After going through the basic setup process of your new Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, there are a few more things you ought to do to get the most out of the device.
Actually, here are 5 settings you should change:
Change your theme
Samsung‘s theme store makes it dead simple to change the overall look and feel of your Galaxy S7. With just a few taps, you can preview and apply themes built by Samsung and fellow Galaxy users alike.
Themes can change everything from the font used on your device, to app icons for all pre-installed applications.
There are two methods to get to Samsung’s theme store. The quickest is to long-press on the home screen, then tap on Themes. Alternatively, you can open the Settings app then go to Themes.
Access Samsung Pay from anywhere
Instead of trying to find the Samsung Pay app when it comes time to checkout, make sure Simple Pay is enabled within the Samsung Pay app.
Open Samsung Pay, tap on More > Settings > then Smart Pay. There you can turn on (or off) access to Samsung Pay from the lock screen, home screen, and even when your device’s screen is off.
With Smart Pay enabled, you can swipe up from the bottom of your device’s screen, tap and pay.
Disable Flipboard briefing
Samsung heard you like news, so it put some news on your home screen; but it’s kind of annoying.
If you find yourself accidentally accessing the briefing pane, or just flat out not using it, you can disable the Flipboard briefing by long-pressing on the home screen, then swiping to the right until the Briefing pane is visible, and slide the switch to the Off position.
Change app grid size
Want more or less apps on the home screens of your device? Long press on the home screen and select Screen Grid. You can then pick from a 4×4, 4×5 or 5×5 grid of app icons.
Whatever change to the grid you make on the home screen will carry over to the app drawer.
Disable Always-On Display
The S7’s always-on display can be distracting, and while it doesn’t have a dramatic impact on overall battery life, it still has an impact.
To disable the new feature and go back to checking time the old fashioned way on your smartphone, open the Settings app, then go to Display and wallpaper > Always On Display and turn it off. Or if you do like the feature, this screen is where you go to customize its overall look and behavior.