Samsung Phones are one of the most popular Android Phones in the market due to their impressive specs, modern design and brand value. In this article we will be showing you How to Setup your new Samsung Phone.
Samsung Galaxy Phones
While Samsung Galaxy Phones are available in various models, all Samsung phones in general have a similar User Interface and the procedure to setup any Samsung Phone is more or less similar at a general level.
To get the best out of your new Samsung Galaxy phone it is really important that you setup the phone right the very first time. Hence, this guide on how to setup your new Samsung Galaxy Phone.
Set Up New Samsung Galaxy Phone
Follow the below steps to setup your new Samsung Galaxy Phone.
Note: You may come across some different Screens and the settings may vary a bit, depending on the wireless service provider and the Android version installed on your device.
1. Open back cover and Place Battery and Sim Card
The very first thing to do after un-boxing your new Samsung Galaxy Phone is to pop open the back cover of your phone and place the battery and Sim Card in their respective slots.
If your Samsung phone supports expandable storage, then insert a Micro-SD Memory card into its slot. The Micro-SD card slot is immediately above the SIM card slot.
Note: Make sure that you are inserting the SIM card into the correct slot with the card’s gold contacts facing the device and the angled corner of the card positioned correctly
2. Power ON the Phone
Once you are finished placing the battery and Sim Card into the back of the phone, power on your phone by holding the Power button until the phone vibrates or you see the Samsung logo appearing on the screen.
3. Select Language
Once the phone powers on completely, you will be prompted to select a Language. After selecting a Language tap on the Start or Arrow button.
In case you want to setup things like TalkBack, Voice Access (allows you to control phone with voice) or make text larger then tap on Accessibility.
4. Select and Sign in to Wi-Fi Network
On the next screen, select your WiFi Network and sign into the network by entering your WiFi Network Password.
5. Agree to the Terms and Conditions
After signing into your Wi-Fi network, you will be presented with the ‘End User License Agreement’, which is an agreement between the software owner and the user (you).
Agree to the Terms and Conditions by tapping on Next from the bottom right corner of your screen and then tapping on Agree from the ensuing pop-up.
6. Use Tap and Go to transfer Data from Old Phone
In case you are upgrading to a New Samsung phone, you can easily transfer data from your old Samsung Phone to your new Samsung Galaxy Phone by using the ‘Tap & Go’ feature.
Tap & Go is available for Android 5.0 and newer devices right now. You can read this article to learn more: How to Use Tap & Go on Android.
In case your old Android device does not support Tap and Go, simply tap on Skip from the bottom right corner of the screen to move to the next step.
Note: You can still transfer data from your Old Phone to New Phone using a backup of your phone (See Step 11 below).
7. Sign into your Google Account
Next you will be prompted to sign into your Google Account, do so by entering your Google Email and Password.
In case you do not have a Google account simply tap on the Create a New Account link. In case you do not want to sign into a Google account, you can skip this step by tapping on Skip from the bottom right corner.
Note: Without a Google Account, you will not be able to download apps from the Google Play Store or use other Google services like Google Maps and Google Hangouts.
8. Accept Terms and Conditions
On the next screen, you will be prompted to Accept the Terms and Conditions, tap on Accept from the bottom right corner.
9. Select Payment Method
In case you are new to Android, or have never setup a payment method, you will be prompted to select a payment method now.
Select Add Credit Card or Debit Card and tap on Next to continue, or if you do not want to setup a payment method, select ‘Remind Me Later’ and tap on Next to Continue.
Note: You won’t be able purchase paid apps without setting up a payment method.
10. Set Date & Time
Next, you will be prompted to select your Time zone, this will automatically set the date or time on your Samsung Galaxy Phone. You can also opt to manually enter the date and time on your phone.
11. Get your Apps and Data Screen
In case you have other devices using the same Google Account, you will see the ‘Get Your Apps and Data Screen’. This screen allows you to restore your new Android Phone using a backup of another device.
This is really helpful in case you want to have the same data and settings on the new phone as you have on your existing Android Phone.
This screen will basically allow you to Select the backup that you want to restore from and the apps that you want to transfer over to your new phone, by default all applications will be checked.
12. Agree to Google Services Terms and Agreements
On the next screen you will be prompted to Accept Google Services terms and presented with the following options:
- Back up Phone’s data, apps, etc to Google Account: Un-checking this will prevent Google from backing up your phone to your Google Account.
- Use Google’s Location Services: This option asks if you are willing to allow other apps access to your location and whether you want to send anonymous location data to Google.
- Help Improve Location Services: This option asks whether you want apps and services to scan for Wi-Fi networks.
- Help Improve Android Experience: This option asks whether you want to send diagnostic and usage data to Google to help improve the Android Experience
Once you are done checking or un-checking these options, tap on Next to continue to the next step.
13. Sign into your Samsung Account or Create a New One
You will now be prompted to Sign into your Samsung Account or create a new account using your Google ID.
In case you do not have a Samsung account, but would like to make one right now, tap on Create Account and follow the instructions to create a Samsung Account.
If you do not want to create a Samsung account, then simply tap on Skip to move to the next step. You can use the phone without a Samsung Account, but won’t be able to use Samsung’s Locate your lost device app and other Samsung apps.
14. Agree to Samsung Terms and Conditions
Once you have entered your login details you will once again have to agree to the terms.
- Terms and Conditions and Special Terms: This option needs to be checked if you want to move onto the next step.
- Data Combination Policy: This is optional, you can also deny this and still move onto the next step
15. Selected Phones: Set Wake-up Command
Depending on your phone you may be asked to setup more features including:
Wake-up Command: This feature allows you to control your phone with your voice and allows you to do things like making calls and opening apps by using voice commands.
16. Optional: Setup Easy Mode
This last step is optional, where users are presented with the opportunity to setup Easy Mode. What Easy Mode does, is make text and app icons bigger and also simplifies the design of the home screen.
This completes the process of setting up your Samsung phone. We hope you enjoyed this article and that you have a great time with your new Samsung phone.