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How to quickly access notifications on the Galaxy S20

How to quickly access notifications on Galaxy S20
How to quickly access notifications on Galaxy S20 (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

With phones getting taller with every generation, it's not feasible to access quick toggles one-handed anymore. Thankfully, the Galaxy S20 has an option that lets you pull down the notification pane from anywhere on the screen. Here's how to set it up.

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How to quickly access notifications on Galaxy S20

  1. Open Settings from the home screen.
  2. Select Display.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)
  1. Select Home screen.
  2. Toggle Swipe down for notification panel to On.

Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

You can now go back to the home screen and try it out. Just pull down the notification panel by swiping down anywhere on the home screen. You can use the same gesture to pull down the notification pane once again to reveal the full set of quick toggles.

This feature is particularly handy on the S20 because Samsung's One UI is designed to facilitate one-handed usage. Actionable elements like toggles on the notification pane are located further down, making them that much more accessible. In-display fingerprint sensors killed the ability to pull down the notification pane by a swipe-down gesture directly on the fingerprint reader, but this feature is a decent alternative.

Phones are getting taller every year — just look at the S20 Ultra and its 6.9-inch screen — but it's good to see manufacturers offer meaningful usability tweaks that make tall phones less awkward to use.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.