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How to use Easy Mode on the Galaxy S6

Not everyone wants a zillion features on their phone. And even though Samsung has sort of streamlined TouchWiz in the Galaxy S6 (mostly by rearranging things or removing some options altogether), there's still a lot going on here. Maybe too much for you.

So if the default user experience is overwhelming, there are options. And one is the built-in Easy Mode. Here's how to use it:

Turning on Easy Mode is, well, easy. Just go into the main settings menu and scroll down to the "Personal" section. Then tap "Easy Mode."

Easy Mode on the Galaxy S6

This is where you choose between "Standard" and "Easy" modes. Tap "Easy," and you'll now see a bunch of application toggles under "Easy applications." Now these aren't on/off toggles for apps that will be available in Easy Mode. Instead, these toggles will trigger a secondary, "easier" version of the app. And note that these apps — camera, email, gallery, Internet, messages, music, my files, phone, calendar and video — are all Samsung apps. So if you're using something else — say, Gmail — as that default application, it won't appear here. Samsung could have explained this a little better (or at all) on the main screen, but that's what they do. More on these different app versions in a minute.

Hit "Done" and then the home button, and you're in "Easy Mode." And this is what it'll look like:

Galaxy S6 Easy Mode

You'll start out with three home screens. Apps in the center and on the right, and contacts on the left. You can add whatever contacts you like. But it'll have you either create a new contact, or search through your entire contacts list. (And that's ridiculous. There's not even an option to add from your favorites.) And you can also add whatever apps you like. So it's sort of like an Easy Mode, but really it's just a launcher with large icons on each display. And the system fonts have been cranked up.

Back to those secondary, "easy" versions of Samsung's apps. It's sort of hit or miss just how much easier they'll be. Generally you'll see the floating action button disappear, and maybe some options removed. That means larger touch points and fewer features. Here are a few examples. See if you can spot the "easy" version of the app.

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Samsung camera

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Samsung dialer

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Samsung browser

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Samsung messages

And that's that. To turn off Easy Mode, just head back into the settings and switch back to "Standard" mode. Note that if you were using a third-party launcher (as in something other than Samsung's TouchWiz), you'll have to re-enable it.

27 Comments
  • Listing Jerry before your wife, Phil? ;)
  • I totally laughed at that as well
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  • FYI - my Note 4 SM-N910W8 running stock 5.0.1 on Rogers also has the Easy Mode option
  • Yup, Samsung has Easy Mode on other phones, too.
  • It's too bad Samsung didn't do a better job with this, especially involving using non-Samsung apps. When my parents wanted smartphones, I knew it would be a never-ending tech-support nightmare for me. That is, until I discovered the Pantech phone, with its great easy-mode! They are in their 70's and have added new skills as need be. They even know how to turn tethering on and off, so they can use their data plan while on their laptops!!! I truly believe EVERY manufacturer should have something like this.
  • Hmm, if this guide is necessary, it sort of defeats the point of easy mode. :p Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I thought the same thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How to use easy mode...haha what a usability nightmare.
  • The title strikes one as a tad redundant haha. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I know I'm going to get eaten alive for saying this, but I really don't understand why everyone is going crazy for the S6 Edge. It just seems more difficult to hold, and I don't see how any of the software enhancements that supposedly take advantage of the curved display couldn't just be added to the regular, flat S6. Additionally, I keep hearing about how the curved display distorts normal, non Samsung apps. I just don't get it. Anyone want to politely shine light on my ignorance?
  • I have the note edge and the gs6 edge love them both . The note edge has way more functionality but the gs6 just looks sooo good and that all that matters to the millions of people that have gotten it . It's that simple people buy things cause they look good I'm sure you do the same thing where it be phones are cars are what have you. So if you don't get it then that's fine buy what you like and dont worry bout why other buy what they like live and let live !!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Samsung would like 2 thank u Posted via the Android Central App
  • How to use Easy Mode on the Galaxy S6: don't.
  • Looks complicated.
  • Stay tuned for our next article, how to turn on your new s6! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Please post ASAP mines still waiting in the box !! Posted via My G2
  • I read this and thought to myself, "It must not be so easy if a how to needs to be done for it" ":)
  • If you need easy mode then why would you spend 200-1000 on a galaxy s6 just get a flip phone
  • My wifes first smart phone was a S4, she hated it until I turned easy mode on. After 6 months or so, she wanted to do more, and I turned it off. It was great for stepping up to smart phones. To many people don't understand how hard new technology really is to some people. My wife, btw, was 27.
  • but I'm saying why not get a cheap smartphone(or flip phone) and just upgrade to something better when you actually understand how it works
  • My dad would call me to come over and set his sound profile back to "outdoors" on his bar phone. I would have to live there if he had a smartphone! On the other hand, my wife required very little handholding and was fine with diving into Android with both feet.
  • I find Samsung's Easy Mode great for when I am driving Everything is much larger and quicker to understand should I actually need the phone while moving
  • You know, if you want to make your $700 phone as useful as a $250 phone with a custom launcher on it.
  • Or a dumbphone.
  • If I were to put a parent on Android--this easy mode would be extremely helpful.