Getting started: Samsung Galaxy S5

Check out the details below to get started using your new Samsung Galaxy S5.



In the box

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with everything you need to get started with enjoying your new device. Check out what's included.


  • Samsung Galaxy S 5
  • Charger
  • Stereo hands-free handset


Buttons and icons

There's a lot you can do with your new device, so here's a quick glance of some basic items to get you started.





  1. Indicator light illuminates with a series of distinct colors and flashing patterns to indicate different notifications and statuses. Events include Charging, Low battery, and Missed event:
    • Powering on - blue blinks/animates
    • Battery Charging - red remains on
    • Battery Fully Charged - green remains on.
    • Low Battery or Charging Error-red blinks/animates
    • Missed Notification (Call or Messaging) - red blinks/animates
  2. Application icons are shortcuts to your favorite applications on the Home screen.
  3. Primary Shortcuts allow quick access to important features such as Phone, Contacts, Messages, Internet, and Apps.
  4. Recent key displays a list of recently opened apps. Press and hold to access the Home screen options menu.
  5. Home key/fingerprint reader displays the Home screen when pressed. Press and hold to launch Google search. Activate the Fingerprint security feature to use as a fingerprint reader.
  6. Microphones are used during phone calls and allow other callers to hear you clearly when you are speaking to them. There are two microphones on the device:
    • Bottom microphone: used during handset mode.
    • Top microphone: used while an active call is in the speakerphone mode and assists in noise cancellation (2 microphone solution).
  7. USB Power/Accessory connector allows you to connect a power cable or optional accessories such as a USB/data cable.
  8. Back key redisplays the previous screen or clears entries.
  9. Home screen indicator shows which Home screen is presently displayed.
  10. Google Quick Search bar provides a shortcut to Google Search that allows you to search for items on the internet.
  11. Widgets are self-contained on-screen applications (not shortcuts). These can be placed onto any of the available screens (Home or extended).
  12. Indicator icons show the information needed to operate your phone, such as the received signal strength, battery level, time, unread Emails, missed calls, etc.
  13. Front Facing Camera allows you to take pictures while facing the screen and allows you to video conference.
  14. Sensors let you use the ambient light level to adjust the screen brightness/contrast. The Light Sensor decreases screen brightness in dim light.
    • In a bright light condition (outdoors), the sensors cause the device to increase the brightness and contrast for better viewing.
    • In dim light conditions, the device decreases the screen brightness to compensate.
  15. The Proximity Sensor detects how close an object is to the surface of the screen. This is typically used to detect when your face is pressed up against the screen, such as during a phone call.
    • While talking on the phone, the sensor detects talk activity and locks the keypad to prevent accidental key presses.
    • Receiver allows you to hear the other caller.



  1. Camera lens is used to take photos.
  2. Flash is used to take photos in low-light conditions.
  3. Heart Rate Sensor, when using the S Health 3.0 application, this sensor measures your heart rate via your a fingertip.
  4. External speaker allows you to hear ringers, music, and other sounds offered by your phone.
  5. micro SIM Card Slot (internal) Installation location for SIM card.
  6. microSD Card Slot (internal) allows you use a microSD card to expand the memory of your device.
  7. IR Transmitter used to emit infrared signals used for controlling external devices.
  8. Headset jack allows you to connect a hands-free headset so you can listen to music.



  1. Volume key
  2. Power/End key





Device tutorials and user guide

No matter what you want to do with your new device, we have plenty of resources available to help you get on your way.



First-time use

When you first turn on your new device, you might see a setup wizard to help get you started. Take a look at the steps below to walk through the setup process.


  1. Make sure the battery and SIM card are inserted:
  2. If necessary, tap English and then select your desired language.
  3. Tap Accessibility to adjust any necessary accessibility settings.
  4. Tap the yellow arrow to move to the next screen.
  5. If desired, tap the Wi-Fi Switch to turn on Wi-Fi. Below, tap an available network to connect.
  6. Tap NEXT.
  7. Read the Terms and conditions for the End user license and tap NEXT.
  8. Confirm that you agree to the Terms and conditions by tapping AGREE.
  9. If a compatible device is available, tap the Learn more to find out more about Tap & Go to set up the phone.
  10. If you are not using Tap & Go, tap SKIP.
  11. On 'Add your account,' to log into your Google account, tap either:
    • Enter your email (for existing)
      1. Enter your password, then tap Next.
      2. Read the 'Google & location' information and tap the ACCEPT arrow.
      3. On 'Get your apps & data,' select the previous device you want to restore from and select from the list of apps then tap NEXT.
      4. On 'Google services,' read through the Google services options and tap NEXT.
      5. While the phone connects to Google servers to download your information it will display a 'Restoring' screen.
    • OR CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT (for new)
      1. If desired, enter your name in the First and Last fields.
      2. Tap the NEXT arrow.
      3. Enter in the desired username, then tap NEXT.
      4. Enter in the password and confirm, then tap NEXT.
      5. On 'Rescue info,' setup your MSISDN or select REMIND ME LATER, then tap NEXT. A confirmation will display to send a message to the entered MSISDN.
      6. On 'Google services,' read through the Google services options and tap NEXT.
      7. Once confirmed, tap NEXT.
      8. On 'Set up payment info,' select one of the following:
        • Add credit or debit card
        • Enable T-Mobile -US billing
        • Redeem
        • Remind me later
      9. Tap NEXT. Fill in the requested information, then tap NEXT.
      10. On 'Google services,' read through the Google services options and tap NEXT.
  12. On the 'Samsung account' screen, choose one of the following options:
    • If you have a Google account, tap Sign up with Google ID. Follow the prompts
    • If you have a Samsung account, tap Sign in to sign in to your account. Follow the prompts
    • If you want to open a new Samsung account, tap Create new account and then follow the prompts.
    • Tap Skip to log into or open a Samsung account later.
  13. On 'Set wake-up command,' tap Set to record your voice command to wake-up the phone or tap Later.
  14. On 'Add fingerprint,' tap one of the following:
    • ADD to set up your fingerprint scan
      1. Tap CONFIRM on the Disclaimer screen.
      2. Follow the directions to place your finger on the Home key to begin the scan.
      3. If the finger is not able to be detected, a pop up asking you to move your finger will appear, tap CONTINUE.
      4. Once the scan is complete, enter in a backup password twice, and tap CONTINUE.
      5. Once the Fingerprint scan is complete, tap OK to Enable the Fingerprint lock or CANCEL to disable.
    • Later to not set up the fingerprint scan
  15. On 'Setup complete,' select Easy mode or tap FINISH.
  16. On 'Device Data Collection,' check or uncheck Allow diagnostics then tap NEXT.
  17. On 'Connection Assistant,' tap Accept to allow or Decline to stop the collection.
  18. On 'Special Offers,' tap Accept to allow or Decline to stop the offers.
  19. When finished, your device will now open to Home screen.
  20. When the Smart Switch notification appears, tap Start to transfer content from an old device or Later to start the transfer at a different time. It is recommended to connect to a Wi-Fi network during the content transfer


Transferring data

Sure it's time to say goodbye to your old device, but before you do, don't forget to transfer your pictures, videos, and anything else you might want to keep over to your new device. Take a look at the Set up a new mobile device page