Use the Notification and Quick Setting Panel on Samsung Galaxy S4

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This is part of the Howikis on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S4. The link to the mother Howiki is here - USE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4

Notifications are alerts that there are activities within your phone that are noteworthy. These alerts appear on the status bar at the top of the screen in forms of notification icons. Usual activities shown on the status bar are the alerts on missed calls, new messages, application alerts, calendar events, device status and others. This Howiki will give you an overview of the Notification and Quick Setting panel and how to get more out of your phone by knowing about these.

Opening Notifications

Most notifications are represented by icons on the top of the status bar. However, your phone can only handle up to its screen size so some are displayed on the notification panel. These are the steps to view these notifications:

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    From the top-most portion of your phone's touch screen, do a dragging gesture.
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    This opens the notifications panel and shows you the list of notifications.
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    Drag down to see more of the notifications.
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    Tapping on a notifications will take you to the application that triggered it.
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    Tap clear to clear all notifications.
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    Drag a single notification to the left to remove it alone.
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    Drag up the bar at the bottom of the screen to close the notifications panel.
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Know About the Quick Setting Panel

The quick setting panel allows you to view your Samsung Galaxy S4's current settings. Tap on a quick setting panel icon will enable or disable the feature on your phone. This is the easier way of turning features versus the usual way of going to the settings. We will be discussing on how to open the quick setting panel, the icons on it and the functions of each icon.

Opening Quick Setting Panel

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    From the top-most portion of your phone's touch screen, do a dragging gesture.
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    Tap the icon
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    to open the Quick Setting Panel.
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    This opens the quick setting panel at the upper part of the screen.
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    You should be able to see the icons and their status
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    A lit-up icon means it is activated while a grey one means it is turned off.
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    Drag to the left or to the right of the icons to see more quick setting panel icon.
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    Activate or deactivate the functions represented by the icons by tapping on them.
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Quick Setting Options

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    Wi-Fi - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Wi-Fi feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Wi-Fi allows you to connect to the net or share files via Wi-Fi.
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    GPS - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the GPS feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    GPS allows you to be notified of your location.
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    Sound - Tapping on this icon will turn on or off the sound of your Samsung Galaxy S4
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    You have an option for a complete mute or put a vibration on your device.
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    Screen rotation - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the auto-screen rotation feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Auto-screen rotation automatically rotates your phone to the current phone position (portrait or landscape).
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    Bluetooth - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Bluetooth feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Bluetooth allows you to share files with other Bluetooth users.
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    Mobile data - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the data connectivity feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Mobile data allows you to use the internet via network service provider.
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    Blocking mode - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the notification blocking feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    To select what notifications you prefer to block, go to HOME MENU > APPLICATIONS > SETTINGS > MY DEVICE > BLOCKING MODE
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    Power saving - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Power Saving feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    This allows you to extend your battery juice.
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    Screen Mirroring - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Screen Mirroring feature of Samsung Galaxy S4.
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    Multi-Window - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Multi-Window feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Multi-Window allows you to view two windows at the same time on your phone's screen.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Wi-Fi Hotspot feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Wifi Hotspot will allow your phone to act like a Wi-Fi router and share your internet connection.
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    S Beam - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the S-Beam feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    S-Beam allows you to share files with other S-Beam users by putting your phones closer so as it touches both of your phone's backs.
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    NFC - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Near Field Communication feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    This allows your phone to act like a walkie-talkie.
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    Air View - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Air-View feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Air View allows you to preview a magnified portion of your screen for easier reading.
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    Air Gesture - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Air Gesture feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Air Gesture allows your phone to detect your eye and head movement and act upon programmed responses.
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    Driving mode - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Driving mode feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Driving mode allows you to safely use your phone while you are driving.
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    Smart Stay - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Smart Stay feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Smart stay programs the sensor not to turn your phone to lock mode by detecting that your eyes is still looking at the screen.
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    Smart scroll - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Smart Scroll feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Smart scroll programs the phone to do automatic scrolling up or down by detecting your head movements.
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    Sync - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Auto-syncing feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Auto-sync allows you to automatically sync your phone's data to the Google servers via the internet.
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    Flight mode - Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Flight-mode feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Flight mode allows you to turn all of your radio receptors of your phone (infrared, bluetooth, NFC, GSM, GPRS, GPS, network connections, Wi-Fi)
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • You can rearrange the options on the notifications panel by opening the panel and tapping on
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    , then dragging it to another location
  • Some of the features may use battery power. It is always wise to turn them on when not in use.
  • Depending on your region and service provider available icons on your Quick setting panel may vary.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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