Samsung Galaxy Alpha Tips, Tricks, FAQs and Useful Options

by Vishal Toshiwal 5

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

There are times when Samsung consumers wished that company made metal phones. Now that wish of the consumers has come true. As here comes the full metal smartphone from Samsung. It has been on the public demand for too long that Samsung must make a metal flagship phone. While it might not be the flagship phone, you were looking for, but it sure does give a feel of a premium device.

Coming to the specifications of the device, it packs quite a high-end hardware. The device comes with a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED Display and is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa 5430 processor. The other specs of the device are 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS. In the camera department, it sports a 12MP rear shooter and 2.1MP front snapper for selfies. The device comes with a poor 1860mAh battery.

For the Samsung Galaxy Alpha users, we wanted to share how you can improve your experience by using the tiniest of the tricks that your smartphone is capable of doing. Here are few FAQ, tips and tricks to get you started in improving the user experience on the device.

Check – Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

How to use Smart Mute/Pause feature on the Galaxy Alpha?

There are some motion gestures you would definitely like to use. Like the Smart Pause and Mute functionalities on Galaxy Alpha. It allows users to mute the incoming calls, alarms, as well as pause the media with gesture. It comes pretty handy in some situations and if you are going to use it. You need to enable the features. Now you can easily carry out these functions just by covering up the screen with your hand. And if you are not going to use them, you better turn it off, as it will save a lot of battery juice on your Galaxy Alpha.

How to use the Airview the functionality on the Galaxy Alpha?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Airview

It is a magnification tool on your device, which allows you to preview the media contents. Like a scene from a movie clip or contacts from the dialer pad. For instance, you can just hover a finger over the image in the gallery, and it will show you a preview of that image. It is a pretty convenient feature that you might like to use.

How to use the Fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Alpha?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha has the fingerprint scanner built into the home button. It can be used to unlock the device via your fingerprints. To do that, you first need to register your fingerprints. When you are registering your finger, you will get ten entries. For better recognition, you should register your fingers from both ways, like horizontally and vertically. Doing this will make it easier for your device to unlock your device with a single hand.

What is this Toolbox feature on my Samsung Galaxy Alpha?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Toolbox

Another thing that is quite convenient is the toolbox feature. It is a floating bubble that has five of your favorite apps available to access quickly from anywhere. You can also customize the available apps in the toolbox from the settings area. Check the ticker against the app that you want in your toolbox. The feature is quite interesting as it doesn’t bother you while browsing on the phone. As it fades away automatically after couple of seconds.

What are the Magnification gestures on the Galaxy Alpha?

Now there are the magnification gestures. They can be enabled from the accessibility area, where you need to go to the vision there you will find magnification gesture options. Enabling it will allow you to zoom in anywhere by tapping three times. Besides there is also an option, where you can double tap and hold, which will allow you to move through window. This feature might be useful for some of you while I won’t need it.

How to remove the My Magazine feature from the Home Screen on Galaxy Alpha?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - My Magazine

My Magazine, which is baked into the Galaxy Alpha’s launcher, is displeasing. And if you don’t want it on your home screen, it is very simple to turn it off. You just need to long press the blank spot on your home screen to pull up the launcher edit buttons. Now tap “home screen settings” on the right side, and you will see settings area. There you just need to uncheck the box called My Magazine. Now you can enjoy more traditional home screen.

How to use the Blocking mode on the Galaxy Alpha?

There are various interesting modes to personalize the experience on Galaxy Alpha; Blocking mode is one of them. What it allows you to do is that you can simply block the incoming calls and turn of the notifications. It can be further customized based on the period and the functionalities that you don’t want. In that time interval, you can still allow some contact’s calls to pass through, as in emergencies. It is quite useful whenever you are busy or in long meetings.

How to use the Private mode on the Galaxy Alpha?

Private mode is where you can keep all of your documents, pictures and media contents safe. You can hide docs and media contents directly from the gallery or file manager. Select the ones you want to hide add and move them to a private folder.

What is the Screen mode on the Galaxy Alpha?

Then, there are various screen modes for the overall better experience on the Galaxy Alpha. There are various options available here; adaptive display is one of them, which is the default screen mode. It optimizes your screen for the better results. And if you want to watch a movie, you can select the cinema mode. Or else if you don’t like the saturation offered by the AMLOED. Then you can go with the basic mode.

How to use the Power saving modes on the Galaxy Alpha?

First we have a normal power saving mode, which will restrict the maximum performance of the device. Second is the Ultra power saving mode, where you get just the basic apps to call, text, etc. It will prove quite helpful in extreme conditions like when your phone is running out of power. These modes are quite useful, and you will see them on all Samsung high-end smartphones. Except the Grayscale mode, which is missing from the Galaxy Alpha.

How to use the Multi-Window and Pop-up window feature on Galaxy Alpha?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Multi-Window

The Multi-Windows allow you to run two or more apps at a time on your display. Samsung has also included the pop-up view. That allows you to use multiple apps in the form of new pop-up window. It is easy to multi-task also as you just swipe down the window diagonally to pop-out the running apps. Get additional features to move contents from one window to the other. Though, note that it will get messy if you open more than three pop-ups at a time. You can just minimize these windows based on your priorities.

How to insert the SIM card on your Samsung Galaxy Alpha?

Samsung has provided SIM card slot on the back of the device. First you need to remove the back cover carefully. Now turn off the device and safely remove the battery in order to insert the SIM card. Just slide down the SIM in the given slot, and then put back the battery carefully. SIM is successfully inserted, now close the back cover and turn on the device, to check if the SIM card is working or not.

How to share your Data network via Tethering?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Tethering

There are two options to share data via tethering. First you can directly go to the quick settings in the notification panel. There you will have to enable mobile data and mobile hotspot, and you are ready to go. If you want to configure, you need to go to settings, where you will find the Tethering and Mobile hotspot option under the connections section. Turn on and setup a password, and you are good to go.

How to take a Screenshot on my Samsung Galaxy Alpha?

It is another easiest and most widely used feature of the Android operating system. On Note 4, you have to press the power button (found on the right side) and the physical home screen button. Now view the saved screenshot can be directly accessed from the notification panel.

How to check for the Android Updates on Galaxy Alpha?

I get it; everyone loves updates, especially bug updates that include UI changes. To check if you have received an upgrade, you need to go to the settings on your Galaxy Alpha, and then tap on the about device option. Ensure that your device is connected to the internet. Now open the software updates options and then tap on the first option. It will check for the system updates. Make sure you do the updates over the Wi-Fi connection only.

How to Install external apps with apk files on the Galaxy Alpha?

You just have to go to the security options first; there you need to go to the settings. Now tap on the option called Unknown Sources. Remember to check the box in front of the option. Now you can easily install the apk files on your device. Note that is installing the apps from unknown sources might damage your new device.

How to customize the Quick Settings in the Notification Panel?

You get quick settings on top in the notification panel, where you can customize the options. Add the things that you use most. To customize them, you need to go to settings; there you can find quick settings option, where you can add as many as nine options. It will make things easier for you as you can access them very quickly.

Will the Samsung Galaxy Alpha get Android 5.0 Lollipop update?

Right now, there was no announcement regarding this major upgrade to the Android 5.0 Lollipop. But looking at the track record of Samsung, it seems that consumers have to be patient this time too. Though, looking at the specs of the device, that is pretty high-end. Therefore, we hope that it might get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, sooner or later.

Vishal Toshiwal

Born in West India, raised in the North and currently chasing dreams in the southern part of India- Vishal is an entrepreneurial spirit, a tech enthusiast and a writer by profession, who is busy taking pictures when he is not writing. He would love to talk to you about the latest movies, TV shows and DC/Marvel comics. As a personal rule, he doesn't let a day get by without at least one dessert. Because, why not?

  • I absolutely love this device and was awaiting for some f the tricks it ha an if hey had even the slights difference to the s5 or note 4! This is bliss to Alpha Owners. Though I myself don’t own an alpha and don’t have the latest 4.4.4 update I also know how to do some of these as well and enjoy teaching it to my parents. Now they have place to look and I’m also learning new things too!

  • Android

    Yes as you mentioned Samsung has been supply plastic phones for us and finally after all these years they delivered the phone that we wanted to see. This phone shows Samsung at their best and their keen intelligence into designing a phone. People who own this device must be feeling really great right now because eventhough it is not a flagship device, the device looks and feels like. The features on this phone are no less and deliver flagship quality features we have always seen from Samsung. This is a great all in one galaxy alpha guide for dummies and this article is great. I also want to say the power saving mode is awsome and it is something all future devices should inherit. Clearly Vishal Toshiwal or the person who spent time with this device and spent a suffient amount of time interacting with this device. Cant wait for the video!!!

  • Shanky Yadav

    After giving a bombastic review this is done which adds some more positive marks for this smartphone and why not its the first shinny metal smartphone by samsung thats why it deserves a lot review and know what it has its own value and is more popular . I alalways tried to buy this but failed .. The best part which i was unknown to me multiwindow .i thought i doesnot ssupport multiwindow feature now after seeing the pic and theese tips i am getting too aggressive towards ot

  • Shashank Chourey

    Great article.. A very nice beginner’s guide to the people who own the Alpha or are planning to get it. And yes it will definitely improve their experience. Although, I already watched your video on this.. like.. maybe a month ago.. Anyway, double thumbs up!
    Sharing it.

  • vivek ganeriwal

    This device is just awsome in look and feel 🙂

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