With the Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat update starting to pickup speed we want to outline a few things to do, and not to do, after you install Android 7.0 Nougat on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge.
Earlier this month, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy S6 Nougat update alongside the Galaxy S7 Nougat update. The release is still limited to a few devices in a few regions but we expect it to expand as we push toward April.
The company is starting with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge but Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy S6 Active users should start preparing for the Nougat update as well. Nougat releases for those two variants are confirmed as well.
We’ve been taking a look at some steps to take before installing the Galaxy S6 Nougat update on your device. We recently released our pre-installation instructions and we’ve also gone over some reasons to, and not, install the Galaxy S6 Nougat update when it arrives for your device.
Today we want to switch gears and talk about a few things you should and shouldn’t do after you download and install Android 7.0 on your phone.
Do: Test Your Connections & Apps
One of the first things you’ll want to do is test out all of your important connections, apps and services to ensure they’re working normally.
First, check your connections. Go into Google Maps (or a similar app) and test your GPS. GPS issues are common after major Android updates (particularly on Samsung devices) so you’ll want to make sure everything is in order.
We also recommend keeping a close eye on your favorite Wi-Fi connections to make sure they’re stable and fast. Wi-Fi problems are also extremely common after big Android upgrades like Nougat.
You’ll also want to test out your Bluetooth devices to ensure they’re working properly. Test any speakers, headsets or cars.
And finally, keep an eye on cellular data (LTE/4G) and your various other connections. If you pair your phone with a smart TV or a Chromecast, check those.
After you get done with that, it’s time to check your apps and services. While most of them should work normally after installing Nougat on your Galaxy S6, there’s potential for problems.
Poke around. If you notice an issue with an app, head to the Google Play Store and check for a bug fix update you might’ve missed. Developers have been rolling out Nougat support updates for several months now and they could help stabilize the software causing you issues.
If there isn’t a bug fix update available, try reinstalling the application giving you issues.
If you notice an issue with a service you use for work or school, and you have an IT department, it might be a good idea to check in with them to see if they have potential solutions.
Do: Try Out the New Features
The Galaxy S6 Nougat update isn’t as robust as the Galaxy S7’s but the update is still filled with a ton of new and useful features. You’ll want to get familiar with as many of them as you can.
Look past the significant changes to the Galaxy S6’s user interface and you’ll find a number of big time changes for the former flagship.
There’s a new Device Maintenance mode that could help you get better performance out of your device. The new mode, found in your device’s settings, provides some useful shortcuts to performance enhancing utilities.
It delivers new camera gestures that make it easier to go back and forth between the rear-facing and front-facing cameras. The Galaxy S6 Nougat update also includes a blue light filter that could help you get a better night’s sleep.
This just scratches the surface. The Galaxy S6 Nougat update is filled with changes, big and small, and some of them will likely fit into your daily use.
Dig into our list of the best Galaxy S6 Nougat features, put aside a few minutes to really dig into the new update, and we’re confident you’ll find something you like.
Do: Report Bugs
Your Galaxy S6 Nougat update is going through extensive testing but that doesn’t mean you won’t run into any problems.
Galaxy S6 Nougat issues are already starting to popup and we expect the list to grow as more devices obtain the upgrade from Samsung and its partners.
If you see a Galaxy S6 Nougat problem, don’t sit on your hands. Report the issue to your carrier and/or Samsung. If the complaints grow loud enough, or if an engineer sees your concerns, you might see a fix for the issue in your device’s next bug fix update.
You can report Nougat bugs on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or you can find your carrier’s support forums and report the issue there.
If you’re using an unbranded version of that Galaxy S6, you’ll need to deal with Samsung directly.
If you stumble upon a problem with your Galaxy S6 Nougat update, either immediately after installing or in the days after the installation, there’s no need to panic. Chances are you’ll be able to fix your problem from the confines of your home or office.
If you recently installed Nougat and you’re noticing weird battery drain on your Galaxy S6, give it a couple of days to even out. If after two days you’re still seeing weird drain, you’ll want to take matters into your own hands.
If you’re noticing another issue like broken Wi-Fi or busted Bluetooth, you’ll want to start with our list of fixes for the most common Samsung Galaxy Nougat problems.
If you’re running into an issue with your device’s performance, take a look at our list of tips to improve Galaxy S6 Nougat performance.
If you can’t find a fix there, we’ve put together a list of other resources that could help you alleviate your issue.
Don’t Rely on Samsung or Your Carrier
If you’re dealing with Galaxy S6 Nougat issues you’ll need to be extremely proactive. You can’t rely on Samsung or your carrier for fixes.
At some point, Samsung and/or your carrier will roll out a Nougat bug fix update. Problem is, these releases are extremely sporadic and unpredictable.
It really could be months before you see an update and there’s no guarantee a fix for your specific issue will be on board. (Note: Samsung’s monthly security updates typically don’t have bug fixes on board. They’ve also been known to cause additional issues.)
Be proactive. Educate yourself, find a good forum, bookmark a list of fixes, ask a friend. Rely on yourself, not the companies who make the software.
Install Nougat If You Value Your Security
If you store sensitive information on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge you'll want to consider installing the Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device.
Google and Samsung release monthly security patches that deliver named, and unnamed, patches for potential exploits.
The Galaxy S6 Nougat update that's rolling out right now delivers the February security patch though we could see some of these updates push out with Samsung's new March security update. You can read more about their contents on Samsung's website.
If you missed an older security update (January, December, etc), you'll likely be forced to download it/them before you can obtain Nougat.
Important security patches are just a part of the Nougat update for the Galaxy S6.
Your Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 Nougat update should also bring Samsung Pass, a service that serves as a master key to all of your various logins.
Instead of relying on a password and ID to protect your identity, Samsung Pass uses the Galaxy S6's fingerprint scanner to keep your information safe.
It's extremely easy to setup and it should be useful to anyone that values security.