Cheat Sheet

Samsung Galaxy S6 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Samsung Galaxy S6 for Dummies

By Bill Hughes

The new Samsung Galaxy S6 is a powerful smartphone, perhaps the most powerful mobile phone ever sold. It comes loaded with features. With this Cheat Sheet, you can see how to maximize the use of your phone and not miss a beat. For example, you can quickly change the font size of your text messages without accessing Settings. You can take the fastest selfie in the west. You can also access apps, like your email, contacts, and even the Internet, while on a phone call. You can also find great tips on how to manage the shortcuts on your phone’s Home screen.

Change the Font Size for Texting Conversations on Your Galaxy S6

You may find the font in your texting conversation on the Galaxy S6 to be too small. This makes it hard to read. You may find the font in your texting conversation to be too big. A big font can cause you to miss earlier comments.

You can dive into the Settings and dig around to manage the font sizes. All you really need to do to make that text font bigger within the texting application is to press the Volume button up. Likewise, you can make the font smaller by pressing the Volume button down.

Take the Fastest Selfie in the West on Your Galaxy S6

Your Samsung Galaxy S6 will take the fastest selfie of any phone on the market. It will also give you a great picture and it’s really easy to do. Here are the steps:

  1. Press the Home button twice.

    This brings up the Camera app. Your S6 has been specially designed to bring up the camera app faster than any smartphone on the market.

  2. Tap the front-facing camera icon.

    The front-facing camera icon is the silhouette of the camera with arrows pointing to the right on the top and to the left on the bottom. Before you know it, there is your handsome/pretty face.

  3. Smile and tap the screen.

    You don’t have to tap the shutter control. Tapping anywhere on the screen will take the picture.

Access Apps While on a Call on the Samsung Galaxy 6

Sometimes during the middle of a call you need to access information that exists on your Galaxy S6. For example, let’s say you are talking to a friend when she needs a telephone number of a mutual friend. That is easy enough. When the call is in full-screen mode, there are a number of icons you can tap. When you need to access information stored in your Contacts database, you simply swipe the screen to the left and tap the Contacts icon. This opens the Contacts app, revealing all the contact information you have.

If, instead of contact, your friend Jim insists that there is no indication that Humpty Dumpty was an egg. (We all have friends like Jim.) “Balderdash,” you exclaim. You swipe left and tap the Internet icon only to find that Jim was, in fact, correct. It seems that generations of nursery rhyme illustrators have been copying ideas from each other.

In addition to Contacts or the Internet, you can also quickly get to your e-mail, texts, calendar, or a memo pad by swiping left to access your apps.

Navigate Your Galaxy S6 Phone

Even if you’ve used a smartphone in the past, you probably still need a bit of guidance to get around your new SamsungGalaxy S6. Here’s a guide to your phone’s buttons, its touchscreen, and the keyboard:

  • The Power button: The Power button is on the top-right side of the phone. Press it for a few seconds, and the screen lights up. Press it for a second while the phone is on, and the phone goes into Sleep Mode. To shut down the phone completely, simply press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. Then choose the Power Off option from the menu that appears.

  • The Volume button(s): There are two Volume buttons location on the top-left side of the phone: one to increase the volume, and one to lower it.

  • The touchscreen: The Galaxy S6 offers one of the highest-resolution touchscreens — the Super AMOLED — on the market. It’s sensitive enough to allow you to move the screen carefully, but not so sensitive that it’s hard to manage.

  • The extended Home screen: This is the first screen that you see when you turn on your phone. You actually have seven screens. The extended Home screen is where you can organize icons and other functions to make the phone convenient for you. You’ll find your extended Home screen has some apps already preloaded for you by Samsung and your cellular carrier. Here’s what you’ll find on your Home screen:

    • The notification area: The notification area is located at the top of the phone and presents you with small icons that let you know if something important is up, like battery life.

    • The primary shortcuts: These five icons at the bottom of the screen remain stationary as you move across the seven Home screens. Samsung and your cellular carrier have determined that these are the most important applications on your phone.

  • The Device Function keys: These keys (Recent Apps, Home, and Back) reside on the bottom of the phone and control essential phone functions, regardless of what else you have going on at the moment.

  • The keyboard: All Galaxy S phones come with a software keyboard. It pops up onscreen when you need to enter text. Otherwise, it goes away to give you the maximum amount of useful screen real estate.