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10 hidden Galaxy S5 features, according to Samsung

Samsung reckons there are some features on the Galaxy S5 that you might not be aware of, and helpfully listed them all in a post on its Samsung Tomorrow blog. Without further ado, here are Samsung’s top 10 hidden features of the Galaxy S5.
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April 18, 2014
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The Galaxy S5 has been on the market for a week now, and with dozens of reviews and hands-on posts hitting the web, fans of the device probably already know about its main features.

But Samsung reckons there are some hidden features on the Galaxy S5 that you might not be aware of, and helpfully listed them in a post on its Samsung Tomorrow blog. Without further ado, here are Samsung’s top 10 hidden features of the Galaxy S5.

1. Write with a pencil on the screen

No need for an S Pen – for scribbling and doodling on the Galaxy S5 you can  use a regular pencil. Just enable the Increase touch settings option from Display settings.

2. Tilt for suggested tracks

In the stock music player, you can tilt the phone (while in landscape mode) to get a list of tracks that are similar to the track you’re currently listening to.

3. Quickly access apps with Toolbox

Not exactly hidden this one, but it’s certainly useful. Toolbox gives you an always-on-top shortcut widget for fast access to your favorite apps.

4. Hide sensitive content with Private Mode

If you want to keep documents, pictures, or videos away from prying eyes, Private Mode gives you a protected mode you can access from the lock screen.

5. Keep it safe for the kids

In Kids Mode, the Galaxy S5 turns into a child-friendly device, complete with cartoony graphics and limited access to apps.

6. Access camera from the lock screen

For those moments when seconds matter, you can add a shortcut to the camera app on the lock screen. No more fumbling for the shortcut.

7. Play with some less known camera features

Did you know there’s a mode in the Galaxy S5 camera app that lets you take shots of say, a new apartment, and then stitch them together in a virtual tour?

8. Choose your preferred contacts

We all have dozens, even hundreds of contacts stored on our smartphones. With Priority Senders, you can select the people you care about the most and have them displayed at the top in the messaging app.

9. Check Caller Information at any time

Even when you are on a call, you can bring up a list of recent interactions with the caller, as well as their recent Google Plus posts. Nifty.

10. Receive calls without leaving your current app

Don’t you hate it when you are in the middle of a game and a call ruins everything? If that’s a problem, the Call Notifications Pop-up feature could come in handy.

For more on these top 10 hidden Galaxy S5 features, check out Samsung’s original post, which contains screenshots and instructions on how to activate each feature.