Smartphones like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are packed so full of features that sometimes consumers get lost in all the options or advanced features, and just want something a bit easier to understand. That’s where easy mode from Samsung comes into play for new Galaxy Note 4 owners.
From enthusiasts to beginners the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 can be a bit daunting for some, not to mention a first-time smartphone buyer may be rather overwhelmed. Lucky for us Samsung’s made things quite simple with what they call “Easy Mode” on most of their newer devices, including the Galaxy Note 4.
Easy Mode is one of those features that is also available on the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3, but not talked about as much as the big HD displays or S-Pen stylus features. Easy mode offers a very easy to use and understand experience for your parents, or even a grandparent, below we explain more about Easy Mode and how to enable it.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat software designed by Google, and should soon be updated to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop soon, but is covered with Samsung’s own TouchWiz “User Experience” skin. This adds tons of advanced features, different options, and even the home button has a built-in fingerprint scanner for enhanced security. There is a lot going on with this phone, so lets make it easier for average users.
Easy Mode only has three screens, rather than letting users flip through tons of pages and screens full of apps and widgets. Everything is streamlined into a simple experience. Aka: Easy Mode. The main screen has a huge box called a widget with the weather, clock and calender which can’t be accidentally removed or deleted. Below that are the essential apps for making calls, browsing the web, sending a message, a flashlight, or using the camera. All the icons are large and easy to see, which also helps those with poor eyesight. The screen is already big at 5.7-inches, and now the icons are even bigger and easier to see than ever.
One swipe to the right you’ll be able to instantly add contacts to a one-click area for easy phone calls, and the other side of the home screen has a few more essential apps, and then the full application tray if the user needs to access them. Everything is large, plain, but most important, simple. Lets take a look.
To turn the Galaxy Note 4 easy mode on go to Settings > Easy mode > Select Easy mode. You can also scroll down to select the items and apps you want to show up on your screen by scrolling down on this page after you turn on Easy mode. You can go back to the regular look and feel in this same area by turning Easy mode off. Here’s the Note 4 Easy Mode in action.
As you can see easy mode makes everything extremely simple and in your face. There isn’t anything confusing going on, the icons are bold and easy to understand, and the left screen full of contacts will be extremely helpful for first-time smartphone owners.
Samsung also made an “Easy Settings” area where you’ll only get the essential and basic settings. Turn up volume, enlarge the font, change screen brightness, and a few other things like changing the wallpaper or ringtone. It’s all about making the phone easy to use and understand, almost like a feature phone from 2006, only it’s still a smartphone.
This is a nice touch for those new to smartphones, new to Android, or just don’t want all the fancy features or bloatware on their new Galaxy Note 4. Simply set this up how you’d like, enable all the contacts, go through settings and get it just right and you’re all done. Going back to normal is just a click away in the same “Easy Mode” menu, so don’t worry about messing up your phone.
Should You Use This?
There are tons of advantages to using easy mode on the Galaxy Note 4. Those that are new to technology or smartphones, people with poor vision or the elderly, or even your stubborn father that refuses to learn anything new. Easy mode makes things simple, while also making it extremely difficult to accidentally mess up a setting or remove an app from the home screen.
While average users will find the icons large and the font a bit too big, those too can be customized by the end user. Overall easy mode is an awesome example of what are smartphone are capable of, even for beginners, and should be perfect for any first-time user. Once they get comfortable with a smartphone putting the phone back to standard mode is just a few taps away.
Give it a try today using the instructions above, and enjoy that new Galaxy Note 4.