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Make the Most of Your Samsung Galaxy Edge Screen

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 is a stunner, with a curved Infinity display that partially wraps around the edge of the phone. But the Edge screen offers more than looks: this Smartphone comes loaded with clever features that make the most of its extended real estate.

The Edge display provides easy access to apps, information and contacts you use the most. Read on for our list of how-tos, tips and shortcuts for using the Samsung Edge screen display.

Always On Display

The Always On Display (AOD) is just that: always on, even if your screen is asleep. It shows your clock, battery level, calendar, incoming emails and missed calls, even when the screen is off and the phone is locked. No unlocking or app-opening needed. Enable AOD in Settings > Lock screen and security and turn on Always On Display. To choose what you see on screen, stay in Lock screen and security > Lock screen and Always On Display and edit settings under Content to show, Auto brightness, or Set schedule.

The Edge Screen

To get the best of the Edge screen, employ a handy suite of features called Edge panels, which give you quicker one-handed access to apps, tools, contacts or features. Open Edge panels by dragging the Edge panel handle from the curved side to the flat plane of the screen.

The Edge you interact with is on the right by default, but southpaws can change it to the left side in Settings > Edge screen.

Edge Panels

Choose up to 9 panels and set the order you want to see them in with Settings > Edge screen > Edge panels. You can also tinker with the size, positioning and transparency of your Edge panel handle.

Here are a few of the different Edge panels you can pull up for easy access. Each one is easy to customize in Settings. To get to the next one, just swipe.

  • Tasks Edge: Create shortcuts to the things you do most often, like setting reminders, taking selfies or writing e-mails.
  • Apps Edge: Add your top apps – you know, the ones you spend 99% of your Smartphone time using.
  • People Edge: Get one-touch calling or texting with your top contacts. Turn on OnCircle to instantly send images, stickers and other fun messages to these friends.
  • Clipboard Edge: Store the latest text you’ve copied to the clipboard.
  • Calendar Edge: Get an overview of your upcoming appointments and events at a glance.
  • Quick Tools: Access a fully-loaded virtual toolbox and nav system, including a ruler, compass, flashlight, GPS and more.
  • More Edge panels: You can download additional panels from Samsung Galaxy Apps in Settings > Edge screen > Edge panels > DOWNLOAD.

Edge Feeds

These are customizable news tickers you can select to appear at the left side (when using vertically) or bottom (when using horizontally) of your screen. You can enable Edge feeds for news, stock market data, scores for your favorite sports teams or personal health tracker information (such as daily step counts). Set up Edge feeds by navigating to Apps > Settings > Edge screen > Edge feeds and touching the slider to turn Edge feeds on.

Edge Lighting

This feature lights up the sides of your Edge screen when you receive calls or notifications while you’re using other apps or have the screen covered. Color code your contacts using Edge lighting in the People Edge panel so you can see who’s calling – and screen their calls – without even picking up your phone. Then set up custom Quick Replies for each caller, which you can send with a press of the heart rate sensor on the back of your phone. You can enable all this functionality in your Edge screen settings.

Ready to get on the cutting edge of Smartphone technology? Check out the Samsung Galaxy S9 at U.S. Cellular.