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09/15/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/15/2021 07:24

A Comprehensive Guide to Using the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

With its immersive screen, S Pen, reassuring durability and productivity-enhancing features, who wouldn't be eager to give the Galaxy Z Fold3 a try?
For consumers who want to get the most out of foldable devices, Samsung has taken an up-close look at the device and how best to use it. Check out the user guide below to learn more about the Galaxy Z Fold3, including the device's comfortable grip, innovative features and newly added S Pen, which is being included with a foldable phone for the first time ever.

More Comfortable Grip and Enhanced Portability

The Galaxy Z Fold3 is lighter, thinner and narrower than its predecessor, giving it a more comfortable grip and better portability. The phone's horizontal width when folded is 67.1mm, which is a 0.9mm thinner than its predecessor. This means the phone provides a comfortable, snug grip even for those with smaller hands.


The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Z Fold3 is also mounted at the point where the thumb touches the device, allowing more convenient use of the device's large cover screen. This means users no longer have to place their fingers on the screen to unlock the phone. The top, bottom and sides of the phone were also designed with bold, clean lines to provide smoother usability.

Improved Durability

With its significantly enhanced water resistance, users can use the Galaxy Z Fold3 with confidence regardless of where they are or what the weather is like. The phone has a water resistance rating of IPX8, which means it can withstand submergence in fresh water that is up to 1.5m deep for up to 30 minutes.(1)

And the Galaxy Z Fold3's durability gives users peace of mind. For instance, the new protective films on the phone's main displays increase screen durability by 80 percent compared to its predecessor. The device also includes 'Armor Aluminum' and enhanced 'Corning®Gorilla®Glass Victus™', which are some of the strongest materials ever used in smartphones.

With this increased durability, users no longer need to worry about their phone getting scratched when placed in a small bag with other items or their pocket.

Is the large Main Screen really useful for viewing things?

The Galaxy Z Fold3's large, 7.6-inch Main Screen utilizes an Under Display Camera (UDC) to deliver a notch-less, immersive viewing experience. Under Display Camera is achieved by including light absorbing pixels in the camera area to increase light transmittance and manage the distance between pixels. And with a 29 percent brighter screen than of its predecessor, users can see the content on the screen more clearly under bright sunlight without covering over the screen.

Additionally, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has a refresh rate of 120㎐ for both its Main and Cover screens, proving smoother experience when scrolling or playing media. Use the phone's Cover Screen in places like congested public transportation, this allows users to comfortably view news articles and other media while enjoying smooth, uninterrupted transitions.

How does one best use the Galaxy Z Fold3's various productivity-enhancing features?

With 'Multi-Active Window' split screen capabilities, Galaxy Foldable devices help users increase their productivity. This feature allows users to check their schedules while reading e-mails and navigate to the location of a meetup while talking to friends on messenger, among other things.

Now, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has added the 'Task Bar' feature to help users move quickly and conveniently between apps. Not only does this allow users to launch the app that they use most often without navigating to the home screen, but it also enables them to open their most-used combination of apps all at once.

'Flex mode panel', which users can use after partially folding the Galaxy Z Fold3, is another new feature. Navigate to the Labs menu (Settings → Advanced Features), and then select the 'Flex mode panel' option to turn this mode on. From there, when users launch an app that is compatible with the Flex mode panel feature, a panel will automatically appear through which they can capture, and adjust brightness and volume. This feature removes the need to open the phone fully to adjust these settings, and is especially useful for when the volume suddenly increases, when users want to capture their screens, or when their screen brightness suddenly dims.

Which camera features are exclusive to the Galaxy Z Fold3?

The 'Capture View' feature on the Galaxy Z Fold3 allows users to view, delete, and share the pictures they have just taken without going into the Gallery app.

After launching the camera, click the 'Capture View' icon on the upper-left side of the screen. If users take pictures while the icon is illuminated, they will be able to check the pictures they just have taken on the left half of the screen. Pressing and holding on a picture will allow them to conveniently delete or share images, which is handy for both getting rid of poor shots and sharing good ones with friends. In addition, this feature helps when trying to capture pictures of fast-moving subjects, such as children, pets or people playing sports.

What are some benefits of combining the S Pen with the larger screen?

The Galaxy Z Fold3 is the first foldable phone to support the S Pen. Users can use the S Pen to draw or take notes by hand, further enhancing their productivity.

To take notes while watching online lectures or videos in Flex mode, simply launch Samsung Notes by double tapping the lower half of the screen while holding down the button on the side of the S Pen.

For the foreign language characters that are difficult to type in on a keyboard became easy with the S Pen. Furthermore, if users press the text conversion button before they start writing, their handwritten notes will automatically be converted into typed texts. There are two types of S Pen: the 'S Pen Fold Edition', which can be used exclusively on the Galaxy Z Fold3, and the 'S Pen Pro', which has built-in Bluetooth and can be used with certain tablets.(2)

In order to provide the best possible foldable smartphone experience, Samsung is constantly working with a range of partners to develop apps that are optimized for the large screen of the Galaxy Z Fold3, such as 'Microsoft Teams', 'Microsoft Office' and 'Google Duo'.

Consumers should look no further than the Galaxy Z Fold3 to improve their efficiency while enjoying unique experiences that only a foldable smartphone can offer during their day-to-day life.

1 The IPX8 rating is based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5m of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Devices that carry this rating are not advised for beach or pool use and are not dust-resistant.

2 S Pen sold separately. Only the Galaxy Z Fold3 Main Screen has S Pen capability, and it is only compatible with the S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro. All other S Pens and stylus pens not designed for the Z Fold3 (including those made by other manufacturers), and may damage the screen.
The S Pen Pro is compatible with S Pen-supporting devices (Z Fold3, S21 Ultra, Galaxy Note series, Tab S7 FE, Tab S7 and S7+, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S6, Tab S4, Tab S3, Tab Active Pro, Tab Active3, Tab Active2, Tab Active, Tab A 8.0 2019 with S Pen, Tab A 10.1 2016 with S Pen, Tab A 9.7 with S Pen, Tab A 8.0 2015 with S Pen, Note Pro - 12.2, Note 8.0, Note 10.1 2012/2014, Galaxy Book Pro 360, Galaxy Book Flex2, Galaxy Book Flex S Pen, Galaxy Book Flex 5G, Galaxy Book Flex α S Pen, Galaxy Book 10.6, Galaxy Book 12.0, Chromebook Plus V2, Chromebook Pro, Notebook 7 spin, Notebook S51 Pen, Notebook 9 Pen, Notebook 9 Pro).