Fix Galaxy S7/S7 Edge issues after Nougat update

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge were the very first devices from this manufacturer to get the Nougat update. There is no doubt that Samsung has improved the phones in a great way. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both are enjoying a new UI with a number of performance and battery life enhancements. Android Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge also pulls out better security. The firmware doesn’t carry any bugs that were previously a part of the Marshmallow firmware. If you have an S7 or S7 Edge, you must update it without any second thoughts.

Updating your phone to the new firmware is an easy process. You can either update it through OTA or by flashing a firmware using Odin. After updating your phone, adjusting your usage on the new firmware might put you in a bit of a difficulty. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners running Android Nougat on their smartphones are coming up with a lot of complaints regarding various aspects of the new firmware.

The new firmware, from the looks of it, seems great. The issues are lying under its performance and some of the applications running on the phone. Android Nougat update is supposed to enhance your phone’s over-all performance and battery life, but things can go the other way as well at times. So far the issues reported by users included Galaxy S7/S7 Edge not booting up or taking too long to boot after flashing Nougat. The phone also seems to be slowing down the everyday processes. Battery life is horrible on nougat, phone is continuously draining battery on Nougat.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users are also facing random reboot issues after updating to the Nougat. The phone gets stuck in the boot-screen at times resulting in a bootloop. Camera fails to work on the new update. Phone is having issues with the animations, it animates the elements too slow. S7/S7 Edge are also freezing while performing a task.

All these issues are pretty annoying, specially when you are expecting a new firmware to work well and it goes the other way around. One would want to fix them immediately so that the need of downgrading flies away. You can actually fix all those issues coming up on your S7 smartphone. We have just tried to gather all the problems, listed them down with the appropriate/probable solution. Look at it and see if it helps you to fix Galaxy S7/S7 Edge issues after Nougat update.

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Galaxy S7/S7 Edge issues after Nougat update

Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge WiFi issues after Nougat update

If your Galaxy Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge is having WiFi connectivity issues, there are a few things that you can do to get this issue resolved.

Solution#1: The Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge giving connection failed or unable to connect error might have a wrong date and time on it. To fix this, you can go to settings > time and date > turn on automatic time and date and also select the right time zone. This issue happens when the time on your router is correct and it isn’t correct on your phone.
Solution#2: If your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge is unable to connect to the WiFi in your list, you can try forgetting the network and connect it again. Alternatively, you can try rebooting the router and then connect it again. Hopefully your WiFi connectivity issues will resolve after this.

Camera failed after Nougat update

Solution: Camera failed issue is the most annoying as it isn’t easy to tackle at all. To fix this issue, you can try clearing the cache of your phone by rebooting it into recovery mode. If the cache clearing doesn’t fix your phone, you can try using a third party camera application from the Play Store e.g. Google Camera.

If your phone fails on the third party camera application as well, you will find yourself out of luck as this will point towards a hardware issue. You might have to get your camera lens replaced.

Android Nougat Stock Keyboard issues on Galaxy Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge

Solution: A number of users have reported that the Keyboard on Android Nougat is different from the one they had on Android Marshmallow. The keyboard is less customisable and it doesn’t have many options that they found in the previous firmware. Unfortunately, there is no proper method to get that keyboard back but you can definitely try a different keyboard application like SwiftKey from the Google Play Store. You can also try using Google Keyboard if it meets your needs.

Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge bootloop issue after Nougat update

The bootloop issue is quite common, it can be sorted out by applying multiple fixes.

Solution#1: Clear cache of your phone after updating to Nougat

  1. Right after flashing Android Nougat, boot your phone into stock recovery.
  2. To do so, turn off your phone. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. Once your phone is in recovery mode, use the Volume Up Down keys to navgiate and power key to make selection.
  3. Navigate to Wipe Cache Partition option and select it > yes.
  4. After wiping cache partition, reboot your phone.

Solution#2: Wipe factory data/factory data reset 

This option may not seem the best choice to many users, but it can really workout at times. Your phone sometimes need a clean installation of a firmware and to perform a clean installation, you need to perform a factory data reset beforehand. If you haven’t performed it earlier and your phone comes up with an issue later, you can try doing this after installation and see if it works.

  1. Right after flashing Android Nougat, boot your phone into stock recovery.
  2. To do so, turn off your phone. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. Once your phone is in recovery mode, use the Volume Up Down keys to navgiate and power key to make selection.
  3. Navigate to factory data reset option and select it > yes.
  4. After wiping factory data, reboot your phone and wait for a while.

Galaxy Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge battery drain issue after Nougat update

Battery drain issue after flashing a new firmware is something more than common as well. This issue has multiple fixes as well. You can check which one seems the best and then apply it accordingly.

Solution#1: Perform a clean installation of the firmware

Clean installation of new firmware is always recommended as it is very important to trash the old files and data. This also includes the battery stats and logs. If you just wipe the phone’s data or perform a factory reset before installing the Android Nougat firmware, chances are less that you will come across battery drainage issues.

Solution#2: Charge battery to 100%, let it drain to 0% and charge it again – Try completing 3-4 cycles.

At times, it takes 3-4 cycles of charging for the battery to regain its average consumption. You can charge the phone to 100% and then let the battery come down to 0%. Once your phone goes off, charge it to 100% once again and let it discharge again. Do this for 3-4 times and let the battery come back on track.

Solution#3: Use battery monitor and kick-out battery hogging application

Samsung has a very nice device maintenance mode in its phones. You can use it to track down the application which is eating up most of your phone’s battery. To do so, go through these steps.

  1. On your Galaxy Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, go to settings > device maintenance > Battery.
  2. Go through a list of applications and checkout which one is consuming the most battery in an hour.
  3. Select the application with the highest usage and then tap “SAVE POWER”.
  4. This option will put the selected application to sleep and result in saving battery life on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

Solution#4: Calibrate your phone’s battery [For rooted Galaxy Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge users]

You can calibrate the battery of your phone by following this guide How To Calibrate Battery On Android.

Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge freezing issue after Nougat update

Solution#1: Clear Cache

  1. Boot your phone into stock recovery.
  2. To do so, turn off your phone. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. Once your phone is in recovery mode, use the Volume Up Down keys to navgiate and power key to make selection.
  3. Navigate to Wipe Cache Partition option and select it > yes.
  4. After wiping cache partition, reboot your phone.

Solution#2: Clean RAM

  1. On your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, go to settings > device maintenance > RAM
  2. Once it calculates the RAM usage, tap the “CLEAN NOW” button and it should kill the temporary lag.

Galaxy Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge slow performance issue after Nougat update

Solution#1: Disable animations

  1. On your Galaxy Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, go to About device > Software info > Build number > tap it for 7 times to enable developer options.
    Go back to main menu in settings > Developer options > scroll down to animation options and do this.
  2. Tap Window animation scale > Animation off.
  3. Tap Transition animation scale > Animation off.
  4. Tap Animator duration scale > Animation off.

Solution#2: Enable optimised performance mode

  • Open settings on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and go to device maintenance > performance mode > select the Optimised performance mode if it’s not already selected.

Solution#3: Wipe cache partition

  1. Boot your phone into stock recovery.
  2. To do so, turn off your phone. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. Once your phone is in recovery mode, use the Volume Up Down keys to navgiate and power key to make selection.
  3. Navigate to Wipe Cache Partition option and select it > yes.
  4. After wiping cache partition, reboot your phone.

Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge random reboot issue after Nougat update

Random reboot issue can occur as well if the newly installed firmware isn’t working properly. To get rid of this firmware, you can try clearing the cache of your phone by following the steps given above. If clearing cache doesn’t help, you may want to go for a factory reset. In case factory reset fails as well, the only option would be to perform a new installation of the Nougat firmware on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

That’s all. If you are facing any other issue, let me know through the comment box below. If the solutions listed above helped you out, don’t forget to drop a word on that. Also if you have any other solutions for the problems listed above, make that reach us out as well.

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