6 Tips & Tricks for Switching to Your New Phone

Updated October 02, 2015

Unpacking your digital life from one mobile device to the next wasn’t always easiest task, but with your Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5, the transition can go a little more smoothly if you follow these helpful tips.

1. Get Accounted For

Before you even start to power up your new phone, sign up for a free Samsung Account and Android™-friendly Google Account online. With just a few keystrokes, you'll be ready to swipe at the register with Samsung Pay, or (knock on wood) find a misplaced smartphone with the Android Device Manager. And all right out of the box.

2. Be a Smarty Pants

Download Samsung Smart Switch to transfer your contacts, media, calendars, notes, messages and more from your old phone to your new one with a few taps. Smart Switch is all about options, so you can go wired or wireless and make a seamless move from Android or iOS platforms.

3. Stay Connected

Wi-Fi® is the lifeblood of your phone, the ever-present force that turns a normal phone into a mini-wizard. Make sure you're connected right out of the gate by accessing your Settings menu, then sliding Wi-Fi on. While you're there, establish local connections by sliding Bluetooth on, too.

4. Email A-Go-Go

Allow your new smartphone to unchain you from the desktop; go ahead and tap Apps and Email, then type in your email account details to get rolling. If you're an email connoisseur, add a few more email accounts from the outset by tapping Apps and Email, then Settings and finally Add to expand your options.

5. Duly Noted

If you're rocking a new Galaxy Note5, customize the Air Command menu to your liking to get quick access to your favorite apps. Use the S Pen to select Settings, then S Pen. From here, choose Air Command, followed by Shortcuts, and then choose your three favorite apps for head-spinningly instantaneous access. Thanks, S Pen.

6. Live on the (S6) Edge(+)

The curved edge screen defines the edge+ experience, so make it yours from the beginning. Check out Settings, Edge screen and then Edge screen position. Choose your edge screen side to pick your left-or-right preference. Likewise, dive into People edge under the edge screen settings menu, tap My people and choose five key contacts; the edge screen will keep you up-to-date with unobtrusive notifications from the five most important folks in your life.

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