A beautiful, shiny new Galaxy S6 is now in your hands — here are the first five things to do with it.
While this probably isn't your first time setting up a brand new phone, something about taking the plastic off of an anticipated device never gets old. This may be extra true when it's the Galaxy S6 we're talking about, and that may cloud your vision a bit when it comes to the first basic things you need to do.
Each phone is different, but once you've got the Galaxy S6 powered up and ready to go these are the first five things you should do with it.
1. Set up multiple fingerprints for security
The Galaxy S6 setup process will have you scan one of your fingerprints for added security and convenience in apps that support the technology, and if you skipped over that part of the process to get right into your new phone we really suggest you go into the settings and add your fingerprints. If you did go through the process during setup, it's still worth going into the security settings to add additional fingers.
Head to Settings > Lock screen and security > Fingerprints to add more fingers — we'd suggest both thumbs and index fingers, as they're usually what's handy when picking up a phone to unlock it. Each finger takes 15 or 20 taps on the home button to get your fingerprint scanned, but once you do it you'll be ready to go for as long as you use the phone.
You don't have to use the fingerprint scanner for locking your phone when you register the prints, but now that the fingerprint sensor is a simple one-touch model, we think you'll end up using it. Once you become comfortable with fingerprint scanning, you can also enable it to sign into webpages in the Internet browser, and unlock certain apps that support the feature.
2. Install a new keyboard
For whatever reason, Samsung just can't get this whole keyboard thing correct. While the pre-installed keyboard is capable and works for basic things, it's just a little cramped, confusing and too busy to use every day when there are other options out there.
Thankfully there are tons of great keyboards available in the Play Store, and we recommend you give them a shot. Google Keyboard, Fleksy, Swype and SwiftKey are some of our favorites here at Android Central, and we think any one of those will treat you far better than the stock one.
3. Actually use the charger in the box
If you're a smartphone enthusiast there's no doubt you have more than a few phone chargers and USB cables laying around ready to use, but with the Galaxy S6 you may want to actually unbox the charger that comes with the phone. Samsung's built-in Adaptive Fast Charging technology on the Galaxy S6 is made to take advantage of chargers that can put out a little extra juice, and the charger included in the box is the 9V / 1.67A variety that'll power the battery up as quick as possible.
Once you start to realize how fast your phone charges with the included charger, you may also want to consider getting a second one that supports the speeds — anything certified for Quick Charge 2.0 will do the trick, as will Samsung's own replacement chargers.
4. Glance through the camera settings
The Galaxy S6 has a pretty awesome camera right out of the box, but it also has a good number of settings that you can use to tweak it to your liking. The new home button double-press action to launch the camera is turned on by default, but the rest of the features are tucked behind the settings icon (which looks like a gear) in the camera.
Some of the main settings to consider changing are the picture size to choose between 16:9 or a taller 4:3 aspect ratio, as well as the option to turn on grid lines and turn off the loud shutter sound when taking pictures. The new Tracking AF feature is turned off by default, so you may want to give that a try as well — just note that it disables video stabilization when you do it. For video, the Galaxy S6 is set to simple 1080p 30fps by default, but you can crack that up to 60fps or a higher 1440p or even 2160p for maximum resolution — just know that this disables HDR video, video stabilization, Tracking AF and picture capture during video.
If you spend a few minutes getting the camera set up just the way you want it, you won't be overwhelmed the first time you double-press your home button to catch that perfect picture or video clip.
5. Disable the apps you don't need
Once you have your phone set up and start installing the apps you need, it's worth taking a look at the phone and disabling the ones you don't. We've come to terms with the fact that you won't be able to claim back the space taken up by pre-installed apps, but you can at least disable unwanted apps so that they aren't running or showing up in the app drawer.
To see which apps can be disabled and clean them all up, open the app drawer and tap "Edit" in the top-right corner. Every app that can be uninstalled or disabled will have a red minus sign over the app icon — tap the icon and agree to the pop-up message saying that you'll be disabling the app. Simple as that, the disabled app will no longer run without your permission or be shown in the app drawer. You can always re-enable these apps from the application manager in the settings later.
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