How to Turn Off the Galaxy S9 Always On Display

How to Turn Off the Galaxy S9 Always On Display is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide will explain how to disable the Galaxy S9 always on display. The feature that keeps your screen on 24/7. Whether it’s just distracting or you want better battery life, you’ll be glad to know it’s easy to turn off. Some love the constant at-a-glance notifications, but you can get rid of them if you don’t.

If you just got the Galaxy S9 you’re likely enjoying all that it has to offer. And while it may take a minute to get used to the always on screen, we recommend doing exactly that. Getting used to it and keeping it on.

Read: 9 Best Galaxy S9+ Screen Protectors

When you turn off the Galaxy S9 or S9+ screen, a small area stays on. This displays the time, date, battery level and even incoming notifications or message alerts. It’s called an “Always-on Display” but it’s not for everyone. Luckily its heavily customizable to your liking, or you can turn it off completely by following our video guide below.

How to Disable the Galaxy S9 Always On Display

Thankfully Samsung’s phones are pretty versatile and customizable these days. Flipping through the settings menu you’ll find options for almost everything.

To disable the always on display feature simply head to Settings > Lock Screen & Security > Always On Display > and flip the switch to OFF. Just like we’ve shown you in the video above, or the screen captures below.

  1. Pull down the notification bar and tap the gear-shaped settings button
  2. Find and select Lock screen & Security
  3. Scroll down to Always On Display and flip the switch to OFF
  4. Or tap on Always On Display for more options

It only takes a few taps in settings to disable this helpful feature. Now the screen will completely turn off and show absolutely nothing. That said, users will need to tap the power button in order to quickly check notifications and such. Something most people do over 150 times a day.

Other Details and Customization

Yes, studies suggest that the average user turns their phone on over 150 times a day. Often just to check the time, get weather information, or to check notifications. Instead of turning on the entire phone, let the Always-On display show this information at a glance. As a result, you should actually save battery life. Samsung claims this feature uses less than 5% after a long 8-hour work day.

You can customize it so it dims when you’re in a dark room, or to get brighter during regular daytime hours. This makes it easier to see throughout the day, and even more useful. We also suggest adding some customization to the Galaxy S9 always-on display.

Samsung allows you to get rid of the home button, remove the clock, or set a timer so it’s only on when you need it. That way the always-on display isn’t keeping your room lit up at night. However, head to Settings > Wallpaper & themes > and choose the AOD column at the bottom right of your screen.

In here, you’ll have full control of everything. Change the clock font, color, or add a background. Then, choose from hundreds of pre-made AOD themes to completely change the look and feel of your always-on display.

There are even new “facewidgets” where you can tap the clock from your always-on display and swipe over for more options, like music controls without turning on your screen. Cool, right? For now, try to get used to it, or disable the always on display with our instructions above. While you’re here, take a look at these 10 settings we recommend changing right away.

How to Turn Off the Galaxy S9 Always On Display is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Hotspot Over USB

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Hotspot Over USB is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone works great as a mobile WiFi Hotspot, but it performs even better when plugged in with a USB cable. This guide will show you how to use the iPhone as a personal hotspot over USB.

There are two big advantages to using the iPhone hotspot over USB. First off, the iPhone is charging so you won’t end up with a dead battery on your iPhone when you finish using it as a hotspot.

Another reason is to avoid using WiFi in a crowded area where there are too many WiFi connections. If you are in a conference center, at a trade show or a hotel; this can deliver better speed and performance.

The guide below will demonstrate how to use the iPhone as a hotspot over USB on both PC and Mac.

How to Use iPhone as Personal Hotspot Over USB

For this to work,  you need to make sure you have a plan that supports using the iPhone as a Personal Hotspot. Most plans include using the iPhone as a hotspot free of charge, but if you are hanging onto an unlimited data plan or use a pre-paid phone this may not be included. If you are in doubt go online to your account or call and ask your carrier.

Using the iPhone as a Personal Hotspot will allow you to connect your laptop to the internet anywhere you have a cellular signal. With 4G LTE speeds you may be able to connect faster than on public WiFi and using a personal hotspot is safer for your data than an unsecured public WiFi.

While connected to your iPhone as a Personal hotspot over USB, you will use data faster. Make sure you pay attention to your data usage so you don’t end up with an overage fee at the end of the month. If you use auto backup software or upload photos to iCloud, you may want to turn those features off while using a hotspot or you could end up with a big bill.

You can use the iPhone as a personal hotspot over USB or wirelessly when you travel or when your home internet goes out. It is a great backup if you work remotely.

The iPhone works as a hotspot on all current models including the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as older models like the iPhone SE or iPhone 6.

How to use the iPhone as a personal hotspot over USB.
How to use the iPhone as a personal hotspot over USB.

Tap Settings then on Personal Hotspot. If you’ve never used this service before you may need to go into Cellular settings to see it. 

Now you can turn on the personal hotspot. Here you should set a password for the WiFi option, even if you plan to use the iPhone as a USB personal hotspot. Tap on the password to change it.  Tap the toggle to turn the personal hotspot on.

If you have WiFi off, you may see a message letting you know that you can only use Bluetooth and USB, with an option to turn WiFi on. You can leave WiFi off if you want, but it can be on while you use the iPhone as a USB hotspot.

Once the Personal Hotspot slider is on, plug the iPhone into the computer with a USB cable. This is the same cable that is used to charge the iPhone, and also sync it with iTunes.

To only use the hotspot over Bluetooth and USB select the second option. This way the only devices connected will be over these connection types and not just regular WiFi.

After selecting this, the last step is to choose the iPhone from the network options on the computer.

How to Set up iPhone Personal Hotspot with Windows

To have the iPhone work as a USB hotspot iTunes must be installed on the PC that you are using. If iTunes is not installed the computer cannot recognize that the phone is functioning as a network device.

Go to the Desktop and Plug the iPhone into a USB port.

PC Desktop

Close Auto-Play Window.

Close Auto-Play

The iPhone should install the necessary drivers for it to work as a network connection and then this next dialogue box will pop up.

Next, Choose Public Network.

Network Type

Once Public Network has been selected the iPhone should be connected to the computer and the network indicator (in the bottom right) should appear connected.

Close Network Window.

Close Network Window

How to Set up iPhone Personal Hotspot on a Mac


Go to the Desktop and Plug the iPhone into the computer with a USB cable.


Tap the Network icon in the top right and Select Open Network Preferences.


The iPhone USB should appear connected.

When Personal Hotspot is on and devices are connected (PC or Mac) it should look like the image below, with a blue notification bar at the top.

iPhone hotspot as USB

A nice option is that users can still have the iPhone plugged into the laptop and also output WiFi for other devices. To do this Choose the first option Turn on WiFi and their will be a wireless network created. To join this network search for it with the device and enter the password shown on the Personal Hotspot screen called Wi-Fi Password.

18 Best iPhone X Cases

x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

The x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X case is amazing. This case looks great, feels awesome and offers military grade drop protection without adding much bulk. 

We love the look of this case in Ballistic Nylon and Black Carbon on the iPhone X. These cases not only offer a cool look, but the back is actually textured like the material listed. The Ballistic Nylon case has a soft, but grippy feel to the back just like you'd expect from looking at it. The Black Carbon feels like textured carbon fiber and looks awesome. 

We didn't mean to, but we did drop our iPhone X in this case and our doorbell camera caught it on video. The case iPhone survived without any problems. 

x-doria designed this case to protect your phone from drops up to 10 feet on concrete and there is . sound channel to direct the speaker towards you instead of straight out the bottom. The raised edge keeps the screen safe when setting the pone face down on a table. 

$34.99 at x-doria

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Hotspot Over USB is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on Galaxy S9

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Have you noticed some apps don’t use the full screen on your Galaxy S9? If so, this guide will explain how to force apps into full screen mode on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. These phones have big and beautiful 5.8 or 6.2-inch curved screens, and you might as well take full advantage of it.

Thanks to the 18.5:9 aspect ratio on the Galaxy S9 the screen is taller and not as wide. This makes certain apps use less than the full screen. As a result, you might see black bars at the top and bottom of apps.

Read: 10 Cool Things the Galaxy S9 Can Do

This is similar to 16:9 widescreen movies and video a few years ago. With new phones like the Galaxy S9, Note 8, Pixel 2 XL and more having this screen type, a lot of users are experiencing problems. Until more app developers adopt this standard, you’ll need to enable or force “full screen apps” yourself in the settings menu. Here’s how.

We saw a similar problem last year with the Galaxy S8, and even more recently with the iPhone X. As a result, most developers quickly updated their apps to work across a wide array of screen sizes, resolution, and aspect ratios. Most Android apps easily and instantly scale up to fill the entire screen. This way they work on a smartwatch, the Galaxy S9, or Android TV.

However, a few might not, and you’ll have to manually force them into the right mode so they use the full 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ screen you paid for.

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on the Galaxy S9

Most apps and games look great on the bigger screen, but not all of them. Some fit, but they just don’t look right, or content gets cut off. As a result, you might need to force full screen mode on some, and disable it for others.

  • Pull down the notification bar and head to Settings (gear-shaped icon near the top right)
  • Find and select Display
  • Select Full Screen Apps
  • Find an app that isn’t highlighted and switch full screen mode On
  • Force any eligible app into full screen mode

As you can see from our image above, most of the apps work perfectly on the Galaxy S9. That’s where you need to navigate to in settings. Then, simply scroll through the list and enable (or disable) the apps you need to change. We had to force Snapchat into full screen mode, and disable it on one game where the buttons disappeared off the sides of the screen.

It’s also worth mentioning that videos have a similar option that will pop up for users. Letting us expand them to full screen if it isn’t already. Or, if you’re watching YouTube, pinch to zoom will expand it to use the entire display.

Should You Do This?

Whether or not you force apps to use the entire screen is up to you. Personally, everything I switched worked fine, and I’ve experienced zero problems. However, you might, so keep that in mind. If any app starts to look funny just follow the steps again, and toggle it back off. At this point, most app developers have fixed any display problems, but you might run into the occasional issue.

Read: How to Fix Bad Galaxy S9 Battery Life

In closing, some apps may look squished on the edges or certain elements could slide off the edge of your screen. This is because developers need to update their apps. Again, expect almost everything to work perfectly on the Galaxy S9. If our tips don’t fix your problem, you can always reach out to the developer on the Google Play Store. Before you go, take a peek at these 15 common Galaxy S9 problems and how to fix them.

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Reboot a Frozen Galaxy S9

How to Reboot a Frozen Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide explains how to reset a frozen Galaxy S9. If your phone is acting funny, frozen, or completely unresponsive, we’re here to help. While Samsung’s new phones are fast and powerful, issues do occasionally surface. Follow our quick steps instead of taking it to a carrier store for help.

Read: Top 10 Galaxy S9 Setting to Change Right Away

A quick reboot fixes almost any minor Galaxy S9 problem, but that isn’t always an option. And without a removable battery, there’s no clear way to reboot a phone that’s unresponsive. Sometimes the phone stops responding completely, and if so the button combination below will get it working right in a matter of seconds.

If your device is unresponsive, press and hold the Power key and the Volume down key simultaneously for more than 7 seconds to restart it.

How to Reset a Frozen Galaxy S9

Our video above showed you everything you need to know. Basically, no matter what situation or condition your Galaxy S9 is in, just press and hold those buttons and your phone will quickly reboot.

During the initial setup, you likely missed this quick tip or notification. Samsung has a set of tips, and one mentions how to do what’s called a “hard reset” to fix any issues. Keep in mind that resetting your phone will not erase any data, or cause any problems, it simply forces the phone to reboot.

  1. Press and hold down the Power and Volume Down Keys at the same time for 7-10 seconds
  2. The Galaxy S9 will vibrate and restart
  3. Your start-up screen will appear, and the phone will restart to full working order

Keep in mind that this works even when the phone is completely frozen, or the screen is black. It’s a hard reset and works no matter what.

Again, no data will be lost or erased, although any apps or browser windows that were open will close. It’s worth noting that if your phone crashed really hard, or was extremely frozen, it may boot back up to a maintenance or “safe” mode. Follow the instructions on-screen to navigate with the volume keys to the “reboot” option, then press power to select reboot. Just be careful in this safe mode because if you select the wrong line you could factory data reset your phone and erase everything.

More Information

This same button combination works on almost all Samsung smartphones and tablets, and most other Android devices too. It’s a universal hard reboot. If you’re still experiencing issues, check out these 15 common Galaxy S9 problems and how to fix them. And if you accidentally hit the Bixby Key, or do so often, here’s how to completely disable Bixby.

Before you go, take a peek at these 9 best Galaxy S9+ screen protectors.

9 Best Galaxy S9+ Screen Protectors

Caseology Tempered Glass (Easy Install Tray)

Caseology Tempered Glass (Easy Install Tray)

First off, we're recommending the Caseology Tempered Glass Screen protector kit for the Galaxy S9+. While they make great cases, the reason this made our list is because of the easy installation tray.

No one likes putting on screen protectors, and half the time we mess up anyways. With Caseology, you'll get a super simple easy installation tray that perfectly aligns the glass protector for you. Pull off the protective film, line it up, and drop it in place. Then use the included squeegee to get rid of any bubbles.

Each Caseology glass works great with cases, which means the edges are just a tiny bit short so your case doesn't pull it up and ruin your screen protector. They're using 9H reinforced glass with anti-fingerprint coatings, rounded edges to prevent chipping, and it's pretty affordable too. Don't forget Samsung sells official accessories as well. 

Buy it Now on Amazon for $15.99

How to Reboot a Frozen Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Fix Bad Galaxy S9 Battery Life

How to Fix Bad Galaxy S9 Battery Life is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are two great phones, but they’re not perfect. Even with fast and wireless charging, there are several ways to make them last longer. If your new phone isn’t lasting as long as expected here are over 10 tips to fix bad Galaxy S9 battery life problems.

Just like last year, the Galaxy S9 has a decently sized 3,000 mAh battery that should keep that 5.8-inch screen on almost all day. Then, the bigger Galaxy S9+ comes in at 3,500 mAh.

Read: 15 Best Galaxy S9+ Cases

And while those are pretty big batteries inside Samsung’s new phones, battery life could always be a little better. Which is why we’ll go over settings to change, options to consider and different tips to get you the best battery life possible.

How to Fix Bad Galaxy S9 Battery Life

Samsung phones have a ton of different options, controls, and settings that you can change for an improved experience. And while some of them are cool features, the rest of them will have a negative effect on battery life. We’ll cover that and plenty of tips below. Additionally, you can take advantage of Samsung’s battery saver mode so your phone lasts longer. These tips will help you squeeze more battery life out of your phone or find what’s draining it too fast.

Find Apps Eating Up Your Battery

First things first, we want to find what’s causing the battery to run out so fast. Our first recommendation is to always check for misbehaving apps. If you want to fix your bad Galaxy S9 battery life, keep an eye on running apps in the settings menu. If an app starts to malfunction or isn’t compatible with Samsung’s version of Oreo, you’ll experience all sorts of trouble. One of the biggest being a continuous battery drain.

Read: How to Completely Disable Bixby on the Galaxy S9

You can deal with problems from any type of application. Whether these are pre-installed apps, games, or something you downloaded from the Google Play Store.

If you use an application a lot, it’s going to drain your battery. At the same time, some situations occur where an app uses an abnormal amount, more than it ever should, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid. We’ve seen this with the Oculus app Samsung pre-installs on the phones, Google Maps, and even Facebook.

Go to Settings > Device Maintenance > Battery > Battery Usage to see what’s going on.

Our screenshot above is a pretty typical day on the Galaxy S9+. I’m a pretty heavy user, but I still get around 24 hours of battery life with at least 4-5 hours of “screen on” time. You’ll also notice there’s a decent amount of battery left, which is impressive. This is what you can expect from your phone.

Android System or the screen are the two things that changed battery life the most. If you see something else at the top of this list, like an app, that’s a problem. We recommend shutting it down, reinstalling the app, or completely removing it from your phone if you can.

Reboot Your Galaxy S9 to Fix Battery Life

There are multiple different things or reasons your Galaxy S9 battery is running out too fast. However, one of the easiest ways to stop those problems is to reboot your phone. This sounds like a silly recommendation, but you’d be amazed how many minor problems get fixed by a simple reboot.

Press and hold the power button on the right side of the Galaxy S9, then select Restart. Once it reboots, your problem will likely go away.

Disable the Always-On Display

One of my favorite Galaxy S9 features is the always-on display. The small clock, date, notifications and battery meter that’s on the screen 24/7, even when it’s not actually on and in use. This is the always-on display, and it’s completely customizable.

Samsung claims the AOD feature will drain less than 4-5% throughout an entire 8 hour work day. So while it’s a small difference, if you’re looking for every advantage possible turn this feature off. Head to Settings > Lockscreen & security > scroll down and disable the Always-On display.

Use a Black Wallpaper

This isn’t for everyone, but using a Black wallpaper will improve battery life too. That’s because Samsung’s AMOLED display technology works differently than most phones. It’s easier and more efficient when displaying black, instead of color. Pixels don’t need to turn on individually — or as high — to display a black image.

After you’ve downloaded a nice wallpaper long-press a blank area of the screen and go into Wallpapers to apply it. This only helps a little bit, but combine it with all of our tips and you’ll see good results and improved battery life.

Screen Brightness & Sleep Time

One of the biggest drains on your battery is the screen, obviously, and a few setting changes will quickly improve your situation. While we said to disable the Always-On display a moment ago, you might actually be better off leaving it on. That’s because most users check their phone over 140 times a day. Turning it on just to check the time or a notification, and that’s all. With the always-on display, you don’t have to do that. It’s already showing this information in an easy to see low-power state.

However, changing the brightness or how long the screen stays on when you’re done using it will make a noticeable difference though. Head to Settings > Display > Brightness and lower the brightness to something around 50% or less. Leaving the S9 on auto-brightness we saw worse battery life. The screen is plenty bright already, so turn it down unless you are outdoors.

While we’re in display settings we also recommend turning down the “screen timeout” option. This is how long the phone stays on after each use before the screen dims and turns off by itself. Samsung uses 1-minute, but we suggest trying 30 seconds. Now, every time you use your phone it doesn’t sit on a desk or table turned on for one minute at a time. When you consider the screen is on for one minute at a time for the nearly 140 times the average user checks their phone in a day, and you’ll understand why your battery runs out so fast. Having it turn off after just 30 seconds cuts this battery drain down by 50%.

Turn off Galaxy S9 Features You Don’t Need (like the Edge)

Samsung phones have tons of software features. Some of them are extremely helpful, while others will use up battery for no reason.

Any previous Galaxy owner knows all about the many gestures or motion controls. If you don’t use them, turn them off to help save juice. Like swiping a hand over the screen to take a screenshot, keeping the screen on if the sensors see a face looking down and more. They even have a feature where putting a phone to your ear while reading a text message instantly calls that person. These are helpful features, but if you don’t use them turn them off. That way all those sensors aren’t using the battery for no reason.

Go to Settings > Advanced Features > and look through the list of fancy features. Then, turn off things like Smart Capture, Palm Swipe, Direct Call, Easy Mute, and disable “Smart Stay” in the display settings. These all need power and sensors inside the phone for things we rarely use.

WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth & GPS

Considering we use our phones for 8-10 hours a day, adding up all these small changes will make a big difference. Which is why if you aren’t using WiFi or Bluetooth, turn them off. Connecting to WiFi when possible saves battery life. That said, if you’re not using WiFi but the Galaxy S9 is constantly trying to find and connect to a network, it’ll hurt battery life.

Another huge drain on the battery is GPS, actually. Things like Google Maps or Facebook messenger accessing the GPS chip inside your phone.

Head to Settings > Connections > Location > and select Locating Method, then choose “Battery Saver” mode. This means some apps like GPS won’t be as accurate with location information, but you’ll get better battery life.

Battery Saver & Performance Modes

Next, try Samsung’s built-in battery controls, savers, or performance modes. Under Settings > Device Maintenance > Battery you’ll find new power saving modes. These limit certain features or turn down the brightness, but extend battery life. The max mode can make your phone last 2-3 days on a single charge, if not longer.

Then, you can try different “performance modes” too. These modes change almost everything, disables features, or even slows down the processor to extend battery life throughout the day. Click here for more information.

Keep in mind that these settings will mess up your home screen and icons. That’s because they adjust the screen resolution so your icons will move. The battery improvements are small, but average users will benefit from what Samsung has to offer here.

Use a Fast Charger with the Galaxy S9

This next tip won’t fix any real problems you may experience, but it will keep your phone lasting longer. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 supports Adaptive Fast Charging. This allows it to go from 0-50% in just 20-25 minutes. The only thing though, is you have to use the charger that came in the box with your phone.

If you don’t have extra “fast chargers” your phone will take 2-3 hours to recharge, and you’ll always have a low battery. So, buy one of our five recommended fast chargers for the Galaxy S9. That way you have as much battery as possible, as often as possible.

What’s Next?

Before we close with a few last-minute tips, we want to talk about what’s next. That, of course, is the Galaxy S9 Android 8.1 Oreo update. The Galaxy S9 already runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, but we’re expecting an update to 8.1 sometime soon. That or Samsung will jump straight to Android P later this year. Either of those updates will have a significant impact on battery life.

With Android P we can expect slightly better performance, longer battery life, and a slew of new and helpful features on your phone. Sadly Android P won’t arrive until August or September, then Samsung will have to deliver it to S9 owners.

More Battery Tips & Tricks

In closing, battery life always comes down to how you use your phone because everyone is different. Some are heavy users, while some people barely use their phone so it lasts a lot longer.

Another thing to consider is Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant. Don’t use the always listening wake commands, or customize how much Bixby does. This will help battery life too. We also recommend turning off the video enhancer feature. It’s neat and makes colors extremely vibrant in videos or games, but it absolutely drains the battery.

Read: 10 Galaxy S9 Settings to Change Right Now

Last but not least is Airplane mode. When you don’t need your phone for calls, texts or internet turn on Airplane mode. This setting turns off all data, radios, services and more and most phones can last 4-5 days in this mode. If you’re traveling, give it a try. We also recommend rebooting the phone every few weeks, so it can start fresh. Especially after a lot of app updates, or a recent software update.

These tricks and options are only the tip of the iceberg though. Try a new launcher, download third-party text apps, or even better, uninstall Facebook. If you’re still not satisfied with battery life or need additional juice while out and about, take advantage of the fast charging technology in the Galaxy S9 and buy a fast portable battery charger.

As more users get the Galaxy S9 we’re expecting this list of potential battery life problems to grow. Additionally, we have a helpful guide for fixing some common Galaxy S9 problems that you might want to read over. Then, check back often as we’ll continuously update this post with helpful information so you can get the most out of your phone. Before you go, take a peek at our list of the best wireless charging pads in the slideshow below.

Best Wireless Charging Pads for Galaxy S9

Anker PowerPort 10 Wireless Charger

Anker PowerPort 10 Wireless Charger

Our first recommendation is the Anker PowerPort 10 Fast Wireless Charging Pad. It's small, lightweight, affordable, and offers fast charging speeds. 

Anker is a brand we know, use, and highly trust. They make some of the best chargers and battery packs on the market. Their latest PowerPort 10 wireless charger is exactly what you need. 

This features 10w fast wireless charging for the Galaxy S9, comes with an included 3ft cable, and has small LED notification lights so you know it's charging. Sometimes if you don't lay the phone down right, it won't charge because the coils don't line up. These LED's are an easy way for you to know it's working, and when you're at 100%. This is a great all around charger for half the price of Samsung's official one. 

Buy it Now for $25.99

How to Fix Bad Galaxy S9 Battery Life is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.