Kit Guide: Samsung Galaxy A5 - setting it up

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This guide is going to help you to get your Samsung Galaxy A5 set up and ready to use. We'll cover everything from how to insert your SIM card, to keeping your data safe with a screen lock.

Samsung Galaxy A5 User Manual

Get the full user manual for the Galaxy A5 here

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1. Box contents

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Here's what comes in the box:

  • Samsung Galaxy A5
  • Mains power adaptor
  • USB lead
  • Earphones and a pack of replacement earbuds
  • Information pack
  • SIM tool

 

2. Inserting your SIM & memory cards

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Your Galaxy A5 uses a NanoSIM, and you can increase the storage space by adding a MicroSD card. Both of these go onto trays that pop out of the right-hand edge of the phone.

1.

Push the SIM tool into the lower pinhole on the right-hand edge of the phone, until the SIM tray starts to pop out.

2.

Pull the tray out the rest of the way.

3.

Put the NanoSIM onto the tray, with the metal contacts facing down, and the cut-off corner going in first.

4.

Push the tray back into the phone.

 
 
 
 
Galaxy A5 inserting the SIM card
5.

If you're using a MicroSD card, push the SIM tool into the upper pinhole, and pull the tray out.

6.

Put the MicroSD card on the tray, with the metal contacts facing down.

7.

Push the tray back into the phone.

With that all done, press and hold the power button on the right-hand edge of the phone for a few seconds until the phone starts to turn on.

 

3. Completing the Galaxy A5 Setup Wizard

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When your Galaxy A5 is turned on for the first time, it will show the 'Setup Wizard', which is a series of steps to help you get the phone ready to use. During the Setup, you might get a 'SIM service' message - if you do, tap your network and your phone will download the mobile data settings it needs.

Setting it up

 
 
 
 
Setting up the Galaxy A5 1
1.

On the welcome screen, choose your language, then tap Start.

2.

Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, or tap Next if you don't want to connect.

3.

Type the password for the Wi-Fi network - if you're not sure what it is, have a look on your router.

4.

Press Connect, and if it works you should see the word 'Connected' underneath your Wi-Fi.

 
 
 
 
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5.

Tap Next.

6.

You'll have to accept Samsung's 'End User License Agreement' to use the phone . Read through it, then tick the box to confirm you agree.

7.

You can also send Samsung some diagnostic information about how you use the phone. To do this, tap Yes, or tap No thanks, and press Next.

8.

If you've got a Google account, tap Yes to sign in. If you don't, tap No, then tap Get an account to create one.

 
 
 
 
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9.

If you're signing in, type in your email address and password, then tap the right arrow.

10.

You'll have to accept Google's 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy Policy'. Tap them to read them, and then tap OK to agree, or Cancel to skip signing in.

11.

Read through the Google services, and keep the boxes ticked for the ones you want to use. If you want to receive emails from Google, tick the box at the bottom.

12.

Press the Right arrow.

 
 
 
 
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13.

You might be asked to add some payment details to your Google account. To add some, tap a payment type and fill in the details. If you don't want to add any, tap Skip.

14.

Type your name in the boxes, and tap the right arrow.

15.

If you've got a Samsung account, tap Sign in and fill in your details. If you don't, and want to create one, tap Create account or Sign up with Google ID. If you don't want one, tap Skip.

16.

Type in a name for the phone.

17.

If you want to use 'Easy Mode', which makes the text and icons bigger, and easier to see, tick the box at the bottom. Otherwise, leave it unticked.

18.

Tap Finish.

The Setup Wizard is now finished, and you'll be looking at the Home screen. The bottom row of icons are for the core apps: Phone, Contacts, Messages and Internet. In the bottom-right is the Apps button, which'll show you everything else installed on your phone.

 

Touchscreen buttons

Below the screen are the navigation buttons, which can be used to help you get around the phone.

'Recent apps' (square): shows apps that you've had open, and lets you swap between them.

'Home' (oblong): takes you back to the Home screen.

'Back' (arrow): takes you back, or closes an app.

 

4. Connecting to the Internet

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You'll need to get your phone connected to the internet before you can do things like adding your email account, downloading apps or going on websites.

Connecting the Galaxy A5 to a Wi-Fi network

 
 
 
 
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1.

Open the Settings and choose Wi-Fi.

2.

Tap on the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.

3.

Type the Wi-Fi password - if you're not what this is, check your router.

4.

Tap Connect, and if it works, you'll see the word 'Connected' below the Wi-Fi network name.

Turning mobile data on or off

 
 
 
 
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1.

On the Home screen, open Apps, then Settings.

2.

Tap on More networks.

3.

Tap Mobile networks.

4.

Make sure that 'Mobile data' is ticked.

If you have any problems connecting to mobile data, you might need to add the 'APN Settings'. Your phone needs these to connect, and we have dedicated guides for each network, and how to set them up here.

 

5. Setting up new email accounts

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Setting up an email account on your phone will let you see your emails, and send new ones.

 
 
 
 
Galaxy A5 setting up email accounts
1.

From the Home screen, open Settings.

2.

Scroll down, and tap Accounts.

3.

Tap + Add account.

4.

Choose the type of account you want to add. For personal accounts, tap Email, or for work or school accounts, tap Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.

5.

Type in your email address and password, then press Next.

6.

You might be given some account options, like how often the phone will check for new emails. Choose your options and press Next.

7.

Type a name for the account, and enter your name at the bottom. Press Done.

Your email account is set up, and you can see your emails by opening the Email app from the Home screen. If you have any problems adding your account, you might need to put in the account settings. If you're not sure what these are, read through our email server settings guide to find them.

 

6. Setting up a lock screen

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Adding a lock screen can help keep the data on your phone safe. There's a few different options to choose from, and we'll go through all of them.

 

 
 
 
 
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1.

Open Settings.

2.

Scroll down, and tap Lock screen.

3.

Tap Screen lock.

 
 
 
 
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4.

Choose the type of account you want to add. For personal accounts, tap Email, or for work or school accounts, tap Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.

5.

Type in your email address and password, then press Next.

6.

You might be given some account options, like how often the phone will check for new emails. Choose your options and press Next.

7.

Type a name for the account, and enter your name at the bottom. Press Done.

If you'd like some help, you can get in touch with an expert from Team Knowhow, here.

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