11 of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 7 tips and tricks

Everything you need to know to help master the cleverest phone in the world

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is here, and it has a hell of a lot to offer.

From its gorgeous 5.7in 2K curved screen, to its top class 12MP camera and stylus packed with all the bells and whistles - not to mention powerful innards - it's definitely one of the best phones to come out this year, and quite possibly the cleverest phone in the world.

If you've been seduced by its sleek symmetry and intelligent brain, then you're probably going to be slipping one into your pocket very soon, if you haven’t done so already.

Either way, you’re going to want to have a gander at these tips and tricks, to help you squeeze the most out of it.

1) Make your own GIFS

This is probably the best feature of any smartphone ever made. Well, at least if you like GIFS, it is.

The S Pen has a variety of features, but our favourite is the GIF creation tool. To start things off, fire up any video - whether it’s one you’ve taken yourself, or one off YouTube.

Once it’s up, eject the S Pen, and select the Smart select option. Choose the GIF Animation option on the top right. Once that’s done, resize the frame using the S Pen until you’re happy, play the video, and hit record.

You can make GIFS up to 15 seconds long, and you’re meme creation skills will be off the charts.

2) Stylus for your thoughts

Another incredibly handy S Pen feature is its Screen Off Memo feature. When the screen’s off, eject the S Pen, and you can instantly jot down a note directly onto the display.

It comes in incredibly handy for spontaneous thoughts and lists, or for jotting down the insurance details of the unicycle-riding frog who rammed into your rear bumper.

3) Use it with one hand

The Note 7 is lovely, but its 5.7in screen makes it a little tricky to use with one hand, especially when you’re power walking to the station while frantically flinging bants around in various WhatsApp groups.

Instead of playing the dangerous balance game, you can quickly shrink the Note 7's on-screen display down to a smaller, much more manageable window. 

To do so, go to Settings > Advanced features > One-handed operation. Once you’re here, turn Reduce screen size on. This then enables you to triple-tap the home button at any point - during any app or screen - and the entire display will magically shrink down to a very manageable size which is easily handled by a single thumb. Tapping on the arrows either side of this mini display shifts it to the left or right, so you can take advantage of it with whichever hand you prefer.

The second setting you’ll notice is One-handed input. Enabling this shrinks down the keyboard, the dialler, the calculator and unlock pattern on the lock screen, letting you blitz through them all with a single thumb.

These will all be shrunk by default once this setting is enabled, regardless of whether or not you’ve triple-tapped the home button to shrink the entire display.

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