Learn how to use the Samsung Galaxy S6 Easy Mode to simplify the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, make icons and text bigger and unlock a magnifier feature that makes it easier to see small text in the real world.
Samsung did a better job of removing duplicate apps and un-needed features, but for a first time smartphone owner or for users trying to switch form iPhone to Android the Galaxy S6 Easy Mode is a welcome option for many users.
Easy Mode adds shortcuts to the most used settings, makes the clock and all of your app icons bigger and simplifies using the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. You still own a smartphone and you can still download apps, check email and browse the web, but it is a little easier.
After you spend a month or more with the Galaxy S6 you may decide that it is time to go back to Standard mode, and that’s as simple as tapping a few options. You can switch back and forth between the standard mode and the Galaxy S6 Easy Mode without losing any of your other settings or apps.
Here’s how to use the Galaxy S6 Easy Mode and what you can do with it.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Easy Mode Guide
The four-minute video below outlines how you can use the Galaxy S6 Easy Mode. This is the same process on the Galaxy S6 Edge. It takes less than a minute to switch from regular to Easy Mode.
To turn on the Galaxy S6 Easy mode you’ll need to go into your settings. Here are the steps to take.
With the Galaxy S6 display on and the phone unlocked (looking at the home screen) pull down from the top edge of the screen. You’ll see a small number of settings and some notifications. Tap on the small settings cog in the upper right corner.
Scroll down until you see Easy Mode in the settings. Tap on Easy Mode.
On this next screen tap on Easy mode at the top and then scroll down to the bottom to choose the default apps. I turn off the standard Email app because I check my email in the Gmail app, but you don’t need to use these settings if you don’t want to.
When you are ready, tap on Done and the screen will go black for a few seconds while the Galaxy S6 Easy Mode starts.
When the phone comes back you will see screens similar to those below. You can tap on the plus icons on the screen to the right to add shortcuts to other apps you like to use. Tap on the plus on the screen to the left to add contact shortcuts to call someone quicker.
You can also tap on the Edit option to change these options. There is always a help option at the top of the screen top learn how to use the Galaxy S6 Easy Mode.
You can also use the Galaxy S6 magnifier app to magnify text up to 5X, so that you can easily read menus and other small text without squinting or grabbing a pair of glasses. This is a very handy feature. You can also turn on a flashlight in this app. When in the magnifier app you can slide the bar at the bottom to magnify more.
OtterBox Galaxy S6 Cases
Users that need a lot of protection should check out the Galaxy S6 OtterBox cases including the Defender and Commuter series that offer a lot of protection for the device.
OtterBox Defender Galaxy S6 cases come in seven colors for the shell and seven for the cover, allowing users to combine to get the color scheme they want. The case is $49.95 and there are higher-priced options with RealTree camo and with sports teams on the back. This case includes a screen protector and port covers to keep dust out of the ports. OtterBox Defender Review.
The OtterBox Galaxy S6 Commuter case is slimmer with less protection, but a more pocketable size that appeals to many users. The dual-layer protection can absorb drops and it includes a stick on-screen protector. This case is $34.95 with the same variety of color options. OtterBox Commuter Review.