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3 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy S6 Nougat & 8 Reasons You Should

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat update is rolling out and it might hit your device in the near future. While you might be tempted to install the new software the second it arrives, some of you might be better off waiting a few hours, days or weeks before making the move.

The Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Note 5 Nougat updates have some company.

In March, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy S6 Nougat update bringing Android 7.0 Nougat to the regular variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The update is also available for the rugged Galaxy S6 Active.

The updates are moving out slowly but they’re now available for many devices in the United States and countries around the world.

As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Nougat update is a big one (over 1GB in size) and it delivers some exciting changes to the company’s former flagship devices.

When your Android Nougat prompt appears, your first instinct will be to download the software on your Galaxy S6. It’s the natural reaction to a big upgrade like Android 7.0.

While some of you will be perfectly fine installing the Galaxy S6 Nougat update right when it arrives, others will want to wait.

Today we want to walk you through some reasons to download sooner after it appears on your phone and some reasons why you might want to take a temporary raincheck.

Install Nougat If You Value Your Security

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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 Samsung's most recent security patch. You can read more about their contents on Samsung's website. It includes patches from Google and Samsung itself. 

If you missed an older Samsung security update (the one from January, February, etc), you'll get those patches as well. 

These important security patches are just a part of the Android Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge+. 

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. 

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43 Comments

  1. Peter mackin

    03/16/2017 at 3:34 pm

    Absolutely hating this upgrade..hate the new graphics & I’m having real issues with dialing..every time I me trying to call certain numbers it saying invalid number…never happened before.

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  2. Michael K.

    03/22/2017 at 9:40 pm

    I prefer LastPass over Samsung Pass. That’s great it would use my fingerprint to fill/sign me in, but that’s useless on a computer. LastPass has browser integration as well as phone integration (that also utilizes your fingerprint to fill out login information). If you fully utilize the application you’d only need to remember one password, your master password, and let LastPass generate random passwords for you.

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  3. Pete_F

    03/23/2017 at 7:01 am

    While I agree Lastpass is a usefull and I have been a full paid user, this is becoming an issue..
    http://www.zdnet.com/article/lastpass-hit-by-password-stealing-and-code-execution-vulnerabilities/

    2nd time in recent history.
    Looking at Keepass now.

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    • Me

      04/20/2017 at 12:00 am

      I’ve been looking at https://lesspass.com/

      But I haven’t mad the leap yet. It doesnt store passwords, it generates passwords them based on multiple variables, so even compromising your master password doesn’t necessarily give access to all your accounts.

      But I’m not a crypto guy, so hard to judge whether there are flaws on that side, but the concept sounds good.

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  4. Mladen

    03/27/2017 at 7:48 pm

    I can’t connect S6 to new Wifi network. I can’t even see available networks…
    As soon as I open WiFi, phone stuck…
    This is a disaster…

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  5. Peter Bayliss

    04/08/2017 at 10:05 am

    Updates s6 via Kies to nougat on Thursday last

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  6. Shz

    04/08/2017 at 11:42 am

    Using a note5 with nougat version downloaded..my fine ia drainin like in 8 hrs…i usd to use it fr 22 hrs max..now i hv to charge it twice…

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  7. Sydney

    04/14/2017 at 6:45 pm

    I have the nougat update on my s6 and my only problems are the battery drain and completely mental keyboard. It’s literally frustrating to type on it or even us the swipe key function to type. I lost nearly 50% battery in 2 hours.

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  8. Melanie

    04/14/2017 at 8:55 pm

    Hate the touch screen response since downloading nougat. Also really hate the monochrome color scheme and the layout. Everything runs together. It is,difficult to read and fonts and color scheme makes it worse. Hate this update more and more. Sad state of affairs. Pay for a phone capable of great color and might as well just be looking at black and white. Even contacts are hard to read.

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    • P Cross

      05/14/2017 at 7:33 am

      Absolutely agree. I also hate that my Favorites on my contacts are grouped above the full list. They used to be a separate screen – this update made using the phone a nightmare.

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  9. Denise

    04/17/2017 at 6:06 pm

    Hating this update. I agree with Melanie on the color scheme, or lack thereof. Fonts are small onscreen, calendar is a hot mess of stripes in crazy colors and i can’t read the font in my favorites in contacts. Sux!!

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  10. skar

    04/18/2017 at 7:13 am

    terrible update. Battery drains fast, graphics are horrible . I want the old version back.

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  11. Tim

    04/18/2017 at 8:43 am

    I absolutely HATE, HATE, HATE, the new graphics!

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  12. Tracey

    04/18/2017 at 2:41 pm

    Hate it! Keyboard, color graphics are terrible. Can’t see letters, words clear. Cant change to vibrant colors on texts. Not bold enough to read. Hard press is slow. Settings are also terrible. HATE HATE! Calendar a mess. Including alerts. More work to find LOG when trying to block calls, its called recent now & u have to swipe left to find it. Many more complaints.

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  13. Wondering

    04/19/2017 at 7:45 pm

    Can I choose not to install nougat?

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  14. Me

    04/20/2017 at 12:09 am

    Upgrading now – last night (before I, or the phone knew of this update) my phone started rebooting – started after plugging in to charge, then I found I could only get it to stay on at all with power saving mode enabled – seemed to relate to anything using the CPU a bit.

    Reboot happens in safe mode to (which btw changed themes, wallpaper, removed widgets etc in ” normal” mode without asking me).

    Paranoia says the device is compromised by some malware.
    Pessemist says “hardware issue”, probably dead (+cynicism=planned obsolescence killswitch)

    Optimist says “update will fix everything!”

    ….

    Update applied, rebooted…
    …Android is upgrading, fingers crossed

    (If it gets the phone stable again, that’s good enough for me!)

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    • Me

      04/20/2017 at 12:13 am

      Nope, still unstable.

      I’m calling hardware. (I’ll probably try a full wipe, but I likely need a new phone)

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      • Me

        04/20/2017 at 12:14 am

        Can’t even activate power saving now as that triggers a crash :(

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  15. Bev Lamont

    04/26/2017 at 8:30 pm

    How do I uninstall it? I have had to recharge the phone three times today, when it charges at all, and I can’t see pictures sent to me Via text.

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  16. Rusty

    04/27/2017 at 7:08 am

    Nougat is a disaster of an update for me. On top of complaints that others have expressed (like the color scheme/graphics), mine will not stay connected to wi-fi. I’ve tried different wi-fi networks, rebooting phone, rebooting wi-fi, everything I can think of. It just connects for a few minutes then drops it for a few minutes then reconnects in a tireless loop. It’s also annoying that everytime it drops wi-fi and then connects to wi-fi, it gives an audible notification which I haven’t found how to turn off yet.

    My recommendation is to not update to Nougat until more of the bugs have been fixed.

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  17. Ken

    04/27/2017 at 12:50 pm

    Just did the update. Phone is stuck at VZW red startup screen. They check mark white pulsing line moves, so i know it graphically isn’t frozen. However, it has been in this state for 20 minutes since after downloading, then installing the update. So i determined that I would let it sit longer with it plugged in… Still didn’t do anything. I held VOL DOWN and POWER to boot into safe mode. Tried the first option, NORMAL Mode with same freeze up at VZW Red Screen. So I tried it again, this time in SAFE mode, same results.
    I am pissed at myself, because I have learned to not do updates for at least months after release due to flaws, but this time, it downloaded and when i thought I hit the NO, don’t install button, I hit yes. Instant regret set in… And here i am with a fancy night light, nothing has been backed up in a long while… Thank you SAMSUNG for this garbage.

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  18. Blinded by the ligh

    04/27/2017 at 2:18 pm

    I feel like I’ve been robbed or hijacked. Samsung took it upon themselves to force this junk on us. I bought this phone an dealt with the junk installed on it but I found a work around. I liked it. It was dark and there were pretty colors. I didn’t approve this update and yet it did it. Now my text, calendar and contact screens are so bright, I could go outside and land a plane or light up a football field. This is a phone, not a flashlight. It’s blinding and so sterile. Who was the test group? A bunch of doctors? I feel Samsung owes me my money back for destroying my phone and my vision.

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  19. Manny

    04/27/2017 at 2:25 pm

    I updated my galaxy s6 edge and now i cant listen to my music because it low volume when i connect to anything or aux cord it sucks!

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  20. BBeck

    04/28/2017 at 5:23 am

    I liked all the reasons to install, so I gave it a try. Any idea if you can change the look of the notifications on your home screen? WOW what a change for the worst! The font is so small and all the notifications have lost their “individuality” so with out glasses on you have no idea what is on the screen. So much for a quick glance update as the notifications are supposed to provide. The black icons at the top and light grey fonts used in many of the settings are also hard to read. Is there a way to switch the appearance back???

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    • Trish

      05/04/2017 at 1:26 pm

      I agree!! I HATE HATE HATE this update. I just got my s6 set the way I wanted and this update took it upon itself to change settings and my notifications are horrendous ! How can I put it back the way it was? There was noting wrong with it before.

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  21. ART

    04/28/2017 at 10:05 am

    People edge color id does not work after installing the update.. Did everyrhing i could and tried to search for solutions, but no answer..please help.

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  22. Kathleen Morris

    04/29/2017 at 4:11 pm

    I upgraded to Nougat today on my Samsung Galaxy s6. Unfortunately I was not aware of the problems with it. I now no longer can use my Bluetooth functions plus the battery drain is scary. The battery drained in less than 3 hours. Now I am told I need to do a factory reboot to save my phone! It worked perfectly until this OS was installed.

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  23. not a happy granny

    05/02/2017 at 8:29 am

    If I factory reboot, will it delete the update? What a disaster.

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  24. B

    05/02/2017 at 4:25 pm

    Wish I had read this before installing the update to my s6. I hate my phone now and hope anyone responsible for this update gets stabbed in the throat and left in a rat infested ally to bleed out.

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  25. Susan

    05/03/2017 at 6:51 pm

    The keyboard is horrendous. Can’t even see the symbols on the letter keys to do a long press to use them. The symbols are way to light. Can’t even guess at the ones on the bottom row. Dislike the icon color scheme the used. Hard press only works sometimes. Hate they took away tabs in phone numbers and no my favorites are names with tiny pics on top of my contact list. Bad choices on whoever made these design changes.

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  26. danno

    05/05/2017 at 11:05 am

    since the update, my group messages now pull a random photo from another thread and insert it into the group I am in when I get a text. no one else can see the photo, but it’s embedded into whatever is sent to me and if I delete the photo, the message goes away too.

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  27. MIKE

    05/08/2017 at 12:18 pm

    With no changes to my S6 other than installing Nougat I am out of battery by noon. Before the battery would last until evening. I am out of communication in the afternoon if I can not find a charger. A major problem.

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  28. Marko

    05/08/2017 at 12:44 pm

    While uploading updates on S6 edge the battery became very warm and the process lasted for 4 hours. Oncefinished and cooled down I could not switch it on again. I than tried to fill the baterry but only the sign on the screen appeared and no sign of filling. Than the sign wanushed as well. I hav eno idea what to do. Advice? Thanks.

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  29. Dave

    05/08/2017 at 11:53 pm

    Works fine on my S6 Edge on BT
    D.

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  30. Serious Sam

    05/12/2017 at 5:44 am

    “Be patient with this update. The Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are aging devices and new software combined with old hardware is a volatile mixture.”

    Old? Aging? Galasy S6 was announced march 2015 – that’s two years ago. If that’s “old” then there is something wrong with the mobile business.

    It’s sad how especially poor people spend hundreds of dollars on these short-term devices while a decent quality computer easily lasts seven years and self-assembled PC:n can go ten years and still perform as fast as budget priced cr.. “products”.

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  31. Mister

    05/16/2017 at 2:03 pm

    I HATE the new graphics. What is with the white frame around all the logos?!?! Is it supposed to cover the background picture?

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  32. Mark DeRamo

    05/16/2017 at 4:52 pm

    I NEVER thought these words would come out of my mouth…. i-phone, ALL MY GOD DOES THAT HURT!!!!

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  33. Jazzy

    05/20/2017 at 6:59 am

    How do you remove this update? I hate all about it! The graphics are horrible! Now my phone cannot find/recognize any Bluetooth devises in the area, not even the ones it was already connected to, before the update.

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  34. Eric Osman

    05/20/2017 at 6:37 pm

    Works fine on my S6 Edge on BT. Update applied and installed yesterday within 30 minutes.

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  35. Joseph mngola

    05/21/2017 at 12:23 am

    Why my galaxy s6 hasn’t received the update yet and other s6 have

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  36. Simon

    05/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    recently updated to Android 7.0 Nougat on Samsung S6, now it works better – sometimes with different features but it constantly says Not connected to Wi-Fi even when settings say and show it is. phone calls often don’t connect either, you have to often retry. my phone was running smoothly prior to upgrading to Android 7.0 Nougat.

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  37. Keith

    05/23/2017 at 2:22 pm

    I guess I’m more fortunate than most S6 users. My only problems are missing the flashing Message+ notifications, missing notifications from some apps and a few minor hard to read graphics.

    Went to Verizon a couple of days after the update and was told point blank that 7.0 is a train wreck, no way to back it out and no projected fix date from either Samsung or Google.

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  38. Jan

    05/24/2017 at 1:44 am

    I have S6 Edge and I hate the new update sooo much!!!

    – Security 0/10 (finger print unlocks phone on what ever)
    – Camera 3/10 (big downgade, pictures are very poor)
    – Batery life 5/10 (significantly worse – does not take me through the whole day anymore – max 8hours)
    – Graphics 3/10 (big downgrade, it’s much harder to navigate through the system)

    Btw. If I want to downgrade I will lose my warranty = 10/10

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