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Samsung Galaxy setup instructions

If it’s the first time you’ve turned on your new Galaxy S5, it’s time to run through the set up wizard!

  • 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.
  • 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 WiFi.
  • Press on the name of your wireless network and enter a password (if required). PressConnect.
  • Once the screen shows you’ve connected, press Next to continue.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • You will have to accept the Terms of Service in order to use the S5. If you’re happy to do so, press OK.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • After your phone attempts to restore settings from your Google account, you will be invited to Set up a 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 updates 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 it will 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.