The Complete Samsung Galaxy S II Guide

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Got a Samsung Galaxy S II but not sure how to do something on it? Not a problem as we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide of all the basic stuff that you can do on your handset.

Navigate using the links below, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for then ask a question in the comments and we’ll try our best to get you an answer.

Software

Is there a software update available for my phone?

At the moment, the latest software available for the Samsung Galaxy S II is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The quickest way to check if a software update is available to download onto your handset is by going to Settings from the main menu, selecting About Phone and then pressing System Updates.

How do I update my phone’s software?

Firstly, you need to download some software onto your computer called Samsung Kies which you must use to update your Galaxy S II’s software. You can get it from the official Samsung website. Once you’ve done this:

  • Plug your phone into your PC using its microUSB cable.
  • Click on Easy Start to set your device up with the software.
  • Make sure you back up all of your phone’s data to Kies.
  • Press Update and the software will now download on your Galaxy S II.
  • Don’t disconnect your handset from your PC until the software download is complete and your Galaxy S II has restarted.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a version of Kies available for Mac at the moment but you can get around this hurdle by using Bootcamp software, which allows you to run Windows software. If your Mac runs Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can set your Mac to run Bootcamp by booting it into Windows and then rebooting it. This method only works on new Macs so if you have an older one, your best bet is to order the software from the Apple Store.

Where can I get more help?

If you have any more questions about your Samsung Galaxy S II software, head over to the P4u Forum and get in touch with the team, who will be more than happy to help you out.

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Connectivity

How do I change my phone’s Bluetooth name?

  • From the Applications menu, go to Settings.
  • Select Wireless and Network.
  • Press Bluetooth Settings.
  • Make sure your phone’s Bluetooth receiver is turned on by ticking the Bluetooth box at the top.
  • Choose Device Name.
  • A pop up box will now appear. Simply enter the new name for your Galaxy S II and press OK.

How do I pair my phone with another Bluetooth phone/device?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Press Wireless and Network.
  • Then Bluetooth Settings.
  • Make sure your phone’s Bluetooth receiver is on by ticking the box next to the word Bluetooth.
  • Tick the Visible box so other devices can find your phone.
  • Press Scan For Devices.
  • Once your phone has found the device you want to pair with, tap on its name.
  • A Bluetooth Pairing Request will pop up on the screen. Confirm that the number displayed in this message is the same one that’s also displayed on the device you want to pair with. Press Accept.

How do I turn my Bluetooth off?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Wireless and Network.
  • Press Bluetooth Settings.
  • Un-tick the box next to the word Bluetooth.

How do I remove a device from my Bluetooth pairing list?

  • From the Applications menu, go to Settings.
  • Press Wireless and Network.
  • Select Bluetooth Settings.
  • Turn your Bluetooth on if you haven’t already done so by ticking the box next to the word Bluetooth.
  • Press and hold on the name of the device that you want to remove.
  • Touch Unpair.

How do I stop people sending me stuff over Bluetooth?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Press Wireless and Network.
  • Select Bluetooth Settings.
  • If the Visible box is ticked in your Bluetooth menu, un-tick it.

How do I connect my device to my computer?

  • Grab your phone’s USB cable, plug it into your computer and the other end into your handset.
  • By default, your phone will connect to Samsung Kies. To change this, go to Settings.
  • Select Wireless and Network.
  • Press USB Utilities.
  • Choose Connect USB Storage.
  • Finally press Connect Storage to PC.

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Camera

How do I take a picture on my phone?

  • Select Camera from the Applications menu.
  • You’ll now be able to see through the camera lens. Press the Camera icon to take a picture.

How do I capture video?

  • Select Camera from the Applications menu.
  • This will take you to the main camera homescreen. If you’re holding your phone in landscape mode, slide down the toggle above the Capture button to switch to video mode.
  • The Capture button will now have a red dot in it. Tap this to start recording.
  • To stop recording, press the Capture button again.

How do I record a video in 1080p?

  • Make sure you’re in video camera mode by following the above steps.
  • In the bottom left corner of the screen you’ll see the Settings icon which looks like a cog. Press this to go to the main settings menu.
  • Tap Resolution.
  • To capture a video in 1080p, press the 1920 x 1080p option.

Where can I see the pictures/videos I have taken?

  • From the Applications menu, press Gallery.
  • Press Camera.
  • Tap on the thumbnail icon of the picture or video you want to view.

How do I delete a picture or video?

  • Go to Gallery from the Applications menu.
  • Choose Camera.
  • Open up the picture or video you want to delete.
  • Press the Menu key.
  • Select Delete.
  • Tap Confirm Deletions.

How many pictures can I take on my phone?

The Samsung Galaxy S II comes in 16GB and 32GB models, which can be further expanded by up to 32GB with a microSD card. As a rough guide, 4GB of internal memory can hold about 1,600 pictures so you’ll be able to take a lot more than that if you have an 16GB Samsung Galaxy S II. Of course, how many pictures you can take also depends on how much memory space you have left on your handset which can be taken up by videos and music for example.

What’s the longest video clip I can record?

Unlimited. It just depends on how much memory you have left.

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Messaging

How do I set up my email account?

  • Select Email from the Applications menu.
  • Enter your email address and password and tap Next.
  • Choose the type of account you want to set up. For a personal email account, select POP3 or IMAP (if you’re not sure what type of account you have, you can find out from your email service). If you’re setting up a business account, tap Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Get in touch with the IT guys at work to get all the details you need to set this up.
  • Enter your account details, tap Done and then press Next.
  • Choose your account options such as how frequently you’d like your phone to check for new emails.
  • Pick a name for your email account. Don’t forget to type in your name as this will be displayed on any email you send. You’re done!

How do I send an email?

  • Open your email inbox by selecting the Email icon from the Applications menu.
  • Tap the Menu key.
  • Press Compose.
  • Enter the recipients email address and enter a subject.
  • Write your email message.
  • When you’re ready, press Send.

How do I attach a file to an email?

  • Follow the above instructions to open a new email message.
  • Once you’ve entered your recipient’s details and written your message, press the Menu button.
  • Click Attach.
  • Tap on the file to attach it to the message. Press the x button to remove it.
  • Press Send.

How do I send a picture or video message?

  • Choose Messaging from the main menu.
  • Tap the New Message icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Enter the name or number of the person you’re sending your message to, then tap the text entry box.
  • Choose the paperclip icon and choose what type of file you want to send.
  • Once you’ve found the file you want to send, tap on it to attach it to your message.
  • If you chose the wrong file, press on it in the text area and tap the backspace key to delete it.
  • When you’re finished, hit the Send icon.

How do I delete a text message?

  • Open your text message inbox by selecting Messaging from the homescreen.
  • To delete an entire text message conversation, press the Menu key and choose Delete Threads.
  • Tick the boxes next to any conversations you want to delete.
  • Hit the Delete button and press OK to confirm.

How do I turn predictive text on or off?

  • Press the Menu key and tap Settings.
  • Select Language and Keyboard.
  • Choose Samsung Keypad.
  • To turn on predictive text, tick the XT9 box. To turn it off, un-tick this box.

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Media

How do I put music onto my device?

  • Follow the instructions in the Connectivity section to connect your Galaxy S II to your computer in Mass USB Storage mode.
  • From the pull-down notification bar, tap the USB Connected option.
  • Tap Connect USB Storage.
  • Drop the songs in the folder that appears on My Computer to transfer tracks to your phone.

How do I make a music playlist?

  • Go to Music from the Applications menu.
  • Select the Playlists icon.
  • Tap the Menu key and press Create.
  • Give your new playlist a name and tap Save.
  • Select the Add Music option and tick the songs that you want to add to your playlist.
  • Press Add.

To add a song to an existing playlist:

  • Select the Menu key.
  • Choose Add.
  • Tick the song that you want to add to the playlist.
  • Press Add.

To delete a song from an existing playlist:

  • Select the Menu key.
  • Press Remove.
  • Tick the song that you want to delete.
  • Choose Remove.

To delete a playlist:

  • Go to the main Playlist menu.
  • Tap the Menu key.
  • Press Delete.
  • Choose the playlist that you want to delete and press Delete.

What type of media files does my Samsung Galaxy S II support?
The Samsung Galaxy S II supports MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC music files and MP4, DivX, Xvid, WMV, H.263 and H.264 video files.

How many songs can my Samsung Galaxy S II hold?

1GB of memory can hold about 250 songs, although this can depend on how long each track is. So, with this in mind you can hold up to around 4,000 tracks if you have a 16GB version of the Galaxy S II. You’ll be able to create even more room for your tunes with the 32GB micro SD card slot too. Bear in mind that the amount of songs your Galaxy S II can hold depends on how many pictures and videos you have on it too so only take these figures as a rough estimate.

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Apps

Does my Samsung Galaxy S II have an app store?

Yes indeed. It comes with direct access to the Android Market and Samsung Apps.

How do I access the Android Market/Samsung Apps?

You can access both of them from the Applications menu. For the Android Market, tap the Market icon and for Samsung Apps, select the Samsung Apps button.

How do I download an app from the Android Market?

  • Go to the Android Market by selecting the Market icon in the Applications menu.
  • Sign-in to your Google account (or follow the steps to create one if you’re new to this) and you’ll then be able to browse through all-matter of apps.
  • When you’ve found one that tickles your fancy, click on the name of the app to find out more details like how much it costs and what it does.
  • If an app is free, just press the Free button, then hit OK to start the download.
  • If you have to pay for an app, press on the Price icon and follow the on-screen instructions to make a payment.
  • Once downloaded, the app will appear in your Applications menu.

How do I download an app from Samsung Apps?

  • Press the Samsung Apps icon from the Applications menu.
  • Agree to the Terms of Use and you’ll then be able to browse the categories to find an app.
  • Press on the name of an app to find out more information about it. To download it, press the Get icon.
  • You will then be asked if you want to install the app. Press Install to start the download.
  • Once downloaded, the app will appear in your Applications menu.

How do I delete an app?

  • Find the app that you want to delete in the Applications menu.
  • Press the Menu key.
  • Click Edit.
  • A small red line icon will appear next to each app you can delete (Samsung doesn’t let you delete some of the default ones y’see). Press this icon to open the delete option.
  • Press OK to delete the app.

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Internet

How do I connect to a Wi-Fi network on my Samsung Galaxy S II?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Choose Wireless and Network.
  • Tap Wi-Fi Settings.
  • To turn your Wi-Fi on, tick the Wi-Fi box.
  • A list of available networks will now appear. Choose the network that you want to connect to.
  • Enter the password to connect to the network if asked and then press Connect.

How do I sign into my social networking accounts?

The best way to get onto your social networking accounts on the go is to download the official Facebook and Twitter apps from the Android Market. You can also check the latest Facebook and Twitter feeds through the Social Hub, which you can access through the Applications menu.

How do I set up Social Hub?

  • Click the Social Hub icon in the Applications menu.
  • Press Setup Now.
  • Select what email account you use and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Do the same for what social networks and IM services you’d like to set up. Done!

How do I use Social Hub?

Once you’ve gone through the above steps to set up all your accounts, you’ll be able to use Social Hub to view all your messages and social networking updates in one place. To view status updates and whatnot, click Feeds or to go straight to your text message inbox, select Messages.

How do I open multiple windows on the web browser?

  • Go to Internet from the Applications menu.
  • Press the Menu key.
  • Select New Window.
  • To view the windows you have open, press the Menu key again and tap Windows.

To switch between tabs:

  • Press the Menu key when in the browser and click Windows.
  • Tap on the web page you want to open.

To close a tab:

  • Press the Menu key when in the browser and click Windows.
  • Tap the small - icon in the corner of each web page to close it.

How do I bookmark a web page?

  • Open up the Internet and press the Menu key.
  • Tap More.
  • Select Add Bookmark.
  • Check the details for the bookmark and press OK to save.
  • To view your bookmarks, tap the star icon next to the address bar in the browser.

How do I clear the cache of stored information on my browser?

  • Open up the Internet and press the Menu key.
  • Select More.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Press Clear Cache and confirm by choosing OK.

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