As the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge continue to reach consumers all over the world, you may be wondering how you can fully make use of its many useful features and get the most out of your new giant of a smartphone. Here are a few tips and tricks.

Keeping the screen switched off

We have all had our smartphones accidentally turn on while rolling around in our bags or while pressing against our pockets. This ultimately results in a lot of battery life wasting away, especially if this keeps happening without us even noticing. To keep your screen off:

Go to Settings >> Display, find the option that keeps your screen turned off. Ensure that you enable it and from then on, you'll never worry about your phone accidentally turned on whether in your bag or pockets.

The Always On display customization

The Always On display is one of newest features introduced with the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. Though the feature is not much in terms of functionality, it does come with a few customization options. To access these options, simply go to Settings >> Display >> Always On display. Under this section you will have the option to select either an image, a clock or a calendar to display.

If you want to go even further, you can customize the clock by either choosing an analog or digital styled clock among the several offered and even add a background image to the clock.

Moving multiple apps to a different homescreen

The moving and organization of apps within the homescreen can sometimes be annoying, this considering you have to move one app at a time. Fortunately, Samsung has introduced a handy trick to fix this issue.

To move or re-organize apps, simply press and hold an app (as you would usually do when you want to move an app), and a Move Apps option will pop up at the top of the screen. After dragging an application towards the option, an option to select 5 more apps to move will then appear. Once you have selected your apps, navigate to any other homescreen you by simply dragging the apps back down from the top, you will have them moved.

Edge panel reordering

This is particularly for Galaxy S7 Edge users. Samsung has bundled the Galaxy S7 Edge with a new Edge UX which now lets users make use of up to 9 Edge panels simultaneously, which means a lot more time for browsing through the panels to find a specific information you are interested in. If there are particular panels that you find yourself using more frequently than others, then you can place those panels at the top making it easier to access them at anytime.

For the re-ordering of the panels, just launch the Edge interface by swiping it, press the Settings icon, then at the top right, tap the Re-order tab. To re-order the panels, simply drag and drop. And you are set, your Edge panels will in the exact order you need them to be.

Camera Quick Launch

Initially introduced with the Galaxy S flagship line-up of 2015, the camera quick launch is among the most useful features Samsung has though of. Whenever you need to quickly launch the camera app, it can easily be done by simply double tapping the physical home button. The feature is just as effective even if at the time, you are using another app or you are on a different screen or even while your phone is locked.

This camera quick launch comes enabled by default, however if that's not the case for you, then head to the Settings >> Advanced Features and toggle on the Camera quick launch option.

Are there other hidden tricks you've discovered on your new Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge device? Let us know in the comments.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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