36 Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips & Tricks


Samsung’s latest flagship for 2015 device features advancements in nearly every aspect from it’s predecessor in newly designed hardware refresh using premium materials to create a smartphone that instantly became the standard to which all other Android devices are compared. To get the most out of your new Samsung Galaxy S6, we have created dozens tips and tricks articles for our readers. Below we have rounded up the entire list:



How to Use Autofocus Tracking on Samsung Galaxy S6


The Samsung Galaxy S6 features one of the most advanced cameras ever used in a smartphone, and includes some very advanced features. One of these awesome features is Autofocus Tracking. Let’s go over what this feature is an how to use it on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • Open the default camera app by either opening the Camera app or using one of the camera shortcuts. Check out our article How to Quickly Take Photos on Samsung Galaxy S6.
  • In any camera mode, tapping on screen will focus on whatever is at that point in the frame.
  • When either the camera or the object in focus is moved, the camera will attempt to keep that object in focus, even if the object is panned or moves in or out.
  • This is Autofocus Tracking, and can be hugely helpful in any situation where any situation where people or things are in motion.
  • For the most effective tracking, make sure the object you focus on is distinct from the background. This helps the software differentiate the object and keep better track of it.


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How to Use the Heart Rate Sensor on Samsung Galaxy S6


Recently there has been a push towards enhancing and tracking various aspects of one’s health using their smart devices and all the technology they now pack in. Samsung has pushed the envelope of health and fitness tracking with their S Health app and features built into their hardware. Check out how to use the heart rate sensor built into your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. Find and open the S Health app. By default, this is located in the App Drawer.
  2. If this is your first time launching the app, you will be guided through a setup process.
  3. After setup, you are presenting the main screen of the app, which includes tiles that contain various aspects of health tracking.
  4. By default the heart rate tile is included. Scroll down and find the tile with a heart icon.
  5. Tap Measure.
  6. You see a moving line and an animation showing where to place your finger to read your heart rate.
  7. Place your finger on the heart rate sensor located next to the camera on the rear of the Galaxy S6.
  8. Stay still and wait till the progress percentage reaches 100%.
  9. You then are presented with your heart rate BPM and asked to save the measurement to your S Health profile.
  10. On this info page, you can save a text note with the measurement, as well as one of the current status icons at the bottom that cover various situations and emotional states you might currently be in.
  11. Tap either Cancel at the top to delete the reading or Save to keep it.


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How to Add App Folders on Samsung Galaxy S6


There’s an app for that. And that. And that. All the apps we download onto our phones can quickly become a daunting and never-ending list that we might rather not navigate. Thankfully, Samsung has provided us some relief. Here’s how to add and customize app folders on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

On your home screen

  1. On any page of your home screen, make sure there are at least two of the apps you want in a folder together.
    • To add apps to your home screen, open the App Drawer, tap and hold the app you want, then drag to the home page you want.
  2. Drag and drop an icon onto another icon until a square highlight behind the icon appears.
  3. A folder is created containing the two apps. At this point you’re prompted to name the folder, and you can choose to either give it a name or leave it blank.
  4. You can customize the background color of the folder by tapping the Palette icon to the right of the folder name inside the folder.
  5. To add more apps to the folder, simply tap and hold then drag the app’s icon on top of the folder.

In your App Drawer

  1. Open the App Drawer and tap Edit at the top right.
  2. Drag one app icon onto another until you see a square highlight behind both, then drop. Customize the folder in the same way as home page folders.
  3. Tap outside the folder to close, then drag as many apps as you like into the folder.
  4. Once finished, tap Done at the top of the screen.


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How to Backup your Samsung Galaxy S6


We’ve all been there before: something terrible happens to our device (like taking a dive into the toilet, or fallen into a storm drain, or been the victim of a two year-old), and suddenly lose access to all of the data stored within. Losing treasured photos, videos, and other media can be heartbreaking. Luckily, there are ways to prevent losing that data completely. Check out how to backup and restore your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • Open the Backup and reset menu in the Personal page of the Settings app.
  • Tap Backup Account. If you have not already done so, sign into a Google or Samsung account.
  • Switch the toggle next to Backup my data to the on position. Depending on which account you have signed into, your data will be regularly backed up to either Samsung’s or Google’s servers.
  • Switch the toggle next to Automatic restore to on. If at some point you lose the ability to use your device, signing into a new device will ask if you want to restore the new device to the same settings as your backed up device. This saves a lot of time in initial setup if you want to seamlessly switch to a new device.


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How to Change the Font on Samsung Galaxy S6


Another way to make your phone unique and to match it with your personality is to customize the font used across the entire system. Here’s a quick guide on how to change the font of your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • Navigate to the Device page in the Settings app.
  • Tap on the Display menu.
  • Tap on Font.
  • The top of the page displays a preview of your font options.
  • Below is a slider to adjust the size of the font.
  • At the bottom is a list of pre-installed fonts available to choose from. Tap the radio button next to each font to preview the font.
  • At the bottom of the list you will see an option called Download fonts. This takes you to the Fonts section of the Theme store, where you can find and download additional fonts to apply to your Galaxy S6.
  • After selecting a font, tap Done at the top of the page to apply the font system-wide.


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Touch Key Light Options on Samsung Galaxy S6


One way to both customize the functionality and maybe save a little battery is to change the options for the touch keys on your Samsung Galaxy S6. Those are the two light-up buttons next to the home button for Back and Recents. Here’s how to customize the Touch Key lights on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • Open the Display menu in the Device section of the Settings app.
  • Tap on Touch key light duration. This setting adjusts whether the backlights for these buttons are enabled and for how long.
  • Pick from one of the four options: 1.5 seconds, 6 seconds, Always off, Always on.
  • The first two will keep the touch key backlights lit for that amount of time whenever they are used.
  • Always off will keep the backlights from ever lighting, and Always on will keep the backlights on for as long as the device is awake.


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How to Customize Sounds on Samsung Galaxy S6


One of the most unique and noticeable ways to customize your phone and make it yours is changing up the sound settings. We already went over how to make and customize ringtones in our How to Change the Ringtone on Your Samsung Galaxy S6 article, but there’s tons more options we can change to even further customize the sounds on your Samsung Galaxy S6. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the Sounds and Notifications menu in the Device page of the Settings app.
  • The first option under the Sound section is Sound mode. This menu gives you three options: Sound, Vibrate, and Mute. As you might expect, this changes what sounds you do and don’t hear.
    • With Sound, you get the full range of sounds and vibrations on your phone.
    • Vibrate prevents sounds, but keeps all the vibrations enabled.
    • Mute will prevent your device from playing sounds or using vibration.
  • The Volume menu has sliders for four aspects of your phone: Ringtone, Media, Notifications, and System.
    • These volume adjustments can also be access by tapping the gear icon on the volume popup whenever you use the volume buttons.
  • Below that is Ringtones and sounds, which we covered in our article How to Add and Change Ringtones on Your Samsung Galaxy S6.
  • Vibrations brings us into the menu to customize the vibration settings on our Galaxy S6. We can change the vibration intensity, pattern, whether or not you receive vibration on a phone call, vibration feedback on soft keys and various other actions, and Keyboard vibration.
  • Sound quality and effects provides options to apply effects to all the sounds on the system and potentially enhance how it sounds to your ear.
  • Below this, we have the notifications section. Check out our How to Use Do Not Disturb and How to Manage Notifications articles for more information on these settings.


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How to Use Samsung Galaxy S6 as a Remote Control


Your Samsung Galaxy S6 is a pretty capable Android device, but did you know that you can use it as a remote control for IR devices like your TV and set top boxes? Here’s how to use the Samsung Galaxy S6 as a remote control:

  • Find and open the Peel Smart Remote app that comes installed on your Samsung Galaxy S6.
  • Follow the instructions to set up your account and configuration.
  • Select the brand of your television.
  • Test the power buttons in order to find the right IR codes for your TV.
  • Once set up, you can use the app just as you would a dedicated remote control, in addition to all the added functionality in the Peel app, which includes features like personalized TV guide and show listings.
  • In the remote section, tap on the top section that indicates the room, then tap on Add device to configure remotes for each of the devices that can be controlled via remote.


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How to Change Default Apps on Samsung Galaxy S6


Unlike other smartphone operating systems (ahem fruit-flavored ones), Android and TouchWiz lets you change the apps that your phone uses by default for certain applications. For example, when you tap on a link, you have the option to change the app that opens that link, whether it’s a built-in browser, or one you downloaded from the Play Store. Here’s how to change the default apps on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • To reset and change the default apps, open the Applications menu in the Device page of the Settings app.
  • Tap on Default Applications. Here you will see the current default apps.
  • Here you can change the default applications for the home screen launcher and Messages app.
  • For other default apps, you can tap Reset to reset the defaults for various actions that app is currently responsible for.
  • When performing an action that doesn’t yet have an action, you will see a popup at the bottom of the screen giving you a list of apps that can handle the action and asks you to pick an app to either use just this once or to be the default app for this action.


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How to Use SOS Emergency Notifier on Samsung Galaxy S6


There are times when you not in the safest of locations or or with the most trustworthy people, and often being in these situations is a fact of daily life. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy S6 provides a potentially life saving feature to help give you a little bit more peace of mind. Check out how to turn on and use the SOS Emergency Notifier on the Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • First turn on the feature by opening the Privacy and Safety menu found in the Personal page of the Settings app and turning on Send SOS Message.
  • You will see an animation showing how to use the SOS Message shortcut by clicking the power button quickly three times.
  • When the SOS Emergency notifier is enabled, triple-clicking the power button will silently send a message to a contact (or contacts) of your choice letting them know that you are in a danger and need help, and will attach your location information. NOTE: please let your emergency contacts know ahead of time that you are choosing them and discuss what to do if you need to use the Emergency Notifier.
  • After turning on the Send SOS Message option, you can then set a contact to send your SOS to. Tapping Send messages to prompts you to either create a new contact or select from your existing contacts.
  • The Attach pictures toggle will silently take and send pictures from both the front and rear cameras after performing the SOS notifier action.
  • Attach audio recording will send an audio recording from the Galaxy S6’s microphone to your contact.


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How to Use Do Not Disturb on Samsung Galaxy S6


Having your phone buzz in your pocket or on your bedside table from all the calls, messages, and app notifications can be one of the most annoying parts of having a smartphone. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy S6 provides a feature called Do Not Disturb to help curb the (sometimes constant) stream of distractions flowing from your device. Here’s how to use Do Not Disturb on the Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • Open the Sounds and Notifications menu in the Device page of the Settings app.
  • Tap on the Do Not Disturb menu.
  • Switch on the toggle next to Do Not Disturb.
  • Turning on DND unlocks additional options for the mode below.
    • Allow Exceptions lets you selectively allow notifications when in Do Not Disturb mode. You can selectively enable alarms, calls, messages, or calls and/or messages from specific groups: favorite contacts only or contacts only.
    • configure the Schedule section to automatically turn on Do Not Disturb on those days and times. This is especially useful to set for when you are normally asleep.


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