Samsung has gone above and beyond to turn the Galaxy S6 user interface into a truly customizable experience. Several intuitive features and means of personalization will appeal to smartphone users who feel perpetually disappointed by phone design. If you've ever felt like you could do better at designing your phone's interface than the manufacturer, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge provide a beautiful canvas to give it your best shot.
Customization options aren't limited to the aesthetics. Samsung has given users widespread freedom to modify how the phone and its apps operate. If you're in the market for a highly personalized device or the proud owner of a Samsung S6 interested in learning the phone's ins and outs, these steps will start you on the road to S6 expertise.
1. Start customizing with TouchWiz
TouchWiz, the preloaded interface included with the Samsung Galaxy S6, is a great tool for initial personalization and getting a feel for all the features available on your new device. You'll be able to re-order icons, change wallpapers, load widgets and organize folders to your liking, making the interface is an all-around step forward for the Samsung Galaxy device family. Those familiar with iOS will find that the TouchWiz takes some inspiration from the iPhone 6's iconic layout.
2. Use Themes to create the smartphone experience you've always wanted
Those looking for more customization than TouchWiz can offer will be happy to learn that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is supported by a rich community of Theme developers. Themes can be downloaded directly onto S6 devices and used to completely change the look, feel and function of your smartphone.
You'll find plenty of options to choose from, including movie-inspired choices like the popular "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and simpler Themes featuring landscapes or animals. More advanced Themes allow you to modify system apps and user interface features, turning your Samsung Galaxy S6 into a truly customized device.
3. Secure your device against nosy friends and family
Have a pet peeve about people browsing your phone without permission? The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge come equipped with the ability to Pin windows. Activating this setting adds an icon to the bottom of each app. Pressing the icon will open the app you want to use but prevent the device from accessing any other apps or menus. Customizing the smartphone's interface in this way makes it easy to lend your phone out to make a call or bring up a map without worrying an over-curious loved one will dig through your texts and photos.
The new Samsung S6 devices take personalization to the next level.
4. Make your Samsung look and feel like your own with the right case
A sturdy case is an important investment for any smartphone owner. Protecting your Samsung S6's display and exterior is important, and choosing a case grants you another opportunity to personalize the device to your liking. Be sure to keep your daily lifestyle in mind when selecting a case.
For example, if you're regularly accessing your smartphone on the go, then you might want to choose a rubberized case that firms up your grip. The best way to find a case that fits your hand, pocket and sense of style is to try them out in person. You can visit the nearest Wireless Zone store to choose a unique case for your device.
5. Tinker with developer options for further customization
Android's Lollipop operating system lends itself to experienced techies and novices alike who are interested in customizing their phones on a deeper level. That's why the manufacturers made developer options available.
Want to speed up the animations of your interface? Try modifying the transition and duration scale. Looking for an easy way to conveniently take dozens of screenshots or run debug commands? Developer options loaded on the Samsung Galaxy S6 make it possible. This ease of customization make the S6 a great choice for smartphone users looking to explore a developer's perspective on smartphone design while still enjoying a popular, high-end device.
6. Samsung S6 Edge owners have even more opportunities to personalize
The Samsung S6 Edge takes its name from the innovative screen added along one of the device's curved sides. Perfect for displaying push notifications, phone calls, texts and email notices, this special edge provides users with even more customization options.
Gotta Be Mobile recommended that users start by configuring the S6 Edge's information stream. Adjusting this setting will provide you with control over which pieces of information end up displaying along the end of your phone. You can also set contacts on this edge screen, allowing you to call or message friends and family with a quick swipe at the home screen.
Get your hands on the Galaxy S6 or S6 edge at your local Wireless Zone to try these customization options out for yourself.