How to use Good Lock to customize camera settings on your Samsung phone

Samsung Good Lock
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One of the best things about Android is just how customizable the OS is. However, some OEMs offer more customization than others. Samsung has a fair amount out of the box, but if you want deeper customization, the company has its Good Lock app to help make your Galaxy phone look and act how you want.

Good lock lets you download various modules that focus on different aspects of your smartphone experience. Most recently, Samsung launched Camera Assistant, which adds additional settings to the default Camera app. These settings are baked right into the camera app, meaning you won't have to go to a separate app like Expert RAW to access additional camera functionality on Samsung phones.

At launch, the feature has only been made available for the Galaxy S22 series with One UI 5. However, Samsung plans to bring it to more models in the future.

How to download and access Camera Assistant

1. Open the Good Lock app on your Galaxy smartphone and tap the Life up tab.

2. Scroll down until you find Camera Assistant. Tap on the module.

3. Tap Install at the bottom.

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When the installation is finished, you can tap Open to take you straight to Camera Assistant settings. Otherwise, you can open Camera Assistant from the camera app.

4. Open the Camera app and tap the Settings icon in the corner.

5. Scroll down and tap Camera Assistant.

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From here, you can make adjustments to additional settings not normally found in the camera app.

What Camera Assistant settings are available?

  • Auto HDR: Allows the camera to capture more details in the bright and dark areas of your pictures and videos.
  • Soften Pictures: Smooth our sharp edges and textures in Photo mode pictures. Pictures may not appear as detailed.
  • Auto lens switching: The camera may switch lenses based on factors such as lighting, zoom, and distance.
  • Video recording in Photo mode: Touch and hold the Shutter button to record videos in Photo mode. It will retain the same aspect ratio as the one set for your photos.
  • Number of pictures after timer: Select the number of photos taken once the timer hits zero. Select one, three, five, or seven images.
  • Faster shutter: This setting speeds up the shutter by capturing fewer frames per shot. However, this may result in lower-quality images.
  • Camera timeout: Select how long you want the camera open before it times out.
  • Clean preview on HDMI displays: When connected to a display via HDMI, this allows a clear view of the camera viewfinder that doesn't show buttons.

Of course, beyond Camera Assistant, there are plenty of Good Lock modules for you to try out and play with to make your Galaxy smartphone uniquely yours.

Derrek Lee
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