How to use Flex Mode on the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold
So you’re the proud owner of 1 of Samsung’s foldables. examine you, you early adopter! There are obviously some more ways to use your phone than a typical slab-style phone, and that’s probably why you purchased one.Flex Mode is one among those features. That’s basically just a term for whenever you employ the phone’s main screen folded halfway. It’s most useful if you would like to set the phone down and use it hands-free, like for video calls, and a few apps are optimized by default to take advantage of it – How to use Flex Mode.
Here’s the way to use Flex Mode with the apps that support it natively — and also how to enable it for apps that don’t. I tested these steps on a Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 running One UI 4.1.1.
FOR APPS THAT SUPPORT FLEX MODE
To enter Flex Mode, ensure you have the orientation lock turned off (check for the lock icon in the notification/quick settings shade), then open an app and fold the phone screen halfway sort of a laptop or a makeup compact. If the app supports it, you’ll see the content move to the highest screen and — usually —a set of controls appear at the bottom. This varies by app; also, not every app that supports Flex Mode on the Fold is supported on the Flip – How to use Flex Mode.
FOR OTHER APPS
You don’t have to do anything to use any of the above apps in Flex Mode. However, if you’re employing a Fold 3 or 4, or a Flip 3 or 4, you’ll follow a few extra steps to enable Flex Mode for just about any app on your phone – How to use Flex Mode . Here’s what to do:
- Go to Settings > Advanced features > Labs
- Scroll to the underside and tap Flex mode panel
- Tap the switch next to the app you would like to use with Flex Mode
Once you’ve done that, open the app, fold the phone halfway, and you’ll see the content move to the highest half of the screen and a control pad appear on the bottom with a row of icons – How to use Flex Mode. Here’s what they do:
- Notifications — tap to tug down the notification shade
Starting with the Fold 4 and Flip 4, you’ll see a fifth option: Touchpad. Tap this icon and you’ll get a PC-style touchpad and a cursor that moves round the top half of the screen. The touchpad controls are even as you’d expect: pinch to zoom, use two fingers to scroll, and tap to click on something. It’s an ingenious way to take advantage of your phone’s unique ability to sit up all on its own – How to use Flex Mode.