Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51 manual

Galaxy A51

User manual for the Samsung Galaxy A51 in English. This PDF manual has 200 pages.

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Table of contents

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www.samsung.com USER MANUAL English (EU). 01/2020. Rev.1.0 SM-A715F SM-A715F/DS SM-A715F/DSM
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2 Table of Contents Basics 4 Read me first 6 Device overheating situations and solutions 9 Device layout and functions 13 Battery 15 SIM or USIM card (nano-SIM card) 18 Memory card (microSD card) 20 Turning the device on and off 22 Initial setup 23 Samsung account 25 Transferring data from your previous device (Smart Switch) 27 Understanding the screen 39 Notification panel 41 Screen capture and screen record 42 Entering text Apps and features 45 Installing or uninstalling apps 47 Finder 47 Bixby 51 BixbyVision 54 Bixby Home 57 Bixby Routines 60 Reminder 64 Phone 69 Contacts 73 Messages 76 Internet 78 Camera 95 Gallery 100 AR EMOJI 107 AR Doodle 108 Always On Display 110 Edge screen 114 Multi window 117 Samsung Pay 120 Samsung Health 123 GalaxyWearable 123 Samsung Members 124 Samsung Notes 125 Calendar 127 Radio 128 Voice Recorder 129 My Files 129 Clock 131 Calculator 132 Game Launcher 134 Game Booster 135 Kids Home 137 SmartThings 141 Sharing content 142 Samsung Global Goals 142 Google apps
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Table of Contents 3 179 Privacy 179 Location 180 Accounts and backup 180 Samsung Cloud 182 Google 182 Advanced features 183 Link toWindows 184 Motions and gestures 185 Dual Messenger 186 DigitalWellbeing and parental controls 186 DigitalWellbeing 188 Device care 188 Optimising your device 189 Battery 190 Storage 190 Memory 190 Security 191 Apps 191 General management 192 Accessibility 193 Software update 193 About phone Appendix 194 Troubleshooting 199 Removing the battery Settings 144 Introduction 144 Connections 145 Wi-Fi 147 Bluetooth 149 NFC and payment 151 Data saver 151 Mobile data only apps 152 SIM card manager (dual SIM models) 152 Mobile Hotspot andTethering 154 More connection settings 156 Sounds and vibration 156 Dolby Atmos (surround sound) 157 Separate app sound 157 Notifications 158 Display 159 Blue light filter 159 Dark mode 160 Changing the screen mode or adjusting the display colour 161 Screensaver 161 Wallpaper 161 Themes 162 Lock screen 163 Smart Lock 163 Biometrics and security 164 Face recognition 167 Fingerprint recognition 170 Samsung Pass 173 Secure Folder 178 SecureWi-Fi
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4 Basics Read me first Please read this manual before using the device to ensure safe and proper use. • Descriptions are based on the device’s default settings. • Some content may differ from your device depending on the region, service provider, model specifications, or device’s software. • Content (high quality content) that requires high CPU and RAM usage will affect the overall performance of the device. Apps related to the content may not work properly depending on the device’s specifications and the environment that it is used in. • Samsung is not liable for performance issues caused by apps supplied by providers other than Samsung. • Samsung is not liable for performance issues or incompatibilities caused by edited registry settings or modified operating system software. Attempting to customise the operating system may cause the device or apps to work improperly. • Software, sound sources, wallpapers, images, and other media provided with this device are licensed for limited use. Extracting and using these materials for commercial or other purposes is an infringement of copyright laws. Users are entirely responsible for illegal use of media. • You may incur additional charges for data services, such as messaging, uploading and downloading, auto-syncing, or using location services depending on your data plan. For large data transfers, it is recommended to use theWi-Fi feature. • Default apps that come with the device are subject to updates and may no longer be supported without prior notice. If you have questions about an app provided with the device, contact a Samsung Service Centre. For user-installed apps, contact service providers.
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Basics 5 • Modifying the device’s operating system or installing softwares from unofficial sources may result in device malfunctions and data corruption or loss.These actions are violations of your Samsung licence agreement and will void your warranty. • Depending on the region or service provider, a screen protector is attached for protection during production and distribution. Damage to the attached screen protector is not covered by the warranty. • You can see the touchscreen clearly even in strong outdoor sunlight by automatically adjusting the contrast range based on the surrounding environment. Due to the nature of the product, displaying fixed graphics for extended periods may result in afterimages (screen burn-in) or ghosting. – – It is recommended not to use fixed graphics on part or all of the touchscreen for extended periods and turn off the touchscreen when not using the device. – – You can set the touchscreen to turn off automatically when you are not using it. Launch the Settings app, tap Display → Screen timeout, and then select the length of time you want the device to wait before turning off the touchscreen. – – To set the touchscreen to automatically adjust its brightness based on the surrounding environment, launch the Settings app, tap Display, and then tap the Adaptive brightness switch to activate it. • Depending on the region or model, some devices are required to receive approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If your device is approved by the FCC, you can view the FCC ID of the device.To view the FCC ID, launch the Settings app and tap About phone → Status. If your device does not have an FCC ID, it means that the device has not been authorised for sale in the U.S. or its territories and may only be brought to the U.S. for the owner’s personal use. • Depending on the region, you can view the regulatory information on the device.To view the information, launch the Settings app and tap About phone → Regulatory information. Instructional icons Warning: situations that could cause injury to yourself or others Caution: situations that could cause damage to your device or other equipment Notice: notes, usage tips, or additional information
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Basics 6 Device overheating situations and solutions When the device heats up while charging the battery While charging, the device and the charger may become hot. During wireless charging or fast charging, the device may feel hotter to the touch.This does not affect the device’s lifespan or performance and is in the device’s normal range of operation. If the battery becomes too hot, the charger may stop charging. Do the following when the device heats up: • Disconnect the charger from the device and close any running apps.Wait for the device to cool down and then begin charging the device again. • If the lower part of the device overheats, it could be because the connected USB cable is damaged. Replace the damaged USB cable with a new Samsung-approved one. • When using a wireless charger, do not place foreign materials, such as metal objects, magnets, and magnetic stripe cards, between the device and the wireless charger. The wireless charging or fast charging feature is only available on supported models. When the device heats up during use When you use features or apps that require more power or use them for extended periods, your device may temporarily heat up due to increased battery consumption. Close any running apps and do not use the device for a while. The following are examples of situations in which the device may overheat. Depending on the functions and apps you use, these examples may not apply to your model. • During the initial setup after purchase or when restoring data • When downloading large files • When using apps that require more power or using apps for extended periods – – When playing high-quality games for extended periods – – When recording videos for extended periods
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Basics 7 – – When streaming videos while using the maximum brightness setting – – When connecting to aTV • While multitasking (or, when running many apps in the background) – – When using Multi window – – When updating or installing apps while recording videos – – When downloading large files during a video call – – When recording videos while using a navigation app • When using large amount of data for syncing with the cloud, email, or other accounts • When using a navigation app in a car while the device is placed in direct sunlight • When using the mobile hotspot and tethering feature • When using the device in areas with weak signals or no reception • When charging the battery with a damaged USB cable • When the device’s multipurpose jack is damaged or exposed to foreign materials, such as liquid, dust, metal powder, and pencil lead • When you are roaming Do the following when the device heats up: • Keep the device updated with the latest software. • Conflicts between running apps may cause the device to heat up. Restart the device. • Deactivate theWi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth features when not using them. • Close apps that increase battery consumption or that run in the background when not in use. • Delete unnecessary files or unused apps. • Decrease the screen brightness. • If the device overheats or feels hot for a prolonged period, do not use it for a while. If the device continues to overheat, contact a Samsung Service Centre.
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Basics 8 Precautions for device overheating If you begin to feel uncomfortable due to the device overheating, stop using the device. When the device heats up, the features and performance may be limited or the device may turn off to cool down.The feature is only available on supported models. • If the device overheats and reaches a certain temperature, a warning message will appear to prevent device failure, skin irritations and damages, and battery leakage.To lower the device’s temperature, the screen brightness and the performance speed will be limited and battery charging will stop. Running apps will be closed and all calling and other features will be limited, except for emergency calls, until the device cools down. • If the second message appears due to a further increase of the device’s temperature, the device will turn off. Do not use the device until the device’s temperature drops below the specified level. If the second warning message appears during an emergency call, the call will not be disconnected by a forced shut down. Precautions for operating environment Your device may heat up due to the environment in the following conditions. Use caution to avoid shortening the battery’s lifespan, damaging the device, or causing a fire. • Do not store your device in very cold or very hot temperatures. • Do not expose your device to direct sunlight for extended periods. • Do not use or store your device for extended periods in very hot areas, such as inside a car in the summertime. • Do not place the device in any areas that may overheat, such as on an electric heating mat. • Do not store your device near or in heaters, microwaves, hot cooking equipment, or high pressure containers. • Do not use a cable whose covering is peeled off or damaged, and do not use any charger or battery that is damaged or malfunctioning.
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Basics 9 Device layout and functions Package contents Refer to the quick start guide for package contents. • The items supplied with the device and any available accessories may vary depending on the region or service provider. • The supplied items are designed only for this device and may not be compatible with other devices. • Appearances and specifications are subject to change without prior notice. • You can purchase additional accessories from your local Samsung retailer. Make sure they are compatible with the device before purchase. • Use only Samsung-approved accessories. Using unapproved accessories may cause the performance problems and malfunctions that are not covered by the warranty. • Availability of all accessories is subject to change depending entirely on manufacturing companies. For more information about available accessories, refer to the Samsung website.
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Basics 10 Device layout Front camera Proximity/Light sensor Side key (Power/Bixby) Touchscreen Volume key Speaker Multipurpose jack (USB Type-C) Fingerprint recognition sensor SIM card / Memory card tray Flash Rear camera (Quadruple) GPS antenna Speaker Microphone Earphone jack Main antenna Main antenna MST antenna (MST-enabled models) NFC antenna Microphone
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Basics 11 • When using the speakers, such as when playing media files or using speakerphone, do not place the device close to your ears. • Be careful not to expose the camera lens to a strong light source, such as direct sunlight. If the camera lens is exposed to a strong light source, such as direct sunlight, the camera image sensor may be damaged. A damaged image sensor is irreparable and will cause dots or spots in pictures. • If you use the device with its glass or acrylic body broken, there may be a risk of injury. Use the device only after it has been repaired at a Samsung Service Centre. • Connectivity problems and battery drain may occur in the following situations: – – If you attach metallic stickers on the antenna area of the device – – If you attach a device cover made with metallic material to the device – – If you cover the device’s antenna area with your hands or other objects while using certain features, such as calls or the mobile data connection • Using a Samsung-approved screen protector is recommended. Unapproved screen protectors may cause the sensors to malfunction. • Do not cover the proximity/light sensor area with screen accessories, such as a screen protector, stickers, or a cover. Doing so may cause the sensor to malfunction. • Do not allow water to contact the touchscreen.The touchscreen may malfunction in humid conditions or when exposed to water. Hard keys Side key (Power/Bixby) Volume key Key Function Volume key • Press to adjust the device volume.
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Basics 12 Key Function Side key • When the device is off, press and hold to turn it on. • Press to turn on or lock the screen. • Press and hold to start a conversation with Bixby. Refer to Using Bixby for more information. • Press twice or press and hold to launch the app or feature you set. Side key + Volume Down key • Press simultaneously to capture a screenshot. • Press and hold simultaneously to turn off the device. Setting the Side key Select an app or feature to launch by pressing the Side key twice or pressing and holding the Side key. Launch the Settings app, tap Advanced features → Side key, and then select an option you want. Soft buttons Back button Home button Recents button When you turn on the screen, the soft buttons will appear at the bottom of the screen.The soft buttons are set to the Recents button, Home button, and Back button by default. Refer to Navigation bar (soft buttons) for more information.
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Basics 13 Battery 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 battery, charger, and cable specifically designed for your device. Incompatible battery, charger, and cable can cause serious injuries or damage to your device. • Connecting the charger improperly may cause serious damage to the device. Any damage caused by misuse is not covered by the warranty. • Use only USBType-C cable supplied with the device.The device may be damaged if you use Micro USB cable. 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. 1 Connect the USB cable to the USB power adaptor. 2 Plug the USB cable into the device’s multipurpose jack. 3 Plug the USB power adaptor into an electric socket. 4 After fully charging, disconnect the charger from the device.Then, unplug the charger from the electric socket.
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Basics 14 Reducing the battery consumption Your device provides various options that help you conserve battery power. • Optimise the device using the device care feature. • When you are not using the device, turn off the screen by pressing the Side key. • Activate power saving mode. • Close unnecessary apps. • Deactivate the Bluetooth feature when not in use. • Deactivate auto-syncing of apps that need to be synced. • Decrease the backlight time. • Decrease the screen brightness. Battery charging tips and precautions • When the battery power is low, the battery icon appears empty. • If the battery is completely discharged, the device cannot be turned on immediately when the charger is connected. Allow a depleted battery to charge for a few minutes before turning on the device. • If you use multiple apps at once, network apps, or apps that need a connection to another device, the battery will drain quickly.To avoid losing power during a data transfer, always use these apps after fully charging the battery. • Using a power source other than the charger, such as a computer, may result in a slower charging speed due to a lower electric current. • The device can be used while it is charging, but it may take longer to fully charge the battery. • If the device receives an unstable power supply while charging, the touchscreen may not function. If this happens, unplug the charger from the device. • While charging, the device and the charger may heat up.This is normal and should not affect the device’s lifespan or performance. If the battery gets hotter than usual, the charger may stop charging. If this occurs during wireless charging, disconnect the device from the charger to let it cool down, then charge the device again later. • If you charge the device while the multipurpose jack is wet, the device may be damaged. Thoroughly dry the multipurpose jack before charging the device. • If the device is not charging properly, take the device and the charger to a Samsung Service Centre.
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Basics 15 Fast charging The device has a built-in fast charging feature.You can charge the battery more quickly while the device or its screen is turned off. Increasing the charging speed To increase the charging speed, turn the device or its screen off when you charge the battery. If the fast charging feature is not activated, launch the Settings app, tap Device care → Battery, and then tap the Fast cable charging switch to activate it. • While charging, you cannot activate or deactivate this feature. • You cannot use the built-in fast charging feature when you charge the battery using a standard battery charger. • If the device heats up or the ambient air temperature rises, the charging speed may decrease automatically.This is a normal operating condition to prevent damage to the device. SIM or USIM card (nano-SIM card) Installing the SIM or USIM card Insert the SIM or USIM card provided by the mobile telephone service provider. For dual SIM models, you can insert two SIM or USIM cards so you can have two phone numbers or service providers for a single device. In some areas, data transfer speeds may be slower if two SIM cards are inserted in the device than when one SIM card is inserted. • Use only a nano-SIM card. • Use caution not to lose or let others use the SIM or USIM card. Samsung is not responsible for any damages or inconveniences caused by lost or stolen cards. Some services that require a network connection may not be available depending on the service provider.
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Basics 16 ► Single SIM models: ► Dual SIM models: 1 Insert the ejection pin into the hole next to the tray to loosen the tray. Ensure that the ejection pin is perpendicular to the hole. Otherwise, the device may be damaged.
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Basics 17 2 Pull out the tray gently from the tray slot. 3 Place the SIM or USIM card on the tray with the gold-coloured contacts facing downwards. 4 Gently press the SIM or USIM card into the tray to secure it. If the card is not fixed firmly into the tray, the SIM card may leave or fall out of the tray. 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. Using dual SIM or USIM cards (dual SIM models) If you insert two SIM or USIM cards, you can have two phone numbers or service providers for a single device. Activating SIM or USIM cards Launch the Settings app and tap Connections → SIM card manager. Select a SIM or USIM card and tap the switch to activate it. Customising SIM or USIM cards Launch the Settings app, tap Connections → SIM card manager, and then select a SIM or USIM card to access the following options: • Icon: Change the icon of the SIM or USIM card. • Name: Change the display name of the SIM or USIM card. • Network mode: Select a network type to use with the SIM or USIM card. Setting preferred SIM or USIM cards When two cards are activated, you can assign voice calls, messaging, and data services to specific cards. Launch the Settings app, tap Connections → SIM card manager, and then set the feature preferences for your cards in Preferred SIM card.
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Basics 18 Memory card (microSD card) Installing a memory card Your device’s memory card capacity may vary from other models and some memory cards may not be compatible with your device depending on the memory card manufacturer and type.To view your device’s maximum memory card capacity, refer to the Samsung website. • 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 will ask to reformat the card or will not recognise the card.To use the memory card, you must format it. If your device cannot format or recognise the memory card, contact the memory card manufacturer or a Samsung Service Centre. • 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.
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Basics 19 1 Insert the ejection pin into the hole next to 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 with the gold-coloured contacts facing downwards. 4 Gently press the memory card into the tray to secure it. If the card is not fixed firmly into the tray, the memory card may leave or fall out of the tray. 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. Launch the Settings app and tap Device care → Storage → Advanced → SD card → Unmount. Do not remove external storage, such as a memory card or USB storage, while the device is transferring or accessing information, or right after transferring data. Doing so can cause data to be corrupted or lost or cause damage to the external storage or device. Samsung is not responsible for losses, including loss of data, resulting from the misuse of external storage devices.
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Basics 20 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. Launch the Settings app and tap Device care → Storage → Advanced → SD card → 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. Turning the device on and 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. Turning the device on Press and hold the Side 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 on-screen instructions to set up your device. Turning the device off 1 To turn off the device, press and hold the Side key and theVolume Down key simultaneously. Alternatively, open the notification panel and tap . Volume Down key Side key
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Basics 21 2 Tap Power off. To restart the device, tap Restart. You can set the device to turn off when you press and hold the Side key. Launch the Settings app, tap Advanced features → Side key, and then tap Power off menu under Press and hold. Forcing restart If your device is frozen and unresponsive, press and hold the Side key and theVolume Down key simultaneously for more than 7 seconds to restart it. Emergency mode You can switch the device to emergency mode to reduce battery consumption. Some apps and functions will be restricted. In emergency mode, you can make an emergency call, send your current location information to others, sound an emergency alarm, and more. To activate emergency mode, press and hold the Side key and theVolume Down key simultaneously. Alternatively, open the notification panel and tap → Emergency mode. To deactivate emergency mode, tap → Turn off Emergency mode. The usage time left shows the time remaining before the battery power runs out. Usage time left may vary depending on your device settings and operating conditions.
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Basics 22 Initial setup When you turn on your device for the first time or after performing a data reset, follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device. 1 Press and hold the Side key for a few seconds to turn on the device. 2 Select your preferred device language and select . Select a language. 3 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. The Home screen will appear. If you do not connect to aWi-Fi network, you may not be able to set up some device features during the initial setup.
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Basics 23 Samsung account Your Samsung account is an integrated account service that allows you to use a variety of Samsung services provided by mobile devices,TVs, and the Samsung website. To check the list of services that can be used with your Samsung account, visit account.samsung.com. For more information on Samsung accounts, launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Accounts → Samsung account → → Help. Creating a Samsung account If you do not have a Samsung account, you should create one.You can create a Samsung account using your email address. 1 Launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Accounts → Add account → Samsung account. Alternatively, launch the Settings app and tap . 2 Tap Create account. 3 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete creating your account.
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Basics 24 Signing in to your Samsung account If you already have a Samsung account, sign in to your Samsung account. 1 Launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Accounts → Add account → Samsung account. Alternatively, launch the Settings app and tap . 2 Enter your Samsung account ID and password and tap Sign in. 3 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete signing in to your Samsung account. Finding your ID and resetting your password If you forget your Samsung account ID or password, tap Find ID or Reset password on the Samsung account sign-in screen.You can find your ID or reset your password after you enter the required information. Removing your Samsung account When you remove your Samsung account from the device, your data, such as contacts or events, will also be removed. 1 Launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Accounts. 2 Tap Samsung account → Personal info → → Remove account. 3 Tap Remove, enter your Samsung account password, and then tap OK.
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Basics 25 Transferring data from your previous device (Smart Switch) You can use Smart Switch to transfer data from your previous device to your new device. Launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Smart Switch. • This feature may not be supported on some devices or computers. • Limitations apply.Visit www.samsung.com/smartswitch for details. Samsung takes copyright seriously. Only transfer content that you own or have the right to transfer. Transferring data wirelessly Transfer data from your previous device to your device wirelessly viaWi-Fi Direct. 1 On the previous device, launch Smart Switch. If you do not have the app, download it from Galaxy Store or Play Store. 2 On your device, launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Smart Switch. 3 Place the devices near each other. 4 On the previous device, tap Send data → Wireless. 5 On your device, select an item to bring and tap Transfer. 6 Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer data from your previous device. After the data is done transferring, you can view a list of the transferred data on your device.
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Basics 26 Backing up and restoring data using external storage Transfer data using external storage, such as a microSD card. 1 Back up data from your previous device to external storage. 2 Insert or connect the external storage device to your device. 3 On your device, launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Smart Switch → → Restore. 4 Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer data from external storage. Transferring backup data from a computer Transfer data between your device and a computer.You must download the Smart Switch computer version app from www.samsung.com/smartswitch. Back up data from your previous device to a computer and import the data to your device. 1 On the computer, visit www.samsung.com/smartswitch to download Smart Switch. 2 On the computer, launch Smart Switch. If your previous device is not a Samsung device, back up data to a computer using a program provided by the device’s manufacturer.Then, skip to the fifth step. 3 Connect your previous device to the computer using the device’s USB cable. 4 On the computer, follow the on-screen instructions to back up data from the device. Then, disconnect your previous device from the computer. 5 Connect your device to the computer using the USB cable. 6 On the computer, follow the on-screen instructions to transfer data to your device.
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Basics 27 Understanding the screen Controlling the touchscreen • Do not allow the touchscreen to come into contact with other electrical devices. Electrostatic discharges can cause the touchscreen to malfunction. • To avoid damaging the touchscreen, do not tap it with anything sharp or apply excessive pressure to it with your fingertips. • It is recommended not to use fixed graphics on part or all of the touchscreen for extended periods. Doing so may result in afterimages (screen burn-in) or ghosting. • The device may not recognise touch inputs close to the edges of the screen, which are outside of the touch input area. • It is recommended to use fingers when you use the touchscreen. Tapping Tap the screen. Tapping and holding Tap and hold the screen for approximately 2 seconds.
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Basics 28 Dragging Tap and hold an item and drag it to the target position. Double-tapping Double-tap the screen. Swiping Swipe upwards, downwards, to the left, or to the right. Spreading and pinching Spread two fingers apart or pinch on the screen.
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Basics 29 Navigation bar (soft buttons) When you turn on the screen, the soft buttons will appear on the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.The soft buttons are set to the Recents button, Home button, and Back button by default.The functions of the buttons can change according to the app currently being used or usage environment. Button Function Recents • Tap to open the list of recent apps. Home • Tap to return to the Home screen. • Tap and hold to launch the Google Assistant app. Back • Tap to return to the previous screen.
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Basics 30 Hiding the navigation bar View files or use apps on a wider screen by hiding the navigation bar. Launch the Settings app, tap Display → Navigation bar, and then tap Full screen gestures under Navigation type.The navigation bar will be hidden and the gesture hints will appear. Tap More options and select an option you want. • Swipe from bottom:The gesture hints will appear where the soft buttons are located.To use the soft buttons, drag the gesture hint of the desired button upwards. • Swipe from sides and bottom: – – Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to move to the Home screen. – – Swipe up and hold to view the list of recent apps. – – Swipe inward from either side of the screen to return to the previous screen. – – Swipe inward from one of the bottom corners to launch the Google Assistant app. Swipe from bottom Swipe from sides and bottom If you want to hide the gesture hints at the bottom of the screen, tap the Gesture hints switch to deactivate it.
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Basics 31 Home screen and Apps screen The Home screen is the starting point for accessing all of the device’s features. It displays widgets, shortcuts to apps, and more. The Apps screen displays icons for all apps, including newly installed apps. The screen may appear differently depending on the region or service provider. A widget Navigation bar (soft buttons) Favourite apps Screen indicator Edge panel handle
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Basics 32 Switching between Home and Apps screens On the Home screen, swipe upwards or downwards to open the Apps screen. To return to the Home screen, swipe upwards or downwards on the Apps screen. Alternatively, tap the Home button or the Back button. Home screen Apps screen If you add the Apps button on the Home screen, you can open the Apps screen by tapping the button. On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, tap Home screen settings, and then tap the Apps button switch to activate it.The Apps button will be added at the bottom of the Home screen. Apps button
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Basics 33 Display the screen in landscape mode On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, tap Home screen settings, and then tap the Rotate to landscape mode switch to activate it. Rotate the device until it is horizontal to view the screen in landscape mode. Moving items Tap and hold an item, and then drag it to a new location.To move the item to another panel, drag it to the side of the screen. To add a shortcut to an app on the Home screen, tap and hold an item on the Apps screen, and then tap Add to Home. A shortcut to the app will be added on the Home screen. You can also move frequently used apps to the shortcuts area at the bottom of the Home screen.
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Basics 34 Creating folders Create folders and gather similar apps to quickly access and launch apps. On the Home screen or the Apps screen, tap and hold an app, and then drag it over another app. A new folder containing the selected apps will be created.Tap Folder name and enter a folder name. • Adding more apps Tap on the folder.Tick the apps to add and tap Done.You can also add an app by dragging it to the folder. • Moving apps from a folder Tap and hold an app to drag it to a new location. • Deleting a folder Tap and hold a folder, and then tap Delete folder. Only the folder will be deleted.The folder’s apps will be relocated to the Apps screen.
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Basics 35 Editing the Home screen On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, or pinch your fingers together to access the editing options.You can set the wallpaper, add widgets, and more.You can also add, delete, or rearrange Home screen panels. • Adding panels: Swipe to the left, and then tap . • Moving panels:Tap and hold a panel preview, and then drag it to a new location. • Deleting panels:Tap on the panel. • Wallpapers: Change the wallpaper settings for the Home screen and the locked screen. • Themes: Change the device’s theme.Visual elements of interface, such as colours, icons, and wallpapers, will change depending on the selected theme. • Widgets:Widgets are small apps that launch specific app functions to provide information and convenient access on your Home screen.Tap and hold a widget, and then drag it to the Home screen.The widget will be added on the Home screen. • Home screen settings: Configure settings for the Home screen, such as the screen grid or layout.
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Basics 36 Displaying all apps on the Home screen Without using a separate Apps screen, you can set the device to display all apps on the Home screen. On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, and then tap Home screen settings → Home screen layout → Home screen only → Apply. You can now access all your apps by swiping to the left on the Home screen. Indicator icons Indicator icons appear on the status bar at the top of the screen.The icons listed in the table below are most common. • The status bar may not appear at the top of the screen in some apps.To display the status bar, drag down from the top of the screen. • Some indicator icons appear only when you open the notification panel. • The indicator icons may appear differently depending on the service provider or model. Icon Meaning No signal Signal strength Roaming (outside of normal service area) GPRS network connected EDGE network connected UMTS network connected HSDPA network connected HSPA+ network connected / LTE network connected Wi-Fi connected Bluetooth feature activated Location services being used Call in progress Missed call New text or multimedia message Alarm activated
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Basics 37 Icon Meaning Mute mode activated Vibration mode activated Flight mode activated Error occurred or caution required Battery charging Battery power level Lock screen Pressing the Side 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. To unlock the screen, swipe in any direction when the screen turns on. If the screen is off, press the Side key to turn on the screen. Alternatively, double-tap the screen. Locked screen
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Basics 38 Changing the screen lock method To change the screen lock method, launch the Settings app, tap Lock screen → Screen lock type, and then select a method. When you set a pattern, PIN, password, or your biometric data 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. • Face: Register your face to unlock the screen. Refer to Face recognition for more information. • Fingerprints: Register your fingerprints to unlock the screen. Refer to Fingerprint recognition for more information. 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. Launch the Settings app, tap Lock screen → Secure lock settings, unlock the screen using the preset screen lock method, and then tap the Auto factory reset switch to activate it.
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Basics 39 Notification panel When you receive new notifications, such as messages or missed calls, indicator icons appear on the status bar.To see more information about the icons, open the notification panel and view the details. To open the notification panel, drag the status bar downwards.To close the notification panel, swipe upwards on the screen. You can use the following functions on the notification panel. View the notification details and perform various actions. Clear all notifications. Launch Settings. Access the power options. Access the notification settings. Quick setting buttons Control media on your device and connected nearby devices. Control connected nearby devices and SmartThings devices and scenes.
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Basics 40 Using quick setting buttons Tap quick setting buttons to activate certain features. Swipe downwards on the notification panel to view more buttons. To change feature settings, tap the text under each button.To view more detailed settings, tap and hold a button. To rearrange buttons, tap → Button order, tap and hold a button, and then drag it to another location. Controlling media playback Take control of music or video playback easily using the Media feature.You can also continue playback on another device. 1 Open the notification panel and tap Media. 2 Tap the icons on the controller to control the playback. To continue playback on another device, tap and select the device you want.
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Basics 41 Screen capture and screen record Screen capture Capture a screenshot while using the device and write on, draw on, crop, or share the captured screen.You can capture the current screen and scrollable area. Use the following methods to capture a screenshot. Captured screenshots will be saved in Gallery. • Key capture: Press the Side key and theVolume Down key simultaneously. • Swipe capture: Swipe your hand to the left or right across the screen. • It is not possible to capture a screenshot while using some apps and features. • If capturing a screenshot by swiping is not activated, launch the Settings app, tap Advanced features → Motions and gestures, and then tap the Palm swipe to capture switch to activate it. After capturing a screenshot, use the following options on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen: • : Capture the current content and the hidden content on an elongated page, such as a webpage.When you tap , the screen will automatically scroll down and more content will be captured. • :Write or draw on the screenshot or crop a portion from the screenshot.The cropped area will be saved in Gallery. • : Add tags to the screenshot.To search for screenshots by tag, tap Search at the top of the Apps screen.You can view the tags list and easily search for the screenshot you want. • : Share the screenshot with others. If the options are not visible on the captured screen, launch the Settings app, tap Advanced features → Screenshots and screen recorder, and then tap the Screenshot toolbar switch to activate it.
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Basics 42 Screen record Record the screen while using your device. Open the notification panel, swipe downwards, and then tap (Screen recorder) to activate it. After a countdown, recording will start. • To write or draw on the screen, tap . • To record the screen with a video overlay of yourself, tap . When you are finished recording the video, tap .The video will be saved in Gallery. To change the screen recorder settings, launch the Settings app and tap Advanced features → Screenshots and screen recorder → Screen recorder settings. Entering text Keyboard layout A keyboard appears automatically when you enter text to send messages, create notes, and more. Text entry is not supported in some languages.To enter text, you must change the input language to one of the supported languages. Break to the next line. Delete a preceding character. Enter symbols. Enter uppercase. For all caps, tap it twice. Additional keyboard functions Enter a space. View more keyboard functions. Changing the input language Tap → Languages and types → Manage input languages and select the languages to use.When you select two or more languages, you can switch between the input languages by swiping to the left or right on the space key.
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Basics 43 Changing the keyboard On the navigation bar, tap to change the keyboard. To change the keyboard type, tap → Languages and types, select a language, and then select the keyboard type you want. • If the keyboard button ( ) does not appear on the navigation bar, launch the Settings app, tap General management → Language and input → On-screen keyboard, and then tap the Show Keyboard button switch to activate it. • On a 3x4 keyboard, a key has three or four characters.To enter a character, tap the corresponding key repeatedly until the desired character appears. Additional keyboard functions Some features may not be available depending on the region or service provider. • : Predict words based on your input and show word suggestions.To return to the keyboard functions list, tap . • : Enter emoticons. • : Enter stickers.You can also enter My Emoji stickers that look like you. Refer to Using My Emoji stickers in chats for more information. • : Attach animated GIFs. • : Enter text by voice. • : Change the keyboard settings. • → : Add an item from the clipboard. • → : Change the keyboard mode or size. • → : Open the text editing panel.
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Basics 44 Copying and pasting 1 Tap and hold over text. 2 Drag or to select the desired text, or tap Select all to select all text. 3 Tap Copy or Cut. The selected text is copied to the clipboard. 4 Tap and hold where the text is to be inserted and tap Paste. To paste text that you have previously copied, tap Clipboard and select the text. Dictionary Look up definitions for words while using certain features, such as when browsing webpages. 1 Tap and hold over a word that you want to look up. 2 Tap Dictionary on the options list. If a dictionary is not preinstalled on the device, tap Move to Manage dictionaries, tap next to a dictionary, and then tap Install to download it. 3 View the definition in the dictionary pop-up window. To switch to the full screen view, tap .Tap the definition on the screen to view more definitions. In the detailed view, tap to add the word to your favourite words list or tap SearchWeb to use the word as a search term.
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45 Apps and features Installing or uninstalling apps Galaxy Store Purchase and download apps.You can download apps that are specialised for Samsung Galaxy devices. Launch the Galaxy Store app. This app may not be available depending on the region or service provider. Installing apps Browse apps by category or tap to search for a keyword. Select an app to view information about it.To download free apps, tap Install.To purchase and download apps where charges apply, tap the price and follow the on-screen instructions. To change the auto update settings, tap → Settings → Auto update apps, and then select an option. Play Store Purchase and download apps. Launch the Play Store app. Installing apps Browse apps by category or search for apps by keyword. Select an app to view information about it.To download free apps, tap Install.To purchase and download apps where charges apply, tap the price and follow the on-screen instructions. To change the auto update settings, tap → Settings → Auto-update apps, and then select an option.
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Apps and features 46 Managing apps Uninstalling or disabling apps Tap and hold an app and select an option. • Disable: Disable selected default apps that cannot be uninstalled from the device. • Uninstall: Uninstall downloaded apps. Some apps may not support this feature. Enabling apps Launch the Settings app, tap Apps → → Disabled, select an app, and then tap Enable. Setting app permissions For some apps to operate properly, they may need permission to access or use information on your device. To view your app permission settings, launch the Settings app and tap Apps. Select an app and tap Permissions.You can view the app’s permissions list and change its permissions. To view or change app permission settings by permission category, launch the Settings app and tap Apps → → Permission manager. Select an item and select an app. If you do not grant permissions to apps, the basic features of the apps may not function properly.
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Apps and features 47 Finder Search for content on the device quickly. 1 On the Apps screen, tap Search. Alternatively, open the notification panel, swipe downwards, and then tap . 2 Enter a keyword. Apps and content on your device will be searched. If you tap on the keyboard, you can search for more content. Bixby Introduction Bixby is a user interface that helps you use your device more conveniently. You can talk to Bixby or type text. Bixby will launch a function you request or show the information you want. It also learns your usage patterns and environments.The more it learns about you, the more precisely it will understand you. • To use Bixby, your device must be connected to aWi-Fi or mobile network. • To use Bixby, you must sign in to your Samsung account. • Bixby is only available in some languages, and certain features may not be available depending on your region.
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Apps and features 48 Starting Bixby When you launch Bixby for the first time, the Bixby intro page will appear.You must select the language to use with Bixby, sign in to your Samsung account according to the on-screen instructions, and then agree to the terms and conditions. 1 Press and hold the Side key. Alternatively, launch the Bixby app. Sign in to your Samsung account. Select a language. Side key 2 Select the language to use with Bixby. 3 Tap Sign in to Samsung account and follow the on-screen instructions to sign in to your Samsung account. If you are already signed in, your account information will appear on the screen. 4 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. The Bixby screen will appear.
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Apps and features 49 Using Bixby When you say what you want to Bixby, Bixby will launch corresponding functions or show the information you requested. While pressing and holding the Side key, say what you want to Bixby, and then release your finger from the key when you are finished speaking. Alternatively, say“Hi, Bixby”, and when the device emits a sound, say what you want. For example, while pressing and holding the Side key, say“How’s the weather today?”The weather information will appear on the screen. If you want to know the weather tomorrow, while pressing and holding the Side key, just say “Tomorrow?”Because Bixby understands the context of the conversation, it will show you tomorrow’s weather. Starting a conversation "How's the weather today?" Corresponding function launched Listening
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Apps and features 50 If Bixby asks you a question during a conversation, while pressing and holding the Side key, answer Bixby. Or, tap and answer Bixby. If you are using headphones or Bluetooth audio, or start a conversation by saying“Hi, Bixby”, you can continue the conversation without tapping the icon. Launch the Bixby app and tap → Settings → Automatic listening → Hands-free only. Waking up Bixby using your voice You can start a conversation with Bixby by saying“Hi, Bixby”. Register your voice so that Bixby will respond to your voice when you say“Hi, Bixby”. 1 Launch the Bixby app and tap → Settings → Voice wake-up. 2 Tap the Wake with“Hi, Bixby” switch to activate it. 3 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. Now you can say“Hi, Bixby”, and when the device emits a sound, start a conversation. Communicating by typing text If your voice is not recognised due to noisy environments or if you are in a situation where speaking is difficult, you can communicate with Bixby via text. Launch the Bixby app and tap , and then type what you want. During the communication, Bixby also will answer you through text instead of voice feedback.

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