Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the fourth version of the Edge screen lineup from Samsung, following in the footsteps of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+.
Introduced on the Galaxy Note Edge, the curved secondary screen had little to no use as it only looked like a pilot program for Samsung. The Edge screen technology has been perfected over time with the release of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+, but things got to the next level when Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was unveiled earlier this year. The latest version includes third party support for the curved Edge screen and more functionality that make the secondary display on the Galaxy S7 Edge a genuinely useful feature. But how?
To help you get the most out of this curved Edge screen, here are some tips and tricks to apply on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Launching the Edge panel
It’s not that hard to shoot up the Edge screen panel. There is a tiny semi-transparent tab (handle) that appears on the right-hand side of the Galaxy S7 Edge screen. When you drag this handle to the middle, the Edge Panel will launch. It gets even better with this panel as it can sometimes be used even without the need of unlocking the phone.
In case you are left handed, you can still shift the handle to appear on the left side by hitting the Edge Panel handle settings icon located at the bottom of the main Edge panel settings page.
Customize the Edge Panel
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge allows users to customize the secondary display panels. When in an open Edge panel, there is a settings cog that appears at the bottom left corner. Tap this cog and you will be sent to Edge panels’ customization page. Just above each panel is an empty check box or a blue check mark. While the latter means that the panel in question is being used, the former means that you must check the box to activate the panel you’d like to use.
If any of these panels has a blue pencil at the bottom, it means that it can be further customized. Just tap on this pencil and a new screen for customizing the specific panel will show up.
Heading back to the main Edge panel settings page will display a download button upon which pressing will direct you to a Galaxy Apps store where you can download and install more Edge panels from third-party vendors. However, keep in mind that some panels might require some fee.
On the same Edge panel settings page (main), you can also hit the “More” option to get more customization options that include re-ordering the panels as well as uninstalling the unused ones.
Quick reply, Edge feeds and more
There is no doubt that the Edge panel is the most interesting feature of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with respect to the Edge screen. However, there is more you can do with this secondary screen.
You can still get Edge feeds from the phone’s secondary screen even when the device is locked. Just rub back and forth along the edge and you can see the feeds, be it notifications, a Facebook feed and so on. These options can be customized via the main settings menu. Just hit the Edge screen option and then select Edge feeds. Here, there is room to toggle the feature on and off, pick any of the available default feeds or download others. While still there, you can also enable Edge lighting such that the Edge screen keeps on lighting whenever there is a call, for example, and the phone is facing down.
Place your finger on the heart-rate monitor and you will send a quick reply message to someone you’ve just rejected their call.
Another feature that can be accessed from the Edge screen is Night Clock. Surprisingly, you won’t find this feature’s settings in the Edge Panel settings, instead, it is buried deep inside the Display Settings of the phone. Once you choose “Night Clock”, you can pick a start and end time to dictate when the always-on screen goes off and when it comes back on. When it is off, the clock, upcoming alarm, battery level will be displayed on the Edge screen for the specified period of time. Cool huh!
Do you have any other tricks you use on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to get the most out of it? Feel free to share with us in the comments section.