If you recently downloaded the Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update on your device we want to share a few steps to take and a few things to avoid.
It took awhile but the Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat release is starting to heat up in the United States and in countries around the globe.
The update is currently rolling out to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge across Europe and its also landed for all four major carriers in the U.S. (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) with more carriers on the way.
The Android 7.0 Nougat update has even landed for the Galaxy S7 Active, the rugged model that’s available on AT&T’s network.
Over the past few months we’ve been providing Galaxy S7 users with resources to help make the transition from Marshmallow easier.
Today we want to shift gears and talk about what you should do once you get the Android 7.0 Nougat update on board your Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge or Galaxy S7 Active.
Do: Test Your Connections
One of the first things we recommend doing immediately after installing Android 7.0 Nougat on your Galaxy S7 is to check your various connections to ensure that they’re stable.
Check your GPS to make sure that it’s working properly. Samsung devices sometimes exhibit frustrating GPS issues after a major Android release. Keep an eye on it for a few days to ensure that it’s functioning like it was when you had Marshmallow on board.
You’ll also want to test your various Bluetooth connections. If you pair your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge with speakers, headsets, your car, or some other gadget, you’ll want to make sure Android 7.0 is agreeable.
You’ll also want to monitor your LTE/4G service, your Wi-Fi connections and their stability/speed, and you’ll also want to test third-party hardware like your Galaxy S7’s microSD card, a Chromecast, smart TVs, and any other connected-devices you rely on in your home or office.
Do: Download Secure Folder
One of the best Galaxy S7 Nougat features requires a download. And if you store sensitive data/files on your Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or Galaxy S7 Active, you’ll want to download it soon after you get Nougat on board your device.
Secure Folder, one of the Galaxy Note 7’s best features, is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S7 provided you’re running Android 7.0.
Secure Folder is literally a folder where you can house important files (bank information, things of that nature) in a place separate from the rest of the files on your device.
To access and manage the content in the Secure Folder, you’ll need to use an authentication method like a PIN, pattern, passcode or fingerprint authentication.
Secure Folder is available as a download via Samsung’s Galaxy Apps platform. We recommend going to get it right now if you haven’t already. It’s awesome and it’s free.
Do: Test Out New Features
Your Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat update comes with more than just cosmetic changes to the device’s user interface. It comes with new features and some of them could drastically change how you use your phone.
Android 7.0 Nougat comes equipped with some excellent changes including Samsung Pass, a new Performance Mode that could help you improve your device’s (surprise!) performance, changes to the popular multi-window mode, a new Blue light filter, improvements to Quick Settings, and so much more.
We’ve taken a dive into our favorite Galaxy S7 Nougat features and that’s a great place to start if you’re unfamiliar with Nougat.
Don’t be afraid to look around and play around with some of the new features Samsung’s offering in Android 7.0.
You’ll rarely use some of them but others could prove to be extremely useful. You’ll never know if you don’t try them out.
Do: Report Bugs
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat updates went through a public beta. They also went through extensive testing behind the scenes in Samsung’s labs and in the labs of the company’s various partners. The testing wiped out a bunch of bugs but Galaxy S7 Nougat problems made it through to the official version of the upgrade.
As the roll out picks up speed, we’re starting to see complaints about the Galaxy S7 Nougat update get louder and you might encounter something on your Samsung Galaxy S7 and your version of Android 7.0 Nougat.
If you do you’ll no doubt feel frustration but the worst thing you can do is let the issue go unreported. You’ll want to relay your experience to your carrier so that they’re aware of the problem. If you’re lucky and/or if complaints get loud enough, you might see a fix in a future update.
You can report bugs on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or you can find your carrier’s support forums and report your issue that way.
If you’re using an unbranded version of the Galaxy S7, you’ll need to deal with Samsung directly.
If you do happen to run into a problem with your Samsung Galaxy S7’s Nougat update, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the problem on your own.
If you just installed Nougat on your phone and you’re seeing an issue with battery drain or lag, give the device and the update a couple of days to mesh. Sometimes it takes a few days for a new update, particularly one as big as Nougat, to even out.
If you continue to notice issues after a couple of days with Nougat on board your device, it’s time to take action.
Fortunately, there are tons of resources available to you online. You’ll probably be able to fix whatever is plaguing your Galaxy S7 from the comfort of your chair.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common Galaxy Android Nougat problems. It’s a great starting point if you’re dealing with weird battery drain or another performance issue.
We’ve also put together a list of ways to improve Galaxy S7 Nougat performance.
Don’t: Rely on Samsung or Your Carrier
Don’t rely on Samsung or your carrier to fix your problems. You’ll need to be extremely proactive if you run into battery issues, issues with your Wi-Fi, or problems with GPS or Bluetooth.
At some point, your device will probably receive an Android Nougat bug fix update. Problem is, their releases are extremely unpredictable and sporadic. There’s also a good chance the update will fail to fix your issue or, if you’re really unlucky, bring a different problem to your phone.
It’s fine to vent to Samsung and your carrier on social media or in a forum somewhere. But while you’re doing that, make sure you’re tracking down a fix for your issue.
Don’t: Leave Your Apps Alone
Don’t just assume all of your apps and services will work properly after you install Nougat on your device. If you failed to do this before you installed Android 7.0 on your Galaxy S7, make sure you put your apps into focus.
If you rely on apps and services now would be a good time to check for Nougat support updates you might’ve missed.
Developers have been releasing bug fix updates to patch up issues with Nougat. We’ve seen a steady stream of them in the months since Nougat’s release.
If you don’t have automatic updates turned on or if you’ve fallen behind, you should head into the Google Play Store and see what you can find.
Before you blindly install an update, make sure you read reviews. While the intention of developers is to solve problems, some apps might still be having issues on Nougat.
You also might try reinstalling an application if it’s giving you issues after installing Nougat or a recent update.
Install Nougat If You Want Better Security
Let's start with some basics.
If you value your security, and most of you probably do, you'll want to think about installing the Galaxy S7 Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device.
Every month, Google and Samsung release important security patches for Android devices. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates should bring the latest security patches to your device.
Samsung's initial batch of Galaxy S7 Nougat updates delivered the company's January security update while upcoming updates could deliver the patches from the February security update. You can read more about their contents on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download or receive an older security update (December, November, etc), the patches from those updates might be baked into your version of Nougat. If not, you might be forced to install them manually before you can download Nougat.
On top of the patches, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Nougat update brings Samsung Pass, a way to secure your identity using biometric data rather than entering your password or ID.
Samsung Pass is like a master key for your various logins and it relies on Galaxy S7's fingerprint scanner. The biometric data is encrypted and stored safely by Samsung Knox.