How to get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Choosing between the S6 and S6 Edge is one thing; you also need to learn how to use your new smartphone. Let CNET show you how.

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Samsung's next model in its Galaxy series, the S6, goes on sale globally today. And joining it in stores is the far more daring S6 Edge, a more expensive model with a swooping curved screen, like a smaller, symmetrical version of 2014's Galaxy Note Edge .

The two models mark a new direction for Samsung's flagship line, the S6 because of its glass and aluminum frame and embedded battery, and the S6 Edge due to its wraparound screen. Check out Jessica Dolcourt's S6 and S6 Edge reviews for our full take on each handset, but remember that choosing a smartphone is only part of the process. Once you buy it, you need to use it to its full potential. And since mastering a maze of features isn't always easy, CNET How To is here to help.

The S6

Use the Samsung Galaxy S6's fingerprint scanner to log into websites: You can use the S6's fingerprint scanner for more than just unlocking your phone, it also can log you into websites. We show you how.

Both handsets

Extend the battery life of the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge: Both smartphones have smaller batteries than the S5 , which means you'll get less juice than before. Luckily, if you find yourself running out of juice at lunchtime, the new handsets include a feature that automate the process of conserving energy.

Hide preinstalled apps on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Samsung was better about not installing bloatware on the S6, but it's not gone completely. Luckily, you can move those apps that are just hogging space.

How to set up the SOS function on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: This handy feature may help get you out of a dangerous situation. It takes 3 minutes of your time to set it up and be prepared.

How to set up the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Both smartphones have a vastly improved fingerprint reader, making this feature a must to set up and use on your new device.

How to change the icon grid size on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Want to fit more icons on the various home screens of your shiny new Galaxy S6? Well, you're in luck.

How to remove the Briefing screen from the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge: You may like the Briefing screen on your new S6 device, but the annoying Flipboard screen doesn't have to stay there. Here's how to remove it.

How to download extra camera modes on the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge: The camera app on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge delivers a few extra features that you might not have used. Here's how to find them.

How to disable the camera quick launch on the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge: Double-pressing the home button launches the camera from anywhere, but sometimes you'll launch it by mistake when you're only trying to unlock your phone. Fortunately, you can turn this shortcut off.

Watch this: Tips for navigating your Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

The S6 Edge

Get to know the People Edge on the Galaxy S6 Edge: The People Edge -- a slide-out menu with five of your favorite contacts with shortcuts to call or text them -- is one of the S6 Edge's premier features. We show you how to use it.

Get the most out of the Galaxy S6 Edge's curved screen: The S6 Edge's curved screen is more than just a conversation piece -- it also shows missed alerts, notifications and news updates. And at night, it can be your bedside clock with Night Clock.

How to use the Galaxy S6 Edge left-handed: Many of the features on the curved screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge are intended for right-handed users. All hope isn't lost for lefties, though. It's easy to switch around the screen to fit how you hold the phone.