Here are the Galaxy S6 Edge settings to change to get the most out of your new Galaxy S6 Edge without buying any accessories or apps.
Samsung improved the Galaxy S6 Edge settings menu from earlier devices, but it is still a confusing collection of settings if you want to use the curved edges of the Galaxy S6 Edge for notifications, the time and more.
Right out of the box the Galaxy S6 Edge settings are turned on, but you will need to toggle the settings to make sure you use the phone to its full potential.
In this guide you will learn what Galaxy S6 Edge settings to change to secure your phone, use the curved edges of the screen and we’ll point you to the right place to customize the Galaxy S6 software.
Here are seven Galaxy S6 Edge settings to change when you get your new phone.
Turn on Galaxy S6 Edge, Edge Clock
The curved edge of the Galaxy S6 Edge can show you the time when the screen is off. The curved edge will show the time for up to a 12 hour period.
This is handy for checking the time at night when you don’t want to light up the whole room by turning the screen on. You can use the Edge Clock when you are not plugged in.
Go to Settings -> Edge Screen -> On. From there you can set the time that the Edge Clock starts and stops.
In the main Edge Screen settings you can also choose which edge it appears on.
Use the video below to learn how you can turn on Galaxy S6 Edge notifications and how you can configure what show up there.
Go to Settings -> Edge Screen -> Information Stream to start the configuration process and get things set up how you want them. This guide goes into further detail about how to set up Galaxy S6 Edge Notifications.
Once turned on, you can swipe up and down the right edge to activate the information stream.
Quick Reply to Edge Notifications
When you get an incoming call the Galaxy S6 Edge will light up the side of the phone to show you that someone is calling. If you press your finger to the heart rate sensor next to the camera for 2 seconds the phone will send an automatic reply and dismiss the call.
You can change this in the settings. Go to Settings -> Edge Screen -> Edge lighting -> Quick Reply. From here you can customize what it says. By default it is pretty blunt and serves as a big ad for the Galaxy S6 Edge.
One of the new features on the Galaxy S6 Edge is the ability to set Edge contacts that you can quickly access and that will light up the edge of the screen a specific color when they call.
On the main home screen swipe in from the upper third of the right edge to open the Edge contacts. Tap on Plus to add a contact. The color of the plus sign corresponds to the edge color.
You can tap on the Settings icon to visit the additional settings. When you tap on a contact after they are added you can call, text or email right from that screen.
Do Not Disturb
Samsung includes Do Not Disturb on the Galaxy S6 Edge. This is a very handy feature that can silence alarms and the LED indicator when you are trying to sleep. If you use wireless charging you’ll love this option because your phone can stay face up without lighting up the whole room. instead of manually turning it on and off you can set a Do Not Disturb schedule.
Go to Settings -> Sounds & notifications -> Do Not Disturb. Tap on Do Not Disturb schedule. Set the times you want it to start and stop.
Next up tap on Allow exceptions and make sure Alarms are on and you can choose other options like what you want to still come through even when you turn on Do Not Disturb.
The Galaxy S6 Edge includes a new and improved fingerprint reader that lets you unlock the Galaxy S6 by placing your finger on the home button. You can also use this to set up Private mode and it will work in some apps like LastPass.
Go to Settings -> Lock screen and security -> Fingerprint -> Add a Fingerprint. This will start the set up process and allow you to secure the Galaxy S6 easily.
Place your finger on the home button and lift it off. Do this again and again, shifting your finger up and down slightly and re-adjusting when prompted. Repeat with your other fingers. You can tap and hold on a fingerprint to change the name and to delete one.
As great as the fingerprint lock is, you should also turn on Smart Lock. This keeps the Galaxy S6 Edge secure when you are out in public and it is not connected to a Bluetooth device, but leaves it easy to use at home, at work or when connected to Bluetooth headphones or to your car by Bluetooth.
Go toSettings -> Lock screen and security -> Secure lock settings -> Smart Lock. On this screen choose Trusted Devices or Trusted Places and follow the prompts to train your Galaxy S6 about safe places and safe devices.
Speck CandyShell Grip Galaxy S6 Edge Case
If you want to protect the back of the Galaxy S6 Edge and still enjoy the curved edges you should look at the CandyShell Grip Galaxy S6 Edge case that uses rubber ridges on the back and sides to make the Edge easier to hold and protects it from drops.
The Speck CandyShell Grip for the Galaxy S6 Edge is $34.95 and on sale soon through Speck.