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Setting up and Customising your Galaxy S6, S6 edge or S6 edge+

By Samsung Australia,  11.09.2015.

One of the most exciting things about getting new technology is customising it to suit your needs. If you're currently holding your box-fresh Galaxy S6 or S6 edge+, here's a helpful guide to setting up your new phone.

Set up your Samsung Account

A Samsung Account is a useful way to get selected apps, back up and restore your phone, or even track your phone if it gets lost. We recommend creating an account or signing in to your existing account (if you've previously created one).

You can also associate your Samsung Account with a Google account to use the same credentials for both. Once you're signed in, review the terms, conditions, policies and agreements separately, and then just tap 'agree to all'. Then choose whether to use Samsung's backup service. (You can turn this option on or off at any time.)

While you're in the processing of setting up, set up Google Now in the Google app. Swipe from the left of your display, select 'Customise' from the pop-out menu (after Google Now has been set up) and choose which 'card' notifications you'd like Google to send you.

Transfer some of your favourite stuff

Transferring content from your old compatible phone to your Galaxy S6 is the digital equivalent of moving house. Luckily, Samsung knows an excellent digital removalist—the Smart Switch Mobile app*.

If you're switching from a compatible iPhone or iPad, visit our Smart Switch support page to see the range of options for transferring your content.*

android switching

If you're switching from a compatible Android device, it's even simpler. Just make sure you have Smart Switch on both your new Galaxy S6 smartphone and your compatible old phone, place the two devices up to four inches apart, select what you want to move, then tap 'Transfer' on the old phone, and 'OK' on your Galaxy S6*.

*Limitations apply. Visit Smart Switch website for details. Samsung takes copyright seriously. Only transfer content that you own or have the right to transfer.

Customise your home screen

Long press on any blank area in your home screen and four buttons will appear: Wallpaper, Widgets, Themes and Screen Grid.

Choose a wallpaper from your gallery or apps, drag any available widgets onto your home screen, and choose how many apps to display—a grid of 4x4, 4x5 or 5x5.

In the Theme Store app, you can choose from loads of options to customise the look of your new Galaxy S6 smartphone, right down to the app icons.

screen tile customisation

Ditch unused apps and features

Help to streamline your screen and optimise your battery life by deleting or disabling features you rarely use. If you don't like the 'Briefing' feature that aggregates news stories on your home screen, long press, scroll left to the 'Briefing' panel and uncheck the checkbox at the top.

And if you open your app drawer and tap 'Edit', you'll see a tappable minus icon on any app that can be uninstalled or disabled. Don't forget, you can also help to conserve your battery by choosing 'Power saving mode' in your Settings under Battery.

Customise settings on  your Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge or Galaxy S6 edge+

Turn on the smart settings

Enable fingerprint unlocking so you can access your Galaxy S6 just by holding your finger on the home button. Under 'Lock screen and security' in Settings, tap 'Fingerprint > Add fingerprint', follow the instructions, and enter a backup password.

Now edit the Quick Settings that will appear when you swipe down from the top of your screen. Tap 'Edit', then drag your favourites into the 'top five'. Flashlight is a really handy one to have here—no torch app needed!

To control your Galaxy S6 intuitively, turn on 'Motions and gestures' in Settings. 'Direct call' will initiate a call to a contact if you lift the phone to your ear. 'Smart alert' vibrates when you pick the phone up. Mute your phone instantly by flipping it over, and swipe your palm to make easy screenshots.