Kit Guide: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - setting it up


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

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge User manual

This is the official user manual for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Download it here

1. Box contents


Here's a list of things you'll find in the box:

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


2. Inserting your SIM card


Your Galaxy S6 Edge uses a NanoSIM, which goes onto a tray in the top of the phone.

insert sim

Put the SIM tool into the pinhole on the top of the phone, until the tray starts to pop out.


Pull the tray out the rest of the way.


Put the NanoSIM onto the tray, the cut-off corner needs to be facing inwards, and the metal contacts facing down.


Push the tray back inside the phone.

With that done, press and hold the power button on the right-hand edge of the phone, and you can then go through the Setup.


3. Completing the Galaxy S6 Edge Setup Wizard


The first time your S6 Edge is turned on, you'll see the 'Setup Wizard', which is a series of steps to help get the phone set up. As you're going through it, 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

set up

On the welcome page, tap your language, and then tap the yellow arrow.


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


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


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


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


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


Tap the End User License Agreement to read it, then tap Agree.


If you've had an Android phone before, and if 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.


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


If you're signing in, type your password and press Next.


You'll have 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.


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


Tap Done.


Tap Next.


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


Once you've picked the ones you want to use, tap Next.


If you've got a Samsung account, tap Sign in, then 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 to use one, tap Skip.


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


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


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


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


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


Confirm the password, and press OK.


If you want to use your fingerprint as the screen lock, tap OK.


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


Tap Finish.

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 shows you all the other apps installed on your phone.


Touchscreen buttons

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

Touch buttons

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

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

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

4. Connecting to the Internet


To do things like downloading new apps and games, sending email or browsing the web, your phone will need an internet connection. You can do this by connecting to Wi-Fi or mobile data.

Connecting the Galaxy S6 Edge to a Wi-Fi network


From the Home screen, tap on Apps, then tap the Settings app.


Tap Wi-Fi, and make sure the it's turned on - tap the switch it if it's not.


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


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


Tap Connect. If it works, you'll 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 it off, check the top of your screen for a mobile data indicator, which will be '4G' or '3G', or you might see '2G' or 'E' if your signal isn't great. If you can't see one, follow these steps to check the settings.


Go to Settings > Tap Mobile networks > Access Point Names.


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

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


Tap More in the top right corner.


Tap Reset to default, then tap OK.


Tap your network on the pop-up list, and your phone will 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'll need to add the 'APN settings'. We have dedicated guides for each network that'll tell you everything you need to know here.


Setting up new email accounts


Adding an account will let you send and receive emails, and your phone will notify you when you get new ones.


Go to Apps Settings Accounts > Add account.


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


Type your email address and password, then press Next.


You might be given some account options, like how often your phone checks for new emails. Choose the options you want, then press Next.


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


Press Done.

Your account is set up, and you see your emails 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


Setting up a screen lock on your phone will help to keep your photos, messages and other data safe. Your phone has some different options for the screen lock, and we'll go through each of them.


Go to Settings Lock screen and security Screen lock.


Choose the type of lock you want to use:

  • Pattern: draw a pattern across a grid of dots
  • PIN: a  numerical code
  • Password: a mix of numbers and letters
lock screen

Enter your screen lock, and then confirm it.


Choose the notifications you'd like to see on the Lock screen and tap Done.


If you want to add a fingerprint, tap Set up and follow the steps below, or tap Later to skip it.

Setting up the fingerprint reader

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


Go to Settings Lock screen and security Fingerprints > + Add fingerprint.


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


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

Your fingerprint is set up, and you can use it to unlock your phone. Some other apps, like banking apps, will use it to confirm your identity. Tap a fingerprint to rename it, and press + Add fingerprint to add more fingerprints.


Your phone is set up, and you can start using it, but if you need any more help, contact a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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