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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 is just one of the company’s latest smartphones to feature a foldable display. But unlike the Z Fold 4, which has a large display on the front, the Z Flip 4 has a 1.9-inch screen on the front of the phone. 

The cover screen is what’s used to show you relevant information and alerts and interact with your phone while keeping it closed. 

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But how you go about using the cover screen and its different features isn’t always an obvious task. Below I’ll walk you through different ways to use the cover screen so you can get more out of the Z Flip 4. 

When your Z Flip 4 is sitting on a table or your desk, the cover screen stays off to conserve battery life. If you want to check the time quickly, battery level or you just heard a notification come in; you simply double-tap on the cover screen. It’ll light up after the second tap, providing you a quick glance at as much or as little information as you want. 

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When you’re ready to take a picture, press the volume up or down button. Easy peasy. 

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See the two cameras next to the cover screen? They aren’t only there to take photos when the phone is open, but you can use the cover screen in tandem with the cameras to take high-quality selfies. 

Open the camera app by double-pressing the power button/fingerprint sensor. A moment later, you’ll see yourself on the cover screen. Swipe left or right to switch between portrait, photo and video mode. Swipe up or down on the cover screen to change how much of the photo you see on the display. 

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When you’re ready to take a picture, press the volume up or down button. Easy peasy. 

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See the two cameras next to the cover screen? They aren’t only there to take photos when the phone is open, but you can use the cover screen in tandem with the cameras to take high-quality selfies. 

Open the camera app by double-pressing the power button/fingerprint sensor. A moment later, you’ll see yourself on the cover screen. Swipe left or right to switch between portrait, photo and video mode. Swipe up or down on the cover screen to change how much of the photo you see on the display. 

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When you’re ready to take a picture, press the volume up or down button. Easy peasy. 

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When the Z Flip 4 is closed and you receive a phone call, you can either open the phone to answer it, or you can use the cover screen to answer the call using your phone’s speaker. You’ll see the name, number and if you have one added to the contacts app, a profile photo for the person calling you. 

Touch the green phone button and then drag it towards the middle of the screen to answer. On the opposite side is the red phone button that is used to decline a call. Again, touch the button and drag your finger towards the middle of the screen. 

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When you wake the cover screen and see a yellow dot on the screen, that means you have new notifications. Swipe from left to right across the screen to view your notifications tray, where you’ll then see your alerts. You can tap on any of the alerts to view more information or, in the case of a messaging app, view the message itself. 

As you scroll down and read the message, you can quickly reply to the message with predefined messages right from the cover screen. Just tap on the message you want to send, then tap send when prompted. All of that without ever opening your phone. Neat!