Can apps run on the Galaxy Z Flip 5 cover screen? | ENBLE

Can apps run on the Galaxy Z Flip 5 cover screen? | ENBLE

The Galaxy Z Flip 5: Unveiling Samsung’s Latest Foldable Phone

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Image source: Joe Maring/Digital Trends / ENBLE

Samsung recently held their Galaxy Unpacked event in Seoul, South Korea, where they introduced a range of new foldable phones, tablets, and wearables. Among them, the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 took center stage. With the Motorola Razr Plus dominating the folding phone market this year, it’s time to see how Samsung’s latest offering stacks up.

The Motorola Razr Plus boasts a large 3.6-inch cover screen that functions like a regular display, complete with a home screen, quick settings, panels, and the capability to run any Android app. Now, the burning question is whether Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 can achieve the same functionality on its 3.4-inch cover screen. Well, the answer is a little complicated.

You can run select apps on the Z Flip 5’s cover screen

Galaxy Z Flip 5’s Cover Screen Image source: Joe Maring / ENBLE

By default, the cover screen on the Galaxy Z Flip 5 will only display widgets, similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Flip 4. These widgets include weather, calendar, notifications, and more. However, if you want to run apps on the cover screen, it’s a bit more complicated. You’ll need to enable this feature from the Labs section of the Settings app. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Advanced Features.
  3. Tap on Labs.
  4. Toggle the switch next to “Apps allowed on cover screen.”

Once you’ve enabled this setting in Labs, you’ll gain access to the “Apps widget” on the cover screen. This widget features a curated collection of apps that are compatible with the cover screen. The available apps include popular ones like YouTube, Netflix, Samsung Messages, Google Messages, Google Maps, and WhatsApp. From Labs, you can activate all of the apps or select the specific ones you want to display.

The limitations of the apps widget

As you can see, the apps widget for the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is quite limited. The selection of apps available pales in comparison to the Motorola Razr Plus, which can run any Android app right out of the box. Needless to say, the Z Flip 5’s limitation in this aspect is disappointing, to say the least.

There is a workaround to run any app on the cover screen

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Image source: Joe Maring/Digital Trends

However, there’s good news for those who want more freedom with app selection. You can force run any app on the Galaxy Z Flip 5’s cover screen by downloading the Samsung Good Lock app. This app is not available on the regular Google Play Store but can be found on Samsung’s Galaxy Store, which comes preinstalled on all Samsung devices.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Good Lock, it’s a Samsung-specific app designed to help you customize the aesthetic look and feel of your Galaxy device. It allows you to modify the appearance of your home and lock screens, recent apps layout, clock face, Quick Settings panel, and more. On the Galaxy Z Flip 5, Good Lock also provides a “cover screen launcher” that enables you to run any app of your choosing.

Samsung, technically, offers a solution to run any app on the cover screen of the Flip 5, but it does require a few extra steps and the installation of a custom launcher. Although we weren’t able to test the whole process ourselves during our initial hands-on time with the Z Flip 5, it’s worth exploring how user-friendly and seamless this workaround truly is.

Compared to the Motorola Razr Plus, it’s more complicated

Galaxy Z Flip 5 vs Motorola Razr Plus Image source: Joe Maring / ENBLE

In terms of cover screen functionality, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 falls a little short compared to its recent competitor, the Motorola Razr Plus. The Razr Plus offers a straightforward approach to launching any Android app installed on the device, without additional steps or workarounds.

Samsung, on the other hand, requires users to enable Labs, which technically houses beta and experimental features. Even then, you’re only granted access to a limited selection of apps for the cover screen. To access a wider range of apps, you’ll need to download and install Good Lock. It’s clear that the Galaxy Z Flip 5 can indeed run any app on the cover screen, but the decision to place this functionality behind an experimental feature, with limited options unless a custom launcher is used, seems puzzling.

If you’re looking for a seamless and hassle-free experience of running your apps on the cover screen, the Razr Plus might be the better choice.

So, as the battle for foldable phone supremacy continues, it’s apparent that both Samsung and Motorola are pulling out all the stops to deliver impressive devices with unique features. Whether it’s the sleek design of the Z Flip 5 or the hassle-free app compatibility of the Razr Plus, customers now have more options than ever to satisfy their folding phone desires.