Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are the most popular Android phone in 2016.
Galaxy S7 Guides will help you use your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge for all tasks.
Galaxy S7 guides are organized in following sections.
You can find the official Galaxy S7 user guide (user manual) in different languages for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
The detailed step-by-step Galaxy S7 guides will show you how to use certain features of Galaxy S7, or change/customize certain configurations on your Galaxy S7.
Galaxy S7 online manual section hosts Galaxy S7 guides for new Galaxy S7 owners. These section covers commonly used Galaxy S7 features and show you how to use them.
Galaxy S7 has the best smartphone camera you can get in 2016. Samsung Galaxy S7 camera guide will show you how to use the Galaxy S7 camera. Some tips and tricks of Galaxy S7 camera are also covered.
Is Samsung Galaxy S7 a right phone for you? Which sizeof Galaxy S7 is for you? Do you need a Galaxy S7 case?
Galaxy S7 buyer guide will help you decide whether Galaxy S7 is a right phone for you. We also introduce you some affordable Samsung Galaxy S7 accessories in Galaxy S7 buyer guide.
List of recent Galaxy S7 guides
Here is the list of most recent Galaxy S7 guides. The complete list of Galaxy S7 guides can be found in Galaxy S7 Guide.
About Samsung Galaxy S7 Online Manual
Samsung Galaxy S7 online manual as created for Galaxy S7 owners to use commonly used feature of Galaxy S7.
If you need some detailed Galaxy S7 how-to guides for some advanced features, please check this Galaxy S7 how-to page.
More pages will be added to Samsung Galaxy S7 online manual regularly after they are tested. So, this is a live page. You may check this page later if you cannot find the page you want.
Of course, you can leave your questions in the comments section below, and the community will help you find the solution/answer.
You can use the following links to navigate through Galaxy S7 online manual.
List of Samsung Galaxy S7 online manual pages
This Galaxy S7 layout and Galaxy S7 edge layout page will show you the functions and features of all buttons, ports and components in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Read on…..
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have 4 hardware buttons (keys), Home, Power, Volume up and Volume down, and 2 capacitive buttons, Recent and Back. This Galaxy S7 online guide explains you the functions of these 6 Galaxy S7 buttons and how to use the combinations of these Galaxy S7 buttons. Read on...
This Galaxy S7 SIM card guide page explains to you 1). the correct SIM card size (nano SIM) for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7; 2). how to use the 2 slots in Galaxy S7 SIM card tray; 3). the differences in Galaxy S7 SIM card slot between Galaxy S7 dual SIM model and single SIM model; 4). how to install SIM card for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and 5). how to remove SIM card from Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Read on.…
Do you really know how to charge Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge properly? Do you know the differences among normal wall charger, fast (adaptive) charger, wireless charger and fast wireless charger for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?
Galaxy S7 Edge feeds display select information and notifications on the edge screen on Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S6 edge when the screen is turned off.
This guide applies to Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S6 edge (with Android Marshmallow update), although in the guide only Galaxy S7 edge is mentioned most of the time.
Please note edge feed was removed in Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8 and Note 9. You can only use edge feed on Galaxy S6 edge, S6 Edge+ and S7 edge.
How to access edge feeds in edge screen on Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S6 edge?
To access edge feeds in Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S6 edge, when the screen is turned off, quickly swipe your finger along the Edge screen in one direction, and then back in the opposite direction as shown below. You can also swipe “V” in edge screen to access edge feeds when screen if off.
Edge feeds works nicely with Galaxy S7 always-on-display (AOD). So, when AOD is on, you can access edge feeds as if the screen is off.
Once edge feeds are accessed, you can swipe right and left as shown below to switch to different feeds.
How to turn on/off edge feeds in edge screen on Galaxy S7 edge?
By default, edge feeds in Galaxy S7 edge and S6 edge are turned on.
In Edge screen, tap Edge feeds as shown below.
In Edge feeds page, tap the switch (marked as 1 in the screenshot below) to turn on or off edge feeds for edge screen on Galaxy S7 edge.
How to set the timeout for edge feeds in edge screen on Galaxy S7 edge?
By default, the edge feeds timeout is set at 15 seconds.
You can tap Edge feed timeout (marked as 2 in the screenshot above).
Then you can set the timeout for edge feeds as shown below.
How to customize edge feeds in edge screen on Galaxy S7 edge?
You can select edge feeds to be active by tapping the selection button as illustrated as 3 in the screenshot above.
Only selected edge feeds will be available in edge screen when the screen is off.
In addition, you can customize the individual edge feed.… Read the rest
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How to use screen zoom to adjust the size of icons, notifications, and lock screen keypads in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?simon
Android Nougat udpate for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge allows you to adjust the screen zoom levels so that you can adjust size of both icons and text.
What is screen zoom in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
In Android Nougat, Google introduced a feature named display size (aka display scaling).
Prior to Android Nougat, you can only set font size to adjust the size of text. You cannot adjust the size of icons.
Also the size of some texts, for example, lock screen keypad/keyboard, notification messages, and menu items in some apps, is fixed.
In other words, changing font size will not change these text.
This is the reason why Android Nougat brought this new setting so that you can further customize the interface of Android.
Luckily, Samsung did not remove this feature in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
But Samsung, as usual, wants to confuse other non-Samsung users with a new name: screen zoom.
So, screen zoom in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge equals to display size (or display scaling) in other Android Nougat devices.
The difference between font size and screen zoom in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
As mentioned above, screen zoom is different from font size. Actually, it solves the problem that font size cannot handle.
Font size only can affect the size of “adjustable” text.
But unfortunately, size of some texts in Android is not adjustable through font size, including, notifications, lock screen text.
For example, a lot of users complained about the size of the keypad in the lock screen, or the size of notification text.
In addition, some apps may also do not allow you to use font size settings to overwrite its default settings.
Screen zoom works with all text and icons. It works just like you zoom in to the screen.
So, the major different between screen zoom and font sizer in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge include:
- Screen zoom works with all text. You can adjust the size of notification text and lock screen keypad.
- Screen zoom can adjust the icon size of the quick setting buttons.
- Screen zoom works with all apps.
You can use screen zoom together to get desired display.
What is Galaxy S7 camera voice control?
Galaxy S7 camera voice control allows you to use your voice to take photos, instead of tapping the camera shutter button.
You can speak to your Galaxy S7 (or S7 edge) to take photos when your hands are not free for the on-screen butotn.
As explained in this guide, for the front camera in Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, you can have at least 5 different shooting methods, including using your voice.
But some methods, e.g., heart rate sensor, tap to take pic or gesture) do not work for the rear camera in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
So, for the rear (main) camera in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you can have at least 3 shooting methods:
- using the camera shutter button;
- using Galaxy S7 camera voice control;
- using the volume button.
Please note, although Galaxy S7 camera voice control works identically for the rear and front camera, the settings are independent.
This means you need to set up Galaxy S7 camera voice control for the front and rear cameras individually.
Also, you should not confuse Galaxy S7 camera voice control with Google Now voice control or S Voice. Galaxy S7 camera voice control only works when camera app is active; while Google Now and S Voice can only open camera app.
How to enable Galaxy S7 camera voice control for the main (rear) camera?
To enable Galaxy S7 camera voice control for the main (rear) camera, you need launch camera app first.
In camera preview screen, you need to switch to rear camera if front camera is currently active. You can tap the camera switch button (illustrated in the green box in the screenshot shown below).
After switching to the rear camera (main camera), tap the settings button (gear icon as shown below).
In Camera settings page, tap Shooting methods (rear) as shown below.
If you can see Shooting methods (front) , it means you need to switch to rear camera.
In shooting methods (rear) page as shown above, you can find voice control option.
By default, voice control is not enabled for cameras in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
You can tap the switch button as shown above to turn it on.
How to use Galaxy S7 camera voice control?
After enabling Galaxy S7 camera voice control, you can use your voice to control Galaxy S7 camera.… Read the rest
How to hide apps screen on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge? (and show all apps on Galaxy S7 home screen)simon
Why you may want to hide apps screen on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge
Android gives more options. All Android phones come with home screen and apps screen (aka app drawer). You can only put frequently used apps and widgets (btw, iOS does not have widgets) to home screen. In Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, you can tap the apps icon (9 dots) to navigate to apps screen. Tapping home button (see Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge layout page) to navigate back to home screen.
Some Android phone owners often laugh at iOS users for lacking such flexibility.
But some Android users may feel it is confusing when you have two locations to hold your apps.
Especially for new Android users, they may try to launch all apps from apps screen. This means it requires at least one more tap.
Please note, this feature of hiding apps screen on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge may be not available in some regions/carriers.
How to hide apps screen on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
To hide apps screen on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, please follow these steps.
Step 1: Go to Settings
You can enter Galaxy S7 Settings using one of the following two methods:
- Tap Settings app icon in Apps screen or home screen (if you put the app in Galaxy S7 home screen).
- Swipe down from top of the screen (status bar), then tap the Gear icon.
Step 2: Enter Advanced features.
In the Settings page, you can find Advanced features entry as shown below.
Tap Advanced features.
Step 3: Enter Galaxy labs
As shown below, under Advanced features, you can find Galaxy Labs.
Tap Galaxy Labs to try some new (and maybe experimental) features.
If you cannot find Galaxy Labs in Advanced features page, it means your carrier chose to disable this feature. You cannot use hide apps screen on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Step 4: Start Galaxy Labs.
Tap Start button as shown above to check available features in Galaxy Labs for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.… Read the rest
Most flagship smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S7 has quite large internal storage. Most 2015 flagship Android phones started with 32GB internal storage. This trend will continue in 2016.
Android system and the essential apps take about 4-5GB storage. Vendors may pre-install their own apps and some bloatware. These apps usually consume about 1-4 GB storage.
So, among the 32GB storage, owners can use about 23-27 GB depending on your region and your carrier. This is actually sufficient for at least 80% smartphone users.
But consumers always want more.
This doe not necessarily means consumers actually need more internal storage.
It is more or less a psychological demand, not a real (physical) demand.
But do not overlook such a psychological need. This can be one of the decisive factors when purchasing smartphones.
Apple successfully exploits such psychological demands with iPhone 6 and 6s storage configurations. They managed to sell more 64GB iPhones to buyers who initially may only budget for a 16GB iPhone.
But for Samsung Galaxy S6, the 32GB model is still the most popular model. Actually, some distributors even do not renew the 64GB inventory at all because of the weak demands.
Samsung is not Apple.
If you are a iPhone user, you have no choice: get it or forget it.
However, for Samsung smrtphone users, if you want a SD card slot (although you may never use it), you have many other alternatives: LG, Motorola, Huaiwei and may other vendors are waving their Android phones with a micro SD card slot.
Why did Samsung remove micro SD card support in Galaxy S6?
When you transfer files or update Google apps, you will find out that Galaxy S6 is significantly faster than any other Android phones if your network connection is good.
For file transfer, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 are both significantly faster than any iPhones.
In addition, you may notice many new phones were fast when you bought them. But it becomes slower and slower gradually. This did NOT happen to Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 5.
UFS 2.0 in Galaxy S6 is about 3 times faster than the latest eMMC 5.1 storage. … Read the rest
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What is factory reset Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
When you got the new phone before you do anything on it, you can call it in factory state.
Factory reset Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge means you wipe all your data, settings and apps from the phone. All your traces on the phone will be removed (with a few exceptions, read on).
After factory reset Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, you have to setup the phone just like a new phone before you can use it.
In all Android devices, there is an option for you to perform factory reset. Sometimes, factory reset is named as factory data reset because only user data are actually removed.
When you need factory reset Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
You need factory reset Galaxy S7 or S7 edge:
- if you want to give the phone to your friends or relatives.
- if you want to sell your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
- if you get the phone from others.
- if your mess up phone settings and you cannot find a way to undo the wrong settings. You should try Settings— backup and reset — reset settings first.
- if the phone is too slow after a major update. You should try to clear cache partition first.
- if the phone have so many problems. You should try to clear cache partition first.
- if you want to refresh Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
- if your phone is infected with virus or malware.
- if your phone cannot even boot into Galaxy S7 safe mode.
How to turn off factory data reset protection before factory reset Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
Since Android Lollipop 5.1, an anti-theft feature of factory data reset (FDR) protection has been introduced. After a factory reset, to re-activate the device, you have to provide a Google account that existed on the phone before it is reset.
Samsung fully implemented this device protection feature in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
This means that unless you turn off factory data reset protection before you factory reset Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, you will have to use the Google account that existed before you reset it to re-activate the phone.
This can be problematic if Galaxy S7 will change hands after factory reset.
So, in such cases, you should turn off factory data reset protection by:
- set the Galaxy S7 lock screen security as none; or
- remove all Google accounts on the phone.
How to use People edge in edge screen of Galaxy S7 edge (and Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+)simon
Update 1: if your Galaxy S7 edge has been updated to Android Nougat, you will not be able to choose the different colours for each contact in People edge. Samsung removed the colour option in People edge in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 edge.
What is People edge in edge screen of Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+?
You can also immediately know who is calling or texting you by checking the colour of edge lighting.
But People edge has more advanced features, for example:
- You can assign different colours to different contacts so that you can know who is contacting you based on edge lighting colours.
- You can quickly check missed calls and notifications from the 5 contacts from edge screen and take quick actions. Of course, you can still check such notifications from the notification panel.
- You can use OnCircle in People edge to share multimedia contents.
In all Galaxy devices that support edge screen feature, namely, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 and S9+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and S8+, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+, People edge is almost identical.
So, this guide applies to all of these devices although the screenshots in this guide are mainly taken from Galaxy S7 edge.
How to enable and manage People edge in Galaxy S7 edge?
People edge is one of the Edge panels.
To enable or disable People edge, you need to go to Settings— edge screen — Edge panels. In Galaxy Note 7, the path is Settings– Display– edge screen–edge panels.
In edge panels page as shown below, tap the checkbox in the top (marked as 1) to enable or disable People edge.
Tap the Pencil icon (marked as 2) to edit and configure People edge.
In People edge page, you can enable OnCircle as shown below.
To manage contacts for People edge, tap My people as shown below.… Read the rest
Update: if you Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 has been updated to Android Nougat, you may find there are some new features for quick setting buttons. You can even customize the layout of quick setting buttons in Android Nougat. For details, please check this guide.
As shown in Galaxy S7 notifications panel, there are by default 10 visible quick setting buttons on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Quick setting buttons on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge actually correspond to quick settings panel in most other Android phones.
As Samsung’s TouchWiz modify many default features of the quick settings in stock Android OS, many new Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge owners may get confused on using the quick setting buttons on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
This guide will show you how to access, use and manage (rearrange) quick settings buttons on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. You will also learn how to disable or enable Quick connect on Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
How to access quick setting buttons on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge
There are two ways to access access quick setting buttons on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Method 1: from notification panel
Galaxy S7 quick setting buttons always occupy one row in notification panel.
By default, there are 5 quick settings buttons are shown in notification panel. You can swipe horizontally to access another 5 quick settings buttons as shown below.
So, in total, the notification panel accommodates 10 Galaxy S7 quick settings buttons.
To show all quick settings buttons on Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, tap the V icon as shown below.
You can also swipe down again on notification panel to show all Galaxy S7 quick setting buttons.
Method 2: Directly access all quick setting buttons on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge
You can directly access ALL Galaxy S7 quick setting buttons by swiping down from top of the screen (status bar) with two fingers.
This is a new touch screen gesture in Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, although it is a default gesture for quick settings in stock Android.
Anyway, it is good that Galaxy S7 and S7 edge now accept this gesture to access all Galaxy S7 quick setting buttons.… Read the rest
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How to take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge without using any apps? And how to use Galaxy S7 scroll capture?simon
Why take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
You may consider to take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge (print screen) when:
- you want to share your achievements in a game/app;
- you need share a location in Google map;
- you want to share the content of a webpage, instead of the URL;
- you want to keep a record of online payments;
Anyway, it is very easy to take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. You do not need any apps to print Galaxy S7 screen.
Actually, there are at least 3 different methods to take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge without using any apps.
This guide also show you how to use the new screen capture feature in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, scroll capture, which allows you to take screenshot on Galaxy S7 for long webpages or app pages that need more than one screen.
3 different methods to take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge
You can use any of the 3 methods to take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge:
- Home button+ Power button method
- Palm swipe method
- Assistant menu method
Among the 3 methods for screen capture on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge:
- Assistant menu method is the simplest. Your grandma can do it with one hand.
- Home button+ Power button method is the quickest.
Method 1: use Home button + Power button
Like in all previous Galaxy S devices, you can take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and S7 edge by pressing and holding Home button and Power button simultaneously. You may check this page on the button layout of Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
This actually is the quickest method to take screenshot on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge if you get used to it.
Some Galaxy S7 owners may fail to get the screenshot usually because of one of the following two reasons:
- they press the two buttons, but not hold the buttons until screenshot is taken.
- they fail to hold the two buttons simultaneously.
In reality, you always hold one button earlier. But if you hold the button too long without holing the other button, you will get unexpected behavior:
- If you hold home button too early, you will get Google Now on tap.
- If you hold power button too early, you will get power options.
Update 2, added section: new features for Galaxy S7 always-on display. Recently updated Galaxy S7 always-on display now allows you to enable always on display on S View Window when a S View cover is snapped on Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge. Clock face now is renamed as layout with more clock faces.
Update 1, added section: Limitations of Galaxy S7 always-on display.
One of the best features in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is the always-on display.
This post tries to explain to you what Galaxy S7 always-on display (AOD) is and how to configure and use Galaxy S7 always-on display in Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Please note Galaxy S7 always-on display is available in both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. In the post, I will just refer them as Galaxy S7.
What is Galaxy S7 always-on display (AOD)?
Now, Galaxy S7 always-on display, if enabled, can display clock, notifications and a image all the time except when Galaxy S7 is in your pocket.
It is a cool feature for some Galaxy S7 owners.
The super AMOLED display in Galaxy S7 does not drain battery significantly if you choose black background.
The Galaxy S7 always-on display is different from Galaxy S7 lock screen. Galaxy S7 always-on display will disappear automatically when you wake up the screen.
In other words, you get the lock screen when you wake up the phone. Galaxy S7 always-on display is activated only after screen is timed out and phone is locked.
When will you need Galaxy S7 always-on display?
In many situations, you may find Galaxy S7 always-on display is useful, for example,
- During a meeting, you can just glimpse on Galaxy S7 screen to know the time, the missed calls, the incoming messages…
- In your office or cubicle, you can easily check time and notifications when your hands are not free.
- In kitchen, your hands are busy with other things.
- In the bed, when you want to check time.
Anyway, although Galaxy S7 always-on display looks like another gimmick, it actually is very useful for some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners.… Read the rest
What is Galaxy S7 application manager?
Galaxy S7 application manager is a special app that allows you to manage all apps installed on the phone. This includes both pre-installed apps and apps installed by you.
Within Galaxy S7 application manager, you can:
- Check storage usage of all apps.
- Check data usage by all apps.
- Check and manage app permissions.
- Check and manage app notifications.
- Check battery usage of all apps.
- Check memory usage of all apps.
- Uninstall apps installed by you.
- Disable some pre-installed apps.
- Force stop most apps.
- Clear cache for apps.
- Clear data for apps (reset app).
As the name suggests, Galaxy S7 application manager allows you to manage all aspects of apps installed in your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
How to access Galaxy S7 application manager?
You can access Galaxy S7 application manager from Galaxy S7 Settings.
As shown below, in Settings page for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, tap Applications
Then tap Application manager to access Galaxy S7 application manager as shown below.
How to list apps in Galaxy S7 application manager?
Now, in Galaxy S7 application manager page, you can see a list of apps installed on Galaxy S7 or S7 edge as shown below.
By default, all apps, including enabled and disabled, are listed.
You can tap All apps as shown below.
Then tap Disabled to list apps that are disabled as shown below.
This will list apps that were installed, but were disabled. Of course, you can also just list enabled apps similarly.
The list include bother pre-installed apps and apps installed by you. For pre-installed apps, as mentioned in Galaxy S7 Apps screen page, you cannot uninstall them.
But you can disable them if you do not want to use these apps. Some of the pre-installed apps are actually bloatware.
How to use additional options in Galaxy S7 application manager?
You can tap MORE button in top right to find more options in Galaxy S7 application manager, as shown above.
The More button appears on all pages of Application manager.
These additional options typically include (as shown above):
- Show system apps. By default, the system apps are not listed. Tap this button to include system apps in the list.
We all hate app pushing pop up ads
As most of Galaxy S7 owners use a lot of free apps. We understand many app developers rely on ad revenue to pay their bills.
So, normally we can tolerate ads in apps without installing the ad blocker apps. Just FYI, some app blockers may replace original ads with their own ads. So these guys are using other developers’ work to earn money.
Anyway, the majority of Galaxy S7 owners may get angry when some apps push pop up ads which affect your phone usage unless you tap the ad or close the app.
Even worse, some nasty apps may push pop up ads when the app is NOT in use. They deliberately to hide the app pushing pop up ads.
For example, as shown below, when I browsed my own website with Chrome browser, and suddenly, a pop up ads blocked my view as shown below.
I have no way to close this pop up ad. The X in the pop up ad actually direct me to Google Play store to install the poor app, or to some suspicious sites.
This is an example of malicious pop up ad. I believe most of us hate them.
I know I do not use such pop up ads in the website because this is our own website. I know the ad types and sources.
I know Chrome never push pop up ads.
I know my ISP does not have such a shabby business.
Then where does this pop ads come?
So I decided to dig it further to find out the app pushing pop up ads.
How to find out the app pushing pop up ads in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?
Such ads do not show all times. Sometimes, it shows once a day or twice a day or every the other day.
I know such nasty pop up ads are pushed by some apps installed on my Galaxy S7 edge. But you do not know which one because the app developer deliberately tried to hide app.
Initially, I thought, it is through notification. So, I disabled notification for most suspicious apps.
But this does not solve the issue. A developer told me it is from a running service, not through notification system.
And my friend shared his method to find out the app pushing pop up ads in Galaxy S7 .… Read the rest
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Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 does not have a stylus. You need get used to Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures to control the phone.
The good news is Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures are almost identical to those in other Android phones. So, it should not take much time to use Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures if you used Android phones before.
Please note Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge accept the identical touchscreen gestures. In this page, we generalized them as Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures.
The 8 Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures
There are 8 Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures for you to control Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge:
- Touch and hold
- Double tap
Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures: Tap
You can tap or touch the touchscreen (in the corresponding region) with your finger as shown below, when you want to:
- type using the keyboard;
- select items such as application and settings icons;
- press buttons.
Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures: Swipe
You can lightly drag your finger vertically or horizontally across the touchscreen as shown below. This Galaxy S7 touchscreen gesture is known as swipe or slide.
With this touchscreen gesture, you can:
- Swipe the lock screen to unlock Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge;
- Swipe the screen to scroll through Galaxy S7 Home screens;
- Swipe the screen to scroll through Galaxy S7 Apps screen;
- Swipe the screen to scroll through menu options;
- Swipe individual notification to dismiss it from Galaxy S7 notification panel.
Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures: Touch and hold
Touch and hold items on the touchscreen for more than 2 seconds to activate them as shown below.
You may use this touch screen gesture:
- Touch and hold a widget on a Home screen to resize it.
- Touch and hold a field to display a pop-up menu of options.
- Touch and hold Home button to launch Now on tap.
Galaxy S7 touchscreen gestures: Drag
Touch and hold an item, and then move it to a new location on the screen. So, this touchscreen gesture as shown below requires 2 steps: tap and hold, then move.
While dragging, you should not release your finger until you have reached the target position in the touchscreen.
You may use this Galaxy S7 touch screen gesture:
- Drag an app in Galaxy S7 apps screen to add it to Galaxy S7 Home screen.
- Drag an app or a widget to place it in a new location on Galaxy S7 Home screen.
What are Galaxy S7 developer options?
Galaxy S7 developer options are some settings for app developers to test apps under some simulated environment in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. For example, to test apps with limited available RAM.
In recent versions of Android, some complicated settings, and some settings for seldom-used backward compatibility were also moved/added to developer options.
Since Android Jelly Bean 4.2, developer options are hidden. This was done deliberately so that users will not accidentally enable some settings. And most Android users do not need developer options at all.
But for app developers and a few owners, they may need to access and use Galaxy S7 developer options to test some apps or try some settings. For example, some owners may want to run a few ADB commands. They then have to enable USB debugging in Galaxy S7 developer options.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have the identical developer options. So this guide applies to both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge although we took screenshots from Galaxy S7 edge.
Do you need Galaxy S7 developer options?
Please note, for most owners of Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you may not need to access developer options at all.
Galaxy S7 developer options do NOT solve any of your phone problems. If you have any issues with your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, seldom the developer options can solve them.
And some settings in Galaxy S7 developer options may affect the performance or functions of Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
You may need Galaxy S7 developer options if
- you are an app developer to test apps on Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge.
- you want to to use ADB commands (you need to enable USB debugging).
- you want to force RTL layout.
- you want to adjust animation speed or turn off animations when opening apps.
- you want to keep mobile data always on.
- you want to turn the Galaxy S7 screen on all the time when it is connected to a charger.
Anyway, if you are not sure, you may not need Galaxy S7 developer options.
How to enable Galaxy S7 developer options?
As mentioned, by default, developer options in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are hidden. You cannot find it in Settings before you enable (unhide) them.
To enable Galaxy S7 developer options, you need follow these steps.
Step 1: Go to Settings– About device –Software info
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What are Galaxy S7 themes?
Galaxy S7 themes allow you to change the look and feel of the phone (mainly Galaxy S7 home screen and apps screen) in a systematic and consistent way.
Actually, this is not a new feature because Samsung introduced themes to Galaxy phones since Galaxy S6.
Although the implementation is similar, Galaxy S7 themes are NOT compatible with Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 7.
The compatibility is maintained only in the same generation of Galaxy S or Galaxy Note series. In other words, Galaxy S7 themes are compatible with Galaxy S7 edge only. And Galaxy S6 themes are compatible with Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ only. It is unclear why Samsung fails to maintain a “universal” theme for all Galaxy devices..
You can use Galaxy S7 themes to customize Galaxy S7 home screen in following aspects:
- Wallpapers for home screen and lock screen.
- App icons for native (and pre-installed) Samsung apps.
- Modifications to app icons of all other apps.
- Font size and color in Galaxy S7 home screen.
- Customization for the default (native Samsung) phone app, contacts app and message app.
- Always-on display (for some Galaxy S7 themes).
How to download and apply new Galaxy S7 themes?
You can download and apply new Galaxy S7 themes in your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge by following these steps.
Step 1: Enter Galaxy S7 home screen edit mode
If you want to customize Galaxy S7 home screen, you need to enter Galaxy S7 home screen edit mode (aka, access Galaxy S7 home screen options).
You can tap and hold (aka, log tap) any empty area in Galaxy S7 home screen (in any home screen panels), or pinch in any home screen panels, to enter Galaxy S7 home screen edit mode (or to access Galaxy S7 home screen options) as shown below.
Step 2: Enter Galaxy Theme store
In Galaxy S7 home screen edit mode, tap Themes as shown below.
In My themes page, all themes under your account are listed here.
Before you install any Galaxy S7 themes, only default theme is listed as shown below.
Step 3: Select and download new Galaxy S7 themes
Tap the More themes button in My themes page as shown above to enter the theme store.
In the Theme store, you can search and browse available themes for your Galaxy S7.
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Number badge is part of Samsung TouchWiz launcher. You can find it in almost all Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets. But it is not easy to clear number badge prior to Android Nougat update,
In Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you can now quickly clear number badge without opening the app.
What is number badge in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?
The number in the number badge indicates total number of unread messages inside the app.
In Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, only pre-installed apps and Samsung apps may have the number badge.
The number can remind you on any unread messages. It is a useful feature.
But to clear number badge, it is not easy prior to Android Nougat update.
You have to open the app and read all messages to clear the number.
Sometimes, the number is not cleared properly if the messages is stored in remote locations (servers) due to syncing frequency and caching.
For example, your voicemail messages are stored in your carrier’s server. You may find the number is not cleared even after you read all messages. It may have a few hours delay in updating.
This can be annoying.
Now, in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, you can easily clear number badge from Galaxy S7 home screen without opening the app, and without reading the messages.
How to clear number badge in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with Android Nougat update?
As mentioned, the “old” method to clear the number badge is to read the messages!
Once you finish reading all unread messages, the number will disappear.
In Android Nougat udpate, Samsung allows you to clear number badge from Galaxy S7 home screen directly without reading them.
Step 1: Tap and hold the app icon
In this example, you want to clear the badge for Facebook, which has 25 notifications.
But you do not want to read them.
You can tap and hold (aka long tap) Facebook app icon as shown below.
You now should get the context menu as shown below.
Step 2: Tap Clear badge as shown below.
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Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge introduced some changes in icons and buttons. This page explains to you two of the most confusing new Galaxy S7 status icons you may find in the status bar: data saver status icon and performance mode notification icon.
But for data saver and performance mode status icons, they are identical in all Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge devices.
New Galaxy S7 status icons: Data saver icon
By default, after you apply the Android Nougat udpate for Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, data saver will be automatically turned on.
And therefore, you may notice the following icon in the right side of the status bar.
Data saver is a new feature in Android Nougat.
Prior to Android Nougat, there is an option called restrict background data in stock Android. Data saver in Android Nougat is a replacement for this option.
Compared to simply restricting background data, data saver uses some algorithms to decide how to save data usage without comprising the phone functions.
Data saver can prevent some apps from sending and receiving data in background.
For apps you are actively using, it may also reduce the frequency of data usage to save data.
You can turn off or turn on data saver in Settings —Connections-–Data usage–-Data saver in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
After data saver is turned off, the data saver status icon will then disappear from the status bar.
New Galaxy S7 status icons: Performance mode icon
After applying Android Nougat udpate, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is in optimized mode. You can manually adjust some settings to meet your needs.
To make your life easier, Samsung also introduced three pre-defined performance modes for gaming, entertainment and high performance.
So, you can switch to any of these 3 modes with one tap to get the optimized settings for each mode without fiddling around various settings.
When any of the 3 performance modes is activated, you will find the performance mode icon as shown below.… Read the rest
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Why is it important to know Galaxy S7 layout and Galaxy S7 edge layout?
When you get your new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, you may want to try the new and cool features as much as you can. You may forget to check Galaxy S7 layout or Galaxy S7 edge layout
This is nothing wrong.
But after initial testing, it is important to spend some time to familiarize yourself with the layout of Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge. This is extremely important if you are a new owner of a Samsung smartphone.
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are both designed elegantly with high build quality. The location of ports, buttons and components are arranged with careful consideration based on Samsung’s knowledge of smartphone usage habits of their customers.
Galaxy S7 layout and Galaxy S7 edge layout page will explain to you the functions of all buttons, ports and some components.
Please note, as explained in this post, the major difference between Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is the screen size (5.1″ vs 5.5″), battery capacity (3000mAh vs 3600mAh) and the curved screen.
The difference in Galaxy S7 layout and Galaxy S7 edge layout is only on edge screen. All other parts in layout are similar.
Front view of Galaxy S7 layout and Galaxy S7 edge layout
The front view of Galaxy S7 layout and Galaxy S7 edge layout is shown below.
in the front of Galaxy S7, you can find
- LED indicator. When you charge your phone, the LED will turns red. When there are any notifications, the LED will flash in green.
- Proximity/light sensor. You should never block the proximity/light sensor if you use a screen protector. The light sensor provides info to the system to adjust brightness and other display settings. When you are in a call, and when you move the phone close to your ear, the proximity sensor can detect it and turns off the screen to avoid inadvertent touch.
- Front camera. It is NOT recommended to use screen protector for the camera. If the screen protector has no cutout for front camera, you probably should not buy it.
- Touch screen.
- Home key with fingerprint sensor. Tap home key (button) to wake up the screen if the screen is currently off. If you are using any apps, tapping home key once will bring you to the home screen.
Enjoy your Galaxy S7.