Now that the Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat update is on millions of devices, its owners are noticing many innovations. The latest Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge software has a lot to offer. From a new performance mode, better battery life, to controls to put battery-draining apps to sleep. There’s a lot to like.
Those experiencing poor performance, poor battery life, or general issues with certain apps will want to keep reading. Samsung has added back a popular feature that allows owners to put apps to sleep or disable them in a matter of seconds. Right from the main screen. This is one of many tricks to fix Galaxy S7 problems.
While there are many ways to improve Galaxy S7 performance, this is one of the easiest. Below, we’ll go over the three new options when you press and hold the icons on the home screen, what they do, and what owners can expect when using these features.
For those unaware, Nougat has brought some neat features. There are too many to list, so we’ll focus on just a few. Long press (or press and hold) any of the icons on your Galaxy S7 home screen. You will see a familiar popup full of options. Owners can sleep battery-draining apps, clear badge notifications, or even disable them entirely. Like the notification counter on Facebook or sleep a problematic app.
Additionally, say you don’t want to turn off an app’s features but want to smooth things out. Putting Facebook to sleep ensures it doesn’t drain the battery or wake your device, and you won’t get notifications either. The app will only be active when physically opened and used. It’s clean, isn’t it? Here’s how to do it and what it looks like.
How to Sleep or Disable Apps on Galaxy S7 with Nougat
As we said above, just long press any of the apps on your home screen. A small popup will appear with the options we discussed here today. I went ahead and cleared the notification badge on Facebook, then disabled the app so it wouldn’t do anything without my permission. Basically.
Rather than disabling an app completely, the best option is to put it to sleep. This basically kills most functions or features and keeps them asleep until you turn them on. This is good for battery-intensive games that constantly send notifications like Clash Royale or even Snapchat when you’re in a meeting.
Of course these features are a bit redundant, but a useful addition. Rather than messing around with settings to mute a device or completely hide and disable an app, these are less intrusive methods.
At the same time, Samsung is essentially adding more ways to manage power and notifications on our devices.
You should do it?
For the most part, disabling an app or putting it to sleep isn’t something most people should do. But we all know that Facebook is one of the biggest battery drainers on our smartphones. It’s so refreshing to be able to put Facebook to sleep to use power only when you actually use it.
Alternatively, this is something many people might want to consider in some of the more power-hungry apps. Those who want to hide and completely remove bloatware or pre-installed carrier apps can do so. This is done by clicking settings > apps > manage apps > clicking the app and selecting disable. It will now remove it from your home screen and app tray and make the app feel like it has been completely uninstalled. Currently there is no way to completely remove bloatware and pre-installed apps without rooting the Galaxy S7.
As a reminder, when you open an app that was previously put to sleep, it regains full functionality. So don’t forget to put it back to sleep when you’re done, otherwise it will continue to use up resources and battery life. Also, using this feature to “disable” apps is different from disabling them completely in settings. While you’re here, check out these awesome screen protectors for the Galaxy S7.