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Personalizing Screen Settings

There are a number of other screen settings you can configure that help to personalize your user experience.

Screen Mode Options

There are ways to fine tune the way colors appear on your phone’s screen. The Samsung S7 offers four different screen modes, each of which optimizes the color range, saturation, and sharpness of your screen in different ways, as explained in the table on the next page.

Which mode should you use? For the most accurate color rendition, Basic mode is best. If you prefer more vivid colors, however, you may like the Adaptive Display mode. For viewing movies on your phone, the AMOLED Cinema mode provides good results. And if you use your phone for editing digital photos, you’ll get the best results from the AMOLED Photo mode. It all depends on what you want.

Screen Mode


Adaptive Display

Dynamically adjusts images and videos depending on content. Provides higher color saturation than other modes. (This is the default mode.)


Optimizes display for movie playback.


Optimizes display for photographic images. Provides calibration to the Adobe RGB standard, used in Photoshop and similar photo-editing applications.


Provides the most technically accurate color rendition—although colors may look less vivid than in other modes.

Set the Screen Mode

You set your desired screen mode from the Display and Wallpaper section of the Settings screen.

  • circle-01.jpg Swipe down from the top of the screen to display the notification panel.

  • circle-02.jpg Tap Settings to display the Settings screen.

  • circle-03.jpg Tap to select the Device tab.

  • circle-04.jpg Tap Display.

  • circle-05.jpg Scroll down and tap Screen Mode to display the Screen Mode screen.

  • circle-06.jpg Tap the desired screen mode. The preview picture at the top of the page changes to reflect the selected mode.

Set Screen Timeout

By default, the screen on your new smartphone turns itself off (and the phone goes into lock mode) if you haven’t done anything in 30 seconds. Some people find this 30-second timeout too limiting, and want to extend the amount of time the screen stays lit.

Configure Smart Stay

Another way to keep the screen lit when you’re using the phone is to enable the Smart Stay feature. Smart Stay prevents your phone from turning off the display as long as you’re still looking at it. (It’s a great feature if you use your phone to read eBooks or other onscreen content that might not require you to interact with the phone otherwise; it works by using the phone’s front camera to detect your face.)

Prevent the Screen from Turning On Accidentally

New to the Galaxy S7 is the ability to sense when your phone is in your pocket or purse, and not turn on accidentally if you happen to hit one of the keys. It’s a great way to keep from wasting battery power—or accidentally “pocket dialing” your contacts!

Display a Screen Saver While Charging

By default, your phone’s screen turns off when you’re not using it—even if the phone is plugged in and charging. If you’d rather the phone display a screensaver when charging, activate Daydream mode.

  • circle-01.jpg Swipe down from the top of the screen to display the notification panel.

  • circle-02.jpg Tap Settings to display the Settings screen.

  • circle-03.jpg Tap to select the Device tab.

  • circle-04.jpg Tap Display.

  • circle-05.jpg Tap Screensaver to display the Screensaver screen.

  • circle-06.jpg Tap On the switch at the top of the screen.

  • circle-07.jpg Tap the screensaver you want to display—Colors, Pandora, Photo Table, Photo Frame, or Google Photos. (Pandora and Google Photos only appear as options if you have those apps installed on your phone.)

Configure the Always On Display

New to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is an Always On Display that displays information or an image when the screen is otherwise turned off. You can opt to display one of several clocks or calendars, or your image of choice.

  • circle-01.jpg Swipe down from the top of the screen to display the notification panel.

  • circle-02.jpg Tap Settings to display the Settings screen.

  • circle-03.jpg Tap to select the Device tab.

  • circle-04.jpg Tap Display.

  • circle-05.jpg Tap Always On Display to open the Always On Display screen.

  • circle-06.jpg To enable the Always On Display, tap On the switch at the top of the screen.

  • circle-07.jpg Tap Content to Show and select from three types of content: Clock, Calendar, or Image. Skip to step 14 if you select Calendar or step 17 if you select Image.

  • circle-08.jpg If you selected Clock, tap Clock Style to determine which type of clock displays.

  • circle-09.jpg Tap to select the type of clock you want.

  • circle-10.jpg Tap the back arrow to return to the previous screen.

  • circle-11.jpg Tap Background Image to select a color image to display behind the clock.

  • circle-12.jpg Tap to select the desired background image.

  • circle-13.jpg Tap the back arrow to return to the previous screen.

  • circle-14.jpg If you selected Calendar, tap Calendar Style to determine which type of calendar displays.

  • circle-15.jpg Tap to select the desired calendar style.

  • circle-16.jpg Tap the back arrow to return to the previous screen.

  • circle-17.jpg If you selected Image, tap Image to choose the image to display.

  • circle-18.jpg Tap to choose one of the available images.

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