Kit Guide: Samsung Galaxy S7 - setting it up


This guide takes you through setting up a new Galaxy S7. We cover everything you need to get it ready for its first use, from inserting the SIM to adding your email accounts.

Samsung Galaxy S7 User Manual

You can get the full Galaxy S7 user manual here


1. Box contents


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


  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Mains power adaptor
  • USB lead
  • In-line earphones
  • Information pack
  • USB/Micro USB adapter
  • SIM tray tool

2. Inserting your SIM & memory cards


Follow the steps below to learn how to insert a nano-Sim and microSD card.

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Insert the SIM card



Push the pointed end of the SIM removal tool into the small hole next to the tray on the top of the phone.


Slot the nano-SIM into the smaller recess with the metal contacts facing down.

Insert the memory card



The microSD card goes into the larger slot with the metal contacts facing down.


Slide the tray back into the top of the phone.

3. Completing the Samsung Setup Wizard


Once you've inserted the SIM and memory cards, you'll need to complete the 'Setup Wizard' which will help you get your S7 ready for use. During the Setup you might see a message pop-up on screen asking you to install mobile internet settings. Tap your network name and tap OK.


Setting it up

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To turn the phone on, press and hold the power button until you feel a vibration.


Choose the language you want to use on the phone, and tap Start.


Tap your Wi-Fi network from the list. You can skip this step, but we wouldn't recommend this as the phone will update using your mobile data.


Type the password for the Wi-Fi network, which you'll find on a sticker on your router. Check your typing by ticking the Show password box then tap Connect, and Next.

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Tick the box to allow diagnostic information to be sent to Samsung (this is optional).


Tap Accept to agree to the 'Terms and Conditions'.


You can transfer data from another Android phone if you have it to hand. If you want to do this, tap Copy your Google accounts..., or you can skip this by tapping No Thanks, then Next.


You'll be asked to sign in with your Google account, which you'll need to be able to download apps. If you have a Google account, type your Gmail address and tap Next. If you don't have an account already, you can get one for free by tapping Create a new account.

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Tap Accept to agree to the 'Terms of Service' and the 'Privacy Policy'.


'Google services' will keep your phone backed up, let the phone tracking know where it is, and feed back information to improve Android. Untick any you don't want to use, then tap Next.

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Add a payment method for the Play Store or choose Remind me later to leave this for now, and tap Next, then tap Continue.


You'll be asked if you want to add an email address, we cover this in a later chapter so tap Not now, then Next.


On the 'Protect your phone' screen, tap No, thank you, as we also cover this in a later chapter.

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To restore a backup from an old device, tap the name of the device you want to back up from. Untick any apps you don't want to transfer, then tap Next.


If you don't want to restore from an old backup, choose Set up as new device.


You'll be asked if you'd like to set up an optional Samsung account. To skip this, tap the down arrow and tap Skip.

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You'll have the option of transferring data from an old phone using 'Samsung Smart Switch', it can be used with Android or Apple phones and connects to the bottom of the S7 using the USB cable. You can skip this if you want by tapping Later.



'Easy mode' lets you use your phone with a simple screen layout, turn it on using the switch, or tap Next to skip.



'My KNOX' is a feature that lets you set up a space for your private data. To set this up, tap Finish and install.


To close the Setup Wizard, tap Finish.

4. Connecting to the Internet


Follow the steps we've laid out below to connect your phone to Wi-Fi networks.

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From your Home screen, go to Settings > Networks > Wi-Fi.


Tap the name of your network and type the password, this can usually be found on a sticker on your router. Tick the Show password box to check your typing, then tap Connect.


If all goes well you'll see the word 'Connected' below the network name, and a Wi-fi symbol on the status bar at the top of the screen.

5. Setting up new email accounts


To set up an email account, you’ll need to know which type of account you have. Work or education accounts are usually 'Exchange', most personal email accounts are 'IMAP', but some older providers might still use 'POP3' (our guide here will help you check which type yours is).

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From your Home screen, go to Apps > Settings > Accounts > Add Account.


Choose the type of account you'd like to add.

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Type your email address and password, then tap Next.


You'll be shown options to finish setting up your account, like how often to check for email. When you're happy with the settings, tap Next.


Give the account a name, and type your name which will appear on emails sent from the phone. Tap Next to finish the setup.

If all goes well, email will start to arrive on your phone. If you’re having problems getting your email account set up, our detailed guide to email server settings will help.

6. Setting up a lock screen


We always recommend protecting your phone with a lock screen. Follow the steps below if you didn’t do it as part of the Setup.

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From the Home screen, go to Apps > Settings Lock screen Screen lock type.


Choose what type of unlock method you'd like to use:

  • Swipe is the default method which is quite insecure.
  • Pattern is a pattern drawn on a grid of dots.
  • PIN is a numerical code.
  • Password is a longer, more complex security code.
  • Fingerprints lets you register more than one fingerprint and use this to unlock your phone.
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Enter your chosen unlock code (if you're setting a pattern, you'll have to set a PIN as well to act as a backup) and tap Done.


Confirm the PIN or password by typing it again, and tap OK.


When the screen is locked, you'll see notifications when you receive emails and messages. Choose to Show all notification contentHide sensitive content (which means you'll see that you've received a message but not the details) or Hide all notifications, then tap OK.

Unlocking your phone with your fingerprint


There's a fingerprint scanner built into the Home button on your Galaxy S7, follow these steps to setup fingerprint unlocking.

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From the Home screen, go to Apps > Settings Lock screen Screen lock type. Then tap Fingerprints.


If you've set up a lock screen already, you'll need to enter your passcode. Then tap Add fingerprint.


Touch the Home button with your finger when prompted, following the onscreen instructions.

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When your print has been scanned, you'll see a 'Success' screen.


Tap Enable to set the fingerprint as an unlock method.


Add more fingerprints by tapping + Add fingerprint.

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You can use your fingerprints to sign into websites and verify payment details, tap the options you want to use.


Touch and hold the name of the fingerprint to change it.


To delete a fingerprint, tap Remove at the top of the screen.

Your Samsung Galaxy S7 is set up and ready to use. If you need any extra help, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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