Kit Guide: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ - setting it up

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This guide will take you through the set up of your Galaxy S6 Edge+, from inserting the SIM, to setting up a lock screen.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ User Manual

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1. Box contents

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  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Mains power adaptor
  • USB lead
  • Earphones
  • Information pack
  • SIM tray tool

2. Inserting your SIM card

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Your Galaxy S6 Edge+ uses a NanoSIM, which goes into the top of the phone.

 
 
 
 
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Push the SIM tray tool into the pinhole at the top of the phone until the tray starts to come 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 facing inwards.

4.

Push the tray back into the phone.

With the SIM in, press and hold the power button on the right-hand edge of the phone to turn it on, and start setting it up.

3. Completing the Galaxy S6 Edge+ Setup Wizard

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The first time you turn on your S6 Edge+, you'll see the 'Setup Wizard', which is a series of steps to help get the phone set up. During the Setup, you might see a 'SIM Service' message come up - if you do, tap your network and your phone will download the settings for you.

Setting it up

 
 
 
 
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Choose your language, and then tap the yellow arrow.

2.

Read the 'Smart network switch' message, and tap OK.

3.

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

4.

Type in the password for the Wi-Fi. If you're not sure what it is, look on your router.

 
 
 
 
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Tap Connect, and if it works you'll see the word 'Connected' under the Wi-Fi, and you should also see the Wi-Fi signal bars at the top of the screen.

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You'll need to agree to Samsung's End User License Agreement, and can optionally send diagnostic data to Samsung. Tick the box if you want to send the data, and then tap Next.

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Read the End User License Agreement by tapping it, then tap Agree.

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If you've had an Android phone before, and it has NFC, you can transfer some data from it to your S6 Edge+. Tap the two phones together to get this started, or tap Skip.

 
 
 
 
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To sign into a Google account, type in your email address. If you don't have one and want to create one, tap Or create a new account. If you don't want to use a Google account, tap Skip.

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If you're signing into an account, type your password and press Next.

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You'll need to agree to Google's 'Terms of Service and Privacy Policy' - tap Accept to agree, or Don't sign in if you don't want to use a Google account.

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If there are any backups on your Google account, you can restore one to your S6 Edge+. To do so, choose a backup from the list, or to skip restoring, tap Set up as new device.

 
 
 
 
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Once you've chose an option, tap Done.

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Tap Next.

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Read through the Google services, and keep the boxes ticked for the ones you want to use.

 
 
 
 
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Once you've picked your services, tap Next.

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If you have a Samsung account, tap Sign in, and fill in your email address and password. If you want to sign up for a Samsung account, tap Create account or Sign up with Google ID. If you don't want one, tap Skip.

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To set up voice control, tap Set and speak the prompts on screen. If you don't want to use voice control, tap Later.

 
 
 
 
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To set up the fingerprint reader, tap Add, or tap Later if you don't want to set this up.

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If you're setting it up, check the disclaimer and then tap Confirm.

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Place your finger on the Home button, then lift it when told to on screen. Repeat this a few times until the phone has a full scan of your fingerprint.

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You'll need to type a backup password. Type one in, and press Continue.

 
 
 
 
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Confirm the password, and press OK.

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To use your fingerprint as the screen lock, tap OK.

25.

If you want to use the phone in Easy Mode, which makes the icons and texts bigger, slide the switch for Easy mode, or leave it off to use normal mode.

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Tap Finish to close the Setup Wizard.

You'll now be looking at the Home screen. The bottom row of icons are for some of the most used apps: Phone, Contacts, Messages and Internet. In the bottom-right corner is the Apps button, which will show you all the other apps installed on your phone.

Touchscreen buttons

At the bottom of the phone are the navigation buttons, which can be used to help you get around the phone.

'Recent apps' (left): shows apps you've had open recently and lets you jump between them.

'Home' (middle):this will always take you back to the Home screen.

'Back' (right): press this to go back a screen or close an app.

4. Connecting to the Internet

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To use a lot of your phone's features, like downloading new apps and games, sending email or going on websites, you'll need to connect your phone to the internet. You can do this by connecting to Wi-Fi or mobile data.

Connecting the Galaxy S6 Edge+ to a Wi-Fi network

 
 
 
 
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From the Home screen, Go to Apps Settings Wi-Fi, and make sure the switch at the top is turned on - tap it if it's not.

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

3.

Type in the password for the Wi-Fi - if you're not too sure what it is, it's normally printed on your router.

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Tap Connect. If it works, you should see the word 'Connected' under your Wi-Fi, and you'll see the Wi-Fi signal bars at the top of the screen.

Turning mobile data on or off

Your S6 Edge+ is always going to try and use Wi-Fi, so to test mobile data you'll need to turn it off.

Go to Settings Wi-Fi > Turn switch off

With Wi-Fi off, check at the top of your screen for a mobile data indicator, which will normally be '4G' or '3G', though you might see '2G' or 'E' if your signal isn't too good. If you can't see any mobile data indicator, follow these steps to check the settings.

 
 
 
 
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Open Settings.

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Tap Mobile networks.

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Tap Access Point Names.

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Check that your network is selected - tap the empty circle if it's not.

Check at the top again for a mobile data indicator, if there still isn't one, you can reset the network settings.

 
 
 
 
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Tap More in the top right corner.

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Tap Reset to default, then tap OK.

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Tap your network on the pop-up list.

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Your phone will then download updated settings for your network.

When that's done, have another look at the top for a mobile data indicator. If it is still not there, you will need to add the 'APN settings' manually. We have dedicated guides for each network that will tell you all the settings you need, and how to set them up here.

5. Setting up new email accounts

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Your phone can work with many types of email account, and adding one will let you send and receive emails, and your phone will notify you when you get new ones.

 
 
 
 
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Open Apps, then tap on Settings.

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Scroll down, and tap Accounts.

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Tap on + Add account.

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

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

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

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Give the account a name, and type your name at the bottom.

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Press Done.

Your account is set up, and you can get to your email by tapping on the Email app on the Home screen. If your account didn't set up automatically, you'll need to type in the settings for it. If you're not too sure what these are, we have a full guide of email server settings for the most popular providers.

6. Setting up a lock screen

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Adding a screen lock to your phone will help to keep your photos, messages and other data safe. Your Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a few different options for the screen lock, and we'll go through them now.

 
 
 
 
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Open Settings.

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Scroll down, and tap Lock screen and security.

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Tap on Screen lock.

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Choose the type of lock you want to use:

  • Pattern: draw a pattern across a grid of dots
  • PIN: a 4-digit code
  • Password: a mix of numbers and letters
 
 
 
 
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Draw or type your lock, and then confirm it.

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Choose which notifications you want to show on the Lock screen.

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Tap Done.

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To add your fingerprint, tap Set up, or tap Later if you don't want to set up the fingerprint reader.

Setting up the fingerprint reader

Before you can use the fingerprint reader, you'll have to have set up a PIN or Password.

 
 
 
 
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Open Settings, then scroll down, and tap Lock screen and security.

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Tap Fingerprints, then + Add fingerprint.

3.

Place your finger on the Home button, and lift it up when you feel a vibration. Repeat this a few times until your phone has a full scan of the print.

4.

Tap Enable to set the fingerprint as the screen lock type.

Your fingerprint is added, and can be used to unlock your phone, and some other apps, like banking apps, can use it to authenticate you. You can tap a fingerprint to rename it, and you can add more fingerprints too.

Your phone is set up, and you can start using it. If you need some extra help, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow Experts, contact us here.

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