Samsung Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge tips and tricks

by: Lanh NguyenMarch 26, 2016
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One of the biggest complaints with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI a few years ago was the fact that the software package was very bloated, and packed with a slew of features and extras that, ultimately, didn’t prove to be all that useful. Samsung has toned down their software experience drastically over the last couple of versions of the UI, and with the latest iteration, the software experience is by far the best yet.

That certainly doesn’t mean that these smartphones are particularly lacking when it comes to software and hardware features however. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are making its way to consumers all over the world, and we’re here to help you out, with this roundup of our top tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your new smartphone. Let’s take a look!

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#1 – Disabling the Flipboard Briefing screen

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One of the big issues with the Samsung software experience has been the Flipboard Briefing screen, with a lot of stutter and lag seen when swiping to it. The lag isn’t as prevalent a problem with the powerful Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and quite a few users do find this secondary screen useful, but if you are someone who, like me, don’t find it helpful, the good news is that it can be disabled easily.

All you have to do is long press on the homescreen and then swipe over to the Briefing homescreen, where you will see a toggle to turn it off. If you are looking to turn it back on again, just follow the same steps to do so.


#2 – Changing the screen grid size

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By default, the screen grid size is set to 4×4, which is a little bit cramped, and doesn’t allow you to take full advantage of the available display real estate. Once again, changing this setting is very easy. Just long press on the homescreen, and among the four options at the bottom, tap on Screen Grid. You can choose between 4×4, 4×5, and 5×5, and once you’re happy with your selection, tap on Apply. With the larger grid sizes, you will now be able to fit a lot more apps and widgets on the homescreen.

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#3 – Camera quick launch

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The camera quick launch shortcut was first introduced with the 2015 Galaxy S flagships, and is one of the best features Samsung has come up with. Anytime you are looking to launch the camera quickly, all you need to do is a double tap of the physical home button. This feature works regardless of which app or screen you are on, and even when the device is locked.

This is an extremely useful feature and actually removes the need for a Camera app icon on the homescreen as well. The camera quick launch shortcut should be enabled by default, but if it isn’t, go to Settings – Advanced Features, and make sure that the Camera quick launch option is toggled on.


#4 – One-handed operation

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This feature allows you to shrink the interface down for easier one handed use, and while it may not be required with the relatively compact Galaxy S7, it may prove useful for owners of the larger Galaxy S7 Edge. To enable this feature, go to Settings – Advanced Features – One-handed operation, and you will see a toggle to reduce the screen size.

There is also a toggle for one-handed input as well, which will shift only certain apps, like the Dialer or Calculator, to one side of the phone, for easy one handed use. Once enabled, a triple press of the home button will launch this feature, and you will have the option to move it to left or right side, depending on which you prefer, as well as to go back to the full screen size.


#5 – Re-ordering the Edge panels

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This tip is of course, specifically for owners of the Galaxy S7 Edge. With the new Edge UX, Samsung now allows for up to 9 panels to be used at one time, and that can be a lot of panels to swipe through when your searching for a particular piece of information. If there are some panels you use more often than others, such as looking up weather information, you can put those panels at at the forefront to make them easier to get to.

To re-order the panels, swipe open the Edge interface, tap the Setting icon, and select the Re-order button at the upper right. From here, re-ordering the panels is as simple as dragging and dropping. Now, your Edge panels will be exactly the way you want them to be.


#6 – Moving multiple applications to another homescreen

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One of the most annoying things about Android when it comes to moving and organizing apps around the homescreens is that you can only move one item at a time. Luckily, Samsung has come up with a pretty elegant solution to help in this regard.

Just long press and hold an application, as you normally would when moving an app, and up top, you will see a Move Apps option appear. Once you’ve dragged an app to it, you will then be given the option to select 5 more applications to move. Once selected, swipe to any of the other homescreens, and simply drag them back down from the top.


#7 – Make the UI look like stock Android

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The latest version of the TouchWiz UI doesn’t look that bad, with a few aesthetically-pleasing changes made throughout, but if you’re still not a fan and are looking for a more stock-like interface, you can easily do so via the in-built Theme store.

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My favorite theme lately is the Android 6.0 Marshmallow theme, but there are plenty of really good ones to choose from. The easiest way to find them is to use the search term “Material,” and you will find a lot of themes that offer a stock Android look, with a majority of them also available for free.


#8 – Customizing the Always On display

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One of the new features introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is the Always On display, and while its functionality is quite limited at the moment, Samsung does offer a few ways to customize it. You’ll find these options by going to Settings – Display – Always On display, where you have the option to choose between a clock, calendar, or image, to display.

If you want to customize the clock, for example, you can pick between several analog and digital clock styles, and you can also add a background image to the clock. Granted, there are only a few images to choose from here, but those are available do look nice, and hopefully, more options will be added in the future.


#9 – Turning off Pop-up view

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A feature that I’ve always found to be quite annoying is Pop-up view. This feature lets you shrink an app into a floating window that you can manipulate and move around by swiping inwards from the top left or right corners. However, you will often find this feature being triggered when you’re simply trying to pull down the notification shade.

The good news is that with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, you now have the option to disable this feature. Go to Settings – Advanced features, tap on Pop-up view gesture, and turn it off.


#10 – Keeping the screen turned off

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The last and final tip is with regards to how to keep the screen from turning itself on when you don’t want it to. With both smartphones coming with physical home buttons, they can be prone to accidental presses from getting tossed around in a bag, or even while in your pocket, which can ultimately waste a lot of battery life, with the screen turning on constantly.

Go to Settings – Display, and you will see an option for keeping the screen turned off. Once you’ve enabled this feature, your phone will never accidentally turn itself on in your pocket, bag, or any other dark environment.


So there you have it for this roundup of some useful tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. If you feel like there is something we’ve missed out on, don’t forget to mention it in the comments section below.

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  • Ryuto Arisato

    My S7 edge seems to turn itself off automatically around midnight and on sometimes before morning. Is there anyone have the same issue?

    • Sayed ahamed

      Check that you automatic shutdown at scheduled time disabled

    • saksham

      u might have turned on the auto restart to optimise performance option or automatically install updates option for the night

  • Roby

    The picture under one-handed operation…
    It would have been back breaking work to take another, decent one for the article huh?

  • sachouba

    The last tip is great ! Thanks.

  • Biggster

    #10 – Keeping the screen turned off -> what sensor does it use for this feature? Will it impact battery life?

    • Alex Walker

      It uses the front light sensors and it is to help with battery life so if you have in your pocket and the home button gets accidentally pressed it will not turn on the lock screen, and if you have the always on display function those same sensors shut that off when place in a pocket or bag. The s7 edge is fantastic on battery live on average I get 15hrs to a whole 24±hr with everything on including locations ,wifi, and bluetooth heavy use 13hr which still I think is really good.

    • Falcon

      It wont affect battery life. Once a button is pressed it fires the light and proximity sensors to check if its a deliberate press or accidental and then it decides

    • Phillip

      Only 1% with a hour of screen on time. So bottom line not much

  • saksham

    I DONT WANT IT TO LOOK STOCK ANDROID I HATE STOCK

    • Yeah! Same here! It was Samsung with their TouchWiz that made me buy my 1st Andorid phone. I dislike the way Andorid looks.

      • henson

        Me too!

    • Ethan

      IKR!

    • Major Sceptic

      i have to agree , people whinge about touchwiz , but it does have a lot of nice features , and by the look of it the extra customization coming into touchwiz , it is looking very good , a lot of these features you still cant do with pure android and would have had to get a launcher to have , well done samsung ,
      my one and only complaint with touchwiz that i have had since my first smart phone , the note 2, is the inability to delete non system apps like facebook, evernote, briefing , etc ,etc.

      If samsung gave us the power to delete unnecessary apps, there would be not one valid complaint about bloatware , because the new galaxy owner could remove any unwanted stuff in the first 5 minutes of owning the new device .
      hopefully samsung doesnt strip too much off Touchwiz , my recent look at an S7 in store it looked considerably thinner than versions of the past.

  • Pascal Julian Kilian

    Why is every third article or so about the S7 lately? It´s so….boring. “Rethink what a phone can do”, yet it sill doesn´t surpass 2 days of battery life, still can´t cook my meals or walk my dog. It´s still the same regular phone with 2 or 3 more gimmicks. It´s ridiculous how much attention Samsung gets from you guys (and everyone else).

    • Phillip

      Troll alert people. Why did you come to this forum . If you didn’t want to hear the content . Now keep it moving

  • John T

    I hope there will be more features for always on display cause there are not much

    • DW Duck

      Look in the theme store, many themes have a AoD that look pretty cool

      • John T

        Oh I know Ive already checked. Some are nice but it changes the whole phone. I meant for the possibility to display something else than what we actually can

        • Surefif

          Check Out AC Display, minimalistic and great with notification support. The screen isn’t ALWAYS on, but you can set it to auto-awake whenever it’s removed from a pocket/uncovered, etc.

          Great music-player support, too. It’s completely changed how I use my phone.

  • You left out probably the most important tip of all: disable the always-on screen and you’ll save about 20-30% of the battery life (they actually measured the runtimes with this feature on vs. off).

  • Fiona H.D.

    Just got the S7 with a clear view cover and it turns out that the “always on” display feature will not work with a cover.

    • Daggett Beaver

      That’s probably because the cover triggers the proximity sensor, and makes the phone think it’s in a pocket or whatever.

      • Fiona H.D.

        If you mean the “keep screen turned off” feature, that feature is not activated in my phone… but if u mean something else… please elabotate?

    • Major Sceptic

      i like the clear view covers , had one on my note 4 , worked very well , only thing missing was a a bit of velcro or something to keep the cover closed.

  • Brandon

    May someone tell me how the Galaxy S7 (not edge) on Verizon is like in terms of performance and battery life? Concerned over chips because it uses the Snapdragon 820 over the Exynos for CDMA compatibility. And I’ve heard this leads to poorer performance even to the rivals, iPhone 6s.

  • Stev We

    how can you say that you can’t stand the site of flipboard???? that is such a stupid statement, as it changes every few minutes with content. i can understand not being able to stand that it is embedded into tw, but to just not be able to stand the site of fb itself, that’s idiotic. it’a a great app. but i don’t want it forceably added to my launcher. so i just loaded nova launcher, added flipboard as an app, and problem is solved.

    • Major Sceptic

      That`s the problem mate , people want the CHOICE of having a potentially lag causing app on their phone , i remember when i first bought my new note 4 home for the first time after seeing the lag it caused, i couldn’t disable the pos fast enough, and my earlier post about having the power to remove unwanted apps like this would be a huge win for those that do not want it.

  • Stev We

    man, this is one of the most irritating videos i’ve seen yet. why would you want more functionality for always on? it does NOT lack functionality, as its function is to allow users to see the time, date and battery percent without having to power-on the phone. that is its function! why idiots continue to scream for more functionality is a mystery to anyone with a brain. your phone already beeps and blinks when you get a message. why would you need more than that, WHEN THE PHONE IS OFF!!!!? finally, if you are so pathetically uncoordinated, that you can’t pull the notification screen down, without accidentally using THE CORNER OF THE SCREEN, then you don’t deserve to have a smartphone. go get a flip-phone from target, and stop doing ridiculous reviews.seriously man, you sound like a retard! how can you not differentiate between the corners of the screen, and the rest of the screen? is this really a challenge for you? wow!

  • Simon

    Hello. I not sure what I done in settings but top of screen is that classic but not wanted notification panel in black colour. I had it previously camouflage with the wallpaper.

  • vandana kumari

    Many problems with S7 Edge:

    1)Internet access is too slow.When other brand phones work OK in the same location, Samsung S7 Edge is pathetic in connecting to higher speed networks like 4G/LTE,keeps switching backto lower speed of 2G in india.

    2)Proximity sensor does not work,no option to toggle it on/off.

    3)The earphone jack in the phone, is incompatible with other normal earphone.

    4)Too many call drops is poor signal areas where other brand phones work ok. Shows that samsung is using outdated technology in S7 Edge modem/antennae.

    5)Too expensive and overhyped phone with NO OUT OF THE BOX Features as mentioned in many blogs and reviews.Only marketing gimmick or pitch.The features added are more for having fun rather than to be used as work phone. It cannot work in weak signal areas, cannot provide stable connection for internet, IT IS JUNK.