Using Smart Pop-up View on Samsung Galaxy

Smart Pop-up is a new way for Samsung users to view and interact with messages and other notifications, completely removing the need to open the actual app that the message appears in. Instead, you can view and interact with messages in a floating window that sits on top of whatever else you have open on screen. Here’s how to set up and use Smart Pop-up View.

Set Up Smart Pop-up

In most cases, Smart Pop-up View will not be enabled by default, so you will need to activate and configure it before you start getting pop-up notifications.

Step 1 – This feature is only available on Samsung devices that are running Android 9 (or later) and the new OneUI. If you don’t have these yet, and you are using a Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+ or any of the S10 range, check for software updates to see if the new version of the Android OS is available.

Step 2 – Smart Pop-up probably won’t be activated yet, so head into the Settings > Advanced features and you should see “Smart Pop-up View”. Tap on this and you will see a list of the apps that work with this feature (the exact list will vary), each with a slider switch to enable and disable them.

Step 3 – Go through the list and enable any apps you want to be able to view and interact with from notifications on screen. Bear in mind that these pop-ups will appear on screen each time there is a new message, so you might not want to activate apps that get lots of messages each day.

Viewing and Interacting with Pop-ups

Now you have the feature set up, it’s time to learn how you view and interact with the pop-up bubbles that will now start appearing on your device screen.

Step 1 – Now, when you get a message in one of the apps that you enabled for pop-ups, you will see a small icon bubble appear at the top of the screen (like the chat heads you get in Facebook messenger). Multiple pop-up bubbles will appear if you get messages from multiple apps.

Step 2 – Tap on the pop-up to open the message window on screen (over the top of whatever you have open at the time). What the message window looks like depends on the app the message is in, but it will usually be a scaled-down version of the normal app message screen.


Step 3 – If the message is part of an ongoing conversation, you will see this in the window too, with the ability to scroll up and down through it. With an app like Messages or WhatsApp, you can reply to the message directly in the window that opens. Just tap and enter message.

Step 4 – The pop-up view controls along the top of the window let you, from left to right: change the window transparency, reduce the window back to the pop-up bubble (without closing it), expand the window to full screen, and close the pop-up window.

Step 5 – You can resize the window by tapping on any of the edges or corners, and dragging it to the size you want. To remove a pop-up bubble from the screen, without opening the message window, tap and hold on it until the trach can icon appears. Then just drag it into the trash.

Step 6 – To avoid cluttering up your screen too much, when you get multiple messages from different apps, the bubbles will appear in a stack. When you tap the stack, it will open out to display the different message app icons. You can then tap on the app you want to pop open.

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Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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