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What Is One UI?

If you are using the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, chances are you’ve been using the One UI Home software. And if this is the first time you’ve heard about this system app, you are not alone.

By now, you might be curious what is One UI Home all about? This article will help you understand all about this launcher app from Samsung.

What is One UI Home?

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All Android devices have a launcher, and One UI Home is Samsung’s version for its Galaxy products. This launcher lets you open apps and customizes the home screen's elements like widgets and themes. It re-skins the phone's entire interface, and adds a lot of unique features as well.

Many Samsung Galaxy users first discover this app when they check through the battery usage menu within the Settings app. However, since it's a system app, you can’t just delete or disable it.

One UI Home is not the first launcher that Samsung used in its devices. The Korean tech company has also used TouchWiz and Experience UX as predecessors to the current launcher.

Since its launch in 2019, One UI Home has undergone several versions and updates. One UI 3.0 was released on December 2, 2020, and is based on Android 11. It has some nifty revisions that improve the user experience.

The Best Features in One UI Home 3.0

The first version of the launcher app, the One UI 1.0, introduced many features unique to Samsung phones. There’s the dark mode, which is much easier on the eyes and can also improve battery life. It also brought in native screenshot editing tools, a refined Always-On display, promoted one-hand use, and added gestures as a means to navigate the device.

After a year since the first version was released, you might be wondering what is One Home UI doing lately? Below are some of the improvements of the One UI Home app version 3.0.

1. Samsung Free

Samsung Free is an aggregator app that brings you all types of information, such as daily news, in an easy-to-scroll feed. It’s similar to Samsung Daily and Google Discover but with less clutter.

2. Bigger Volume Controls

Samsung revamped the volume control display to give you more control via its full volume panel. While it takes a vast section of the display, it gives you all the info you need within the slider, allowing you to vary the volumes of your phone’s media, notifications, and more.

3. Fixed the Bixby Button

The dedicated Bixby button---for the AI smart assistant---is one of the big complaints that many Samsung flagship phones have in the past. Samsung fixed this by letting you choose between a single or double press of the key to access Bixby.

Related: 4 Ways to Use Bixby on Your Samsung Phone

4. Game Launcher and Tools

Samsung’s Game Tools suite allows you to customize your phone settings to fit your gaming experience. Game Launcher is a dedicated folder that stores all the games you installed. You can also tweak each game’s FPS via a slider and switch its resolution using a toggle menu.

5. New Look Notifications

The developers also changed the notification shade into a light gray color and a new fade-in animation with a smoother transition. Samsung also removed some of the clutter, like the power button on the upper right corner. Moreover, the music player also switches out of the notification area and the song title selection is accessible much quicker.

6. Faster Access to Widgets

Samsung One UI Home also improved how you can interact with widgets. Now you can long-press an application and view some of the app-related options. You can also scroll through the useful widgets when a pop-up menu appears.

7. Dual Messenger

Following the moves of Xiaomi and Huawei, Samsung allows you to run more than one instance of the same app. Now you can also open the second messenger option via Advanced features under the Settings menu. This feature allows you to run two messaging accounts from Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, or Skype at the same time.

Do More With One UI Home

One UI Home is one of the most thoughtfully developed launchers and lets you get a unique Samsung device experience. It's a big improvement over the old TouchWiz system, both in terms of looks and features.

We've only touched the surface of what One UI has to offer. There are a whole lot more things you can do to customize your Samsung phone.


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Samsung One UI: 10 features you should know about

Samsung Experience has long been one of the better Android skins around, offering a variety of useful features. But Samsung One UI has emerged as the old skin’s replacement, launching on new phones (like the Galaxy S10) and coming to older devices alike.

In this post, we take a look at the 10 best Samsung One UI features. Keep in mind that some of them made their debut with One UI, while others were already present on previous versions of Samsung’s Android skin.

Best Samsung One UI features:

  1. A more versatile Samsung DeX
  2. Secure Folder
  3. Lift to wake functionality
  4. Disable the Bixby button (kind of)
  5. Game tools and Game Launcher
  1. System-wide dark mode
  2. Gesture navigation
  3. Dual messenger
  4. One-handed use
  5. Edge Screen

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Samsung One UI features as new ones launch.

1. A more versatile Samsung DeX

Who would’ve thought an Android brand would outdo Microsoft when it came to smartphone/desktop convergence? That’s what Samsung did with its DeX feature, allowing you to dock your phone to a larger display in order to have a PC-like experience.

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Samsung One UI improves this functionality in two major ways, with the first being that you no longer need an official DeX dock to use the feature. Now, you can simply plug your phone into a supported HDMI adapter to get the ball rolling. The second improvement is that you can keep using your phone when DeX mode is engaged — no need to choose between one or the other.

DeX isn’t available on all One UI phones, but all flagships from the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 onward support the feature. So if you don’t want to spend a fortune to get a phone with DeX, you can always opt for an older flagship instead.

2. Secure Folder

This one isn’t strictly one of the Samsung One UI features, as it appeared when the Android skin was still known as Samsung Experience. It’s certainly one of the better Galaxy phone features though, giving you peace of mind that any sensitive media, documents, and apps are safely stowed away in a PIN-protected safe.

Aside from accessing the folder via a PIN, you can also access it with your fingerprint or iris for added convenience. Adding content to the Secure Folder is easy too, as you use the Android sharing menu or tap add apps or add files in the app itself.

3. Lift to wake functionality

It’s a feature we’ve seen for several years now, but the lift to wake gesture is finally available in Samsung One UI. The function is pretty self-explanatory too.

As you may have guessed, the feature lets you simply pick up your Samsung device in order to wake the screen. So there’s no need to press the power button after picking up the phone. It’s a relatively small addition, but it’s convenient nevertheless.

4. Disable the Bixby button (kind of)

Samsung doesn’t let you completely disable the Bixby button in One UI, but it does let you choose between a single or double-press of the key. So if you’d like to activate Bixby with a double-press, you should launch Samsung’s voice assistant, then tap the three-dot icon > Settings > Bixby key. From here, you should simply choose the Double press to open Bixby option.

You can also assign the single press to another app or command, in case you’d like to launch WhatsApp or Reddit instead. The Bixby button isn’t completely disabled then, but it definitely makes it harder to accidentally activate the service.

5. Game tools and Game Launcher

Samsung was also one of the first brands to offer gaming features on its smartphones, and these features have since been aped by quite a few other manufacturers and gaming phones.

Starting with Game Launcher, this is a dedicated folder for all the games that are installed on your Samsung phone. It’s nothing groundbreaking, as you could simply make a folder yourself. Furthermore, the Game Launcher also hosts ads, making it visually unappealing.

Look a little closer though and you’ll find two icons near the bottom of the Game Launcher screen (below the ad window), and these are your Game Tools. The left-most icon is a simple toggle for muting alerts, while the right icon allows you to tweak game performance. The game performance tweaks take the form of a slider, allowing you to find the right balance of power saving and high performance.

In a neat move, Samsung also lets you tweak each game with its own slider. So if you only need high performance for PUBG, this can be done. Tapping on a game title from this menu also yields two more options in a maximum FPS slider and a low resolution toggle. So give these options a try if your favorite game isn’t running smoothly.

6. System-wide dark mode

Dark/night mode is one of the most requested features on smartphones and apps today, with quite a few OEMs and developers offering the option. Samsung One UI has also joined the party, offering a system-wide option as well.

The option is available by tapping Settings > Display > Night mode, giving you an eye-pleasing OLED-friendly theme. It doesn’t extend to every single facet of the phone and its apps, but it’s certainly a solid effort. One neat touch is that you can schedule the night mode, either from sunset to sunrise or with a custom start/end time.

7. Gesture navigation

Today’s smartphone displays are becoming ever taller, and we’ve seen numerous OEMs (and even Google) adopt gestures to make life easier.

iPhone vs Android gestures: Who does it better?

Samsung has joined the bandwagon too by adding gesture navigation in One UI. This differs from gestures seen on other smartphones though, as you’re simply swiping up from where each legacy key used to be. So going back one screen requires an upward swipe from where the back key used to be, for example.

Samsung’s gesture navigation method seems like a step between traditional navigation keys and full-on gestures seen on other phones. So if you aren’t quite comfortable with Huawei, Xiaomi, and stock Android gestures, this is a solid compromise.

8. Dual messenger

Samsung wasn’t the first company to deliver dual apps functionality, offering the feature shortly after Huawei and Xiaomi. Nevertheless, its Dual Messenger option (Settings > Advanced Features > Dual Messenger) has certainly been around for a few years now.

Much like Huawei and Xiaomi’s takes on the feature, Samsung’s Dual Messenger allows you to run two messaging accounts on one app. Be it WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, or Snapchat, quite a few of the most popular communication apps are supported.

9. An emphasis on one-handed use

Gestures aren’t the only navigation-related addition to Samsung One UI, as the company has been focusing on one-handed usage too. It only makes sense in light of devices like the Galaxy S10 5G and its 6.7-inch display.

Samsung has tweaked its various menus and pre-installed apps, placing key UI elements within thumb’s reach. It’s not quite comprehensive though, as some apps like Samsung Health and the voice recorder don’t follow this convention. But it’s a decent start for the company, and we hope it follows through with implementing this in more apps.

10. Edge Screen

Another feature that launched way before Samsung One UI is the Edge Screen or Edge Panel functionality, which first appeared on 2014’s Galaxy Note Edge. This feature essentially hides an app tray in the screen edge, surfaced by dragging your finger inwards from the edge.

The resulting window can host a variety of content, such as your favorite apps, a news feed, your favorite contacts, or Samsung’s smart select editing tools. Or you can have them all if you can’t decide, simply swiping through each category.

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How to STOP the Samsung ONE UI battery drain on your Galaxy S9, Note 9 and S10

Phone software updates are necessary. They tend to fix issues and they might even introduce new features. While not every update needs to be revolutionary, the least we can expect is that these updates don’t have a negative impact on our phones.

One common problem I noticed and received lots of questions about is the Samsung One UI. It seems that it can drain the phone’s battery pretty quickly, particularly with the Galaxy S9, Note 9 and now on the Galaxy S10 too.

I’ve put together a list of things you can do to deal with that issue and prolong battery life.

Turn Off the Non-Essentials

You really don’t need all connectivity features to be turned on all the time. Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, WiFi just put a drain on your battery so simply turning them on when you need them is simple enough to do.

This doesn’t just apply as a One UI fix, but to all phone owners in general. Use what you need, switch off what you don’t.

Device Care

From Settings, you’ll find an option called Device Care. Open that feature, followed by the drop-down menu at the top right corner and click Auto Optimization. This option will shut down all apps that aren’t essential but are running in the background using up your battery. You can set a certain time for your phone to automatically do this.

Another feature at Device Care is Auto Restart. Again, you can choose for it to happen late at night/early morning (eg: 3:00 am) when you’re not using your phone. Auto Restart will reboot your phone improving battery life and clearing the operating system from things it doesn’t use. Just like its good practice to shut down your computer not just have it on standby, so you should do with your phone. 

Battery Power Mode

By going to Battery then Power Mode, you’ll get a list of 4 power saving settings that you can choose from. These are: high performance, optimized, medium power saving, and maximum power saving. Each mode has its own settings, but what I like about them is that they’re customizable rather than rigid power saving modes.

I usually leave my phone on optimized, since high performance will drain the battery faster, while medium and maximum power saving modes can slow down the OS. Use those in a pinch when your phone is really low on power and you still need it to Uber home.

Night Mode

Select the phone’s night mode to save battery on brightness. This applies to the phone’s general theme and to specific apps. The One UI’s night mode can be selected from the dropdown notification bar. In order to save even more on brightness, you can go to apps like Twitter and YouTube and enable their night modes.

Essentially, the less power the screen draws, the longer the battery will last.

Reduce Animations

Go to Settings, Advanced Features, then click on Reduce animations. Now when you open an app it’ll simply open without any zooming in/out or any type of animations.

Compare what your phone looks and feels like before and after using this feature, and you’ll see the difference plus your battery will love you for doing that.

So in summary

The One UI update has bothered a lot of people because of its effect on battery life, but there are several ways to reduce the battery drain. Try one or a combination of the options and see what works best for you and your phone!


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Samsung One UI Home

Samsung Experience Home starts fresh with a new face and name: One UI Home. It comes with a simple screen layout, neatly arranged icons, as well as Home and Apps screens that perfectly fit Galaxy devices. Meet the better-looking One UI Home that blends familiarity with newness.

[New features available from Android Pie]
• Use Full screen gestures on the Home screen.
- You can hide the Navigation buttons at the bottom of the Home screen, and quickly switch between apps using gestures. Now, enjoy an even bigger Home screen.

• Lock the Home screen layout after rearranging app icons.
- This can prevent pages from being added and app icons from being repositioned or removed by accident. To lock the Home screen layout, go to Home screen settings, then turn on Lock Home screen layout.

• Touch and hold an app icon or widget.
- You can quickly access the App info or Widget settings screen without going through multiple menus.

※ The features described above require an update to Android 9.0 Pie or a later version.
※ Available features may differ depending on the device or OS version.

If you have any questions or experience any issues while using One UI Home, contact us through the Samsung Members app.

※ App permissions
The following permissions are required for the app service. For optional permissions, the default functionality of the service is turned on, but not allowed.

[Required permissions]
• None

[Optional permissions]
• Storage : Used to restore the home screen layout data
• Contacts : Used to restore the contact widget information

If your system software version is lower than Android 6.0, please update the software to configure App permissions.
Previously allowed permissions can be reset on Apps menu in device settings after software update.


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