The Complete Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Guide

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Got a Samsung Galaxy S III Mini but not sure how to do something on it? Not to worry as we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide for all the things your handset is capable of.

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Getting Started

What’s in the box?

In the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini box you will find:

  • Samsung Galaxy S III Mini handset.
  • Charger.
  • Warranty card.
  • USB cable.
  • Earphones.
  • Spare earbuds.
  • Quick start guide.
  • Battery.
  • Samsung advert.

How to insert your SIM

  • Place the phone face down on a sturdy surface.
  • Use the groove at the top of the handset to loosen the back cover.
  • Peel back the cover and place to one side.
  • Use the groove at the bottom of the battery to lift and remove.
  • Take your SIM card and insert it into the SIM slot.
  • Replace the battery ensuring the gold connectors on the top left of the battery pack meet those on the phone.
  • Replace the back cover and click the tabs in around the edge to secure.

How to insert your microSD card

  • Place the phone face down on a sturdy surface.
  • Use the groove at the top of the handset to loosen the back cover.
  • Peel back the cover and place to one side.
  • Use the groove at the bottom of the battery to lift and remove.
  • Take your microSD card and insert it into the microSD slot.
  • Replace the battery ensuring the gold connectors on the top left of the battery pack meet those on the phone.
  • Replace the back cover and click the tabs in around the edge to secure.

How to charge your phone

  • Unravel USB charging cable.
  • Insert the small USB end into the USB slot on the bottom of the device.
  • Locate plug and insert plug connector into socket.
  • Flick socket switch to “On” position.

Or:

  • Unravel USB charging cable.
  • Insert the large end into USB slot on a laptop/PC.
  • Insert the small USB end into the USB slot on the bottom of the device.

How to set up your phone

  • Press the power button to switch on the device.
  • Select your chosen Language and tap Next.
  • Select a Wi-Fi network by tapping the network name or tap Skip to skip this section.
  • Tick the box next to Automatic Date And Time, then select time zone and press Next.
  • Either Sign In to your Samsung Account if you have one, or choose Create New Account to create one, or tap Skip to skip this section.
  • If you have a Google Account tap Yes to sign in, or tap No if you do not have one.
  • Tap Get An Account to create a Google account or tap Not Now to skip this section.
  • Tick the boxes to turn on Google Location services and tap the right hand arrow.
  • Input your first and last name and tap Done.
  • Tap Finish to complete set up.

How to change the language on your phone

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen up to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Language & Input.
  • Tap Language.
  • Tap the language you wish to use.

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Software

What’s the latest software available for my phone?

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini runs Android Jelly Bean overlaid with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
How to update your phone’s software

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap About Device.
  • Tap Software Update to check for updates.
  • Read the terms and conditions and tick the box to accept if you agree.
  • Tap Confirm and the device will automatically check for available software.

How to perform a factory reset

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the Homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Back Up And Reset.
  • Tap Factory Data Reset.
  • Tap Reset Device.
  • Tap Erase Everything.

Where can I get more help?

If you have any more questions about your phone’s 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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Accounts, Messaging and Applications

How to set up a Google account

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Add Account.
  • Tap Google.
  • If you have a Google account tap Existing, if not tap New.
  • Enter your first and last names and tap Done.
  • Enter your desired username and tap done.
  • Enter and re-enter your password and tap done.
  • Choose a security question from the drop down list.
  • Enter the answer to your chosen security question.
  • Enter an alternative recovery email address and tap done.
  • Join Google+ or tap Not Now.
  • Tick Web History option to turn on web history.
  • Tick Keep Me Up To Date to receive news and offers from Google Play.
  • Tap the right hand arrow.
  • Complete authentication Captcha and tap Done.
  • Tap Set Up Credit Card to enter payment details for Google Play, or tap Not Now to skip.
  • Tick the box to keep the phone backed up with Google and tap the right hand arrow.

How to set up an email account

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Add Account.
  • Tap Email.
  • Enter your email address and password in the relevant fields and tap Next.
  • Choose your Email peak and off-peak schedule frequencies from drop down lists and tap Next.
  • Tap to give your account a Name and choose your Email Name.
  • Tap Done.

How to send an email

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Email.
  • Tap the pen and paper icon in the top right corner of your email inbox.
  • Enter the recipient’s email address in the To field.
  • Enter the subject in the Subject field.
  • Enter your message in the white area below the subject field.
  • Tap the envelope icon in the top right corner of the screen to send your email.
How to send an email
How to send an attachment in an email
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Email.
  • Tap the pen and paper icon in the top right corner of your email inbox.
  • Enter the recipients email address in the To field.
  • Enter the subject in the Subject field.
  • Tap the Paperclip icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Select the type of file you wish to attach.
  • Tap the individual file you wish at attach.
  • If attaching an image select an appropriate image resize option.
  • Enter your message in the white area below the subject field.
  • Tap the envelope icon in the top right corner of the screen to send your email.
How to save an attachment
How to save an attachment
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Email.
  • Tap the email with the attachment you want to save.
  • Tap Attachment.
  • Tap the disk icon to save the attachment.
How to save an attachment
How to delete a mailbox
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Email.
  • Select the account that you wish to remove.
  • Tap Remove Account.
  • Tap Remove Account in the pop up window.
How to delete a mailbox
How to send a text message using your voice
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Messaging icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the pen and paper icon in the top right corner of the screen to create a new message.
  • Type the name or number of the recipient into the relevant field.
  • Tap and hold the cogwheel icon on the bottom left of the keyboard.
  • Tap the Microphone icon.
  • Speak your message into the device.
  • Tap Send.
How to send a text message using your voice
How to set up social network feeds
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Add Account.
  • Select which social network you want to set up and tap on its name.
  • Enter your login details and then tap Log In.

Does my phone have an app store?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini comes with access to the Google Play app store and Samsung Apps.

 

How to download an app

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Play Store icon.
  • Search for a specific app by tapping the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on the app you want to install.
  • Tap Install.
  • Confirm by tapping Accept and Download.

How to download an app from Samsung Apps

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Samsung Apps.
  • Press the Menu button on the bottom left corner of the handset.
  • Tap Sign In.
  • Tap Create New Account.
  • Type in your country or region, or scroll through the list to select it.
  • Read the terms and conditions and privacy policy, tick the box if you accept and tap Agree.
  • Fill in the new account form and tap Sign Up. You will now be sent an activation email to your selected email account.
  • Pull down the notification bar at the top of the screen.
  • Tap the email from Samsung Apps to open it.
  • In the email tap the Account Verification button.
  • Tap Confirm in the browser window that opens.
  • Press the home button.
  • Tap Samsung Apps.
  • Select the app you wish to download.
  • Tap Get.
  • Enter your account password and tap OK.
  • Tap Get.
  • Tap Accept And Download.

How to close an app

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Press and hold down the Home button.
  • Swipe the apps you wish to close to the left or right off the edge of the screen.

How to delete/uninstall an app

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Tap Application Manager.
  • Select the app you wish to uninstall.
  • Tap uninstall.
  • Tap OK to confirm.
  • Tap OK again once the uninstall process has completed.

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Connectivity and Internet

How to pair your phone with another Bluetooth device

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Move the Bluetooth slider to the ‘l’ position.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Tap the name of the device you wish to pair with.
  • Confirm the pairing request passkey and tap OK.

How to turn off Bluetooth
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Move the Bluetooth slider to the ‘O’ position.
How to turn off Bluetooth
Click here to see a video.
How to connect your phone to your computer
  • Unravel USB charging cable.
  • Insert large end into USB slot on a laptop/PC.
  • Insert small USB end into the USB slot on the bottom of the device.

How to setup Wi-Fi

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Move the Wi-Fi slider to the ‘l’ position.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Select the network you wish to connect to.
  • Enter any required passwords and tap OK.

How to setup a Wi-Fi Hotspot

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Tap More Settings.
  • Tap on Tethering and Portable Hotspot.
  • Move the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot slider to the ‘l’ position.
  • Tap OK to confirm.
  • Tap Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot to access settings.
  • Tap Configure at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Change your Device Name or Security Settings if you so wish.
  • Tap Save.

How to open a web page on the browser
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet icon.
How to open multiple pages
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet icon.
  • Tap Tap the Pages icon (it looks like two rectangles, one behind the other) next to the address bar at the top of the screen.
  • Tap the ‘+’ icon to open a new window.
How to open multiple pages
How to switch between web pages
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet icon.
  • Tap the Pages icon (it looks like two rectangles, one behind the other) next to the address bar at the top of the screen.
  • Scroll left or right until you reach the page you want to view and tap the page to open.
How to switch between pages
How to close a web page
  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet icon.
  • Tap the Pages icon (it looks like two rectangles, one behind the other) next to the address bar at the top of the screen.
  • Tap the ’-‘ icon in the top right hand corner of the page you wish to close.
How to close a web page
How to bookmark a web page
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet icon.
  • Navigate to the page you wish to bookmark.
  • Press the Menu button on the bottom left hand side of the handset and select Bookmark This Page
  • Enter a name for the bookmarked page and tap Save.
How to bookmark a page

How to monitor your data usage

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Tap Data Usage.

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Camera and Multimedia

How to take a picture

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Camera icon.
  • Compose your shot.
  • Tap the shutter button located at the bottom of the screen to capture your image.
How to take a picture
How to capture a video
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Camera icon.
  • Slide the tab next to the shutter button from Camera to Video mode.
  • Tap the red dot within the shutter button to start recording.
  • To stop recording, tap the shutter button again.
How to capture a video

How to turn the camera flash on and off

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Camera icon.
  • Tap the Flash icon (it looks like a lightning bolt) to open up Flash Settings.
  • Select On to turn the flash on.
  • Select Off to turn the flash off.
  • Select Auto Flash to use Auto Flash.

How to view the pictures you’ve taken

  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Gallery icon.
  • Select the camera folder.
How to view pictures
How to edit a photo
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Gallery icon.
  • Select the Camera folder.
  • Tap the image to be edited.
  • Press the Menu button at the bottom left hand side of the handset and select Edit.
  • Select Photo Editor.
  • Edit the image to your requirements.
  • Tap Save.
How to edit a photo
How to delete a photo or video
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Gallery icon.
  • Select the Camera folder.
  • Tap the image or video to be deleted.
  • Press the Menu button at the bottom left hand side of the handset and select Delete.
  • Tap OK to confirm.
How to delete a photo
How to send a photo or video message
  • Press the Home button and swipe the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Select the folder containing the image or video to be sent.
  • Select the image or video to be sent.
  • Tap the share button at the top of the screen.
  • Select Messaging from the available options.
  • Enter the name or number of the desired recipient in the relevant field.
  • Tap the Send icon.

How to send a photo message

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini supports:

  • MP3/AMR-NB/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA/OGG(Vorbis)/FLAC
  • H.264/MPEG-4/H.263/VC-1/WMV7/WMV8/Sorenson Spark/MP43/VP8

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