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Samsung Galaxy S8 User Manual & Setup Guide

If you need a manual or help with the setup of your Samsung Galaxy S8, check out our user guide to start using your handset, connect to the internet and more!

  1. Unboxing and assembling your Samsung Galaxy S8
  2. Set up your phone for the first time
  3. Connecting to Wi-Fi and mobile networks
  4. Find out how to add your email accounts
  5. How to add and import contacts to your Samsung
  6. Using the Play Store to find new apps
  7. Securing your Samsung Galaxy S8 with a lock screen
  8. How to make phone calls on your Samsung
  9. Send text & picture messages
  10. Sending emails and attachments on your Samsung
  11. How to set alarms on the Samsung Galaxy S8
  12. Read our tips to learn more about your phone

Click here for Samsung's Galaxy S8 user manual

Unboxing and assembling your Samsung Galaxy S8

Inside the box* you should find:

  • 1 x Samsung Galaxy S8
  • 1 x Mains power adaptor
  • 1 x USB lead
  • 1 x In-line earphones
  • 1 x Information pack
  • 1 x USB/Micro USB adaptor
  • 1 x USB-C/Micro USB adaptor
  • 1 x SIM tray tool

*some box contents may vary

The S8 takes a nano-SIM card, which fits in to a small tray found on the top edge of the phone. As the phone doesn't have a removable back cover you will need the handy SIM tool, which looks like a paper clip and comes in the smartphone packaging. If you wish to expand the storage available by adding a memory card, you'll need to have that to hand as well.

Insert the SIM Card

To insert the SIM, first find the outline of the SIM tray on the top edge of the handset. You'll see there is a small hole at one end of it; Insert the pin on the supplied SIM tool into this hole and press against the spring to force the SIM tray to pop out.

The SIM tray holds both the SIM and memory cards. Place the nano-SIM into the smaller holder, which is located at the end of the tray that is inserted into the phone. Make sure that the card is placed with the contacts facing down, and the cut-off corner correctly orientated.

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The microSD card should then be placed into the larger holder, which sits nearest to the flanged end of the tray. This should be orientated so that the gold-coloured contacts are facing down, and the narrow end of the card is nearest the SIM card.

With the cards installed into the tray, slide the SIM tray back in to the phone and press into place. You're now ready to turn on the phone and complete the setup wizard. Welcome to your new handset!

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Set up your phone for the first time

Before you turn the S8 on, please ensure that the SIM card has been installed as shown in the previous chapter. Press the power button on the right-hand edge of the handset for a few seconds and you will see the screen illuminate as the handset starts to power up.

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  1. When you first turn your phone on, you may be asked to pick your SIM's network. Tap on the one you're signed up with, then press OK if prompted.
  2. The first screen of the setup wizard proper asks you to Select your language. Choose your preferred language using the drop-down menu (English UK is the default option) and then tap Start.
  3. The next screen prompts you to connect to a wireless network. If you don't see any network names, check the switch at the top is on (showing green). If it isn't, tap it to turn it on. In the list of networks, tap on the name of the wireless network you wish to connect to. If you don't wish to connect to Wi-Fi at this time, you can skip this by tapping Next.
  4. When prompted, enter the password for the Wi-Fi network. This is usually shown on a sticker on your router, and may be referred to as a WEP key, WPA key or wireless passphrase. Passwords are case-sensitive, and you can check your typing by tapping the Show password box. When you're ready to proceed, tap Connect.

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  1. Once the screen shows you've connected, you will be able to see a Wi-Fi symbol on the top line of the display next to the signal bars. The signal strength may vary, so not all the curved bars may be lit up, but as long as the symbol is there you're connected. Tap Next to continue.
  2. If you want to use the handset you will have to read and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Tick each box to allow your S8 to send diagnostic data to Samsung, then tap Next.
  3. On the next page you will be asked whether you already have a Google account (an email address ending in or As the S8 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 a Google account already, enter your Gmail address in the space provided and tap Next. If you haven't already got a Google account, scroll down and tap Create a new account to set up a Google account for free.
  4. If you're signing in, enter your password then tap Next. If you are creating a new account, complete the form to set up your new Google account.

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  1. To continue, you must agree to the Terms of Service (tap any link to inspect the details) and when you're ready to continue, tap Accept.
  2. The next page is about background services your Google account can perform. The options are all ticked by default, so if you wish to opt out of any service here untick the box. The first section is allows the S8 to Back up to your Google account which is extremely useful when it comes to upgrading or replacing a lost or damaged handset, and therefore something we would recommend. Tap the down arrow to see the other options.
  3. Location settings relate to letting your phone (and Google) know where in the world you are, which will help improve internet search results, and satellite navigation apps will thank you for it. You can also help improve location services by allowing the handset to check for Wi-Fi networks even when Wi-Fi is turned off. The final option allows the S8 to send back anonymous information to Google. Untick any of these if you wish to opt out of that service, and when you're ready to proceed tap Next.
  4. A list of available backups will show on screen. Tap to select the backup you'd like to restore the data from, and tap Done. You can, of course, tap Don't restore to set up your S8 as a brand new phone.

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  1. The Protect your phone screen gives you information about keeping your device, and more importantly your accounts and data safe and secure, which we would always recommend. You can choose from facial recognition and iris detection, fingerprint scanning, or the tried and tested PIN, pattern or password methods. Pick the one you're comfortable with, then tap Next.
  2. We're going to cover setting up fingerprint unlocking, which will need another type of lock screen security setting as backup to allow you to unlock the phone if your fingerprint cannot be scanned, so this guide covers those methods too. Press Continue to move on to the security setup.
  3. Tap to select Pattern, PIN or Password as your alternate unlock method.
  4. You can protect your phone with a lock code even when it's turning on, although if you forget your passcode you won't be able to access your phone at all. We would recommend choosing Do not require unless you really do need that extra security.

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  1. We're entering a four digit PIN, but a password is set in much the same manner. Enter your chosen code via the keyboard, then tap Continue (a pattern requires you to set a PIN as a backup!).
  2. Confirm your unlock PIN or Password by entering it again, then tap OK. If you're not setting a fingerprint right now, skip through to step 22.
  3. To start scanning your fingerprint, touch your finger to the home button a shown on screen, lifting it away and replacing it as directed. This may take several attempts before the S8 fully processes your fingerprint.
  4. As you press your finger to the sensor you'll see a progress meter telling you how much of your fingerprint has been saved.

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  1. When your fingerprint has been captured you will see a success screen.
  2. Notifications will usually appear on screen when your phone is locked to show you that you have email, messages, or information from other apps including social media. You can choose whether to have notifications turned on, or hide content or even simply show notification icons only. Make your choice (which can be changed later through Settings) then tap Next.
  3. You will see a screen telling you that your screen lock as been set up. Tap Next to continue.
  4. You will then be asked about using a Samsung account. If you're new to Samsung, you can tap Create account to set one up for free. This is optional, but without one you won't be able to update your phone to new versions of the operating system amongst other things, so we would recommend setting this up. If you've set this up on a previous Samsung handset, tap Sign in and do so with your Samsung account details. Otherwise, tap the down arrow and tap skip.

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  1. If you're skipping the Samsung account you will have to press Skip again to continue.
  2. The S8 will ask you about transferring content from an old device, this time using Samsung Cloud or Samsung Smart Switch which can transfer information from most other smartphones. To skip this, tap Skip.
  3. When you are ready to restore the chosen backup, or to set up the S8 as a new handset, tap Next. If you're restoring from a backup, this will continue to happen in the background as you proceed through the rest of the setup.
  4. You're now offered more useful features from Samsung, like a personalised screen layout and accurate weather forecasts. Tap the down arrow in the bottom-right corner of the screen and finish the setup wizard.

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Connecting to Wi-Fi and mobile networks

Your new Samsung Galaxy S8 is a powerful piece of kit, but without an internet connection many of its finest features are redundant! Fresh apps can't be downloaded, existing apps can't be updated, even your social networks and email accounts can't retrieve new data! Make sure your phone is working to its fullest by using our short guide below.

Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network

Many of us now have Wi-Fi networks at home, and sometimes at work too. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network will switch your handset's internet connection away from relying on mobile data, which usually means a faster, more stable connection, and of course no data charges while you're using Wi-Fi!

When you connect to a Wi-Fi network, you'll see a Wi-Fi signal in the top-right corner of the screen. The curved bars indicate the strength of the connection, and when data is being transferred the up and down arrows will flicker.

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  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and press the Settings icon, which looks like a cog or gear and is found in the top-right corner of the notifications panel.
  2. In the settings menu, tap Connections.
  3. Make sure the Wi-Fi switch is turned on (lit blue), then tap on Wi-Fi to view the connection settings.
  4. If you don't see any network names displayed on screen, check the switch at the top is turned on.
  5. You will now see a list of nearby Wi-Fi connections. Tap on the network name that you want to connect to - if it's your home Wi-Fi it should be close to the top of the list.
  6. Enter your wireless password when prompted. Remember, passwords are case sensitive, so ensure you enter it correctly! Wireless passwords are usually found on a sticker on the underside of your router, and may also be called a WEP key, WPA key, or wireless passphrase. If you wish to check your typing, tick the Show password box to verify you've entered the password correctly, then tap Connect.
  7. If the password was entered successfully, you will see the word Connected below your network's name (which will be shown in blue), and a Wi-Fi symbol on the status bar at the top of the Galaxy S8's screen.

If you leave Wi-Fi turned on, your Galaxy S8 will automatically connect to the network you just joined whenever you are in range.

Connecting to Mobile Internet

An active mobile internet connection is indicated by a letter (or letters) next to the signal bars, on the top row of the display. The letters you could see are G, E, 3G, H, H+ or 4G, and these denote the various speeds of the data connection. This will vary depending on your network, and where you are at the time. The arrows flicker when data is being transferred, but the key thing to remember is that if the letter is there, your data connection is configured correctly.

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  1. In your Settings menu, tap on Connections and choose Mobile networks.
  2. In the Mobile network settings, tap Access Point Names (APNs are the settings that make your mobile internet connection work on your S8).
  3. Look at the list of network names in the settings, ensuring that the correct one is selected by tapping in the circle to the left of its name to turn the indicator blue.
  4. If enabling the correct APN has worked, you'll see data letters next to the signal bars at the top of the screen (our example is showing 4G).
  5. If your network name isn't listed, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen, then tap Reset to default.
  6. A warning will appear telling you that resetting the defaults will erase any saved APNs. Tap OK to allow this.
  7. You will then see a list of all the network settings that the Galaxy S8 can pull from the SIM card. Choose the correct network from the list by tapping on the circle, then tap OK to select that network.
  8. Tap the circle to put a blue dot in it, which activates those settings. You should now be connected to mobile internet through your SIM card. Check the top line of the display for the data indicator.

If these options still don't work, then you can enter new APN settings manually by tapping Add at the top of the screen and completing the form. We have produced a guide to APN settings for all major UK networks to help you, but if your provider is not listed you may need to contact them directly for further assistance and troubleshooting. If you have successfully connected to mobile internet, don't forget to go back into the Wi-Fi settings and turn it back on! If you're back at your home screen, swipe down from the top to open the notifications area and use the quick settings button to turn on Wi-Fi.

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Find out how to add your email accounts

Your new Galaxy S8 can manage multiple POP, IMAP and Exchange email accounts with a minimum of fuss. Follow our guide below to start receiving your emails on your new smartphone!

Gmail Account Setup

We covered setting up a Google account in the initial setup, but if you didn't complete it then you can add one now.

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  1. Open your Apps list using the home screen icon.
  2. In the Apps list, tap on Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Personal section and tap on Accounts.
  4. The Accounts page will show any accounts already set up on your S8. Tap Add account.

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  1. On the list of account types, tap Google.
  2. samsung s8 gmail account 9A Google account is an email address ending in or To sign in with your existing Google account, enter the address into the space provided and tap Next. If you are new to Android tap Create a new account to set up a free Google account.
  3. If you are signing in, enter your Password into the space provided then tap Next. If you are creating a new account, complete all the boxes on the form in order to set the account up.
  4. The Terms of Service can be viewed by tapping the links onscreen. When you're happy to proceed, tap Accept.
  5. The Google account can be used to back up your apps and settings. If you'd prefer not to have this happen, untick the box then tap Next.
  6. You will then be asked to set up some payment details in order to purchase premium content, including chargeable apps and other media, from the Play Store. This is optional, as many apps are free. Select your billing option, or choose Remind me later to skip this for now, and tap Next.

You can find your Google email in the GMail app, which you can access via the Apps tray.

Email Account Setup

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  1. From your Settings menu, scroll down and tap on Cloud and accounts.
  2. On this new page, press Accounts.
  3. The S8 will show any accounts already set up. Tap Add account to continue.
  4. For most account types (apart from Google, shown above) tap Email (if you'd rather have your mail delivered into the GMail app instead of the Email app, select a Personal account from the bottom of the list).

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  1. Most email accounts can be configured quite quickly, simply type in your email address and password, then tap Next to continue.
  2. You may be diverted to a new login page for your particular account (like Microsoft accounts). If the account sets up automatically, give permission to the Email app so that it can receive your emails by tapping Yes.
  3. You might be asked to give the account a name, and also enter your name which will appear on outgoing emails. Tap Done to finish the setup.

You should now see Email listed in the Accounts section. Email from your account will now be delivered to the Email app, which you can find in the Apps tray.

If your account failed to set up automatically, you will be returned to the main email setup page with your email address and password in the boxes. In order to add your email account to the Galaxy S8 you will have to do a Manual Setup, and you will need to know the type of account you have (POP3, IMAP or Exchange) and additional, account specific information.

This additional information will include the account Username, Password, and also incoming & outgoing mail server settings, all of which will have to be entered onto the on screen form. If your account is an Exchange account, you will need to know domain and Exchange server information.

We have written a guide to email server settings for most of the popular UK email providers to help you complete these, but if your mail provider is not listed, or your Exchange email account is provided by your company, you may need to contact them directly for detailed assistance.

If you are still having difficulty adding your email account, why don't you check out our support options and give us a call at any time 24/7 on 0800 049 3040.

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How to add and import contacts to your Samsung S8

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If you want to move your contacts from your old phone to your Samsung S8, check out our guide on transferring your phonebook and other data to a Galaxy handset. We've got step-by-step instructions to help you migrate from iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and other Android handsets, so click the link to find out more.

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Using the Play Store to find new apps

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Add more function to your phone with apps and games from the Google Play Store. We'll show you how to browse the different categories and download something you like, as well as rediscovering apps you've downloaded in the past. Click the link to check our step-by-step instructions and install something new on your Galaxy S8 today!

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Securing your Samsung Galaxy S8 with a lock screen

Your Samsung S8 has a lot of valuable information on it, and will likely be signed into accounts inside various apps to give you quick access to your data; Email, social media and file sharing apps to name but a few. The best way to keep all of this data from prying eyes is to secure your Galaxy with a PIN or Password. Read on to discover how!

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  1. From the home screen,swipe up to reveal the apps list, then tap on Settings. Scroll down the settings menu and tap on Lock screen.
  2. To set up lock screen security, tap Screen lock type.
  3. Choose what type of unlock method you'd like to use; Swipe is the default, insecure method, Pattern allows you to draw a pattern on a grid of dots, PIN is a numerical code of at least four digits and Password is a longer, more complex security code. To proceed, tap your chosen method. If you want to use fingerprint unlocking, you need to set up a normal security screen first.
  4. We're entering a four digit PIN, but a password is set in much the same manner. Enter your chosen code via the keyboard, then tap Continue (a pattern requires you to set a PIN as a backup!).

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  1. Confirm your unlock PIN or Password by entering it again, then tap OK.
  2. You will be asked about Notifications, and showing their content. Hiding content will show that you have a notification, but not the details. Tap your choice then tap Next.
  3. To add fingerprint security, tap on Fingerprint Scanner.
  4. As you're making a change to your security, you'll have to enter your PIN which you set earlier.

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  1. samsung S8 lock screen 13The S8 will tell you where your fingerprint scanner is - right next to the camera on the back of your phone. Find it, then press your finger or thumb against the sensor until you're told to remove and replace it. This gives your phone a better picture of your complete fingerprint.
  2. As more of your print is scanned you may be prompted to move your finger slightly.
  3. When your print is fully scanned you will see a Success screen with a green tick.
  4. Your fingerprint has now been registered. To set it as the unlock method for your S8, tap Turn on, otherwise tap Not now.
  5. To add further fingerprints, tap + Add fingerprint and repeat the process.

Your new method of securing your lock screen will be displayed. In order to change it, you will need to enter it when you tap on that option. You can change the time needed for the lock to be activated after the display times out by tapping Secure lock settings and then Lock automatically.

If you do change this, remember that although your screen may have gone off, your handset may not be locked securely until a period of time has elapsed. When you're happy, tap the Home button to return to the home screen.

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How to make phone calls on your Samsung S8

The first step to making a phone call is to open the Phone icon from the home screen by tapping on it. This is usually in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

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  1. The phone app will open to the dialler keypad. This can be used to enter the number you wish to call, and then tap the green button at the bottom to dial the number.
  2. Your keypad can also be used to spell out the name of a contact. Use the numbers corresponding to the correct letters to spell the name (in our example we're spelling out "Ben" by tapping "236") and the S8 will find them in your contact list, just tap their name to call them! If you know more than one person with the name you're searching, you'll need to tap the correct contact from the suggestions.
  3. If you prefer, you can search your contacts directly from the first Phone screen by tapping Contacts at the top.
  4. Favourite contacts are a great way to enable quick access to the contacts you use the most often. Tap Favourites, then tap Add at the top to select them from your contacts list.

Whenever you have the contact you'd like to call on screen, tap the phone icon on their contact and the S8 will automatically dial them!

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Send text & picture messages

Find and tap the Messaging app from your home screen. The icon is yellow with a white envelope on it. If you have unread messages, you will see a red badge in the corner showing you have unread items.

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  1. To compose a new message, tap on the compose button (which is an orange circle, with a white pen and paper icon) at the bottom of the screen.
  2. On the next page, tap Compose at the top of the screen to create a fresh message. If you want to send your message to more than one person, you can tap the name of each recipient on this page before you tap Compose.
  3. Now you're looking at a blank text message. In the Enter recipients box, start typing the contact's name or number. If you're entering text, matching contacts will appear below as you type. Tap on the contact you're trying to text to select them as the recipient. You can add further recipients if you wish to send the same message to multiple people.
  4. Now you've chosen who you're messaging, it's time to type out what you want to say. Tap into the Enter message box and using the keyboard, type your message. If you're just sending a text message, tap the orange Send button to the right of the text entry box to send it on its way.

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  1. If you want to add an attachment, such as a picture, video or sound recording, tap the paper clip. Recent pictures, and a link to your Gallery appear in place of the keyboard. Tap a picture to attach it, or open the Gallery to find an older one.
  2. Other types of file to attach can be found by tapping Other at the bottom, then tapping on the correct icon. If you're sending a picture or video, it will be sent as a Multimedia Message (MMS), and you may be charged for this - check with your mobile network about costs!
  3. Navigate through the files on your phone to locate the item you wish to attach, select the item by tapping it, then tap Done.
  4. Once you've attached your item, it will display in the body of the message, allowing you to add further text before you send it by tapping Send.

How to Delete a Message Thread

If you'd like to delete a thread of messages from your handset, open the Messaging app and locate the thread you'd like to delete by finding the other person's name in the message list.

Touch and hold on their name, and a tickbox will appear beside it. When you see this, look in the top right-hand corner of the screen and tap the bin icon to delete the thread. You will also have to confirm this by tapping Delete on the pop-up which appears.

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Sending emails and attachments on your Samsung S8

To send an email, you must have already set up an email account on your Samsung Galaxy. If you haven't added your account yet, please check our chapter on adding an email account for more information. To see your emails, tap the Apps icon followed by the Email icon.

  1. When you can see your email inbox, tap the compose button. This is a red circle with a white pen-and-paper icon in the bottom-right corner of the email inbox screen.
  2. Tap into the To line to select the intended recipient. Start to type their name using the keyboard, and any matching contacts will appear. Tap on the correct contact to add them to the recipient list. You can add further recipients or send carbon copies to yourself or others by tapping the down arrow.
  3. Enter a Subject for your email by tapping on that line and entering it via the keyboard.
  4. Now that you've set it up, type your message by tapping into the white portion of the window in the middle of the screen. If you just want to send a text email, then you can send it by tapping Send on the title bar.

  1. To add an attachment, tap attach on the title bar. The first time you do this, you will be asked about your phone accessing your files. In order to attach files to your emails, tap Allow.
  2. The keyboard will be replaced by a preview of your Gallery. If the picture you wish to attach is there, simply tap to select it. To choose another picture, tap the Gallery icon. To attach another type of file, tap Other.
  3. Navigate through your files by using the menu to find the item you want, and tap it to select it. When you've made your selections, tap Done.
  4. Add further attachments if you wish, and when you've finished adding attachments and crafting your email, tap Send.

Agent tip

Connect to Wi-Fi if you're adding lots of attachments. Sending video and audio files and high-resolution pictures can use a lot of mobile data!

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How to set alarms on the Samsung Galaxy S8

  1. Alarms are set and amended through the Clock app on your S8. From the home screen, swipe your finger up to reveal the apps list, then tap Clock.
  2. The first time you open the app, you'll see there are buttons across the top for World Clock, Stopwatch and Timer functions. If it's not already selected, tap Alarm at the top.
  3. Scroll through the hours and minutes to select the time for the alarm to go off.
  4. To set the same alarm time on multiple days (such as every weekday), tap the boxes below the alarm time that correspond to the days you'd like to select. They will turn blue when active.

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  1. When you're happy with the settings, tap Save to store and set the alarm.
  2. The displayed alarm will now show up brightly in the menu. This indicates the alarm is set to go off at the date and time displayed.
  3. To turn an alarm off, tap the green alarm clock. This will dim the alarm line, indicating it is not set. To set an alarm that is greyed out, tap the alarm clock again.

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Read our tips to learn more about your phone

You should now be a little more familiar with your new Galaxy S8, so let's take a moment to run through a couple of tips to help you get the most out of your new phone.


If you have a question about your phone and can't find the answer here, why not post a comment at the bottom of the page and share it with us!

Access Commonly Used Settings Quickly

Like most modern Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a quick settings menu to allow you to access things like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi switches without having to go through the main settings menus.

From the home screen, swipe down from the top edge of the display. This will open the notifications area, which is where your phone gives you information.

On the blue banner at the top of the screen you will see some round settings indicators, which you can tap to enable and disable. If the icon is yellow, that means the particular setting is enabled.

Swipe across and you will see further settings. You can change which settings are shown here, and the order they appear, by tapping Edit at the top of the quick settings panel, then rearranging the icons as described on screen. Once you have tweaked these, press the Home button then swipe down to check your new quick settings menu in the notification area!

Samsung Edge Panels

To take advantage of the large curved screen, Samsung added Edge Panels to give you more shortcuts to your favourite apps. You will notice a white strip down the right edge of the S8 screen, tap on this to expand the Edge panel.

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  1. The first time you open the Edge panel you'll see a welcome guide that explains how the Edge panels work.
  2. The first page of the Edge panel is for your quick apps, the ones you want to access most often. Press the arrow in the bottom-right corner to move on to the next page.
  3. You can customise panels by pressing the Cog icon in your Edge panel. New panels can be downloaded from Samsung or you can use the preinstalled ones to add a few extra features and feeds.
  4. Panels can be displayed in a few different ways, so tap the cog and flick through the available ones to get ideas for your own personal panels. Tap Start to start using the Edge panel.

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  1. You will now see your Apps Edge panel, with a few app shortcuts already set up. To add a new shortcut, press one of the + icons at the bottom of the panel.
  2. Now you will see your apps list, and you can pick an app to add to your new Edge panel.
  3. Press and hold your finger on an icon for a couple of seconds to 'lift' it, then drag your finger over to one of the + panels and 'drop' the icon into its new position.
  4. Press the Back button at the bottom of the phone to go back to your Edge panel. Your new shortcut will appear in the list, ready for you to use! To view your Edge panel again, just tap the white strip down the edge of your phone screen.

Make more apps full-screen

The Samsung S8's lovely screen stretches nearly the full length of the phone, but not all apps are ready to take advantage of the new screen resolution. If you've found an app that won't quite stretch to cover the full width of the phone, follow these steps to make it fit your new handset.

  1. Drag your finger down from the top of the screen and tap on the Cog.
  2. Now that you're in your Settings menu, tap on Display.
  3. Tap on Full Screen Apps.
  4. Tap the toggle switch for each app you want to stretch to fit the full screen. This will have to be done for every new app you install that doesn't automatically fit the screen.

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