Samsung reveals 10 hidden features on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung reveals 10 hidden features on the Samsung Galaxy S5
Part of the pleasure, or fun, of owning a high-end smartphone is finding out all of the little things that it can do. Samsung, for example, shoehorned some hidden features into the Samsung Galaxy S5. The latest iteration of Sammy's flagship Android phone has been available for a week and some owners of the device might have already discovered some of these hidden goodies.

First of all, the Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn't come with S-Pen. But why bother with such a high tech writing instrument when a regular low-tech pencil will do the trick. All you need to do is go to the Display Settings and enable the increase touch settings option. Another cool little trick involves the stock music player. While in landscape, tilt the phone to receive a list of tunes that are similar to the one you're listening to.

Got kids? We told you earlier this year about the Kids Mode on the Galaxy S5, which will keep your kids busy with games and animation. This way, junior doesn't accidentally dial your boss, or erase the important documents you've been storing on your handset. After tapping the Kids Mode app from the home screen, you set up an account with a PIN number. You can then decide which applications your kid can and cannot use. Prepare for tantrums!

Private Mode allows you, from the lockscreen, to hide video, pictures or documents from nosy busybodies like your mother-in-law. To access this feature, go to Settings then tap Private Mode. Decide which content you want to hide, click on Menu and then tap 'Move to private.' A lock key will appear which means that the selected content is secure. While not exactly hidden, Toolbox is always ready for you to use to open your favorite apps.You can reach this feature by clicking on Toolbox in the Quick Settings, or by going to Settings and tapping on Toolbox. A white circle with three dots will appear. Drag it over to the Edit button to customize which apps you want to be able to quickly reach. The floating menu will be available on every app and every screen so that youcan quickly open your favorite apps from any screen on the device.

You just saw Bigfoot, or Lindsey Lohan or Eric Schmidt using a BlackBerry and you need to open your camera application quickly. You can add a shortcut to the lock screen so that you can quickly access your snapper. This prevents you from missing the moment by fumbling to open the camera app on your Galaxy S5. Speaking of the camera, there is a setting that will allow you to shoot pictures and create a virtual tour. That comes in handy if you're a broker trying to sell a house.

Don't you hate scrolling through ten zillion contacts to find the number of Ms.Jane Doe? With Priority Senders, you can select the top 25 people you want to connect with the most, and have their names and information displayed on top of the messaging app. Just go the messaging app, tap '+' and add up to 25 contacts. And when you do call Ms. Doe, while talking with her, you can see the latest interactions you've had with her along with a list of her most recent Google+ posts. Simply go to Settings, tap on call and then click on the "Show caller information" check box. Lastly, the Call Notifications Pop-up feature will notify you when you receive a call, while you are using another app. This way, you don't have to stop playing a game just to pick up a call from the aforementioned Ms. Doe. To turn on the feature, go to settings, tap Call, and select Call notification pop-ups check box.

So there you have it, one hidden feature on the Samsung Galaxy S5 for each finger on your hand. Check them out and let us know how useful they are by dropping your comments in the box below.

source: SamsungTomorrow via AndroidAuthority

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



56. tech23

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

i love the new feautres

53. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Well done Shamesung. Once again a thief caught pants down. - "Increase touch settings option" -> Nokia sensitive display (use with gloves and a pen). - "Kids mode" -> Microsoft kids corner These are just two examples, others are shameless copies as well. Korean Shamesung, shame on you!

50. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Some of these "hidden features" are not just on the GS5. I have the Note 3 and can do a lot of these. First would be the ability to use different items to "touch" the screen. Next would be the camera shortcut on the home screen, any Samsung device that has Kit-Kat has this ability; but the cannot be used if you have lock screen shortcuts turned on. For #10, my Epic Touch, & even my Evo Shift, showed my latest communication with whoever in on the phone with, including their latest Facebook status updates. I don't remember about my Epic Touch, but I know that at least my Note 3 has the incoming call pop-up. As for most of the other "hidden features", for quick access to messaging a person that I don't already have a thread for, I simply type their name into the "recipient name" box & enter it that way. If I need to call them, I simply go to the dial pad & start typing their name & their number comes up. For photo editing, my Epic Touch & Note 3 both have fairly powerful stock photo editing apps.

48. Desmortibus

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

For me the Galaxy S5 is like a Glock, the strongest handgun known to man ever that can stand and egregiously survive all possible tortures that would put out of order any other gun.... What's wrong with plastic in the first place ?... If I want so-called "noble materials" on a phone, I take my Blackberry P'9982 Porsche design (stainless steel and handmade Italian leather). I also love my Lumia 1520 all made in pastil... sorry "polycarbonate"... I also like my Iphone 5s... but only when I need a "nano smartphone" !... They are all different, they are all good but, it's true that for display quality and battery life, my Galaxy 5S is simply the best...

44. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I guess these are nice features - I mean, they are features that almost anyone can get on almost any Android phone...

41. lukkiristi unregistered

I was almost starting to consider the S5 because it seems like a good all-round package, even the heart-rate monitor, if it really works, would be handy as I run a lot.'s just so ugly! I wouldn't wanna have to see it daily.

52. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Get an iphone, wait for a smartwatch from Apple before going around giving any more comment in here, man.

54. lukkiristi unregistered

Please explain yourself.

36. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

The virtual tour mode on the GS5 is unique.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

this phone is for the new billy goats

30. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Those people are lucky. They'll be able to take sharp looking photos for a long time with the great battery life on the S5. :)

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"Create a virtual tour using your Galaxy S5"? What does this mean exactly? (The picture of Dan Hesse on-stage isn't helping...)

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Thanks for fixing that, it makes way more sense to me now! That's a pretty cool feature.

11. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Most of these features are already on my Lumia 920. No trolling

14. maherk

Posts: 7114; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

not trolling, but can you please name them, it was long time ago when I had my windows phone, and I feel I don't know a lot about this OS anymore.

21. Sauce unregistered

Idk about Nokia (never had one), but I'm sure if you scroll up and read my comment (number 16 & 20) I explain your question, as I'm sure Nokia has what the iPhone does also. They're basic features.

25. maherk

Posts: 7114; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I just did, thank you for clarifying your comment.

32. Sauce unregistered

Anytime man

10. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Call notification is great addition from Samsung.

33. Life_Engineer

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Call notification is copied from LG G2. Now people see who copies who.

35. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

There's a few apps in the Play Store that allows any phone to have that function.

37. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Yup, I really don't care as a consumer who copies whom. I just want the best features there are out there on my device :)

38. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Already present in Note 3. So no, it's not a copy of G2.

43. frommars

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

LG G2 launch Before note3

8. frustyak

Posts: 249; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

If Samsung is revealing these, then they aren't really 'hidden', are they? :-)

18. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah... it is but hidden...but it was hidden..

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Great features. Trying them currently. Just dont like that greenish blue touchwiz, would have prefered holo black. They should take a page from sony UI and htc sense

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Sony's UI is just bland and boring. HTC on the other hand... Anyway give Nova or action launcher a go.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The question isnt about app drawer or homescreen, its the odd color combination and color theme of settings, app switcher, notification panel etc which cant be modified with launchers. You need xposed or custom ROMs.

9. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

sony ui is for Class and luxe people and same thing for HTC , not like samsung just like a phone of 6 years old babies ;) , touchwiz is a big joke and phone arena plz stop every 5 mins a post about samsung , not sure if phone arena or samsungRena ;)

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