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My Samsung Galaxy S5


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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 656
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5349-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5349-6

Friendly, quick, and 100% practical, My Samsung Galaxy S5 is the must-have companion for every Samsung Galaxy S5 user. 

  • Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Samsung Galaxy S5 photos that show you exactly what to do
  • Help when you run into Samsung Galaxy S5 problems or limitations
  • Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Samsung Galaxy S5
Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Samsung Galaxy S5 working just the way you want. Learn how to:
  • Quickly set up your Galaxy S5 and master its improved TouchWiz interface
  • Save time with great features such as Priority Senders, S Finder, and Swype
  • Personalize the Home screen and tweak system settings to make your S5 uniquely yours
  • Manage your contacts and create appointments
  • Reach out to friends with text and multimedia messages
  • Send and receive email from multiple accounts, including Gmail
  • Capture stunning photos with the amazing 16MP, HDR-capable camera
  • Shoot state-of-the-art ultra-high definition/4K videos
  • Make your phone child-friendly and child-safe with Kids Mode
  • Never get lost with built-in GPS and Google Maps
  • Move files over Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth
  • Reliably synchronize important contact, calendar, and other data
  • Find great new apps on Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and beyond
  • Make the most of S Voice and Google/Voice Search, your new “personal assistants”
  • Check your heart rate and track your personal fitness
  • Stretch battery life to the max with Ultra Power Saving mode
  • “Mirror” your phone’s display on your high-def TV
  • Share Internet access by transforming your S5 into a mobile hotspot
  • Protect your personal data with the new Fingerprint Scanner
  • Keep your phone safe and secure--and enable it to be found if you lose it
  • Fix lockups, memory shortages, and other annoyances



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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
About This Book     1
The Need for a Book     2
How to Read This Book     2
Smartphone “Facts of Life”      3
Chapter 1: Galaxy S5 Essentials     5
About the Galaxy S5     5
The Hardware     6
The Android Operating System and TouchWiz     9
The Interface     9
Customization     10
Charging the Battery     12
Powering On/Off     13
Running the Setup Wizard     14
Run the Setup Wizard     15
Darkening and Restoring the Display     20
Restore a Dark Display     21
Set the Screen Timeout Interval     21
Adjusting the Volume     22
Using a Headset or Headphones     24
Wired Headset or Headphones     24
Bluetooth Headset     24
Setting Up Voicemail     28
Gmail and Your Phone     29
Create a Gmail Account     29
Register Your Gmail Account     30
Creating a Samsung Account     34
Creating a Dropbox Account     37
Working with Data     39
Manually Set a Connection Method     40
Connect to a New Wireless Network     41
Changing the Default Language     44
Wireless Printing     45
Install the Print Services Software (First Time Only)      45
Chapter 2: Understanding the Android/TouchWiz Interface     49
The Home Screen     50
The Status or Notification Bar     50
Main Area     51
Extended Home Screen     52
Set the Home Screen Mode     54
Primary and Other App Shortcuts     56
Using the Hardware Keys     57
Recent Apps Key     57
Home Key     58
Back Key     58
The Notification Panel     59
Interacting with the Touchscreen     60
Using Your Fingers     61
Rotating the Screen     63
Entering Text     64
Use the Keyboard: Tapping     65
Use the Keyboard: Swype     66
Use Voice Input     70
Editing Text     72
Searching for Items on the Phone and Web     74
Use S Finder     75
Search in Settings     77
Use Google Search     78
Chapter 3: Making the Phone Your Own     81
Customizing the Home Screen     81
Select Wallpaper     82
Rearrange, Remove, and Add Home Screen Pages     85
Add Shortcuts     88
Add Widgets     90
Create Folders     93
Reposition and Remove Home Screen Items     96
Setting the Apps View     97
Creating and Working with App Folders     100
Changing System Settings     103
Customize the Quick Setting Buttons     104
Customize the Quick Settings     106
Motions and Gestures Settings     107
Air View     109
One-Handed Operation     109
Ringtones     112
Blocking Mode     120
Safety Assistance Settings     122
Chapter 4: Placing and Receiving Calls     127
Placing Calls     127
Manual Dialing     128
Dial from a Contact Record     132
Dialing from the Call Logs     133
Dialing a Number in a Text or Email Message     136
Emergency Calling     138
Other Outgoing Call Options     140
Speed Dialing     140
Temporarily Blocking Your Caller ID Information     143
Three-Way Calling     144
Inserting Pause and Wait Commands     146
Receiving Calls     146
Respond to an Incoming Call     147
Call Waiting     149
Call Forwarding     150
In-Call Options     150
Checking Voicemail     153
Enabling Mute, Vibrate, or Airplane Mode     155
Mute and Vibrate     156
Airplane Mode     157
Configuring Call Settings     158
Chapter 5: Managing Contacts     165
The Contacts Interface     166
Creating a Contact Record     168
Adding a Photo to a Contact Record     173
Viewing Contacts     175
Editing Contact Records     177
Edit Contacts     177
Set Defaults for a Contact     178
Link and Unlink Contacts     179
Mark Contacts as Favorites     180
Delete Contacts     182
Working with Contact Groups     183
Create a Group     183
Change a Person’s Memberships     185
Email or Text a Group     186
Reorder the Groups     188
Delete a Group     188
Backing Up/Restoring and Exporting/Importing Contact Records     189
Backing Up Contact Data     190
Restoring Contacts from Backups     193
Importing Contact Data from Other Sources into Google Contacts     195
Setting Display Options     197
Chapter 6: Using the Calendar     201
Adding Calendar Accounts     201
Working in Calendar     203
Creating Events and Tasks     203
View the Calendar     211
Manage Events and Tasks     218
Responding to Reminders     219
Setting Calendar Preferences     221
Chapter 7: Browsing the Web     227
Launching Internet     228
Visiting Web Pages     230
Type the Address     230
Following a Link     231
Visit a Bookmarked, Recent, or Saved Page     232
Search for a Site or Page     235
Viewing Pages     236
Portrait or Landscape View     236
Magnification (Zoom)      237
Reader View     238
Refreshing the Page     239
Working with Windows     239
Page Navigation     240
Incognito Browsing     241
Working with Bookmarks     242
Create a Bookmark from the Current Page     242
Create a Bookmark from the History List     244
Edit Bookmarks     245
Using Bookmark Folders     246
Delete Bookmarks     249
More Menu Commands     250
Configuring the Browser     252
Google Chrome Essentials     254
Chapter 8: Sending and Receiving Email     259
Adding Email Accounts     260
Automatically Add an Account     260
Manually Add an Account     263
Configuring Email Accounts     267
Edit General Settings     268
Edit Individual Account Settings     270
Configure an Account’s Sync Settings     274
Delete an Account     277
Retrieving Mail     278
Reading Mail     279
View and Save Attachments     283
Designate and Work with Priority Senders     284
Composing and Sending Mail     287
Create a New Email Message     288
Reply to Mail     292
Forward Mail     293
Add Attachments and Inserts     294
Managing the Mail     297
Deleting Messages     297
Moving Messages     299
Changing the Message Read Status     301
Marking Important Messages     302
Managing the Spam Senders List     303
Using the Gmail App     304
Chapter 9: Messaging     309
About Text and Multimedia Messaging     309
Composing a Text Message (SMS)      310
Composing a Multimedia Message (MMS)      319
Managing Conversations     323
Responding to a New Message Notification     323
Continue a Conversation     324
Reviewing a Conversation     326
Delete Conversations     327
Delete Messages     328
Other Options for Individual Messages     328
Search for Messages     330
Designating Priority Senders     331
Add Priority Senders     331
Manage Priority Senders     333
Configuring Messages Settings     335
Chapter 10: Installing and Using Applications     349
Using Apps     350
Launching an App     350
Using the Hardware Keys     54
Using Multi Window to Run Two Apps     356
Exit/Quit an App     361
Downloading and Installing Apps from Google Play     362
Customize Google Play     366
Enabling App Downloads from Other Sources     368
Using the Amazon Appstore for Android     369
Install the Amazon Appstore App     369
Download Apps from the Amazon Appstore     372
Customize the Amazon Appstore     376
Managing Apps     379
Create Home Screen Shortcuts     379
Uninstall, Disable, and Hide Apps     380
Update Apps     388
Move Apps to Your Memory Card     390
Designating Default Apps     391
Enable the Toolbox App Launcher     393
Special and Noteworthy Apps     395
Chapter 11: Using the GPS     403
Enabling/Disabling GPS     404
Getting Directions from Google Maps     405
Voice Search: Direct to Navigation     406
Launch Google Maps     407
Set a Trip within Google Maps     408
Configuring Location (GPS) Settings     412
Chapter 12: Playing and Managing Music     415
Playing Stored Songs with the Music App     415
Select and Play Songs     416
Use the Equalizer     420
Working with Playlists     422
Create a Playlist     422
Add Songs to a Playlist     423
Play Songs from a Playlist     425
Manage Playlists     426
Deleting Unwanted Songs     432
Delete a Track While Playing a Song     433
Delete Tracks While Browsing     434
Delete an Album or Artist     435
Chapter 13: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing Photos     441
Shooting Photos     441
Shoot Self-Portraits with the Front Camera     442
Shoot Photos with the Rear Camera     444
Changing the Camera Settings     446
Configure and Use the Shortcuts     446
Using the Settings Palette     448
Selecting a Shooting Mode     452
Reviewing Photos     456
Using Gallery to View and Edit Photos     457
Image-Editing with Photo Studio     468
Running a Slideshow     474
Chapter 14: Watching and Creating Videos     477
Streaming Video to the Phone     477
Streaming with a Dedicated App     478
Streaming from Web Pages     480
Playing Videos with the Video App     481
Using the Video Menus     486
Converting DVD Videos for Playback on the Phone     487
Recording Videos with the Phone     496
Participating in Video Chats     501
Chapter 15: Using Voice Services     503
Using S Voice     503
Commanding the Phone     505
Commanding Apps: Calendar     508
Configure S Voice     509
Using Google/Voice Search     512
Configuring Google/Voice Search     515
Chapter 16: Transferring and Sharing Files     519
Transferring Files over USB with Samsung Kies 3     520
Setup and Basic Operation     520
Copy Files     522
Manually Transferring Files over USB     525
Transfer to and from a Mac     526
Transfer to and from a PC     527
Transferring Files Using Bluetooth     529
Send Files from Computer to Phone     529
Send Files from Phone to Computer     531
Emailing Files     535
Email Photos from Gallery     535
Email Songs from My Files     537
Transferring Files Between Phones     539
Use Wi-Fi Direct     539
Use S Beam     542
Chapter 17: Synchronizing Data     549
Developing a Sync Strategy     549
Microsoft Exchange Server     550
Google/Gmail     550
Alternative Software     552
The Sneakernet (Manual) Approach     552
Setting Sync Options and Schedules     553
Performing Manual Syncs     557
Chapter 18: Securing the Phone     563
Securing the Lock Screen     563
Change the Screen Locking Method     564
Setting Lock Screen Options     573
Unlocking the Lock Screen     577
Enabling Private Mode     580
Chapter 19: Powering Other Devices     587
Creating a Mobile Hotspot for Wi-Fi Devices     587
Tethering the Phone and a Computer     592
USB Tethering for Windows PCs     592
Bluetooth Tethering     594
Mirroring the Phone on an HDTV     596
Chapter 20: Optimizing and Troubleshooting     601
Managing Memory     601
Conserving the Battery     603
Configure and Enable Power Saving Mode     603
Configure and Enable Ultra Power Saving Mode     606
Tips for Manually Conserving the Remaining Charge     608
View Battery Usage by Features and Apps     610
Managing Talk Time and Data Usage     612
Checking Current Usage     612
Manage Data Usage     613
What’s Cheaper?      616
Can This Call Be Made Later?      617
Prorated Features     617
Faster Downloads with Download Booster     617
Viewing and Expanding Storage     617
View Used and Available Space     618
Adding a Memory Card     619
Index     621


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