The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a beautiful smartphone with all kinds of hidden depths that may not be immediately obvious. We’re here to help you unlock the true potential of this excellent phone with advice on the core basics, the essential functions and some of the more obscure capabilities. Don’t be content to own a great phone, make sure you’re getting the most out of it with our tempting menu of Galaxy S7 tips and tricks. These tips will also work on the S7 Edge, but if you opted for the curved cousin, then check out our Galaxy S7 Edge tips and tricks as well.
How to customize your S7
How to customize your home screens
Just tap and hold on any empty space on your home screen to bring up the customization menu. You can actually tap and hold, then drag whole home screens into the recycle bin at the top to get rid of them. You can also add more home screens, tweak your screen grid size to fit more on, or make it smaller to get bigger icons, plus change themes, pick wallpapers, and set up widgets. Scroll over to the left and you’ll find the option to turn the Flipboard or Upday briefing page on or off. Long pressing on a widget will often let you resize it.
You can always use your own photos as wallpaper by going into the Gallery app and tapping the three vertical dots at the top right to open the menu, then tapping Set as wallpaper. You might want to check out the best wallpaper apps for some inspiration.
How to customize your settings
It will save you a lot of time if you customize your settings. Swipe down from the top to open the notification shade and tap the three vertical dots at the top right, then tap Edit to decide on the Quick settings toggles you want to be displayed, and in what order they’re shown.
You can do the same thing in the standard settings menu to ensure your most commonly accessed settings are the first thing you see. Open up Settings and tap Edit at the top right, and you can choose what gets displayed at the top.
How to use Always On Display
If you go to Settings > Display, you’ll find that you can turn on Always On Display and decide what content it should show. This means that things like the time, date, battery level, incoming emails, and missed calls can be displayed on the screen, even when the screen is off and your phone is locked. Unfortunately, it can’t display notifications from third-party apps, only Samsung apps, so it won’t show notifications from things like Hangouts, Facebook, or Snapchat.
How to use Do not disturb
You can schedule times when your S7 should remain quiet, so as not to wake you or disturb when you’re busy. Go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Do not disturb and you can set a schedule for different days so that your S7 will remain silent during specific hours. Tap on Allow exceptions at the bottom to find more handy options, such as making sure calls from specific loved ones or repeat callers who may be trying to reach you with important news will get through, even when Do not disturb is turned on. You can also access Do not disturb in the quick settings in your notification shade.
How to organize your apps
Did you know that you can prevent newly installed apps from automatically adding their icon to your home screen? Open up the Play Store and tap the three horizontal lines at the top left and choose Settings, then uncheck Add icon to Home screen.
You can also clean up your home screen by organizing apps into folders. Drag an app icon on top of another and drop it to create a folder. When you open a folder, you’ll see the option to change the name and color at the top. You knew that, right? But did you know the same thing can be done in your app drawer? It can, just by tapping Edit at the top right and then dragging and dropping as before.
How to set default applications
When you have multiple applications that can perform the same task you’ll be asked which one you want to use going forward, and end up setting it as the default option, just to stop seeing that annoying message. What happens if you change your mind, or find a new messaging app you really want to try out. Simply go to Settings > Apps and tap the menu (three vertical dots) at the top right, then Default apps and you can see a list of apps you’ve set as defaults for different things and change them.
How to get rid of apps you don’t want
Bloatware can be a real issue with modern smartphones, so you might be interested in how to get rid of apps you don’t want. The quickest way is to open the app drawer and tap on the three vertical dots at the top right and then Edit. You can tap on anything you don’t intend to use and uninstall or disable it. You can also go into individual apps via Settings > Apps and tap on All apps at the top where you’ll find a tab called Disabled which lists all your disabled apps, so you can easily enable them again if you change your mind.
How to use split-screen multitasking
If you want to use the split screen feature and have two apps on screen at once, then you can hold the multitasking or recent apps button down and you’ll see a list of compatible apps. You can also see which ones support split screen by looking for a double rectangle icon next to the X to close apps in the recent apps list. Tap on it and split screen will open with that app in the top and a list of the others that are compatible on the bottom.
Hit the white dot to expand your menu of options and switch apps, maximize them, resize them, or drag and drop content between them.
How to turn off app permissions
A lot of apps ask for permissions that they really don’t need in order to function properly. Some apps will track your location or take a peek at your calendar, others want access to your camera and microphone for no discernible reason. It feels like developers will often ask for whatever they can get away with. You don’t have to accept it anymore. Go to Settings> Apps and tap the menu (three vertical dots) at the top right, then App permissions and you can see them organized by category and toggle off anything you don’t like the look of.