The Samsung Galaxy S7 offers an unprecedented smartphone, one that has made it possible for individuals to connect with one another like never before.
Few smartphones can match the broad array of features provided by the Galaxy S7. From the device’s water-resistant protective case to its combination of a big screen with a sleek design, the Galaxy S7 offers everything you’ll need to stay in touch with the world around you. Plus, if you want to work smarter – not harder – the Galaxy S7 delivers a variety of features to help you become more productive and efficient than ever before.
At the same time, Samsung continues to revolutionize the Galaxy. The company is focused on providing Galaxy users with amazing experiences at all times, without exception. As such, Samsung has built-in advanced features that most Galaxy S7 owners don’t even know about – until now.
For those who want to get the most out of their Galaxy S7 devices, we’re here to describe the “hidden” tips and tricks within your smartphones. By doing so, we’ll make it easy for you to maximize the value of your Galaxy S7 and enjoy the device’s full potential both now and in the future.
Now, let’s take a closer look at 15 tips and tricks that are “hidden” within the Galaxy S7.
15. Record your mobile gaming records
Want to share your mobile gaming feats of excellence with your friends? Thanks to the Game Launcher app, you can record your mobile gaming achievements any time you choose.
Game Launcher makes it simple to record your mobile gaming accomplishments time and time again. That way, you can prove to your friends any time you hit a new high score on any of your favorite mobile titles.
To record your games, simply open Game Launcher and select the Advanced Features section in the Settings menu. Then, choose Games and turn on the Game Tools option. At this point, you’ll notice a floating button when you play a mobile title. Touch the button, select the Record option and you’re good to go to record your mobile gaming exploits.
14. Create Motion Photos
OK, so we’ve all heard about Apple’s Live Photos. But for those who own Galaxy S7 devices, it may seem impossible to match the quality and visual appeal of Live Photos. That is, unless you use Motion Photos.
Motion Photos bring ordinary images to life in a way you might not have thought possible on any mobile device. To create your very own Motion Photos, you first need to select the Camera app on your Galaxy S7 device. Then, choose the settings wheel to activate the Motion Photos effect on pictures you take. And when you’re done taking pictures on your Galaxy S7, you can view your Motion Photos by going into the Gallery app and tapping the Motion Photos icon on your pictures.
13. Divide the screen into two apps
You don’t need to have Android Nougat on your Android-powered device to use two apps on the same screen at the same time. You don’t have to be a smartphone expert to pull off this trick, either. In fact, the Galaxy S7 offers a fast, easy process that you can use to split the screen with two apps.
To divide the screen with two apps, tap the square button to go to the Overview screen. Then, tap the double rectangle icon on a compatible app. When you do this, the app you select moves to the top of the screen. Meanwhile, you can choose any app you’d like to fill the lower half.
12. Launch the camera quickly
Who says you need to wait to snap pictures on your Galaxy S7? With the device’s quick camera launch feature, you can access your camera with just a few taps.
Double-tap the Home button on your Galaxy S7, and you can jump straight to the camera. This feature is incredibly useful if you need to access the Galaxy S7 camera for an instant selfie or any spur-of-the-moment situation where you need to take a photo.
On the other hand, if you try the feature but get tired of it, you can always shut it off. To do so, you’ll need to go to the Advanced Features section of the Settings menu and deactivate it accordingly.
11. Relocate your apps to a microSD card
Need to free up some storage space on your Galaxy S7? You’re not alone. Lucky for you, there’s microSD card storage on the Galaxy S7 that enables you to store pictures, videos and, of course, apps.
You might not think about moving apps to a microSD card, but doing so could help you free up tons of storage space on your Galaxy S7.
If you want to relocate your apps to a microSD card, you only need to choose Settings, Apps and Application Manager. Next, select the apps you’d like to move, tap Storage and Change.
10. Rotate the wallpapers on your lock screen
Do you get sick and tired of seeing the same lock screen wallpaper day after day? Remember, variety is the spice of life, and those who want to try something different should take advantage of the Galaxy S7’s ability to rotate lock screen wallpapers.
To activate this feature, open the Settings app and tap on Wallpaper. Select Lock screen from the drop-down menu at the top, and you can choose wallpaper images from the gallery.
9. Enjoy Google Now capabilities
Galaxy S7 handsets boast Android 6.0 Marshmallow, empowering you with Google Now capabilities.
Google Now ensures you can gain relevant insights into anything that’s on screen. As a result, if you have an image of a location on screen, you’ll be able to learn all about this location.
Want to use Google Now on your Galaxy S7? Hold the Home button, and the Now on Tap scene the page feature will appear. Furthermore, you can even tap the Share button on the left to take a screenshot.
8. Take your apps to the edge
What good is a smartphone with curved sides if you can’t access your favorite apps from the edge of the screen?
The Galaxy S7 offers a design unlike any other smartphone. And for those who want to access their favorite Galaxy S7 apps with ease, there may be no better option than to place these apps on the screen’s edge.
To move your favorite apps to the edge of your Galaxy S7’s screen, go to the Settings menu and tap on Edge screen, followed by Edge panels. Choose Apps Edge, and you can select your favorite apps. Then, select Edge panel handle settings from the same screen, and you can customize your panel.
7. Shut off the always-on display
A Galaxy S7 at rest should stay at rest – at least, this is the view of many Galaxy S7 owners. Conversely, the device’s always-on capabilities ensure the Galaxy S7 constantly shows the time, date and notification alerts, regardless of whether you want them to be displayed.
Now, there’s a trick you can use to change this setting. Go to the Display section of the Settings app. Here, you can shut off the always-on feature – something that may help you conserve battery life on your Galaxy S7 (but don’t forget, the Galaxy S7 has an extremely powerful battery that will continue to perform even if you keep this feature intact).
6. Modify the screen grid size
The 4×4 screen grid size is standard on the Galaxy S7. And honestly, the traditional screen grid size can make your apps and widgets look a bit cramped at times. Fortunately, the 4×4 screen grid size is not set in stone, and you can adjust it as needed.
If you want to create more room for your apps and widgets, press on the blank part of the Home screen. You’ll then be able to access myriad customization options. At this time, tap the Screen Grid, and you can toggle between three different settings. Experiment with each one, and you should have no trouble finding the best way to organize your apps and widgets.
5. Use the Galaxy S7’s gesture features
Want to call your bestie by raising your Galaxy S7 to your ear? Or, would you like to be able to capture a screenshot on your Galaxy S7 by swiping your hand from right to left across the screen? Take advantage of the Galaxy S7’s gesture features, and you can use simple gestures to control your smartphone.
Set up the Galaxy S7’s gesture features by accessing the Settings menu and scrolling down to Advanced Features. Once you do that, you will be able to find all of the gesture controls you need and can pick and choose the ones you wish to activate.
4. Remove the Good Lock app
Many Galaxy S7 owners feel Good Lock is a good – not great – app.
Good Lock allows you to customize the on-screen look of your Galaxy S7, along with tweak the way you utilize your lock screen and notifications.
Comparatively, some Galaxy S7 owners like the device’s on-screen look, lock screen and notifications and may find that they want to leave everything the way it is. For these Galaxy S7, we’re offering a quick, effective process to remove Good Lock from your Galaxy S7 once and for all.
To eliminate Good Lock from your Galaxy S7, open the apps tray and look for the Good Lock app. Open the app, and you’ll find a list. Next, scroll to the bottom of the list and tap Uninstall. After you confirm the uninstall, you won’t have to worry about Good Lock ever again.
3. Enable or disable the apps tray
All of the apps downloaded and installed on your Galaxy S7 are tucked away in the apps tray. If you want to pin one of these apps to your home screen, simply hold down on the app, drag it to the preferred location and release it when you’re satisfied with its location.
In addition, did you know you can eliminate the apps tray altogether? That’s right, and the process to do so requires just seconds to complete. Open the Settings menu on your Galaxy S7 and move to Advanced Features. Scroll down to Galaxy Labs and under the “Show all apps on home screen” option, flip the toggle to disable the apps tray.
2. Disable the Quick Charge feature
The Galaxy S7 delivers Adaptive Fast Charging that ensures the device will charge more quickly when it is used in conjunction with Samsung’s bundled cable and plug. But if you keep your smartphone plugged in for more than a few hours, the battery may overheat or wear down over time.
If you want to turn off Adaptive Fast Charging, you only need to go to the Settings menu to make the necessary change. In the Settings menu, go to the Battery section, scroll to the bottom and select “Fast charging cable.” Choose disable, and your Adaptive Fast Charging feature will be deactivated going forward.
1. Go one-handed with your Galaxy S7
The Galaxy S7 is designed as a user-friendly device, one that you should be able to use comfortably with one hand. On its own, you should have no trouble going one-handed with the Galaxy S7. Moreover, there is a Galaxy S7 one-handed mode that takes a great user experience and makes it even better.
To use the one-handed mode, access the Settings menu and select Advanced Features. Select the “One-handed operation” setting, and you can choose from one of two options:
Reduced Screen Size: Moves the usable desktop to the bottom portion of the screen when you triple-tap the Home button.
One-Handed Input: Relocates the keyboard to one side of the screen.
We’d recommend giving both options a try. By doing so, you can find out which of the one-handed operation options suits you best.
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