10 useful Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hacks

A variety of tips to make the most out of your Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge that you may have missed
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Always On Display: Now you can check on notifications, missed calls, the time, date and more without ever unlocking your display. Always On Display puts that information right on your screen, freeing you from activating your display to check them, and without draining your battery. How to Set Up: Settings > Display > Always On Display. (Getty Images)
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Tasks edge: This is a function only on the Galaxy S7 edge model. Just as People edge puts your most important contacts right into the curved edge screen for easy access, and Apps edge does the same for your favorite apps, Tasks edge lets you assign a shortcut for your most common tasks. Setting an alarm, composing a text message or creating an event can be assigned to the edge of the display, for fast, easy access. How to Set Up: Settings > Edge screen > Edge panels. (Getty Images)
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Customisable app shortcuts on lock screen: When the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are locked, two apps can be placed in the lower corners for easy access. Choose the apps you use the most and the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge can provide you with faster access. How to Set Up: Setting > Lock screen and security > Info and app shortcuts > App shortcuts. (Samsung)
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Quick Dial makes calling your contacts faster and easier. Once enabled, you just need to give the home key a long press (even if the display is off), and then speak the name of the person you want to call. Also, the feature’s machine learning allows your device to become more familiar with your voice over time, thus increasing the device’s functionality as you use it more often. How to Set Up: Settings > Advanced features > Galaxy Labs > Quick Dial. (Samsung)
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Game Launcher: The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are gamer-friendly devices, and both come with an app that makes gaming even better. Game Launcher lets you maximise your game-playing time through a variety of power-saving options. You can also turn off all notifications so nothing interrupts your gaming and lock the Recent and Back keys to prevent accidentally exiting a game. In addition, you can also take screen shots, record games and share them with friends. How to Set Up: Settings > Advanced features > Game > Game Launcher. (Samsung)
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Game Launcher: The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are gamer-friendly devices, and both come with an app that makes gaming even better. Game Launcher lets you maximise your game-playing time through a variety of power-saving options. You can also turn off all notifications so nothing interrupts your gaming and lock the Recent and Back keys to prevent accidentally exiting a game. In addition, you can also take screen shots, record games and share them with friends. How to Set Up: Settings > Advanced features > Game > Game Launcher. (Samsung)
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Icon Backgrounds: For the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the look of the icons has been updated to be more unified and natural. For native apps, the icons all come in a “squircle” shape (a square with rounded edges), creating a pleasing and organized appearance. For third-party apps, users can turn on the Icon background, which creates a squircle container background for all those icons, too, unifying the look of all of a user’s apps. In addition, many icons now offer two different styles—a traditional flat look, and a more 3D look. How to Set Up: Settings > Display > Icon backgrounds. (Samsung)
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Smart Switch: Smart Switch, which makes it easy to transfer your old data to a new Galaxy device, has gotten an upgrade for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, with a new home layout, better app data recovery, and other improvements. A USB connector (On-The-Go Adapter) also comes with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, ensuring you can transmit data easily from the moment you unbox your device. Allowing transfers from devices with different operating systems. How to Set Up: Settings > Backup and reset > Open Smart Switch. (Samsung)
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Schedule Auto Restart: Often restarting a device is one of the best ways to keep it running efficiently, as it clears out the system and ensure new apps and updates are operating properly. The function also takes care to prevent restarting from happening at inconvenient times, so it only occurs when the screen is turned off and the device is not in use, but there is at least 30% of the battery power remaining. How to Set Up: Settings > Backup and reset > Auto restart. (Samsung)
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Show All Apps on Home Screen: Usually downloads all go to an app tray, but if you don’t like that way of organizing them, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge give you an alternative method. Choosing “Show all apps on home screen” gets rid of the app tray, and moves all the apps to the Home screens. How to Set Up: Settings > Advanced features > Galaxy Labs. (Getty Images)
Tue 27 Sep 2016 11:39 AM GST
By Aasha Bodhani