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Seven tips to customize your Samsung Galaxy S5

1. Change the font

I'm going to assume you already know how to swap out your phone's wallpaper and add and delete folders and widgets. But did you know you can change the font size and type?

In the Settings, select Display, then Font, and finally Font Style to survey a short list of options. From here, you can also download more options -- they mostly cost $1, but a few go up to $4. Font changes persist across the phone, from the app tray to the browser.

If the default font size isn't doing it for you, the other Font settings option gives you the chance to go really tiny or "huge".

gs5ssfont.jpgChange the font size and typeface in the Galaxy S5's Display settings.

2. Swap out static icons

See the row of static icons at the bottom of your home screens? Guess what? Depending on where you live, they're not so static after all. (The phone's software experience varies slightly around the world, and my fine CNET colleagues in Australia assure me they can't tinker with these icons.)

You can drag and drop them as you do with any other home screen app, and even create folders in this slot. For people who prefer to keep all their most important apps on a single home screen, this is valuable real estate for app-y shortcuts.

3. Re-color your folder

gs5folderannotate.jpgYou can choose from five folder colors.

As long as we're on the subject of folders, Samsung has rethought their design. On the Galaxy S4, folders have a circular motif, but here on the Galaxy S5, they're square icons of tabbed file folders.

Samsung threw in a little surprise: color. Tap on the three-dot menu button on any folder to choose from a quintet of muted color choices: green, blue, grey, brown, and maroon.

4. Make home-screen transitions 3D

Swipe from one home screen to the next slowly enough and you'll notice a nifty transition that temporarily makes screens transparent and then slides one over the other in a subtle animation.

The Galaxy S5 gives you two other options as well. You'll need to first find a blank space on a home screen, then press and hold until you see controls appear. Tap Home Screen Settings and then Transition Effect. Card Stack is the default view, but you can also turn on 3D Rotation or not transition at all.

3D Rotation's animation imparts the impression of swiping through faces of a cube. No transition at all still turns screens transparent while swiping, but lays them out flat like a filmstrip, without any stacking or turning. It's a very understated feature, but I do like the opportunity to mix things up.

gs5transition.jpgThe 3D transition is a neat alternative to the Galaxy S5's standard transition.

5. Close My Magazine

This very same Home Screen Settings menu is where to go if you decide it's time to close the pages of Samsung's My Magazine newsfeed for good.

Samsung first introduced the Flipboard-powered My Magazine feature in the  Galaxy Note 3, where it slides up from the bottom of the screen.

Here, it's turned on by default and situated to the left of the home screens. In other words, you swipe to the right to get into the newsfeed, but it is ultimately optional.

6. Screensaver fun

Daydream is a screensaver that Android Phones  display when idle or docked. You can choose options like shifting colors, a Flipboard feed, and various photo displays. There are also other third-party apps that can hook into Daydream.

gs5daydream.jpgDaydream has been around for awhile, but has a few new photo options.
One change from the Galaxy S4 is the ability to choose photos from the Studio editor, Google Photos, and both Favorites and Screenshots in addition to pictures from the general camera gallery. This lets you be a little more specific about which images cycle past on-screen.

To turn on Daydream, navigate to Settings, Display, then Daydream.

7. Say your name

The ability to assign a personal message to yourself on the Galaxy S5's lock screen is somewhat diminished from previous versions of TouchWiz, but it hasn't disappeared completely.

This tiny customization is, however, extremely easy to overlook. In Setting > Lock Screen, tap Owner Information. This is the hidden field where you can enter your name or a message to yourself.

Now when you unlock your phone, you'll see your name or message beneath the date and time, in the lock screens' upper left corner. The font is small and all but disappears; it's unfortunate you can't seem to selectively change the font size and type here, as you could on the Galaxy S4.

gs5personalmessage.jpgThe Galaxy S5's lock screen lacks all the customization options of its predecessor, but not all.

One other note -- you won't see any of these at-a-glance details if you have a running doc of alerts. Clear your alerts, though, and this section of the screen becomes visible once more.

And yes, the lock-screen settings menu is where you can also toggle the camera, weather, and pedometer displays off and on.

What's missing?

Those of you familiar with the Galaxy S4's bag of tricks may notice Samsung has pulled back in some of its customizations, including the ability to set as many shortcuts on the lock screen -- such as shortcuts to the browser, dialer, and messaging inbox.

samsung-galaxy-s5-7063-023.jpgThere are a few things you can do to make the Galaxy S5 your own.


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Comment by Duaa Batool on April 21, 2014 at 10:05pm

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Comment by + Imran Yaqoob on April 20, 2014 at 8:38am

thanx All 

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Comment by iOS on April 19, 2014 at 1:23am

Imran Pai Jan Samsung nu goli maro iphone 5s lavo hunn tey enjoy karo!

iphone is much better than samsung.

anyways the post is good. keep sharing.

Comment by asi on April 18, 2014 at 5:40pm

Comment by Assad Ali on April 18, 2014 at 3:04pm

HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH! 

You want an iphone? what are you 5? 

I remember I was 12 when I had my first iphone.

nice and interesting post ya haqeeqat hy k this trully depends if you prefer aple or android if you enjoy apple and the easy to use interface (imran kaka have you ever been use of apple???)get the iphone. If your looking for a change, get the S4 since the S5 isn't coming out for a while. 

b8 me prefer android over apple because of it's customization and  me believe that iphone is for pple who won't know how to use technology to it's capacity..while android is for people who actually know how to use it. 

Anyways, to sum it up. With the s4 you won't be dissapointed, but...since you had the iphone and you like apple, maybe just get the iphone 5s. 

Imran yaqoob have u ever use of S4 ???? wesy ty ay phone vi kamal di technology si 

Comment by ♥Blessing on April 18, 2014 at 2:18pm

ahann main abi krti ye sab  thanks for sharing

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