Samsung Galaxy S6 User Guide

Speed Up Your Galaxy S6

When you first get your Galaxy S6, it certainly feels fast, especially if you’ve upgraded from an older phone loaded up with apps and services. Still, even a smartphone with an octo-core processor and 3GB of RAM can go faster.

Whether you just booted up your Galaxy S6 for the first time or are looking to bring it back up to speed after months of use, these tips will help you get the most of your phone. — Sean Riley

Disable Animations

These steps will turn off the lock screen animation when you swipe to unlock.

1. Tap the Apps icon at the bottom-right corner of your homescreen.

2. Tap the Settings icon.

3. Select Lock Screen and Security.

4. Tap Unlock Effect.

5. Select None.

You can also turn off the Wallpaper motion effect.

1. Long press on the homescreen and tap Wallpapers.

2. Toggle Wallpaper motion effect to off.

Finally, you can disable window animation, transition animation and animator duration scales.

1. Select About Phone in Settings.

2. Tap Build Number seven timesuntil you see a message indicating you have unlocked developer options.

3. Select Developer Options from the Settings menu.

4. Select Window Animation Scale.

5. Select Animation Is Off.

6. Repeat the process for Transition Animation Scale and Animator Duration Scale.

Remove or Disable Unwanted Apps

1. Tap the Apps icon at the bottom-right corner of your homescreen.

2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner of the app drawer.Apps that can be uninstalled or disabled will have a white circle with a red line appear on them.

3. Tap the icon of any app that you wish to uninstall or disable.

4. Tap Uninstall on the dialog box to confirm the deletion of the app.

Clean Your Cache

1. Install App Cache Cleanerand open the app.

2. Read the license agreement giving the app permission to clear cache files and click Agree to proceed.

3. After a list of apps with cached data appears, tap Clear All at the bottom of the screen.

4. Tap the menu icon in the upper-right corner.

5. Select Setting.

6. Tap Auto Clear Interval.

7. Select your desired cache clearing interval.Even for a heavy user, 12 hours to 1 day should be sufficient.

Disable Power Saving Modes

As long as you don’t have issues making it through the day on a charge, the power-saving modes will just cost you performance. Here’s how to switch them off.

1. Select Battery in Settings.

2. Tap Power Saving Mode.

3. Toggle the switch to off.

4. Repeat process for Ultra Power Saving Mode.

Limit Background Processes

1. Select Developer Options in Settings.

2. Tap Limit Background Processes.

3. Select your desired number of background processes. Selecting “No background processes” is not recommended as it may prevent some apps from functioning properly.

Hard Reset Your Smartphone

This is the nuclear option. Don’t resort to this unless your Galaxy S6 seems to have slowed down considerably, and none of the tips above have helped. Make sure you have backed up the data on your smartphone prior to proceeding with this step as it will delete all of your personal data including all photos, files and music.

1. Select Backup and Reset in Settings.

2. Select Factory Data Reset.

3. Tap Reset Device.

4. Tap Delete all.

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  • Fathallah Yankalbe
    Theme Store is not available in my country. Help me please ! My model is G925W8
  • Desertwoman
    I'm still confused, I downloaded Newsstand and it does not show up in the app tray. How do I access it?
  • Leroy_
    Is there a beginners guide for this. Or can I follow the advanced guide?
  • tadalex
    Any update on rooting for the S6 on AT&T?
  • EbrahimDUROSIMI
    Hi, I just tried this now and I have a "Recovery is not seandoird enforcing" error. What should I do Please?
  • dakmitch44
    I also got "Recovery is not seandoird enforcing", what can i do?
  • brunovd123
    My S6 model is sm-g920i, however the build id showed in CF- Root site for this model doesn't match the build number of my device. Is this a problem?
  • riGHT22CLIck
    how to unroot again from root using the above? tia
  • David_657
    amazing. Helped a lot on my samsung s6 920f :)
  • MorganaRue
    Great intruduction, but for some reason not all your fixes work for me. For example, I want to disable the shutter sound on the camera. When I follow your instructions (allowing for the fact that I likely have a different version) I have no option to disable it. My only workaround is to mute my system sounds. Not a convenient option. Any suggestions?