So, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are already on the shelves and in people’s pockets, and we reckon they’re among the best phones you can get right now. Both seemingly have it all: speedy internals, head-turning design, very good cameras, curved functional display, and lots of other features that make them a compelling package. All in all, the hardware is impressive, but the software also has its sweet moves.
After playing around with the new Galaxy S7, we became increasingly aware of how this years’ TouchWiz flavor doesn’t necessarily make any huge gains over last year’s interpretation. Generally speaking, the look, feel, and execution of TouchWiz all remain unchanged – save for the fact that it’s running on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, carrying along all the new features of this most up-to-date version of the platform.
TouchWiz has always been a treasure trove of features, and while the current version is way toned-down in comparison with previous versions of the UI, it is still one of the most feature-rich manufacturer skins. We compiled a short pick with some essential tips and tricks that will help those not-so-advanced users get more familiar with Samsung’s UI. Check them out below.
Essential tips and tricks for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
Essential tips and tricks for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
1. Master the art of split-screen multitasking
Multitasking has always been one of the more important bullet points in Samsung’s vast feature arsenal, and it’s no surprise that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge both allow you to use two apps side by side. To do so, open your recent apps menu and look for those ones that can work in split screen by seeing. These are indicated by a small multi-window button in its title bar. By tapping on it, you will launch the corresponding app in split screen, and a list of other compatible apps will appear at the bottom. After you have two apps running simultaneously alongside one another, you can resize, minimize, or maximize each window.
2. Save photos to your SD card
As the S7 marks the return of a beloved feature, the microSD card slot, users can now make use of expanded storage. You can’t install apps on the microSD card you pop inside the phone, but at least you get to save the photos you make on it. Once you put a microSD card in your phone and launch the camera app, a prompt will ask you if you want to use it as default location for all future single shots. Burst shots will still be saved to the native storage of the phone.
3. Disable or customize Always On display
4. Set up a fingerprint for security reasons
The fingerprint on high-end Samsung devices is here to stay, and it’s faster than ever. There’s no reason not to lock your phone with one – the added security value is immense. You can add a fingerprint by heading to Settings Lock screen and security Fingerprints.
5. Make sure fast charging is on
In order to make use of the fast charging feature of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you have to make sure that it is enabled. To do so, just head to the battery menu in the phone’s settings and make sure that the corresponding setting is turned on. It can be found at the bottom of the menu. Have in mind that this feature will charge your battery faster, but will also raise the temperature of the battery.
6. Edit lock screen shortcuts
In order to edit your lockscreen shortcuts, simply head to “Lock screen and security” in Settings, then “Info and app shortcuts”, and then navigate to “App shortcuts”. You get to choose what the two shortcuts on the lock screen will open.
7. Enable or disable edge panels on the S7 edge
If you don’t like the edge panels of the Galaxy S7 edge, you can easily enable or disable them. Just navigate yourself to Settings, then look for Edge screen, and you will see a couple of menu items that allow you to enable or disable the edge panels, disable the news feeds that appear when you flick them open. You can also stop the edge from your Galaxy S7 edge from lighting up when you receive a call.
8. Choose your preferred edge panels
9. Customize the edge panel handle
The nifty handle that allows you to open the edge panel on your S7 edge is pretty customizable. You get to choose a screen position, size, as well as opacity for the handle. To do so, just tap on the bottom-most entry in the edge panel customization menu.
10. Enable single-handed mode
This undoubtedly handy (no pun intended) feature allows you scale down the UI in a window and move it around for easier interaction. In order to do so, flick from either the top left or right corner to the inside of the screen and continue to slide your finger until the UI window suits your liking.
11. Make use of that download booster
Wi-Fi is fast, LTE is potentially faster, but do you know what’s even speedier? Correct, Wi-Fi and LTE working together to cater your downloads straight to your internal storage. Navigate to Settings, then look for More connection settings, and finally, enable the nifty Download booster feature by tapping the corresponding option at the bottom of the menu. Just have in mind that it might eat through your data like popcorn.
12. Enable Motion Photo
13. Change picture size
Changing the size of the pictures you take is as easy as abc. Just open up your camera app and tap the picture size button in the settings bar. From there, you can choose between three different aspect ratios – 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1. You can also choose the resolution of the image.
14. Enable quick camera launch
One of the small yet totally convenient features introduced with the Galaxy S6 has also made the cut on the Galaxy S7, too — you can launch the camera by simply quickly tapping the home button twice. This works from any screen or app, but make sure that you have actually enabled the feature in Settings. It’s under the “Advanced features” menu category in Settings and flicking the corresponding switch in the menu.
15. Disable Samsung’s homescreen news feed
Previously, Samsung’s phones featured the Flipboard magazine, but last year, Samsung announced it will be making its own curated news app for its phones – Upday. Well, it comes pre-installed on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, where you can find it by flicking to the leftmost home screen. If it doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can disable it by pressing and holding an empty space on your home screen, then swipe left to the Upday screen and turn it off by flicking the switcher up top.
16. Change the home screen layout
If the stock TouchWiz launcher tickles your fancy, then you should know that you can change the home screen grid. By default you get a 4X4 one, but hold down on an empty space, then tap on “Screen grid”, and you can employ 4X5 and 5X5 ones.
17. Turn on easy mode
18. Make sure ‘Find My Mobile’ is set at all times
This feature might save your phone and private data one day. Navigate to Settings Lock screen and security, then choose Find My Mobile. Add an eligible Samsung account and then enable the security features you like.
19. End or answer calls with the hardware buttons
Did you know that you can answer or end calls on your Galaxy S7/S7 edge without even touching the screen? Well, you can! Just head to Settings Accessibility, then get inside “Answering and ending calls”, and then enable whichever option you desire. Oh, you can also answer calls with voice commands. Neat-o!
20. Easily turn the screen on
This jedi trick can be found in Settings Accessibility Dexterity and interaction. Dubbed “Easy screen turn on”, it leaves nothing to the imagination and allows you to easily wake your device by waving your hand over its upper front, where the proximity sensor is situated.
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