In early 2019, Samsung began rolling out its One UI smartphone user interface . It replaces the predecessor Samsung Experience. Newer devices like the Galaxy S10 already come with One UI ex factory. We’ll tell you how to get more out of the UI.

One UI introduces a number of useful features, but you need to activate some of them first. We’ll show you where to find the appropriate settings and how you can benefit from it. If your Samsung device does not already come with the user interface from the factory, you must first install the appropriate update.

Night Mode: This is how you activate Dark Mode

One of the most gratifying innovations of One UI is the night mode. It is a dark fashion for Samsung smartphones. It darkens the user interface and so spares your eyes when you use your device after dusk. At the same time, Dark Mode reduces power consumption, which prolongs battery life. This is especially the case with smartphones with OLED displays. Because these screens represent black or dark content very energy efficient.

The night mode of One UI

To activate One UI’s night mode, open the settings, then tap “Display” and then “Night Mode”. With the switch “switch on now” you can activate the dark mode. In addition, you can set “Schedule”, when the night mode is to activate automatically. The sunset till sunrise option turns it on late at night and off in the morning. Under “Custom Schedule” you can specify the times more precisely.

Adjust gestures in One UI

One UI offers gesture control that is different from the one integrated in Android Pie . It’s easier to learn and adapt to your taste. You have this possibility under “Settings | Advanced Features | Movements and Gestures”. Here you see an animation for every available gesture explaining the execution. Among other things, here you can enable gestures to mute or for easier access to the notification field.

Use advanced features

Under “Settings | Advanced Features” you can activate not only various gestures, but also other hidden features. Some of the features you’ll find here include SOS messages. If you enable this feature, send emergency messages to contacts you specify by pressing the power button three times.

In addition, it is possible to reduce the animations of the user interface in this area. This makes sense, for example, if you are sensitive to it. In addition, this setting can speed up navigation if you are a power user. Another useful advanced feature is “Direct Sharing”: it allows you to share content faster with frequently contacted people.

Always configure on-display

The Always On Display by One UI can be tailored to your needs. It can show a lot more than just a nice picture and the time. The adjustment is made as usual via the settings. Here you follow the path “Lock Screen | Always On Display”. Now you can add different elements to the Always On Display. Examples are the already mentioned clock, but also a homebutton. In “Display Mode” you can also set whether the Always On Display is always visible when your smartphone is locked or you need to tap the screen.



  • The Dark Mode of One UI protects eyes and battery: You activate it under “Settings | Display | Night Mode”
  •  Under “Settings | Advanced Features” you will find all sorts of useful hidden features
  • Under “Advanced Features” you can also turn individual gestures of One UI on and off
  • The Always On Display can be customized in “Settings | Lock Screen | Always On Display”.