Samsung Galaxy S5 Guide

Samsung Galaxy S5 Front

Just got your hands on Samsung’s fantastic flagship handset? You may be at a loss as to how to go about setting it up and getting it going. If so, read on to find out the best ways to get started with the Galaxy S5.

What’s in the box?

Open up your compact, wood-effect box and here’s what you’ll find inside.

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 handset
  • Earphones
  • Ear buds
  • USB charging lead
  • Plug adaptor for USB lead
  • Battery
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card

Inserting the SIM

A microSIM will be supplied by your network. Here’s how to slot it into your smartphone.

  • Prise the handset’s backplate off using the the groove at the top right of the device
  • Remove the battery
  • Slide your microSIM, with the tapered corner on the left and the network logo facing outward
  • Re-insert the battery and put the backplate back on

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Set up and sign in

  • Switch on your handset by holding down the unlock button. You’ll then have to skip through a bunch of options, as follows.
  • Select your language, with English (UK) being the default
  • If you have any special requirements for hearing and vision, tap Accessibility to be taken through to these options
  • Then hit Start
  • Choose a Wi-Fi network from the list, then tap connect. You may be asked to enter the passcode for the network
  • Hit Next
  • Check the license agreements and check the below, then hit Yes in the other box and tap Next
  • If you have a Google account, you can add it now
  • Select the Backup and Restore options that you want, and hit Next
  • Give your phone a name
  • If you have a Samsung account you can sign in now, as you did with your Google account
  • If you use Dropbox, you can sign in at this stage
  • Tap Finish, and you’re up and running

Check for software updates

You’re Galaxy S5 runs Android KitKat, but there may be a slightly improved version waiting for you. Here’s how to find out.

  • Open the app menu and tap Settings
  • Scroll down to About Device
  • Tap Software Update, then Update Now
  • Any updates will be downloaded
  • Click Install
  • You’ll be prompted to restart your device, so press OK and let it happen

Samsung Galaxy S5 Settings Menu

Adding your email account

If you use Gmail, this will automatically be added with your Google account. You can add other email accounts too.

  • Open the app menu and select Settings
  • Scroll down to Accounts, then select Add Account
  • Tap Email, then enter your email address and password
  • Hit Next, then check through the email options you are given
  • Hit Next again, and give the account a name, such as ‘Work Email’, or ‘Hotmail’
  • You’ll be able to access this account from the Email app

Setting up Twitter

You can add a Twitter account in a similar way to email.

  • Open the app menu and select Settings
  • Tap Add Account, then hit Twitter
  • Enter your account email, then choose Sign in Using Password
  • Enter your password, and click Allow when prompted

Making a call

This what phones are ostensibly made for.

  • Tap the Phone app in the handset’s app tray
  • Use the keypad to dial a number or select one of your contacts
  • Hit the green phone icon to make the call

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Sending a text

How to tap out and send a quick written message.

  • Open the Messages app from the handset’s app tray
  • Tap the notepad-and-pen icon to compose a message
  • Tap the Recipients bar to add one of  your contacts
  • Tap the message bar to type
  • Hit the envelope icon to send the message

Downloading apps

Apps are one of the best things about a smartphone, and there are hundreds of thousands to choose from.

  • Open Google Play
  • If you haven’t signed in with a Google account, you’ll need to do so
  • Either browse through the menus or search for a specific app
  • When you find one you like, hit Install, or the price icon if it is a paid app
  • The app will download and install itself, adding an icon to your homescreen

Uninstalling apps

Maybe you’ve downloaded the wrong app, or need to free up some storage space. Here’s how to uninstall apps.

  • Open the app menu and select Settings
  • Scroll down to the Application Manager and open it
  • Find the app you want to uninstall from the list
  • Hit the Uninstall option from the top right of the menu

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Taking a photo

The Galaxy S5 has a fantastic camera. Here are the basic of how to use it.

  • Select the Camera app
  • Line the handset up with whatever you want to capture
  • Tap the camera icon on the edge of the display to take a picture
  • You can also tap the cog icon to bring up all of the camera’s settings, then adjust them as you wish

Playing music

With a huge amount of storage space, the Galaxy S5 is great for carrying your music with you.

  • Open Google Music
  • Your tracks will be listed in a grid format, with album artwork showing
  • Tap and album and select a track before hitting play at the bottom of the screen
  • To cue a track or add it to a playlist, tap the three-dot icon that sits to the right of its name

Uploading to Dropbox

Even with a good deal of storage, you may want to keep your digital collection online.

  • Open Dropbox and sign in, unless you did so at the start up process
  • Select one of your folders in which you want to keep your files
  • Hit the three-lines icon at the top right and select Upload Here
  • Choose either Photos or videos, or Other files
  • Choose the file you want to upload from the menu and hit Upload
  • The file will now upload to Dropbox

Monitoring your data usage

Using too much data could hit your bill hard. Here’s how to keep an eye on it.

  • Open the app tray and select Settings
  • Tap Data Usage
  • Check the graph to see how much data you’ve used
  • Scroll down the screen to see which apps are using specific amounts of data

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