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How to free space on your Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 Edge

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 (and the S6 Edge) are far leaner and cleaner than their Galaxy S predecessors. They run the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, and dispense with many of the apps that came preinstalled on earlier models. However, the new glass-backed design doesn’t allow for micro SD expansion, so you may find yourself running out of space, particularly if you chose a 32GB model.

The first port of call is to check out Settings > Storage. This shows a nice breakdown of your phone’s total storage space, divided into sections like Apps, Pictures / videos, Audio and Downloads.

Uninstall unneeded apps

The best way to get more space is to uninstall apps that you are not using. Large apps like games can take hundreds of megabytes (MB) or even gigabytes (GB) of space. Visit Settings > Apps, and you’ll be able to see all of your installed apps, ordered by the space they are taking up. Uninstall any apps that you don’t use often; you can always re-install the app later if you need it again.

Copy media files to a computer

Your storage can also be used up by media files like videos, photos and music. If you take a lot of photos and videos on your device, you can quickly run low on space. We recommend copying your photos and videos from the DCIM and Camera folders on your phone’s memory, onto your computer.

To do this, connect your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge to your computer with a micro USB cable. Your phone should show up as a removable drive*, and from here you can find and copy the Camera and DCIM folders to your computer. Once your media has been successfully copied to your computer, you can delete the original files on your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge.

* On Mac, you’ll need to install the Android File Transfer app first.

Programs on Windows, Mac and Linux can often automate this process for you, copying new media files whenever they are connected. Dropbox is one such app that does this, alongside iPhoto, Windows Photo Viewer and Adobe Lightroom.

Copy media files to a cloud storage provider

You can also upload your media directly to cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Photos or Microsoft OneDrive. Just install the relevant app on your Galaxy S6, and then follow their instructions to enable automatic camera uploads. Once all your photos and videos have been uploaded successfully, you can delete them from your phone.

Use music streaming apps

If a lot of your space is dedicated to your music, then using a streaming service can be a good alternative. Spotify is a popular paid solution, and there are many other competitors to try too.

There are also free services like Google Music, which will allow you to upload your music from your PC to online servers, to be streamed to you whenever you need it. This approach uses more data, but does mean that you don’t need to keep music on your phone. You can also manually choose songs, albums and playlists to keep downloaded onto your phone. Once you have a streaming music provider set up, you can delete the music from your phone and regain that space.

Clear your downloads folder

Another good way to free up space is to delete items from your Downloads folder. This folder can often get clogged with PDFs, images, app APKs and other files. You can use the built-in Downloads app to check through and delete files, or you can connect your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge to your computer and then delete files from there.

Use analysis tools like DiskUsage

Our final tip is to check out specialised disk usage apps like the appropriately named DiskUsage. This app will show you a breakdown of your storage space, making it easy to see where space is being taken up. If the standard Settings > Storage view is too unclear, then apps like DiskUsage can be very useful.

Conclusion

I hope you found these tips helpful! Please let us know if they helped in the comments below, and let us know what we can do to improve this blog for the future.

Best wireless chargers for the Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 Edge

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have a new party trick: wireless charging is now built in, instead of requiring a special case. Both phones use Qi or PMA wireless charging, depending on their market. For now, we’ll cover the more common Qi chargers.

Official wireless charging accessory: Samsung S6 Charging Pad

The official Samsung S6 Charging Pad is a classy option, matching the style of the new S6 and S6 Edge. No price has yet been announced, but we’re expecting this to be a premium product. Available in black and white.

Desktop wireless charging: Nillkin Qi Magic Disk

 

For desktop charging, the Nillkin Magic Disk is ideal. This low-cost Qi charging pad sits unobtrusively on your desk or nightstand, with a small LED to indicate when charging has begun. The Magic Disk is a perfect first wireless charger, letting you experience the simplicity and ease of wireless charging.

Car wireless charger: Samsung Car Holder and Qi Charger

Samsung’s in-car charger and car holder is a perfect fit for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The holder is stylish and strong, with a secure design that holds the S6 and S6 Edge in portrait or landscape modes. Charging begins immediately as you place your phone in the holder, and stops automatically when the phone is removed or it reaches 100%.

Portable wireless charger: Aukey N11 4800mAh

Aukey N11 4800mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank - Black Aukey N11 4800mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank - Black

This Aukey N11 provides the best portable solution for wireless charging. You get a Qi wireless charger mashed up with a portable battery, letting you charge without needing a power source. Whether you choose wired or wireless modes, you’ll appreciate the charger’s slim signature and light weight.

Conclusion

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Does the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge have expandable storage like a micro SD slot?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The new design of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge does not include a micro SD slot, unlike the Galaxy S5 and earlier models.

Choose a higher-capacity model

That means if you want to expand your storage, the best thing is to buy a model with a higher capacity – 64 or 128GB instead of the standard 32GB model. If you like to keep a lot of apps installed or download a lot of music and videos at once, then you’ll get your money’s worth out of the higher capacity version.

Regain used disk space by streaming or removing apps and files

One easy way to temporarily add storage to your Galaxy S6: a USB OTG drive.

If you have already bought your Galaxy S6, then you can use cloud storage apps like Dropbox and Google Drive to store most media files, or rely on streaming music and video services like Spotify and YouTube. You can minimise the amount of space you’re using by deleting photos and videos after they’ve been copied to your PC or cloud storage like Dropbox. You can also see which apps are using the most space in the Settings menu (Settings > Storage). Special apps like DiskUsage are also great to see where your storage is being used. For a more detailed description on how to regain storage space, see our guide to freeing space on the S6 and S6 Edge.

Temporarily access additional storage space

You can also add storage space temporarily by connecting USB drives and SD cards using a USB OTG adapter or getting special USB OTG drives. This allows you to easily access additional files, but isn’t suitable for use on the go due to the added bulk. In the future, it may be possible to get cases with built-in flash storage, which would be able to (mostly) alleviate this issue.

Conclusion

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Does the iPhone 6 have wireless charging?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

No, the iPhone 6 doesn’t have wireless charging. Or at least, not at of the box – but it’s possible to add wireless charging to the iPhone 6 using a special wireless charging case or a slim wireless charging adapter. Once installed, you’ll be able to charge your iPhone just by placing it on a special wireless charging pad. It’s the most convenient way to charge your iPhone 6, whether you’re using your own charging pad at home or work, or using one installed in restaurants and airports across the world.

FlexiShield Qi iPhone 6 Wireless Charging Case - WhiteCharging the iPhone 6 wirelessly with a Qi case

There are a couple of wireless charging cases on the market for the iPhone 6. The FlexiShield Qi Wireless Charging Case is one of the most popular, and is available in black and white. The case combines the protection and low price of a Flexishield Gel Case with the coils needed for wireless charging. These cases use the Qi standard, which is the most widely adopted worldwide.

If you’d prefer a gold charging case for the iPhone 6, you can get the Qi Charging Case in gold. This is of course the perfect complement to the gold iPhone 6.

Add wireless charging to (almost) any iPhone 6 case

Qi Case Compatible iPhone 6 Wireless Charging AdapterYou can also add wireless charging to the iPhone without using a new case. Instead, pick up a Qi Case Compatible Wireless Charging Adapter. It’s a long name for a very simple product – a small, thin pad that tucks into the back of your iPhone’s case and adds wireless charging. If you’d prefer to keep your existing iPhone 6 case but still want wireless charging, then this is the best way to do it.

Anything we missed?

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How do I connect my iPhone 6 to my car stereo / radio?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Listening to music in your car is one of the brighter spots in driving, and can make a daily commute a lot more bearable. If you want to listen to the music on your iPhone 6, you can connect your iPhone to your car’s stereo and speakers – which are much louder and better-sounding than the iPhone’s own internal mono speaker.

So – how do you do it? There are quite a few ways to connect your iPhone 6 to your car stereo. Here are some of the most common ways, with the preferred ways coming first.

1. Connect over Bluetooth

Newer and higher-end stereos include Bluetooth capabilities, making it easy to connect your iPhone 6 to your car stereo. Simply enable Bluetooth on your iPhone 6 (Settings > Bluetooth) and then select your car stereo from the list of devices. You may need to put your stereo in pairing mode to see it in that list, so refer to your stereo’s documentation to do so. Usually, you’ll be holding down a Bluetooth button until you get an audio and/or light cue that pairing is ready to proceed.

2. Use a 3.5mm audio cable to an AUX audio input

iPhone 6 3.5mm AUX car stereo

Some stereos include 3.5mm audio ports, which make it very easy to connect the iPhone 6. Simply get a 3.5mm audio cable, then connect one end to your iPhone 6′s headphone jack, and the other to the 3.5mm AUX input on your stereo.

3. Use a Lightning to 30 Pin adapter

Some older but higher-end cars have Apple 30 pin connectors, allowing iPods and older iPhones to be connected directly to their stereos. The new iPhone 6 uses a Lightning connector instead, so in order to connect to these 30 pin systems you’ll need an adapter. This Kit Lightning to 30 pin adapter is tiny but works well, and is also available in black. If you’d prefer the adapter in cable form, you can pick up a genuine Apple Lightning to 30 pin converter cable.

4. Use an FM transmitter

If there are no Bluetooth or wired connections available to your car’s stereo, you’ll have to get creative. One clever option is to use an FM transmitter, which makes a very short range FM broadcast. You can tune into this broadcast using your car’s FM radio. This Olixar Smartune Bluetooth FM transmitter connects to your phone using Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio cable, then transmits to FM on the frequency of your choice.

Olixar SMARTUNE Bluetooth FM Transmitter5. Use a tape deck adapter

If even FM radio isn’t an option, there’s still hope. If your stereo has a tape deck, you can get a special tape deck to 3.5mm adapter. You insert it like a normal cassette, then use the trailing 3.5mm cable to plug into your iPhone 6′s headphone jack. This allows you to get music playing through your car’s speakers, without any newfangled technology whatsoever.

Anything we missed?

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