11 first things Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra users should do


Even though Samsung has launched Galaxy S23 Ulta, it does not necessarily mean you should stretch your budget to get the latest and greatest. You can go for the Galaxy S22 Ultra without any second thoughts and save money. It is packed with specifications and features like a Quad HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 108-megapixel camera sensor, and 45W fast charging support.

Samsung has also assured it will receive software updates for up to four years including major Android OS upgrades. If you have already purchased or are considering buying a Galaxy S22 Ultra, here are the 11 first things you should do.

Customize Always on display

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has Always on Display which is customizable. All you need to do is to visit Settings > Lock screen > Always on Display. This will give you plenty of functionalities that you can enable/disable and an option to choose from various visual elements. This way, you cannot only customize the way Always on Display works but also the way it looks.

Home screen customization

We know that Android smartphones are all about customization and the Galaxy S22 Ultra is no different. Tap and hold on empty space anywhere on the home screen to access settings for changing wallpaper, themes, widgets, home screen grid, folder grid, and more.

Visit Settings > Wallpaper and style > Color Palette and turn on the toggle. This will automatically pick colors from your wallpaper and apply them to the rest of the visual elements of the software experience.

Navigation Gestures

Samsung’s OneUI has a preference for the traditional three-bot navigation system. It gives you dedicated buttons for accessing recent apps, going to the home screen, and going back but the modern navigation approach follows swipe gestures. If you are someone who loves to use gestures, you can switch to them by visiting Settings > Display > Navigation Bar > Gestures.

Get a protective case

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a premium flagship which means it is also expensive to get it repaired. This is why we recommend heavily that you invest in a good protective case. After all, spending a few bucks on a good case can save you from the expenses running into hundreds of dollars. Check out some of the Galaxy S22 Ultra cases below.

Get a charger

Samsung does not ship Galaxy S22 Ultra with a charging adaptor in the box. You either have to use a charger that you already own or get a new one from the market. If you want to go for a new one, do make sure that it is capable of offering at least 45W charging speed. This is because it is the maximum fast charging speed supported by the flagship.

Adjust display resolution and refresh rate

The Galaxy S22 Ultra display features Quad HD+ (3088 x 1440 pixels) resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. While you may be tempted to keep the display resolution and refresh rate to the maximum all the time, it can take a toll on your device’s battery life. This is why you should consider adjusting as per the need.

Visit Settings > Display > Screen Resolution and choose from your preferred resolution: WQHD+ (3088 x 1440), FHD+ (2316 x 1080), and HD+ (1544 x 720). As for refresh rate, you can choose Dynamic by visiting Settings > Display > Motion Smoothness. This is the setting that automatically adjusts the refresh rate based on the content you see on the panel.

One-handed mode

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a huge device and it can get difficult to use it with just one hand, especially when trying to reach the top corners. This is where one-handed mode comes to the rescue as it shrinks everything visible on the screen for more convenient usage.

You need to enable it by visiting Settings > Advanced features > One-handed mode. Turn on the toggle and also enable gesture support. You can then trigger it anytime by swiping down in the center of the bottom edge of the screen.

Hide apps

As you will spend more time with your Galaxy S22 Ultra, you will go on to install more apps but you may not want some of them to be visible to everyone. The good thing is you can hide those apps natively. Tap and hold on the home screen and choose Settings > Hide apps. Now, all you need to do is to select the apps you want to hide and that’s it.

Remove app folders or apps from home screen

Your Galaxy S22 Ultra home screen may have a lot of apps and/or app folders that you might not want to be there. You can get rid of those by simply tapping and holding and dragging them to the trash icon you see on the screen. This simply removes those apps/app folders from the home screen and does not uninstall them.

Power off menu

When we think about powering off the phone, the default action is to press and hold the button on the side. On Galaxy S22 Ultra, this will trigger the Bixby digital assistant. You need to press and hold the button along with the volume-down key to get the power menu. This should be a long press as otherwise, it will take a screenshot.

Apart from your usual Power Off, Restart, and Emergency mode options, there is an additional option called Side key settings. This is what will let you disable Bixby and go to the power menu by simply pressing the side button. Another way to do this is to visit Settings > Advanced features > Side key > Press and hold > Power off menu.

Software updates

There is a good chance by the time you are reading this, you have new Galaxy S22 Ultra update waiting for you to download and install. You can check for software updates by visiting Settings > Software Update > Download and Install.

Ajit Singh
Ajit is a freelance tech reporter who loves everything tech but has a soft corner for Android. He started his stint in tech journalism in 2015 and has previously worked with publications like Digit India and Android Headlines.

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