What’s that little tab that lives on your Samsung smartphone’s home screen? We’ll show you how to use it, customize it, and remove it altogether.
Sometimes, Samsung’s smartphones are equipped with features that may leave you wondering whether they’re actually worth using. Well, if you’re the fast-moving type, or you’re addicted to keeping your home screen as light on the icons as possible, you may want to consider diving into the utility of the edge panels on the Galaxy S8.
Now that both of Samsung’s latest flagship models are equipped with cascading edge screens, you can take advantage of the Edge Panels that were previously limited to the edge variant of the Galaxy S8’s predecessors. The Edge Panels can be extremely useful if you’re looking to save space on the interface, add quick access links to your favorite contacts, or you like the idea of having a “shelf” for oft-used tasks. Here’s how I use the Edge Panels on the Galaxy S8+ and how you can set up yours to fit your needs.
Quick access to making GIFs and editing photos
The Galaxy S8+ is my “social media” phone — it’s quick to launch Snapchat, takes incredible pictures with its 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and offers a ton of storage space due in part to its microSD expansion slot. As a result, I’ve set up the Edge Panels with the Apps Edge so that only the apps I use for editing photos are readily available.
The Edge Panel on my Galaxy S8+.
I have 10 of my favorite apps at the ready for filtering photos, recording vintage-looking video, or adding neon colors to RAW images snapped with the Galaxy S8’s manual mode. The shortcuts make it so that all I have to do is swipe my thumb a little from the edge to reveal the apps, and