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Return your Galaxy Note 7 now and 20 more tips and tricks you need to know about

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Sadly, the Galaxy Note 7 has been the focus of a massive recall. Now, replacement units have been catching fire and that’s forced Samsung to temporarily halt production. Samsung officially declared an end to the Note 7 in early October.

“For the benefit of consumers’ safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production,” Samsung told Digital Trends in a statement.

Related: Hot potato! How to ditch your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 before it explodes

If you have a Galaxy Note 7, please return it immediately to the place where you purchased it. You are entitled to a full refund or an exchange for a replacement device of equal value, as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall. Please see our full guide on how to return your Note 7 here. The guide also includes recommendations of which device to buy instead.

Our original article about tips and tricks for the Galaxy Note 7 continues below.

Customization tips for the Note 7

How to set up your new Note 7

Assuming that you’re coming to your Note 7 from another Android device, Samsung has included an easy way to transfer all of your old accounts, apps, photos, contacts, and other information to your new phone. Look for the USB Connector that came in the box with your Note 7 and plug it into your new phone, then use a standard Micro USB to USB cable to connect your Note 7 to your old phone. You’ll see the Smart Switch option pop up. Tap it and select Receive, then Allow. It’s much faster than restoring a cloud backup.

How to customize the home screen

With the Note 7, you have all the usual options you’d expect to find for home screen customization. Tap and hold on an empty space and you can pick wallpapers, widgets, and themes. Tap and drag an app icon to move it around, or drop it on top of another app icon to create a folder.

There are other things you can do to change the look of your Note 7. If you want to take full advantage of that 5.7-inch display, then you can resize content. Simply go to Settings > Display > Content scaling and choose Small, then tap Done in the top-right corner. If you’re not keen on the frame that Samsung has put around the icons, you can get rid of that, too. You’ll find the option in Settings > Display > Icon frames, where you can select Icons only.

How to use Quick Settings

Pull down the notification shade and you’ll see some icons for quick toggles. Drag it down again and you’ll get the expanded menu of quick settings, where you can tap and drag to replace and reorder them. Samsung has added some extra features here, too. You can tap the downward arrow next to each setting to expand your options, or tap More settings in each one to get access the full menu.

How to use Always On Display

The Always On Display feature is really handy for showing things like the time, date, battery life, and missed messages or calls at a glance. You can turn it on in Settings > Display > Always On Display. If you tap Layouts, you can also choose the content you want it to display and achieve the look you want. You can even reduce the impact it has on your phone’s battery life by choosing to Set schedule, so that it only showcases the information at specific times.

How to use Edge panels

If you swipe the translucent tab on the right edge of your Note 7 screen, you’ll find the Edge panels. You can set it up with your favorite contacts, which allows you to quickly make a call or message someone. If you put your Note 7 face down, an incoming call from one of your favorite contacts will even light up the edge with the background color you chose for that contact. You can also set up shortcuts to various apps and tasks, or add things such as detailed calendar views or weather forecasts. Go to Settings > Edge screen to change your settings and find more options.

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