5 Things Every Galaxy Note 9 User Needs to Set Up After Purchase

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Aug 31, 2018
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Now that you have your shiny new Galaxy Note 9 with you, here is a list of things you need to set up to get the Galaxy Note experience you paid for.

Rescale display resolution to WQHD+

For reasons known best to only to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 9 only runs at FHD+ resolution out of the box. The panel, however, is capable of pushing WQHD+ resolution. To do that, navigate to Settings>Display>Screen Resolution and bump the resolution up to WQHD+ using the slider. It’s only fair that you get the best viewing experience out of the best smartphone display on the market right now.

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Always On Display

The Galaxy Note9’s Always On Display displays a wealth of information ranging from the clock to your notifications. You shouldn’t have any trouble with the Note9’s 4,000Mah battery and keep the AoD on all day. The option can be found in the Lock Screen menu of the Settings app. There are various clock styles and colors that you can choose from. FaceWidgets provide quick access to useful information such as the day’s schedule, next alarm, weather and even a music controller. Your contact information can be configured to show on the Always On Display as well. Additionally, you can download more clock faces from by installing the Samsung Good Lock app.

Dolby Atmos

The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a set of powerful speakers which are also Dolby Atmos-ready. Paired with the AKG headphones that come out of the box, you’ll have a an unparalleled multimedia experience with your Note 9. However, Dolby Atmos is disabled by default on the Galaxy Note 9. To enable it, make your way to Quick Settings by swiping down from the home screen and find the button that says Dolby Atmos. It might not appear by default; you’ll have to manually add it by tapping the three dots next to the settings icon. Once enabled, long tap it to get to the settings where you can tinker around with the different sound modes and pick one that you like.

S-Pen

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A Galaxy Note device would be incomplete without an S-Pen. The one that comes with the Note 9 is Bluetooth-enabled allowing you to do a host of things with it. It can double as a remote control for the camera and media player or even as a controller for presentations. You’re informed of this new capability when you pull out the S Pen for the first time after the Galaxy Note 9 setup. If you tap on More, you will be taken to the S Pen Remote menu where you can configure what app opens when the S Pen button is held down and what a single or double press of the button does in various apps.

Configure Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay is arguably one of the best payment portals out there as it is the only one that supports MST, which emulates that magnetic strip of your traditional credit/debit card to transfer card details saved on the Samsung Pay app to a magnetic coil embedded on the back of the device. It means that Samsung Pay works at any place that has a card machine or payment terminal.

Additionally, Samsung Pay stores an encrypted version of the card number that is sent to payment terminals instead of the actual card number. It’s a virtual number of sorts, so the original card number is not stored anywhere on your phone. To setup Samsung Pay, you can either find it in the app drawer or swipe up from above the home button on from your home screen. Follow the on-screen instructions and you should be good to go.

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