For the beginner: How to set the Galaxy S 4 to Easy Mode


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.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Matt

    That’s pretty good for older people.. but then these sorts of people don’t need a top of the line phone either. They just need this launcher and a big screen for their bad eyes.

    • Brian Parkerson

      In Samsung’s eye’s the Galaxy S4 is for everyone! Very well thought out device IMO!

    • JoeBob

      Actually Dude, they need a bigger soft keyboard too. Wait until you get the “Sausage Fingers” – then you’ll see what I mean. :-(

  • Cherrie Lim

    I found a way to delete the favorites, u just touch the screen part u normally to go to settings while on the favorites page and click edit

    • tigerandyx9

      And how do I recover it?

  • judi farlow

    I just got my galaxy 4s and i am having trouble removing the internet app from my home screen. Can you help?

    • Rusty R3volva

      If your talking about the one that’s beside the Messaging and Apps (on the bottom of the screen). That stays there. It can’t be changed.

  • david c

    I tried the easy mode just to test it out and when I changed to standard mode again. The easy mode kept coming back at random time. Mainly when I press the back softkey. Help please?

  • Crusader

    Since I can’t find any screenshots or videos to show otherwise (even on Samsung’s website), I will presume that ALL 6 icons on the main screen in “easy mode” are fixed, just as the widget is?

  • mark ockenden

    have lost the time date and weather in standard mode on Samsung galaxy s4 how do I get it back on phone screen ?

  • Robaz

    How do I sync the Planner on my Samsung Tab 2 with the Planner on my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone?

  • Robaz

    Can the icons in Easy Settings be moved? I would like to re-arrange them.

  • Aar Wall

    Is this feature available on the galaxy tab?

  • Anonymous

    How can I remove this and make it back to hard mode?

  • Carolyn

    What is the shield like icon and how do I get rid of it

  • Carol

    Unfortunately the play store stop..what should I do..I cannot view now to anything..please help me

  • Macarena Sepulveda

    Ive somehow changed my screen settings to something ive never seen before..
    I used to have my daughters pic in the background with all my app icons, arranged over the photo alphabetically n vertically down the screen..
    Now its somehow changed to huge simple icons , it seems like its meant for easy reading or for people who need simple steps.
    Please someone help me get my daughters pic back up with my apps spread all over the page.

  • Larry Hirsch

    Can’t get weather status back in easy mode. won”t load.

  • Jason

    Thank you! Couldn’t figure this out. REALLY appreciate the help!

  • anno

    In easy mode i have lost green dialer icon and cant edit that main page to put back on. Anyone have solution please

  • sujeesh Nambiar

    i always losing the
    contacts details (phone numbers ) which added as favorites in easy mode
    on Samsung galaxy s4 on both ver -4.4.4 and 5. Please assist.

    Is Samsung easy mode has
    this issue????

  • Alan Hamilton-Messer

    How do I cancel Easy Mode. I don’t want it.