The Complete Samsung Galaxy S4 Guide

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Got a Samsung Galaxy S4 but not sure how to do something on it? Not a problem as we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide of all the things that you can do on your handset.

Navigate using the links below or download the full guide by clicking the PDF logo. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then ask a question in the comments section and we’ll try our best to get you an answer.

Getting Started

What’s in the box?

In your Samsung Galaxy S4 box you will find:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 handset.
  • Quick Start Guide.
  • Warranty Card.
  • Earphones.
  • Different sized ear buds.
  • USB cable for charger.
  • Plug adaptor for charger.
  • Plug connector for charger.
  • Battery.

How to insert your microSIM

  • Place your phone face down on a sturdy surface.
  • Use the groove on the top left hand side to loosen the back cover.
  • Peel back the cover and place to one side.
  • Use the groove at the bottom right of the battery to lift and remove.
  • Take the SIM card and insert it chip down into the microSIM 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 your phone face down on a sturdy surface.
  • Use the groove on the top left hand side to loosen the back cover.
  • Peel back the cover and place to one side.
  • Take the microSD card and slide into the vessel to the left of the microSIM slot until it’s fully inserted.
  • Replace the back cover and click the tabs in around the edge to secure.

How to charge your phone

To get your Samsung Galaxy S4 set up and fully charged:

  • Unravel USB cable.
  • Take the plug adaptor and pull the pin out until you feel a click.
  • Take the two pin connector and slide it into the space on the plug.
  • Take large end of the USB cable and insert into plug connector.
  • Take small end of the USB cable and insert into charging port on the bottom of the device.
  • Insert plug connector and plug into wall.
  • Switch on.

Alternatively you can charge your device using your laptop. To do this:

  • Take large end of the USB cable and slot it into USB port on laptop.
  • Take small end and insert into charging port on the bottom of the device.

How to set up your phone

To set up your phone straight from the box:

  • 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 tap Next.
  • Tick the box that confirms you have read the User Agreement and tap I Agree.
  • 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.
  • Either Sign In to your Dropbox Account if you have one, or choose Create New Dropbox Account to create one, or tap No Thanks to skip this section.
  • Turn on the Gestures you want to use, or tap each to learn more about them and then tap Next.
  • Enter your device name and tap Finish to complete set up.

How to change the language on your phone

  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap My Device.
  • Scroll down and tap Language & Input.
  • Tap Language.
  • Tap the language you wish to use.
Change Language

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Software

What’s the latest software available for my phone?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Android Jelly Bean (version 2.2) overlaid with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

How to update your phone’s software                                                                      

  • Ensure that the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap More.
  • Tap About Device.
  • Tap Software Update.
  • Tap Update to check for updates.
  • If one is available, read the terms and conditions and tick the box to accept if you agree.
  • Tap Confirm and the device will automatically update your software.

How to perform a factory reset                                                                                 

  • Press the Power button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Accounts.
  • 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 on your phone

  • Press the Power button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Accounts.
  • 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 on your phone

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen to go to the Apps menu.
  • 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

  • Tap the pen and paper icon in the bottom left 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 attachment in an email

  • Tap the pen and paper icon in the bottom left 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 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.

Send Attachment

How to set up social network feeds                                                                     

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Accounts..
  • Tap Add Account.
  • Select which social network you want to set up.
  • Enter your login details tap Log In.

How to save an attachment

  • Tap the email to open it.
  • Tap Attachments.
  • Tap Save.

Save Attachment

How to delete a mailbox

  • Open the mailbox.
  • Tap the Menu button in the bottom left corner of the device.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap the dustbin icon in the top right hand corner of the device.
  • Select the account that you wish to remove.
  • Tap Delete
  • Tap Delete in the pop out menu to confirm.

Delete Mailbox

How to send a text message using your voice

  • Press the Home button and swipe across 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 Settings icon (it looks like a cog) on the bottom left of the keyboard.
  • Tap the Microphone icon.
  • Speak your message into the device.
  • Tap Send.

Does my phone have an app store?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with access to the Google Play app store and Samsung Apps.

How to download apps from Google Play

  • Press the Home button and swipe across 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

  • Tap 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.
  • Read the terms and conditions, 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 across 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.

Close Down Apps

How to delete/uninstall an app                                                            

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Tap More.
  • Tap Applications Manager.
  • Select the app you wish to uninstall.
  • Tap uninstall.
  • Tap OK to confirm.

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Connectivity and Internet

How to pair your phone with another Bluetooth device

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

How to remove a device from your Bluetooth pairing list

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Move the Bluetooth slider to the on position.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Tap the cog icon next to the name of the device which you wish to unpair from.
  • Tap Unpair.

Unpair Bluetooth

How to turn off Bluetooth           

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Move the Bluetooth slider to the off position.

 

How to connect your phone to my computer using the USB cable

  • Take large end of the USB cable and slot it into USB port on your computer.
  • Take small end and insert into charging port on the bottom of the device.

How to upload things to the cloud

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with Dropbox integration pre-installed. Keeping your photos, music, videos and documents in your Dropbox means you can access it from anywhere via the internet. You can also use it to back up all your stuff, so if you lose or break your mobile you’ll still have all your files. To save an image to your Dropbox account:

  • In the gallery view, long press on your chosen image.
  • Tap the Share icon near the top of screen.
  • Select share via Dropbox.

How to set up Wi-Fi

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

How to set up a Wi-Fi Hotspot

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Tap More Networks.
  • Tap on Tethering and Portable Hotspot.
  • Move the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot slider to the on 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.
  • Press Save.

How to update Maps

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Maps icon.
  • Tap the Menu button at the bottom left of the handset.
  • Choose Settings.
  • Tap What’s New, this will take you through to the Google Play store.
  • Select Update.
  • Tap Accept and Download.
  • Your Maps will now update.

Update Maps

How to open a web page on the browser

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet Browser icon.

How to open multiple pages

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet Browser 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 Plus icon to open a new window.
Multiple Web Pages

How to switch between open pages

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet Browser 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 close a page

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet Browser 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 circled red dash in the top right hand corner of the page you wish to close.

How to bookmark a web page

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap the Internet Browser icon.
  • Navigate to the page you wish to bookmark.
  • Tap the Menu button on the bottom left hand side of the handset and tap Add Bookmark.
  • Enter a name for the bookmarked page and tap Save.

Bookmark Webpage

How to monitor your data usage

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

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Camera and Multimedia

How to take a picture on your phone

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Camera.
  • Compose your shot.
  • Tap the shutter button located at the bottom of the screen to capture your image.

How to capture a video on your phone

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Camera.
  • 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 turn the camera flash on and off

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Camera.
  • Tap Settings (it looks like a cog).
  • 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.

Flash On

Where can I view the pictures/videos I’ve taken?

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Select the camera folder.
View Images

How to edit a photo

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Select the camera folder.
  • Tap the image to be edited.
  • Tap the Menu button at the bottom left hand side of the handset.
  • Scroll down and Edit the image to your requirements.
  • Tap Save.

Edit Image

How to delete a photo or video

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Select the camera folder.
  • Tap the image to be deleted.
  • Tap the dustbin icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap OK to confirm.

Delete Image

How to send a picture or video message

  • Press the Home button and swipe across 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.

Send Image

How to make a music playlist

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Play Music.
  • Select the Playlists tab.
  • Tap the Menu button at the bottom left hand side of the handset.
  • Tap create playlist.
  • Enter a name for the playlist and tap OK.

Create Playlist

How to add songs to a playlist

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Play Music.
  • Locate and select the song you would like to add to a playlist.
  • Tap the Menu button at the bottom left hand side of the handset.
  • Tap add to playlist.
  • Select the playlist that you would like add the song to.

Add To Playlist

How to delete a song

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Play Music.
  • Locate and then tap and hold the song you would like to delete.
  • Select Delete in the pop out Menu.
  • Tap OK to confirm.

Delete Song

How to delete a playlist

  • Press the Home button and swipe across the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Apps icon on the homescreen.
  • Tap Play Music.
  • Select the Playlists tab.
  • Locate and then tap and hold the playlist you would like to delete.
  • Select Delete in the pop out Menu.

Delete Playlist

What type of media files does my phone support?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 supports:

  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC
  • MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263

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