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Samsung Galaxy S5 User & Setup Guide

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is the latest handset in the Galaxy range, packed with an array of new features and increasingly more powerful hardware. If you've managed to get your hands on this flagship Android smartphone, read our guide below to find out how to set it up, as well as explore some of the more interesting and useful features this phone has to offer.

If you're looking for the official Samsung S5 User Guide, click here!

  1. Unbox and assemble the Galaxy S5
  2. Complete the setup wizard
  3. Import your contacts & data
  4. Set up Wi-Fi and Mobile Internet
  5. Set up Gmail and email accounts on the S5
  6. Download apps to the Galaxy S5
  7. Tips to make the most of the Galaxy S5
  8. Customise your Home screens
  9. How to make your phone screen stay on for longer


Unboxing and Assembling your Galaxy S5

Before we begin putting the pieces together, let's make sure you have everything you need. Inside the box* you should find:

  • Galaxy S5 unboxing1 x Samsung Galaxy S5
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x mains plug adaptor
  • 1 x battery
  • 1 x in-line earphones and pack of replacement earbuds.

*some box contents may vary.

Assembly

With the back of the phone facing you, look along the left edge of the device and near the top you will see a small gap. Use a fingernail to gently pull the back off of the handset using this gap.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 takes a micro-SIM card that, although smaller than a standard SIM card, is inserted in to the phone in much the same way. Before inserting the battery, and with the rear of the phone facing towards you, locate the metal clip which sits beside the camera lens. This is the housing for both the micro-SIM card and the microSD (memory) card.

The micro-SIM fits into the lower slot, with the gold-coloured contacts facing down and the cut-off corner going in first. This should slide in until the edge of the micro-SIM is flush with the edge of the battery well, as shown below left. The microSD memory card slides into the upper slot, with the gold-coloured contacts downwards and narrow end in first, as shown below centre. The photo below right shows both cards being loaded.

Galaxy S5 SIM

Once the cards are both installed, line up the metal contacts of the battery with the pins inside the battery compartment, press the battery against the contacts and push it down into the battery compartment. When the battery is sitting comfortably, place the phone's back cover on to the rear of the handset and apply pressure around the edges to secure the protective cover. Finally make sure the USB connector cover at the bottom of the phone is securely in place to ensure the phone's water resistance.

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Set up your s5 for the first time

If this is the first time you've turn on your new Galaxy S5, it's time to run through the setup wizard! This is a fairly straightforward process which we've documented below to help make things easier to follow.

  1. Make sure your SIM card is inserted and turn on your phone. The first screen you see should be asking you to Select your language. Choose your preferred language and press Next.
  2. On the second page of the setup wizard you can connect to a nearby wireless network. Press the switch in the upper-right corner to turn it green, enabling Wi-Fi.
  3. Press on the name of your wireless network and enter a password (if required). Press Connect.
  4. Once the screen shows you've connected, press Next to continue.
Galaxy S5 setup
  1. Select whether you would like the date and time to be automatically provided by the network. Tick the box if you would like this, or set the time manually and press Next
  2. If you want to use the handset you will have to read and agree to the EULA (End User License Agreement). Tick the box to confirm you agree to the EULA and choose whether to send error logs to Samsung by pressing either Yes or No Thanks. Press Next to continue.
  3. On the next page you'll be asked whether you already have a Google (gmail) account. As the Galaxy S5 is an Android handset, having a Google account unlocks some great features of the phone. Without one you can't browse the Play Store or sync your contacts to your Google email address, for starters! If you have one already, press Yes and sign in. If not, tap No then press Get an account and fill in the onscreen form to set one up.
Galaxy S5 setup
  1. You will have to accept the Terms of Service in order to use the S5. If you're happy to do so, press OK.
  2. You will then be invited to use Google+, which is Google's social network. Press Get Started to join, or press Not now to skip this, you can always do that later on.
  3. Backing up your phone to Google is extremely useful when it comes to upgrading or replacing your Android smart phone. Unless you want to keep this phone completely "off the grid", tick both boxes to restore from and back up to Google's service. Touch the down arrow and you will see Location tickboxes. These relate to letting your phone (and Google) know where in the world you are. Doing this will help improve internet search results, and satellite navigation apps will thank you for it. If you don't want to allow the phone to know your location, simply untick the boxes and press the right arrow to continue.
  4. After your phone attempts to restore settings from your Google account, you will be invited to Set up credit card for purchases through the Play Store. Transactions are done through a debit or credit card, but if you don't want to add this information you can skip it by pressing not now.

Galaxy S5 setup

  1. Enter your name in the boxes provided. The S5 uses this information to personalise your phone and apps. Press the right arrow when you're ready to proceed.
  2. Next you will be asked to sign in to an existing Samsung account, or Create a new one. A Samsung account is necessary if you want to check for software upates on your phone and has additional benefits too. If you don't want to have a Samsung account on the phone, you also have the option to skip this.
  3. One of the perks of owning a Galaxy S5 is the free 50GB of online storage available through Dropbox that comes with every handset. If you are already a Dropbox user, Sign in to upgrade your storage and set up automatic uploading of photos and more. If not, you can make a new account by pressing Create account.
  4. If you chose to sign in with a Dropbox account, you will see that Dropbox is able to save all the photos you take straight to the web, and also wirelessly sync those pictures to a folder on your computer. All it takes is downloading Dropbox to your computer from their website! If you'd prefer not to back up your photos, press skip. Otherwise, press enable and then allow your Samsung to have access to your Dropbox account.
Galaxy S5 setup
  1. Finally your new phone will ask you to choose a device name for it. You can use the suggested one, or create your own. This can be whatever you like it to be, but itwill show up when you plug the phone in to a computer or connect to another device via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. When you've picked a good name, press Finish.

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Import your contacts and data

Importing data from an iPhone

The method used to import your data will vary, depending on whether you have made a backup of your old iPhone through iTunes on your computer or not:

Importing data to the Galaxy S5 from an iPhone (iTunes) backup.

Using the same computer that you used to back up your iPhone, you first need to install Samsung KIES. There are versions for Mac OSX as well as Windows, so make sure you download the correct version, but before you install it you need to make sure that your Galaxy S5 isnot connected to the computer.

To import data from your iPhone backup:

  1. Open Samsung KIES, and plug in your S5 to your computer using the USB cable supplied.
  2. After KIES has detected your new phone, you will be taken to a summary page.
  3. Smart Switch ConfirmOn the menu bar at the top of the KIES window, click Tools then click Transfer Data from a Non Samsung Device.
  4. This will open a window telling you that Smart Switch is not installed. Click Confirm to start downloading this program.
  5. Once it has installed, open Smart Switch on the computer, tick the boxes to agree to the Terms & Conditions in order to use the software, and click I agree.
  6. Select Apple from the manufacturers drop-down list. The latest backup file from your computer should show onscreen. If there are no backups shown, click Locate Backup File. In the folder that opens, click the backup with the correct date and time for the backup you made, then click Open.
  7. When you have selected the correct backup, click Next.
Smart Switch import from iPhone
  1. You will be asked to choose what you would like to transfer from your iPhone to your Galaxy S5. All items are selected by default, so untick boxes to de-select any type of data you do not want to be transferred across. When you are happy to proceed, click StartTransfer.
  2. Once you have seen the message telling you everything has been transferred, click End.
Smart Switch import from iPhone

Your iPhone's data is now on your Samsung Galaxy S5 and ready to use. If you have media on your computer that you would like to transfer to your S5, e.g. music in iTunes, then we're happy to show you how to do that, too!

Importing data to the Galaxy S5 without an iPhone (iTunes) backup

Your iPhone handset has the ability to sync its contacts and calendars into iCloud, Apple's online service, and this gives us an easy route to getting these onto your new S5. iCloud may be enabled already, but if not, the first five steps below cover how to do this:

  1. On your iPhone, tap on the Settings icon.
  2. Scroll down and tap on iCloud.
  3. If you are not already signed in with your Apple ID, please do so.
  4. Tap the Contacts switch to turn this on, then tap Merge to move your contacts into iCloud.
  5. Tap the Calendars switch to turn this on, and again tap Merge to move your iPhone's calendar into iCloud.
  6. If you don't have a computer, you can now use Samsung Smart Switch Mobile to import your iCloud backup to your new Galaxy S5. Click the link to find out how to transfer data to your Galaxy S5 using Smart Switch, or continue reading this guide to explore transferring data through your computer.
  7. iCloud contacts exportFrom your computer's web browser, visit the iCloud website and sign in using your Apple ID and password.
  8. Click on the Contacts square to see a list of all your contacts currently in your iCloud address book. Click on any contact to highlight it.
  9. Click the Settings icon in the bottom-left corner of the Contacts page (which looks like a cog or gear) and click Select All.
  10. Click the Settings icon again and click Export vCard. This will download a file to your computer which contains your contact data.
  11. In the top left-hand corner of the screen, click iCloud Contacts then click the Calendar icon in the pop-up window to open the iCloud Calendar.
  12. The calendars in use will show down the left-hand side. Clicking each calendar's name in turn will show you which have data in. The default calendar is usually the one at the top of the list, called Home.
  13. To the right of the calendar's name is a sharing icon (it looks a little like a Wi-Fi icon). Click on this to open the sharing options.
  14. iCloud calendar exportTick the box for Public Calendar. You will then see a web address appear, starting with webcal://. Highlight this address, right-click with your mouse and click Copy.
  15. In a new browser tab, right-click and paste this address into the browser address bar. Do not press enter, or search for this yet.
  16. Move the cursor to the left-hand end of the address, and then delete webcal at the start, replacing it with http, so that the address starts with "http://".
  17. Press Enter on your keyboard, or click Go in the browser, and a file will download to your computer (containing your calendar data).
  18. On your computer, open the Google homepage.
  19. Log in with the same Google email address and password that you use on your handset.
  20. In the upper right-hand corner, near to where your name is, click Gmail.
  21. Underneath the Google logo in the top left-hand corner, click on Gmail and select Contacts from the drop-down list (as shown below).

Google contacts import

  1. Move the mouse to the right and click on More, then click Import from the drop-down list.
  2. On the window that opens, click Choose File and locate the .vcf file you downloaded in step 9 (it should be in your Downloads folder).
  3. Click Import. Your contacts will appear in the Google account, which will sync them over the air to your Galaxy S5.
  4. In the top right-hand corner, click the Apps icon (it looks like a grid of squares) and then click on Calendar.
  5. On the right, click the Options icon (cog wheel), then click Settings.
  6. On the left, under Calendar Settings, click Calendars.
  7. Below the calendars listed, click Import calendar.
  8. Click Choose file and navigate to your Downloads folder.
  9. Double click on the .ics file that you have already downloaded to select it, and click Import.
  10. You should see a notification telling you how many calendar entries have been imported. Click Close.

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Import data from your old SAMSUNG

Back up your phone

  1. Download and install Samsung KIES from the official Samsung site.
  2. Open KIES and connect your phone to the computer using a USB cable.
Samsung Galaxy S5 KIES backup
  1. After the KIES software discovers your phone, click the Back up/Restore tab at the top of the screen.
  2. To make sure all your data is saved, tick the box marked Select all items. You can now move down the list, unticking anything you don't wish to save.
  3. Once you're happy with the ticked and unticked boxes, click the Backup button at the top of the screen. You will be able to monitor the progress of your backup as it completes.
Samsung Galaxy S5 KIES backup

Transfer your media

  1. Open the KIES software on your computer, or download it from Samsung's website if you don't already have it.
  2. Connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable.
Samsung Galaxy S5 KIES media transfer
  1. KIES will update and show you a summary page for your Samsung smartphone. Check the left-hand column under the name of your phone; you will see options for music, photos and videos. Click on music.
  2. Now you can see all the music currently stored on your phone. Tick the very top tick-box as this will highlight all the tracks in the list. When you've highlighted the songs you wish to transfer, click on the save icon above the list of tracks. The save icon resembles a floppy disk.
Samsung Galaxy S5 KIES media transfer
  1. After clicking the save icon you will be asked to choose a folder to save your music to. We find it's best to save your music in to your Music library.
  2. Repeat the steps above for both the photos and the videos folders to keep all your media safe on your PC.

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Import your data from your old ANDROID

Transfer your media

  1. Connect your Android phone to your computer using the USB charging cable provided.
  2. Open your Start menu and click on Computer.
  3. Your Android device should appear underneath your local hard disk drives. Double-click on the name of your phone.
  4. Inside your phone's folder you may also see a folder (or two) called Internal storage, Phone, Card or Memory card. Open this folder to view your phone's memory.
Android transfer 1
  1. Your media is commonly saved in folders called DCIM (for pictures), Music, Downloads and Video. Right-click on a folder you wish to back up and choose Copy from the list.
  2. We now need to find a suitable place to Paste this folder. Open the Start menu and click on Computer again to open a new window.
  3. Down the left-hand column of this new window you should see a section called either Libaries or This PC, and underneath that you should find folders for your Pictures, Music, Documents and Videos. If you're backing up your DCIM folder (where your photos are stored), right-click on Pictures and choose Paste from the menu. For Music, right-click on the Music folder and choose paste.
Android transfer 2
  1. Once you've finished copying and pasting the folders you wish to keep, you can detach your phone from the computer.

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import data from your old blackberry

In order to import data from your old BlackBerry handset, you must first have made a backup of it to your computer, using BlackBerry Desktop Software or BlackBerry Link.

Importing data from a BlackBerry backup

Using the same computer that you used to back up your BlackBerry, you first need to install Samsung KIES. There are versions for Mac OSX as well as Windows, so make sure you download the correct version. Before you install it you will need to make sure that your Galaxy S5 isnot connected to the computer.

To import data from your BlackBerry backup:

  1. Open Samsung KIES, and connect your S5 to your computer using the USB cable supplied.
  2. After KIES has detected your new phone, you will be taken to a summary page
  3. Smart Switch ConfirmOn the menu bar at the top of the KIES window, click Tools then click Transfer Data from a Non Samsung Device.
  4. This will open a window telling you that Smart Switch is not installed. Click Confirm to start downloading this program.
  5. Once it has installed, open Smart Switch on the computer, tick the boxes to agree to the Terms & Conditions in order to use the software, and click I agree.
  6. Select BlackBerry from the manufacturers drop-down list. Click Select folder, and in the window that opens, click the folder you saved your BlackBerry backup in, then click Open.
  7. To proceed, click Next.
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  1. You will be asked to choose what you would like to transfer from your BlackBerry to your Galaxy S5. All items are selected by default, so untick boxes to de-select any type of data you do not want to be transferred across. When you are happy to proceed, click StartTransfer.
  2. Once you have seen the message telling you everything has been transferred, click End.
Smart Switch BlackBerry 2

Your BlackBerry's data is now on your Samsung Galaxy S5 and ready to use.

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Import data from your old windows phone

On your old Windows Phone handset, the contacts and calendars are permanently synced with your Microsoft account, so all you need to do is extract that data and import it into the Google account that you have already set up on your new Galaxy S5.

This is a fairly straightforward process and to find out more, read on:

  1. On your computer, launch your web browser and go to the Microsoft Account website.
  2. On the blue menu bar at the top-left of the screen, click the arrowhead next to Outlook to open the options, then click People.
  3. Choose which contacts to export by ticking the boxes by their names, or tick the All box at the top of the list.
  4. windows-8-to-macOn the red menu bar, click Manage then click Export. A file called WLMContacts.csv will download to your computer.
  5. On the red menu bar at the top-left of the screen, click the arrowhead next to People to open the options, then click Calendar.
  6. On the purple menu bar, click Share then click the calendar name you wish to export.
  7. On the Share options, click Get a link.
  8. On the right, under the heading "Show event details", click the Create button.
  9. The middle link, titled Import into other calendar applications, is the one we need. Clicking the text inside the box will highlight it, turning it blue. Right-click on this blue highlighted text and click copy.
  10. In a new browser tab, paste the link into the address bar, but do not click Go or press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  11. Move the cursor to the left hand end of the address. At the start of the address, remove the word webcals and enter http instead so it starts with "http://".
  12. Press enter on your keyboard, or Go in the browser window, which trigger a file called calendar.ics to download to your computer. That is that data exported, now we need to import it into Google.
  13. On your computer, open the Google homepage.
  14. Log in with the same Google email address and password that you use on your S5.
  15. In the upper right-hand corner, near to where your name is, click Gmail.
  16. Underneath the Google logo in the top left-hand corner, click on Gmail and select Contacts from the drop-down list (as shown below).

Contacts Google Import 1

  1. Move the mouse to the right and click on More, then click Import from the drop-down list.
  2. On the window that opens, click Choose File and locate the WLMContacts.csv file you downloaded in step 4 (it should be in your Downloads folder).
  3. Click Import. Your contacts will appear in the Google account, which will sync them over-the-air to your Galaxy S5.
  4. In the top right-hand corner, click the Apps icon (it looks like a grid of squares) and then click on Calendar.
  5. On the right, click the Options icon (cog wheel) then click Settings.
  6. On the left, under Calendar Settings, click Calendars.
  7. Below the calendars listed, click Import calendar.
  8. Click Choose file and navigate to your Downloads folder.
  9. Double click on the calendar.ics file that you have already downloaded to select it, and click Import.
  10. You should see a notification telling you how many calendar entries have been imported. Click Close.

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Set up wi-fi and mobile internet

Wi-Fi

  1. From your device's home screen, press the square apps icon in the lower-right corner.
  2. Find and press the Settings icon to view your phone's configurables.
  3. Press the Wi-Fi button to switch to your Wi-Fi settings.
  4. Turn on Wi-Fi by making sure the switch is set to green.
  5. Tap on the word Wi-Fi to view the more detailed Wi-Fi options.
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  1. Under Wi-Fi networks, you will see a list of nearby Wi-Fi connections you can access. Tap on the one you want to use (if it's your home Wi-Fi it should be close to the top of the list).
  2. Enter your wireless password when prompted. Remember, this is case sensitive! Wireless passwords are usually found on a sticker on the underside of your router. Tick the Show password box to verify you've entered the password correctly and press connect.
  3. If the password was entered successfully, you will now see the word connected below your network's name!

Mobile Internet

  1. Tap the Apps icon in the bottom right of your home screen.
  2. In the list locate the Settings icon (if you can’t see it try scrolling left/right).
  3. Tap on More networks.
  4. Press Mobile networks and tick the box next to Mobile Data to turn on your mobile internet connection.
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If you are still having an issue connecting to mobile internet, you can reset your mobile network settings by touching Access Point Names, then pressing your menu key (the three dots in the top-right corner) and selecting reset to default.

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Set up email accounts on your Galaxy s5

Your Galaxy S5 can manage POP, IMAP and Exchange email accounts with a minimum of fuss. Follow our guide below to start receiving your emails on your new smart phone!

Gmail setup

  1. We covered setting up a Google account in the initial setup, but if you didn't complete it then you can add one now.
  2. Open your apps list and find Settings. Tap it to open, then scroll down to Accounts & Sync.
  3. Tap add account and choose Google to start adding your Gmail account to the phone.
  4. Tap Existing to sign in with your Gmail account, then touch the Email box to enter your Gmail address. Tap Password to type in your password. Press the right arrow when you're done to move onto the next step.
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  1. Agree to the Terms of service and untick the box if you don't want to receive news and offers about the Google Play Store. Tap the right arrow to continue signing in.
  2. You may be asked to set up some payment details in order to purchase apps and other media from the Play Store. This isn't compulsory and can be skipped by pressing not now.
  3. Once you've decided on your payment method you will be shown a list of Google-related services on your phone that are now active. Tap the right arrow to complete the Gmail setup and your emails will start to arrive on your phone very shortly!

Email setup

  1. Open the App Drawer by pressing the square icon at the bottom of the home screen.
  2. Go back to your Settings app, then Accounts & Sync and press add account.
  3. Usually your account will use POP3 or IMAP and can be set up by choosing Email. If you have an Exchange email account, choose Microsoft Exchange Activesync.
  4. Most email accounts can be configured quite quickly, simply type in your email address and password, then tap Next to continue.
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  1. If everything was successful you will be taken to the Account settings page to decide how often you want the app to check for new emails and whether you'd like notifications when an email arrives. Tap Next to move on to the last part of the setup.
  2. Fill in your name in the empty box. This will be displayed on any emails you send from your phone so keep it clean! Once you're happy with your details, tap Next to finish the email setup.

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  1. When performing a Manual setup, you will need to know your email address, password, and incoming & outgoing mail servers. The port numbers are usually filled in automatically but in some circumstances may need to be changed.

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Download apps from the Play Store

The Google Play Store is your one-stop shop to download content for your new Galaxy S5. Within the Play Store you can download apps, rent videos and buy music, as well as accessing other media such as e-books and magazines.

Navigating the Play Store

To access the Google Play Store from your home screen, follow our steps listed below.

  1. Tap the Apps icon in the bottom centre of the screen, and locate and touch the Play Store app icon. The Apps icon appears as a square comprised of smaller squares.
  2. When the app opens you will see several categories of content ready for you to browse: Apps, Games, Music, etc. Tapping on any of these directs you to the relevant section of the store.
  3. If you know the name of the app you wish to download, the quickest way to get to it is to use the search function. Press the magnifying glass icon at the top of the Play Store and type in the name of your app.
  4. Once you've found your app, touch it to see more information and to download it to your phone.
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If you want to download apps from your previous Android phone, Google provides a history of all your free and premium downloads which can be browsed through your phone easily. Follow these instructions to find out more!

  1. From your Play Store, press the Shopping bag icon in the top-left corner of the screen.
  2. On the drop-down menu, touch My apps to view your currently installed apps.
  3. There are two tabs at the top of this page, Installed and All. The first tab shows you a list of the apps currently installed on your Galaxy S5, with updateable apps prioritised at the top of the page. Tap the All tab to switch to the next page.
  4. This page shows all your previously installed apps with the most recent at the top and the earlier apps at the bottom. Touching an app will take you to its store page for you to download it, and touching the X to the right of the app name will remove it from your history.
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Any apps you buy through the Play Store only need to be purchased once and will remain in your account for as long as the app is available through Google's Play Store service.

FREE OR PAID?

If the content you are looking for is free, you will see a green panel with Install or Download on it. Tap this and follow the instructions to complete.

If the content you want is paid for then you will see a panel with the price on it. Tap this to go through the Google checkout process to complete your transaction.

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Tips to make the most of the GALAXY s5

You should now be a little more familiar with your new Galaxy S5, so let's take a moment to run through a couple of tips to help you get the most out of your new phone.

Click here to read what our Agents think about the Galaxy S5 and its new features!

Fingerprint Recognition

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has incorporated fingerprint recognition technology to not only unlock the phone, but also to allow you to quickly and easily pay for things via PayPal.To set up fingerprint recognition, follow our guide below.

  1. On the Home screen, tap the Apps icon (looks like a grid of squares).
  2. Tap the Settings icon.
  3. In the Quick Settings section, tap Finger Scanner.
  4. Tap Fingerprint manager, read the disclaimer, and tap OK to proceed.
  5. Swipe your finger across the Home button (that's where the fingerprint reader is) as shown in the onscreen animation. You may need to do this a few times until your fingerprint has been stored.
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  1. You will need to set a password to unlock the screen as an alternative to using the fingerprint scanner. Enter your chosen word, and tap Continue. Verify by re-entering it, and tap Continue again.
  2. Now that your fingerprint has been stored, you can set it to use as the screen unlock method. To do this tap OK, or tap Cancel to exit the setup.
  3. Tap on Fingerprint to select this as your unlock method.
  4. If you want to link your PayPal account to your phone in order to use fingerprint-actuated payment, tap Pay with PayPal and follow the directions to sign in to your PayPal account.
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To test that it is set up correctly, press the power button on the side of the S5 to lock the screen. Press the Home button to light the screen, then swipe your finger across the reader to unlock your phone!


Dual Camera

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Samsung's camera software has always been packed full of features, mostly centered around getting the best shot possible under various conditions. There are also a lot of unique and fun camera settings that may slip under the radar for some Galaxy owners, my favourite being Dual Camera.

Dual Camera takes a photo using both front and rear cameras simultaneously. When you're unable to get yourself in-shot, you can turn on Dual Camera and super-impose yourself on to the bigger image provided by the rear camera! This doesn't just have to be a way to get your face in to a group photo when you're the photographer, but can also be a fun way to take interesting (or daft) pictures.

To enable Dual Camera, follow these short steps.

  1. Open your camera app by tapping the icon in your Apps list, then press the on-screen Mode button.
  2. A list of assorted camera modes will appear along the edge of the phone screen. Scroll through the list to check out the different features, then tap your finger on Dual Camera.
  3. Your face should now appear in a small bubble, hovering over the main image from the rear-facing camera. You can drag this bubble around the screen to place it where ever you like, and even change the appearance of the overlayed image by pressing the small arrow at the bottom or left-hand edge of the phone screen and selecting a different frame.

S Health

S Health is Samsung's personal fitness platform, and is so much more than just a pedometer. The S Health platform allows you to keep track of your calorie intake, exercise regime and weight loss/gain goals, as well as keeping count of your steps! As your fitness increases and you update your statistics within the app, then your record is updated too, providing a way for you to monitor your progress over the period of time you are using the app.To configure your S Health account from the Home screen, follow these instructions.

  1. Tap on the Apps icon.
  2. Find and press your finger on the S Health app icon.
  3. When the app opens, tap Next.
  4. You will see the Terms & Conditions screen appear. You must agree to proceed, so when you are happy to do so, tick the I agree box and tap Next.
  5. If you have a Samsung account, you can sign in with it to enable you to view comparative data between you and others users in your age range. To do this, tap Sign in and do so, otherwise tap Skip.
  6. The next step is to create your profile. To make the app work correctly in terms of analysing calories, etc, then you need to ensure that the data you enter is accurate. Select your name, sex, and date of birth on the screen and tap Next.
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  1. Enter your height and weight on the screen. You can also change the units of measurement on screen. Tap Next when you have finished.
  2. Indicate your activity level by selecting the appropriate item on the screen, and tap Next.
  3. You will then see a summary of your personal information. To amend anything, tap Createprofile and change it. When you are ready to start using S Health, tap Start.

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Now that your profile is set up, you can get started on improving your health and fitness - just make sure you remember to put some inspirational music on your S5 before you head down to the gym!

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personalise the home screen

If you're keen to start tailoring your phone to your own design, you may want to start with the Home screen. This is the primary screen you see when you turn the phone on, and the place you get taken to when pressing the Home key. Follow the steps below to find out how to change everything from the picture in the background to the icons and widgets displayed on it.

Manage Home screens

  1. Press and hold your finger on an empty part of your home screen. If your screen is full, swipe to the left or right to pick a different (hopefully clearer) Home screen to work with.
  2. You are now given a better perspective of your Home screens, with many more options available to you for customising your Home screen layout. To change your default Home screen (the one you see when you press the Home button), press the house icon at the top of the Home page. A message will appear telling you that you've successfully changed the default Home screen.
  3. To change the wallpaper or background image of your Home screens, press Wallpapers at the bottom of the customisation screen. You can choose to modify the wallpaper for either your Home screen, your Lock screen or both together. New images can be chosen from either your photo gallery, Samsung's own selection, or from a different app you may have installed that supports wallpapers.
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  1. Touch and hold a screen and drag your finger around the phone to change the order of the Home screens, and to remove a Home screen entirely simply hold your finger down on the offending screen and drag your finger up to the remove area at the top. When you see the bin icon turn red, lift your finger off the screen to delete.
  2. To add a new Home screen, tap the+on the last screen thumbnail.

Adding content to your Home screen

  1. To add apps to your phone's desktop, open your Apps list then find the icon for the app you wish to add. Press and hold a finger down on the icon for a few seconds, until you feel the phone vibrate. You should now be able to see your Home screen, and the app icon will be under your fingertip.
  2. Keeping your finger pressed down, drag the icon around the screen to a spot where you'd like it to sit. Once you let go, the icon will stay where you left it!

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How to stop your Galaxy S5 turning off so quickly

A common question we get asked here at the Geek Squad is how to stop phones and phone screens from turning off or going to sleep so quickly. The reason why your screen turns off so suddenly is due to the fact that most of your battery is spent lighting up your screen, and the longer your screen is left on, the quicker your battery will deplete.

There is a middle ground to be reached, so read through the following few steps to find out how to change the length of time your phone stays awake for!

Galaxy S5 screen timeout
  1. Open your Apps list and find Settings.Tap on it to continue.
  2. Scroll down the list until you find Display. Press it to view the display settings for your Galaxy S5.
  3. Find and tap on the Screen timeout option.
  4. You can choose from a number of different time settings, but we recommend keeping it simple. Pick either one or two minutes as anything higher will make your battery run down much quicker. If you're feeling adventurous you can set it higher, but we find that if you're not touching the phone screen for longer than two minutes it's usually because the phone isn't in use!

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