Kit Guide: Samsung Galaxy S8 - setting it up


Before you can start using your Galaxy S8, there are a few things to do to get it up and running. This guide takes you through each step, from inserting the SIM, to keeping it secure with a lock screen.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Manual

Read the full Samsung manual for the Galaxy S8 here

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1. Box contents


Here's what you'll find in the box:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Mains power adaptor
  • USB lead
  • Earphones
  • Information pack
  • USB/Micro USB adaptor
  • USB-C/Micro USB adaptor
  • SIM tray tool

2. Inserting your SIM & memory cards


Your Galaxy S8 takes a NanoSIM, and you can also increase the storage capacity by adding a MicroSD (memory) card. They both go into a slot on the top of your phone, here's how to install them.

Insert your SIM card

Your Galaxy S8 takes a NanoSIM, and you can also increase the storage capacity by adding a MicroSD memory card. They both go into a slot on the top of your phone - here's how to install them.

Galaxy S8 insert SIM

Push the pointed end of the SIM tool into the small hole next to the tray on top of the phone. The tray will pop out.


Slot the SIM into the recess closest to the phone, with the metal contacts facing down.


Slide the tray back into the top of the phone.

Insert the memory card


The MicroSD card goes into the same slot as the SIM, so take it out with removal tool as above.


Drop the SD card into the recess, with the narrow end pointing towards the phone and the metal contacts facing down.


Slide the tray back into the phone.

3. Completing the Samsung Setup Wizard


Now that you've inserted the SIM card, you're ready to go through the Setup Wizard. There are quite a few steps, but don't worry, we'll walk you through all of them.

Setting it up

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Turn the phone on by pressing and holding the power button until you feel it vibrate. A pop-up asking you to pick your network might appear. If it does, just tap yours followed by Ok.


Tap your language, then tap Start.


Pick your Wi-Fi network. We always recommend connecting to Wi-Fi at this point, because your phone will need to download some updates. You can use your mobile data, but it can use quite a lot, so use Wi-Fi if you can.


Type the password (it's usually printed on a sticker on your router), then tap Connect.


The word 'Connected' will appear below your network. Tap Next.


Agree to the terms and conditions. You can tap Agree to all, or tap each one individually to look it over. When you're ready to move on, tap Next.


You'll need to sign in to a Google account to be able to download apps and games. If you have a Google account, type your Gmail address and tap Next. If you don',, tap Or create a new account.


Type your password and press Next.


Tap Accept to agree to the 'Terms of Service' and the 'Privacy Policy'. If you want to read them, just tap the links.


Choose which 'Google services' you want to use and tap Next.


If you've backed up data to Google from an old phone, you can restore it to your S8 here - just tap the backup you want to restore. If you don't want to restore anything, tap Don't restore.


You'll be asked if you want to 'Protect your phone' with a screen lock. We cover this in more detail later, so skip it for now by tapping No, thank you. Press Next.


If you already have a Samsung account, tap Sign in. To set up a new one, tap create Account. You can skip this if you want, but without a Samsung account, you won't be able to install some updates for your phone.


If you tapped Skip, you'll need to confirm this by tapping Skip again.


If you've backed up information to Samsung Cloud in the past, you can restore it here by tapping Restore from Samsung cloud. Tapping Smart Switch will help you transfer information from most other smartphones. You can also tap Skip if you don't want to transfer any data.


Before you finish the Setup, there are a few more features that Samsung offer, like setting the screen layout, or getting weather information. Tap each one to find out more, and when you're happy with the settings, scroll to the bottom, and tap Finish.

4. Connecting to the Internet


Most of your phone's features need the internet to work properly. If you didn't do it during the main Setup, here's how to connect to Wi-Fi. We'll also show you how to turn your mobile data on and off.

Connecting to Wi-Fi


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


Tap the name of your network and type the password (if you're not sure what it is, it can usually be found on a sticker on your router). Then tap Connect.


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.

Turning mobile data on and off


From your Home screen, go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage.


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

If you're still having trouble connecting, we've written some guides that explain how to manually connect here.

5. Setting up new email accounts


Although you probably added a Gmail account when you first set your phone up, your phone can manage lots of other account types. Here's how to add new ones to your Galaxy S8.


From your Home screen, go to Apps > Settings > Cloud and accounts > Accounts > Add account.


Choose the type of account you want to add.


Type your email address and password, then tap Sign in.


Depending on the type of account you're setting up, you might need to authorise your phone to access the account details.

Your account should set up automatically, but if it doesn't, our guide to email server settings will help.

6. Setting up a lock screen


We always recommend protecting your phone with a lock screen. You might have set this up when you did the initial Setup, but if you didn't, here's how it's done.


Choose which type of lock you'd like to use.


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

  • Swipe is the default type 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.
  • Biometrics lets you register your face, fingerprint, or iris, to use when unlocking your phone.

Enter your unlock code, and tap Done (in our guide, we're using a PIN).


Enter your code again to confirm it, and tap Ok.


When your phone's locked, you'll see notifications when you receive emails and messages. You can turn them off completely by taping the On switch, or you can choose to Hide content, or Notification icons only. When you're happy with the settings, tap Done.

Unlocking your phone with your fingerprint


To add fingerprint security, tap Fingerprint Scanner.


You'll need to confirm your PIN number, then tap Next.


Hold your finger on the sensor on the back of the phone, and follow the instructions to add your fingerprint.


When it's been added, you can add another by tapping Add, or tap Done.


To use your fingerprint to unlock your phone, tap Turn on. If you don't want to do this, tap Not now.

That should be everything you need to get started with your Galaxy S8, but if you’d like speak to one of our Team Knowhow Experts, you can contact us here.

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