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My Samsung Galaxy S 5

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 S5Full-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 1About This Book 1The Need for a Book 2How to Read This Book 2Smartphone "Facts of Life" 3Chapter 1: Galaxy S5 Essentials 5About the Galaxy S5 5The Hardware 6The Android Operating System and TouchWiz 9The Interface 9Customization 10Charging the Battery 12Powering On/Off 13Running the Setup Wizard 14Run the Setup Wizard 15Darkening and Restoring the Display 20Restore a Dark Display 21Set the Screen Timeout Interval 21Adjusting the Volume 22Using a Headset or Headphones 24Wired Headset or Headphones 24Bluetooth Headset 24Setting Up Voicemail 28Gmail and Your Phone 29Create a Gmail Account 29Register Your Gmail Account 30Creating a Samsung Account 34Creating a Dropbox Account 37Working with Data 39Manually Set a Connection Method 40Connect to a New Wireless Network 41Changing the Default Language 44Wireless Printing 45Install the Print Services Software (First Time Only) 45Chapter 2: Understanding the Android/TouchWiz Interface 49The Home Screen 50The Status or Notification Bar 50Main Area 51Extended Home Screen 52Set the Home Screen Mode 54Primary and Other App Shortcuts 56Using the Hardware Keys 57Recent Apps Key 57Home Key 58Back Key 58The Notification Panel 59Interacting with the Touchscreen 60Using Your Fingers 61Rotating the Screen 63Entering Text 64Use the Keyboard: Tapping 65Use the Keyboard: Swype 66Use Voice Input 70Editing Text 72Searching for Items on the Phone and Web 74Use S Finder 75Search in Settings 77Use Google Search 78Chapter 3: Making the Phone Your Own 81Customizing the Home Screen 81Select Wallpaper 82Rearrange, Remove, and Add Home Screen Pages 85Add Shortcuts 88Add Widgets 90Create Folders 93Reposition and Remove Home Screen Items 96Setting the Apps View 97Creating and Working with App Folders 100Changing System Settings 103Customize the Quick Setting Buttons 104Customize the Quick Settings 106Motions and Gestures Settings 107Air View 109One-Handed Operation 109Ringtones 112Blocking Mode 120Safety Assistance Settings 122Chapter 4: Placing and Receiving Calls 127Placing Calls 127Manual Dialing 128Dial from a Contact Record 132Dialing from the Call Logs 133Dialing a Number in a Text or Email Message 136Emergency Calling 138Other Outgoing Call Options 140Speed Dialing 140Temporarily Blocking Your Caller ID Information 143Three-Way Calling 144Inserting Pause and Wait Commands 146Receiving Calls 146Respond to an Incoming Call 147Call Waiting 149Call Forwarding 150In-Call Options 150Checking Voicemail 153Enabling Mute, Vibrate, or Airplane Mode 155Mute and Vibrate 156Airplane Mode 157Configuring Call Settings 158Chapter 5: Managing Contacts 165The Contacts Interface 166Creating a Contact Record 168Adding a Photo to a Contact Record 173Viewing Contacts 175Editing Contact Records 177Edit Contacts 177Set Defaults for a Contact 178Link and Unlink Contacts 179Mark Contacts as Favorites 180Delete Contacts 182Working with Contact Groups 183Create a Group 183Change a Person's Memberships 185Email or Text a Group 186Reorder the Groups 188Delete a Group 188Backing Up/Restoring and Exporting/Importing Contact Records 189Backing Up Contact Data 190Restoring Contacts from Backups 193Importing Contact Data from Other Sources into Google Contacts 195Setting Display Options 197Chapter 6: Using the Calendar 201Adding Calendar Accounts 201Working in Calendar 203Creating Events and Tasks 203View the Calendar 211Manage Events and Tasks 218Responding to Reminders 219Setting Calendar Preferences 221Chapter 7: Browsing the Web 227Launching Internet 228Visiting Web Pages 230Type the Address 230Following a Link 231Visit a Bookmarked, Recent, or Saved Page 232Search for a Site or Page 235Viewing Pages 236Portrait or Landscape View 236Magnification (Zoom) 237Reader View 238Refreshing the Page 239Working with Windows 239Page Navigation 240Incognito Browsing 241Working with Bookmarks 242Create a Bookmark from the Current Page 242Create a Bookmark from the History List 244Edit Bookmarks 245Using Bookmark Folders 246Delete Bookmarks 249More Menu Commands 250Configuring the Browser 252Google Chrome Essentials 254Chapter 8: Sending and Receiving Email 259Adding Email Accounts 260Automatically Add an Account 260Manually Add an Account 263Configuring Email Accounts 267Edit General Settings 268Edit Individual Account Settings 270Configure an Account's Sync Settings 274Delete an Account 277Retrieving Mail 278Reading Mail 279View and Save Attachments 283Designate and Work with Priority Senders 284Composing and Sending Mail 287Create a New Email Message 288Reply to Mail 292Forward Mail 293Add Attachments and Inserts 294Managing the Mail 297Deleting Messages 297Moving Messages 299Changing the Message Read Status 301Marking Important Messages 302Managing the Spam Senders List 303Using the Gmail App 304Chapter 9: Messaging 309About Text and Multimedia Messaging 309Composing a Text Message (SMS) 310Composing a Multimedia Message (MMS) 319Managing Conversations 323Responding to a New Message Notification 323Continue a Conversation 324Reviewing a Conversation 326Delete Conversations 327Delete Messages 328Other Options for Individual Messages 328Search for Messages 330Designating Priority Senders 331Add Priority Senders 331Manage Priority Senders 333Configuring Messages Settings 335Chapter 10: Installing and Using Applications 349Using Apps 350Launching an App 350Using the Hardware Keys 54Using Multi Window to Run Two Apps 356Exit/Quit an App 361Downloading and Installing Apps from Google Play 362Customize Google Play 366Enabling App Downloads from Other Sources 368Using the Amazon Appstore for Android 369Install the Amazon Appstore App 369Download Apps from the Amazon Appstore 372Customize the Amazon Appstore 376Managing Apps 379Create Home Screen Shortcuts 379Uninstall, Disable, and Hide Apps 380Update Apps 388Move Apps to Your Memory Card 390Designating Default Apps 391Enable the Toolbox App Launcher 393Special and Noteworthy Apps 395Chapter 11: Using the GPS 403Enabling/Disabling GPS 404Getting Directions from Google Maps 405Voice Search: Direct to Navigation 406Launch Google Maps 407Set a Trip within Google Maps 408Configuring Location (GPS) Settings 412Chapter 12: Playing and Managing Music 415Playing Stored Songs with the Music App 415Select and Play Songs 416Use the Equalizer 420Working with Playlists 422Create a Playlist 422Add Songs to a Playlist 423Play Songs from a Playlist 425Manage Playlists 426Deleting Unwanted Songs 432Delete a Track While Playing a Song 433Delete Tracks While Browsing 434Delete an Album or Artist 435Chapter 13: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing Photos 441Shooting Photos 441Shoot Self-Portraits with the Front Camera 442Shoot Photos with the Rear Camera 444Changing the Camera Settings 446Configure and Use the Shortcuts 446Using the Settings Palette 448Selecting a Shooting Mode 452Reviewing Photos 456Using Gallery to View and Edit Photos 457Image-Editing with Photo Studio 468Running a Slideshow 474Chapter 14: Watching and Creating Videos 477Streaming Video to the Phone 477Streaming with a Dedicated App 478Streaming from Web Pages 480Playing Videos with the Video App 481Using the Video Menus 486Converting DVD Videos for Playback on the Phone 487Recording Videos with the Phone 496Participating in Video Chats 501Chapter 15: Using Voice Services 503Using S Voice 503Commanding the Phone 505Commanding Apps: Calendar 508Configure S Voice 509Using Google/Voice Search 512Configuring Google/Voice Search 515Chapter 16: Transferring and Sharing Files 519Transferring Files over USB with Samsung Kies 3 520Setup and Basic Operation 520Copy Files 522Manually Transferring Files over USB 525Transfer to and from a Mac 526Transfer to and from a PC 527Transferring Files Using Bluetooth 529Send Files from Computer to Phone 529Send Files from Phone to Computer 531Emailing Files 535Email Photos from Gallery 535Email Songs from My Files 537Transferring Files Between Phones 539Use Wi-Fi Direct 539Use S Beam 542Chapter 17: Synchronizing Data 549Developing a Sync Strategy 549Microsoft Exchange Server 550Google/Gmail 550Alternative Software 552The Sneakernet (Manual) Approach 552Setting Sync Options and Schedules 553Performing Manual Syncs 557Chapter 18: Securing the Phone 563Securing the Lock Screen 563Change the Screen Locking Method 564Setting Lock Screen Options 573Unlocking the Lock Screen 577Enabling Private Mode 580Chapter 19: Powering Other Devices 587Creating a Mobile Hotspot for Wi-Fi Devices 587Tethering the Phone and a Computer 592USB Tethering for Windows PCs 592Bluetooth Tethering 594Mirroring the Phone on an HDTV 596Chapter 20: Optimizing and Troubleshooting 601Managing Memory 601Conserving the Battery 603Configure and Enable Power Saving Mode 603Configure and Enable Ultra Power Saving Mode 606Tips for Manually Conserving the Remaining Charge 608View Battery Usage by Features and Apps 610Managing Talk Time and Data Usage 612Checking Current Usage 612Manage Data Usage 613What's Cheaper? 616Can This Call Be Made Later? 617Prorated Features 617Faster Downloads with Download Booster 617Viewing and Expanding Storage 617View Used and Available Space 618Adding a Memory Card 619Index 621

About the Author

Steve Schwartz got an early start as a computer industry writer and author. Immediately after buying an Apple II+ in 1978, he began writing regularly for the computer magazines of the day. Since then, he has written hundreds of articles for major publications, including Macworld, PC World, InfoWorld, and Computerworld. He is also the author of more than 60 books on technology, game, and computer topics, including guides to business/productivity software (Microsoft Office, Access, and FileMaker Pro), Internet software (Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Entourage, and Gmail), and graphics/image-editing software (Picasa, Picture It!, Digital Image Suite, and CorelDRAW). Following his best-selling My Samsung Galaxy S III and My Samsung Galaxy S 4, this is Steve's third book in the My series.Before becoming a full-time writer in 1990, Steve served as editor-in-chief for Software Digest and technical services director for Funk Software. He also authored the first trade paperback on the then-new Nintendo phenomenon: Compute!'s Guide to Nintendo Games.Steve has a Ph.D. in psychology, consults on game design, database design, and technology issues, and lives in the fictional town of Lizard Spit, Arizona. You can see the complete list of his books at

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