6 problems with the Galaxy S6, and how to fix them

6 problems with the Galaxy S6, and how to fix them
Samsung outed its best phones in the Galaxy S flagship series so far, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, to a great fanfare, and rightfully so, as the phone is endowed with the most blazing chipset and most pixel-dense screen that the mobile industry can currently deliver, and is wrapped up in a stylish metal-and-glass body at that, a first for the line.

Still, as with any new handset, the Galaxy S6 has its share of teething problems, but, thanks to a devoted community, or Samsung's quick reaction, these are being dealt with one by one. Here are some of the pressing issues with the Galaxy S6, and how to solve them. Some of these require root (here is a very easy way to root your S6 or S6 edge without tripping KNOX), some don't, and this will be marked with each solution.

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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29 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Number 4 sounds like a lollipop issue. Google seriously messed up with lollipop and with touchwiz it only makes matters worse.

2. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

the RAM could be used up by chached apps (main cause of "low" RAM) or background apps. chached apps are when apps are stored in a ready state so that they start up extra quick. chached apps are not detrimental or harmful to the performance of the phone. the most likely reason for why it is slowing down (still is faster than the s5) is because of touchwiz and background apps. most of the lag that people percive is actually animations.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

chached = cached?

3. waddup121 unregistered

All true problems.

4. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

6 problems annoying as F that's why no more Samsung in my life

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

YES! because ever phonies perfect. The S6 is 2 months old and has only 6 issues. The iPhone 6 is 9 months old and it still has way more problems that need fixing. Here in my office the people I work with in my group which is 20 people, they all now have a 6/6+. All of them have brought me their phones after updating to the latest iOS firmware. Examples? They open and webpage and try to scroll, nothing happens for a couple seconds. The scrolling is very slow, where flicking could get you half way down the page, now it goes 25% of the page. Some have complained after taing the phone off the charger, the battery is down to 80% in just a couple hours with the phone just sitting on the desks with no open apps. Other complaints include, very laggy typing, wifi connection issues, dropping calls and popping sounds from the speaker. I've already order 4 replacement devices as we just got these. ATT was trying to send refurb. I told them, either you send me 4 new devices or I will move our entire account to Verizon.

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

No.2 about security flaw in keyboard - I give you a better solution. - Don't use the phone in unencrypted network like open WiFi (you should never do that with any phone) - And even if you use it in some unencrypted network, don't perform a language pack update. That's it. As long as you don't do this, you're safe. - No need for any root or any complicated workaround

6. CAMBODIANPATRIOT2

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

there r more than 6. but don't count more than that or u will make their fans cry like losers. lol

7. realhumanbeing

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Y'all are happy this post was published, haters.

8. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I just updated my S6 Edge to 5.1.1 and oh boy how much difference it does make. The phone is snappier, the excessive ram management seems to be toned down, the fingerprint scanner is quicker, and i can finally arrange my app drawer alphabetically as well as turn of the wallpaper's parallax effect. So far so good. Let's hope the battery life inconsistency is gone as well.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31548; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How do we fix the horrible battery life is what I wanna know. Battery life, return to home screen lag, internet quitting, and haptic feedback lag when typing on websites, are my main gripes.

10. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

It worries me that Samsung has so many problems with an expensive phone, while I, on the other hand, am enjoying a really cheap phone with Intel inside and 1 gig ram (same gpu as the one in the iphone 5)... I just don't get it, zero problems for a $100 phone?

12. Hashed unregistered

Which phone are you using? I'm considering a jump to Motorola, Sony, or iPhone 6 after I'm done with my GS5.

14. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Asus FonePad 7... it's on kit kat, bought it as a back up but eventually started using it daily and gave my galaxy s5 to my sister.

15. Hashed unregistered

It's too big to be my daily phone, plus I really hate Asus after using their Asus memopad HD, it wasn't good, and didn't get any updates.

16. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I think you should try apple though..., I think they have the best balance for everything. Only if they were cheaper, I personally, think my next phone is gonna be the sony Xperia e4g because it seems to have everything I need at a low (I'm not too big on games but I browser a lot)

13. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I know the last thing you want is my help lol But still, i would advise you to wait till the 5.1.1 update. As i said above, it feels like i have a new phone after installing it.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31548; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Its not your help I wouldn't want, it's your blatant disrespect of me and mine dude. I'd rather just not respond, than to waste my time trading insults with you. Thanx for the info.

18. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I do admit that i was an ass to you on lot off occasions. I don't get to the trolling crap anymore, just come here to read the news and share info about stuff that interests me. Again, my apologies.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31548; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apologize accepted.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Now kiss and makeup lol

22. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I saw it coming lol

11. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

A couple of these fixes, mainly the apps that solve problems, are great. But the ones that required rooting the phone are ridiculous. The vast majority of users will never root their phone and it voids the warranty. This is not a practical list for most.

20. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Samsung has send out fixes for the keyboard bug. And do you honestly think that a camera sound is a problem?

23. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

There is also a 7th problem: The edges near the screen are sharp. Personally it bothers me. (I guess a solution it will be to get some sandpaper and rub it) (the last part is a joke) P.S> I should have bought the S6 edge.

24. ricmdv

Posts: 28; Member since: May 02, 2015

The RAM issue is the only "problem" I actually see here and anyway I've never been affected by this problem, I've only heard it exists. As someone who never turns their mobile data or WIFI, off the toggles weren't really an issue and besides, I've fixed it anyway. These are mostly subjective. The button lights, camera sound and wireless charging sounds don't bother me at all.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Quick Toggle - Even though it took reading the original article about it, to even notice. I didn't find tis to actually be a problem. Toggle you don't use disappear if not used in a month. if you don't use them how is that a problem? Keyboard Security Flaw? There are over 600M Android phones claimed to have this flaw. How many people have been attacked via this flaw? NONE! yet this is somehow a problem? The backlit buttons? I don't see a problem. Mine seem to turn off in less time than it takes for the camera to launch. How is this a problem? Because you want them to stay on long? Why would you? Memory issues. I honestly can't tell if this is an issue. Every Samsung I have owned, after I install apps, anywhere from 50-75% of the RAM is always in use. I'm not experiencing any crashes, or any slowdown o the device. The way Virtual Machines work is they use as much of the available and all the apps run inside the virtual memory zone that is created. For example, on my Windows laptop I have 16Gb of RAM. I have a Windows 7 VM that is set to use 3GB. No matter how many apps I open, it cant use more than the 3GB. I've installed a RAM booster of different type just to test them. I honestly don't think hey d anything, even though they always say they are clearing something. After using them, the device doesn't work any different that I can discern. First I installed Power Clean which is recommended in Samsung's App store. It doesn't work well. It always shows 75% of my RAM being used and when I clean I gain maybe 100-400MB. I removed it and purchased Memory Booster Full by AIO and it frees my RAM all the way down to about 190GB. But as soon as its done, I can see the usage go right back up. I can't tell if this is normal or a problem. Because my Note 4, my wife's S5 and S4 all acted the same. Wireless Charging? It makes a sound with initial placement and removal. My phone appears to stay at 100% the whole time its is sitting on the charger. When I remove it, the power seems to fall at a normal rate. Shutter Sound. Which S6 models don't have the turn the shutter sound off. Be specific. Saying some do and don't means nothing. It seems like a general statement. Mine has it. Why would you ant it off? If you aren't looking at the device when shooting a photo, the sound at least tells you, you snapped a photo. When I shoot a photo/selfie, I use the rear sensor as the camera button. The shutter sound is actually key to letting you know when it is safe to move the device so you don't blurr the photo by moving to fast. But ven if you couldn't turn off the sound, how is this a problem? Real cameras don't have the ability to turn off the shutter sound in most cases. Even if they do, again how is the shutter sound a "problem". A problem by definition means something is wrong. It looks like you're just trying to nick-pick the S6 models because thy are much better than the iPhone you love so much.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The RAM issue is probably a problem, but it isn't causing me any problem. Those other things are not problems at all. I can list 25 problems with the iPhone, that have been a problems since the very first model that still have not be fixed 8 models later.

29. GabrielMicah

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

hi, how do you display widget on homescreen in samsung s6?

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