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Ten functions you should use

Ten functions you should use

Samsung’s leading position among mobile phone manufacturers in many markets, including Spain, allows it to obtain licenses that other brands cannot obtain. One of them is Bundle your apps with Google Apps. This appears in apps like Calls, Contacts, or Calendar, but also in other apps like the web browser.

Although Chrome is installed on the company’s smartphones, the browser, which has a certain popularity among users of this company’s mobile phones, also comes standard on many models. Samsung Internet Browser lives up to its name and has some features that Chrome lacks.

That’s why, even though you typically use Chrome on a daily basis, if you have a device from this company, it’s good to know. What this app can do, what are the most useful tricks and how to get the most out of it. If you don’t have a Samsung device or the model isn’t pre-installed but you want to use it, you can Download from Google Play Store.

10 browser tricks

Address bar position. Ease of use in mobile applications is important. It’s not for nothing that Google keeps changing the design and aesthetics of Android, beyond aesthetic reasons. Samsung’s browser has a very handy option that allows you to move the search bar and website introduction to the bottom, so you can use the app with one hand.

To activate it, we just have to go to Settings, which is the button with horizontal lines in the lower right corner, in a gear-shaped icon. There you have to select the design and menus. One of the options in this section is to show the address bar below. There are more options to modify the interface to activate it if this application is easier to use.

Address bar / Text size / Dark mode

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Character size. Samsung is one of the best-selling brands in countries like Spain, partly because a large portion of seniors consider this company a reliable brand. This makes users often appreciate the ability to enlarge the font size on their mobile phones, and in the case of an application like a web browser this is a good example.

To do this you have to go to the same button with the three lines in the bottom bar and there select the text size option. A slider will appear starting at 100% and allow you to increase and decrease the letter size. In addition, the change will be seen in real time at the top of the screen if the website is open.

Dark mode. Using the browser with dark mode is best used in low-light environments, such as on an airplane at night, or in bed itself. To activate it, you have to go to the settings option, page view and scrolling, and there enter dark mode.

You can select it to turn it on, off, or do the same thing as the rest of the phone’s interface. Additionally, you can force the website to always show its dark mode in another section. In this case, you have to go to Settings, Test Features, and use the dark theme for the website.

Add-ons / Ads / Tab Groups

Ad blocker. The main reason why many users use this browser is that, unlike Chrome, it allows you to install ad blockers. To do this you have to go to the three lines menu and choose Ad Blockers. Several options will appear, and they can be downloaded directly from this section.

Create tab groups. If you have multiple tabs open while browsing, it is possible to group them by topic. To do this, you have to click on the windows icon in the bottom panel, second from the left. Then click on the three dots icon in the upper right corner, and there select the Group Tabs option. After selecting them, they can be grouped by clicking on the icon at the bottom.

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Accessories. Samsung’s browser acts as a mini operating system by allowing small programs to be installed. Ad blockers are an example, but there are more options, such as translators, interface modifiers for video sites, subtitles…

To install them, you have to go to the bottom menu containing the three lines, then to Add-ons and there select what you want. In addition, it is recommended to browse the many options available, both paid and free, by clicking the button below. You can also search for exactly what you need, if there is an extension for it.

Secret mode. Many browsers have an incognito mode that allows you to browse without the usual tracking done by websites. Samsung Browser takes this to another level with Secret Mode. To activate it, you have to go to the tab group icon, the second one in the bottom bar from the left, and click on the three dots icon in the upper right corner.

There you have to select secret mode settings. When you log in, you can activate this mode and set the password to use it, as well as if you want to use biometric data as well. When it’s done, a new option will appear inside to turn on Secret Mode, and it will ask for the password we entered.

Reader mode. This mode allows you to read pages in text mode, without ads or aesthetics, and is ideal for those very long articles that require some concentration. To activate it, you have to go to the menu, then settings, then enter the useful functions section. There you can enable the option to show reader mode button. This button will appear as lines of text in the address bar next to the page reload arrow.

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Video history. Samsung Browser has always given a lot of importance to videos, that’s why it has a history of these items only. It can be found in the menu, history option, and video history section, which is ideal for not having to look at the website on which a particular item was viewed.

Save web pages. Although you can save websites to always have them at your fingertips, in bookmarks, Samsung’s browser also lets you save entire websites. To do this, click Menu when the website is open, select Add Pages To and then Saved Pages.

To go to those saved pages, you just have to go into the three-line menu and select the option with that name. The improvement is that they can be consulted without having to be connected to the Internet.

Picture-in-picture mode. Like a good modern browser, when you watch a video in this program, you do so using picture-in-picture mode, which leaves the video floating while you use other apps. To activate it, you just have to click on the third floating icon that appears when watching a video on any website. The problem is that platforms like YouTube have disabled this functionality.

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