How to Manage Mobile Data on Samsung Galaxy S6

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Gone are the days of unlimited data; now most everyone with a data plan is paying for a flat rate, with exorbitant overage fees. And overseas data use fees? Yikes. Luckily, no matter how much data you’re allowed to use on your plan, the Samsung Galaxy S6 provides features to help keep you in your limits. Check it out:

Use Wi-Fi as often as possible

Mobile devices –and the Samsung Galaxy S6 is no exception– are configured to use Wi-Fi instead of cellular data whenever it’s available. So your first strategy to use less of your data plan is to connect and use Wi-Fi as often as possible. In the US at least, almost all Wi-Fi internet connections are unmetered, and therefore essentially free data for your mobile device.

Restrict data use

By default, apps are allowed to use as much cellular data as they want (even though well programmed apps try to limit how much data is used). To set a hard limit to the amount of data your S6 can use:

  • Tap on Data usage in the Connections page of the Settings app, then tap Set Mobile Data limit to set a specific amount your phone can use, and the date for resetting the counter. Make sure to set this below what you’re allowed on your plan to have a buffer in case your carrier counts your usage differently.

Make sure data roaming is turned off

Data roaming is a nifty little trick for carriers to charge through the nose for data use outside of their coverage by letting you use other carriers’ networks. The Samsung Galaxy S6 usually has data roaming turned off by default, but let’s make sure:

  • Open the Mobile networks menu from the Connections page of the Settings app.
  • Make sure Data roaming is unchecked.

Keep an eye on data usage

Certain apps can sometimes take advantage and abuse their privileges by eating up tons of data. Luckily, we can get some insights on how much data apps are using and we can potentially prevent them from using too much. To have a look at the breakdown of data usage by app:

  • Tap on Data Usage in the Connections page of the Settings app.
  • The screen is split into two sections: a graph showing data usage over time, and a list of apps showing data usage from each, sorted by most data to least.

Turn off mobile data

If you find yourself nearing your data limits and you don’t want to incur overage charges, or just want to disable mobile data for any other reason, there are a couple different ways to turn off mobile data:

  • Toggle Airplane Mode from the quick toggles in the Notification Drawer. This turns off every wireless radio on your device, including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and cellular.
  • Open the Mobile networks menu in the Connections page of the Settings app, then select a network type from the Network mode menu.

 

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How to Customize the Lock Screen on Samsung Galaxy S6

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 includes a few features to customize the look and functionality of your lock screen. Here’s a couple tips on how to customize the lock screen of your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • The first thing we see on the lock screen of the Galaxy S6 is the clock and weather widget. We can customize the weather section of the widget by tapping the clock and weather widget that is shown by default on your home screen to open the Weather app, then tapping on MORE at the top right, and tapping Settings. Here we have a few options:
    • Unit lets us switch between the two major temperature unit types: Celsius, and Fahrenheit.
    • Auto refresh adjusts the amount of time the Weather app waits to refresh its weather information.
    • Turning on Use current location will let the Weather app determine the weather of the phone’s current location via GPS and cell tower information.
    • The below two toggles individually lets you choose where your weather information is displayed; the lock screen and the Calendar app.
    • The presence and contents of notifications on the lock screen can also be configured. To learn more about notifications both on the lock screen and everywhere else on the phone, check out our article How to Manage Notifications on Samsung Galaxy S6.
  • The lock screen wallpaper can also be customized. Check out our article Home Screen Tips & Tricks to learn how to change your wallpaper and other useful tips.
  • Both the lock screen lock type and unlock animation effect can be changed by opening the Lock screen and security menu in the Personal page of the Settings app, then tapping on the menus Screen lock type and Unlock effect.
  • In Screen lock type, there are six options to choose from to customize how your phone is secured when locked.
    • Swipe and None provide no security and will let anyone use your phone by either swiping on the lock screen or by simply clicking the home button when None is enabled.
    • Both Pattern and PIN options provide a medium level of security by letting you choose a unique unlock identifier: either a 4 digit code with PIN, or a customized swipe pattern on a 3×3 grid with the Pattern option.
    • Password and Fingerprints options provide the highest level of security. With Password, you set an alphanumeric password of any length, and Fingerprints will use the biometric security of a fingerprint scanner. To learn how to use this feature, check out our article How to Use and Add Fingerprints on Samsung Galaxy S6.
  • The Unlock effect menu lets you choose between three unlock effects that change the animation of unlocking your phone. Select each one to see a preview of the effect.

 

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How to Use and Add Fingerprints on Samsung Galaxy S6

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The Samsung Galaxy S series of phones introduced a built-in fingerprint scanner inside the home button for advanced biometric security in the Galaxy S5, and now the Samsung Galaxy S6 includes an improved version for even faster and more convenient security. Here’s how to enable fingerprint scanning and add additional fingerprints to your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • Open the Lock screen and security menu on the Personal page of the Settings app.
  • Tap the Screen lock type menu, then tap on Fingerprints to require fingerprint verification when unlocking your phone.
  • You will be guided through the process of adding your first fingerprint. This involves touching and lifting your finger on the home button several times to capture the entire print.
  • After adding the first fingerprint, navigate back to the Lock screen and security menu, then tap Fingerprints.
  • Here, you can add a new fingerprint by tapping Add fingerprint and repeating the process of capturing a fingerprint.
  • Below the Manage fingerprints section, you find options to use fingerprint scanning in other locations:
    • Web sign-in lets you use your fingerprint to automatically type in saved passwords in the browser.
    • Verify Samsung account uses your fingerprints to securely log you into your Samsung account.

 

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How to Use Motions & Gestures on Samsung Galaxy S6

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 includes a few intuitive motion and gesture-based actions that enable useful functions. Here’s how to enable and use motions and gestures on your Samsung Galaxy S6:
To enable the four motions and gestures, navigate to the Device page in the Settings app and tap on Motions and gestures.

  • In this menu, we see an animation and description at the top, and a list of toggles below.
  • Direct call will automatically dial the number of the contact message conversation you’re currently looking at when you raise the phone to your ear.
  • Smart alert will make your Galaxy S6 vibrate whenever you pick it up if you have a missed call or message.
  • Mute will silence phone calls and alarms if you either place your hand over the screen or flip the phone over.
  • Palm swipe to capture makes it easier to snap a screenshot by letting you swipe the side of your whole hand across the screen, capturing whatever is beneath it.

How to Use Tethering and Mobile Hotspot on Samsung Galaxy S6

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It’s not always the case, but sometimes a strong cellular data connection can be found more easily than a good Wi-Fi network. In these situations, a newer smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S6 with a data plan can be worth it’s weight in gold. Why? Because you can enable a Wi-Fi network right from your phone to let other nearby devices get Wi-Fi and use your data connection for internet using a feature called Tethering. Here’s how to use tethering on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

Before setting up, please note that tethering is not always available through every cellular carrier, and data used while tethering will count against your mobile data plan (and most computer operating systems like Windows and Mac OS X do not attempt to minimize the amount of data used like Android and iOS do).

  • To enable tethering and create a Wi-Fi network for other’s to connect to, open the Settings app and navigate to the Connections page.
  • Tap on the Mobile Hotspot and Tethering menu.
  • Tap on Mobile Hotspot, then switch the toggle to the ON position.
  • Below the toggle, you see the name of the Wi-Fi connection from your Galaxy S6. Tap this name to switch between two options: Allow all devices, and Allowed devices only.
    • When Allowed devices only is enabled, only devices you specifically allow will be able to connect to the S6’s Wi-Fi network.
    • To configure an allowed device, tap on MORE at the top left of the Mobile Hotspot menu, then tap Allowed devices.
    • Tap ADD at the top right, give the device a name, and enter the MAC address of that device (this can usually be found in the About or Information setting of each device), then tap OK.
      • Make sure to enter the MAC address accurately, or the device will not be recognized.
    • After configuration, the allowed device will be able to connect to your Galaxy S6’s Wi-Fi.
  • There are additional options to further configure the Wi-Fi network of your Galaxy S6. To access these options, tap on MORE at the top right of the Mobile Hotspot menu, then tap Configure Mobile Hotspot.
    • Network name is the name of the Wi-Fi network and can be changed to whatever you like.
    • The Hide my device check box will prevent your Wi-Fi network from being publicly visible.
    • The Security dropdown menu lets you choose between requiring a password to connect by selecting WPA2 PSK, or leaving it Open.
    • Choosing the WPA2 option in the Security dropdown will show the Password box, where you can set the password of the network.
    • Show password” checkbox will either show or conceal the above password.
    • Enabling the “Show advanced options” box will unlock additional settings. Leave this unchecked if you are not familiar with advanced Wi-Fi configuration.
  • Under the MORE dropdown in the Mobile Hotspot menu, there is a selection titled “Timeout settings“. Tapping this option will display a popup that lets you choose an amount of time before Mobile Hotspot is disabled when there are no connected devices. This option is useful to minimize battery consumption when using the Mobile Hotspot feature.

 

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How to Use Google Now on Samsung Galaxy S6

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Voice recognition and artificial intelligence has progressed so far in recent years that we now have what can be accurately called “digital assistants” right in our pockets. Many smartphone hardware and software manufacturers are now utilizing these advances in technology to increase the functionality and speed of their devices. You’ve probably heard of these digital assistants; Apple’s Siri on the iPhone, S Voice on Samsung Smartphones, and Cortana on Windows phones. One of the fastest and most accurate, however, is Google’s offering called Google Now. Here’s how to use Google Now on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • By default, the Google search bar widget is placed on your main home screen below the clock. To have Google Now begin listening for commands, either tap the microphone icon on the right of the search bar, or say “OK Google” whenever you can see the widget.
  • The “Ok Google” keyword can also be used whenever you are using the Google app, and opening the Voice Search app icon will automatically start Google Now listening.
  • After starting Google Now, you can then say a voice command. Voice commands can be used to start a Google search, ask for information like weather updates, sports scores, math answers, and general facts, and can even operate phone functions like opening apps, starting phone calls, and toggling settings like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • To alter the settings of Google Now, open the Google Settings app (by default, you can find it in the Google folder in the App Drawer), then tap on the Search & Now, then Voice. From here, we have a few different options we can change:
    • Languages will, of course, change the language that google will listen and search for.
    • The “Ok Google” detection menu gives you the option to enable or disable the “Ok Google” detection from within the Google app.
    • The Hands-free menu lets you enable Google Now detection whenever you have a bluetooth or wired headset plugged in.
    • Speech output toggles voice feedback after using a voice command.
    • The “Block offensive words” toggle will hide offensive words in the text copy of your voice command and search results.
    • And turning on the “Bluetooth headset” toggle will use the microphone on your Bluetooth headset or device for listening to voice commands.

 

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Using S Voice on Samsung Galaxy S6

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Digital assistants seem to be all the rage these days, with Apple’s Siri on iPhones kicking off the trend that now includes Siri, Cortana from Microsoft, and Google Now. Samsung’s foray into the space is called S Voice, and is a very useful addition to their Galaxy series of android devices. What can you do with S Voice on your Samsung Galaxy S6? Let’s find out:

First, let’s go over the kinds of commands that S Voice offers: with this feature, you can use your voice to quickly perform tasks that would otherwise take more time to do by hand. You can perform such actions as calling and texting contacts, adding calendar events, posting social network updates, turning on and off phone functions like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and asking simple questions like arithmetic and weather updates, and even some more complicated questions like “When is the next solar eclipse”, and “What was the Giants score last night”.

  • Out of the box, S Voice will start listening for voice commands when you tap the S Voice icon in the app drawer.
  • For added functionality, you can enable S Voice to listen for a voice wake up command so that you don’t have to go and find the S Voice icon, and will work anywhere in the phone.
    • To set up the Voice wake-up feature, tap the S Voice icon, then tap on the gear icon to the left of the listening indicator at the bottom, then tap on Voice wake-up.
    • Switch the toggle to the On position, then tap on Set wake-up command to be guided through the process of setting your custom wake-up command that will enable S Voice whenever you say the command.
    • You will then be prompted to say the command 4 times so that S Voice can learn the phrase. You should pick a unique, 3-5 syllable command that is easily distinguishable in normal conversation.
    • After setup, S Voice will be listening for your wake-up command whenever your phone is unlocked.
  • S Voice includes a few options for additional functionality. These can all be accessed in the S Voice settings that we went to when we enabled the wake-up command.
    • In the settings, S Voice can be enabled to function even when your phone is secured with a password or fingerprint.
    • Voice feedback is enabled by default to provide vocal responses to your queries.
    • Auto start speakerphone is also enabled by default so when making a call using S Voice, speaker phone mode is automatically turned on.
    • Setting your Home address enables S Voice to provide you quick access for additional commands like setting location-based reminders and navigation.

 

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How to Use Easy Mode on Samsung Galaxy S6

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If the Samsung Galaxy S6 is your first smartphone device, or maybe you just want a more simplified experience on your phone, you might want to check out TouchWiz Easy Mode. Easy Mode, when enabled, makes your Galaxy S6 easier to navigate with a simpler app launcher, big app icons and text, and useful contacts and favorite apps page. Easy Mode can also be enabled for many built-in applications for a more seamless experience.

  • To enable Easy Mode, Open the Personal page in the Settings app and tap Easy Mode, then select Easy Mode from the list and tap Done at the top of the screen.
  • With Easy Mode enabled, your home screen now has three pages: Home in the center, Contacts to the left, and Favorite apps to the right.
  • Each page can be customized by hitting the Edit button at the top of the page, and adding or removing icons.
  • Tapping a blank Favorite Contact lets you choose between creating a new contact or adding a contact that already exists.
  • The Favorite Apps page gives you a grid of icons for your favorite and most used apps, and can be customized by either tapping blank circles with plus icons, or tapping the Edit icon. All of your apps can be accessed by tapping More Apps.

 

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How to Take Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S6

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Did you know you can take a full resolution image of exactly what’s shown on the screen of your Galaxy S6? Here’s how to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. Open the screen you want to take a screenshot of. This could be a website page, video chat, or anything else you might like to capture.
  2. Press and hold both the Home button and the Lock button for three seconds.
  3. After you hear a shutter sound and a preview of your screen shrinks and disappears, you now have a screenshot of your display.
  4. Access the screenshot by opening the Gallery app, going to the Album view, and selecting the Screenshots album.

 

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How to Update Apps on Samsung Galaxy S6

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The biggest draw of using smartphones is the massive amount of apps that can now be downloaded and installed to add near-infinite functionality. Just like new hardware devices frequently get updated, the apps on your device often need to get updated to provide better functionality and fix bugs. Here’s how to update the apps on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  • Launch the Play Store app.
  • Open the Menu from the top left of the screen, then tap My Apps.
  • In the Installed section, you will see a list of Play Store apps installed on your device.
  • At the top of this list, you will see a list of apps that have an update.
  • Tap the Update All to install every available update, or tap individual apps and then tap the Update button to update just that app. This is a useful feature if you only selectively want to update apps.

 

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How to Add Music and Photos to Samsung Galaxy S6

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It’s likely that you will want to load up your new Samsung Galaxy S6 with all your favorite music and photos, but the process of getting everything moved over might not be immediately obvious. Here’s how to do that:

  • Download and install Samsung’s Kies app for either the PC or Mac.
  • Kies is a media manager similar to iTunes. Configure Kies to include all the media you want on your phone. The app will guide you through this configuration.
  • Plug in your Galaxy S6 into your computer using the Micro-USB included with your phone.
  • Kies, by default, will automatically add any media on your Samsung Galaxy S6 when you plug it in. Let Kies finish the sync process.
  • After sync is finished, you now have access to your photos and videos on your Galaxy S6.

How to Change the Default Launcher on Samsung Galaxy S6

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Your Samsung Galaxy S6 uses by default the TouchWiz launcher made by Samsung, and generally works just fine. However, you might consider using one of the third party launchers downloaded from the Google Play store for additional features and flexibility that you might not find in TouchWiz. Here’s how to change the default launcher on your Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. Download a third party launcher using the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the new launcher and configure how you like. You should have access to a launcher settings app from within the launcher.
  3. After launching then closing an app or the app tray, you will be prompted to pick a default launcher. Tap the icon of your launcher and and then tap Always to keep using the new launcher whenever you go back to your home screen.

 

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