Get a new Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? Check Out Our Top 5 Tips!

Lots of people are heading out to their favorite carrier or retailer to pick up one of Samsung’s new flagship phones today. Here at HOA we like to make sure you are getting as high on Android as humanly possible, so check out our top 5 tips for your new Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge:

1.) Turn on Developer Options and turn Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale off.

Touchwiz can still be a bit laggy sometimes, turning off the animation scale in developer options helps speed up the launch time (or perceived launch time) of your apps. I have been doing this with Samsung phones for as long as I can remember, it always makes the phone feel faster. You can activate developer options by tapping on Build Number Repeatedly in the “About Phone” section of Settings.

2.) Pickup a case and screen protector for your new phone.

The S6 and S6 Edge both feature a new aluminum/glass construction, a significant departure of Samsung’s plastic design language of year’s past. These new premium materials also mean that you are likely to crack the back of the phone as well as the front if you drop it on concrete unprotected. If you don’t want to pay a premium price for a replacement as well, you should pickup a case and/or screen protector. We have reviewed several S6 cases so far and have more reviews on the way, check out some of the current choices below!

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3.) Uninstall or disable any unwanted applications. 

Samsung gave users the option to uninstall or disable several of the pre-installed apps on their newest flagship series. You can uninstall or disable applications you do not want by clicking “Edit” from your app drawer and then clicking the red ‘x’ on each individual unwanted app. Note that you should not try to delete any Google Apps or system apps as this will not work anyway (even though some of these apps have the red ‘x’ available).

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4.) Setup Multiple Fingerprints for Security

Samsung majorly improved the fingerprint scanner from the S5 to S6 series. Gone are the days of swiping your finger over the home button to use the fingerprint capability, you now simply press the button and it works. Given that the fingerprint sensor is very accurate now it is extremely convenient to setup the fingerprint option for securing your phone. We recommend you setup multiple fingerprints, especially both thumb prints to make sure that you have multiple options for unlocking your phone. We have also found it helpful to setup one fingerprint multiple times, this seems to increase the accuracy and reliability of the scanner.

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5.) Install a Third-Party Keyboard.

One of our least favorite things about Samsung’s Touchwiz UI, other than the occasional lag, is the stock keyboard. The Samsung keyboard is very difficult to use and feels very cluttered to me when compared to great third-party options like Swype and Fleksy, or even Google’s own keyboard. Using one of these third party keyboards will give you a much more fluid typing experience and let you enjoy your favorite messaging apps.

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Hopefully if any of you are new to Android or Samsung phones this guide has made you feel a bit better! If you’re a pro we hope you still enjoyed and agreed with some of our tips on speeding a Samsung phone. Please subscribe to our Youtube channels for more video coverage of the S6 and S6 Edge, and stay locked here to HOA for more breaking news, ROM reviews, and how-to guides!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"