One UI 5.0 has extended the general call background feature and introduced per-contact call background options for Galaxy smartphone users. It is an addition to One UI that allows users to add custom photos or videos to call backgrounds for individual contacts. Beyond its usefulness, it can also be a source of light entertainment. Here’s everything you need to know.
Apart from the fact that this article is a general guide to One UI 5.0 features, it will also attempt to explain how custom call backgrounds differ from custom ringtones. We think such an explanation might be helpful, as many smartphone users seem to make the mistake of dismissing the contact call background feature based on their past negative experiences with custom ringtones per contact.
And finally, I have to admit that this story is also a bit of a nod to Samsung for making this feature a reality after I requested it last year. So whether this addition to One UI 5.0 is the result of user feedback or other reasons: thank you, Samsung!
Why are contact call backgrounds more useful than custom ringtones?
Call by contact backgrounds can be handy as they can help you identify callers at a glance. The feature may sound similar to custom contact ringtones, and basically it is. In practice, however, these two characteristics, although similar, can give very different results.
The problem with custom contact ringtones is that they can cause you to miss phone calls, especially in noisy environments, because memorizing every custom ringtone for your contacts is probably not something you’ll naturally do. Personalized ringtones complicate things. They offer a little extra customization at the cost of user experience. In other words, contact ringtones can be a hindrance disguised as a useful feature.
However, unlike custom ringtones, contact call backgrounds come into play after you have already noticed that you receive a phone call. “After” is the key word here. When you use custom call backgrounds, there is no implication of missing a phone call due to forgetting the custom call background you used for contacts. On the contrary, contact call backgrounds help you identify your caller faster.
On the practical side, setting up contact call backgrounds can also be a source of light entertainment. Do you want a personalized callout background of your partner blowing you a kiss? You can create one. Do you have a video recording of a friend doing something stupid? Well, you can set this as your custom call background. Do you want to set a family photo as a custom call background for your parents? You can.
Also, this feature works great with custom character creator in AR Emoji. If you have a free moment and boredom sets in, you might have fun creating custom AR Emoji characters based on friends, family members, co-workers, and more. You can give these characters different animations and set them as custom call backgrounds. for individual contacts.
How to set a call background for individual contacts in One UI 5.0
Setting a custom call background for a contact is very simple. You’ll probably spend more time thinking about which videos, photos, or AR Emoji animations to use than setting up the feature.
To set a call background per contact, open the Contacts app (or the Phone app and go to “Contacts” tab), select the desired contact, press the tab “Info” icon, then the icon “Edit” button. Then press “See more” to expand the list of details you can edit, scroll down and tap “Call in background.” Then press the “Background” button at the bottom of the screen, press the “+” in the upper right corner and select the photo or video you want to use.
If the video is too long, One UI 5.0 will allow you to cut it in-place to a length that matches the custom call background. When ready, press “Set as call background.” Optionally, you can also activate the “Use video sound as ringtone” feature, but we’ve already discussed what we think about custom ringtones, so it’s up to you whether or not you want to use this feature.
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