Kit Guide: Samsung Galaxy S6 - setting it up


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

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1. Box contents


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

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

2. Inserting your SIM card


Your Galaxy S6 uses a NanoSIM, which goes into the right-hand side of the phone. These steps will show you how it's inserted.

Galaxy S6 Insert SIM

Push the SIM tray tool into the pinhole just above the tray until it pops out.


Pull the tray out the rest of the way.


Put the NanoSIM onto the tray, with the metal contacts facing down, and the cut-off corner facing into the phone.


Push the tray back into the phone.

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

3. Completing the Galaxy S6 Setup Wizard


The first thing you'll see is the 'Setup Wizard', this 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

Galaxy S6 Setup 1

Choose your language, then tap the yellow arrow.


Read the information about 'Smart network switch', then tap OK.


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


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

Galaxy S6 Setup 2

Tap Connect, and if it works you'll see the word 'Connected'.


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


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


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

Galaxy S6 Setup 3

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.


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


You'll need to agree to Google's 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy Policy', tap Accept to agree.


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

Galaxy S6 Setup 4

Once you've chose an option, tap Done.


Tap Next.


Read through the Google services, and untick any that you don't want to use.

Galaxy S6 Setup 5

Once you've picked the services you want, tap Next.


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


To set up voice control, tap Set and follow the onscreen steps. If you don't want to use voice control, tap Later.

Galaxy S6 Setup 6

To use your fingerprint to unlock your phone, tap Add, or tap Later if you don't want to set this up.


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


Follow the onscreen instructions to add your fingerprint.

Galaxy S6 Setup 7

If you're adding a fingerprint, you'll need to add a backup password. Type one in, and tap Continue. Then confirm the password, and press OK.


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 text bigger), tap the switch to turn it on.


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.

Galaxy S6 Touchscreen Buttons

'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


You'll need to connect to the internet if you want to use most of the phone's features, like downloading new apps and games, sending email, or browsing the web. 

Connecting the Galaxy S6 to a Wi-Fi network

Galaxy S6 WiFi

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


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


Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, and type in the Wi-Fi password - if you're not sure what it is, it's normally printed on your router.


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

When you're in range of a Wi-Fi 'hotspot' (and Wi-Fi is switched on), your S6 will always try to connect, so to test mobile data you'll need to turn it off.

Go to Settings Wi-Fi > Turn switch off


From your Home screen, go to Settings > Data usage.


Tap the Mobile data switch to turn it on or off.

If you're still not connected, you'll need to check some other settings. We've written a guide to help you with this here.

5. Setting up new email accounts


You can add lots of different email accounts to your phone, and this part of the guide will show you how.

Galaxy S6 Email Accounts 1

From your home screen, go to Apps Settings Accounts.


Tap + Add account.

Galaxy S6 Email Accounts 2

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


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


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


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

If your account didn't set up automatically, you'll need to add the settings manually. 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


Adding lock screen security to your phone will help to keep your photos, messages and other information safe. There are a few options, and we'll walk you through them.

Galaxy S6 Security 1

From your Home screen, 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 4-digit code
  • Password: a mix of numbers and letters
Galaxy S6 Security 2

Enter your code, then confirm it.


Choose which notifications you want to show on the Lock screen, and tap Done.


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

As well as unlocking your phone, you can use your fingerprint instead of typing a password, making it easier to verify your identity for online payments and banking apps. Before you can set up the fingerprint reader, you'll need to add a PIN or Password.

Galaxy S6 Security 3

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


Follow the onscreen steps to add your fingerprint.


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

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 here.

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