So you just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5. You lucky devil. It's so shiny and pristine, wrapper still intact. But what to do with it first?
If you're new to Android, the Galaxy S5 or to smartphones in general, we've got your covered. (For everyone else, move along. We'll post something super nerdy in a few minutes. We promise.)
Let's plow through the initial Galaxy S5 set-up process once you get the phone and other materials out of the box and have installed the battery, SIM card, and microSD memory card. If you're looking for a short and sweet start-up guide, be sure to read about the first five things to do with your new Samsung Galaxy S5. This guide is going to be a bit more of a deep dive.
How to set up the Samsung Galaxy S5 software
Pick your language by tapping the grey box with the word "English" in it and tapping your preferred language. Tap the Accessibility button below to activate features for the vision, hearing, and dexterity impaired. Tap the Start button in the bottom-right to continue.
Connect to a local Wi-Fi network for data access on the next screen. Tap the Wi-Fi toggle in the top-right so it's set to a green "I" icon, wait for it to scan which networks are available, tap the one that's for your home (or other network that you have access to), and type in the password in the box that pops up. Don't worry if you don't have this option, as you'll also be able to connect over cellular.
On the next screen, read the end-user license agreement at the top, and check the box below it. Below the EULA, you'll have the option to provide Samsung and its partners with diagnostic data from your phone. You can decline this by tapping the "No thanks" bubble below. Tap the Next button in the bottom-right to continue.
Next you'll be prompted to enter your Google username and password. You'll have one already if you've ever signed up for a YouTube, Gmail, or Google+ account. This is a good idea, since it can back up and restore all of your contacts and e-mail right away, though you don't have to. Tap "Yes" to sign in, or "No" and "Not Now" to continue without an account, "No" and "Get an account" to sign up for one.
Pick and chose which Google location services you wish to enable next. The first checkbox enables or disables the use of Google's own location service, the second enables location-specific services throughout the software, and the third gives permission to search for Wi-Fi networks to estimate location even if you have Wi-Fi turned off. Tap Next in the bottom-right when you're done.
Type in your first and last name in separate fields, so the Samsung Galaxy S5 can use it throughout the OS. Tap the arrow in the bottom-right when you've typed in your name.
Sign into your Samsung account on the next screen. This is optional, and replicates many functions of your Google account, such as back-up and location services, but it can be handy for connecting to your home network through the Link desktop software. Sign in and enable restoring and auto-backup functions, or skip ahead.
On the next screen, log into Dropbox if you have an account. This will allow you to automatically upload pictures taken on your Samsung Galaxy S5 to the cloud (and eventually to your desktop, if you get the app for your computer). You'll get 50 GB of free storage if you sign up for the first time on that screen, but otherwise you can sign in and enable picture and video uploading, or continue on without. All of these account set-ups can be completed later, so don't feel held back if you just want to get on with it. Tap the Finish button in the bottom-right.
Odds are you'll get pestered to do a software update. These are the latest operating system improvements that weren't available when your phone's software was originally installed. Go ahead and install that by tapping the button at the bottom as soon as you have data coverage. Your Samsung Galaxy S5 will restart and install the software update.
If you logged into Google, many of the pre-installed apps will likely update once your phone boots up again. You may need to approve some of them, since they'll need new permissions. Tap the Play Store icon on the first home screen, tap the menu button in the top-left, tap My Apps.
After the reboot is complete, you're technically ready to rock and roll, but odds are there are going to be a few things you want to do. Be sure to peruse the rest of our Samsung Galaxy S5 help series for a full range of how-tos.
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