Aug 26th, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has a long name and a long list of things it can do. Just like the original Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the Plus version has dual “Edge” displays. The Plus can do everything that the original S6 Edge could do, plus a few more neat tricks.

You might be wondering why a device this large wasn’t called the “Galaxy Note 5 Edge.” Samsung’s naming conventions might seem strange, but in this case it makes things easier to understand. The S6 Edge Plus may be the size of a Note, but it doesn’t have any of the Note functionality. It actually has more in common with the Samsung Galaxy S6. We’ll be focusing on the Edge features in this list, but everything from our “Things you should do with the Galaxy S6” list will also apply.

1. Set a primary side for the Edge Display

Before we get into the hardcore tips you want to pick a side for the Edge display. Whichever side you pick is where all the cool tricks will appear. It can be on either the left or right side, but not both.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Scroll down to Edge screen position
  3. Choose your Edge screen side

You can also choose where the Edge screen “handle” will appear. The handle is a small semi-transparent tab that makes it easier to swipe open the Edge screen menu. Drag it to you desired location and decide when you want it to appear.

2. Choose your five favorite people for quick access

The most useful aspect of the Edge display is a feature called “People Edge.” When you swipe in from the Edge you will see five round bubbles. Each one of these bubbles can be used as a shortcut to contact your favorite people and see notifications from them.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap People edge
  3. Make sure it’s ON and tap My people
  4. Here you can add people, assign colors, and reorder the list

3. Decide which notifications show up in People Edge

Now that you have your five people selected you’ll want to decide which notifications from them will show up in the Edge screen. Samsung gives you three options: missed calls, messages, and email. If you get one of these notifications you’ll see in People edge and Edge lighting (more on that later).

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Scroll down to Select notifications
  3. Enable all that you wish to see

Note: in order for Edge notification to work you must use the Samsung phone, messaging, and email apps.

4. Pull on the colored tabs to see notifications and respond

When you get a notification from one of your favorites you’ll see a small tab on the edge of the display with their assigned color. Slide your finger in a motion like you’re trying to pull the tab and you’ll see a cool animation as it bubbles open. Here is where you can see information about the notification, sometimes the contents of the message, and quickly respond by tapping on it.

5. Use the Edge Screen for quick access to your favorite apps

Another great feature of the Edge display is called “Apps edge.” It works basically the same as People edge, but it’s shortcuts to your favorite apps. When you swipe to open People edge you’ll notice you can swipe again to see Apps edge. Let’s set it up.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Apps edge
  3. Make sure the switch is ON
  4. Tap (+) Add application and choose from the list
  5. To reorder the apps tap on EDIT in the top right corner
  6. Simply swipe in from the Edge display to show the People or Apps

6. Get cool light-up notifications when your phone is on its face

One of the coolest features of the Edge screen is called “Edge lighting.” This nifty feature will illuminate the edge of the display when your phone is flat on its face. Edge lighting notifications only show up from contacts in People edge. Since you already set that up we’re good to go.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Edge lighting
  3. Make sure the switch is ON

7. Send quick replies to your favorites without turning on the display

While enabling Edge lighting in the previous tip you may have noticed an option for “Quick reply.” This handy feature will allow you to reject incoming calls or send a preset message by placing your finger on the heart rate sensor for 2 seconds while the device is on its face (the heart rate sensor is directly under the LED flash).

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Edge lighting > Quick reply
  3. Make sure the switch is ON
  4. Tap on the prewritten message at the bottom to customize

8. Get news, weather and Twitter updates on the Edge display

Another way the Edge display can help you when the display is off is with the “Information stream.” This is where you can get your own personalized “ticker” or information on the Edge of the display. Things like weather, news, sports scores, Twitter updates, and more can be added. All you have to do is slide your finger on the edge of the display to see the stream.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Information stream
  3. Make sure the switch is ON
  4. Tap on Manage feeds to enable, disable, or download more feeds
  5. You can decide how long the screen stays on with Edge screen timeout

Note: In orde to have weather information in the stream you must have the Samsung weather widget on the home screen.

9. Show a clock on the Edge screen at night

Most phones are much too bright to be used as a clock at night, but the super-dark AMOLED display and Edge screen on the S6 Edge Plus make it perfect. The night clock is a small low illuminated clock that can appear in the Edge display at a set time. Unlike most Edge features, this one is not enabled by default.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Night clock
  3. Flip the switch to ON
  4. Choose the start and end time

10. Get more help and explore the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus forums

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The S6 Edge Plus is a very interesting and unique device with a lot to offer. Android Forums is a great destination for help, tips and trick and other helpful discussion, such as where to find the best cases, screen protectors, wireless chargers and other accessories. Check out these popular threads in the Edge Plus forum.

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