Both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus are widely appreciated as extremely powerful smartphones with loads of intuitive and useful apps, features and services. Nevertheless, if you’re new to Android or you just prefer to keep your interactions with your smartphone as simple as possible, you might feel overwhelmed by all this versatility.
For users like you, Samsung conceived the so-called Easy Mode, an operation mode where the complexity of this device is significantly decreased, allowing you a simpler and smoother experience.
Long story short, the Easy Mode comes with a much clearer interface and fewer options. The Home Screen will be simpler, with fewer icons on it, and you can easily switch from it to the Standard Mode. The cool part is that when you do that, all your data, information, and standard settings will be transferred to the new mode.
If you’re interested in exploring and experiencing with the Easy Mode, here is what you need to know about it.
How do you enable and disable Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus Easy Mode?
Activating and deactivating the Easy Mode only implies using a toggle switch. From the General Settings of your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus, tap on the Personalization option and select the Easy Mode.
In the newly opened window, you get to switch from Standard Mode to Easy Mode. After you do that, you also need to configure the way you’d want the new mode to look and what to include.
You should be able to select what app icons you want to have and where. When you’re done with these settings, you will be sent back to the Home Screen, where you should already notice the changes.
How does the Easy Mode look like?
Back to your Home Screen with the Easy Mode turned on, you will see that you have access to three main pages.
One of those pages will include common widgets like the Clock, the Calendar, and the Weather. Nevertheless, you can opt for adding six other widgets, such as the Camera, the Phone, the Messages, the Internet Browser, and even the Flashlight and the Magnifier.
The left side of the Home Screen will only indicate a list of contacts – feel free to manually adjust it and personalize it to fit your desires and needs.
And the Settings menu will be slightly different, indicating only the most common settings and options. All the other options are hidden behind a button labeled as More Settings.
Other than that, all buttons and notifications will work just like in the Standard Mode.
How do you configure Easy Mode on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus?
As you probably understood by now, the main difference in Easy Mode is the number of options, widgets, and icons you get to see on your Home Screen. This, of course, doesn’t mean you just can’t add extra widgets on the screen.
If you want to bring more apps to your fingertip, the simplest way to go is to use those large Plus symbols on the empty spots of the Home Screen. In all of those places, you can add not only widgets but also individual apps and some of your favorite contacts.
So, you begin by tapping on a Plus symbol and a list of apps, displayed in alphabetical order, will show up on the screen. Search for the app you want to move on the screen and select it.
For accessing apps that aren’t pinned to the main screen, you go to the More apps button, situated somewhere at the bottom right corner of the display, tap on it, and you should find your app listed in there.
While in the Easy Mode, you can also rearrange and even remove apps and screens. To do so, tap on the Menu button situated at the top corner of your screen and select the Edit function. Then, tap on the Minus symbol displayed over the app that you want to remove and you will see an empty space will show up on the Home Screen where you initially had that app.
How do you switch from Easy Mode to Normal Mode?
Remember the simple instructions you had to follow in order to set up Easy Mode on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus? Now you need to repeat those steps: Settings >> Easy Mode, and to toggle the switch of the Standard Mode, activating it. Tap the Done button and you’re… done. Back to the Home Screen, you will recognize the old layout of the Standard Mode.