Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge packs everything that’s great about the flagship Galaxy S6 into an even more desirable body. But the curved display isn’t just about an eye-catching aesthetic, it can also be used in a variety of clever ways. We’ve got a range of Galaxy S6 Edge tips that will help you get to grips with the basics, and uncover a few interesting features that you may not yet have mastered.
Updated on 09-15-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in tips on wallpaper, apps bar, disabling apps, customizing Quick Settings, and Power Saving Mode.
Choose Edge sides, night clock, add favorite contacts, send quick reply, and Edge feeds
How to choose Edge sides
The first thing you’ll want to do with the Edge display is choose the side that suits you best for one-handed operation. Go to Settings > Edge screen > Edge screen position and you can pick Right side or Left side.
How to use the night clock and alarm
There’s no need to have a bedside alarm clock anymore, because the S6 Edge has got it covered. Go to Settings > Edge screen > Night clock. Choose the times when you usually sleep and the clock will come on automatically. As long as you’re not in the habit of sleeping more than 12 hours, it should serve you well. If you want to set up an alarm, then go to Apps > Clock > Alarm. If you find the alarm options limited, it might be worth trying out an app like Timely.
How to add favorite contacts to the Edge
Go to Settings > Edge screen > People edge > My people, choose the contacts you want and put them in order. You can also swipe the transparent tab just above the middle of the Edge screen, and tap the plus icon to quickly add a contact from your list. Each person can have their own color, and there’s a choice of blue, green, yellow, orange, or purple. When you tap a contact you’ll get the option to call or message them. Make sure that any numbers and email addresses you have for that person are correct in your Contacts app.
Next, go to Missed call, Messages, and Email in Edge screen > Select notifications. Here you can ensure that when you miss an incoming call or message from a favorite contact, a small tab will appear on the Edge display. Swipe it out and you’ll see what you missed.
Your top contacts light up your Edge display in a specific color when they call or message you. Set this up by visiting Settings > Edge screen. When a favorite contact calls, and the S6 Edge is lying face down on a flat surface, the Edge display will light up and pulse in the relevant color.
How to send a quick reply
If you’ve set up the People Edge with your favorite contacts and a call comes in while you’re busy, there’s a really nifty way to send a quick message to let them know it’s not a good time. Go to Settings > Edge screen > Edge lighting > Quick reply and pop in a quick auto message. Switch the feature on and when a call comes in, simply hold down your finger on the heart rate sensor for a couple of seconds, and your quick reply message will be sent. Very cool.
How to use feeds
If you want the Edge to show a ticker tape readout of handy information, then hit Settings > Edge screen > Information stream. Tap Reorder at the top right to change the line-up, and tap the box at the top of each stream to include it. You’ll find that choices are limited to begin with. There’s Briefing feed — that’s all about notifications — Yahoo! News, Twitter trends, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, and a separate Weather option. If you tap Manage feeds, and then Download feeds, you’ll find more options for things like RSS feeds, caller ID, and news. We expect to see more added in time. Once set up, swiping across the Edge display will bring the Information stream up. You can decide how long it takes before timing out in Settings > Edge screen > Information stream > Edge screen timeout.