Samsung Galaxy J1 - setting it up

In this guide, we take you through getting a Samsung Galaxy J1 ready to use. We cover everything from switching it on to keeping it secure with a lock screen.

Samsung Galaxy J1 User Manual

If you're looking for the official user manual for your phone, you can find it here

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1. Box contents

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Here is a list of everything that you'll find in the box:

  • Samsung Galaxy J1
  • Battery
  • Mains power adaptor
  • USB lead
  • Earphones
  • Replacement earbuds
  • Information pack

2. Inserting your SIM & memory cards

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The Galaxy J1 uses a MicroSIM card, which is inserted into a slot behind the rear cover. If you're adding a MicroSD memory card to increase the phone's storage, get it ready, as it goes in a slot above the SIM card.

 
 
 
 
1.

To remove the phone's rear cover, put your thumbnail into the slot above the Power button, and pull it back.

2.

Look for the metal housing above the battery cavity and slide the SIM card into the lower slot (cut corner first, metal contacts facing the screen).

3.

Push the MicroSD card (metal contacts facing the SIM card) into the slot above the SIM until it clicks into place.

4.

Get the battery and place it into the space - there's only one way that it'll fit properly.

5.

Replace the phone's rear cover and push down around the edges until it's back in place.

3. Completing the Galaxy J1 Setup Wizard

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Now the SIM and memory card are in place, you're ready to switch the phone on. When the Galaxy J1 is turned on for the first time, you'll be taken through the Setup Wizard - this makes sure your accounts are properly installed and the phone is ready to use. The steps below go through each step and explain anything that might be unclear.

At any point during the Setup Wizard, a pop-up might appear asking you to choose your service provider. If it does, just select it from the list. If it doesn't, the phone will have sorted it out itself.

 
 
 
 
1.

Hold the Power button on the side of the phone until the screen comes on.

2.

Select your language and tap Start.

3.

Choose the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to use to complete the setup. You can skip this if you want to, but you'll use some of your mobile data to install updates. If you're using your home Wi-Fi network, the user name and password can be found on a sticker on the router.

4.

Enter the password and tap Connect. The network name will turn blue when it's connected.

 
 
 
 
5.

Tick the box to agree to the End User License Agreement (you can't use the phone unless you do this) and choose whether to send anonymous usage data to Samsung. Tap Next.

6.

Select either Yes or No when asked whether you have a Google Account.

7.

Decline or accept the message in the pop-up window.

8.

Enter your Google address and password if you have one, or complete the form to get one if you haven't. Tap Next when you're done.

 
 
 
 
9.

Accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You can read them if you want to by tapping the links.

10.

Choose whether you want to use 'Backup & Restore' and 'Location' features, and tap the down arrow when you're happy with your settings.

11.

Untick the Communication box if you don't want Google to contact you with news and offers. Tap the right arrow to continue.

12.

You can add automatic payment to your Google Account that makes paying for premium apps, music, and films faster. If you want to add this, tap your preferred method of payment and follow the instructions on screen. If you don't, tap Skip in the bottom left-hand corner.

 
 
 
 
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Enter your name, then tap the right arrow. Your name will appear on apps that support this feature.

14.

Sign in or create a Samsung account. Having a Samsung account gives you access to exclusive apps, such as SHealth fitness app and Find My Mobile. You can skip this if you like.

15.

Name your phone - this shows up whenever you connect it to anything else.

16.

Tap Finish.

Getting around the phone

Below the screen are three buttons. These always do the same thing, so you can use them as below from any app or menu screen.

'Home' (middle): pressing this returns you to the Home screen from any screen or app.

'Back' (right): takes you back one screen.

'Menu' (left): shows apps you've used.

4. Connecting to the Internet

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While you connected the Samsung Galaxy J1 to your home network when you set it up, at some point you'll want to connect it to other Wi-Fi networks. Follow these steps to get it online.

 
 
 
 
1.

From the Home screen, open the Apps list by tapping the icon with the small squares in it.

2.

Open the Settings menu (it's the cog-shaped icon).

3.

In the 'Wireless and networks' section, tap Wi-Fi.

4.

Tap the name of the wireless network you want to connect to.

5.

Type the network password, then tap Connect.

6.

'Connected' will appear below the network's name and a Wi-Fi symbol will be shown in the status bar at the top of the screen.

5. Setting up new email accounts

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While you added a Gmail account during set up, you'll probably have other email accounts you want to use. This part of the guide takes you through adding them.

 
 
 
 
1.

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

2.

Scroll down to the 'Personal' section and tap Accounts.

3.

Select Add account.

4.

If you're setting up a work or education account, choose Microsoft Exchange. For all others, choose Email.

 
 
 
 
5.

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

6.

Choose how often the phone checks for new emails by tapping Sync Schedule (every hour is a good compromise between time and battery and data usage). Choose how many emails are stored on the phone, then tap Next.

7.

Name your account and tap Next.

8.

Enter your name - this appears in other people's inboxes when you email them. Tap Done.

9.

Your inbox will appear, although it may take a while to show all your emails.

If the steps above didn't work, you might need to set your email up manually. You can find out in our guide to email server settings.

6. Setting up a lock screen

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It's always a good idea to keep your phone protected with a lock screen, as without one, anyone can access your accounts and contacts.

 
 
 
 
1.

Tap on the Apps icon from the Home screen.

2.

Open Settings.

3.

Scroll down to the 'Device' section, and select Lock screen.

4.

Tap Screen lock.

 
 
 
 
5.

Choose the type of unlock method you want to use. There are four ways to unlock the phone:

  • 'Swipe' - swipe the screen. This isn't secure, so use one of the options below.
  • 'Pattern' - draw a pattern around pins.
  • 'PIN' - enter a code of numbers.
  • 'Password' - type a word or phrase.
6.

Enter your pattern, PIN, or password and tap Continue.

7.

Confirm your unlock method, then tap OK. Enter a backup if you're asked to.

8.

The next time you lock and unlock your phone, you'll need to use your newly added unlock method.

Now that your phone is set up, you can start using it.

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