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Galaxy S7 Performance Mode: What to Know



The Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat update brings multiple new features to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Now that the update is available around the globe owners have lots of questions. One of which is about the new performance mode and other device management tools.

With that in mind, here we’ll be going over everything users need to know about the Galaxy S7 performance mode. Additionally, this guide will explain how to speed up your device and get better performance simply by using this new tool.

Read: 45 Galaxy S7 Edge Tips & Tricks

Samsung’s Nougat update delivers an entirely new user interface, sleek new notification systems, battery optimizations and so much more. If you want the best performance on your phone, this is how.

With Nougat Galaxy S7 owners can choose between four different modes. These are all aimed at either saving battery life, balancing out everything, or adding as much performance as possible. There’s also a entertainment mode, for highest resolution video and improved sound. These are new option listed under “Device Maintenance” in the settings menu. Head there now, then read on for more details.

Galaxy S7 Performance Modes

  • Normal: Balance battery life, screen resolution and more for everyday use
  • Game: Enhances your gaming experience by making games run more smoothly
  • Entertainment: Enjoy music & videos with ultra high quality sound and enhanced images
  • High Performance: Experience the highest quality display and performance settings

What to Expect

So what exactly do these do and what can you expect? Well, it isn’t like a desktop computer where the processor is getting a speed increase or decrease, so don’t expect games to suddenly be more smooth. However, these will optimize the device for the best overall experience and battery life for any given situation. If it’s worth it or not to toggle these while gaming, or watching Netflix, is up to you.

The phone still has the default battery saving mode, which disables most settings and advanced features. This is something different. Instead it changes the screen resolution, brightness, and other things for the best experience. For the most part it appears to just increase brightness by 10% (from where it currently is at) for a better viewing experience. Then changes the screen resolution based on the application. Most games don’t need the full Quad-HD 2560 x 1440 resolution our phone displays.

Read: 10 Common Galaxy S7 Problems & How to Fix Them

Additionally, games will run better and be more smooth running at 1080p than Quad-HD. So while these performance modes won’t necessarily increase the devices actual speed, there can be a noticeable difference in some scenarios. At the same time, the Galaxy S7 is one of the most powerful phones around, so it doesn’t need to much help to play any game from the Google Play Store.

How to Change Performance Modes on Galaxy S7

Now that you know what these are and what they do, where are they and how do we change them? It’s simple. A few taps in settings will have our phones running more efficient, the screen brighter with better audio, and giving us a good experience. Should you choose to. Here’s how to set them yourself.


  • Head into Settings from the app tray, or pulldown bar
  • Navigate to and select “Device Maintenance” 
  • Before or during its scan select the “Performance Mode” tachometer icon
  • Now just Select whichever Performance Mode you’d like
  • Users can also customize each mode individually to fit their needs

Once you select from any of the four modes available there will be a pop-up more info. This will explain in further detail what settings are changed, give you the option to cancel or customize and more. Now simply hit Apply, and wait for the phone to finish optimization and the mode change.

Speed Up The Galaxy S7 In Seconds

In closing, as we said above we have one more tip for those looking to get the best performance from their Galaxy S7. For one, follow the steps above and try the modes available. Performance mode of course, being the best bet. Secondly, there’s a dead simple little trick that all Android users need to know that speeds up their device.

Check out this guide to learn how to make your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge faster in a matter of seconds. You’ll need to enable developer options, then go in and change a few settings for optimal performance when it comes to daily use.

When combined with the changes above, the Galaxy S7 should be a fast and capable smartphone. Although it already was before the update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Give it a try today, and good luck.

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