Some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users are complaining about poor performance after installing Android Nougat.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update is an exciting update but as the Galaxy S7 Nougat release grows we’re starting to see users complain about a variety of Galaxy S7 Android Nougat problems.
Galaxy S7 users in the United States and elsewhere are running into pesky bugs and they’re also experiencing frustrating performance issues after installing the Android 7.0 Nougat update on their device.
Fixing performance issues can be a bit tricky but there are a few things to try before you get in contact with Samsung or your carrier.
Today we want to outline some ways to improve Galaxy S7 Nougat performance on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.
Some of these tips require a lot of effort. Others simply require you to start using some of the features Samsung delivered with its Android Nougat update.
Galaxy S7 Nougat Battery Life
Let’s start with battery life and connectivity issues.
Some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users are noticing bad battery life after installing Android Nougat. Android 7.0 Nougat isn’t supposed to harm the device’s battery life. In fact, with features like Doze On-The-Go on board, it’s supposed to help it.
If you start noticing bad Galaxy S7 Nougat battery life, don’t panic. There’s a very good chance you’ll be able to fix the problem yourself.
If you just installed Nougat on your Galaxy S7, give it a couple of days. Sometimes it takes two or three days for new software to even out. If you’ve had Nougat on your device for a while now, you’ll need to take action.
We’ve put together a long list of strategies to obtain better battery life on the Galaxy S7 and it’s worth a look if you don’t know what to do.
Use Download Booster
Noticing slower download speeds after installing Android 7.0 Nougat on your Galaxy S7? Try Download Booster.
When enabled, Download Booster will download files larger than 30MB using Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity at the same time. If your Wi-Fi signal is strong, you’ll see blazing fast download speeds.
To enable Download Booster, go to Connections > More connection settings > Download booster and enable it. Just remember to use this sparingly because it could eat up a lot of your data plan.
Fix Poor Connectivity
If your Galaxy S7’s connections are struggling with Nougat on board, take a look at our list of fixes for GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems.
Restart Your Phone
If you’re noticing UI lag or freezes, and you haven’t restarted your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in a while, try a simple restart. Power it down and then power it up again. Your phone might feel like new.
Cleanup Your Galaxy S7
Use Nougat’s arrival as an opportunity to cleanup your Samsung Galaxy S7’s files and data.
If you’ve owned your Galaxy S7 for a year, there’s a good chance you’ve accumulated tons of stuff on your phone. Some of you might even be nearing the threshold of your device’s internal storage.
Even if you aren’t, it would be a good idea to get rid of files, apps and anything else you no longer need on your device.
A little cleanup could go a long way toward improving your Galaxy S7 Nougat performance.
Widgets are extremely useful but they can also eat up your device’s resources. This is why we recommend getting rid of them, at least temporarily, to see if that helps boost Galaxy S7 Nougat’s performance.
To delete a Widget simply hold down on it and drag it to Remove. You can always add Widgets back to your home screen if you determine they aren’t what’s dragging down your Galaxy S7’s or your Galaxy S7 Edge’s performance.
You might also want to consider sleeping or disabling certain applications on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.
Sleeping an app will disable its core functions and features. This is useful for apps that are known battery and CPU hogs and apps that send out tons of notifications.
If you want to take it a step further, you can disable apps completely. We’ve put together a quick guide that takes you through the process.
Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to sleep and disable apps whenever necessary.
Use Device Maintenance
If you’re noticing abnormal amounts of lag and stuttering after installing Android Nougat on board your device, dig into Device Maintenance.
On the Galaxy S7’s Settings screen tap Device Maintenance and then go to RAM. To reduce the amount of RAM your device is using, check apps from the apps list, and tap on Clean Now.
Use Nougat’s Performance Mode
The Galaxy S7 Nougat update comes equipped with some awesome features including a new Performance Mode function. Performance Mode is found in Device Maintenance.
Performance Mode includes a Normal Mode for every day use, a Game Mode for when you’re gaming, an Entertainment Mode, and a High Performance Mode where it’ll use highest quality settings.
For more on Performance Mode, take a look at our full rundown of the new feature.
Turn Off S Voice
S Voice, Samsung’s equivalent to Apple’s Siri, can be very useful. If you rely on it, this step will be a tough one to pull off.
If you can do without S Voice (temporarily or permanently) you might notice a bump to your Galaxy S7’s performance. S Voice can be a resource hog.
To completely disable S Voice on your Galaxy S7 you’ll want to head into Applications Manager, find S Voice, tap on it, and tap on Disable.
You can always enable S Voice again if you determine it’s not responsible for your device’s poor performance on Nougat.
Hidden Developer Mode
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both feature a hidden developer mode that could help you speed up your device in a matter of seconds.
We’ve put together a step-by-step walkthrough that will hold your hands through the process. It’s worth a look if you’re short on time.
Use Another Launcher
If none of these fixes help and you’re willing to replace Samsung Experience (TouchWiz) with another launcher, it’s probably worth a shot.
Samsung’s made some improvements to its user interface but it can still feel bulky and it still plays a role in your device’s performance. Potentially, a negative one.
We highly recommend trying the popular Nova Launcher on the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher comes with tons of customization options that could help you get a handle on your device’s performance.
Try Rooting Nougat
If you’ve exhausted all of these steps, and your performance still isn’t adequate, it might be time to take a more drastic approach.
You might try rooting Galaxy S7 Nougat. Developers recently released a working root for the Qualcomm-powered versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and it might be worth a try if you’re running out of options and/or time.
Rooting allows you to delete apps and services that you normally wouldn’t be able to get rid of. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are loaded up with bloat, particularly carrier models.
We’ve gone over the pros and cons of rooting a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and it’s worth a look if you’re out of ideas.
Start from Scratch
This step should only be used as a last-ditch resort and only after you’ve backed up all of your important files in the cloud or on a microSD card.
If your performance is out of control, it might be worth it to start from scratch. In other words, erase everything on your phone and start anew.
There is a very good chance this will help you get control on your Galaxy S7’s performance but know that it will be a time-consuming process, particularly if you have a ton of apps, files and customization on your device.
To do this on Nougat, go to Settings > General management > Reset > Factory data reset > Reset Device > Delete All.
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.