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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2018-12-22, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Optimal Android Version for Galaxy S6

I have an old Galaxy S6 Edge that I don't intend to replace anytime soon because it "works" fine.

However, I've recently wiped it to factory version, Lollipop. All the quick performance I was used to returned and it worked great again.

Over next few days, I said YES to the various upgrades getting it to whatever the newest version of Android is that was approved for my phone.

But as I got upgraded I noticed the performance of the phone slow way down.

I will assume this is because my S6 isn't built to run as fast with newer versions of Android, and because performance sank as the versions increased I assume there must be an optimal version, like Lollipop for instance.

Has anyone else had this kind of issue? I'll give Samsung the benefit of the doubt and assume it's not some shenanigans to make my phone painfully slow because they need me to buy a new phone. But it's certainly a possibility.

Would it be possible for me to re-wipe my phone and just not accept a newer version? Are there any negative ramifications to doing this?

I honestly don't need any of the newer features in newer android, the old version from three years ago when the phone was new worked fine for me then and I assume they'd work find today if I could revert back them.

If anyone can point me in the direction of a solution to this issue, or experienced something similar please let me know.

Thank you
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2018-12-22, 10:04 AM
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When you factory reset your phone, it doesn't revert back to a previous version of Android. As a matter of fact, you might not even be able to flash an older version due to a newer bootloader.

You could try rooting and installing a custom rom, but otherwise you're probably stuck on whatever version you have currently (Android 7.0 I believe?)

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Are there any negative ramifications to doing this?
Security would be the main drawback. Newer versions of Android are more secure and older versions often don't get security updates from phone vendors. Some apps don't support versions of Android older than 6.0. Newer versions of Android will be supported longer.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2018-12-22, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'll have to learn more about what's going on in my phone specifically.
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