The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge look a lot like the Galaxy S6 generation of devices, but they don’t quite work the same. There are some hidden features and extra tricks buried under that glossy screen. Here are some of our favorite Galaxy S7 tips and tricks with video.
1. How to Use an SD Card on the Samsung Galaxy S7
To insert a MicroSD card into your Samsung Galaxy S7, take a SIM card tool and pop the SIM slot out halfway. You’ll see that the top of the SIM slot is a MicroSD card slot. Press the MicroSD card in, and slide the card back into the phone.
To move downloaded apps onto the SD card, go to Settings Apps Application Manager. Tap on the app you want to move, tap Storage, and tap Change. That will let you move the app onto the SD card. You can’t do this with built-in apps, though.
While the Galaxy S7 doesn’t support Marshmallow’s special storage mode that makes the SD card look like part of internal memory, it does support cards up to 200GB. So record as much 4K video as you want. The S7 can take it.
2. How to Use the Samsung Galaxy S7 Underwater
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is IP68 rated, which means it is completely resistant to dust and can be continuously immersed in water deeper than one meter.
If you spill something on your S7, the best idea is to wash off your phone and then dry it with a paper towel or soft cloth. The phone’s touch doesn’t work underwater, but if you get it into the camera mode while it’s dry, you can use the volume keys to take pictures.
3. How to Use Motion Photos on the Samsung Galaxy S7
Motion photos are a new feature in the Samsung Galaxy S7′s camera. Superficially, they’re a little bit like HTC’s Zoe or Apple’s Live Photos, but they’re actually quite different. To turn on motion photos, go into the camera mode and touch the settings wheel. Turn motion photos to on.
When you go into the Gallery app and look at an individual photo, it will have a motion photos icon. Tap it, and you’ll see the motion. You can’t really export or use the video clip anywhere else. Its real purpose is in case you missed the photo you intended to take. You can scrub through the motion photo, hit Capture, and get a clip of what you missed. It’ll only be 960 by 720, but that’s better than nothing, right?
So far, there are no other way to share Motion Photos. When you share out the image, all you get is the original JPEG. So we’ll see if Samsung does more with this in the future.
4. How to Take the Best Selfies With the Samsung Galaxy S7
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has several new features to improve your selfies. For one thing, the front-facing camera is brighter than it used to be. That will help some in low-light situations. But what will really help is a selfie flash, like we’ve seen on some other phones. To turn on the selfie flash, just hit the flash icon on the left. Then, when you take a selfie, it will light up the screen while it’s shooting the picture, which functions as a flash. After you’ve taken your selfie, there are some odd editing tools in the S7′s gallery. The spotlight tool is the most useful, as it brightens up your own face in a crowd.
5. How to Customize the Always-On Display on the Samsung Galaxy S7
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has an always-on display that just lights up the bits it needs to show you the time and date. By default, it’ll show you the time, date, battery life and some basic notifications information. It can do a little more, though.
If you go into Settings, Display, Always On Display, you can pick different content to show on the Always On Display. Ther are several clock styles, a clock with a calendar, or a few custom image designs. How do you get more? You go to Themes in Settings, and download a new theme with an Always On Display option. When you apply the theme, it will have more selections for background images. No, you can’t use your own images as the backgrounds.
6. How to Use The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a much more useful edge than the S6 Edge did. Here are some of the things it can do.
To use the Galaxy S7′s edge, swipe in from the right. You’ll initially see the Apps Edge, which you can add your favorite apps to.
Swipe to the right for the Tasks Edge. This one has macros, like starting a text message to one of your favorite people. There’s a list of set macros, but you can also add shortcuts you’ve created on your home screen.
The next one is the People Edge, which has five of your favorite contacts.
Now you get to the customizable edges. This is the new stuff, which is really old stuff because it’s how the original Galaxy Note Edge worked. You can install a news panel, a compass and a ruler, weather … and if you go to the Download button here, you see that there are more panels you can install from Samsung’s store. The edge panel SDK will be open to third parties, so hopefully, we’ll see many more panels in the future.
7. How to Maximize Samsung Galaxy S7 Battery Life
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has better battery life than the Samsung Galaxy S6 did, but you still might want to use some of the built in features to optimize your battery life.
If your battery is running low, first turn down the screen brightness. Then try power saving mode. That’s under Settings, Battery, Power saving mode. That turns off most background data, which means that stuff like email won’t get automatically updated unless you go into the app. It saves a lot of battery, but you have to remember that.
Worst case scenario, there’s ultra power saving mode. That turns the screen black and white, kills background data, and only lets you use the phone, Chrome, texting, the calculator, clock, memo pad, and Samsung’s own email app, not Gmail.
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