Smartphones are filled with so many features and options that even the tech savvy person has a hard time keeping up with it all. So you can imagine what a beginner or someone who is very uncomfortable with technology must feel like. Samsung has what’s called Easy Mode and it’s one of the most underrated features the Galaxy S 4 offers. It’s for the person who really wants things to be simple. Maybe your Mom, Dad, or Grandparent would like a phone such as the GS4, but just doesn’t want to deal with all the fuss.
This is exactly why Easy Mode was created. It’s already been available on the Galaxy S III, but Samsung has simplified it even more. Easy Mode only has three home screens. The main home screen has non removable widgets for the time, date, and weather. You will also find six apps to choose from that have much larger icons. The left home screen is dedicated to calling. You can select up to nine contacts to set as favorites and you can open the phone app, which includes the keypad, call logs, and contacts. The right home screen includes 9 apps that you can customize to whatever you want. You still have an app drawer as well, but all apps are spelled out and in alphabetical order. The settings menu is also simplified as well as the camera interface.
We showed you in our initial setup guide how to select Easy Mode when turning on the Galaxy S 4 for the first time. but you can still get to it from your main settings. Just swipe down the notification area, select the gear icon for settings, then go to the “My device” tab and select “Home screen mode.” You will see two options at the top: Standard Mode and Easy Mode. “Standard Mode” should already be selected so you want to tap on “Easy Mode” to change it. Now tap “Apply” at the bottom and you will get a popup telling you that whatever customizations you made in “Standard Mode” will still be there if and when you go back. Tap “OK” and you will now be in Easy Mode.
It’s really quite simple and returning to the standard mode is just as easy. We put together a video tutorial showing you how it’s done as well as how Easy Mode works. Check it out below.