Samsung Galaxy S10: Tips and Tricks

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range is out now, and it brings three new models to the fore – the Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10 plus and Samsung Galaxy S10e.

14 Apr 2019

The upgraded smartphones come with a plethora of new features and enhanced abilities, some more immediately obvious than others. To help you get the most out of your new Samsung Galaxy S10 device, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks that are bound to impress.

Is the Samsung Galaxy S10 waterproof?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is not waterproof. However, it is water resistant.

All three of the new Galaxy S10 devices have an IP68 rating (Ingress Protection), which means that they can be submerged in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water for up for 30 minutes without incurring damage. The reason that fresh water is specified in the guidelines is because swimming pool chemicals or salt found in seawater may damage electronics.

While it isn’t advised that you go swimming with your smartphone, it shouldn’t do it any harm if it is accidentally dropped in a pool or the sea for a short time, or if a drink were to get spilt on it. Simply give it a rinse under fresh water and dry thoroughly after.

Helpfully, when moisture is detected in the phone, you receive a notification to remind you to ensure the USB port is dry before you charge the device, in order to avoid electrical damage.

Does Samsung Galaxy S10 have a headphone jack?

A question a lot of people have been asking since the new Galaxy S10 release is does the Samsung Galaxy 10 plus have a headphone jack? It’s a key talking point as big brands such as Apple and Google have opted to ditch the standard jack in recent years.

The answer is, yes, Samsung has decided to keep the standard headphone jack in the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E. All three devices have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so there is no need to use a dongle or Bluetooth headphones to listen to music, videos and calls on the device.

While the phones are compatible with Bluetooth headphones and wireless earbuds, standard wired headphones can be used with the S10 without the need for a ‘dongle’ or adaptor.

Galaxy S10 photographing the Thames

How to screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S10

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S8, it dispensed with the physical home button. The trend continues here, and it means that taking a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy S10 differs from the method employed on old Galaxy models. If you’re familiar with the S8 and S9, you’ve got nothing new to learn. If you’re not familiar with these models, however, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure the content you want to capture is on the screen.
  2. Press the volume down and the standby button on the right-hand side at the same time.
  3. The screenshot will flash up on screen, saved in the ‘screenshots’ album/folder in the gallery.

How to reset the Samsung Galaxy S10

There are two ways of resetting a Samsung Galaxy S10, depending on whether the device is responsive or not. If you’re experiencing problems such as a frozen screen, apps crashing or trouble syncing, a factory reset may help to resolve the issue, however, it will remove data such as your media and linked accounts.

If your phone is responsive, follow these steps:

1. Navigate to the apps screen 2. Visit Settings > General management > Reset. 3. Tap ‘Factory data reset’. 4. If asked, enter the current PIN, password, or pattern. 5. Tap ‘Reset’. 6. Wait for the process to complete and if necessary, set up your device.

If your phone is non responsive, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure the device is powered off.
  2. Simultaneously hold the volume up and Bixby buttons.
  3. While continuing to hold volume up and Bixby, press and hold the power button until the device vibrates and the Samsung logo appears – then release all buttons.
  4. From the Android Recovery screen, select ‘wipe data/factory reset’. 
  5. Select ‘Yes’.
  6. Select ‘Reboot system now’.

The process is the same to reset the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and reset the Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs S9

Phone Samsung S9 Samsung S10
Display 5.8” Super AMOLED Bezel-less display 1440 x 2960-pixel resolution 6.1” Dynamic AMOLED Punch-hole bezel-less display 1440 x 3040-pixel resolution
Screen Corning Gorilla Glass v5 Capacitive Touchscreen Multi-touch Corning Gorilla Glass v6 Capacitive Touchscreen Multi-touch
Storage 64 GB 128 GB
Camera 12 MP Wide Angle Selfie 12MP + 12MP + 16MP 10 x Digital Zoom Ultrawide-angle camera Telephoto lens Face detection Dual Pixel autofocus
Battery 3000 mAh Quick charging 3400 mAh Ultra-quick charging S10 wireless charger
Fingerprint sensor Ultrasonic fingerprint reader Located on the rear Ultrasonic fingerprint reader Located on-screen
Operating system Android v8.0 (Oreo) Android v9.0 (Pie)
Sim slots Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
Waterproof Water resistant up to 1.5m Water resistant up to 1.5m
Audio jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Samsung emoji AR Emoji V1 AR Emoji V2
Samsung Bixby: the virtual assistant Fixed Bixby button Re-assignable Bixby button
Heart rate monitor


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