10 tips to get the most from your Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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It’s got everything but the kitchen sink

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is jam packed with just about every feature it’s possible to fit in a smartphone, but it comes with a high price. The last thing you want to do is drop all that cash on a Note 7 and not take full advantage of all the cool stuff it can do. Here are 10 tips to get you on your way to mastering all the this phone has to offer.

Improve your home screen

Samsung’s stock home screen has improved over the years, and it can be quite nice on the Note 7 after you’ve made a few adjustments. First and foremost, the Flipboard-powered Briefing screen on the far left needs to go. It’s slow and not even very good for reading news. To get rid of it, long-press or pinch the home screen, swipe over to the Briefing panel, then toggle the slider above it.

Next, let’s get rid of those unnecessary “squircle” frames around all your app icons. What is this, 2012? Head into the system settings and open the Display submenu. Scroll down and you’ll see “Icon frames.” Change it to icons only, and the squircles are dead.

Lastly, you should take a long hard look at the app drawer. It defaults to custom organization with folders. It’s probably smarter to get rid of the folders and organize by name, which you can do from the overflow menu button in the upper right. Unfortunately, you have to re-order the icons regularly as you install and uninstall things.