Ten Tips That Will Make Your Samsung Galaxy S5 More Amazing

by Mrphix on October 6, 2015 , Comments Off on Ten Tips That Will Make Your Samsung Galaxy S5 More Amazing

Ten Tips That Will Make Your Samsung Galaxy S5 More Amazing - Mr Phix

Take a look at these ten tips that will make your Samsung Galaxy S5 more amazing once you apply them to your device. The S5 has many awesome features which most users who own the phone are not even aware of. Once you apply these tips you will enjoy your mobile device even more.
Mr Phix, located in Wilmington, NC has numerous clients which brings us their broken and shattered screen phones. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is just one of them. We love being able to restore this phone back to the way it was for our clients as it gives us great satisfaction. Providing these tips to make the ease of the S5 even better for the users also makes us happy.
1. Protect Your Phone:

One of the first things Samsung users should do is create a Samsung account. This will allow you to set up safety and emergency features on your S5. Once you set these measures in place, you will be able to ring, wipe your phone clean remotely and even locate it. With this security measure in place you can also prevent anyone who steals or has your device from reactivating it just in case.
You go to Settings > Safety Assistance. Here you will be prompted to add a primary contact number. This number you choose will allow you contact them in case of an emergency or when you want to send Help Messages to locate your phone. The device will turn on Location automatically and even take front and back photos to your emergency contact.

S5 Fingerprint Security - Mr Phix

2. Set up the Fingerprint Security:

For extra security on your S5, Samsung gives you the choice of enabling the fingerprint scanner feature. Simply go to your Settings > Finger Scanner and set it up there. With this cool feature on, you only need to use your fingerprint to unlock your device. You can set up numerous fingerprints so your device can recognize both thumbs and or index fingers. This feature is also great when you need to use third party apps to pay for stuff.
3. Personalize Your Camera Shortcuts:

With one of the best cameras found on any phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is awesome for taking photos. Better yet, you can even take advantage of the many shortcuts to make using the camera even easier. You can customize up to three shortcuts on the S5 to better suite your needs for each occasion.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Motion & Gestures - Mr Phix
4. Motion & Gestures:

The Air gestures and motion gestures on the GS5 are not only awesome, they also allow you to show off what your phone can do to your friends and family. With the swipe of your hand or palm you can actually make your phone take screen shots with a feature called Palm Swipe to Capture or Air Browse. Normally, you have to press the home and power buttons at the same time to take a screen-shot. However, with the Palm Swipe enabled, you can simply swipe your hand across the screen. You can also browse through photos using your hand as opposed to actually having to touch the phone to turn the photos which is pretty cool. Lastly, you can also use Air Gesture to scroll through a list of items or pages by moving your hand towards the direction you want to scroll.
5. Emergency Mode:

Hopefully you will never have to use this feature. However, in case that you do, the emergency mode on the S5 allows you to keep your phone on for at least 10 days should you need to. This function is like the Ultra Power Saving Mode which turns off all other features. By doing this, the S5’s primary focus will be extending the life of your phone’s battery for as long as possible.


Download Booster Feature - SG5 - Mr Phix
6. Use the Download Booster:

If there is one feature from the S5 we enjoyed using it is the download booster. By combining both the 4G connectivity and Wi-Fi, the GS5 can increase the download speeds tremendously with this function. This is great for when you want to download big files, TV shows or movies. FYI though, if you have a data limit plan then be sure to go to Settings > Network connections > Data usage and set a limit cap there.
7. Customize the Notification Panel:

Being able to toggle the NFC, screen brightness and Wi-Fi is just one of the great things about having quick access to your phone’s system settings. You can choose the order in which all other features on your phone appear once you scroll down the drop-down menu from the top of your phone. From different settings for your battery to Screen Rotation, Bluetooth and WiFi, you have the power to pick what appears first and last.


Samsung SG5 Bloat Ware - Mr Phix

8. Dump the Bloat Software:

Just like computers and tablets, most phones come filled with bloated software, apps and programs you will not only never use, but also do not need. Most of these are not put there by Samsung though, but rather the carriers. You can edit these apps by going to Settings > Application Manager or by dragging the icon from the app drawer and hitting ‘Edit” or “App Info”. Simply hit “Turn off” and your phone will just save resources needed for other apps you really use.

9. Transition Animations & Windows:

If there is one problem some users have with the SG5 is the lagging on the phone which happens sometimes. This comes from so many apps running at the same time and system RAM being over extended. Enabling this feature may not really cure the lagging problems, but it will boost your animation times and make your device run faster. Simply go to Settings > Developer Options and then About Device. Quickly tap on the “Build number” option and continue to do so for about ten times. After doing so you will see a message which says “You are now a developer”.
Next you go back and see the “Developer options” row now available. If you scroll down and find Drawing then tap on “Window animation scale”. From here set it to 0.5x and then do the same for the “Transition animation scale”. Walla, you are now a developer!


How to increase touch sensitivity on Samsung SG5 - Mr Phix
10. Increase Touch Sensitivity:

We all love our touchscreen phones until we try to use them with gloves on, then it becomes a problem. However, the S5 allows you to simply increase the touch sensitivity of your phone thus making the glove problem moot. Just go to Settings > Display and from here pick “Increase touch sensitivity”. This feature will not affect the touch once your gloves are off and it wont drain your battery either.

We hope you have enjoyed these ten tips that will make your Samsung Galaxy S5 more amazing from Mr Phix, the screen replacement experts. Remember, we offer a lifetime guaranteed on all our screen replacement work and we are the highest rated repair stores in the Wilmington, NC areas.

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13 Tricks for iMessage You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

by Mrphix on September 23, 2015 , Comments Off on 13 Tricks for iMessage You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

iMessage Logo - Mr Phix

We here at Mr Phix, the replacement screen experts, are always looking for tips, tricks or anything that will make our customers lives easier when it comes to their mobile phones and its use. These following 13 tricks for iMessage you were too embarrassed to ask were posted on Popsugar.com and we wanted to share it with everyone.

Anyone who wants to become blue bubble masters of iMessage, which is Apple’s testing messenger, should read these.  Chances are you might know them all. However, there may be a few new texting tricks, hints and tips you can learn as well that you did not know.

How to Enable/Disable read receipts.

– Enable/Disable read receipts.

If you ever had someone text you and you did not respond back right away, then enabling and disabling read receipts is a trick you should know. This setting can let someome if you read their text and simply decided not to answer them. That can make you look really bad for not answering the text right away.
So this setting has pros and cons to it. To change them simply go to the settings app, select messages and choose enable or disable Send Read Receipts. Enabling will let people know the time you read it.

How to write all in CAPS

– Write in All CAPS?

Most people consider writing in ALL CAPS the alternative to screaming. However, sometimes you just want to get your point accross or make sure they understand your point. To write in ALL CAPS simply double tap the shift key to turn it into the caps lock key when your keyboard is open. ENJOY!
Remember, that if your phone or tablet’s screen ever cracks, break, shatters or gets damaged you can bring it to the replacement screen experts at Mr Phix. If you are in the Wilmington, NC area then we have several locations you can choose to visit. Mr Phix is the highest rated replacement screen company out there. This is because our staff has years of experience and we valued every customer and treat them like family. Also, to give you peace of mind, we give you a lifetime guaranteed on any screens replaced.

You can check out the rest of the other 13 iMessage Tricks You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask here.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips, Tricks and Hints

by Mrphix on September 12, 2015 , Comments Off on Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips, Tricks and Hints

Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips, Tricks and HintsIf you have a Samsung Galaxy S6 then you are very lucky as it is considered one of the best phones out there on the market right now. The staff here at Mr Phix, the replacement screen experts, have put together some of the best  to help get the most out of your new mobile device.
The reality is that most people who own smartphones such as the iPhone or Samsung can sometimes spend a long time using them without taking advantage of some of the cool features these devices offer them. From shortcuts to extra feautures, we will help you become a Samsung S6 master.

– Get That Theme
You can change the look of your phone instantly by changing its theme. Simply tap and hold any empty space on your S6 home screen to bring up the options. You will also be able to change the grid and screen size. Although only 3 themes come with the phone by default, you can always find tons of them by following the link to the store at the right side of the top of the themes page. You can even create your very own themes as well with a new theme tool.

– Split Screen Enabling

One of the cool things the S6 offers is the abilty to view and use more than one app at the same time. By simply holding on to the multitaksing button at the bottom or the apps for a few seconds, you can enable split screen. The top half of the screen will display whatever you were originally on while the bottom half of the screen lets you choose the other. You can even resize the space of each screen.

– Navigation Streamline

Customizing your Samsung S6 to reflect what functions, shortcuts and features you want to have easy access to in your quick settings is one of the first things you should do with your phone. By pulling down the notification shade and tapping on Edit, you can get rid of the stuff you dont want and add what you need most. Tap done when you are satisfied with your new menu.

– Fingerprint Sensor

There is no easiest, quickest or more awesome way to secure and lock your S6 than by the fingerprint sensor. Simply go to Settings = Lock Screen and security = Screen lock type = Fingerprints. From here follow the instructions and secure your phone with your prints. It is best to use your thumb so you can easily unlock your phone with one hand. You can also add a password option.

– Please Do Not Disturb

Another great feauture is the do not disturb mode. In Settings = Do not disturb mode you can choose which calls to allow, no calls or only calls from a expecif person. You can even schedule the hours your phone will go in Do not disturb mode such as when you are at work.

– Keep Out

We all have some private photos or things on our phone we do not want nosy people looking at when they take hold of our phone. Simply go to Settings = Privacy and safety = Private mode and chose what people can see. Best of all, you can use your fingerprint to lock your private content.
– Samsung Gestures

You can control a few actions your Samsung S6 makes simply by using gestures. If you go to Settings = Motions and gestures you can find some really cool options such as:

  • Flip your S6 over and you can quickly silence it.
  • Use a palm swipe to capture a screen shot.
  • If you missed a call or message, Smart alert will send you a vibration alert whenever you pick up your phone.
  • Open a contact and simply lift your phone to your ear to call them with the Direct call gesture.

These are just a few of the many wonderful features that the Samsung Galaxy S6 offers its users. Check back with us as we are always updating and adding hints and tips guides for all of your mobile devices like the iPhone 5, 5S and 6 as well as iPads and Samsung devices.
Remember, in case you ever drop your phone or your screen shatters, breaks or cracks, we here at Mr Phix can replace it. Best of all we guarantee our work for the lifetime of your phone.

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iPhone 5 Screen Replacement

by Mrphix on June 8, 2015 , Comments Off on iPhone 5 Screen Replacement

iPhone 5 Screen Replacement - Mr Phix

Below is a video from Mr Phix, the screen replacement experts which shows you a step by step guide on what to do when attempting an Apple iPhone 5 screen replacement. For those in the Wilmington, NC area which may feel this may be too difficult or time consuming for them, simply come visit us and we will gladly repair your broken, damaged, shattered or malfunctioning iPhone or Samsung screen for you.

This video depicts how to replace a broken screen on an iPhone 5.

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iPhone 5s fingerprint reader is locked to each phone

by Mrphix on July 1, 2014 , Comments Off on iPhone 5s fingerprint reader is locked to each phone

Each Fingerprint reader is unique and matched or coded to only that phone

Apple pairs each individual Touch ID sensor cable to each individual iPhone it’s installed in.

iPhone 5s fingerprint reader

If you remove a Touch ID sensor from an iPhone 5s, and install it in another, identical iPhone 5s , that sensor will fail to work. The Mr Phix Team looked closer at the situation after a request from a client who wanted to swap screens from one iPhone 5s to another. This was due to damage on one of the phones. The client owned both phones and wanted to mix the two to create the best unit using parts from both phones. My tech swapped the screens and had issues with the fingerprint reader following the swap. After extensive testing and removal and re-seating of all of the components we decided to return the original reader to the phone it belonged to and it still didn’t work. We then performed a hard reset and the reader was then returned. 

Conclusion is that the fingerprint reader cannot be successfully replaced without losing function

Techs…DO NOT!!! damage the reader during disassemble process it will not resolve ONLY the original reader will function on each particular iPhone 5s phone.
Keep checking the Mr Phix website for updates, hints, tips and helpful information on screen replacement and all other issues related to electronic gadgets. We are the screen replacement experts in Wilmington, NC!

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How to Speed up Samsung Galaxy Phones

by Mrphix on February 16, 2014 , Comments Off on How to Speed up Samsung Galaxy Phones

How to Speed up and Save Space on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Mr. Phix, the screen replacement experts, have put together this very helpful article filled with tips and tricks on how to speed up and save space on your Samsung Galaxy phones. We have researched ways to enhance and speed up your Galaxy Phone without the controversial Rooting of your precious device. These are all options and a personal choice. However, they  have been proven effective as ways to make improve the speed and stability of your Samsung phone significantly.

1. Weed through the Widgets – Only Keep What You Use. Do you really need to have 100 widgets crowding your home screen slowing your Samsung Galaxy Phone down? A widget jammed home screen will not only slow down your Android phone, but it will also tax your battery life and performance. This does not mean you should remove all of your widgets. Just to keep the ones you actually use. Simply having an app does not justify creating a widget with it.










2.   Home Screen is to Save Time – Do you really need 8 home screens? Each home screen is using resources constantly. As a general rule you should have no more than three home screens. Most of the time you can really consolidate to one and get all the app you use on a regular basis to fit.Samsung Home Screen






3.   Remove Photos and Unused Apps to Free Space – How many photos do you really need on your phone? The best practice is to take pictures on your phone but store them on your computer or a cloud service. This is a good idea for several reasons.

  1. By cleaning up storage and freeing space. it will speed up your android.
  2. Many times I have had clients damage their phone and have thousands on photos that were on it be lost forever.
  3. Consider an SD storage card for an upgrade or as way to add more memory and an extra place to keep your photos, videos and other media files.

We all love apps. However, if space on your Samsung Galaxy phone is limited, consider removing photos and images you no longer need to free needed space.

4.   Disable Selective Animations – Many savvy users know how to enter advanced setting in Developer Options. screen shots below Settings → About Phone → and then Tap Build Number 7 times, you’ll get developer privileges on your device. Following the steps will show a new menu called Developer Options, proceed and notice the following three options;

  • Window Animation Scale
  • Transition Animation Scale
  • Animator Duration Scale.

These options control the multiple transitional animations your Android uses between the different actions you use. For example Multitasking, they are by default, unnecessarily set to 1.5x. Disabling this featurewill speed up your multitasking and have impact on the feel & speed. This will also give you the feeling of a phone running significantly faster. Try  experiment and see what works best for you. Follow the screen shots below to adjust the Animation scale settings

Open Settings by pressing the menu button and then press the More  tab on the top right









Scroll down and press the Build Number  until it says “you are now a developer

Developer Mode









Press the Back  button tap  Developer Options

Developer Options









Scroll and select  Window animation scale

Animations Scale









Chose or turn off animation or a lesser X … and repeat for other animation scales:  
Transition animation scale 
Animator duration scale

3 Animation Scales


5.   Turn Off the S Voice Shortcut

S Voice







Samsung’s S Voice is their answer to Apple’s Siri. It can do many things like when you can ask it questions such as “where is Mr Phix?”. It can navigate to an address, open apps, post updates to Facebook, dictate memos and many other tasks. However, we strongly suggest disabling the Home Key shortcut for this app, which launches S Voice when you press the button twice. The S Voice causes a noticeable lag when exiting apps to the home screen with this function on, as the S4 seems to be waiting just in case you press the Home button twice. The Function is delayed by following the steps below


Press the Home button twice to launch S Voice Icon

Press the  Settings button

S Voice Settings







from the left of the home button Press the Settings  gear the pops up

Un-check the Box “Open via Home Key”


6.   Don’t Miss a Photo –  Set a lock-screen shortcut for the Camera app so you can unlock it

directly to the camera with a swipe. Follow the screen shots below to do it.

Unlock to photo







Go to the Settings menu and press the

My Device tab at the top middle of the screen.


Chose Lock screen

shortcuts options







Press  Shortcuts  option in the Lock screen menu

Switch the  Set Shortcuts  option from Off to On the Camera app

will be one of the five by default and you can reorder any of the options






7.    Android Assistant –  This is a conservative  app without the bells and whistles. The well known  Quick Boost  button will be able to control and end processes and services to boost performance. It gives an in-depth view of running processes allowing you to temporarily disable, also it has a System Cleaner  which frees space by clearing the stored cache files from the web, apps and other locations

8.   Fast Reboot –  This app does one simple task which you may have already guessed. It restarts system resources and in turn will free Memory and speed your response and performance of your Android phone.










9.   Watchdog –  This Policing app helps you monitor usage with a real-time feature and alert you of excessive CPU usage and give the option to disable it then and there









 10. Disable the Unlock Effect –

Unlock effect








  • Go to Settings and select My Device at the top of the menu
  • Click  Lock screen option


Click Unlock effect and then select  None  from the bullet menu

unlock effect options


We hope you enjoyed this post on how to speed up your Samsung Galaxy phones. Here at Mr Phix, we encourage you to comment and list any other ways there may be to enhance the performance and speed of the Samsung Galaxy phones. 

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iPad Mini Screen Replacement Tear Down Only

by Mrphix on January 10, 2014 , Comments Off on iPad Mini Screen Replacement Tear Down Only

Check out this helpful video on the iPad Mini Screen Replacement Tear Down Only brought to you by Mr. Phix, the phone replacement screen experts in Wilmington, NC.

iPad touch screen repair Wilmington

iPad Mini Screen Replacement Tear Down Only


This video shows the removal and teardown of an iPad Mini Screen. It does not show the assembly of a new screen. 

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How to transfer your DRM purchased music to another computer or device

by Mrphix on January 1, 2014 , Comments Off on How to transfer your DRM purchased music to another computer or device

This software will allow you to move your DRM protected music from one device you own to another

 Noteburner 2

This DRM removal tool actually installs a virtual CD-RW writer on your system that you can then use to remove DRM copy protection. Noteburner 2 works in conjunction with your favorite media playing software to burn DRM-free audio files onto a virtual CD; the only proviso in using this method is that your media player software has to have the ability to burn files to CD. Once the virtual burning process is complete you can then transfer the DRM-free files to any media/MP3 player.

This is a very helpful way on how to transfer your DRM purchased music to another computer or device brought to you by Mr Phix, the phone replacement experts in Wilmington, NC.

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10 Easy Ways to Save iPhone Battery Life on iOS8

by Mrphix on December 11, 2013 , Comments Off on 10 Easy Ways to Save iPhone Battery Life on iOS8

10 Easy Ways to save iPhone Battery Life on IOS8

ios7-battery_connect to charger

These small changes will drastically affect the daily life of your iPhone battery









background refresh app

1. The Background Refresh App – You will find that making changes to this new App could be the most effective way to save battery life. The refresh feature is an enemy for draining your battery, not only that, the default setting in IOS 7 is set to “ON”. The background refresh allows apps to run silent in background and will refresh continuously when connected to Wi-Fi or your precious Data Network; not only using battery life, but also using your data plan as well. You can easily stop the feature by going to:

    • Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Here, you can turn off the entire function or just chose app that you don’t need to automatically refresh them by sliding the switch to off “green” is on




Auto Updating

2. Automatic Updating –  iOS 7 will automatically download new updates for all installed apps whenever they’re ready without prompting you to visit the App Store to do it yourself. This app is helpful, but will use battery and can be disabled.

  • Settings > iTunes and Apple Store and uncheck the “Updates” option.









Disable Auto-Brightness

3. Turn down the Auto Brightness – As always this is a well known way to save battery life on any device including iOS 7. Go to:

  • Control Center or visit Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and disable Auto-Brightness and decrease the settings manually.









Spotlight search

4. Spotlight Search Function – Apple internal search functionality (called Spotlight) is available from any screen by wiping down not at the top but below the top, but because of that it is constantly indexing new data, and draining your battery. Stop it from indexing all of your apps, settings, and data by going to:

  • Settings > General > Spotlight Search and disable what you don’t need, for instance events and podcasts.









Choose wall paper

5. Dynamic Backgrounds – The new dynamic or animated backgrounds are a cool new feature but use battery life’

  • Settings > Wallpapers & Backgrounds> select a static background.










6. Turn Off Bluetooth – Simple if you don’t use it disable it

  • Settings > Bluetooth > and there you go.









Location services

7. Location-Tracking Apps – iOS camera, Google Maps, Twitter, and Facebook to name a few— are tracking your location at all times.
You can turn off Location Services completely

  • (Settings > Privacy > Location Services) or disable certain apps individually.

We strongly recommend the individual option, We never recommend disabling important location-based functions such as Find My Phone in case its ever lost or stolen.
Look in

  • System Services option under Location Services will reveal other app features that are unnecessarily using battery life, including “Popular Near Me” and “Frequent Locations.”






reduce motion

8. Parallax – It is a feature that makes images or wallpaper seem as though they are moving behind the stationery apps. However, it does use battery life and resources. Users have complained that it makes them dizzy too. It is simple to disable:

  • Settings > General > Accessibility and click Reduce Motion to “on.”








Double_click home button

9. Double Click Home Button – By double clicking the home button,  you will see all the “running” apps and you can swipe them upward to close or “force quit”. More than likely you will be surprised to see what is running.









10. Turn-Off Wi-Fi – Our Wi-Fi reception is faster than 3g or even 4g but if you are not in an area where you have a trusted network or have an available service to connect to iOS7 will continuously search for available networks in range using battery and system resources. To disable Wi-Fi visit:

  • Settings > Wi-Fi > Slide to Off








These small changes will undoubtedly help increase battery life during your day. If you know of any other helpful battery savers please comment so we can add them to the list.




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iPhone 5 Looses Service After Screen Repair

by Mrphix on October 15, 2013 , Comments Off on iPhone 5 Looses Service After Screen Repair

iPhone-5-loses-service-after-screen-repairI recently replaced a screen on an iPhone 5 and upon completion I powered up the phone and all functions were working properly.

The phone, however,  was searching for service which is typical of a newly powered phone.  Several minutes past and the service had still not connected. I powered the phone off and on again which will usually fix the problem.. yet still … no go.

I did a hard reset

Holding the power and home button continuously until the phone shuts down and reboots

no resolution.

I then powered it down,  removed the SIM card and cleaned it thoroughly. I then re-installed, powered iPhone 5 back on.

Still no luck

I powered it off, then removed the battery and began examining the iPhone 5 for hardware problems which may have been caused during the screen replacement process.

Nevertheless, everything seemed in order.

I seated all cables and checked for tears or misalignment


iPhone 5 Shield linked to 3G reception

iPhone 5 Shield linked to 3G reception


iPhone 5 connectors for antenna to case

iPhone 5 connectors for antenna to case




I next paid close attention to the connectors and cables that are associated with 3G reception

there was no visible damage or misalignment

I reassembled and powered the iPhone 5 back up

then checked for SIM in the Settings>General>About

it was there and read the correct number

After calling AT&T support and speaking to the tech they said there is a phenomenon where SIM can be blacklisted from being removed and the iPhone detecting hardware change.


We were preparing for a OTA reset “over the air” reset … before we did that We re-set all settings and powered off device   and the SIM  alert “locked ” appeared I contacted the client and he gave me the password and moments after I entered it the service returned.

So ….Sometimes a Service can be locked or interrupted because of SIM removal and will require service provider assistance .

Happy Ending.

Thank You AT&T for your fantastic service and assistance

Mr Phix

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