hidden Galaxy S7 gaming features

How to make the most of your gaming on Samsung Galaxy S7

BY Bethwel Njore / June 6, 2016
BY Bethwel Njore / June 6, 2016 / How To

Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S7 is bundled with a ton of great features, so its not surprising that many would want to know how to make the most of it in every aspect, especially gaming. The good thing is that you won’t need any additional apps to accomplish this, but by the simple use of a few unnoticed settings within the powerful smartphone, you can have an equally engrossing gaming experience.

Developer Options

This is one of the major hidden settings of the Galaxy S7 or of any Android device. This is because aside from it being truly hidden by default, the options found within it can prove to be really impactful on your Android device. Note however, most of the developer options can be complicated for normal users.

To enable Developer options, head into Settings >> About Device >> Software Info >> Build number. Tap on the Build number option at least seven times or until you see a “You are now a developer” message appear.

Go back to the main Settings menu and you’ll see the Developer options section added on menu list.

Change Animation Speeds

Now that you have your Developer Options activated, you can make a few tweaks, not many since most of the options are meant for developers. With this particular feature, you can be able to speed up the transition animations that play on your phone.

You can adjust the animation speeds to 1x which sort of makes things seem to be a lot more responsive.This will involve also adjusting the Window Animation Scale, Transition animation scale and the Animator duration scale.

Display Scaling

One of the many things to love about the Samsung Galaxy S7 is its large, high-resolution screen. Keeping in mind that some people like to reduce the size of the text and icons on their phone’s screen, Samsung incorporated a display scaling function in the Galaxy S7. However, the feature is limited to only two sizes. One is the standard size which is what you see when your device first starts up while the other is slightly condensed.

To take advantage of this feature, go into Settings >> Display >> Display Scaling >> Condensed.

Smart Network Switching

If you like to stay connected to the internet at all times regardless of the source you are using, then this option may be just what you need. It is essentially a feature that automatically connects you to a cellular data connection whenever a Wi-Fi one isn’t available.

This option is especially ideal for those that have unlimited mobile data. To enable this function, go to Settings >> Wi-Fi >> More >> Smart network switch and turn it on.

Game Launcher

The Galaxy S7 was really built for gamers. The device comes with a Game Launcher which by default collects all your installed games to a specific, easily accessible folder.

Galaxy S7 game launcher

What’s more, the folder comes a few functions of its own. For instance, you can open the Game Tools or even enable the Do not disturb mode, which blocks any notifications whenever you’re gaming. To activate, head over to Settings >> Advanced Features >> Games >> Game Launcher.

Game tools

The latest Samsung flagship introduces new game tools that are nothing short of amazing. The Game Tools is primarily a constant on-screen bubble that allows you to access great features essential for your gaming experience. The bubble can be moved around freely, so don’t worry about it being a distraction.

Samsung Game tools feature

The tools allow locking of your recent apps and back keys, capturing of screenshots, minimization of a game, blocking of alerts during game, video gameplay recording, as well as access to a variety of settings. You can have the Game Tools enabled by heading into Settings >> Advanced Features >> Games >> Game Tools.

Mono Sound

Is one of your earphones not working? Fortunately the Galaxy S7 comes with an option to enable mono sound, which gives you a full experience even when only one earbud is working.

As a bonus, it also allows you to adjust the balance of the earphones.

To explore this option, go to Settings >> Accessibility >> Hearing >> Mono Sound.

What other awesome gaming features have you discovered on your Galaxy S7? Let us know in the comments.



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