Setting up a Samsung Galaxy S5

Our super-helpful guide covers everything you need to do before you can start using your Samsung Galaxy S5.

Box Contents

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When you open the box for the first time, you'll find these things inside:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • USB cable
  • Mains plug adaptor
  • Battery
  • Earphones
  • Replacement earbuds

 

Inserting your SIM & memory cards

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The first thing to do is insert the micro-SIM card. It goes behind the rear cover alongside the memory card slot, so if you're going to increase the phone's storage capacity with a microSD card, you might as well insert it at the same time.

 
 
 
 
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1.

Remove the rear cover by placing your thumbnail in the small gap at the top and prising it away from the body.

2.

Next to the camera is a metal housing. Slide the SIM into the bottom space with the metal contact facing downwards. If you've got a microSD card, slide it into the upper slot (thin end first, metal contacts down).

3.

Put the battery into the cavity - there's only one way it'll go in.

4.

Replace the cover by pushing down around the edges.

Completing the Galaxy S5 Setup Wizard

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Hold the Power button down on the side of the phone to turn it on. The first time it starts you'll be taken through the 'Setup Wizard'. We cover each step of this below, and explain anything that might not make sense.

At any point during the Setup you might be asked to choose your mobile service provider. If you are, just pick it out from the list - if not, don't worry, the phone will have sorted it automatically.

Setting it up

 
 
 
 
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1.

Pick your language then tap Next.

2.

Tap the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to (if Wi-Fi is turned off, tap the switch). You can skip this if you like, and complete the Setup using your mobile data. But, if you do, it'll use quite a lot of your allowance, so we recommend using Wi-Fi if you can. The Wi-Fi name and password can be found on your router.

3.

Enter the Wi-Fi password and tap Connect.

4.

When it connects, tap Next.

 
 
 
 
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5.

Choose your time preference and tap Next. We suggest using 'Automatic day and time', as it'll always be correct and adjust automatically for daylight saving.

6.

Agree to the 'End User License Agreement' by ticking the box. Choose whether to send error logs to Samsung, then tap Next.

7.

If you already have a Google Account, tap Yes. If not, select No and complete the form to get one. You need a Google Account to download apps and make use of a lot of the phone's features.

 
 
 
 
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8.

Accept the Terms of Service and tap OK.

9.

Google+ is a social network, similar to Facebook. Press Get Started to join, or tap Not now to skip it.

10.

Choose the Google Services you want to use: 'Backup & Restore' automatically saves your media, settings, and apps to the Cloud to make recovering lost data and setting up future phones more easily.

11.

You can add your bank details to your Google Account to make buying apps, music, and films quicker. You don't have to do this as there are millions of free apps and games, but if you're likely to buy anything from Google Play, it's worth doing - it makes checking out much faster. Press Set up credit card and follow the instructions, or Skip to move on.

 
 
 
 
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12.

Type your name to automatically update apps and features, then press the right arrow.

13.

If you already have a Samsung account, tap Sign in. If not, choose Create account or Skip. Account holders get access to exclusive Samsung apps, such as SHealth, and useful features like 'Find my Phone'.

14.

The Galaxy S5 comes with 50 GB of online storage to keep your photos and videos safe. If you have a Dropbox account you can log in to get the free 50 GB added to your existing account. If you haven't used it before, tap Create account to get one.

15.

Name your phone, then press Finish to move on from the the Setup Wizard.

Buttons

The buttons below the screen always do the same thing, regardless of what app or menu you're in.

'Menu' (left): shows previously used apps.
'Home' (middle): pressing this returns you to the Home screen from any screen or app.
'Back' (right): takes you back one screen.

 

Connecting to the Internet

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Although you probably connected the S5 to Wi-Fi during the initial set up, sooner or later you'll need to connect to other networks. The steps below show you how.

Connecting the Galaxy S5 to a Wi-Fi network

 
 
 
 
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1.

On the Home screen, tap the apps icon.

2.

Tap Settings.

3.

Tap Wi-Fi.

4.

Select the name of the network you want to connect to.

5.

Enter the password and tap Connect.

'Connected' will appear beneath the name of the network when you're online.

Turning mobile data on or off

 
 
 
 
Mobile data
1.

From the Home screen, tap apps.

2.

Tap the settings icon.

3.

Press More networks.

4.

Open Mobile networks and tick the box next to Mobile Data to turn it on or off.

Setting up new email accounts

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Your Gmail account will already be synced to the Galaxy S5, but you can add any others by following the steps below.

 
 
 
 
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1.

From your Home screen, tap the apps icon.

2.

Tap Settings.

3.

Select Accounts & Sync, followed by Add account.

4.

For personal accounts (such as Hotmail, Outlook, or Yahoo!) select Email. For business or education accounts (including '.ac.uk' accounts), choose Microsoft Exchange Activesync.

5.

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

6.

Choose how often the app checks for new emails and whether you want to receive notifications when new emails arrive. Tap Next.

7.

Enter your name (this shows up when someone gets an email from you) and tap Next.

If your account isn't syncing, you'll need to add it manually. Our detailed guide to email server settings will help you out.

 

Setting up the fingerprint scanner

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We always recommend protecting your phone with a lock screen, as without one, anyone can access your messages, social media accounts, and emails. This part of the guide shows you how to set one up using the Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner.

Setting up security on your Galaxy S5

 
 
 
 
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1.

From the Home screen tap Apps, then Settings.

2.

Scroll down to the 'Personal' heading and tap Lock screen.

3.

Tap Screen lock.

4.

Select Fingerprint.

 
 
 
 
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5.

Read the disclaimer and tap OK.

6.

Follow the instructions to allow the phone to capture your fingerprint properly.

7.

Set a backup password in case the fingerprint scanner can't read your print.

8.

Tap OK.

9.

Press Fingerprint to complete the set up.

You can link you fingerprint to the PayPal app by pressing Pay with PayPal at the bottom of the menu.

 

If you need any more help, you can speak to a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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