You can control the camera of your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 using voice commands. This allows you to take creative hands free photos using the cover screen or when the phone is folded. Since this feature is disabled by default you will need to enable it from your Camera app settings if you want to use it.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the latest foldable smartphone model released this year by the South Korean company. Just like the previous models this is a full sized Android smartphone that flips in the middle allowing it to have a more compact size which can easily fit in any pocket. Its best features include an IPX8 rating for water resistance, 120 Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X display protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, a small cover screen for notifications, and the latest Snapdragon 888 chipset just to name a few.
How do I activate voice command on Samsung?
One of the advanced features of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 camera app is the ability for it to be controlled by voice commands. Instead of using a timer to take photos you can just use your voice to take that perfect shot.
This allows you to easily take that quick selfie shot or record video from a good angle. You can rest your phone down on a flat surface, frame the shot, then just say “Smile,” “Cheese,” or “Capture.”
Take hands-free photos and videos on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 using voice commands
Here’s what you need to do to activate the voice commands of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 camera app.
Open the Camera app.
Tap the Settings icon on the upper left side of the app.
Tap the Shooting methods menu.
Toggle the switch for Voice control to turn it on.
The next time you take a photo or record video using your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 all you need to do is just say “Smile,” “Cheese,” or “Capture.”
What to do when the voice command feature does not work on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Let’s say that you have already activated the voice control feature of your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 but then you are unable to make the feature work.
Here’s what you need to do to fix this particular issue.
Restart your Galaxy Z Flip 3
If you have been using your Flip phone for quite some time now without restarting it then now is good time to do a reboot. The phone operating system will slow down over time as more and more random data accumulates which could cause issues on the Flip 3.
By restarting the phone you refresh its operating system and remove any corrupted temporary data that could be causing the problem.
Restarting Galaxy Z Flip 3
Turn off the Flip 3 by pressing and holding the Bixby button and the volume down button on the side of the device.
Choose Power off.
Choose Power off again. The Flip 3 will turn off.
Wait for a few seconds.
Press and hold the Bixby button on the side of the Flip 3 to turn on the Samsung phone.
Clear the cache and data of the camera app of the Galaxy Z Flip 3
One factor that can cause the voice control feature of the camera to fail is a corrupted data in the camera app itself. If this is what’s causing the problem then all you need to do is to clear the cache and data of this app.
Clearing the cache and data of Camera app
Open the Settings app.
Tap on Apps.
Locate and tap the Camera app.
Tap Clear cache.
Tap Clear data.
After performing this procedure the Camera app will revert back to its default settings. You should turn on the Voice control feature again then check if it now works by taking photos or record videos.
Perform a software update
If your Flip 3 is running on an older software update version then there’s a possibility that this is what’s causing the problem.
Samsung releases regular software updates for this Flip 3 to further enhance its capabilities and fix software bugs.
It’s best to make sure that your Flip 3 is running on the latest software updates to eliminate the possibility of a bug that might be causing the issue.
Open Settings, and scroll all the way down.
Find and tap Software update.
Tap Download and install to check for a new update.
Take note that your Flip 3 will need an internet connection to get the update. It’s best to use a WiFi connection and not a mobile data connection as the former is more stable and faster.
Once the Flip 3 is running on the latest software version try to check if the issue still occurs.
Run the phone in Safe Mode
Sometimes an app you downloaded from the Google Play Store can interfere with the voice control feature of the camera app.
You should start the Flip 3 in Safe Mode to check if a third party app is causing the problem.
Turn the Flip 3 off.
Press and hold the Side key past the model name screen appearing on the screen.
When SAMSUNG appears on the screen, release the Side key.
Immediately after releasing the Side key, press and hold the Volume down key.
Continue to hold the Volume down key until the Flip 3 finishes restarting.
When Safe mode appears in the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume down key.
While in Safe mode, you can now uninstall apps that are causing a problem.
If you can shoot with voice commands in this mode then it’s likely caused by an app you downloaded. Find out what app this is and uninstall it.
You can then exit out of this mode by restarting your Flip 3.
Exit from Safe Mode
Press and hold the Side key.
Tap Restart > Restart.
The Flip 3 will restart in standard mode and you can resume normal use.
Wipe cache partition of your phone
Wiping the cache partition of the Flip 3 will remove the temporary files stored by the operating system that may be causing the camera voice control feature not to work.
Wiping the cache partition
Press and hold the Volume Up key, then press and hold the Side key.
When the green Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
Press the Volume down key several times to highlight wipe cache partition.
Press Power button to select wipe cache partition.
Press the Volume down key to highlight yes, them and press the Power key to select.
When the wipe cache partition is complete, Reboot system now is highlighted.
Press the Power key to restart the Flip 3 .
After performing these steps try checking if the issue still occurs.
Perform a hardware test
This app is a useful tool to determine any hardware failure your Flip 3 has. The voice commands feature of your phone requires the microphone to work.
If the microphone of your phone is not working then it won’t be able to pick up your voice command. You need to make sure that the microphone is working properly.
To perform a hardware test
Open Samsung Members.
Tap on Get help.
Under Diagnostics tap on Start.
Tap Start to run the test.
If the test fails then you will need to contact the nearest Samsung service center.
Perform a factory reset
This procedure, which is also called a master reset, will erase your Android device data and bring it back to its original condition. Any corrupted data stored in the system which could be causing problems on your device will be completely removed as well as any third party app you downloaded.
Before proceeding with this step you need to backup your phone files as they will be deleted.
Turn off your Samsung Galaxy device.
Simultaneously press and hold the Volume up and side buttons until the device vibrates and the Android Recovery screen appears then release all buttons. Allow up to 30 seconds for the recovery screen to appear.
From the Android Recovery screen, select Wipe data/factory reset. You can use the volume buttons to cycle through the available options and the side key to select.
Select Factory data reset. Allow several seconds for the factory data reset to complete.
Select Reboot system now. Allow several minutes for the reboot process to complete.
Set up your Android phone.
Once the factory reset is complete try checking if the issue still occurs.
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