Aug 22nd, 2017

4 Things To Do To Your Galaxy S8 Plus

Sure, having what WIRED and TechRadar are calling the best Android in your hand (or back pocket) comes with certain bragging rights, but there’s something to be said for having a phone that’s perfectly customized to your liking, regardless of its brand name. When you can claim both, then you’re laughing.

There’s nothing better than having the latest mobile tech fine-tunedlovingly for your enjoyment. A complete takeover of your Galaxy S8 Plus will take some time, but you can speed up the process by tackling these 4 things right away.

1. Play with the Always On Display

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The S8 line’s Always On Display lets you check the time and your notifications at a glance without having to turn on the entire screen to do so. It’s a convenient feature to have, and it works even better when you go in through your settings and tweak it to your liking.

To get started go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Always On Display. Once you’re there you can choose from 6 different clock styles, including edge, image, calendar, world, analogue, and digital. Each style opens up different opportunities to customize its looks but most allow you to add additional clocks or images to your display. You can also customize the aspect ratios of the screen, its background, and its color scheme.

2. Customize its Colors

Though it offers the greatest choice in terms of colors compared to other premium handsets on the market, the S8 Plus’ selection of 5 pastels doesn’t exactly give you the freedom of expression you were hoping for. If you’re tired of midnight black, orchid grey, artic silver, maple gold, or coral blue, take a look at the iPhone decal catalogue of colors and finishes available at dbrand.

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As the boss of vinyl, they have a huge selection of true colors that you can’t find anywhere else. They have the exclusive rights to authentic 3Mvinyl, so many of the Galaxy S8 skins online are only available through dbrand. Their special catalogue includes on-trend marble, stone, bamboo, and dragon skin, just name a handful of signature styles that offer vibrant alternatives to the muted S8 Plus. Whichever texture or color you choose, its application takes less than 5 minutes, and it’s a relatively affordable addition to your Plus.

3.Modify App Icons

Samsung has received a lot of flak for the changes it made to the application images shared by all Androids. If you’re among the many who bemoan the S8 Plus’ new app styles, you can switch it up by downloading icon packs from Google Play and looking through the Wallpapers and themes section under settings to make your choice.
Most icon packs are priced between $1 and $2, but you can even find high quality icons for free. In some cases, they model it after the original colors of the S8 Plus, like ash grey or maple gold. Just take note, if you do opt for a customized icon pack, the new style won’t apply to any third-party apps — just the built-in applications shared by all Androids.

4. Enable Blue Light Filter

Though the news may be reporting on the S8’s mysterious red tint, it’s another color we should be worried about. The blue backlighting of most Android screen tricks our body’s natural clock by supressing the production of melatonin, the brain’s sleep-inducing hormone. As a result, looking at a screen late at night can disrupt your night’s sleep.

There’s only one problem. The thought of turning off your phone an hour before you hit the pillow is preposterous — especially if you catch up on your Netflix binges late at night — so the blue light filter is the next best thing.

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You can remove the blue light from the Plus’ AMOLED screen when you head to Settings > Display > Blue Light Filter and make sure it’s turned on. You can set it to turn on as soon as the sun sets or you can customize this feature by choosing specific hours of the day you want to browse blue light-free.

These little steps can go a long way to fine-tuning your S8, but they aren’t the only ways to customize your brand new Galaxy. The experts at Pocket Lint and CNET have made lists of their favorite ways to tweak Samsung’s flagship. Check out the options and figure out which ones work with your browsing style. Once you collect all of the ways you can customize your newest handset, you’ll have the best of both worlds: the best smartphone on the market and a gadget tailor-made just for you.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade.

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