Samsung J3 2016 Manual and User Guide


We’ve written this guide to help you get started with your Samsung J3. We cover everything you need to do before you start using it, from inserting the SIM to keeping it safe with a lock screen.

Step 1: Inserting your SIM & memory cards


The first step to getting your J3 set up is inserting the SIM card. The Galaxy J3 2016 accepts a MicroSIM card, which you should have in your SIM pack.

If you’re adding a MicroSD memory card to increase the phone’s storage capacity, do it at the same time as the SIM.

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Get the full Samsung user manual for the Galaxy J3 2016 here

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The first thing to do is remove the phone’s rear case. The easiest way is to place your thumbnail into the slot to the left of the camera and prise the cover away.


The SIM and memory card are both inserted into the same housing. Slide the memory card into the top, and the SIM into the bottom. Both should have the contacts facing the screen. Push them in until they won’t go in any further.


Put the battery back, making sure the gold contacts in the top left of the compartment line up with the one on the battery.


Replace the cover by pressing down on the edges until it clicks into place.

Step 2: Completing the Samsung Setup Wizard


The first time you turn your J3 on you’ll need to complete the ‘Setup Wizard’, which takes you through adding your details and choosing the phone’s settings. The steps below go through these processes and explain anything that might not make sense.

At some point during the Setup process, you might be asked to select your service provider. If you are, just select it from the list. If you’re not, don’t worry, the phone will have sorted it out itself.

Setting it up

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Choose your preferred language, then tap the yellow circle.


Select your Wi-Fi network from the list. You can skip this if you like, but to complete the Setup the phone needs to download updates. Without Wi-Fi, it’ll be done using your mobile data and it may use quite a lot of your allowance.


Enter the Wi-Fi password (you’ll find the network name and password on a sticker on your router).


Tap Connect and you're phone will connect your Wi-Fi.

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Tap Next.


Tap Accept to let Google scan your phone every now and then for security problems, or tap Decline if you don't want them to.


Agree to the 'End User License Agreement' (you have to, to use the phone). Untick the box if you don't want to send anonymous data to Samsung, then tap Next.


Tap Agree to the terms and conditions.

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If your old phone runs on Android and has NFC, you can transfer your Google account to your new one by holding them together. Tap Learn more and follow the instructions if you want to do this.


If you already have a Google account, enter your details. If you don't, select Create a new account. You can skip this if you want, but you won’t be able to download apps, so we recommended setting one up.


If you're signing in, type in your Gmail address and tap Next.


Enter your password, then tap Next. If you're creating a new account, complete the form.

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Accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You can read them by tapping the links. Press Accept when you’re done.


You can add various payment methods to your Google account to quickly pay for apps, music, films, and games. If you’d rather not, you can add your card details or PayPal info each time you want to buy something. Either choose your preferred payment type or tap Remind me later followed by Next to move on.


Tap Restore from this backup to install apps and settings from your old phone. If you don't want to, select Set up as new device, and tap Next.


If you've used different phones in the past, you can also choose a different device to restore from.

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We always recommend keeping your phone safe with a screen lock. Tap Set screen lock now. You can do it later, but it’s easier to sort it now.


Choose the lock type you want to use: 

  • ‘Pattern’: draw a pattern over a grid of dots. 
  • ‘PIN’: enter a numerical code. 
  • ‘Password’: type a full password using the keyboard.

In this example, we're setting up a PIN, but the other options are set up the same way. Enter the PIN you want to use and tap Done. Confirm your PIN.



Choose whether to display notifications on your lock screen, followed by Next. 

  • ‘Show content’: displays the app, notification type, and shows a preview of the message/comment. 
  • ‘Hide content’: displays the app, but no preview. 
  • ‘Not show notifications’: doesn’t show anything in the lock screen.
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‘Backup’ allows your Google account to save apps and settings from the phone, which makes setting up a new phone easier in the future. You can untick the box to stop this from happening if you want.


Tap More.


Untick any of the features you don’t want to use: 

  • ‘Location’ is needed for satellite navigation apps and maps to work. It also shows you relevant search results for your location. 
  • ‘Improve Android’ sends anonymous feedback to Android to help them make improvements.

Either tap Sign in or Create account to set up a free Samsung account. You can Skip it if you like. A Samsung account gives you access to exclusive features such as Find my Phone, the Samsung app store, and Samsung Health.


If you want to, you can turn ‘Easy Mode’ on by tapping the switch. Easy mode makes app icons larger and removes some of the more advanced options and features. Tap Finish to complete the Setup Wizard.


From the Home screen, you can open a full list of apps by tapping the icon with a grid of squares in it. By default, it’s in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Regardless of the app or menu you’ve got open, the buttons below the screen always do the same thing:

  • 'Home' (circle): returns you to the Home screen from any screen or app.
  • 'Back' (triangle): takes you back one screen.
  • 'Menu' (square): displays previously used apps.


Step 3: Connecting to the Internet


There are two ways the phone can connect to the internet - Wi-Fi and mobile internet. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, you’ll automatically start using mobile data.
You should’ve already connected the phone to your home Wi-Fi network during the initial setup. If you didn’t, or want to connect to another Wi-Fi network, the steps below show you how.

Connecting the J3 to a Wi-Fi network

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Open up Settings from the Home screen, and tap Wi-Fi.


Tap the name of the network you want to connect to.


Enter the password then tap Connect. The network name and password for home routers can be found on a sticker on the router.


‘Connected’ will light up beneath the network’s name, and a Wi-Fi symbol will appear in the status bar at the top of the screen.

Step 4: Setting up new email accounts


You can add your email account to the J3 to receive, send, and view messages from most account types. During the Setup Wizard you created a Gmail account - the steps below explain how to add other types, such as Hotmail or Yahoo! accounts.

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Open up Settings from the Home screen, and tap on Accounts > Add account.


For personal accounts, tap Personal (IMAP), which will add the account to the Gmail app. If you have an older account, you might need to use Personal (POP), but most accounts now support IMAP. If you have a work or school account, tap on Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.


Type in your address and password, and press Next.


Your account settings will be downloaded, and the account set up. You might be asked some optional settings like how often to check for new email - choose the settings you want and tap Next.

Your account should now be added - if you’re having trouble setting up your email, our detailed guide to email server settings will help you.

Step 5: Setting up a lock screen


We always recommend keeping your phone safe with a lock screen, as without one, anyone can access your emails, apps, and settings. If you didn’t add one when you set the phone up, the steps below show you how:

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From the Home screen, swipe down from the top and tap Settings.


Scroll down to the Personal section, and tap Lock screen and Security.


Tap Screen lock type.


Choose the type of lock screen:

  • Swipe: just swipe the screen to unlock the phone. This isn’t secure, so we suggest using one of the other options.
  • Pattern: draw a pattern around pins. 
  • PIN: type numeric code. 
  • Password: type a password.
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Enter your code or pattern code and tap Continue. If you’re setting up a pattern, you’ll be asked to add a PIN in case you forget it. Confirm it, then tap OK.


Choose whether to display detailed notification info on the Home screen, and tap Next.

You can change the time it takes for the lockscreen to activate by tapping Secure lock settings and then Lock automatically.

Step 6. Making phone calls


Here's how to make phone calls on the Samsung J5.

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Tap the Phone icon on the Home screen.


Enter the number you want to call or type a name from your address book. You can also search through your contacts by tapping Contacts at the top of the screen.


Tap the phone icon to start the call.

Step 7. Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)


One of the best ways of staying in touch with people is text messages. Here's how to send texts, and also how to add attachments (like pictures).

Sending texts

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Open the Messaging app from the Home screen - it looks like a white envelope. Then tap the compose button at the bottom of the screen.


Choose who to send the message to by tapping the Enter recipient box.


Enter a phone number or tap Contacts.


Tap the Enter message box and write your message, and tap the orange Send button to send it.

Sending messages with attachments (MMS)

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Follow the steps above to number five - don’t send the message yet though.


Tap the paperclip icon, and choose the type of attachment by tapping the icon.


Find the file you want to add, tap it, then tap Done. If you're sending a picture or video, it’ll be sent as a multimedia message which might cost more than a normal text. Check your phone contract or ask your service provider for more information about this.


Tap the paperclip icon, and choose the type of attachment by tapping the iconThe attachment will appear in the body of the message. Add more text if you want and press the orange icon to send the message.

Deleting a message thread


Open the Messaging app.


Touch and hold on the name of a contact.


Tap the bin icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to delete it.

Step 8. Sending emails


If you need to send a bit more information than you can fit into a text message, or if you're sending lots of attachments, it's usually best to send an email. Here's how it's done on a Galaxy J3.

Sending an email

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Open the Email app (it looks like an envelope). If it’s not on the Home screen, tap the Apps icon and open it from the apps list.


Press the compose button (it’s a white pen and paper icon in the bottom-left).


Tap the To line to choose who to send it to. Type the address, or the name of a contact and pick them when their details appear. You can add several recipients to an email to send it to them all. The ‘CC’ line is used to send people an email that isn’t addressed to them. 'BCC' is the same as a CC, but doesn’t show the main recipient.


Enter a Subject for your email, then tap the white space in the middle of the screen and type your email. Tap the arrow to send your message.

Sending attachments

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Follow the steps above to number five - but don’t send the email yet.


Tap the paperclip in the title bar, then choose the type of file you’d like to attach.


Find the file you want to attach, tap it, then press Done.


If you're attaching an image, you might be asked if you want to resize it. This is handy if you're using mobile internet, as sending large images can use a lot of data. Tap the arrow icon to send your email.

Step 9. Setting alarms


You can use the alarms feature on your phone to wake you up in the morning, here's how it's done.

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From your Home screen, go to Apps > Clock.


Make sure the 'Alarms' tab is selected, then tap Add to set an alarm.


Use the arrows above and below the numbers to set the alarm time.


Press Repeat to choose whether to automatically set the alarm on specific days.

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Change the tone and snooze time if you want, then press Save in the top right-hand corner.


To turn an alarm off, tap the green alarm clock.

Step 10. Tips


Here are a few handy tips to help you get the most from your phone.

Rearranging apps

When you download new apps, they’re automatically added to the end of the apps list. But, you can rearrange them if you want, and add them to your Home screen to make it easier to find the apps you want.

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Tap the square Apps icon on your Home screen.


Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen.


Hold your finger on an app and drag it where you want. Drag it to the left or right-hand edge, to change page. Dragging the app to the top of the screen will move it to the Home screen.


To uninstall an app, tap on the red minus sign (-) in the corner of the app icon.

Adding icons to the Quick Settings Menu


From the Home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen to open quick settings, then tap Settings.


Press Edit in the top-right.


Tick the boxes of any apps you want to add - untick the ones you want to remove. You can have a maximum of nine selected at once.


Tap the arrow in the top-left to save and go back.

Adding new options to the quick access ribbon

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From the Home screen, swipe down to open the notifications area.


At the top, tap Edit.


Icons in the shaded area at the top are shown in the quick access ribbon. Touch and drag the icons below to add them, or drag icons out to remove them.


Tap Done to save your new options.

Download the official user manual


Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 User Manual

Get the full Samsung user manual for the Galaxy J3 2016 here


That should be everything you need to get started with your Galaxy J3, but if you need any extra help, you can contact a Team Knowhow expert here.

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