Kit Guide: Samsung Galaxy Tab A - setting it up


This guide shows you how to get a Samsung Galaxy Tab A set up and ready to be used as quickly and easily as possible.

1. Box contents


Here's what you get in the box:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet
  • USB lead
  • Mains adaptor
  • User guide

2. Inserting a memory card

Tab A Insert SIM

You can start using the tablet straight away, but if you want to add some extra storage, you can use a MicroSD card. Look down the right-hand edge of the tablet and find the small cover (it says 'microSD' on it). Using your thumbnail in the notch, pull the cover away from the tablet.

The memory card goes into the slot with the metal contacts facing down, push it in until you feel it click into place, then close the cover.

3. Completing the Galaxy Tab A Setup Wizard


These are the steps you need to go through to get the Galaxy Tab A set up. There are a lot of steps, but don't worry, we'll take you through everything you need to do.

Setting it up

Tab A Setup 2

When you first turn the tablet on, you'll need to choose a language. Press Start if you want to use the default 'English (United Kingdom)' or tap it to choose a different one.


Tap your network name to connect to Wi-Fi.


Type in your wireless password and tap Connect.


When it connects, the network name will be in blue and it'll say 'Connected'. Tap Next.


Read through the 'End user licence agreement', then choose whether you want to send Diagnostic data to Samsung by ticking or unticking the box.


You'll need to agree to the 'Terms and Conditions' by tapping AGREE.


If you already have a Google account, enter your email address to sign in, otherwise choose Or create a new account.

Tab A Setup 2

You'll need a Google account for downloading things like apps and games from the Play Store. Type in your password, then tap Next.


Tap Accept to agree to Google's 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy Policy'.


You can add 'Payment info' if you want, this makes it easier to buy apps and games through the Play store. Lots of apps are free so it isn't essential that you do this. You can skip it by tapping Remind me later.


Check that the time and date are correct, then tap Next.

Tab A Setup 3

If you've used Android before, you can restore your data from an old backup. Just tap the one you want to restore, or to set it up as a new tablet, tap Next.


Google uses some services that run in the background. You can read about them here, and choose which ones you want to use by ticking or unticking the boxes, then press Next.


A Samsung account lets you use some other Samsung services. You can just use your Google account to sign in, or Skip if you're not interested.


If you chose to Skip teh Samsung account, tap Skip again and you'll be taken to the Home screen.

Touch buttons

Under the main screen there's a button in the middle, and a touch button on either side of it. Here's what they're for and what they do.

'Home' (circle): pressing this gets you back to the Home screen from any screen or app.

'Back' (triangle): takes you back one screen.

'Menu' (square): shows apps you've used before.

4. Connecting to the Internet


Lots of the Galaxy Tab A’s features need the internet to work properly, and you'll also need the internet to use things like email and social media.

Connecting the Galaxy Tab A to a Wi-Fi network

Tab A WiFi

Swipe down from the top of the screen to see the 'notification panel'.


Press and hold the Wi-Fi icon to go to the settings.


Make sure it's turned on, then tap the network name you want to connect to.


Type in the wireless password and tap Connect. If you're not sure what the password is, it's usually printed on your router.

When it's done, you'll see 'Connected' under the network name.

5. Setting up your email accounts


Your Galaxy Tab A can manage lots of email accounts, and you probably added a Gmail account when you went through the original Setup, but here's how to add more.

Adding an email

Tab A Gmail 1

Open the Settings and go to Accounts Add account


Choose Email, then type in the email address, tap Next.


Enter your password, and tap Next.


Choose your 'Sync' options by ticking or unticking the boxes, and press Next to finish adding the account.

The account will set up automatically and you'll be taken back to the settings page, where you'll see it listed. If it doesn't work, you might need to add the settings manually. Have a look at our email server settings guide for help with it.

6. Setting up a lock screen


Protecting your tablet with a lock screen is a good idea, because it stops other people from using it without your permission. Here's is how to set one up.

Tab A Lock Screen 1
Tab A Lock Screen 2
Tab A Lock Screen 3
Tab A Lock Screen 4

Go to Settings > Lock screen and security and choose Screen lock type.


Choose the type of lock you want to use - we recommend using 'PIN' or 'Password' because they're the most secure.


Type in the PIN or Password you want to use, then tap Continue.


Type it in again to confirm it, then press OK.

That's your lock screen set up, and you'll be taken back to the Home screen.

That should be everything you need to get started with your tablet, but if you'd like to speak to a Team Knowhow Expert, you can contact us here.

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