Update Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to Marshmallow

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Users of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge have been waiting a long time for Android M, but now that it's here, some of the people are finding it difficult to update the phone. Whether you have turned off automatic updates or you're in a part of the world where the update took a little longer, we are going to help you learn how to update your Galaxy S6 Edge to Android Marshmallow 6.0. Read on the tutorial below to see step-by-step instructions on how you can update your Galaxy Edge to Android M.

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Before You Update to Android M

  • Disable all passwords. This is recommended so you will not have any problems booting into a locked device.
  • Remove device encryption. It is never a good idea to update an encrypted device. Too much can go wrong, and you can lose all of your data.
  • Back up your data after you have removed all passwords and device encryption. This will make it easier to restore later in the event you have some problems that can't be fixed. Backing up an unencrypted device with no passwords also makes it easier to restore the phone later.
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged. It is never a good idea to attempt to update your phone unless it has a good charge. Too many things can go wrong, and a device that loses power part way through an update can end up being bricked.
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Updating a Samsung Galaxy Edge to Android M

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    The first thing you will need to do is power up your device and unlock it.
    Once the device has been unlocked, you should see the home screen.
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    From the home screen, swipe down from the top of the phone.
    This will open the notification panel.
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    On the notification panel, look at the upper-right side.
    You will see an icon shaped like a gear. This is the settings icon. Tap on it one time to open the 'Settings' panel.
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    Once you have opened the 'Settings' panel, you will see the settings menu.
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    Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and tap one time on the 'About Device' option.
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    Once you have tapped on the 'About device' option, a new menu should appear.
    You will need to tap once on the first option, which is labeled 'Software Update'.
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    Next, tap on the 'Update now' menu option.
    This will check the phone for updates and download them if necessary.
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    • If your settings do not allow you to download updates automatically, please visit our tutorial to learn how to download updates to your S6 Edge automatically.
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    When your updates are ready, you should see a menu describing the update.
    At the bottom, you will see a button labeled 'Install'. Tap once on the 'Install' button to begin installing Android Marshmallow onto your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
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    After tapping on install, a pop-up menu will appear for a moment, informing you that the phone is about to update.
    The menu will then disappear, leaving you with a black screen.
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    Next, you will see a white Android; and in a moment a progress bar will appear beneath it, showing you how much of the device has been updated.
    When it reaches 100%, the phone will be restarted.
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    After your phone restarts, you will see the Samsung startup screen.
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    Then, you will see a pair of gears spinning, and underneath them you will be told how much of your phone has been updated.
    Depending on the number of applications and features you have installed, you may have more or less to update than shown in the image below.
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    After everything is updated, you will see an indicator showing that your phone will be finishing booting.
    When this process has been completed, your phone will restart.
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    Following the Samsung startup menus, you will be taken to the startup screen.
    Swipe the screen to unlock your phone.
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    You will see a menu informing you that the software update has been completed.
    Tap once on 'OK' to proceed.
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    You will now see the newly updated home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
    Note the updated 'Apps' icon in the lower-right side. There are other changes you will see when using and navigating your phone.
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    To confirm that your device indeed has been updated to Android M, follow the instructions in the next section.
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Check Your Android Version

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    Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification panel.
    You will note now that the notification panel is a different color and also that there is a little arrow pointing down on the right side of the notification panel.
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    • Tapping on this arrow pointing downwards has the same effect as swiping down with two fingers. A two-finger swipe opens up all of the notification options instead of the usual small notification menu, which is typically accessed by swiping down with one finger.
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    Locate the settings icon in the upper-right side.
    This icon is shaped like a gear. When you see it, tap one time on the icon.
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    The 'Settings' menu should now be opened.
    You will need scroll all the way down to the bottom of the 'Settings' menu.
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    When you reach the bottom of settings menu, tap once on 'About device'.
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    Scroll down and tap once on 'Software info'.
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    You will now see the Android version displayed at the very top of your screen.
    It should read Android 6.X.X, where the letter 'X' represents a number. Our update shows Android 6.0.1; however, later versions will have different numbers: higher than what we have shown here. The important thing is that your phone shows 6 as the first number, because Android M, or Marshmallow, is also Android 6.0.
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    Now, press once on the home button to return to the home screen.
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    You are now back to the home screen of your device, and you can begin using it as normal.
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Questions and Answers

How do I remove the double screen lock on my Samsung Galaxy S6 or GS7 running Marshmallow?

In the new Android Marshmallow software there are two screen locks. I want to remove the one screen lock so I don't have two screen locks on my Galaxy. How do I get rid of the second screen lock? I have tried many things to get rid of the second lock screen and can't figure it out.

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On Marshmallow, if you enable any lock screen other than swipe, such as PIN Lock, Pattern Lock, or Password Lock, you need to swipe to reach the lock screen when pressing the power or home button. This is to prevent pocket dialing. So when you press the power button and swipe to unlock, you will be taken to a second lock screen with your chosen unlock method. To disable this, perform one of the following actions:

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    Set your lock screen to swipe, and use swipe to unlock.
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    Set up fingerprints, and use a fingerprint to unlock.
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    Download a different launcher.
    However, installing a new launcher will require you to root your Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, or other model Samsung. In this case, you will most likely trip Samsung KNOX, voiding your warranty. If you don't use Samsung Pay or the NFC payment technologies, this is not a big deal - especially if your phone is out of warranty. However, if you use these technologies, or if your Samsung Galaxy phone is still under warranty, we do not recommend rooting your device.
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What is the default pattern after upgrade to marshmallow?

After I upgraded to M, I now have a pattern. I've got 2 more attempts left before, whatever happens after 2 attempts.. I have tried: Android Device Manager doesn't work. Connecting USB cable doesn't work. Support from Verizon Wireless and Samsung couldn't help. My only hope is factory reset. I think it was caused by: Upgrade to Marshmallow

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