Tel: (09) 365-1212, Mobile: (021) 365-733We reveal the best secret features hidden by Samsung in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, including tips and tricks for improving battery life, storage management, working with two apps at once and how to get started with the S7.
Just bought the new or a used Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and want to know how to get the most out of it? Samsung’s flagship has plenty of cool features hidden amongst the dross and here’s our pick of the most useful, in a handy tips and tricks-style guide.
How to use the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge comfortably with one hand?
The Galaxy S7 is already a pretty comfortable handset to use with one hand, thanks to its relatively compact 5.1-inch design. However, if you’re still struggling to operate it without both mitts, or you opted for the super-sized 5.5-inch S7 Edge instead, then check out Samsung’s One Handed Mode.
Just head to the S7 or S7 Edge’s Settings, then scroll down to Advanced Features. In here you’ll find the ‘One-handed operation’ setting. In here you’ll find two options: ‘Reduced screen size’, which squashes the usable desktop to the bottom portion of the screen when your triple-tap the home button, and ‘One-handed input’ which moves the keyboard to one side of the screen. Enable whichever option you want with a quick tap.
How to fit more shortcuts onto your Galaxy S7’s desktops
If you’ve got loads of favourite apps or widgets and you want to fit more onto your S7’s home screen or desktops, you can quickly and easily change the display grid size. To do this, press and hold your finger on a spare bit of desktop space and then tap the ‘Screen grid’ option that pops up.
The default setting is a 4×4 grid, allowing a maximum of 16 app shortcuts on each desktop. Instead select 5×5 and you can fit up to 25 shortcuts on your screen instead. Hit ‘Apply’ and you’ll have loads more space to fill.
How to free up storage space on your Galaxy S7
Have you downloaded tons of apps or shot reams of 4K video on your new S7 and already run out of space? Then check out our quick and easy guide to managing storage on the S7, which also shows you how to quickly expand the available storage with a microSD memory card.
How to get better battery life when gaming with the Galaxy S7
If your S7 or S7 Edge is almost out of battery life but you’re still desperate to beat your high score on Flappy Bird, then try the Game Launcher’s Save Power mode to preserve your battery dregs.
Open the Game Launcher by tapping the icon in your apps tray, then tap the power modes option beneath the list of available games. There are three modes to choose from. ‘Save Power’ reduces the resolution of your game as well as knocking down the framerate to 30FPS. Or, if you’re almost out of juice entirely, you can choose the ‘Save Maximum Power’ option instead, which bumps the resolution down even lower. With that done, open your game through the Game Launcher and your chosen changes will take effect.
1.) Adjust Always On Display (AOD) Settings On S7 And S7 Edge
One of the best features on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is called Always On Display (AOD). This feature lets you make the screen light up a smaller number of pixels, meaning it prevents unused pixels from consuming energy.
The Always On Display (AOD) mode shows the clock, the date, the battery percentage, missed calls and message alerts on the lock screen without using much power. The AOD also has customization options.
You can turn on the Always On Display feature by going to Settings > Display > Always On Display > (Toggle On). And you can select what you want the Always On Display to show by selecting “Content to show.”
2.) Adjust Color Saturation On The S7 Edge
Did you know that you can adjust the color saturation on your S7 Edge? The AMOLED display on the S7 Edge displays bright and sharp colors, but it may be too much for some people. That is why you can adjust the screen by going to Settings > Display > Screen and switching from “Adaptive display” to “Basic.” Other options include “AMOLED Cinema” and “AMOLED Photo.”
3.) Adjust Sound Equalizer On S7 And S7 Edge
If you are listening to music on your Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and wanted to make your tunes more interesting, then you should check out the sound equalizer feature. This option is located in Settings > Sounds and Vibration > Sound quality and effects (scroll down towards the bottom) > Equalizer. There are options like UHQ upscaler, Surround and Tube Amp Pro. But you can also adjust the equalizer by rotating the bass, treble, instrument and vocal knobs. This feature is best used while using headphones.
4.) Adjust The Feeds On The S7 Edge
The S7 Edge is distinguishable from smartphones made by Apple, LG and HTC by having a curved screen. The Edge screen makes it easier to see notifications if your phone is placed face down. Swiping your finger along the Edge activates the tickers of information such as the time, missed calls, news feeds, stock quotes, weather reports, etc. You can customize the feeds that appear on your Galaxy S7 Edge by going to Settings > Edge screen > Edge feeds. Then check mark the feeds that you want from the settings menu.
5.) Adjust Notifications On S7 And S7 Edge
One of my biggest pet peeves about having a lot of apps downloaded on my smartphone is the constant notifications. Fortunately, you can tone down the notifications you receive by going to Settings > Notifications > Select on or off for each app. You can also adjust the type of notification by selecting “Advanced” at the top right and picking either Priority Notifications, Popup notifications and Hide on lock screen options.
If you receive a notification from an app, then you can also quickly adjust its settings by pulling it down and tapping on the "info" icon. You can also see the individual app notifications by going to: Settings > Applications > App Of Choice > Notifications.
6.) Block Interruptions While You Are Gaming On S7 And S7 Edge
I'm not a fan of receiving notifications while I'm playing games on my smartphone, but the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge allows you to control that problem. When you go to Settings > Advanced features > Games, there is an option to turn off notifications. And you can also lock the Recent and Back keys so they are not accidentally pushed.
7.) Block Swear Words On S7 And S7 Edge
When you use the voice-to-text feature, there is a way to replace swear words with asterisks. This makes the Galaxy S7 smartphones more family-friendly. You can set up this feature by going to Settings > Language and input > Google voice typing > Block offensive words.
8.) Customize The S7 Edge Panel Handle
The Edge Panel on the S7 Edge is customizable. You can adjust the S7 Edge panel by going to Settings > Edge screen > Edge panels > Edge panel handle settings. This setting lets you decide the Edge panel handle position, size and transparency.
Through the new Edge UX, Samsung will let you use up to 9 panels at a time by swiping through them and you can place the panels you use the most ahead of the other ones. You can reorder the panels by swiping open the Edge interface, selecting the Settings icon and then tapping on the reorder button at the top right. And you can add new content to the Edge Panels by tapping on the "+" icon. The settings icon at the bottom left provides access to additional settings.
The colors that you select for the People Edge panel will be the same one used when the S7 Edge lights up if the device is face down. People Edge lets you select five contacts and the Tasks Edge lets you create 10 shortcuts for tasks like sending text messages and taking photos. You can also download additional panel options.
9.) Hide App Notifications From The Lock Screen On S7 And S7 Edge
Sometimes you may not want notifications to appear on the lock screen of your devices in case someone is looking over your shoulder. This is especially true for text messages. Fortunately you can hide app notifications from the lock screen by going to Settings > Lock screen and security > Notifications on Lock Screen > Content on Lock Screen. Within that menu, you can toggle the app notifications on or off. Tapping on “Hide Content” lets you receive notifications, but the content of the notification will be hidden. So you will receive text message notifications, but the actual content of the text message will be hidden.
10.) Identify Unsaved Callers On S7 And S7 Edge
Sometimes you may receive phone calls from people that you do not know, including telemarketers. A useful feature on the S7 and the S7 Edge is the ability to identify unsaved numbers. You can access this feature by going to Settings > Advanced features > Identify unsaved numbers. Then switch on the feature to set up the caller identification.
11.) Increase Your Privacy By Turning Off App Location Tracking On S7 And S7 Edge
When apps track your location, it can be useful for finding relevant content based on where you are. But this feature eats up substantial amounts of battery life. In the interest of privacy, there are also some apps that you may not want tracking your location. You can control app location tracking by going to Settings > Privacy and safety > App permissions > Location. Then toggle the apps on or off that you want to have tracking your location.
12.) One-Handed Operation On S7 Edge
At 5.5-inches, the display size of the S7 Edge is larger than many other smartphones. But this makes it harder to use the device with one hand. Fortunately, there is a way to adjust the device so it is easier to control with one hand. Under Settings > Advanced Features, you will see a One-handed operation feature. This feature reduces the home screen size and readjusts the keyboards so that it moves closer to the display side, thus making the device easier to use with one hand.
13.) Pin Windows On S7 And S7 Edge
Did you know there is a way to pin an app on the screen? This feature comes in handy if someone borrows your phone and walks away because it prevents the ability to open other apps. The window pinning feature was added in Android Marshmallow, but it can be tricky to find.
You can find the pin window feature by going to Settings > Lock screen and security > Other security settings. Then scroll down to Pin windows and turn it on. From there, you can tap on the Recents app button and tap on the pin icon at the bottom right corner of the app that you want to have pinned.
14.) Record Game Play On S7 Or S7 Edge
If you are playing a game on your S7 or S7 Edge, then you may be interested in a feature that allows you to take a screenshot or a video. This feature can be switched on by going to Settings > Advanced features > Games > Game Tools. After enabling this feature, you will notice a floating button with screenshot and video options while you are gaming. This feature is definitely handy for people that like to share their gaming experience on YouTube.
15.) Remind Yourself About Notifications On S7 And S7 Edge
There may be cases where you may want to be reminded about all of the notifications you have on the S7 and S7 Edge. You can set this up by going to Settings > Accessibility > Notification reminder.
The Notification reminder menu allows you to set alerts via vibration or sound when there are unread notifications. The Reminder interval lets you set the number of minutes that you want to be reminded about the notification. And the apps that you want to receive notifications from are selectable in the menu.
16.) Save Photos To MicroSD Card On S7 And S7 Edge
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices have up to 32GB of internal memory storage, but you can substantially expand the available storage by using a microSD card (up to an additional 200GB). And there is a way to store your photos on that 200GB memory card. You can set up this feature by going to the Camera App > Settings > Storage Location > SD Card.
17.) Schedule Restarts On S7 And S7 Edge
From time to time it is a good idea to restart your S7 or S7 Edge for memory management reasons or if your device freezes up. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge allows you to schedule reboots under Settings > Backup & reset > Auto restart where you can set the recurring times.
18.) Send SOS Messages For Emergencies On S7 And S7 Edge
The S7 and S7 Edge can come in handy in case of emergency. You can enable the ability to send SOS messages under Settings > Privacy and Safety > Send SOS Messages.
Once you activate this feature, you can send SOS messages to your emergency contacts by quickly pressing the power button 3 times consecutively. This feature also lets you automatically attach photos and audio recordings so your emergency contacts can find out what the emergency situation is about.
19.) Set Up Quick Launch For Camera On S7 And S7 Edge
Whenever there is a memorable event, then you may want to be able to quickly access your phone camera. That is why you should turn on the Quick Launch Camera feature. You can set this up by going to Settings > Advanced Features > Quick launch camera. When this feature is activated, you can double press the Home button to launch the camera. This feature works even if the S7 or S7 Edge is locked.
20.) Set Up Sound Detectors Like Doorbells And Baby Crying On S7 And S7 Edge
The S7 and S7 Edge devices have the ability to detect whether your doorbell has rung or where there is a baby crying for alerting purposes. This can be helpful if you have headphones on or you are in another room. You can activate this feature by going to Settings > Accessibility > Hearing > Sound detectors. Under this menu, you can toggle on/off the Baby crying detector or Doorbell detector. The toggle will request you to record the sound of the doorbell so that your device can detect it in the future.
21.) Set Up Swipe Keyboard On S7 And S7 Edge
The S7 and S7 Edge supports various swipe keyboards. A swipe keyboard allows you to drag your finger across the keyboard between letters so that your device can predict what you are typing even if the swipes are not accurate. You can turn this feature on by going to Settings > Language and input > Samsung Keyboard > Keyboard Swipe. This feature does not prevent you from typing words normally.
22.) Set Mobile Data Limits To Prevent Overage Charges On S7 And S7 Edge
Last month, I surpassed my mobile data limit and so I had to pay more for my monthly bill. Mobile data can be quickly consumed after watching a few videos and streaming music through your data connection. However, Samsung has made it easier to curb overage charges by offering a mobile data limit feature.
This feature is available at Settings > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit. From there, set the limit to your data threshold. And drag the alert level to the threshold that you want.
If there are apps that consume too much data, you can prevent this from happening going forward by going to Data Usage > Background Data > Apps. It is also recommended that you turn off Data Roaming under Settings > Mobile Networks > Data Roaming.
23.) Set Up Condensed Display Mode Using Nova Launcher On S7 And S7 Edge
An XDA-Developer user discovered that the S7 and S7 Edge devices have a hidden DPI scaling setting that essentially “condenses” display. The setting is maintained through the Nova Launcher. When you open Nova Launcher, long press an empty space and select “ Widgets.” Then drag and drop the “Activities” widget onto the home screen.
From there, find the “Settings” folder and select .DisplayScalingActivity. That will create a new icon on the home screen. Then tap on the icon and select the “Condensed” display mode after the activity opens. You will need to restart your Galaxy S7 after those steps are done. And you can switch back to your other Launcher after all the steps have been completed.
24.) Share Files Using Android Beam On S7 And S7 Edge
Using NFC, you can share files rapidly through Android Beam. After Android Beam is turned on, you can share files with other Android devices that have NFC.
This feature can be enabled under Settings > NFC and Payment > Android Beam. When you select the file you want to share, select the Android Beam option after tapping on the Share button. Holding the rears of the NFC-enabled Android devices should allow you to share the files using Android Beam.
25.) Switch Off Flipboard Briefing On S7 And S7 Edge
One of the unnecessary features built into the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is Flipboard Briefing. Flipboard Briefing is a news feature that shows content tailored to your interests that appears on the far left page of the home screen.
This feature may be useful for some people, but there is a chance you not want it. You can turn off Flipboard Briefing by launching the home screen settings and pinching / swiping right to the Flipboard Briefing page. Then use the toggle off switch at the top right.
26.) Turn On Download Booster On S7 And S7 Edge
In case you want to download apps or other files at a rapid pace, there is a way to make it happen using the Download Booster. As a warning, this feature uses your Wi-Fi and data connection combined to download the files. You can turn on the Download Booster by going to Settings > More connection settings > Download Booster.
27.) Turn On “Easy Mode” For People Not Familiar With The S7 And S7 Edge
In case someone wants to borrow your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge and he or she is not used to the Android user interface, you can enable the “Easy Mode” function. The “Easy Mode” function can be enabled under Settings >Personalization > Easy Mode.
You can also customize which apps that you want included in Easy Mode. On the home screen, there are three pages and one of the pages has widgets like clock, calendar and weather. Other widgets that you can add include the phone, messages, web browser and the flashlight. And you can add more functions to the Galaxy S7 “Easy Mode” by tapping on the “+” signs on the home screen as well.
28.) Turn On/Off Fast Charging On S7 And S7 Edge
One of the biggest pain points for smartphones is battery life. Having to charge your phone every single night and day can be a nuisance especially if you are constantly traveling.
But the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices are known for being able to charge quickly. Now Samsung lets you control fast charging within Setting > Battery > Fast Cable Charging and Fast Wireless Charging. The problem with fast charging is that your device may become hot while the feature is turned on. Switching off the fast charging feature prevents that from happening.
29.) Turn Off Smart Alert To Conserve Battery On S7 And S7 Edge
The Smart Alert feature comes in handy if you have missed a call or message notification. The phone will vibrate the next time you pick it up from a flat surface if there is a missed notification. This feature can be a battery drainer though. You can control this feature by going to Settings > Advanced Features > Smart Alert.
30.) Utilize Split Screen Mode On S7 And S7 Edge
On the S7 you can use two apps at the same time side-by-side. You can set this feature up by holding down the recent key and then tapping the icon with 2 rectangles at the top right of split screen compatible apps. Then select an app on the bottom. From there, the apps you selected are split between the top and the bottom of the screen.
Once the apps are in split screen mode, you can adjust it by dragging the circle icon up or down to adjust where the apps are split. Tapping on the circular arrow icons swaps the top and bottom screens. And tapping the pointing hand icon allows you to drag and drop content between the windows.
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