Have a new Galaxy S5? Do these things first!
So you've got your shiny new Samsung Galaxy S5. Congratulations! But now that you've got your phone, it's time for a little Galaxy S5 help. And you've come to the right place.
When it comes to smartphones — and in this case, when it comes to setting up your Galaxy S5 in particular — there are a few things we always recommend doing.
And with that, we present the first five things you should do once you've got your Samsung Galaxy S5.
For more, swing by our complete Galaxy S5 help page!
1. Use a password of some sort on your Galaxy S5
No excuses here. You need to password-protect your phone. If you didn't do it at first startup, Go to Settings>Lock screen>Screen security. Swipe is the same as not having a password. So don't use it. A pattern lock is the next best thing. Fingerprints and PINs are considered to be medium to high security, and a full-on password is best.
If you're going to be wearing a Gear watch or the Gear Fit, you can use it to bypass the lock screen security, so long as it's connected to your phone. Should the watch or band disconnect, lock screen security will be re-enacted. This is a great way to keep your phone more secure but still have it be easy to use.
2. Sign up for (or sign into) the Samsung App store
We get it, signing in to a second app store can be a pain. But you're going to want to sign in to Samsung's. Whereas other manufacturers have been offloading system apps to Google Play, Samsung's got its own repository. So if you want to get the latest updates for, say, a Gear smartwatch, the Gear Fit fitness band or any number of other Samsung apps, you're going to need to bite the bullet and use Samsung's store.
The good news is it's pretty easy to use, and there's a world of stuff there. Some of it is redundant to what's in Google Play, though, so choose wisely.
You can sign up from your phone, or in a browser at SamsungApps.com.
Oh, and Samsung, would it kill you to include some single-sign-in options?
3. Turn off those blasted Galaxy S5 sound effects
We go through this one every time Samsung releases a new phone, and we're going to have to do it here again with the Galaxy S5. This damned thing beeps anytime you touch it. Any time you unlock it. And, perhaps the biggest sin of all, any time you type on Samsung's keyboard.
There are a couple ways to tell your phone to shut the hell up. The easiest is to pull down the notification shade and tap the "Sound" button to change to either vibrate or silent mode. That's working with a hammer, however.
For a surgical strike, it's time to head back into the settings menu. Go to Settings>Sound and then have a look at the options. We recommend unchecking "Touch sounds" and "Sound when tapped" in the keyboard settings at the very least.
Trust us, anyone within earshot will thank you.
4. Pop in an SD card
Those of you who opted for a 16-gigabyte version of the Galaxy S5 will definitely want to do this. Samsung's system takes up a good chunk of space on the Galaxy S5. (The AT&T model we have here has a little less than 10 gigabytes free. Sprint's had just a tad more.) As you start installing applications, space can become tight. So, a little external storage may be in order.
Do keep in mind, however, that SD cards don't work the same in Android 4.4 as they did in previous versions. We explain that here.
5. Make sure you get all the plastic off the phone
No. this isn't another joke about Samsung phones being plastic. But it is a cautionary tale about how much removable plastic Samsung uses to keep the phone in pristine condition until you're ready to use it. That include a damned-near invisible piece over the camera lens. And it's not the first time.
That's not a bad thing, of course. Just be sure you get it all off the phone before you venture out in public — you don't want to be that guy — and get the piece off the camera lens before you start taking pictures with your phone.
Actually, scratch that. Here are a couple more things you need to do with your new Galaxy S5: First off, download our app. Once you've done that, hit up our Galaxy S5 help page, and be sure to swing by our Galaxy S5 forums for even more Galaxy S5 help, tips and tricks from folks just like you!
And above all else, enjoy!