5 things every Galaxy S6 owner should do


Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have definitely been the talk of the internet for the beginning of the year. Samsung came to the match swinging hard with their totally revamped designs. Not only is the design completly different, the internals are top of the line, and by far. So now that you have such a powerful device, what next? Well I decided to throw together a quick list of 5 things that you should do with your brand new Galaxy S6/S6 edge.

Galaxy S6 disable apps

First, disable all of those unwanted apps. There is nothing worse than booting up a brand new phone and finding it is loaded with tons of apps that you have probably never heard of or even wanted to use. Unfortunately, Samsung doesn’t give us the power to completely install those pre-installed applications like WhatsApp, Microsoft services, Lookout, etc.

While there still isn’t the ability to uninstall those default apps, Samsung at least made it easier than ever to disable them. All it takes on the Galaxy S6/S6 edge is going to your application drawer, press edit in the top right corner, then press the minus on any app that you want to disable. It will still be there, but it will no longer ask for updates, take up extra storage, etc.

Galaxy S6 VoLTE settings

Once you have the apps of your preference disabled, its time to take care of another prevalent issue with the Galaxy S6/S6 edge. Currently, this is only a problem with T-Mobile because of HD voice, but I’ll go over it nonetheless; it helped me. One issue plaguing T-Mobile users is excessive battery drain from cell standby. The culprit, T-Mobile’s HD voice, also known as VoLTE.

If you are experiencing some battery drain from cell standby in your battery stats, just go to your phone dialer, press ‘more’ in the top right corner, and that will bring some hidden settings. The third selection down is the option to enable or disable Voice over LTE. This will turn your cell standby battery drain from a pesky annoyance to being undetected.

Galaxy S6 Flipboard disable

The last thing we will turn off in this list is the annoying Flipboard Magazine Samsung loves to bake into the homescreen.  While it isn’t the worst, it isn’t optimized as much as it should be. There is slight lag when swiping from the Flipboard screen over to the next screen. All you need to do to disable the Flipboard screen is pinch the homescreen to zoom out. Once you are there, swipe to the left and uncheck the box over the top of Flipboard.

Now that the little performance hogs have been disabled, it is time to add a few customization features to the Galaxy S6/S6 edge. One thing that Samsung has clearly left out from these devices is the ability to control the amount of time the capacitive keys stay lit. Previously, you could have them always on, always off, or last a certain duration. For whatever reason, Samsung decided to leave this feature out, probably to save that little extra bit of battery.

Luckily for us, developer NotQuiteInsane found a way to control the lighting duration without the need for root permissions. It is called Galaxy Button Lights and can be found on the Google Play Store. I currently use this and have not had one problem. I use the always on settings and even after a reboot, it still remains enabled. There has been no effect on battery life for me.

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Galaxy S6 battery

Lastly, this is a little trick that can give you battery percentage without taking up precious notification panel real estate. One thing I don’t understand is why the big OEMs don’t include the circular battery icon. It is by far the best looking and it doesn’t take up much room, but I digress.

Once again, there is an app on the Play Store called Battery Percentage which employs a percentage inside the battery icon. That means there won’t be an enormous 24% taking up space. The only issue with the Galaxy S6/S6 edge, is that Samsung still follows some KitKat color scheming and the percentage inside the battery icon is white. It is visible, but only starts after the battery gets lower than 75%. Regardless, it is definitely convenient, even if it isn’t always visible.

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  • Jackie

    I just purchased the Samsung Galaxy 6 and was having problem with battery drain and red your tips. When I go to the dialer and press the button it brings the settings up , both there isn’t a option to disable the voice lite, there isn’t any mention it . Any help would be appreciated. I just got my phone 2 days ago.
    Thanks , Jackie

    • Matt Kinne

      The phone that was used was a T-Mobile one. Which carrier do you have for your S6?

      • Natalie

        I’m also having the same problem. I bought my S6 about two weeks ago from T-Mobile and it just isn’t there. Maybe there was an update? Even a search in the Settings screen doesn’t bring it up.

        • Matt Kinne

          When you go to your dialer, press more at the top right to open the menu, press settings. It should be the second one down in Call settings. At least, that is how it is on my Galaxy Note 5.

  • steve

    The S6 does have settings for both the capactive button duration (Settings, Device, Display, Touch key light duration) and showing battery percentage at the top of the screen (Settings, System, Battery, Display Battery Percentage).

    If your going to make a review in any type about anything maybe you should get one and look through it first and actually try for yourself.

    • Matt Kinne

      Thanks for your concern Steve! I definitely did own the device, as you can tell by the screenshots!

      Also, the battery percentage in the battery icon is an alternative to the default, as it saves space in the notification panel.

      As for the capacitive button light duration, Samsung did not include that on the S6/S6ee, even though it was on previous Galaxy S devices.

      • Dave

        Matt’s right, Steve. on both counts. If you’re going to critique a review of any type about anything maybe you should get one and look through it first and actually try for yourself.

  • Terry

    I have the S6 Edge from Verizon.
    I don’t see what you suggested on my phone.
    Do you have any information that will be helpful to me.
    Really I’ve had my phone since June. 2015 and just this week ( Oct 2015) I’ve started experiencing this problem.

    Thank you

    • Matt Kinne

      I have found out that it isn’t different from the T-Mobile model. It might be in your settings under Advanced calling. Not too sure though, I’ve only messed with a few Verizon phones.

  • Findinghomer

    Hi guys, regarding the capacitive buttons, you can always just put it in power save mode when you’re in the dark. It turns off capacitive buttons, and allows you to dim the screen past zero. Just a suggestion

  • tony

    If looking for the settings option

    Go to applications, device manager, phone, select option to turn off VOLTE…tmobile only

    Surprisingly, this also allows you to send a picture message with text as part of one message. Tmobile tech support wasn’t even unaware of this.

  • Austin

    I have an s6 edge and I was wanting to turn off the HD voice but when I go to my settings, the option isn’t there at all.. I have an AT&T one. Anything would help. Thanks.