The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have outperformed everyone's expectations. With pre-orders through the roof, additional quantities of the Edge variant being rapidly manufactured, the Galaxy S6 out-Googling the Apple Watch in terms of search volume and sales looking like they may well drag Samsung out of its recent funk, the Galaxy S6 is about to appear in a whole lot of hands. So we've got the best Galaxy S6 tips to help you hit the ground running, right out of the box.
The fingerprint registration process is very simple and only takes a few minutes, but the finger scanner on the Galaxy S6 is so much better than that found on the Galaxy S5 or even the Galaxy Note 4. Partially because it is a touch-based sensor and not a swipe-based sensor, but also because the hardware and software are just that much better. Register your prints during initial set-up and enjoy the speed, reliability and accuracy of the Galaxy S6's best security feature right from the get go.
Use Tap & Go or Smart Switch to transfer your old phone's contents
During initial setup, you will be prompted to use Android Lollipops's Tap & Go feature to seamlessly transfer your contacts, messages, photos, music, calendars and files from one phone to another. If you don't take this option, or your old phone doesn't support NFC (necessary for Tap & Go functionality) or you're coming from an iOS device, then you will be prompted to install Samsung's Smart Switch when you first hit the Galaxy S6 home screen. Just install the app, open it and follow the instructions.
If you don't already know how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S6, you simply navigate tp the page you want to capture and then pressa nd holdd the Power and Home buttons until the screen animates and a preview of your screenshot appears in the navigation shade. You can access screenshots in an automatically created Screenshots folder in your Gallery app. You can also capture your screen by passing the side of your palm across the screen from right to left. You can turn this feature on or off in Settings > Gestures and Motions > Palm Swipe to Capture.
Thanks to microsoft's apps appearing on the GalaxyS 6, you'll be entitled to collect 100 GB of cloud storage on One Drive for two years. Of course, if you don't want to pay for it after that you might want to set yourself a far-distant calendar reminder to clear it out before you're asked to pay. But 100 GB for free for two year's isn't a bad welcome gift. Just launch the app and register (or sign in) and claim your upgrade to an additional 100 GB free.
You're proabbly already familiar with this feature from Android lollipop, but Samsung has its own version. You can access Do Not Disturb mode via two methods: either from the Quick Settings menu in the navigation shade or via Settings > Sounds & Notifications > Do Not Disturb. You can also set exceptions like alarms, messages or calls from particular contacts and so on.Once the mode has been enabled you won't be interrupted and will see a reminder that the mode is on in your notifications.
It's a fact of life that things occasionally go pear-shaped and a phone completely freezes up, requiring a restart. But what do you do now that the Galaxy S6 has a non-removable battery? You can't just do a good old battery pull to force your way out of a sticky situation. Fortunately, Samsung is on the case and has provided a hardware button solution for a non-responsive system: just press and hold Power and Volume Down for seven seconds. Your Galaxy S6 will restart.
Samsung's awesome Exynos 7420 CPU includes Qualcomm's fast charging technology via the Galaxy S6's included USB charging adaptor. This is pure gold and should be looked after. If you're in the habit of continuing to use the same old USB charger you've had plugged in at your desk for years, now might be the time to replace it with the Galaxy S6 charger. And if you tend to charge your phone at work too you're either going to want to take it with you every day or invest in a second charger. Once you go turbo you never go back.
This is a bit of a no-braniner, but one of the first things you should do with any new phone is check out the battery saving features. The S6 has its own battery saving modes: both the regular power saving mode and ultra power saving mode. Take a look and see what will be limited to get you the additional battery optimization. Of course, you can always turn these modes on only when you need them, rather than all the time. Just use the Smart Manager app or go to Settings > Battery > Power Saving Mode (or Ultra Power Saving Mode) > On.
While the rumors that the Galaxy S6 would arrive with removable bloatware were jsut as overblown as previous Galaxy's were with excessive pre-loaded apps, the Galaxy S6 does at least allow you to disable a lot of Samsung's pre-loaded apps. Disabling an app will remove it from the app drawer and stop it from running background processes and using system resources. Go to the app drawer and tap Edit in the top right. Apps that can be disbaled will have a circle with a dash in it. Apps can be re-enabled in Settings > Apps > Disabled tab.
One of the coolest features of the Galaxy S6 is one that nobody will ever really talk about: Smart Alert. Switch this feature on in Settings > Motions and Gestures and whenever you pick your Galaxy S6 up it will vibrate to let you know if you have any missed call or message notifications to check. If you pick it up and nothing happens, then you know there's no reason to turn the screen on.
We'll bring you more Galaxy S6 tips in the weeks to come, so stay tuned, bookmark this page, share it, love it, revisit it.
What is your favorite Galaxy S6 feature? What feature did Samsung forget to include?