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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Hidden Features

When you get a new phone, you usually want access to all of its features. But most times, somehow, we end up using just a portion of the options that modern smartphones typically offer. That’s why, in this article, we’ll discuss some of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime’s best hidden features, revealing things you didn’t know about one of the best entry-level Android smartphones to have ever been released.

Overview of Samsung Galaxy Prime

Released in October 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Prime was Samsung’s attempt at refreshing the Galaxy Grand phone line. It was the first Samsung smartphone to come with the Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system.

The Galaxy Prime was initially an exclusive release for the phone market in Pakistan, but it was later released in a number of Asian markets the following year and was then made available in the US through mobile providers such as Verizon, MetroCPS, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Cricket.

Before we get on with the Samsung Galaxy hidden features, we’ll briefly consider the basic features.

The Samsung Galaxy Prime features a 5.0-inch screen, which is what the first generation Galaxy Grand came with, but smaller than the 5.25-inch screen on the Galaxy Grand 2. The screen resolution comes in at 540 x 960 pixels with a 16:9 ratio, which is a significant improvement from the 800 x 480 pixels on the Galaxy Grand. The Galaxy Prime has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and a RAM size of 1 GB, supporting multitasking, greater speed, and better graphics. It has a 2600 mAh battery, offering about 17 hours of talk time and 75 hours of audio playback.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Hidden Feature List

Multiwindow

Being able to do more than one thing at once on the same screen is a big advantage with smartphones, but while it’s a common feature with modern-day phones, it might not have been widespread knowledge that the Galaxy Grand Prime was capable of handling this feature even back in 2014. With the Multiwindow feature, you could, for instance, watch a video on YouTube while texting on a chat app.

To enable this feature, go to your Settings, select the Display menu and tick the “Multiwindow” checkbox. To use it, simply long-press the Home button, select the Multiwindow option, and drag the two apps you want to use simultaneously. Most apps support this feature.

Hiding Unused Apps

Another one of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime hidden features is the ability to hide the apps you don’t frequently use. This helps keep the applications list tidy, especially with built-in apps you can’t get rid of. To use the Hide Applications feature, simply open the Applications menu, press the Menu button, select “Hide applications,” and pick the applications you want to hide. Then, press Done. To see an app you have hidden, press the Menu button, and then select “Show hidden apps.”

Capturing Screenshots Easier

Instead of pulling down your screen or pressing multiple buttons at the same time, you can easily take a screenshot with the swipe of a palm. All you need to do is go to Settings, select Motion, and then “Palm swipe to capture.”

PhoneBook Hidden Feature on Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

Phonebook gestures are another Galaxy Prime hidden feature. Just like the screenshot feature, you can swipe to text and call. For phone calls, simply swipe to the right over a selected contact, initiating a new call. For texts, do the same, but swipe to the left, opening the textbox.

Smart Alarm

Alarms are a basic feature you’ll find on any phone, but the Galaxy Prime ups the ante with an alarm feature unlike any other.

While generally handy, an alarm clock can also be very annoying, especially when it suddenly wakes you up from much-needed sleep. One of the most underutilized Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime hidden features, the Smart Alarm will start three minutes before your actual wake time, and then use slow progressing music and light to gently wake you up instead of jump-starting you.

To access the Smart Alarm, press “More” when creating a new alarm, and then enable the Smart Alarm feature.

Better Reading Experience

The Article Reader function lets you improve readability when you access articles on the web. Not all web pages are optimized for mobile, but you shouldn’t have to suffer for that. To access the Article Reader, load the desired web page with the Samsung browser. You should see a green R on the screen. It’s a hidden feature on the Grand Prime phone that makes browsing web pages drastically more convenient. Tapping the R button should optimize the page for your screen.

Overview of Samsung Galaxy Prime Plus

The Samsung Galaxy Prime Plus, also released in some markets as the Galaxy J2 Prime or the Galaxy J2 Ace was released in November 2016 as an improvement on the Galaxy Prime. It improved specifically on the operating system, delivering the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and TouchWiz user interface; it offered 1.5 GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, and a 2600 mAh removable battery. Just like its predecessor, the Prime Plus had a host of features that were largely hidden and unknown to most users. Let’s discuss them one by one.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus Hidden Features

Faster Input

Most Android users prefer to download an alternative keyboard as opposed to using the native inbuilt option. This is usually because of the speedy input these keyboards offer, but with the Prime Plus, gestural typing is available on the Samsung keyboard, allowing for faster typing with predictive text. There’s no need for new keyboards, although the Samsung keyboard, unfortunately, doesn’t have an autocorrect feature.

Easy Mode

Besides the Hide Applications feature that helps you manage the limited 8 GB Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus ROM, another convenient hidden feature is Easy Mode. Easy Mode is basically a simplified home screen page that aims to help newbies get used to the Android interface. It gives access to basic functions on the home page, such as speed dial shortcuts for calling three selected contacts and frequently used applications or settings.

Headset Control for Capture and Zoom

When you are taking a photo or recording a video, you can use the volume buttons to zoom in and out. The Volume Up button zooms in to an image, whereas the Volume Down button zooms out of an image. You can also set the controls to zoom in and out using your headset.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Secret Codes

These secret codes give you access to hidden features you normally wouldn’t be privy to. You can check the hardware and software information about your Galaxy Prime with these codes. They are also reset codes you can use for formatting.

Codes Description

*#*#2664#*#*  Android device touch-Screen test
*#*#0289#*#*  Device audio test
*#*#4636#*#*  Display information about Android phone, battery, and usage statistics
*#*#3264#*#*  Android device RAM version
*#06#  Displays IMEI number
*#*#232338#*#*  Displays Wi-Fi Mac address
*#*#7780#*#*  Reset Android device. Erase all your device data.
*#*#64663#*#*  QC Test (All tests)

Hardware Test Secret Codes for Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

These codes can be used to perform hardware tests for your Samsung Galaxy Prime devices. Simply type them in your phone’s dialer.

Codes Description

*#*#1472365#*#*  Quick GPS test
*#*#1575#*#*  A different type of the GPS test
*#*#0*#*#*  Android device LCD display test
*#*#0842#*#*  Vibration and backlight test
*#*#2664#*#*  Android device touch-screen test
*#*#0588#*#*  Proximity sensor test
*#*#7262626#*#*  Device field test
*#*#232339#*#*  Device wireless LAN test
*#*#526#*#*  Device wireless LAN test
*#*#0289#*#*  Device audio test
*#*#0673#*#*  Device audio test
*#*#232331#*#*  Device Bluetooth test
*#*#0283#*#*  Packet loopback test

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Android Phone Secret Codes for Software Info

Codes Description

*#*#4636#*#*  Display information about Android phone, battery, and Android usage statistics
*#*#34971539#*#*  Shows complete information about the device camera
*#*#3264#*#*  Android device RAM version
*#06#  Displays IMEI number
*#*#232337#*#  Displays Bluetooth device address
*#*#232338#*#*  Displays Wi-Fi Mac address
*#*#1234#*#*  PDA and device firmware info
*#*#1111#*#*  FTA software version
*#*#2222#*#*  FTA hardware version

FAQ

How do I hide photos on my Galaxy Grand Prime?

Go to File Manager, choose the file you want to hide, rename the folder by inserting .nomedia before the file name.

How can I make my Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime faster?

One of the biggest Samsung galaxy grand prime hacks is the one that makes your device faster. To ensure your Galaxy Grand Prime maintains its speed, you should:

  • Not use more than 40 apps (Although that can prove difficult – according to mobile app download statistics, the average US user has 100 apps installed on their phone.)
  • Not use any kind of speed booster
  • Check what you have running in the background in Settings.
  • Charge your phone once it gets to 40% – don’t let it drain to 0%, as it affects battery capacity
  • Make a backup and reset your device every year.
  • Update the device’s OS as regularly as you can.

What are the features of Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime?

Some of the basic features of this phone are the 5-inch qHD display, quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM / 8 GB ROM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, and 5 MP wide-angle front-facing camera. Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime also has hidden features you can find out more about in the article above.

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