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Samsung Galaxy S6 Tips & Tricks


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Got your Samsung Galaxy S6 today or planning to receive it in the very near future? We know you’ll want nothing more than to rip all the plastic off of it and go to town, and once you dive in you’ll find that there’s so much to see, do and customize that you’ll probably want to put it down for a couple of minutes.

But there’s no need to spend hours digging for the coolest features and options if you’re in a rush — we’ve already done that for you, and we’ve laid out more than 50 of the best tips and tricks for the Samsung Galaxy S6 right here.

These tips and tricks will mostly be applicable from the moment you boot your phone up, but you may need to setup your Samsung account for a few of them. You’ll have taken care of most of that if you’ve followed our first 13 things to do for the Samsung Galaxy S6 (as well as 10 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge tips and tricks for those of you with the cool Edge variant), so be sure to give that a gander if you haven’t already. Without further ado, let’s go!

Getting Started

Take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S6

One of the most common questions people ask when they get a new phone is “how do I take a screenshot?” There are two ways to do it with the Galaxy S6.

  • Press and hold the Home and Power buttons simultaneously
  • Swipe your palm across the entire display to take a screenshot

Once a screenshot is taken you will see it in your notification bar. From there you can share or edit it to your hearts content.

Buy a wireless charger for your Samsung Galaxy S6

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The Galaxy S6 is one of a growing number of devices that support wireless charging. You don’t have to worry about plugging in your device or accidentally ripping the cord out of the wall. All you have to do is set it on a charging pad. The Galaxy S6 supports both wireless charging standards, so any wireless charging pad will work with it. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Samsung Wireless Charging Pad
  • Anker Ultra-Slim Wireless Charging Pad
  • TYLT Vu Wireless Charger
  • Nokia DT-900 Wireless Charging Plate

…or use a wall charger for its awesome Fast Charge feature

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There is a benefit to using the old fashioned charging cable. The Galaxy S6 supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. This technology allows you to get hours of use from just 10-15 minutes of charging. You don’t have to do anything special for this to work. Just use the the wall charger that came with the phone. You’ll see a notification when Fast Charge is working.

You should also know that any wall charger with Quick Charge 2.0 will work with the Galaxy S6. Amazon is selling a bunch of different versions if you want to grab some extras.

Claim your free 100GB of OneDrive Storage

One of the perks of owning the Galaxy S6 is 100GB of free storage for Microsoft OneDrive. If you’ve never used OneDrive it’s actually a really nice service. When you set up your phone for the first time you will be asked to sign in or create a OneDrive account. If you already did that you should have the free 100GB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy S6 OneDrive promo

If you skipped that step you can open the OneDrive app and take advantage of the deal. All you need to do is sign in or create an account. You can take it a step further and have OneDrive automatically backup your photos and videos. Find out how to do that in our guide for first things to do with the Galaxy S6.

Setup “Do Not Disturb” to silence your phones at certain times

Samsung has renamed the Lollipop priority notification system to “Do Not Disturb.” With these settings you can control when you get notifications. To get started go to Settings >Sounds and notifications.

If you turn on Do not disturb mode there is an option to allow exceptions. If you don’t allow any exceptions the phone will be completely silent (not even alarms will break through). Your best bet is to add exceptions for alarms, certain numbers, and important apps. You can also set up a schedule to automatically enable Do not disturb at a specific time every day.

Reboot your phone without removing the battery

Samsung decided to go with a non-removable battery in the Galaxy S6. Not only does this mean you can’t swap out batteries for extra juice, but you also can’t remove the battery if your phone freezes. You can still reset your phone without having to remove the battery.

A soft reset will restart your phone without erasing any data. Press and hold the Powerand Volume Down buttons for 10 seconds until the device powers off.

Use the new Smart Manager app to run maintenance on your phone

Samsung Galaxy S6 Smart Manager app

The Galaxy S6 comes with a new Samsung app called Smart Manager. With this app you can manage the performance, security, and battery. All of the features in Smart Manager were present on earlier devices, but now they are all in one place. When you open the app there are four sections: Battery, Storage, RAM, and Device security. Let’s look at each one.

Battery

In the Battery section you will see estimated time left for remaining power and the option to turn on one of the power saving modes. There’s also a section that shows which apps are using the most battery so you can disable them.

Storage

In this section you will find information about what things are taking up the most storage. You also have the option to clean the device and get rid of unnecessary data.

RAM

Here you will find out which apps are consuming the most RAM. You can “End All” apps at once free up memory, or kill them individually. We don’t recommend killing all the apps often.

Device security

The last section is all about security. You can see if there are any unauthorized system changes and enable the KNOX app if you want to use your phone for work. There are also some anti-malware features powered by McAfee.

Enable Ultra Power-Saving mode to squeeze even more juice out of your battery

Samsung Galaxy S6 Ultra Power saving mode

Ultra Power Saving Mode can help you get every last drop of battery life. When this mode is enabled it switches the phone to a black and white interface and disables most background activities. You’ll still be able to take calls, send messages, and use a few important apps. Configure it in Settings > Battery > Ultra power saving mode.

There is also the less extreme Power Saver Mode. When this mode is enabled the screen brightness will turn down and the processor will scale back. You can set Battery Saver to automatically turn on at any level between 50-15%. Configure it in Settings > Battery >Power saving mode.

Enter “Easy Mode” if the default experience is too advanced for you

If he default experience is too advanced for you, or if you want to lend your phone to someone not very good with technology, Easy Mode can be a big help. In Easy Mode you’ll see just a couple of big app icons, and an area to add favorite contacts.

  • Open Settings and go to Personalization
  • Select Easy mode
  • You can choose between Standard mode and Easy mode
  • You can also choose which apps you’d like to show up in Easy Mode

Gestures

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Enable Smart Stay to keep your display on while you’re looking at it

Smart Stay is one of the more ingenious features Samsung has ever created. With this feature enabled your Galaxy S6 will stay on as long as you are looking at the display. No more annoying screen turn-offs while reading a web page, or Netflix continuing to play after you fall asleep. Smart Stay is turned off by default; here’s how to turn it on.

  • Go to Settings > Display
  • Select Smart Stay and make sure it’s enabled

Note: Smart Stay does not work in the dark.

Use Smart Alert to know if you missed a call or message when picking your phone up

If you have missed calls or new messages the Galaxy S6 can vibrate when you pick it up. This feature is called “Smart Alert,” and it’s enabled by default. If you would like to toggle this feature go to Settings > Motions and gestures.

Move the phone to your ear while messaging someone to call them

Another nifty gesture is “Direct Call.” This feature allows you to directly call someone by bringing the phone up to your ear if you’re on their contact page or a messaging conversation. For example, if you’re texting someone and you want to call them just put the phone to your ear. This can also be toggled at Settings > Motions and gestures.

Set your phone face down while it’s ringing to mute it

To quickly mute the Galaxy S6 when you’re getting a call you can do two gestures. Simply place your hand flat on the display, or turn it over on it’s face. This also works as a way to dismiss alarms. This can also be toggled at Settings > Motions and gestures.

Customization

How to remove Flipboard Briefing from your homescreen

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On the Galaxy S5 there was a special section of the home screen called “My Magazine.” This section is still present on the Galaxy S6, but it has been renamed to “Briefing.” It basically just aggregates news stories from a number of different sources. The idea sounds cool, but the interface is a little laggy. You should remove it.

  • Long press on the home screen
  • Scroll over to the Briefing panel on the far left
  • Uncheck the checkbox at the top

If you really do like the Briefing feature we recommend downloading the Flipboard app. The Briefing panel is actually powered by Flipboard, so you get a similar interface, but it runs much smoother in its own app.

Add more home screen panels of your own

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You can have up to 7 different pages (or panels) to hold your apps and widgets on the home screen. Here’s how to customize the order and amount.

  • Tap and hold a blank space on the home screen to add, move, or remove a panel
  • To add a panel, swipe to the left, and then tap [+] icon
  • To move a panel, tap and hold a panel, and then drag it
  • To remove a panel, tap and hold a panel, and then drag it to Remove at the top of the screen
  • To set a panel as the main home screen, tap the Home icon in the screen indicators

Get more icons on your home screen

To make more room for apps and widgets on your home screen you can edit the grid size. By default it’s 4×4, but you can change it up to 5×5.

  • Tap and hold a blank space on the home screen
  • Tap on Screen grid and choose 4×4, 4×5, or 5×5

Use the “edit” button in the notifications pane to customize your Quick Toggles

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Samsung includes a ton of Quick Setting toggles in the notification shade by default. You can access these by swiping down from the top of the display. You can edit the order of these toggles, or remove some completely. If you use these toggles a lot (which you should), a quick edit now will make your life easier.

  • Pull down the Quick Settings and tap EDIT in the top right corner
  • From here you can drag the toggles around as you like
  • There must be at least 5 toggles in the Quick Settings

Download and switch between Samsung Galaxy S6 Themes

Samsung Galaxy S6 Themes

The Galaxy S6 comes with the ability to choose themes that can change your wallpaper, icons, and even system apps and UI. They’ve included a bunch of themes that you can try out and use on your device. It’s easy to give your phone a completely new look.

  • Open the Themes Store app
  • Browse the themes and select one you like
  • Tap on Download
  • Now you can select Apply and it will take you to your new home screen

Disable or remove unwanted apps

Samsung used to be notorious for including a lot of bloatware on their devices. There are still a few apps on the Galaxy S6 that can be considered bloat, but it’s a little better.

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It was first rumored that it would be possible to uninstall all pre-loaded apps. That wasn’t entirely true. Some system apps can be uninstalled, but others can only be disabled. A disabled app won’t appear in your app drawer and won’t be able to run in the background, but it will still be present on the device.

  • Open the app drawer and tap the edit button
  • Minus icons will appear on any app that can be uninstalled or disable
  • Tap the minus icon on the apps you wish to remove

Some of the apps you might want to uninstall/disable include Hancom Office 2014, Microsoft OneNote, Lookout, Milk Video, Milk Music, and carrier specific apps.

Change your screen mode for a better viewing experience

Samsung has included a few different screen modes to allow you to easily adjust colors and brightness. You can switch the screen mode by going to Settings > Display > Screen mode.

  • Adaptive display: tires to adjust based on what you’re doing with the phone.
  • AMOLED cinema & AMOLED photo: vivid and highly saturated colors.
  • Basic: not overly saturated or bright. Just basic.

Basic is the best setting for most people. It will look dull at first as you transition from the other more vivid settings, but it’s actually the most true-to-life.

Enable swipe input on the Samsung keyboard

By default Samsung does not enable swipe input on the keyboard. Swipe input allows you to drag your finger over letters to type a word. It can be very useful, especially for one-handed use. You should enable it.

  • Go to Settings > Language and input
  • Select Samsung keyboard
  • Tap Keyboard swipe
  • Select Continuous input
  • Now to type a word just drag your fingers across the letters in order.

Multi-tasking

Use two apps at the same time using the Recent Apps menu

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Multi-window mode allows you to run two different apps simultaneously on the same screen. Samsung has made multi-window mode much easier in the Galaxy S6. It’s now built right in to the recent apps menu.

  • Tap the physical “Recents” button to the left of the Home button
  • All your recent apps will show up on the screen like a Rolodex
  • Apps that can be used in multi-window will show a twin rectangle icon next to the (X) in the right corner
  • Tap that icon to open the app in the top half of the screen
  • The lower half of the screen will now show only recent apps that can used in multi-window mode
  • Tap one to open it in the lower half
  • You can re-size the apps by dragging the middle line

Get your files faster using Download Booster

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Are you tired of waiting for large files to download? Samsung has just the thing! A new feature called Download Booster will help you download large files in record time. It works by using a combination of WiFi and LTE to download files.

  • Go to Settings > More connection settings
  • Select Download booster and toggle it on

Use S Finder as a one-stop search for every app, file or contact on your device

Samsung Galaxy S6 S Finder

S Finder is an app that helps you find things on your Samsung phone. It can search for apps, files, photos, music, contacts, and more. Some versions of the Galaxy S6 include a button for S Finder under the brightness slider in the notification shade. If that’s not there on your version you can still launch it from the Quick Settings toggles. Just open it and start typing to see results.

Never forget about another notification with Notification Reminder

If you get a lot of notifications you may forget to respond to some of them. Notification Reminders can remind you to take action on past notifications. Your phone will make a noise after a certain amount of time if there is a notification that really needs your attention.

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Notification reminders
  • Here you can set up the reminder intervals for 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 minute, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.
  • By default every app is included, but you can turn of the ones you don’t want to be reminded about

Save time typing by adding keyboard shortcuts

If you find yourself typing out long words or phrases a lot, such as email addresses, you might want to create a text shortcut. This will allow you to quickly insert a long word or phrase by just typing a few letters. For example, you could make “ilu” automatically correct to “I love you.” Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings > Language and input
  • Select Samsung keyboard
  • Tap on Text shortcuts
  • Tap ADD to create your own shortcut

Send files to other Galaxy users easily with Quick Connect

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There are a plethora of ways to send files to other people, but Samsung devices have a special one called Quick Connect. This feature allows you to quickly find nearby devices and send stuff to them. When the feature is enabled Bluetooth will automatically turn on.

  • Swipe down the notification shade and find Quick Connect
  • When you tap Quick Connect a list of nearby devices will show up. Tap one
  • Now select the type of file you’d like to send
  • After you select a file you will have to wait for the other device to accept
  • The file will begin to transfer

Camera Tips and Tricks

Quick launch the camera right from anywhere by double tapping the Home button

Self explanatory in the title, there: double tap that home button no matter what you’re doing on your Samsung Galaxy S6, and the camera is ready for you to snap photos or video in 7/10ths of a second. You can enable this by going into the Camera app’s Settings menu and finding the Quick Launch setting.

Use Tracking AF to keep the focus on your subject

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Samsung added a new autofocus mode called Tracking AF. It’ll allow you to pre-focus on a subject before snapping photo or video, and will attempt to keep that subject in focus if they happen to move. This feature works with not only faces, but ANY object you want to focus on ahead of taking the shot.

To enable it, head into the Camera app’s Settings menu and switch the Tracking AF option to “On.”

Immediately review your photos as soon as you take them

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It can be annoying to snap a photo and have to click around the interface to see how it came out. Instead of doing all that you can have the phone automatically bring a preview up for you to check out and either keep or delete it before moving on to your next shot. Just go into the Camera app’s Settings menu and enable the “Review Pictures” option.

Capture photos or videos using voice commands

Instead of using awkwardly-placed on-screen buttons to snap a photo, you can use your voice. Not only does it help you keep the camera steady for the perfect shot, but it can be fun to get your subject (or subjects) to join in.

Head into the Camera’s Settings menu and find the option to toggle voice commands onor off. Here are the various voice commands you can use to snap a shot:

  • Smile
  • Cheese
  • Capture
  • Shoot
  • Record Video

Use the volume key to zoom, snap a photo or shoot video

If you do prefer a hands-on approach to shuttering, you can have the camera recognize your volume rocker as a physical shutter button. You can change its behavior in theCamera app’s Settings menu under Volume Key Function, and set the rocker to eitherzoom in or out, snap a photo or begin recording video. You can also turn it off if you want the volume button to retain normal functionality.

Take selfies the easy way using the heart-rate sensor, or by waving your hand

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All of that is useful for the rear camera, but what about making it easier to take selfies? You have a couple of cool options at your disposal. The first allows you to take a selfie by holding your finger on the heart rate sensor for 2 seconds.

You can also wave your hands in front of the camera to initiate a countdown timer to snap your selfie. This eliminates the need to use your second hand to take a photo, which is often the number one cause for subpar selfies. Yes, there’s a science to this stuff, folks.

Use Pro Mode Presets to adjust ISO, exposure and focus

Samsung prides themselves on great cameras with their smartphones, so including a Pro Mode with the Samsung Galaxy S6 was a must. This mode lets you fine tune your camera’s settings with the ability to change white balance, exposure correction, metering, ISO, and focus modes, all of which can be had by pressing the “Modes” button that you’ll find in the camera user interface.

To go a step further, you can even set presets for a certain configuration that you like, so the next time you need that collection of settings you can simply switch to it with one press of a button. Play around with it to see what works best for you!

Download cool new camera features from the Samsung Apps Store

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You thought we were done? Samsung’s made their camera app extensible, and you’ll be able to take advantage of that fine software engineering by downloading a number of great camera add-ons from the Samsung Apps Store. Here are some of the add-ons they have available early on:

  • Surround Shot: a Photosphere-like mode that lets you take 360-degree photos
  • Sound & Shot: record the audio of your surroundings at the time the photo was taken for more immersive photos
  • Rear-Cam Selfie: use the rear camera to take a selfie with visual cues to let you know when it’s about to snap the shot
  • Dual Camera: snap a photo or shoot video with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously
  • Animated GIF: create a moving image of a series of photos or videos and save it as an animated GIF
  • Beauty Face: image tweaks to enhance the look of human faces
  • Sports Shot: automatically selects focus and exposure settings for fast moving scenes
  • Food Shot: a macro-focus mode for bringing out the best details in a close-up shot of food (or anything else, really)

Privacy and Security

How to factory reset your Samsung Galaxy S6

There are many different reasons why one would want or need to perform a factory reset on their Samsung Galaxy S6. This action is typically performed when you are getting ready to sell or return a phone, or when you feel like things have gotten so slow to the point where only a full restore will make it feel new again.

It’s always best to explore other alternatives before going this route, but should you ever need to factory reset your Samsung Galaxy S6 here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the Settings app
  • Scroll until you see Backup & Reset, and select it
  • You will be asked to confirm whether you want to go through with the reset. After thinking it over, select your choice.
  • Your phone will do a little dance and make a little noise, and you’re done.

Note that a factory reset will only restore device settings, user accounts, system and app data and downloaded apps to their original state. Personal files such as photo and video will persist through a factory reset, so rest easy knowing those are safe.

Setup Android Device Manager in case you lose it

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Losing your phone or having it stolen is one of the worst feelings in the world, but many tools are available to help you track it down should the unfortunate scenario occur. One of the best tools is the Android Device Manager.

It’s an app that will not only locate your device using its last known GPS location, but also allow you to remotely sound an alarm, lock the device or perform a full factory reset in case you fear it’s fallen into the wrong hands. The feature is included with almost every Android phone, and here’s how you enable it:

  • From your device’s apps menu, open Google Settings .
  • Touch Security.
  • Under “Android Device Manager,” move the switches next to “Remotely locate this device” and “Allow remote lock and factory reset” to the on or off position.

With everything enabled, the next time you need to track your phone down you can simply head to Google’s online Device Manager portal here, or use the Device Manager app from another Android device to find out exactly where your phone is.

Register your fingerprint to unlock your phone with the press of your thumb

Samsung Galaxy S6 fingerprint setup

The Samsung Galaxy S6 now has an awesome fingerprint scanner, and you’re going to want to register your thumbs to use it right away. Here’s how you can get going on that:

  • Navigate to Lock screen and security in the Settings app
  • Next tap on Fingerprint and then +Add fingerprint
  • Follow the instructions until 100% of your fingerprint has been scanned
  • Create a backup password
  • Tap Ok to Enable Fingerprint Lock
  • Now to unlock your phone simply hold your finger on the home button
  • Repeat these steps to add additional fingers

Note that the fingerprint scanner can also be used to gain access to select supported apps, such as Paypal. It will also soon be possible to use it for logging into websites on the phone’s web browser, and paying for purchases with Samsung Pay once those features become available.

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Congrats: you’ve set yourself up with a convenient, yet secure way to access your phone and get into apps without having to deal with clunky passwords every time.

Use Private Mode to keep your content from prying eyes

As much as we’d all like to believe we lead 100% appropriate lives, more than a few of you probably store pictures and files that you don’t want others to see should they need to use your phone. Samsung’s Private Mode is a great feature that helps keep your skeletons locked into the closet where they belong.

The first thing you need to do before taking advantage of this feature is select which types of files you want to protect. This can be done for Photos, Video, Music, Voice Recorder, My Files and the Web browser:

  • Simply use the app’s multi-select tool to select all the content you want to protect
  • In the upper right corner, tap MORE and select Move to Private

And now your files are designated to be hidden while Private Mode is enabled. So how do you enable Private Mode? Thought you’d never ask. Here’s how you can set it up:

  • Navigate to Settings, then Privacy and safety and locate Private mode
  • Setting Private Mode to “Off” will make it so that the files you specified to be private are hidden from normal viewing, while “On” makes all those files available for normal viewing.
  • Select whether you want Private Mode to turn off whenever the screen turns togglePrivate Mode settings.

And now you can rest easy knowing all those private photos, video and files won’t be seen by anyone who happens to be snooping around.

Setup the SOS function to send quick messages to emergency contacts

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We hope you’ll never have to use the Samsung Galaxy S6’s great SOS feature, but it’s here if you need it. What this will do is send a preset message to any contacts you want whenever you quickly press the power button 3 consecutive times.

Think of a scenario where you might be getting robbed and you don’t have time to take your phone out, unlock it, find an appropriate contact, type the message and press send — that all takes less than a minute, but every millisecond is precious in an emergency scenario. You’ll want to set this up, and here’s how you do it:

  • Go to Settings and look for Privacy and Safety
  • Select the Send SOS Messages option at the bottom
  • Turn the switch to “On” to enable the feature.
  • At the bottom, specify recipients you want to receive the message, as well as any text, photos and audio recordings you want to attach to the message.

Now, the next time you’re in a pinch where you absolutely can’t call or text someone for help, this feature will at least alert your closest family members and friends that you’re in dire need of help. This should be used as a last resort so as to avoid the “boy who cried wolf” scenario, and because sending a more detailed message will help people find more appropriate help.

Place your phone into emergency mode to save battery

Samsung Galaxy S6 Emergency mode

Power-saving mode not doing it for you? ULTRA power-saving mode still not enough? For those extreme cases where you absolutely can’t shut your phone off and need to squeeze as much juice out of the battery as possible, consider using Samsung’s Emergency Mode.

This feature is an extension of ULTRA Power-Saving mode where Samsung will use a greyscale user interface, scale back processing power and restrict access to a few select apps. The difference here is that background data will be shut off while the screen is turned off, which is key since background data is often the biggest cause of battery drain outside of the display. It will also restrict access to WiFi and Bluetooth.

Here’s how to access Emergency Mode:

  • Long-press the power button
  • Select Emergency Mode at the bottom of the list
  • Press “Turn on” to enable Emergency Mode, or cancel to go back.
  • Perform the same steps to turn Emergency Mode off when you don’t need it.

Other fun stuff

Download Samsung’s All Together app to stay connected to other Galaxy users

One of Samsung’s coolest apps in the Samsung App Store is AllTogether. It allows you to connect to other Samsung Galaxy users over a private WiFi network to chat, share files and more without having to use mobile data. This is great for something like a camping trip where data might be limited but you still want to be connected to those nearby.

You can download AllTogether by heading to the Samsung App Store and searching for it after you’ve setup your Samsung account.

Download the Kids Mode app to keep your young ones protected when using your phone

Long gone are the days where kids want to play with action figures and plush toys: they want your phone. To keep them innocent, you can download Samsung’s Kids Mode app from the Samsung App Store.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Kids Mode

This will lock the phone into a state where kids can only use apps and play games appropriate for them, such as a drawing app, a writing app, and even a kid-centric selfie camera with fun stickers to use.

Your kid won’t be able to exit this mode unless they have the lock code which you setup upon first launch so they won’t be able to find their way into too much trouble. Preventing them from physically damaging the phone is another issue altogether.

Alternatively, use the Pin Window feature to lock your phone to any one app you choose

Similar to Kids Mode, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a Pin Window feature that’ll allow you to keep the phone locked into one app. Someone say they need to use your web browser? Well, make it so they can only use the web browser and nothing more.

We could also see this being useful for store owners who want to show a specific app on a display unit. Whatever you may need it for, here’s how to pin an app:

  • Open Settings, go into Lock Screen and Security, then tap Other Security Settings
  • Look for the “Pin Windows” option and tap it
  • Make sure the switch is set to “On.”
  • Specify whether you want your secure lock screen to come up if someone tries to press the home button.

Now that you have it setup, all you’ll need to do when you want to pin an app is open yourRecent Apps menu by tapping the Recent Apps key next to the home button, and pressing the push pin icon located in the lower right corner of whichever app it is you want to pin.

Enhance your phone’s sound using Sound Adapt and SoundAlive+

No two humans are the same, so no two set of ears are the same. You can customize the Samsung Galaxy S6’s sound with two great tools Samsung’s included.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Adapt Sound setup

First up, Adapt Sound will help you tune your Samsung Galaxy S6’s sound to make sure you’re hearing everything it has to offer. It does this by playing a series of audible beeps at different frequencies and asking you to note each time you hear a beep. It then uses this data to determine a sound profile appropriate for your ears. You can access this by going to Settings > Sound and Notifications > Adapt Sound.

SoundAlive+ is another great tool to enhance your audio experience. It serves as a device-wide equalizer that you can use to recreate the effect of surround sound (though it obviously won’t be as good as actual surround sound). There’s also an effect that helps you simulate the effect of a tube amplifier. You can find this features under Settings > Sound and Notifications > SoundAlive+ and Settings > Sound and Notifications > Tube Amp.

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WSJ: Facebook to start hosting other sites’ content this May


Facebook might start natively hosting full Buzzfeed, National Geographic and The New York Times articles and videos as soon as this month, according to The Wall Street Journal. This new feature is called “Instant Articles,” and the social network has been working on it since March, at the very least. Facebook is reportedly offering news organizations special ad models that maximize their earning potential to entice them to sign up. One of the models it’s proposing will even allow publishers to keep 100 percent of what they earn from ads they themselves sell, as well as 70 percent of the revenues from ads Facebook sells for them.

The report says Facebook doesn’t mind earning almost nothing from the arrangement, because this project was never meant to earn the company money — it’s more of a tactic to get people to stay on the website for longer hours. The social network is hoping users would prefer reading posts and watching videos on their news feeds over loading website links, which apparently takes around eight seconds every time.

Despite the enticing offer, some publishers aren’t too keen on being more tightly integrated with the social network. They’re not happy with the thought of giving the social network control over their content and not having access to their readers’ info. In fact, the WSJ says Facebook is still in the midst of closing the deal with its three launch partners, so Instant Articles’ debut could still be moved to a later date.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

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May

New in the Google app: more Now cards from your Android apps


According to Google Inside Search, Now cards are about to come even better. Earlier this year, Google started displaying cards from some apps. Soon, with the help of 70 new partners, including Spotify, ABC News, Feedly, and Walgreens, cards based on these apps will begin to appear in Now.

Google gives a few examples of how this works. First, if you rent a Zipcar, you can keep track of your return time and receive directions to the drop-off location via Now cards. With Spotify, cards can recommend playlists and stations from the app, TuneIn, or YouTube, based on your preferences. In addition, cards can provide breaking news, package arrival reminders, fitness goals, and even allow you to play your bill (with OpenTable and, potentially, other apps).

Be sure to update to the latest versions of the Google app and your other apps in order for this feature to work. Google adds to look for Now cards for these apps over the next few weeks and that more apps and increased functionality are arriving.

 

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3
May

Tesla starts selling used electric cars on the web


Tesla Model S

Tesla is a big fan of selling electric cars directly to the public (much to dealers’ chagrin), and it’s now doing the same for used vehicles. The automaker has opened an online pre-owned store where you can buy someone’s former Model S at a relative discount. You’re limited to shopping in a handful of cities in the US and Canada, but the cars come with a 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty to assuage fears that you’ve bought a lemon. No, the move doesn’t make the company’s luxury EVs much more attainable — the best offer we’ve seen so far is for a $59,000 ‘entry’ model. Even so, this beats having to scrounge through third-party websites and indie dealers in hopes of finding a rare bargain in eco-friendly transportation.

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Via: Wall Street Journal

Source: Tesla

3
May

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge International Giveaway


Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday.

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the ZTE Spro 2 giveaway, Robbie R., from UK.

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This week we are giving away a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is the phone to have if you want to stand out from a crowd of nondescript slabs. Featuring a sleek aluminum frame and a mirror-smooth glass back, the S6 Edge looks and feels truly premium. But it’s the dual sloping edges which really make this phone stand out, both in terms of looks and functionality – the edges can act as a customizable notification light when the phone is placed on its screen, or as a notification area that gives you key info at a glance.

On the inside the Galaxy S6 Edge is almost identical to the S6, offering best-in-class specs, including a 14-nm,  processor, 3GB of DDR4 RAM, a 16MP camera, and a Quad HD AMOLED screen. Everything is packed into a compact and light body, available in four colors.

Samsung is using ARM’s high-end octa-core Cortex-A57 and A53 big.LITTLE configuration for an efficient balance between peak performance, using the Cortex-A57s, and energy efficiency, by delegating background tasks to the low power Cortex-A53s. Samsung has again implemented Global Task Scheduling with this chip, which enables the use of eight cores at the same time, as well as dynamic core voltage and frequency switching.

With the Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung really delivered what people have been clamoring for: a truly premium phone, with no compromise in terms of functionality.

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ARM is a semiconductor and software design company whose technology powers 95% of the world’s smartphones people use every day. And this week we’re partnering with them to giveaway the Galaxy S6 edge!

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If you’re interested in knowing more about the great tech that powers all the mobile devices we know and love, then look no further than ARM’s robust community. It’s a great community where you can ask questions and learn more about developing for ARM. Be sure to check out all of our great ARM content, too.

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  • The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.)
  • If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize.
  • We are not responsible for lost shipments.
  • You must be age of majority in your Country of residence.
  • We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur.
  • Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win.
  • We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway.
  • The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.

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3
May

Germany investigates claims that it helped the US spy on Europe


Germans protesting US surveillance

Germany is more than a little nervous about US surveillance these days, and it’s now anxious enough that it might just file charges. Federal prosecutors say they will investigate claims that the country’s foreign intelligence outfit broke the law by helping the US’ National Security Agency spy on European companies and governments for over a decade. Among other concerns, the NSA reportedly gave German spies 40,000 surveillance targets (such as internet addresses and phone numbers), several thousand of which were illegal.

A spokesperson stresses that the case is only in its “preliminary” stages. However, it’s likely to gain momentum when Airbus is filing a complaint over the same surveillance, and a parliamentary committee is also looking into the scandal. If the investigation does take off, the US may find itself in even more trouble with one of its bigger allies — and that, in turn, could cost it valuable business.

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Source: Reuters, Der Spiegel (translated)

3
May

How to Download, Install, and Arrange Apps on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]


One thing that makes Apple Watch stand out from other smart watches is the app ecosystem. Since there are already more than a million iPhone apps in the App Store, there were already plenty of developers ready to get to work building companions for the wrist worn device. When the Apple Watch launched, there were already 3,500 apps available, and that number grows on a day-by-day basis.

One of the best ways to customize your Apple Watch to fit your needs is to download all the apps you want and to organize them for easy access. We’ve got a tutorial that covers downloading apps from your iPhone, installing them on your Apple Watch, and rearranging them on your Home screen.

Downloading Apps for Apple Watch

Apple Watch App StoreAt the current time, all Apple Watch apps are powered by the iPhone, which means they’re bundled into iPhone apps. Apple Watch apps are downloaded by downloading a compatible app onto your iPhone, which can be done from the regular App Store or through the “Apple Watch App Store” located within the Apple Watch companion app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch companion app has an icon that looks like a watch and is automatically installed on all iOS devices running iOS 8.2 or later.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap “Featured” to visit the Apple Watch App Store.
  3. Find the apps you wish to add to your collection and download them the way you would with an iPhone app. If it is already on your iPhone, you will see “Open.” If you have previously downloaded the app, but it is not currently on your iPhone, you will see the iCloud icon.
  4. Alternatively, you can open the regular App Store on your iPhone or Mac and look for apps that are tagged with “Offers Apple Watch app for iPhone.”

Installing Apps on Apple Watch

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When you first set up your Apple Watch, you will have the option to automatically add all available Apple Watch apps already on your iPhone, or you can manage which ones you install manually via the Apple Watch app. Chances are, without even downloading a single app, you probably already have a number of compatible ones already on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap “My Watch” to find the settings section of your Apple Watch.
  3. Scroll down to the list of Apple Watch compatible apps that are on your iPhone
  4. Tap on an app you wish to add to Apple Watch
  5. Toggle the Show App on Apple Watch switch to the On position.
  6. Do the same for apps that you wish to include Glances for when available.
  7. On Apple Watch, you will see a message prompting you to install the app. Select Yes.

There is a setting in the General section of the Apple Watch companion app that allows you to choose whether or not apps with new or updated Apple Watch functionality will be automatically installed on your Apple Watch. If this option is turned off, you’ll have to manually add these apps to your Apple Watch from the companion app on your iPhone.

Arranging Apps on Apple Watch Home Screen

Rearranging Apple Watch AppsqSimilar to the iPhone or iPad, you can rearrange the app icons on Apple Watch so the most-used ones are easiest to access. There are two ways to rearrange app icons on your Apple Watch Home screen.

On iPhone

  1. Open the Apple Watch App on the iPhone.
  2. Tap “My Watch” and then tap App Layout.
  3. Touch and hold an app until it wiggles. Then, drag it to its new location.
  4. You can tap “Reset” to restore the original app layout.

On Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen.
  2. Touch and hold an app until it wiggles. Then, drag it to its new location.
  3. Press the Digital Crown again when finished.

Customize Apple Watch App SettingsYou can also make adjustments to the settings of some installed Apple Watch apps. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch, and scroll down to the app you wish to adjust the settings for.

Once you’ve added apps to your Apple Watch and arranged your Home Screen just right, you’ll be ready to use all the apps you’ve installed. You can scroll through all of your apps with a finger, using the Digital Crown to zoom in. Launch your apps by zooming all the way in with the Digital Crown or with a simple tap on the app’s icon.



3
May

Lenovo starts pushing out Lollipop update for the Vibe Z2 Pro in India


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As Lenovo promised back in February, it has today started rolling out the long-awaited Lollipop update to the Vibe Z2 Pro in India. This upgrade brings the latest build of the Android operating system, the brand new ART runtime and a multitude of bug fixes to the handset.

The full changelog can be seen below.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually.

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3
May

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Tesla’s Powerwall and the 2015 Milan Expo


Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

Inhabitat's Week in Green

Tesla capped the week off with the announcement everyone’s been waiting for — its new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery is coming soon. All eyes were on Elon Musk this past week as he took the stage to show off the stylish new battery that could help take your home off the grid. The internal combustion engine has been around for more than 150 years, and for most of that time it has run on petroleum, which isn’t exactly a friend of the environment. But what if we removed gas from the equation and replaced it with something more harmless? Audi recently invented a synthetic “e-diesel,” which is made with water, CO2 and electricity derived from renewable energy sources. The new fuel could revolutionize the car industry and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Whether Audi’s green vision becomes a reality or not, one thing is apparent: We need to get serious about getting “clunkers” off the road. A new study from the University of Toronto finds that just 25 percent of cars and trucks on the roads are causing 90 percent of the air pollution. In other automotive news, Finnish car company Toroidion has created an electric supercar with swappable batteries and more than 1,300 horsepower. A couple of highly ambitious Lego builders have constructed a life-size car that’s made almost entirely from Lego bricks — and it runs on air. The Lego hotrod took more than 500,000 Lego pieces to build, and it can reach speeds of about 20MPH.

The 2015 Milan Expo just kicked off and Inhabitat has been on the scene scoping out the most eye-catching pavilions, from Slovenia’s mountainous wooden prefab to China’s undulating timber structure to the UK’s hive-like creation. Click here to see photos of them all. Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka recently completed an elegant and modern teahouse in Kyoto, which is made almost entirely from glass. The minimalist structure is an opportunity to preserve the customs of ancient tea ceremonies while breathing new air into outdoor spaces. Here in the US, the Oregon Cottage Company has also taken inspiration from Japanese teahouses, producing a Japanese-inspired cottage, complete with shoji screens, tatami mats and a sunken tea-warming hearth. And on the mobile design front, Dave Moult has built a teardrop-shaped steampunk trailer that is decked out with leather and metal and is mostly crafted by hand.

America’s homeless problem isn’t going away any time soon, but some enterprising teens in Seattle are doing their part to help provide shelter for those in need. The group built a tiny home community for homeless Seattle residents, which includes a series of modest, solar-powered homes made from recycled construction materials. That isn’t this week’s only feel-good story: A team of students in Boston transformed a group home for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease into a haven that gives its occupants the best quality of life possible. In other green design news, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects recently unveiled designs for a new earthquake-resistant central library in Christchurch, New Zealand. The library would roughly double the size of the old one, and it promises to provide a vibrant, flexible and welcoming hub for social activity. One of the biggest ongoing design competitions of the year is the Guggenheim Helsinki museum, which drew more than 1,700 proposals, and has since been whittled down to six finalists. A winner won’t be chosen until late June, but in preparation for that, Inhabitat took a closer look at the proposals that were drafted by the finalists.

Solar panels are one of the best and cleanest sources of energy, but let’s face it: They aren’t all that pretty to look at. Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel seeks to address that problem with the Current Window, a gorgeous stained-glass window that has solar cells embedded in its colored panes of glass. In other energy news, ecoLogic Studio is creating the world’s first urban algae canopy for the 2015 Milan Expo. Once it’s completed, the canopy will be able to produce the oxygen equivalent of four hectares of woodland, along with nearly 330 pounds of biomass per day. And on the green tech front, the Romanian designers at Tablo have produced a set of ingenious upcycled lamps that are made from unexpected household items, including TV tuner boards, car parts and old computer disk drives.

Filed under: Misc, Household, Transportation, Science

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3
May

Amazon’s voice-guided speaker juggles your IFTTT tasks


Amazon Echo speaker

You can tell Amazon’s Echo speaker to directly control certain apps and services, but what if you want it to send information to other apps that you use more often? That’s where IFTTT’s new Alexa channel might save the day. Give the Echo a command and IFTTT will relay certain tasks to key apps. You can deliver your to-do list to Gmail when you ask the speaker about your itinerary, for example, or add your grocery items to Evernote without touching your phone. Frankly, this makes the Echo a lot more useful in daily life — you no longer have to change some of your app habits to make the most out of Amazon’s audio cylinder.

Filed under: Peripherals, Internet, Software, Mobile, Amazon

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Source: IFTTT Blog

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