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Galaxy S5 Manual

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  • Insert the SIM or USIM card provided by the mobile telephone service provider, and the included battery.

    • Only microSIM cards work with the device.
    • Some LTE services may not be available depending on the service provider. For details about service availability, contact your service provider.

    1. Remove the back cover.

    Be careful not to damage your fingernails when you remove the back cover.
    Do not bend or twist the back cover excessively. Doing so may damage the cover.

    2. Insert the SIM or USIM card with the gold-coloured contacts facing downwards.

    • Do not insert a memory card into the SIM card slot. If a memory card happens to be lodged in the SIM card slot, take the device to a Samsung Service Centre to remove the memory card.
    • Use caution not to lose or let others use the SIM or USIM card. Samsung is not responsible for any damages or inconveniences caused by lost or stolen cards.

    3. Insert the battery.

    4. Replace the back cover.

    • Ensure that the back cover is closed tightly.
    • Use only Samsung-approved back covers and accessories with the device.

  • 1. Remove the back cover.
    2. Pull out the battery.
    3. Press the SIM or USIM card with your finger, and then pull it out.

  • Use the charger to charge the battery before using it for the first time. A computer can be also used to charge the device by connecting them via the USB cable.

    Use only Samsung-approved chargers, batteries, and cables. Unapproved chargers or cables can cause the battery to explode or damage the device.

    • When the battery power is low, the battery icon appears empty.
    • If the battery is completely discharged, the device cannot be turned on immediately when the charger is connected. Allow a depleted battery to charge for a few minutes before turning on the device.
    • If you use multiple apps at once, network apps, or apps that need a connection to another device, the battery will drain quickly. To avoid disconnecting from the network or losing power during a data transfer, always use these apps after fully charging the battery.

    1. Connect the USB cable to the USB power adaptor.
    2. Open the multipurpose jack cover.
    3. When using a USB cable, plug the USB cable into the right side of the multipurpose jack as shown in the image below.

    • Connecting the charger improperly may cause serious damage to the device. Any damage caused by misuse is not covered by the warranty.
    • Ensure that the back cover and the multipurpose jack cover are closed tightly to prevent water and dust entering the device. Open or loose covers may allow water and dust to enter the device and cause damage.
    • Be careful not to damage or detach the multipurpose jack cover. A damaged or missing cover can result in water damage to the device.

    4. Plug the USB power adaptor into an electric socket.
    • The device can be used while it is charging, but it may take longer to fully charge the battery.
    • If the device receives an unstable power supply while charging, the touch screen may not function. If this happens, unplug the charger from the device.
    • While charging, the device may heat up. This is normal and should not affect the device’s lifespan or performance. If the battery gets hotter than usual, the charger may stop charging.
    • If the device is not charging properly, take the device and the charger to a Samsung Service Centre.

    5. After fully charging, disconnect the device from the charger. First unplug the charger from the device, and then unplug it from the electric socket.

    Do not remove the battery before removing the charger. This may damage the device.
    To save energy, unplug the charger when not in use. The charger does not have a power switch, so you must unplug the charger from the electric socket when not in use to avoid wasting power. The charger should remain close to the electric socket and easily accessible while charging.

    6. Close the multipurpose jack cover.
    Ensure that the multipurpose jack cover is closed tightly.

  • Your device accepts memory cards with maximum capacities of 128 GB. Depending on the memory card manufacturer and type, some memory cards may not be compatible with your device.

    • Some memory cards may not be fully compatible with the device. Using an incompatible card may damage the device or the memory card, or corrupt the data stored in it.
    • Use caution to insert the memory card right-side up.
    • The device supports the FAT and the exFAT file systems for memory cards. When inserting a card formatted in a different file system, the device asks to reformat the memory card.
    • Frequent writing and erasing of data shortens the lifespan of memory cards.
    • When inserting a memory card into the device, the memory card’s file directory appears in the My Files → SD card folder.

    1. Remove the back cover.
    2. Insert a memory card with the gold-coloured contacts facing downwards.
    3. Replace the back cover.

  • When turning on the device for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device.

    Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds to turn on the device.

    To turn off the device, press and hold the Power button, and then tap Power off.

    Follow all posted warnings and directions from authorised personnel in areas where the use of wireless devices is restricted, such as aeroplanes and hospitals.

  • Pressing the Power button turns off the screen and puts the device into lock mode. The device automatically gets locked if it is not used for a specified period.

    To unlock the device, press the Power button or the Home button and flick your finger in any direction within the unlock screen area.

    You can change the unlock code to unlock the device. Refer to ‘Changing the screen lock method’ for details.

  • When you receive new notifications, such as messages or missed calls, indicator icons appear on the status bar. To see more information about the icons, open the notifications panel and view the details.

    To open the notifications panel, drag the status bar downwards.

    To close the notifications panel, drag the bar from the bottom of the screen upwards.

    You can use the following functions on the notifications panel.

  • A number of quick setting buttons are available on the notifications panel. To view or access more quick setting buttons, open the quick setting panel. When you open the quick setting panel, you can activate or deactivate various features or configure settings.

    To open the quick setting panel, drag the status bar downwards with two fingers.

    To close the quick setting panel, drag the bar from the bottom of the screen upwards.

    To rearrange quick setting buttons on the notifications panel, tap edit icon, tap and hold an item, and then drag the item to another location.

    Use the following options:
    • Wi-Fi: Activate or deactivate the Wi-Fi feature. Refer to ‘Connecting to a Wi-Fi network’ for details.
    • Location: Activate or deactivate the GPS feature.
    • Sound / Vibration / Mute: Activate or deactivate sound mode and silent mode. You can set the device to vibrate or mute all sound in silent mode.
    • Screen rotation: Allow or prevent the interface from rotating when you rotate the device.

    Some apps do not allow screen rotation.

    • Bluetooth: Activate or deactivate the Bluetooth feature.
    • Mobile data: Activate or deactivate the mobile data connection.
    • Download booster: Activate or deactivate the download booster feature. Refer to ‘Using Download booster’ for details.
    • U.power saving: Activate or deactivate ultra power-saving mode. Refer to ‘Using the power saving feature’ for details.
    • Multi window: Set to use Multi Window. Refer to ‘Multi Window’ for details.
    • Toolbox: Hide or show the toolbox icon. Refer to ‘Toolbox’ for details.
    • Mobile hotspot: Activate or deactivate the Wi-Fi tethering feature. Refer to ‘Tethering devices and using mobile hotspots’ for details.
    • Screen Mirroring: Activate or deactivate the screen mirroring feature. Refer to ‘Screen mirroring’ for details.
    • NFC: Activate or deactivate the NFC feature. Refer to ‘NFC’ for details.
    • Sync: Activate or deactivate auto-syncing of apps.
    • Smart stay: Activate or deactivate the smart stay feature. When you activate this feature, the screen stays on as long as you look at it.
    • Smart pause: Activate or deactivate the smart pause feature. When you activate this feature, playback pauses when you look away from the screen.
    • Power saving: Activate or deactivate power-saving mode. Refer to ‘Using the power saving feature’ for details.
    • Blocking mode: Activate or deactivate blocking mode. In blocking mode, your device will block notifications. To select which notifications will be blocked, tap Settings → Blocking mode.
    • Flight mode: Activate or deactivate flight mode.
    • Car mode: Activate or deactivate car mode. Refer to ‘Car mode’ for details.
    • Private mode: Activate or deactivate private mode. Refer to ‘Private mode’ for details.
    • Touch sensitivity: Activate or deactivate the touch sensitivity feature. Refer to ‘Increasing touch screen sensitivity’ for details.

  • Save battery power by limiting the device’s functions.

    On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Power saving → Power saving mode, and then drag the Power saving mode switch to the right. Alternatively, open the quick setting panel and tap Power saving to activate it.

    Select from the following options:

    • Block background data: Prevent apps that are running in the background from using a mobile data connection.
    • Restrict performance: Limit various options, such as turning off the Recent apps and Back buttons’ backlight.
    • Greyscale mode: Display colours on the screen as grey tones.

  • You can change the way that you lock the screen to prevent others accessing your personal information.

    On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Lock screen → Screen lock, and then select a screen lock method. The device requires an unlock code whenever unlocking it.

    If the unlock code is forgotten, take the device to a Samsung Service Centre to reset it.

    Draw a pattern by connecting four dots or more, and then draw the pattern again to verify it. Set a backup PIN to unlock the screen when you forget the pattern.

    Register your fingerprints to unlock the screen. Refer to ‘Finger Scanner’ for details.

    A PIN consists of numbers only. Enter at least four numbers, and then enter the password again to verify it.

    A password consists of characters and numbers. Enter at least four characters including numbers and symbols, and then enter the password again to verify it.


  • Set an image or photo stored in the device as wallpaper for the Home screen or the locked screen.
    1. On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Wallpaper. Alternatively, on the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area or pinch your fingers together on the screen, and then tap Wallpapers.
    2. Select a screen to change or apply wallpaper to.
    3. Scroll left or right and select from images displayed at the bottom of the screen. To select photos taken by the device’s camera or other images, tap More images.
    4. Tap Set wallpaper or Done.

  • Connect the device to a Wi-Fi network to use the Internet or share media files with other devices.

    • Your device uses a non-harmonised frequency and is intended for use in all European countries. The WLAN can be operated in the EU without restriction indoors, but cannot be operated outdoors.
    • Turn off Wi-Fi to save the battery when not in use.

    1. On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Wi-Fi. Alternatively, open the quick setting panel and tap and hold Wi-Fi.
    2. Drag the Wi-Fi switch to the right.
    3. Select a network from the list of detected Wi-Fi networks. Networks that require a password appear with a lock icon.
    4. Tap Connect. After the device connects to a Wi-Fi network, the device will automatically connect to it any time it is available.

    Adding Wi-Fi networks

    If the desired network does not appear in the networks list, tap Add Wi-Fi network at the bottom of the networks list. Enter the network name in Network SSID, select the security type and enter the password if it is not an open network, and then tap Connect.

    Activating Wi-Fi Passpoint

    Wi-Fi Passpoint enables the device to search for and connect to a certified Wi-Fi network. You can use the Passpoint feature to connect to public Wi-Fi networks that support automated authentication. When you move to a new location it will search for and connect to another certified Wi-Fi network.

    This feature may not be available depending on the region.

    Tap → Advanced, and then tick Passpoint.

    Forgetting Wi-Fi networks

    Any network that has ever been used, including the current network, can be forgotten so the device will not automatically connect to it. Select the network in the networks list and tap Forget.

  • Use your device as a mobile hotspot to share your device’s mobile data connection with other devices.

    Before using this feature
    • Ensure that the Wi-Fi feature is deactivated.
    • Ensure that the device’s mobile data connection is activated.

    1. On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Tethering and mobile hotspot → Mobile hotspot.
    2. Drag the Mobile hotspot switch to the right.

    • Wifi icon appears on the status bar. Other devices can find your device on the Wi-Fi networks list.
    • To set a password for the hotspot, tap → Configure and select the level of security. Then, enter a password and tap Save.

    3. On the other device’s screen, search for and select your device from the Wi-Fi networks list.

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