Android Nougat 7.0 update for the 2-year old Galaxy S6 series was released by Samsung only a few days back. Being a flagship phone of 2015, it was the natural choice to get the flashy, not-so-new Nougat update after the more recent flagship Galaxy S7 series got the update earlier this year.
The update is still rolling out and is available only in a few regions, that too is limited to selected devices in the series. Samsung had confirmed the Android Nougat update four devices, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy S6 Active, but it is rolling out only for the first two.
From our experience in the past, we can expect the Nougat update for the Galaxy S6 series to come with a few bugs that found their way to the final build. If you got too impatient or overly excited seeing the latest update hit your phone and went on to click the update button right away, then great, you’re at the right place.
Below are the things you should do after installing the Nougat update on your Galaxy S6 device followed by the things you shouldn’t.
Test Your Phone’s Connections and Apps
Issues with the phone’s connections are probably the most widespread ones for the Nougat update on Galaxy phones. Thoroughly check all the connectivity options of your phone, especially Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular data. Make sure your Wi-Fi connection is working as fast and as stable as it was prior to the update.
For Bluetooth, ensure it is working absolutely fine by testing it with all the devices that you normally connect with, like your Bluetooth speaker, headset or car. Also, do keep an eye on the cellular connectivity and data and check if it has been affected in any way for call drops, slow internet speed or anything else.
Now that you have checked all your connections, it’s time to test the apps. With the new OS installed, there are chances that your installed apps will cause a nuisance. Just go through all the apps, use all the features that you normally do and take note of anything that seems weird.
Most of the developers keep their apps updated to work perfectly on the newly released Android updates, and Nougat has been in existence for more than six months, so there are high chances that you’re just an update away from getting the faulty apps fixed. Check for any updates in the Google Play Store and if required, you can try reinstalling the app.
Check Out the New Features
Each Google includes several new features to enhance the user experience and Samsung adds its own skin over the stock Android which again is stuffed with features. That’s is a double dose of features that new can explore on your Galaxy S6 after you have updated it to Nougat.
With the Nougat update, Samsung has added a new blue light filter for you to get a better night’s sleep after using your phone while in bed. Device Maintenance mode is another interesting thing which helps you get better performance out of your phone. Besides this, there is a new camera gesture and endless more features for you to explore.
If you have found any issue or bug in the step above that couldn’t be solved at your end, it is about time to report it. You can report it through the official channels of Samsung or your carrier. If the complaints grow loud enough, you might even see the bug fixed in the next update.
There is Nothing to Panic
The OS updates are bound to come with some bugs that got past the testing phase without being detected and there are high chances that most of them can be fixed without many efforts. You can refer to our list of fixes for the most common Samsung Galaxy Nougat problems.
If an issue can’t be solved immediately then you must give your phone a few days after the update to even out. One such issue is weird battery drain that some people might be facing after the update and in most cases, the issue will get solved by itself over the course of a few days.
You Shouldn’t Rely on Samsung or Your Carrier
Just think, it took them more than six months to bring the update to your device with that heavy custom UI. Would it be just to expect an update to fix the reported bugs immediately? The companies may roll out the update in the future, but it may take weeks or even months, no one knows, not even the companies.
Those who haven’t updated their Galaxy S6 or you still haven’t received the update, it is recommended to wait for a few days after the update hits your device. You might not want to be in a problematic situation with all those bugs.