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Samsung Galaxy S4 Tutorials, How Tos and Tips Part 2

Welcome to another section of our Samsung Galaxy S4 tutorial series. This site strives to help Android users with their everyday issues with the devices so feel free to reach us via email or through our social network pages at the bottom of this page. Should you wish to have a handy reference for anything S4, let us know and we will do our best to come up with an easy tutorial for it.

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In the meantime, please find the following topics  covered in this Samsung Galaxy S4 tutorial:

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How to connect an Xbox360 controller to your Samsung Galaxy S4

Ever contemplating of using an Xbox controller when playing your favorite racing game on your Samsung Galaxy S4? This section will help you with that.

In order for an Xbox controller to work seamlessly with your S4, it must run the minimum Android 4.0 version. If you have Lollipop, this should work as well. However, before you will connect your Xbox360 controller to your device make sure that your Galaxy S4 is running at least the Android 4.0 or higher version.

Keep in mind that not all mobile games are designed to be played using an external controller like most games from Gameloft. So far, the only confirmation we have on what games works perfectly with this set up though includes Dead Trigger, Shine Runner, Max Payne, and GTA 3.

  1. Get a USB OTG (on-the-go) cable. USB OTG cables are readily available in most gaming or electronic shops.
  2. Connect the Xbox360 controller to the OTG cable.
  3. Insert the OTG cable to your phone and wait for a few minutes to finish the process.
  4. Set the controller in game mode so it works as designed.

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How to assign a ringtone to a contact in Samsung Galaxy S4

Are you tired of listening to the stock ringtone from Samsung but has no clue how to change it? This article should help users like you learn how to assign and add a ringtone to a contact as well as to change a message alert tone of your device. To enable the feature, users can simply follow the steps below and choose your desired ringtone and message alert tone from the device.

Steps to assign a ringtone:

  1. Tap Contact app.
  2. Tap the preferred name from your contact to directly add the ringtone to.
  3. Look for Ringtone option.
  4. Tap Default.
  5. Now, the list of ringtone will appear on the phone screen. You have two options  here: you can either add another ringtone from your current music library, or select between the list of ringtones you already have.
  6. If you want to add, just tap Add button to automatically get your desired ringtone from your music library.
  7. Tap on Save button to finish.

Note: If you have a different music player installed in your device, there’s a big chance that you will have different options in adding a ringtone like probably opening your music players first so you select the tone.

Steps to assign message alert tone:

  1. Tap Contact app.
  2. Tap the preferred name from your contact to add message alert tone to.
  3. Look for Message Alert and tap Default.
  4. Now, list of ringtones will appear on your phone screen.
  5. Choose your desired tone from the list and tap Save to complete the process.

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How to enable Smart scroll in Samsung Galaxy S4

If you don’t want to use your finger to scroll down the screen when reading, following the steps in this article can be a huge help to let you scroll down/up without tapping your phone’s display. This feature is unique to the Samsung Galaxy S4 because it allows the front camera to act as the sensor that determines the user’s eye movement when reading. It’s intuitive enough to know that you are already reading the bottom part of the page that it automatically scrolls the page down for you. In order to be effective though, you are given two options depending on which is more comfortable for you– tilting your head to scroll, or tilting the device itself to scroll. Either way, we are pretty sure that any one of them is better than tapping your screen.

  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Device Tab.
  • Tap and Open Smart Screen.
  • Tap Smart Scroll and make sure it’s enabled. On the screen you can see two options:
    • Tilting Head
    • Tilting Device
  • Choose your preferred scrolling method.

That’s it!

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How to Update apps in your Samsung Galaxy S4

Updating apps regularly in your device is a huge help in minimizing glitches as well as in ensuring that the phone runs up-to-date software to prevent information security. Outmoded apps can sometimes be exploited to gain access to a device. Knowing when and how to update apps is therefore a need for any Android user and is deemed a minimum responsibility in helping keep their data safe. Of course, there are other benefits to it aside from minimizing security risks. Developers use updates to improve their products over time so new features may appear from time to time after downloading a patch. Just like a Windows-based computer, updates are designed to be provided regularly so it really won’t hurt much if you do them diligently whenever they are available. This tutorial is purposely created for those who are new to Android environment or Samsung Galaxy S4 so please find below the two methods in updating apps.

How to update apps automatically:

  • Launch Play Store.
  • Tap Menu key and select Settings.
  • Tap Auto-update Apps.
  • Three options will appear on the screen and you need to choose from the following:
    • Do not auto-update apps.
    • Auto-update apps at anytime. Data charges may apply. If you are particular with your mobile data consumption, choosing this option is recommended. This will allow your phone to automatically update your apps whether you are on data or Wi-Fi connection.
    • Auto-update apps Over Wi fi only. Choose if you wish to only download updates whenever you are connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Choose your desired option by simply tapping it.
  • That’s it. You’re phone should notify you whenever an update is available for download depending on the option you have selected.

How to update apps manually:

Not all apps are created equal. Sometimes, some app updates can wait until you have the time or desired connection. However, update notifications can get annoying if left on automatic. If you prefer to do the updates manually, you can choose between the two options below on how to do it:

Method 1

  • Scroll down the Notification panel.
  • On the Notification panel simply tap Update Notifications. You will be routed to the My apps menu in the Play Store.
  • To update an app, tap the Update button located at the lower right corner of the screen.
  • To update all apps, just tap Update all button.
  • After updating an app, the desired app will be moved automatically to the Recently updated section.

Method 2:

If, for some reason, the phone won’t display a notification update, you can also check for any available app updates by going to the Play Store.

  • Launch Play Store.
  • Swipe device’s screen from left to right.
  • Tap My Apps.
  • Checking Updates section should show if there are any available updates that can be downloaded.
  • To update an app, tap the Update button located at the lower right corner of the screen.
  • To update all apps, just tap Update all button.
  • After updating an app, the desired app will be moved automatically to the Recently updated section.

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How to adjust the key light duration on a Samsung  Galaxy S4

New Galaxy S4 owners or those new to Android environment may find it hard to remember where some of the common buttons are because, by default, the Menu key and Back key are only lit for a few seconds. If you want to change the duration of the key light on these buttons, please follow the steps below:

  • Tap Apps.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap My device.
  • Tap Display.
  • Scroll to and hit Touch Key light duration.
  • Now, there are 4 options that you can choose from:
    • 1.5 seconds. This allows the Menu and Back keys to remain lit for up 1.5 seconds after you last touched them.
    • 6 seconds. This allows the Menu and Back keys to remain lit for up 6 seconds after you last touched them.
    • Always Off. Select this option if you don’t want to turn on the Touch key lights for both Menu and Back keys.
    • Always On. Select this option if you want the Menu and the Back keys lit even when you are not touching them.
  • Select your preferred Touch key light duration and you’re all set!

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How to hide and unhide battery percentage icon in a Samsung Galaxy S4

While most folks find the battery percentage showing at the notification panel helpful most of the time, there are some who may want to just hide it. Whether you want to hide or unhide the battery percentage indicator, the steps below should tell you how to do it.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap More tab.
  • Tap Battery.
  • Touch Display battery percentage to enable/disable the feature.

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How to show owner information in the lockscreen of Samsung Galaxy S4 running Android Kitkat 4.4.2

Have you ever contemplated on losing your phone and not knowing what you should have done to prevent it? Phones may get lost or stolen. That’s a fact in today’s smartphone-dominated life. An average person can no longer imagine living without a smartphone. For a Samsung Galaxy S4 user, the phone can be used to store contacts, appointments, job-related information, precious photos and videos, and many other stuff that losing it can really be a pain. That said, it has become almost  an imperative to do our best to ensure that we can recover the phone if it gets lost.

This section will tell you how to display your contact information on your phone’s lockscreen in the event that it will get misplaced, or if someone finds it accidentally. Unless the person who finds your phone intends to keep it, finding your phone number or email address on the lockscreen is the easiest way for a finder to contact you. We know that there are apps designed to locate missing phones but they are totally useless the device will be outside internet coverage. This does not mean that tracking apps should be relegated to the background. On the contrary, placing your contact information on the lockscreen can greatly augment the utility of the tracking app for you however simple it is. So how exactly do we do it? Here’s how:

  • Touch Settings.
  • Touch My device tab.
  • Touch Lock screen.
  • Tap  Lock screen widgets.
  • Touch Clock or Personal message.
  • Touch Clock.
  • Touch Save button.
  • Tap Owner information.
  • Enter some of your personal information including name, alternate phone number or email address.
  • Make sure that the checkbox in the left side of Show owner info on lock screen has a checkmark on it.
  • Tap OK button.
  • Now, press the Power button twice to lock the phone and to check the information showing on the lockscreen. There should be a running text just below the date showing owner information.

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How to configure your VPN in Samsung Galaxy S4

For security conscious folks, installing a VPN or virtual private network on their smartphone is just another way to fortify their device. However, there are still many average users who are yet to hear about it, or are simply not to be bothered by it. With mobile connectivity becoming an all-too familiar part of everyone’s life nowadays, many have lost sight of the potential dangers that lurk in the digital world we are in. Hackers have grown in numbers in recent years and has now become sophisticated enough to keep pace with technological advances.

Using a VPN offers advantages that includes creating another layer of security for the device, bypassing country or office connectivity restrictions, accessing sensitive office-related information remotely, etc. VPNs let users access a private network securely while connected using, say, your local Starbucks Wi-Fi, which can be an unsecured public network. Like a firewall on your laptop or computer, a VPN protects your information whenever you go online.

In this tutorial, we will teach users how to configure a VPN manually in a Samsung Galaxy S4. VPN services can either be free or paid. Depending on the service you have, you may have to contact them first so you can get important values like their server address, connection type, etc. Just go over the steps below first so you will know what information to ask from your VPN provider.

  • From the Home screen, go to and press the Menu button.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap More.
  • Tap VPN.
  • Tap Add VPN network option.
  • The device will ask for a lockscreen password if you have it so you will not have to enter it every time.
  • Hit the OK button.
  • Tap PPTP located under Type field. Choosing this will show a list of possible connection types.
  • Choose L2TP/IPSec PSK.
  • On the Name field enter the name of the VPN service you are using. Fill the successive fields below with information provided by your VPN.
    • Server address
    • IPSec pre-shared key
    • DNS search domains (optional)
    • DNS servers (usually 8.8.8.8)
    • Forwarding routes (optional)
  • Tap Save button to save the configuration values.
  • Once you are redirected back to the VPN menu, tap the name of your VPN.
  • An authorization window will appear on the screen asking for a username and password. If you don’t have this handy, please call your VPN operator for them.
  • To prevent you from entering the username and password in the future again, make sure to put a check on the box beside Save account information.
  • Tap Connect.
  • You can see key icon in the notification bar if you have successfully connected to your VPN.

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How to enable call forwarding in Samsung Galaxy S4

Don’t have the time to receive calls right away? Setting up call forwarding on your S4 is a great option for you! Call forwarding allows you to divert an incoming call to another number that may answer it right away. Here’s how:

  • Got to the Home screen.
  • Tap Phone located on the lower left corner of the screen.
  • Press the Menu button (on the lower left corner of the mobile).
  • Tap Call Settings option.
  • Under Call Settings tap Additional Settings.
  • Tap Call Forwarding. This will bring up the call forwarding menu with the following options:
    • Always forward.
    • Forward when busy.
    • Forward when unanswered.
    • Forward when unreachable.
  • Pick your preferred forwarding option. After selecting any of them, a blank box will pop up to ask you for the number to forward the call to. Just input the correct number, tap Enable and you’re done.

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How to setup “Priority mode” in Samsung Galaxy S4 even without Lollipop update

As you may have already realized by now, the new Android Lollipop operating system is a significant improvement over KitKat and it brings a lot of cool features to make our lives just a little bit more comfortable. One of the said features is called Priority Mode. When enabled, Priority mode will not ring when there’s an incoming call except for certain people you nominate under this mode.

With Samsung prioritizing the roll out of Lollipop to its newer devices like the S5 and Note 4, it may take a while for most Samsung Galaxy S4 users to install the newest Android version on their phone. The good thing is, you don’t have to wait for Lollipop to have Priority mode like functionality on your phone by simply installing a free app called Essential Calls Lite. This app does not need a rooted device to work so here are the things that you need to do to get it:

  • Go to the Play Store.
  • Download and install Essential Call Lite app developed by Sifakas.
  • Open Essential Call Lite.
  • Set up your whitelist by following the instructions on how to add “Essential Contacts”. Your phone will ring even when on silent mode when they receive calls from people nominated under Essential Contacts. The free version of this app only allows up to 2 contacts under whitelist but should you want to include more, you can buy the full version for only $0.99.
  • Now, after opening the app you will be asked to add Essential Contacts to your whitelist.  By choosing a certain phone number the device will ring even your phone was set to silent mode. To begin, tap plus (+) sign and choose Contacts from the menu.
  • Note: The free version Essential Calls app can only allow 2 contacts in your whitelisted. While the app you purchased from Play Store that cost $0.99 can unlock unlimited whitelist.
  • Another good thing about this app is its ability to set up a schedule for your phone to mute the ringer on a daily and hourly basis. Just tap the clock icon within the app to set up a schedule.
  • After you set up the schedule and your whitelist, simply press the Activate button to start the app. From here on, the phone’s ringer will be muted and it will only ring when there’s an incoming call from your whitelisted contacts.
  • If you want to return the phone to its normal ringer function, just press the Deactivate button on the app.

 

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