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How to hide photos on Galaxy S7 Edge (without installing an app or third party app)

Sometimes, it can be a good idea to keep sensitive photos from others or from family members. Are you wondering if there’s a safe way to hide photos or folders in your Galaxy S7 Edge? This video should help. We’re going to walk you through the easy steps of using Private mode to keep your photos secure from prying eyes. We’ll do this without installing a third party app so it’s perfectly safe to do.

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How to hide photos on Galaxy S7 Edge 

To keep your photos locked within Private Mode, follow these steps:

  1. On the Home page, tap on Apps icon.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Lock screen and security.
  4. Scroll down to Private Mode.
  5. Tap on the Private Mode switch to turn it on.
  6. (If it is your first time to use Private Mode, you’ll need to set it up first). Otherwise, just enter your password for it.
  7. Then, open Gallery app and go to the folder that contains that photo.
  8. Open the photo.
  9. Tap on the More settings icon at the upper right.
  10. Tap Move to Private.
  11. That’s it! Your photo is now saved in your Private folder and only you can access it.

 


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How to safely install Fortnite on Samsung Galaxy | Galaxy S7 Edge | Fortnite Mobile Android

Fortnite is one of the massively successful cross platforms games today. It is played by millions of players which includes a significant number of Android users. While the game has been released to almost all flagship Android devices, it is still not directly available on the Google Play Store at this time. This puts many unwitting users to use untrusted or even fraudulent sources for Fortnite installers. If you are concerned about security but don’t know how to get the game safely, you must head to their official site to do it.

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To install Fortnite on your Samsung Galaxy device, all you have to do is to follow the following steps.

  1. Open a web browser like Google Chrome and go to Fortnite.com. You will be redirected to Epic Games website.
  2. On Epic Games website, tap on GET FORTNITE.
  3. Then, tap on SAMSUNG.
  4. Download the installer.
  5. Tap on Install and Open.
  6. Once the installer has been downloaded, tap OPEN.
  7. Wait until the download is finished.
  8. After the download, open the game by tapping on LAUNCH.
  9. If there’s a patch that needs to be installed at this time, your device should download it. again, wait for it to finish.
  10. In order to start playing, the last step you want to do is to create an account if you don’t have one. Otherwise, sign in. That’s it! Enjoy playing Fortnite on your Samsung Galaxy device.

 


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How to restart Galaxy S7 Edge to Safe Mode

Sometimes, other third party apps may cause problems with other apps. To check if one of your apps is causing a problem on your Galaxy S7 Edge, you can boot it to safe mode. When on safe mode, your phone will not allow third party apps to run. It’s a great tool to use if you suspect that a downloaded app behind the trouble you’re in. Learn how to run your S7 Edge to safe mode below.

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  1. Turn off the phone.
  2. Press and hold the Power key.
  3. As soon as you can see the ‘Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE’ on the screen, release the Power key and immediately hold the Volume Down key.
  4. Continue holding the Volume Down button until the device finishes rebooting.
  5. You may release it when you can see ‘Safe mode’ in the bottom left corner of the screen.

To identify which of your apps is causing the trouble, you should boot the phone back to safe mode and follow these steps:

  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Check for the problem.
  3. Once you’ve confirmed that a third party app is to blame, you can start uninstalling apps individually. We suggest that you begin with the most recent ones you added.
  4. After you uninstall an app, restart the phone to normal mode and check for the problem.
  5. If your device is still problematic, repeat steps 1-4.

 


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How to clear app cache and app data on Galaxy S7 Edge

Android apps use a set of temporary set of files and other items in order to load or do tasks quickly. These files are called cache. Keep app cache updated is done automatically by Android and ideally, users don’t necessarily need to tamper with them. However, in some cases, apps may behave erratically due to a corrupted cache or data. If one of your apps appears to work slower or has become erratic lately, it’s probably high time to clear its cache or data. This tutorial will walk you through the easy steps to clear the cache and data of any app in your Galaxy S7 Edge.

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How to clear app cache on Galaxy S7 Edge:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  4. Select Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap your app.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap Clear Cache button.
  8. Restart your Galaxy S7 Edge and check for the problem.

 

How to clear app cache on Galaxy S7 Edge:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  4. Select Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap your app.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap Clear Data button.
  8. Restart your Galaxy S7 Edge and check for the problem.

Hopefully, any of these two procedures will help in fixing whatever app trouble you’re in.

 


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How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Hard reset is a factory reset via Recovery Mode. On Samsung devices, there are at least 2 ways to wipe a device. One if via Settings Menu and the other via Recovery Mode. This video will walk you through the easy steps to factory reset by using hardware buttons and via Recovery.

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Disable FRP before you reset

With the introduction of Android – 5.0 Lollipop, Samsung devices enjoyed stronger security features. Android – 5.0 Lollipop brought with it Factory Reset Protection or FRP that locks a device if a user fails to provide Google account credentials following a factory reset. This makes it harder for thieves to simply wipe a stolen device and use it. If FRP was enabled before the device was stolen, the screen would be locked for good unless the correct Google account is added to it.

So, even if you are the legitimate owner of your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, you want to make sure that you won’t be locked out of your own device after wiping it. To do that, you must turn off FRP ahead of time. You also need to do this if you’re planning on giving or selling the device away.

To disable FRP on your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Lock screen and security and remove all passwords, patterns, or PINs you are using to secure your phone.
  3. Once you’ve removed your screen lock, go back the main menu of Settings.
  4. Then, go to Cloud and accounts.
  5. Tap Accounts.
  6. Select your Google account or accounts. Make sure to remove all Google accounts from the device.
  7. Then, tap on More settings icon at the upper right of the account (three dots).
  8. Tap Remove account button.

How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Now that FRP has been disabled, you can proceed with hard reset. Follow these steps to boot the device to Recovery Mode and factory reset from there.

  1. Create a backup of your data.
  2. Turn off the device. This is important. If you can’t turn it off, you’ll never be able to boot to Recovery Mode. If you are not able to shut the device off regularly via the Power button, wait until the phone’s battery is drained. Then, charge the phone for 30 minutes before booting to Recovery Mode.
  3. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  4. When the green Android logo shows up, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
  5. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’.
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  9. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  10. Press the Power key to restart the device.

 


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How to Reset Network Settings on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

When you’re having networking problems and you just can’t pinpoint what the problem is, then resetting your Galaxy S7’s network settings is one of the best things you can do. Learn how to do this solution be following the steps in this video.

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Resetting your device’s network settings is an effective way to resolve a lot of wifi, cellular, or Bluetooth issues. Here’s how it’s done: The following changes will occur by performing a reset of network settings.

  • Stored Wi-Fi networks will be deleted.
  • Paired Bluetooth devices will be deleted.
  • Background data sync settings will be turned on.
  • Data restrictive settings in applications that were manually turned on/off by the customer will be reset to the default setting.
  • Network selection mode will be set to automatic.

So, make sure you know the login credentials to the Wi-Fi network you’re connecting to before doing this…

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > General Management > Reset > Reset network settings.
  3. Tap RESET SETTINGS.
  4. If you have set up a PIN, enter it.
  5. Tap RESET SETTINGS. Once complete, a confirmation window will appear.

That’s it. Congratulations. Hopefully this video helps in fixing your network problem.

 


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How to fix Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge crashing and overheating issue after system update (easy steps)

If you own a smartphone like the Galaxy S7 Edge it is normal that the device may heat up especially if you’re watching high definition videos or playing mobile games while charging. But if the device is overheating even you’re not using it, then, that’s a different story. Overheating, while not so common, may occur from time to time, in fact, we received emails from our readers complaining about their devices reportedly overheated and crashed after updating their firmware. We have to look into this problem to know why it occurs and hopefully help our readers fix it.

In this post, I’ll be tackling this issue, consider every possibility and rule them out one by one so that you may understand why this problem is happening to your phone. Of course, our primary goal is to fix the problem and make your phone won’t perfectly again and we will do that. So, if you’re one of the Galaxy S7 Edge users whose experiencing these type of problems, we recommend you to continue reading this article to give you an idea how to deal with them.

Before we proceed with our troubleshooting, if you are looking for a solution to a different issue, then visit our troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most common problems with this phone. Browse through the page to find the solution that works best for you. If you still need our help after that, then contact us through our Android issues questionnaire.

Fixing Galaxy S7 Edge that overheats and crashes after a firmware update


There is one potential to this issue provided that it started after an update. As you know, major updates are supposed to fix problems reported by users and while that’s the case in almost every update Samsung rolled out for its devices, there are times when new issues emerge and more often it’s because of some caches that got corrupted or became obsolete during the update process.

System caches, while temporary and small, they play a great role in making your phone, apps and services run smoothly. If they get corrupted at some point, there could be a negative effect to your phone. With that said, the best thing to do about this problem that started shortly after a firmware update is to delete all system caches so that the firmware can replace them with new ones. This is how you do that…

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key at the same time.
  3. When the phone powers on, the Android System Recovery screen appears approx. 30 seconds later.
  4. Release all of the keys.
  5. Press the Volume down key to highlight “wipe cache partition.”
  6. Press the Power key to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key to highlight “yes” and press the Power key to select.
  8. When the wipe cache partition is complete, “Reboot system now” is highlighted.
  9. Press the Power key to restart the device.

After the phone has rebooted, continue your observation to know if it would still crash or overheats and if so, then you have to do more than just wiping the cache partition. Continue reading below for some troubleshooting procedures you can do to determine the problem and hopefully fix it.

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Troubleshooting guide for Galaxy S7 Edge that keeps crashing and overheating

The very purpose of this troubleshooting guide is for us to know why this problem occurs in the first place, what causes it and what needs to be done to fix it. However, I understand that not all users are comfortable doing procedures on their phones that they don’t fully understand. So, if you’re hesitant to troubleshoot your phone on your own, you better bring it to the service center so that a Samsung tech can check it for you. But for those who are willing to do something about this problem, read on as one of the methods below may help you.

Look for signs of physical and/or liquid damage

Overheating and any sort of firmware issues can be caused by a physical damage and any impact that could render the phone useless should leave a mark on the outside. So, look for scratches, dents and cracks because if you see some, it’s always possible that this problem you have on your phone is due to a physical damage.

When it comes to liquid damage, it’s bit more complicated than the previous but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. To check for possible liquid damage, do the following:

  • Look into the USB / charger port to find traces of liquid or any foreign materials.
  • You may use a cotton swab to clean the area or insert a small piece of tissue to absorb the moist.
  • If you can see some debris or lint, you can use a pair of tweezers to remove them.
  • You may also check the Liquid Damage Indicator (LDI) in the SIM card slot.
  • If the LDI is white, there’s no water damage but if it turned red or purple then water or any sort of liquid found its way into your phone.

In case there are signs of physical and/or liquid damage in your phone, it’s best that you bring it to the service center so that a technician can immediately check it for you.

Observe the phone in Safe mode

Applications that keep on crashing may affect the firmware which may also result to system crashes wherein the phone would freeze for a few seconds before it would shut itself down. More often when this happens, you would have an unresponsive phone. Third-party apps that need to be updated are often the cause of this problem.

Moreover, if there are a lot of apps running in the background, it may also lead to overheating. It may happen after an update or any time. We need to rule out these possibilities and to do so, you just have to run your Galaxy S7 Edge in safe mode to temporarily disable all third-party apps. While in that environment, continue your observation to know if the phone would still crash and overheat. This is how to run your S7 Edge in safe mode:

  1. Turn your Galaxy S7 Edge off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key past the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge screen.
  3. When “SAMSUNG” appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  5. Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  6. Safe mode will display in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  7. Release the Volume down key when you see Safe Mode.

If the crashes and overheating disappear in this mode, then it’s clear that your third-party apps have something to do about these issues. It’s difficult to pinpoint which app is causing the problem but if you already have some apps you suspect, you should try uninstalling them first, reboot your phone in normal mode and see if problems still occur. Here’s how you uninstall an app from your S7 Edge:

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Apps.
  4. Tap the desired application in the default list or tap Menu icon > Show system apps to display preinstalled apps.
  5. Tap Uninstall.
  6. Tap Uninstall again to confirm.

I know it’s easier said than done so if you think it would be a lot easier and faster to do a reset than to find out which app causes the problem, then I suggest you backup your files and data and then perform the Factory Reset:

  1. Back up data on the internal memory. If you have signed into a Google account on the device, you have activated Anti-theft and will need your Google credentials to finish the Master reset.
  2. From any Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Cloud and accounts.
  5. Tap Backup and reset.
  6. If desired, tap Back up my data to move the slider to ON or OFF.
  7. If desired, tap Restore to move the slider to ON or OFF.
  8. Tap the back key twice to return to the Settings menu, then tap General Management.
  9. Tap Reset.
  10. Tap Factory data reset.
  11. Tap Reset device.
  12. If you have screen lock turned on, enter your PIN or password.
  13. Tap Continue.
  14. Tap Delete all.

However, if your S7 Edge is still crashing or overheating in Safe mode, then you must do the next method.

Observe your phone in Recovery mode

The Android system recovery or Recovery Mode is the fail-safe of almost all Android devices. The phone that boots up into it will have all its components powered up like it usually does when it’s booted up into normal mode but the usual user interface and all other apps and services aren’t loaded. If the phone heats up while in this mode, then it’s clear the problem is with the hardware and not due to a firmware issue. In such case, the best thing you can do is bring the phone to the service center but before you do that, it’s best that you do the Master Reset. This will bring the phone back to its original or factory settings. There’s also a chance that it would fix the problem so it’s worth doing it. However, make sure you backup your files and data prior to doing this as they will be deleted. I also suggest you disable the Factory Reset Protection by removing your Google account from your phone before you even boot the device into the Recovery mode to make sure you won’t be locked out after the reset.

Once every is set and ready, follow these steps to do the Master Reset:

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

If it fails to fix the problem, then it’s time to bring it to the service center. At least, you’ve done everything in your power to fix the problem but to no avail.

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How to fix your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge that doesn’t charge via wired or wireless, heats up when charging [Troubleshooting Guide]

To be able to charge is one of the most basic and important capability of any mobile phone. What if a high-end #smartphone like your #Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (#S7Edge) lost this capability and won’t respond when you connect the cable or place it over its wireless charging pad? Remember, a phone without battery, regardless whether it’s cheap or expensive, will become useless however you put it.

In this post, I will address some of the most common, charging-related issues any smartphone owner may encounter anytime, anywhere. I will begin this troubleshooting post by addressing a wired charging issue involving an S7 Edge unit that no longer responds when the power cable is charged. Secondly, I will tackle about a wireless charging problem that you may also encounter if you own an S7 Edge yourself or any smartphone with wireless charging feature. Of course, we have to look into some possibilities why these issues occur in the first place and we will have to base our troubleshooting methods on them.

Thirdly, I will discuss about an issue wherein the phone heats up when it’s charging. While it is normal for the phone to heat up a bit when plugged in, it is never normal anymore when it becomes really hot that it’s uncomfortable for the user to touch it. More often than not, an issue like this may have been caused by either physical or liquid damage but there are also cases wherein a firmware issue may result to this kind of problem.

Read on to understand why this issues occur and learn how to troubleshoot your phone when one of them happens. If, however, you have other issues with your phone, try to visit our S7 Edge troubleshooting page for we have already addressed hundreds of problems with this phone. Find issues that are similar to yours and use the solutions and/or troubleshooting guides we suggested. If they don’t work and you need further assistance, feel free to contact us by filling up our Android issues questionnaire. Be sure to include necessary details about your phone and the problem so that we can easily diagnose the problem and provide you with accurate solutions.

How to troubleshoot Galaxy S7 Edge that doesn’t charge when plugged in

Problem: Hi. I own the new Galaxy S7 Edge, which I bought in May last year. I’ve had an issue or two with it but I managed to fix the problems I encountered. Recently, however, my phone stopped charging and I don’t know what’s the issue with it. I don’t have a wireless charging and am not planning to buy one since I already have the charger that came with this phone. I bought at such a high price and I don’t want to spend another dime just for this phone nor will pay someone to fix it since I’ve taken care of it ever since I got it and I know I didn’t drop it on either the hard pavement or water. If you guys are kind enough to help an old man fix this phone, I would surely appreciate it. Thanks.

Troubleshooting: Charging issues are complicated naturally since it involves the charger, cable, battery and the phone itself. Since you are positive the phone didn’t suffer from a drop on a hard surface or water, then let’s try to take physical and liquid damages out of the equation for now but it doesn’t mean those factors are no longer the reason why the device is acting up like this. With all that being said, here’s what I think you should do to fix this problem:

Step 1: Try to do the Forced Reboot procedure

You didn’t tell us if the phone is currently turned on or has already powered down. There are times when the firmware crashes leaving the phone unresponsive. We often call the phone “frozen” when this happens. Most of the time, this issue can be fixed by simply doing the forced restart procedure, which obviously takes the phone out of being stuck. This is the first thing I want you to do: press and hold the Volume Down and the Power keys together for 10 to 15 seconds. Provided the device has enough battery to power up its components and load all necessary services and assuming the problem is as minor as the system crash, the device should reboot normally.

When your device booted up successfully after doing this procedure, then the problem is fixed, at least, for now. You will have to observe it closely so that when the problem happens again, you would know what the cause is. This way, you would know what to do to fix the problem for good or you can tell us about it and we would recommend a solution for you. However, if the issue wasn’t fixed by this procedure, then the next step might help.

Step 2: Charge the phone and do the Forced Reboot while it’s plugged in

The possibility that the battery was drained and caused the firmware to crash has to be ruled out. I’ve seen cases wherein the device freezes when the battery is really low especially when you’re using Power Saving features. As you may have already known, the power saving feature forces the phone to monitor the battery level while comparing it with the number of apps and services running in the background. Glitches occur all the time but they are most likely to happen when the phone is running out of battery and when the system force closes some of the services just to save up some juice. That’s why it’s possible that the firmware crashes before the battery gets drained and that’s one of the reasons why it won’t respond when the charger is plugged in.

So, plug the charger into the electric outlet and then plug the cable to your phone. Regardless whether the phone responds or not, press and hold the Volume Down and the Power keys together for 10 to 15 seconds. If the phone boots up, then problem solved, otherwise, proceed with the next troubleshooting step below.

Step 3: Leave the phone charging for at least 10 minutes

If both steps 1 and 2 failed, then allow the phone to charge for at least 10 minutes and then attempt to turn it on normally. If it doesn’t, then try the forced reboot procedure again.

There are times when the phone takes a few minutes to be able to recognize that electricity is flowing through its circuits especially when the battery was completely drained. In such is the case with your device, then it should charge within 10 minutes provided the charger is just working fine.

Step 4: Attempt to boot your phone up in Safe Mode

The Safe Mode is your phone’s diagnostic state. It loads up all necessary services and processes without loading third-party apps. While it doesn’t fix the issue, it gives you an overview what the real problem with your phone is. For instance, if your phone boots up in safe mode, then we can say at this point that the cause of the problem is one or some of the third-party apps installed on your phone. Therefore, you just have to find those apps and uninstall them.

Here’s how you boot your S7 Edge in safe mode:

  1. Make sure the phone is off
  2. Press and hold the ‘Power key’
  3. When the Samsung logo appears, quickly release the ‘Power key’, then press and hold ‘Volume Down key’
  4. Continue pressing the ‘Volume Down key’ until you are boot to the home screen
  5. Then, the ‘Safe Mode’ will display on the lower-side of the screen.
  6. Safe Mode is now activated

And this is how you uninstall apps from your phone:
Assuming that you on the main screen

  1. Tap the ‘App menu’
  2. Find the  ‘Settings icon’ and tap it
  3. Navigate by swiping up and down through options
  4. Find and tap ‘Applications’ or ‘App’ option
  5. Tap ‘Application Manager’
  6. Once inside the ‘Application Manager’, simply tap the apps that you think it causes the problem
  7. Then tap the ‘Uninstall’ option
  8. Confirm the Uninstall
  9. After confirming, it will process and give you a confirmation that it is successful

If the phone still refuses to boot up in safe mode, then the next step might help.

Step 5: Try to boot your phone up into the Recovery Mode

At this stage, we’ll try to find out if the phone is still capable of powering up its hardware components even without loading the firmware and we can do that if we try to boot up your phone into the Recovery Mode. Just follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the ‘Power key’ + ‘Volume Up key’ + ‘Home key’ together
  2. Wait until the phone vibrates and Android mascot appears
  3. After that, quickly release the ‘Power key’ but continue pressing the ‘Home key’ and ‘Volume up key’

If the device still won’t boot up after this, then there’s nothing much we can do about the phone that doesn’t turn on or boot up. Needless to say, have your phone checked by a technician.

How to troubleshoot Galaxy S7 Edge that won’t charge with wireless charger

Problem: My S7 Edge just started to act up and now it won’t charge with my wireless charger. I already tried rebooting it several times but it still not charging when I place it on the charging pad. The phone was given to me brand new and I bought the wireless charger from a third-party but it was working fine ever since. I’m not really sure what happened but I only got 6% of battery left. I’ve already turned on the Power Saving mode to even save up power but I just want my phone to work like before. Please help me.

Troubleshooting: Inductive charging is a bit more complicated than the typical wired charging and considering the technology being used today still needs to be refined, we really cannot expect this feature to be 100% working like the wired method. That is why when troubleshooting a wireless charging issue, it’s imperative that you find out if it has something to do with the charging method or not. To make it easier for you to understand, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Try charging your phone with a wired charger

I’m not saying you use this method to charge your phone because I know how convenient it is to just place your phone on the charging pad and take it anytime you want without having to disconnect the cable.  But I want you to do this to know if the phone still charges with the typical charger because if it does, then there’s a greater possibility that the problem is with the charger itself because as long as the phone charges fine with the wired charger, the battery is fine and all other circuits that are essential for charging.

Step 2: Use a different wireless charger to probe further

Do this if the phone charges just fine with the wired charger but I’m not saying you need to buy a new wireless charger when we haven’t confirmed yet it it’s really the problem. You may borrow from someone who has a wireless charger and try your phone to see if it charges with other wireless chargers because if so, then you know what the real problem is.

However, if your phone doesn’t charge with other wireless chargers, then it might already be a problem with the phone.

Step 3: Try to reset your phone and see if it charges wirelessly after that

Firmware issues may cause the phone not to charge so to rule out this possibility, you need to reset your phone. But of course, you need to backup all your files and data first before following the steps below:

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key. NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long you press and hold the Home and Volume Up keys, it won’t affect the phone but by the time you press and hold the Power key, that’s when the phone starts to respond.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds. NOTE: The “Installing system update” message may show on the screen for several seconds before displaying the Android system recovery menu. This is just the first phase of the entire process.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

After the reset and your phone still won’t charge via wireless charger, then have it checked by a technician.

What to do when your Galaxy S7 Edge heats up while charging

Problem: I’m kind of worried now after reading cases of Galaxy Note 7 exploding while charging because my Galaxy S7 Edge is heating up every time I connect it’s charger. I know it’s not normal because this issue may have started just a couple of days back. What must I do to fix this problem? Can you guys suggest things that need to be done? Thanks.

Troubleshooting: There are a lot of factors that may contribute why this problem occurs with your device so it’s imperative you perform troubleshooting as the phone that heats up may be a sign that the device is suffering from a serious hardware problem. To make it easier for you though, here’s what you need to do if your Galaxy S7 Edge is heating up while charging:

  1. Boot it up in safe mode and try to charge while it’s in that state. All third-party apps are temporarily disabled so if one of them or some is causing the problem, it shouldn’t heat up when in that mode even if you leave it charging for hours.
  2. Turn off your phone and try to charge it. If the device still heats up in safe mode, then power it down and plug it in. If it still heats up, then we might be facing a serious hardware issue.
  3. Connect your phone to a computer to know if it still heats up. All you need to do is let the phone charge for a few minutes to know if it still heats up if it’s a computer or laptop that’s charging it. If it does, then it must be an issue with the phone.
  4. Send it in for checkup and/or repair. Don’t take this problem lightly as charging problems may result to a more serious issue if left alone. So, if you did everything above and your device is still heating up while charging, then seek help from a technician to have the device checked.

I hope that this troubleshooting guide can help you one way or another.

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How to Troubleshoot Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge “Warning: Camera failed” error

Some Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (#Samsung #GalaxyS7Edge #S7Edge) owners have encountered the error “Warning: Camera failed” when trying to launch the stock camera app to take pictures or record videos. The error pops up as soon as the app opens leaving the owners without options but to close the app.

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Some say the occurrence was sporadic while others say the error comes up every single time the camera is opened. Sporadic or not, I am sure you don’t want this problem to continue as you won’t know if it occurs the time you want to snap something important.

Among the most common symptoms of this problem are the following:

  • The error message “Warning: Camera failed” pops up as soon as camera opens
  • Camera app freezes and the error pops up after a few seconds
  • The app just closes by itself without popping up the error message
  • Error pops up when you open the app but the camera works the next time you open it
  • Rear camera works fine but error pops up when switching to front camera

This problem is actually not exclusive to the S7 Edge as this has been happening since the development of Android. It can be a firmware issue or a serious hardware problem affecting the camera sensor itself. Based on cases we’ve encountered before, here’s the list of the possible causes of this problem:

  • The stock camera app crashes preventing the camera sensor from operating
  • The camera sensor itself is defective and needs replacement
  • The Gallery freezes and crashes affecting the camera app
  • The firmware is corrupt or files needed to operate the camera are missing
  • The phone suffered liquid or physical damage that affected the camera
  • Some caches and/or data got corrupted for some reason
  • Smart Stay is interfering with the camera’s operation

Now that I presented the common symptoms and possible causes of this problem, here’s a couple of concerns sent by our readers who just got the new Galaxy S7 Edge:

Hi droid guys! I need your phone. My Galaxy S7 Edge is still 4 days old and I’m actually enjoying this new beast until I opened the camera. Yes, I just opened the camera after 3 days of learning its new features. I don’t usually take so many pictures and the camera didn’t interest me at all, however, I am worried because it gives me the error “Warning: Camera failed” when I opened it up for the first time. I closed it and opened it again and the error was gone. Tries several times to open it and snap photos here and there but the it didn’t return. Today, I opened it and the error was there again, closed it, no error, closed it and opened it again and there was the error. Apparently, the problem error doesn’t occur every time but I just want to know if there’s a way to fix it or should I have it replaced? Thanks for the help.” — Joseph

My name is Sarah and my phone is the new S7 Edge I bought about a week ago. There is an error that shows up telling me that the camera failed whenever I try to take pictures. This just occurred recently because I was able to take a lot of pictures since I got it. I don’t understand why it has to occur but if you know how to fix it and save me from driving 20 miles to the store to have it replaced, then I would surely appreciate it. Thank you!

Before going any further, if you have other concerns with your new phone, visit our troubleshooting guide as we list down every problem we address each week. Try to find issues that are similar to yours and use the solutions we provided. You may also contact us directly by completing this questionnaire. Make sure to provide all relevant information about your problem.

Step-by-step Troubleshooting

I understand how frustrating this problem could be to some owners considering the phone is brand new and a premium device (with premium price) at that. This troubleshooting guide only exists for owners who are willing to take some time tinkering their devices in a bid to fix it and save them from driving miles and miles to the store and spending hours of waiting until the tech finally fixes the device. Let’s try to perform a thorough troubleshooting by starting from very simple procedures.

Step 1: Restart the camera app and/or restart the phone

This is just a temporary fix but if you’re in a hurry to snap some pictures, try opening the camera app again after the error popped up. If you’re still getting the same error, then try to reboot the phone and then try again.

There are times when the app or the hardware glitches causing the former to crash and return an error. A simple reboot will refresh the phone’s memory and may fix the problem.

Step 2: Clear the cache and data of the Camera or Gallery

Both the camera and the gallery apps are connected and run simultaneously. When the camera takes pictures, the gallery will be the one to sort them, crop thumbnails, etc. There are times when the Gallery freezes and hangs after taking pictures, which may lead to the camera crashing either by giving out an error or by simply force-closing the app without warning.

So, if the error message pops up after taking pictures or even just viewing them through the camera, try clearing the cache and the data of the Gallery app first and see what happens. Don’t worry, your photos and videos are stored somewhere else and will not be deleted.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Find and tap on Settings.
  3. Touch Applications and then Application manager.
  4. Swipe to ALL tab.
  5. Find and touch the Gallery (Camera) app.
  6. Touch the Force Close button first.
  7. Then, tap Storage.
  8. Tap Clear cache and then Clear data, Delete.

If the problem remained after that, then repeat the process but this time, clear the cache and the data of the camera app.

Step 3: Turn off or disable the Smart Stay feature

The Smart Stay feature in Galaxy S7 Edge uses the front camera in detecting the owner’s face once enabled. There have already been a lot of reports in the past complaining about this very same issue that is caused by this feature.

Smart Stay is a really good service but for some reason, Samsung may have overlooked some things causing the feature to interfere with the Camera’s normal operation. If you’re not using it or if having a working camera is more important than this, then you should disable it.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. Find and tap on Settings.
  3. Tap Display.
  4. Touch Smart Stay.
  5. Touch the toggle switch to turn it Off.
  6. Reboot your phone.

It should work now if Smart Stay was causing the problem.

Step 4: Try clearing the system cache

Minor firmware and hardware glitches are often caused by corrupt caches. Since we really can pinpoint which file got corrupted (but even if we can we still don’t have access to it), it’s always easier to just delete all the system caches and let the phone create newer files. With that, you need to wipe the cache partition:

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

Step 5: Clear all data by doing the master reset

This is your last resort if wiping the cache partition failed. If you’re familiar with factory reset, then this procedure is the same and aside from that, it reformats both the data and cache partitions. But just before you do it, make sure you backup all your data as they’ll all be deleted. Then, remove your Google account and disengage the screen locks to make sure the Anti-theft feature is turned off. Once you’ve done all of those things, follow these step:

Step 1: Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Step 2: Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.

NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long you press and hold the Home and Volume Up keys, it won’t affect the phone but by the time you press and hold the Power key, that’s when the phone starts to respond.

Step 3: When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.

Step 4: When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.

NOTE: The “Installing system update” message may show on the screen for several seconds before displaying the Android system recovery menu. This is just the first phase of the entire process.

Step 5: Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’

Step 6: Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.

Step 7: Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.

Step 8: Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.

Step 9: The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

Lastly, if the problem wasn’t fixed by the master reset, there’s a chance that the problem is with the camera sensor itself. Since you are still within the replacement period, take time to visit the store as soon as possible so you can have the unit replaced with a brand new one.

I hope that this troubleshooting guide helps.

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Fix Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge that won’t charge using its charger, other power issues

Charging issues is one of the most common power-related problems with the #Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (#S7Edge). We actually received a lot of complaints from our readers who were complaining about their phones that won’t charge using the wired method. In fact, we already addressed many of these problems before but since we are still receiving quite a lot of similar issues, we cannot just stop publishing posts like this.

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In this post, I included a few charging issues. The first problem is about a unit that doesn’t charge while plugged in using its power adapter but charges with 1A power bank. It might be an issue with the hardware or the firmware and there’s only one way to find out–troubleshooting. So, read on to understand more about this problem and learn how to deal with it in case it occurs to your.

As to our readers who are bugged by other issues, make sure you visit our Galaxy S7 Edge troubleshooting page as we’ve already listed hundreds of problems with this device. Try to find issues that are similar or related to yours and use the solutions we suggested. If they don’t work for you, you can always contact us by completing our Android problems questionnaire. Please provide us with detailed information about your problem so we can help you better.

Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t charge using power adapters or chargers

Problem: We have had the phone for about 2 months and we had been travelling on a coach and it had charged fine but when I have come home it has not charged I have tried about 5 different plugs and chargers and it won’t charge it only charges when I use a 1 amp portable power bank and this has happiest to me and my sister. We both have S7 edge me black her gold and it has happened on both. I think it is a software thing. We have updated a few weeks ago and we have tried to restart the phone many times. Please help.

Answer: Well, it can be an issue with the firmware or a problem with the chargers or the cable you use. We cannot just jump into conclusion without doing some troubleshooting. Two Galaxy S7 Edge phones having the same issue and do you think it’s also a coincident that it happens to you and your sister? I don’t think so. Probably, you have the same set of apps installed, right?

My first suspect are the apps. You may have installed an app that can manipulate the battery. With that in mind, I want you to boot your device in safe mode to temporarily disable all third-party apps.

  1. Press and hold the Power key.
  2. As soon as you can see the ‘Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE’ on the screen, release the Power key and immediately hold the Volume Down key.
  3. Continue holding the Volume Down button until the device finishes rebooting.
  4. You may release it when you can see ‘Safe mode’ in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Once the phone successfully booted up in safe mode, attempt to charge phone using the original charger. I understand you already tried using 5 different chargers, is that accurate? If so, then please just use the original one after all, those third-party chargers don’t work too. Should my suspicion that the problem is caused by one of the apps, then it should charge while in diagnostic state but if not, then try connecting your device to a computer if possible.

By connecting it to a computer, you can immediately tell if the USB cable has something to do with the problem. If the computer detects the phone, it must charge although very slowly but if not, then it’s the cable. Try using the USB cable of the other unit and see if that works.

Lastly, if the phone still won’t charge if not through the power bank, then take time to backup your data and files and reset the device. If you were right about your suspicion that it’s a software issue, then the reset may fix it but if not, then you have no other choice but to have it checked. Here’s how you effectively reset your device…

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key. NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long you press and hold the Home and Volume Up keys, it won’t affect the phone but by the time you press and hold the Power key, that’s when the phone starts to respond.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds. NOTE: The “Installing system update” message may show on the screen for several seconds before displaying the Android system recovery menu. This is just the first phase of the entire process.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

Galaxy S7 Edge won’t reboot, screen only flickers

Problem: I have tried the four steps to reboot my Samsung S7 Edge but the screen only light up for a fraction of a second and off again. I brought this phone in Vienna, Austria, because I lost my s6 phone in the taxi while travelling to work in Vienna. As I am permanently in another country, I would like to request whether I can still be helped to fix my phone?

Answer: I don’t know how this problem started since you only told us what’s happening with your phone now or what the problem is. If it’s damaged physically or by water, then wherever you go, you cannot claim warranty. However, if it’s a minor problem not caused by you, you may still be able to have it checked by a technician without a service fee. Company rules vary from country to country so you won’t know unless you try.

Galaxy S7 Edge draining the battery while plugged in instead of charging

Problem: I tend to put my phone to charge and I would text people while charging and I recently sawas it would not charge it would actually drain more than charger. I have this problem while the phone is being charge and I have the fast charging cable. Can you please help.

Answer: Try turning the phone off and plug it in to charge and if it charges fine and fast, then the problem might be as simple as too much apps running in the background draining the battery quicker than the device could charge. The next thing to do is verify whether the phone also charge fine while in safe mode and if it does, then try to find out which apps are causing the problem.

On the other hand, if the device won’t charge properly even if it’s turned off or in safe mode, then it might be a problem with its charger. At this point in time, try using a different charger or try connecting your device to a computer. Should the device charge when using a different charger or connected to a computer, then it’s time to buy a new charger, otherwise, let it be checked by a technician.

Galaxy S7 Edge won’t turn on nor respond without apparent reason

Problem: I was headed home with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge working perfectly fine. So I put my phone at a pocket in the car. And when i got home it suddenly was not responding. I tried charging it but the led indicator wasn’t lighting up but I still kept it plugged for like maybe 20 mins but still wont turn on. I also tried doing the reset with the volume key down and power button thing and it still wont respond. Should i get my phone repaired or something?

Answer: Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as you think. It’s a simple system crash, which leaves the phone unresponsive and charging is also impossible to do. You can bring your phone back to life by pressing and holding the Volume Down button and Power key together for 15 seconds. If the problem happens more often, the phone might be suffering from a serious firmware issue and a reset might be necessary. My point is, since it already happened once, there’s a chance it would happen again so continue observing your phone.

Galaxy S7 Edge keeps showing the “moisture detected” warning

Problem: Ever since using the VR I have charging issues with intermittent “moisture detected” warnings.  Phone has not gotten wet and USB port is dry. At times while phone is charging after the charging will stop/continue randomly with intermittent warnings. Sometimes it will charge without issues for a good 30 min prior to any signs. Sometimes longer. I’ve read other reports with similar or identical issues.

Answer: Try to check the USB port on your phone to see if there is a pin that’s bent or a lint inside. If there’s a bent pin, try to straighten it out as that might be the problem and as for the lint or debris, just remove it or blast compressed air into the port to clean it up. However, if there’s no problem in the port, it’s time you had it checked.

Galaxy S7 Edge won’t turn on after possible overheating

Problem: Was using Dr Fone to recover deleted photos from my S7 Edge. Software froze which is when I realised my phone seemed to be switched off, but extremely hot, above 104f (baby thermometer).  Error message was to the effect that my phone malfunctioned. So I disconnected connection from my PC. I used the volume  and start button, this eventually seemed to switch the phone off, as it started to cool down. However I cannot switch my phone on.  Can you help?
Answer: In other words, the phone overheated. Pressing and holding the Volume and Home buttons won’t turn off the device so I think the phone switched off on its own as preventive measure because if it stayed on, it might have been fried.

Allow the phone to cool off and then press and hold the Volume Down button and then the Power key and keep them pressed together for 15 seconds. That should boot the phone up but if not, try to charge the phone for a few minutes and try to see if it does heat up fast because if so, there’s nothing you can do about it except bring it to a technician and have it checked or repaired. If it charges, however, and the charging signs are showing, then you can turn the phone on after a few minutes.

Galaxy S7 Edge froze but home screen is on with blue line

Problem: My Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has frozen up, the home screen is on but there’s a blue line that’s scrolling up and down it won’t let me enter to my apps. It does not respond at all.

Answer: That’s another variation of a system crash–the phone becomes unresponsive but the screen stays on. To fix it, press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys together for 15 seconds. This will make the phone reboot normally.

Galaxy S7 Edge won’t charge up to 100%, stops at 70%

Problem: Hi. My phone all of a sudden doesn’t charge up to 100%, it stops at 70%, little icon on a battery shows lightning bolt on it while charger is plugged in but it doesn’t charge anymore. Tried to reboot but nothing changed. And i think battery life started to go down much quicker than usual. Any ideas?

Answer: Try to boot your device in safe mode and see if it can continue up to 100% when all third-party apps are disabled. If still not, try turning it off but continue charging it. If the problem remains, try to wipe the cache partition as corrupt caches may sometimes cause problems like this.

  1. Turn off the phone.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished wiping the cache partition. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

If all else fails, have it checked by a technician.

Is Galaxy S7 Edge waterproof? No, it’s not.

Problem: Phone not waterproof.  In 3ft of h2o, holding breath took pic and came back up no longer than 10sec. Phone will not come on contact Samsung and told since I didn’t purchase directly from them they are not responsible. How can you advertise one thing and not stand behind it.

Answer: First off, we are not associated with Samsung, so if you’re here to air out your frustration thinking we’re Samsung, you’re barking at the wrong tree.

But anyway, we also would like to tell you that the phone is water-resistant, not waterproof. No one can blame you for thinking it’s waterproof as the IP68 rating is one of the selling points of the phone. But the fact is water can still get into the device and that’s what happened to yours, right? Too bad Samsung won’t take it in and fix it without fee but it’s because water damage isn’t covered by the device’s warranty.

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How to fix Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge that won’t bootup or turn on after a firmware update [Troubleshooting Guide]

We received a lot of complaints from our readers who own the #Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (#S7Edge) and one of the most common issues is that the phone would no longer bootup or power on after a firmware update. So, a question about whether or not to update the phone was raised and of course, we have to investigate this as it seems to be a very serious firmware issue, although some cases may have been caused by hardware problems.

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First off, I want to put a clear distinction between the terms “booting up” and “powering on” to avoid confusion. When you say the phone isn’t booting up, it actually powers on but it can’t successfully load everything and reach the Home screen. Most of the time, the device is stuck on the logo or the black screen after that. Boot loop is also a part of this problem because of the time the logo is farthest the phone can reach before it restarts.

When you say the phone isn’t turning on, it means that there’s no sign of power whatsoever. The device won’t respond when you press and hold the Power key or any other buttons for that matter, although a combination of buttons may bring the phone back to life provided that the problem is a minor issue with the firmware and not with the hardware.

Read on to understand more about these issues and learn how to fix them or, at least, troubleshoot your Galaxy S7 Edge in case one of these may happen to you. If you have other problems, however, make sure you visit our S7 Edge troubleshooting page for we have already addressed a lot of problems that occurred with this device. We may already have a solution to your problem so try to find issues that are similar to yours. On the other hand, if you need further assistance, you can always contact us by filling up our Android issues questionnaire.

Troubleshooting Galaxy S7 Edge that won’t boot up successfully after an update

The booting up issue is the first I want to tackle in this post because more often, it’s firmware-related. Below are some troubleshooting steps you can actually use to see if you can fix the problem on your own without any help from a technician or your provider. But before that, here’s one of the problems we received.

Related Problem: My Galaxy S7 Edge just got updated and I thought everything went well but after a few days, I noticed the phone seemed to have slowed down noticeably and after that it shut off. When I tried turning it back on, it just stays on the black screen after the logo. Turning it off and then on again will result to the same thing. Can you guys help me out here? What can I do to fix this problem and I’m also curious as to what caused it? Thanks a lot!

As our reader said the S7 Edge’s performance noticeably deteriorated before it actually turned itself off and got stuck on the black screen after the logo appears on the screen. It’s actually a typical “stuck during boot up” issue and while it seems minor based on the description, there were reports about the same problem that are more complicated than this one. Therefore, we need to troubleshoot the device thoroughly and not just based on the problem I cited here.

Step 1: Verify it’s not just an issue with any of your downloaded apps

There are cases wherein the phone gets stuck during boot up as soon as the update gets installed and there many also reported to have used their devices for a few days before the problem started. But whatever the case is, the safest thing to do while you’re still trying to find out what the culprit is is to isolate the problem but restarting the device in Safe Mode. In this state, the device will run at default settings with only pre-installed apps and built-in services running in the background. In other words, all third-parties will be temporarily disabled.

The other term for Safe Mode is diagnostic state wherein you can immediately know if the problem is with pre-installed apps, firmware or downloaded apps.

If the problem still occurs even in safe mode, then it’s either a problem with the pre-installed app or the firmware itself, otherwise, the third-party apps have to be looked into. You need to find out which app is actually causing the problem and uninstall it, although it’s really difficult to determine which one is the culprit. But anyway, here are the steps on how to boot your Galaxy S7 Edge in safe mode:

  1. Press and hold the Power key.
  2. As soon as you can see the ‘Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE’ on the screen, release the Power key and immediately hold the Volume Down key.
  3. Continue holding the Volume Down button until the device finishes rebooting.
  4. You may release it when you can see ‘Safe mode’ in the bottom left corner of the screen.

The purpose of this procedure is actually to know whether your phone can boot up successfully and if so, try booting it up normally and if that doesn’t make any difference, boot it up in this state again and this time, find the apps that are causing the issue.

On the other hand, if the phone cannot boot in safe mode successfully, the next step is necessary.

Step 2: Try booting the phone in Recovery Mode and wipe the cache partition

This procedure must be done if the phone still cannot boot up normally after getting out of safe mode or if it cannot start up in that state. The problem might be in the cache because it occurred after an update. More often, the system cache gets corrupted during the update process and if it continues to use it, issues like this occur.

When it happens, you should delete the system cache so that Android will be forced to create new files that will replace them. So, here’s how you boot your S7 Edge in Recovery Mode and wipe the cache partition:

  1. Turn off the phone.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished wiping the cache partition. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

If the phone gets stuck during boot up still, then you have no other choice but to do the next step.

Step 3: Boot your phone in Recovery Mode again and do the Master Reset

For firmware issues, this is a very effective procedure as it doesn’t just delete your apps, data and files, it also reformats the entire data partition where system files are saved. In that effect, no corrupt will be left behind that’s why it’s imperative you do this step before deciding to send the phone for checkup and/or repair. Here’s how you do the master reset:

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key. NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long you press and hold the Home and Volume Up keys, it won’t affect the phone but by the time you press and hold the Power key, that’s when the phone starts to respond.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds. NOTE: The “Installing system update” message may show on the screen for several seconds before displaying the Android system recovery menu. This is just the first phase of the entire process.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

If the reset fails, then visit a local shop or go to your provider and have it taken care of.

Troubleshooting Galaxy S7 Edge that won’t turn on after an update

If the phone refuses to come back on after being updated, it could mean that the firmware installed on it is totally corrupt, damaged or lacking many files. However, there is also a possibility that it’s a hardware problem and it’s just a coincidence that the problem occurred after the firmware update. With those things under consideration, follow the steps below in troubleshooting your device but before that, here’s one of the problems we received related to the issue at hand.

Related Problem: I hope you guys are doing well as I really need your help. I bought the S7 Edge several months ago and while I was satisfied with its performance before, I’m very disappointed now and it ceases to work already. There was an update that got installed then the phone turned off and won’t power back on no matter what I do. I need your advice on this please. Thanks.

Step 1: Verify that it’s not just a problem caused by a system crash

The firmware works hand-in-hand with the hardware but there are times the former crashes and when it happens, both of them may suffer. Being unresponsive is just one of those symptoms. Since the Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t have a removable battery, you cannot just do the battery pull trick just like old models.

Samsung engineers, however, already thought of this so they included a combination that will simulate battery disconnect. That’s what you need to to do rule out the possibility of a system crash. To do that, the press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power key together for 10 seconds. If there’s enough battery and that there’s no actual damage to the hardware, the phone should reboot.

Step 2: Charge the phone to make sure the battery has enough charge

It’s a power-related issue so you immediately need to rule out the possibility that the battery only got drained that’s why the phone won’t turn on even just after a firmware update.

Aside from that, you can also immediately tell if the firmware detects the phone being connected to the charger because if so, it should show the usual charging signs like the charging icon on the screen and the red or green LED on top of the screen. If none of those show up, then try a different charger and if still no, then you might be looking at a possible hard-bricked phone. Your last chance is to send the phone for repair.

If you’re verified it’s not a battery issue and that the phone actually responds while charging but the device still won’t turn on, then try to wipe the cache partition but first you need to boot your phone in recovery mode. If that fails as well, then the reset is also necessary provided the phone turns on. Lastly, you need a real technician to get it fix if the problem remains.

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Galaxy S7 disconnects from cellular network automatically, signal keeps dropping, other issues

Calling issues are some of the least reported troubles for the #GalaxyS7 so there’s not much literature about it. The fact is, most voice calling problems are caused by an issue on the network side so device troubleshooting is minimal. Nevertheless, we still need of publishing an article about them so here it is.

If you are looking for solutions to your own #Android issue, you can contact us by using the link provided at the bottom of this page.

When describing your issue, please be as detailed as possible so we can easily pinpoint a relevant solution. If you can, kindly include the exact error messages you are getting to give us an idea where to start. If you have already tried some troubleshooting steps before emailing us, make sure to mention them so we can skip them in our answers.

Below are specific topics we’re bringing for you today:

Problem 1: Galaxy S7 disconnects from cellular network automatically

I am in a rural area where cell and WIFI signals are spotty. When I move to a low or no signal area, the phone signal and the WIFI signal are lost, but when I move back to an area with a strong cell and WIFI signal, the phone does not reconnect automatically. It works fine after I cycle the phone off and then on again, or when I cycle airplane mode on and off again. Is there something I can do to fix this problem? — Tito

Solution: Hi Tito. Ideally, a smartphone is supposed to automatically reestablish a connection once it’s back in an area with good cellular connection. If that’s not happening, there may be an operating system bug that may have developed after some time.

In some cases, network issues can be fixed by installing updates. Modem manufacturers regularly release updates for their chips from time to time and these updates are bundled with carrier or Samsung updates. If there’s an available update for your operating system, make sure not to skip them.

If there’s no available update whatsoever, make sure to factory reset your device. It may help eliminate the OS bug. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

Problem 2: Galaxy S7 can’t leave message to voicemail

Whenever I make a phone call and the other party does not answer it acts like my call will go to their voicemail, but there is silence. I’ve tried calling multiple people that I know have VM, but I get the same result in all lines. — Ronniev93

Solution: Hi Ronniev93. In a voice calling setup, there are two networks involved — yours and the contact’s. This issue can be network-related so we recommend that you get help from your carrier. Your problem description is very generic and does not point to anything in particular. We haven’t heard of it somewhere so it may be an isolated network problem. Talk to your carrier for support.

Problem 3: Unlocked Galaxy S7 won’t send SMS, cellular signal keeps dropping

Bought phone and was unlock to all networks. When I put my SIM in it shows up full signal and has the EE sign on but when I press to make a call, it just cuts it off straight away and won’t send texts. I have done all the fixes what has been said — hard reset, clear cache, etc., but still no good. What can I do? — Nat

Solution: Hi Nat. The best thing that you can do is to do some research about your phone and gather the following information:

  • phone model number
  • identify if it’s a GSM or CDMA device
  • know what its operating frequencies

The phone model number can easily be found under Settings>About device. Once you have that information, do some Google research to know the last two. Afterwards, you want to talk to your carrier and let them know about your problem. There may be some incompatibility issues causing it.

For example, if your phone’s radio frequencies are different from your carrier’s in your area, some or all services may not work. There’s no amount of software troubleshooting that you can do if a phone is not compatible in terms of frequencies. Network chip specifications can be changed by tweaking the software. Either your phone is compatible or not. This is why you’ll need to talk to your carrier so they can help you figure out the issue.

Problem 4: How to unlink multiple contacts in Galaxy S7 all at once

When i type name/number on phone keypad LINKED contacts do not show up. I want to know how to unlink ALL contacts in one go. Cannot tick off more than 3,000 contacts one by one!! If that is not possible is it possible that copying to SIM or phone will unlink contacts. Please help, stuck!! — SO

Solution: Hi SO. While it’s easier to link contacts in one go, unlinking them together is not possible. We’re not aware of any option to allow you to unlink multiple contacts at once. And no, copying contacts to a SIM card may or may not give you what you want. Keep in mind that a SIM card has very low storage space and it may not have enough resources to keep all 3000 of your contacts.

Problem 5: Galaxy S7 calling issue when using Whatsapp

Hello. My problem is quite weird and I don’t even know how I can explain it properly. After one hour of talking on WhatsApp (phone is locked, screen is black) the call starts to drop. If I press any button it continues but before that it gives this annoying sound as if it has no connection. Keep WiFi on during sleep setting is ENABLED and it the issue stays. It happens with both Wifi and 4G. I don’t know what to do and for me it’s important. I THINK (not sure) the problem doesn’t happen when the phone is charging (i cant confirm that yet). Is there a way you can help me out? Please? Thanks. — Dimitar

Solution: Hi Dimitar. If this erratic behavior only occurs when you’re using Whatsapp, it may or may not be a Whatsapp bug. Try wiping the app’s cache and data first to see if that will make any difference. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings menu either through your notification shade (drop-down) or through the Settings app in your app drawer.
  2. Navigate down to “Apps”. This may be renamed to something like Applications or Application Manager in OEM skinned versions of Android 6 or 7.
  3. Once in there, click on an application.
  4. You’ll now see a list of stuff that gives you information about the app, including Storage, Permissions, Memory Use, and more.
  5. These are all clickable items. You’ll want to click on Storage.
  6. You should now clearly see the Clear Cache and Clear Data buttons for the application.

Alternatively, you can also try to remove the app and re-install it. If that won’t work either, consider doing a factory reset. Refer to the steps above.

If everything fails, contact the developer to report a possible bug.

 


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How to fix Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge that won’t read the mounted microSD card [Troubleshooting Guide]

One of the reasons why the #Samsung #Galaxy S7 Edge (#S7Edge) can easily beat any flagship device in the market today is because of its microSD card slot, which allows users to expand external storage for up to 200GB. While the manufacturer left out one critical feature, Adoptable Storage, the fact that you can store that much data on your phone is already good news. Besides, somebody already found a way how to enable Adoptable Storage without messing the permissions in the phone.

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One of the most common reasons why a microSD card can’t be detected or recognized by the phone is when it’s corrupt. The fact is it is more likely for the SD card to get corrupted than damaged as manufacturers nowadays are already making really durable SD cards that would last for years.

In this post, I will tell you what to do in case your S7 Edge won’t read from your SD card or if it won’t recognize it. I will provide instructions on procedures that you need to do in a bid to fix the problem with low collateral damage.

Before anything else though, for our readers who have other issues, make sure you visit our troubleshooting page as we’ve already solved a lot of issues with this device since it was released earlier this year. Try to find issues that are similar to yours and use the solutions and/or troubleshooting procedures we suggested. In case you need more help, do not hesitate to contact us by completing our Android issues questionnaire. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can but please give us detailed information about the problem.

Troubleshooting Galaxy S7 Edge that can’t read the SD card

It’s easy to determine whether the microSD card is just corrupt or totally damaged but you can’t know that without doing some necessary procedures.

Step 1: Reboot your phone first

If it’s the first time the phone failed to read from the microSD card, don’t do anything yet. Instead, reboot your phone and see if it can detect and read the card during boot up.

System crashes will also result to phone not being able to read the external storage. This has happened a lot in the past and some S7 Edge users are currently bugged by it. That is the reason why you need to reboot your phone first as you might be dealing with a firmware crash issue and not necessarily an SD card problem.

Step 2: Unmount the SD card, clean its interface, then remount

Should the problem remain after the reboot, then try to remove the microSD card and using a dry, clean cloth and wipe its interface or receptors. There are times when they get corroded and won’t conduct properly. As a result, the phone may not be able to read from the card.

The thing is even the simple unmounting and remounting will force the phone to detect the external storage and take time to read from it. So, it’s really very helpful to do this step after the reboot.

Step 3: Let your computer / laptop read the SD card

If your device is still incapable of reading the microSD card it used to read before, then you need to probe further to know if it’s a problem with the card or your phone and there’s no better way to do that than to let your laptop or computer read the card.

Computers can easily read removable devices even those that have issues. So, to know if the problem is the card or the phone, let your laptop or computer check it for you.

If the card is corrupted and the computer can’t read from it, you’ll immediately be prompted whether to reformat it or not. However, if it can be read and files can be accessed from it, then grab the opportunity to back them up just to make sure they won’t be deleted.

Once you’ve backed up your files, try to reformat the card using FAT32 and remount it to your phone. If the phone still refuses to read from it, then there could really be a problem with it.

Now, to probe if the phone is the issue, try to use a different SD card that know works. Mount it on your phone and if it won’t read from it, then double check there’s nothing blocking the receptors inside.

Step 4: Get the phone repaired or buy a new SD card

If the phone works fine with other SD cards but not the one you were using, then it’s time to buy a new one. I understand you may not been able to backup your data but you don’t have much of a choice.

On the other hand, if the phone cannot read from other SD cards as well, then the issue might be with the phone. Therefore, you need to have a technician take a look at your device but before you actually do that, you need to reset your phone not just to rule out the possibility that it’s a firmware issue but to also delete all your personal information.

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key. NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long you press and hold the Home and Volume Up keys, it won’t affect the phone but by the time you press and hold the Power key, that’s when the phone starts to respond.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds. NOTE: The “Installing system update” message may show on the screen for several seconds before displaying the Android system recovery menu. This is just the first phase of the entire process.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

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