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Updating your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge to Android Nougat: How to do it and why you should

Your Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will be receiving an over-the-air update in the near future, to upgrade Android OS to the latest version (known as ‘Nougat’). Here’s everything you need to know, including when your S7 or S7 Edge can be updated, how to perform the update and what new features your Samsung Galaxy phone will receive.

What is Android Nougat and why should I update my Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge?

Your S7 or S7 Edge phone runs Google’s mobile OS, known as Android. This is what controls pretty much every part of your phone, allowing you to run apps, connect to the internet and lots more besides. Check out our what is Android guide for more info.

The latest version of Android is called Android Nougat, and it brings some very cool new features that are well worth updating for. These include the ability to run two apps side-by-side, a much improved notifications bar and better power management (for longer battery life).

Check out our why should I upgrade to Android Nougat feature for all of the best new bits.

What TouchWiz changes will be included in the Android Nougat update for the S7 and S7 Edge?

Samsung has tweaked the look and feel of its TouchWiz UI for the latest S7 and S7 Edge update, so your menus, desktops and other bits will have a new finish in blue and white.

You get an updated lock screen which offers improved app shortcuts and notification access. There’s also a blue light filter feature for the display which makes it easier on the eyes at night time, plus more battery saver modes to choose from if you’re running low on power. Samsung has also tweaked the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s camera functionality a little in this latest update, adding some fresh new manual focus functionality.

Read next: Best Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hidden features

When will my Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge get the Android Nougat update?

Samsung is already rolling out the Android Nougat update to a select few Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets, now that its beta testing is done. However, this is very much a trickle rollout, meaning that only a handful of S7 owners will receive the update this week. Once Samsung is sure that those handsets aren’t affected by any unforseen issues, the Android Nougat update will then be released to the rest of the S7 and S7 Edge population.

Word right now is that the Nougat update will begin mass rollout on January 17, 2017.

How do I update my Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge to Android Nougat?

You should receive a notification when your phone receives the Android Nougat update, prompting you to download and install Samsung’s package. Just follow the instructions and make sure you’re connected to WiFi before you begin, as it’ll be a rather big update file.

However, you can also manually check to see if your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge is ready to be updated. To do this, just head into the phone’s settings menu, followed by About Phone. In here you can check for updates by tapping the ‘Updates’ option, which will then inform you if the Android Nougat package is ready.

Check out our complete guide to updating your phone to Android Nougat for more info.