You now proudly own a foldable device from Samsung. You, the early adopter, are very cute! Your phone can be used in a few more ways than a conventional slab-style phone, which is presumably why you chose to purchase one.
One of their features is Flex Mode. That is really simply another name for using the phone’s main screen folded in half. Some apps are already set up to take advantage of it, and it’s particularly beneficial if you want to set the phone down and use it hands-free, such for video calls.
Here’s how to activate Flex Mode for apps that don’t already have it and how to use it with those that do. On a Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 running One UI 4.1.1, I tested these steps.
FLEX MODE SUPPORTED APPS
To activate Flex Mode, start an app, fold the phone screen in half like a laptop or a makeup compact, and make sure the orientation lock is off (look for the lock icon in the notification/quick settings shade). The content will move to the top screen if the programme supports it, and controls will often display at the bottom. Additionally, not every app that supports Flex Mode on the Fold is supported on the Flip, thus this varies by app.
The following applications are compatible with Flex Mode by default on the Fold 4:
- Google Duo
- Samsung Free
- Samsung Health
- Samsung TV Plus
FOR OTHER APPS
To utilise any of the above apps in Flex Mode, there is nothing you need to do. However, you can take a few more steps to enable Flex Mode for almost any app on your phone if you’re using a Fold 3 or 4, or a Flip 3 or 4. What you should do is:
- Go to Settings > Advanced features > Labs.
- Select the Flex mode panel by scrolling to the bottom.
- If you wish to use an app in Flex Mode, tap the switch next to it.
Once you’ve done that, launch the app, fold the phone in half, and the content will transfer to the top half of the screen while a control pad with a row of icons appears on the bottom. Following is what they do:
- Tap to lower the notification shade for notifications.
A fifth option, the Touchpad, will be available starting with the Fold 4 and Flip 4. A PC-style touchpad and a pointer that glides around the top half of the screen are displayed when you tap this item. The touchpad’s controls are simple: pinch to zoom, scroll with two fingers, and tap to choose an item. It’s a brilliant method to use your phone’s special ability to stand up by itself.
Go ahead and flex now.
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