Best Apps For Galaxy Z Fold 2

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the best foldable phone you can buy right now. It has a more robust hinge, more color options, a better camera and more screen space. It’s also the best-looking foldable phone around, with its sleek design that looks like something out of science fiction.

However, while the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is one of the most impressive phones I’ve ever tested, it’s not perfect. There’s still plenty of room for improvement, but for now it ranks among my favorite devices of 2020.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is also one of the most expensive phones you can buy at $1,999. If you’re considering buying this phone, there are a bunch of great accessories to help you get your money’s worth. Here are some of my favorite accessories for the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

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Best Apps For Galaxy Z Fold 2

Flex Mode
Thanks to the new quad CAM system used in the Hideaway Hinge of the Z Fold 2 you can now open up the phone and prop open the top to use with apps in unique ways. The new hinge system lets you use free-standing Flex Mode in a typical range from 35 to 155 degrees, measured from closed on the Main Display to open back to the left.

Starting with the cover screen, most of the time you will likely use this as a typical smartphone and with 6.2 inches it functions much better than the first generation Galaxy Fold. It’s pretty narrow compared to other smartphones, but very usable with most apps. However, you may also wish to view media on the device with the Flex Mode propping the display up. Yes, that means there is no need for a kickstand case with the Z Fold 2.

Simply start up your application, for example, Netflix, and then prop up the top/left of the Z Fold 2 to a comfortable viewing angle. I find an angle of about 50 to 60 degrees to be just about perfect for watching media content. Various apps have ways to zoom the content to fill more of your display. A two-finger pinch out on Netflix works well with the Z Fold 2 cover screen.

Once you open the cover screen up to about 90 degrees, content switches from the cover screen to the inside main screen. You can then close the display nearly all the way and still see content on the main screen, but there is no practical use for this angle. You are most likely to prop the cover screen up at 100 to about 155 degrees to use apps on the main screen.

Most of the time, one is likely to use the App Pair multi-tasking option to view two apps in an orientation so that one app is on the top and one on the bottom, lengthwise. If you want to watch media on the upper part of the display then you can interact with another app on the bottom of the display. If text entry is necessary to use one of the apps in Flex Mode, then things change dynamically as the entire bottom of the display turns into a large keyboard for efficient text entry. Once you are done entering text, the second app reappears for your use. If you only have one app open in Flex Mode, the keyboard also appears on the bottom half of the display.

Select apps are optimized for Flex Mode. For example, when you carry on a Google Duo video call, the person you are calling appears on the “upper” display with your own image on a floating thumbnail. You can drag your own thumbnail all around the upper display, too. Google Duo call controls, including AR emoji, portrait, wide-angle, low light, and more appear on the “bottom” display.

While I continue to explore use cases for Flex Mode, at this time the primary way I am using it is for video playback on the “upper” display or cover screen and Google Duo calls. For multitasking, I prefer side-by-side app use rather than top-and-bottom app use.

p>Also: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: $1,999 for a device that has made progress, but not enough

Advanced camera modes
While media use is nice in Flex Mode, the real power of this capability may be for enhanced camera experiences. With the Z Flip 2 closed, launching the camera opens up the viewfinder and all controls on the cover screen. Angle the cover screen up, I typically go to about 75 degrees, and then you can take selfies or capture content from the 10MP cover camera without holding the phone. This is a good way to capture a group of people with this camera using this 10MP shooter. However, there are even better options on the Z Fold 2.

Launch the camera with the Z Fold 2 fully open and then initiate a folding action. Bringing the cover screen up about 35 degrees switches the camera app into Capture View Mode. With the 10MP main screen hole-punch camera selected the viewfinder appears on the upper part of the display with all controls positioned on the lower part of the display. You can tap the small double arrow icon to flip to a full-screen viewfinder experience even with the display in Flex Mode.

In addition to the camera controls on the right half of the lower display, thumbnails of up to five previous captures can be viewed on the left half of the lower display. One thumbnail appears at a time, but you can swipe through content. This can help you capture the perfect shot as you check previous captures. Video content even plays live in the thumbnail.

Tap to flip to the three rear cameras to realize the full power of Flex Mode for camera usage. The interface looks the same with the viewfinder on top and controls/thumbnails on the bottom, but you can use the three high-performance cameras to capture content. You can even jump around your phone to the other side and be a part of the picture or video with a timer set or even raise your hand to start a timer.

If you want to set your Z Fold 2 down on a stable surface and record video content without moving your phone around, auto-framing is an option. With this option enabled, the software shifts the view to stay centered and in focus, going wider or closing in depending on how many people are in view. When there’s only one person in the video, the software can follow their motion to keep the video centered.

Note the small split square icon in the upper left of the viewfinder. Tap this icon to turn on Dual Preview and fully open up the Z Fold 2. With this option enabled, your cover screen turns into a secondary viewfinder so that your subject can see themselves and help you capture the perfect content that pleases you and the subject. This is an innovative way to help you capture perfectly framed content.

Although I am not much of a selfie photographer, using the high-quality rear cameras to capture selfies results in much better results than with the default front-facing camera. Launch the camera with the cover screen closed. In the upper right above the viewfinder tap the Selfie icon. A pop-up appears that directs you to open the Z Fold 2 up all of the way. After unfolding it then you will see the viewfinder and camera controls appear on the cover screen with all of the options for the three rear cameras available at your fingertips. This mode is a bit different than Dual Preview because the controls are available on the cover screen and the main screen remains off.

App Continuity
The increased size of the cover screen is a welcome addition to the Z Fold 2, but the real power of the device is the massive 7.6-inch main screen. You can open up apps on the cover screen, including App Pairs from the Edge tool, and use them to your heart’s delight. Then simply open up the Z Fold 2 to have the app(s) you were using on the cover screen appear on the main screen in all their glory with a high refresh rate Super AMOLED display.

App Continuity lets you continue working with the apps you had open on the cover screen to continue a high level of productivity. If you have a couple apps open at once, a quick tap or two on the center menu lets you rearrange the apps, too.

Now there may also be specific apps you want to continue using when you close the Z Fold 2, and Samsung provides you with this two-way App Continuity option. It’s a bit hidden in the settings to work from the main screen to the cover screen so take these steps:

Open up Settings
Tap on the word Display
Scroll up until you see the option: Continue apps on the cover screen and tap this phrase
Toggle on the apps you wish to appear on the cover screen that you are using on the main screen when you close the Z Fold 2
As you will see in your list of apps, some are unavailable to be used in this matter. These apps may need to be updated by developers to support this functionality.

Also: Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs LG V60: Dual screen experiences that boost productivity

Multi-tasking and App Pair
Last week, I wrote about several specific examples of using apps on the Z Fold 2 in comparison to the LG V60 and its Dual Screen cover. Let’s take a closer look at multi-tasking on the Z Fold 2 and how it functions in daily use.

As you go about tapping on an app shortcut and using apps on the main screen you may find the desire to open up multiple apps at once. Swipe up and hold from the left or right side of the display to view your recently used apps. Tap the icon of the app and choose “Open in split-screen view.” The app will open and appear on one side or top/bottom of the main screen. The other side of the main screen will continue to show the recently used apps. Tap one of those apps to view two apps at once on the main screen.

If you now tap the three dots in the center of the display, options to reorient the two apps one on top of the other, switch sides between the two apps or create an App Pair will appear. If you already have the two apps one on top of the other then the icon will show that you can arrange them side-by-side.

If you want to use a third app on the main screen, swipe in to open the Edge widget. Tap and hold on a recent app and drag it over away from the Edge widget. You can drop this app on top of either one to replace that app or drop it over on the upper or lower part of the right side to then open this third app on the main screen. Each app can be used independently in this configuration.

One other option available when you drag an app icon over from the Edge widget is to open up the app in Pop-Up View mode. When an app is being used in Pop-Up View mode it can be dragged around the display and used on top of other apps. Tap the line at the top of this popped up app to place it into split-view mode, adjust the transparency of the app, expand to full screen, minimize to a single app icon, or close the app. Samsung allows you the ability to open up three apps at once and up to five apps in Pop-Up View mode. There is limited practical use to having this many apps open in Pop-Up View, but you can explore.

I highly recommend you take the time to setup App Pairs for two and three apps that you use regularly. Having these App Pairs setup on the Edge widget is a major timesaver and has greatly increased my productivity with the Z Fold 2. With the ample RAM and processor, the experience flies on the Z Fold 2.

Drag and drop
Another new capability found on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is drag and drop. This functionality is specific to certain applications. At this time, Samsung native apps, Microsoft apps, and Google apps support this capability. These apps include:

Samsung Internet
My Files
Samsung Notes
Microsoft Office
Google Maps
Images, tables, hyperlinks, selected text, and other content can be dragged between these supported apps. I’ve created several App Pairs for these apps that support drag and drop so am excited to see how my efficiency increases with this new capability on a phone.

My family regularly uses Telegram and Facebook Messenger so I hope these apps receive drag and drop support, too. I would also like to see support for Google Keep and OneNote. What apps would you like to see support drag and drop on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2?

Best apps for galaxy z fold 3

    The very first thing that you’ll want to do (after signing in and downloading the best Android apps) is to make your Galaxy Z Fold 3 yours. With the Z Fold 3, you can customize two different “main” screens, along with two different lock screens. While some of the best Android launchers work fine — some, like Niagara, are even built with foldables in mine — you might find yourself enjoying the One UI launcher that ships with the phone.

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These are the steps that you’ll want to take to customize the layout for your Home Screen:


  1. Press and hold on an empty space on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the Settings option in the bottom toolbar.

Customize Z Fold 3 Home Screen Settings

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Go through and modify the following options:

Home screen layout
Home screen grid
Apps screen grid
Folder grid
Customize Z Fold 3 Home Screen Settings Panel

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Android Central)

There are even more options to tinker with, such as Cover Screen Mirroring. This essentially ensures that both the Cover Screen and Home Screen match at all times. But the problem with this is that if you have multiple pages when using the Cover Screen, each page will appear as one-half of the big display. It’s a nice concept, especially for those who rely on muscle memory with their app placement. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t look that great in practice.

    Admittedly, we’re a bit disappointed with the smaller battery in the Galaxy Z Fold 3 compared to its predecessor. And with the addition of the 120Hz refresh rate on the Cover Screen, there’s an even greater chance you’ll need to reach for the charger before the end of the day.

However, one way to help extend your battery life is with the help of Dark Mode. Surprisingly, this isn’t enabled out of the box, but it can help you get through an entire day.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. At the top of the page, tap Dark Mode.
  4. If you want to set a schedule for Dark mode to be enabled, tap Dark mode settings.

Enable Dark Mode Z Fold 3

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  1. Tap Turn on as scheduled.
  2. Select Sunset to sunrise or Custom schedule.

Enable Dark Mode Z Fold 3

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This isn’t the only way to save battery life, but using Dark Mode with Samsung’s AMOLED panels will go a long way.

    It’s one thing to enjoy all of your apps on the larger display, but the real power from the Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes via multitasking. Not only has Flex Mode been improved with this release, but you can use up to three apps at the same time in different windows. This windowed mode is the ultimate flex mode, allowing you to be on a video call, taking notes, and keeping up with Twitter, all at the same time.

To start using apps in these different windows, follow these steps:

  1. Open any app that you want to multitask with.
  2. Open the Edge Panel bar on your display by swiping inward on the floating tab.
  3. Drag an app from the tray until it’s hovering above your already-open app.

Open App Multi Window Z Fold 3

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  1. Let go of the app icon.

Open App Multi Window Z Fold 3

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That’s it! Now you have two apps running simultaneously side-by-side, but you can even add a third app. Just follow the steps above and drag and drop it over either side of the screen. Now, these two apps will be running atop one another on one side, while the third app spans the length of the other screen.

And if you want to re-adjust the sizing of the apps, or maybe switch things around a bit, this is possible too. Just grab the two (or three) dots between each app and resize them. Tap on these dots, and you’ll be greeted with even more options:

Switch window
Rotate clockwise
Add app combo to Edge panel
Open App Multi Window Z Fold 3

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Android Central)

It’s really wonderful what Samsung allows you to truly take advantage of the Z Fold 3’s massive display.


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