Galaxy S7 Manual
Get to know your very own Galaxy S7 with the help of Sydney CBD Repair Team. Read the manual to get the most out of your smartphone.
Charging the battery
Charge the battery before using it for the first time or when it has been unused for extended periods.
Use only Samsung-approved chargers, batteries, and cables. Unapproved chargers or cables can cause the battery to explode or damage the device.
1. Connect the USB cable to the USB power adaptor, and then plug the end of the USB cable into the multipurpose jack.
Connecting the charger improperly may cause serious damage to the device. Any damage caused by misuse is not covered by the warranty.
2. Plug the USB power adaptor into an electric socket.
3. After fully charging, disconnect the device from the charger. First unplug the charger from the device, and then unplug it from the electric socket.
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.
Viewing the remaining charging time
While charging, open the Home screen and tap Apps → Settings → Battery.
The actual charging time may vary depending on the status of your device and the charging conditions. The remaining charging time may not be displayed when you charge the device in very cold or very hot conditions.
Reducing the battery consumption
Your device provides various options that help you conserve battery power.
• Optimise the device using the Smart manager.
• When you are not using the device, switch to sleep mode by pressing the Power key.
• Activate power saving mode.
• Close unnecessary apps.
• Deactivate the Bluetooth feature when not in use.
• Deactivate the Wi-Fi feature when not in use.
• Deactivate auto-syncing of apps that need to be synced, such as emails.
• Decrease the backlight time.
• Decrease the screen brightness.
Installing a memory card
Your device accepts memory cards with maximum capacities of 200 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. Insert the ejection pin into the hole on the tray to loosen the tray.
Ensure that the ejection pin is perpendicular to the hole. Otherwise, the device may be damaged.
2. Pull out the tray gently from the tray slot.
When you remove the tray from the device, the mobile data connection will be disabled.
3. Place a memory card on the tray 2 with the gold-coloured contacts facing downwards.
4. Gently press the memory card into the tray to secure it.
5. Insert the tray back into the tray slot.
• If you insert the tray into your device while the tray is wet, your device may be damaged. Always make sure the tray is dry.
• Fully insert the tray into the tray slot to prevent liquid from entering your device.
Removing the memory card
Before removing the memory card, first unmount it for safe removal. On the Home screen, tap Apps → Settings → Storage → SD card → Unmount.
1. Insert the ejection pin into the hole on the tray to loosen the tray.
2. Pull out the tray gently from the tray slot.
3. Remove the memory card.
4. Insert the tray back into the tray slot.
Do not remove the memory card while the device is transferring or accessing information. Doing so can cause data to be lost or corrupted or damage to the memory card or device. Samsung is not responsible for losses that result from the misuse of damaged memory cards, including the loss of data.
Formatting the memory card
A memory card formatted on a computer may not be compatible with the device. Format the memory card on the device.
On the Home screen, tap Apps → Settings → Storage → SD card → Format → FORMAT. Before formatting the memory card, remember to make backup copies of all important data stored in the memory card. The manufacturer’s warranty does not cover loss of data resulting from user actions.
Press and hold the Power key for a few seconds to turn on the device.
When you turn on your device for the first time or after performing a data reset, follow the onscreen instructions to set up your device.
To turn off the device, press and hold the Power key, 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.
Restarting the device
If your device is frozen and unresponsive, press and hold the Power key and the Volume Down key simultaneously for more than 7 seconds to restart it.
On the Home screen, tap Apps → Settings → Home screen to access the available options. Alternatively, on the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area. Customise the Home screen by adding, deleting, or rearranging Home screen panels. You can also set the Home screen wallpaper, add widgets to the Home screen, and more.
• Wallpapers: Change the wallpaper settings for the Home screen and the locked screen.
• Widgets: Add widgets to the Home screen. Widgets are small apps that launch specific app functions to provide information and convenient access on your Home screen.
• Themes: Change the device’s theme. Visual elements of interface, such as colours, icons, and wallpapers, will change depending on the selected theme.
• Screen grid: Change the size of the grid to display more or less items on the Home screen and the Apps screen.
Tap and hold an app or a folder from the Apps screen, and then drag it to the Home screen.
To add widgets, tap and hold an empty area on the Home screen, tap Widgets, tap and hold a
widget, and then drag it to the Home screen.
Tap and hold an item on the Home screen, and then drag it to a new location.
You can also move frequently used apps to the shortcuts area at the bottom of the Home screen.
To move the item to another panel, drag it to the side of the screen.
To move an item more easily, tap and hold an item, and drag it to Move apps at the top of the screen. The item will move to the panel at the top of the screen. Swipe to the left or right to move to another panel and drag the item to a new location.
Tap and hold an item, and then drag it to Remove at the top of the screen.
Create folders and gather similar applications to quickly access and launch apps.
1. On the Home screen, tap and hold an app, and then drag it over another app.
2. Drop the app when a folder frame appears around the apps. A new folder containing the selected apps will be created.
3. Tap Enter folder name and enter a folder name. To change the folder colour, tap palette icon. To add more apps to the folder, tap plus icon, tick the apps, and then tap ADD. You can also add an app by dragging it to the folder on the Home screen.
To move apps from a folder to the Home screen, tap the folder, and then drag an app to the Home screen.
To delete apps in a folder, tap the folder, and then drag the app you want to delete to Remove at the top of the screen.
Pressing the Power key turns off the screen and locks it. Also, the screen turns off and automatically locks if the device is not used for a specified period.
The screen is locked with Swipe, the default screen lock method.
Press the Power key or the Home key and swipe in any direction to unlock the screen.
To change the screen lock method, on the Apps screen, tap Settings → Lock screen and security → Screen lock type, and then select a method.
When you set a pattern, PIN, password, or fingerprint for the screen lock method, you can protect your personal information by preventing others from accessing your device. After setting the screen lock method, the device will require an unlock code whenever unlocking it.
• Swipe: Swipe in any direction on the screen to unlock it.
• Pattern: Draw a pattern with four or more dots to unlock the screen.
• PIN: Enter a PIN with at least four numbers to unlock the screen.
• Password: Enter a password with at least four characters, numbers, or symbols to unlock the screen.
• None: Do not set a screen lock method.
• Fingerprints: Register your fingerprints to unlock the screen.
• If the unlock code is forgotten, take the device to a Samsung Service Centre to reset it.
• You can set your device to perform a factory data reset if you enter the unlock code incorrectly several times in a row and reach the attempt limit. On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Lock screen and security → Secure lock settings and tap the Auto factory reset switch to activate it.
Capture a screenshot while using the device.
Press and hold the Home key and the Power key simultaneously. You can view captured images in Gallery.
You can also capture screenshots by swiping your hand to the left or right across the screen.
If this feature is not activated, open the Apps screen, tap Settings → Advanced features → Palm swipe to capture and tap the switch to activate it.
It is not possible to capture a screenshot while using some apps and features.
You can capture the current screen and scrollable area. You can also immediately crop and share the captured screen.
If this feature is not activated, open the Apps screen, tap Settings → Advanced features → Smart capture, tap the switch to activate it, and then capture a screenshot. On the screen you are capturing, use one of the following options:
• Capture more: Capture more content that continues across multiple screens, such as a web page. The screen will automatically scroll down and more content will be captured.
• Share: Share the screenshot.
• Crop: Crop a portion from the screenshot.
Move audio, video, image, or other types of files from the device to the computer, or vice versa. Do not disconnect the USB cable from the device when you are transferring files. Doing so may cause data loss or device damage.
The devices may not connect properly if they are connected via a USB hub. Directly connect the device to the computer’s USB port.
1. Connect the device to the computer using the USB cable.
2. Open the notification panel, and then tap USB for file transfer → Transferring media files. If the computer cannot recognise your device, tap Transferring images.
3. Tap ALLOW to permit the computer to access your device’s data. When the computer recognises your device, the device will appear in My PC.
4. Transfer files between your device and the computer.
1. Tap Phone on the Apps screen.
2. Enter a phone number.
If the keypad does not appear on the screen, tap dialer icon to open the keypad.
3. ► Single SIM models: Tap phone icon to make a voice call, or tap video camera icon to make a video call.
Creating contacts manually
1. Tap Contacts on the Apps screen.
2. Tap add contact icon and select a storage location.
3. Enter contact information.
• camera icon : Add an image.
• plus / minus icon : Add or delete a contact field.
4. Tap SAVE.
To add a phone number to the contacts list from the keypad, open the Apps screen and tap Phone. If the keypad does not appear on the screen, tap dialer icon to open the keypad. Enter the number and tap Add to Contacts.
To add a phone number to the contacts list from received calls, open the Apps screen and tap Phone → LOG → a contact.
You may incur additional charges for sending messages when you are roaming.
1. Tap Messages on the Apps screen.
2. Tap new message icon.
3. Add recipients and enter a message.
4. ► Single SIM models: Tap SEND to send the message.
► Dual SIM models: Tap SEND 1 or SEND 2 to send the message.
1. Tap new message icon to compose an email.
2. Add recipients and enter an email text.
3. Tap SEND to send the mail.
Taking photos or recording videos
1. Tap the image on the preview screen where the camera should focus.
2. Tap shutter icon to take a photo or tap record icon to record a video. To take a series of photos, tap and hold shutter icon.
• Spread two fingers apart on the screen to zoom in, and pinch to zoom out.
• To adjust the brightness of photos or videos, tap the screen. When the adjustment bar appears, drag the adjustment bar towards plus or minus icons.
• To capture an image from the video while recording, tap Capture.
• To change the focus while recording a video, tap where you want to focus. To focus on the centre of the screen, tap AF icon.
On the preview screen, swipe to the right to access the list of shooting modes. Or, swipe to the left to view photos and videos you have captured.
• The preview screen may vary depending on the shooting mode and which camera is being used.
• The camera automatically shuts off when unused.
• Make sure that the lens is clean. Otherwise, the device may not work properly in some modes that require high resolutions.
• The front camera features a wide-angle lens. Minor distortion may occur in wideangle photos and does not indicate device performance problems.
• The maximum recording time may reduce when you record video at high resolution.
Record a video for viewing it in slow motion. You can specify sections of your videos to be played in slow motion.
1. On the preview screen, tap MODE → Slow motion.
2. Tap record icon to start recording.
3. When you are finished recording, tap stop icon to stop.
4. On the preview screen, tap the preview thumbnail.
5. Tap slow motion icon. The video will start playing with a randomly set slow motion section.