Kit Guide: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 - setting it up


This guide shows you how to set up your Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 so that you can start using it ASAP.

1. Box contents


This is what you'll get in the box:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
  • USB lead
  • Mains adaptor
  • User guide
  • SD tray removal tool

2. Inserting a memory card


The Galaxy Tab S2 is ready to be turned on and used, but you might want to put a memory card in it and make the storage a bit bigger. Grab the 'Removal tool' from the box to start.

Tab S2 SIM

Down the right-hand edge of the tablet, near the volume buttons, you'll see a small pin hole. Push the pointy end of the tool into the hole and you'll feel the tray pop-out. Slide it out with your fingernail, then line the memory card up in the slot on it. Make sure the gold contacts are touching the tray. Then you can slide it back into the tablet.

3. Completing the Galaxy Tab S2 Setup Wizard


Before you can start using the Galaxy Tab S2, there's some steps you need to go through to set it up. We go through each one here.

Setting it up

Tab S2 Setup 1

First is the 'Welcome' screen where you choose your language. Scroll through to pick one, then press the yellow arrow.


Connect to Wi-Fi so that the tablet can download anything it needs to. Tap your network name in the list.


Type in the wireless password then tap Connect. It'll be on the back of your router if you're not sure what it is.


When it's done, the network name will be blue and it'll say 'Connected' under it. Press Next.

Tab S2 Setup 2

Tap Learn more if you want to read more about the 'Terms and Conditions', then press Next to agree.


Tap Agree in the box that pops up to confirm it.


To download apps, you need a Google account. Type your email address in if you've already got one, or press Create a new account. Tap Next.


Type in your password, then tap next to sign-in.

Tab S2 Setup 3

Google have some 'Terms and Conditions' to agree to as well. Tap the links to read about them, then press Accept.


The date and time should be set already, but you can tap them and reset them if you need to. When it's right, press Next.


If your Google account has been used on an Android device (phone or tablet) before, then you can restore any information that's backed up. Choose a backup, or choose to Set up as new.


Google runs some services in the background. Read through them and choose the ones you want to use, then press Next.

Tab S2 Setup 4

A Samsung account lets you in to some other services by Samsung. You can sign in with your Google account, or Skip if you're not bothered.


You'll be asked to add a 'fingerprint' to protect the tablet. Tap Add.


Follow the instructions to add your fingerprint.


When you've added it, you'll need to set up a password in case it can't be used. Type in a password and press Continue.

When that's done, you'll go through to the Home screen.

Touch buttons

There's a button under the main screen, with a touch button either side of it. This is what they are and what they do.

'Home' (middle button): gets you back to the Home screen from anywhere in the tablet.

'Back' (left arrow): tap to go back one screen.

'Recent apps' (rectangles): gives a list of recently used apps.

4. Connecting to the Internet


This is how to connect to different Wi-Fi networks, so that you can always stay online.

Connecting the Galaxy Tab S2 to a Wi-Fi network

Tab S2 WiFi

Swipe down from the top of the screen, then press and hold on the Wi-Fi icon on the left.


When the settings open, make sure Wi-Fi is 'On' (the switch in the top-left corner), then tap the network you're connecting to.


Type in the password and press Connect.


When it's done, the network name will be blue and it'll say 'Connected' under it.

5. Setting up your email accounts


This is how to add your other email accounts to the Galaxy Tab S2.

Tab S2 Email 1

Open the Settings and go to Accounts > Add account.


Choose what type of account you want (usually 'Email').


Type in your email address and tap Next.

Tab S2 Email 2

Type in the password then tap Next. Most account settings will automatically come through.


Tap Accept to agree to the Terms and Conditions of signing in.


Choose your Notification options, then press Finish.

You'll go back to the accounts page and you'll see the new one in the list. If it doesn't set up properly, you might need some manual settings. Have a look at our email server settings guide for help with it.

6. Setting up a lock screen


Having a lock screen on your tablet protects your stuff from people that don't have your permission to see it. Here's how to set one up.

Setting up Lock screen security

Tab S2 Lock 1
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Tab S2 Lock 4

Go to Settings and tap Lock screen and security.


Tap Screen lock type and choose the one you want to use (PIN or Password are the safest).


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


Type it in again to confirm it, then press OK. Choose your notification options, then press Done.

You'll go back to the Settings page and the lock screen is set.

Adding fingerprints

If you want to add your fingerprint for extra protection, here's how.

Tab S2 Fingerprint 1
Tab S2 Fingerprint 2
Tab S2 Fingerprint 3
Tab S2 Fingerprint 4

Go to Settings and choose Lock screen and security.


Tap Screen Lock Type and choose Fingerprints Add fingerprint.


Follow the instructions on the tablet and set up your fingerprint.


When you're ready to do it, press Continue.

Tab S2 Fingerprint 5
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Add a password just in case your fingerprint can't be used, then tap Continue.


Confirm the password by typing it in again, then tap OK.


The fingerprint set up will finish. To use it as your unlock method for the Tab S2, tap Set, otherwise tap Cancel.

That's your tablet set up and ready to use the way you want. If you'd like to get some help from a Team Knowhow Expert, you can do it here.

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