Wednesday, September 28

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 lets you use the outer screen as a phone: here’s how

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 has just received a great new feature thanks to an enterprising user: the ability to use its external notifications window like a normal screen.

While the cover screen is only 1.9 inches wide, CoverScreen OS by user jagan2 on the XDA Developer Forums gives you all the functionality you need to use your Z Flip 3 without opening it. If you want to take a look, check out jagan2’s post at the link above or the google play store page.

(Image credit: jagan2)

That includes a home page, app drawer, interactive notifications, and a search feature. You can actually use it to access Samsung Pay for contactless payments as well by simply tapping and holding the screen, which sounds pretty handy. The mod supports both landscape and portrait modes, allowing you to rotate your phone to whatever orientation is most useful for what you’re trying to do.

(Image credit: jagan2)

Since this is an unofficial mod, we have to recommend that only the most confident users try it. Altering your phone’s functionality in this way can have unintended effects, including data loss or phone bricking. And since we’re talking about a $1,000 fold, those are some high stakes.

(Image credit: jagan2)

Seeing this in action got us thinking about the Galaxy Z Flip 4, the successor to the Z Flip that we expect to arrive later this year alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 4. While the goal of the Z Flip line is to make a regular smartphone look smaller, rather than adding extra features like the Z Fold does, having a more functional external display would be a nice addition from Samsung.

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After all, just look at the Oppo Find N, a rival foldable that falls between the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 in size. It features a full exterior screen which came in very handy during our review. So with both its fans and its competition looking to add extra utility to smaller foldable outdoor screens, Samsung should have some clear goals for the Z Flip 4.

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