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

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

These guys are really pushing forward the platform. Nice to see

16. Sauce unregistered

How? Most of these "hidden" things are basic features on most phones.

17. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

basic features? name them

20. Sauce unregistered

I own a Note and an iPhone, so I'll be using the iPhone as my example. 2 5 (most people don't know about this one) 6 8 9 10 11 In total - 7/11 "unhidden" features I also know LG has many of these also. Not starting drama…just curious as to why these are classified as "hidden", as these are also features that are built into the GS5.

23. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

thank you for explaining your commnet. Tbh I didn't know that couple of those you mentioned are found on iOS. As for LG, of course you're gonna find the majority of touchwiz features on it, since that's their model of lately. They copied the Ripple effect, key toggles on notification center, multiwindows, S note, the entire camera app without even changing the names and thumbnails of the modes, settings menu, touchwiz icons, dialer, I can go on and on, and for the fanboys that don't wanna admit and for the skeptics, just google the examples I gave.

28. Sauce unregistered

I totally understand you, was just not familiar with how LG runs things. I've only owned Samsung, Sony, and Apple smartphones, and iPads + a Samsung tab. My two current phones are a Note 2 and an iPhone 5s (in love with them both!). Samsung gave me a Note 2 when I used to work for them, and when the manager left, no one ever told me about giving the phone back (teehee), so kept it ever since

29. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I was a nokia guy, bought the iPhone 2g when it was released, sold it after 2 days, since things like bluetooth sharing and video shooting was essential to me. Tried it again with the 3gs and again wasn't fond with iOS, so back to Nokia it is. The N8 sucked so I gave android a try and since then never looked back. Started with Galaxy S, then Optimus 2x, S2, Note 1,Xperia S, back to Note 1 after 1 week of poor screen and battery, S3, Lg 4X, Note 2, S4, Note 3, and was too close to get the M8 3 days ago but I think I ll end up buying the S5.

31. Sauce unregistered

Nice experience man. I dont think I'll go back to Sony, or try out a Nokia device. I realllly love both my Note and iPhone. I like my iPhone more because of the Jailbreak features and tweaks for iOS7 and most importantly to me, biometric features like facial scan+fingerprint for my ultra private files, bio-unlocks for apps, features, settings, etc. List is endless. I find theming and customizing way better on my iPhone also. Such an amazing and active community(subreddit /jailbreak). I love using my Note for lounging around at home, browsing the web, and intermissions during Call of Duty hehe. Both awesome phones by awesome companies.

34. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I do love the simplicity of iOS, but my take on it is the lack of sd cards and iTunes, I just hated using iTunes. Samsung for now gives me everything I want in a phone, I always have a charged battery in my car and one in my house, I don't have to get tied up to a wall charger. The M8 was bound to be my 1st android HTC (had the HTC HD7, one of the worst phones I ve ever had), then I read that the grey gunmetal color the color I was going for is scratch prone, and after searching for it, it turned out to ne plugged with many build issues, many threads are found regarding it on xda and other sites, from dead pixels, washed out plastic lines found on the back, screen not being flushed with speaker grills, loose volume buttons. So my plan now is to find a good deal on Craigslist for an s5, trade my Note 3 for it, and get the gear fit.

39. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

I see they are both strong but a lot of the jailbreak features are what android can accomplish without rooting it and then once you root it theres nothing the phone cannot do, i would say cook but you can probably over heat the battery and warm something up lol

40. Sauce unregistered

Thing is, the iPhone is the way it is for a reason. That is why it is in the top 3 (or top 2 for that fact) smartphone. Everyone loves it for what it is and what it does. If you don't you have a different smartphone, that does what you want. The iPhone is MEANT to be simple and not cluster-f*cked. IFFFFF you want to go farther, you have the OPTION to jailbreak. Once you jailbreak, there is "nothing you can not do", if not more than what a rooted Android device could do. People need to understand why the iPhone is designed the way it is, and that there IS an option to make it super-customizable. Honestly, most people don't even know what a jailbeak can do. My friend is a super Android buff, and I constantly "WOW" him with what I can do that his Note 3 or other rooted Android phone can't.

45. express77 unregistered

Can we disable itunes restrictions, bluetooth to other devices, play mp3 without itunes sync etc by jailbreaking? Can you give me a link with everything about jailbreak.

47. Sauce unregistered

Yes of course. You can email me at for questions, or you can ask questions to the amazing Reddit Jailbreak community.

49. baller23

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

To copy mp3 and other stuff without itunes sync, use iTools on mac or pc. You don't need jailbreak.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31104; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sweet move

51. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

you know it's not nice to see apple trailing android in most fields, i owned a 3gs and then a 4th gen, when I owned these there was no company who can rival apple. wow now it's trailing in many departments.

55. tech23

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 22, 2012


2. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Now these are some things that samsung should have spoke about when introducing the phone rather than that stupid heart rate sensor and stuff...this is more useful....

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

But still it was better than some OEMs who were awfully bragging about their weakpoints at unveiling day. Ultra ult ul sneeze.

5. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Wow,Deja Vu.The same comment was made about the Galaxy S4,when Samsung released hidden features about it. But still,that's how marketing is done.Like from the wolf of wallstreet movie.Sell me this pen.

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 ;)

12. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

you always complain about the same damn thing, everytime hating on this website. If you don't like it and like their articles, why the hell do you still come back and drop the exact same comment?

22. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

firstly it's not your business , keep watching my coms thats make me smile :) 2-i didn't say i hate phone arena you blind , i love this website but they are a paid reviewrs and we all know that unless you are a samsung fan boy , all the website is about samsung thats really sucks

24. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

did you read your commnet before posting it? it is full of hypocrisy.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If you're tired of the articles then hop off the website. PA isn't forcing you to open the article. Go troll somewhere else.

46. express77 unregistered

Touchwiz is the best thing that happened to android. It is not that good nowadays(dont know about s5 ar note3 as I havent use them) but without touchwiz, android wouldnt have been so successful tech would have been far behind.

15. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

It is this kind of functionality that makes me love touchwiz...all haters can say it's bloated bla bla...but they'll never get functionality like this in any other android skin...let alone wp and ios...

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