If you have a Samsung phone, there’s no need to be jealous; every Android phone has a screen recorder, too. You can use it to make video recordings of nearly any app – though some apps like Netflix will just give you a black screen – and then share or edit the videos later.
Here’s how to enable the screen recorder and use it on your Samsung phone, whether it’s a Galaxy, Note, or otherwise.
How to screen record on any Samsung phone
To take a screen recording, you’ll need to enable your Samsung’s recording feature.
1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification panel, and then swipe down again to open the “Quick Settings” screen. If the screen recorder has already been enabled, you’ll find it on this page.
2. If it’s not there, tap the pencil icon in the bottom-left corner. This will let you customize which icons are on the page. (Note that on some Samsung phones, you may instead have to tap a three-dot icon, and then “Button Order.”)
3. In the menu that appears, tap and drag the “Screen Record” option to the top of the screen. This way, it’ll appear in your Quick Settings.
4. Once the Screen Record option is there, just tap it. You’ll be asked if you want to include audio and if you want your taps to be highlighted – once you make your choice and tap “Start,” the recording will start.
When you’re done recording, pull down the notification panel again and tap the “Tap to stop” option.
Where to find your screen recordings on a Samsung phone
Your videos will be saved in whatever the default location for photos and videos is on your phone. Depending on your settings and Samsung model, this can be Google Photos, the Gallery app, or the My Files app.
Through these apps, you can then edit or share the screen recordings like you would any other video. For example, you can trim off the start and end of the clip so viewers don’t see you fiddling around in the notifications panel.
If it came with your Galaxy device, you won’t need to connect it, but there are still a few steps needed to use it. And the newer your device, the more features you’ll have access to with the S Pen.
How to use S Pen on Samsung Galaxy
You can start using the S Pen by pressing on the end of it to release it from your Galaxy device. Your Galaxy will vibrate to let you know that it recognizes you’ve released it.
Your S Pen should start working immediately. If it doesn’t, hover the S Pen over the screen and quickly double-press the button in the middle of the stylus.
Ways to use the S Pen
You can use the S Pen to do anything that you could normally do with your finger. And depending on the Galaxy Note or Tab model you have, you may be able to use some or all of the following useful features. Test them all out and see which ones you like.
Take notes on the lock screen. Simply take out your S Pen and write on the locked screen.
Customize the pen button. Press and hold the pen button. Go into your settings’ advanced features section for the S Pen and select “S Pen remote” or “Air actions.” Then tap “Hold down Pen button to” and select the desired option.
Annotate a PDF. Open the desired PDF file in the Samsung Notes app and write your notes on it with the S Pen as you read.
Automatically change your handwriting to text. Turn on your S Pen and open the Samsung Notes app. Create your handwritten note and hit save, then tap the handwriting-to-text icon in the lower toolbar.
Turn your stylus into a remote. Go into your settings, then select “Advanced Features,” and then “S Pen,” followed by “Air Actions.” Then tap the toggle to turn on the “S Pen remote” option.
Remotely take photos and videos. Follow the steps above to use the stylus as a remote. Then, when you have the camera open and ready, simply tap the end of the stylus once to take a photo or begin a video. Tapping twice will switch between the front and rear cameras. This works when the stylus is less than 10 meters away from the device.
Control your music and other media with the S Pen. Once you’ve set up your S Pen as a remote, you’ll also have the ability to start and stop your media by tapping the end of the stylus while watching a video or listening to music.
Customize air actions. Swipe down on your device, and on the notification panel, select “S Pen air actions.” Under “App actions,” select the app you want to customize. Tap the item you want to customize and select either “Pen button” or “Gestures.”
Use direct pen input. This is turned on by default and allows you to write in text boxes, like in the Messages, Internet, or Phone app, and also converts your handwriting to text.
Advance through a slide deck. Open a presentation on your phone, then pull down your notification menu and choose to use your phone as a touchpad. Go into presentation mode and click your pen once to go to the next slide, or twice to go back a slide.
To put it bluntly, Samsung makes a lot of phones. They have a 5G phone for just about every budget – from the super premium Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 to the entry level Galaxy A 51 5G.
Luckily, that means there are also plenty of discounts to be had on Samsung devices, including the latest phones in Samsung’s popular Galaxy S21 series. All three Galaxy S21 models are 5G ready, come with the same speedy 5-nanometer processor, and include a multi-lens camera system that’s among the best you can get on a smartphone.
We’ve broken down Samsung’s current 5G phones to show you how they compare with each other and where you can get the best deals.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Galaxy S21 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Galaxy S21 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Galaxy Note 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Galaxy S20 FE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Galaxy Z Fold 2
7.6-inch main, 6.2-inch cover
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Galaxy Z Flip 5G
6.7-inches open, 1.1-inch cover
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Galaxy A 71 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
Galaxy A 51 5G
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The Galaxy S21 is the smallest of Samsung’s new flagship phones, with a 6.2-inch 2400 x 1080 resolution display. It also includes 8 gigabytes (GB) of RAM, a 10-megapixel (MP) front camera, and three rear cameras: a 12-MP wide, 12-MP ultra wide, and a 64-MP telephoto lens. It is available with either 128GB or 256GB of storage and starts at $799.99.
We praised the S21 for its attractive, easy-to-hold design, long battery life, and great camera – though we thought the low-light photos could be a bit better. Overall, this is a great phone and a particularly good choice for those who want a new Android phone with the latest capabilities, but do not need a massive screen.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus has all of the same features of the Galaxy S21, but comes with a bigger 6.7-inch screen. The S21 Plus also comes with either 128GB or 256GB of storage, though its starting price is usually $999.99, making it $200 more expensive than the Galaxy S21.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the largest and most feature-rich S21 model. It has a 6.8-inch 3200 x 1440 resolution curved display with 12GB or 16GB of RAM, support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus, a 40-MP front camera, and four rear cameras. You have the option of getting it with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage, and it usually starts at $1,199.99.
Like the S21, we found the Galaxy S21 Ultra to have a great screen, a solid build and design, long battery life, and a great camera. However, we found it to feel slightly heavier than the S21 and expensive – especially since it did little to differentiate itself from the middle-of-the-road S21 Plus. The S21 Ultra might be the best fit for camera enthusiasts who feel they are willing to pay a premium for a four camera setup.
The Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra were released in August of 2020 and are the latest in Samsung’s distinctive note-taking devices. Both the Note 20 and The Note 20 Ultra are 5G ready and feature the S-Pen, Samsung’s digital stylus that seamlessly tucks away into the bottom corner of the bezels.
Users can take notes in the Samsung Notes app and watch them sync in real time with Microsoft Outlook and OneNote. Notes can also be exported to Microsoft Word and Powerpoint for smooth integration and productivity.
The base-level Galaxy Note 20 typically retails for $999.99 and is hard to recommend at that price. The 60Hz refresh rate and plastic casing make this a tough sell in the premium market.
However, this is still a solid phone and could be a good pickup at the right price for someone who loves writing notes by hand.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offers a more well-rounded experience than its smaller sibling. It has a bigger curved display than the Note 20 and includes a 120Hz refresh rate at 1080p, which drops down to 60Hz at 1440p. It also has more RAM – 12GB – and comes with the option for 512GB storage. The Ultra – which normally starts at $1,299.99 – also has three rear cameras, including a 108MP wide lens.
We found the Ultra to be powerful, with a premium design, a great screen and good battery life. We wished the full 1440p was not limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, while the curved edges of the screen made it difficult to write with the S-Pen. We would not recommend getting this phone at full price, but the Note 20 Ultra has a lot to offer note takers if it can be had for under $1,000.
The Galaxy S20 FE
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The Galaxy S20 FE, or Fan Edition, is a pared-down version of last year’s S20 lineup. It was released in October and offers many premium features – such as 5G, a crisp and large screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage – at a non-premium price of $699.99.
It still has three rear cameras, though they are not as powerful as some of the more premium Galaxy models. The back of the phone is plastic instead of metal, but it still feels premium and durable. We found this phone to be a good choice for most people due to its solid design, great battery life, nice screen and fair price.
Galaxy Z Fold 2
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The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s most expensive and ambitious phone to date. Its distinguishing feature is its large, folding display. The main screen is 7.6 inches with 2,208 x 1,768 resolution, while the cover screen is 6.2 inches with 2,260 x 816 resolution.
Samsung recently lowered the price on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 by $200 -from $1999.99 to $1799.99 – but it’s still pricey. Unlike its poorly reviewed predecessor, we found the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to be the most promising foldable device on the market.
We liked its vibrant, tablet-sized screen, its long battery life, and excellent speakers, but found its design to be a little awkward in phone-mode. It also lacked any waterproof rating, which we found disappointing for a phone this expensive. Ultimately, this is a device that is really only for those who are willing to pay a premium to try out the latest in foldable screen technology, but these discounts make it a little more palatable.
Galaxy Z Flip 5G
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The Galaxy Z Flip 5G is Samsung’s attempt at modernizing the classic flip phone. The Flip features a 6.9-inch foldable glass display- unlike the plastic display found on the Motorola Razr – as well as three 12MP rear cameras, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. The Flip 5G launched in August at $1,450, but is now only available in a 256GB model that is regularly priced at $1,199.99.
We found the non-5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip to bring something new to the smartphone experience, while also functioning well enough as a standard smartphone. However, we thought the Flip’s cover screen was a little too thin and awkward when it was closed, and wished it was waterproof. The price of Flip makes it, like the Galaxy Fold 2, a niche item for those wanting a new – but not yet perfected – flexible smartphone.
Galaxy A71 5G
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The Galaxy A71 5G was released in June of 2020 as a lower-priced option for those looking to get a 5G phone without all of the more expensive features. It comes with a 6.7-inch 1080p OLED screen, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It has four rear cameras with a 64MP main lens, a 32MP front camera, and is priced at $599. It has good battery life, but lacks the ability to charge wirelessly. Ultimately, this is a good choice for those looking for a solid, yet basic, 5G phone.
Galaxy A 51 5G
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The Galaxy A 51 5G was released in April of 2020 and is smaller and slightly older than the Galaxy A 71. It is priced at $499.99 and has a 6.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 48MP four-lens rear camera, along with a 32MP front camera.
We found it to have a great screen, decent battery life, and nice cameras, but wondered if the phone compromised a little too much on overall performance. This is a great entry level 5G phone, but one that might feel slow and dated sooner rather than later.
You don’t need to put up with the annoyance of regularly receiving unwanted phone calls.
If you frequently get a call from the same telemarketer or another unwanted caller, you can block that call.
Once you do, any blocked number that calls you on your Android phone will be sent directly to voicemail.
While the steps to block a call can vary depending on the device brand and version of Android, in most cases you can block calls through your either phone app’s settings, recent calls, or contact lists.
Here’s how to do it.
How to block a number using your cellular carrier
Your service carrier may offer tools to help you block calls. The advantage of using your carrier is that a blocked number will remain blocked even if you change smartphones.
The downside is that in some cases, this is an optional subscription service that may cost additional money.
If you want to investigate blocking callers at the carrier, here are links to the major carriers’ call blocking plans:
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your entertainment center or mobile device, there are several compelling Samsung deals available on Amazon.
That’s because Samsung has launched a special week-long sales event on Amazon called “Samsung Week” that runs from February 22 – 28 and includes discounts on a wide variety of Samsung gadgets.
The promotion heavily discounts TVs as well as mobile devices, tablets, earbuds, soundbars, and other devices. In addition to the ongoing deals, Samsung will add new “Deal of the Day” listings throughout the week. You can find a full list of all the Samsung deals on Amazon here.
Although there are several worthwhile TV deals below, it’s worth noting that these discounts apply to Samsung’s 2020 TV models. The company’s 2021 TV lineup will be launching in the coming weeks, so those who don’t mind spending more to get the latest tech might want to wait.
We’ve looked through all of the deals and rounded up the best ones here:
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Smartphones, tablets, and wearables
Samsung announced its Galaxy Buds Pro, the company’s latest entry in the true wireless earbuds category, during the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The headphones include several premium features, like active noise cancellation, 18-hour battery life, and water resistance to name a few.
If it wasn’t already clear, this version of Samsung’s wireless earbuds are a direct response to the popularity of rival products, namely the Apple AirPods Pro and Google Pixel Buds.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro price
At $199.99, the Galaxy Buds Pro are Samsung’s most expensive models of wireless earbuds, which usually range between $90 and $130.
This price undercuts the AirPods Pro list price by an impressive $50, but is slightly more expensive than Google’s offering.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro release date
The Galaxy Buds Pro will be available to buy on January 14 from Samsung.com, and will be widely available at retailers and carriers starting on January 15.
Samsung will offer the Galaxy Buds Pro in three colors, all done in a glossy paint: straight black, a milky white or silver, and a lavender-like blue color.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro features
The Galaxy Buds Pro have active noise cancelling that Samsung claims cuts 99% of background noise, as well as an ambient sound mode that amplifies noises, too. On each bud, a three-microphone system uses beam-forming technology to separate your voice from background noise when you’re on phone calls. It also includes a shielding against wind noises when you’re taking calls outside.
Samsung added a nifty voice detection feature that enables ambient sound mode when you start talking to amplify the other person’s voice. When you’re done speaking, the Galaxy Buds Pro will switch back to whatever mode you were using, whether it was noise cancelling or normal mode, after 10 seconds by default, but you can set the delay to be five or 15 seconds.
The Galaxy Buds Pro can connect to other devices at the same time, but the major caveat is that this only works with other Samsung Galaxy devices.
As for battery life, the buds themselves can play music for up to five hours with active noise cancelling enabled, and eight hours with noise cancelling off, per Samsung’s claim. The tiny wireless charging case can hold up to 13 hours of charge, which sums up to a total of 18 hours of music playback.
Finally, the buds have IPX7 water resistance, making them a suitable option for working out when you’re likely to sweat.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro specs
Drivers: 11mm woofer, 6.5mm tweeter
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C charging
Codecs: SBC, AAC, Samsung proprietary Scalable
Battery Life: Five hours for earbuds, 13 hours for the charging case, 18 hours total including battery from charging case
Charging: 3-minute quick-charge for 30 minutes of music playback, two hours for full earbud charge; wireless charging support