The Complete Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Guide

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Got a Samsung Galaxy S4 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.

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

Getting Started

What’s in the box?

In the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini box you will find:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini handset.
  • Battery.
  • Quick Start Guide.
  • Charger plug connector.
  • USB lead.
  • Earphones.
  • Earbuds.
  • Warranty Card.

How to insert your microSIM

Click here to read our feature on how to insert your microSIM card.

How to charge your phone

To get your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 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 Next to skip this section.
  • Tick the box next to Automatic Date And Time, then select time zone and tap 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.
  • Either Sign In to your Dropbox Account if you have one, or choose Create New Dropbox Account to create one, or tap Skip to skip this section.
  • Turn on the Key Features 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.

Software

What’s the latest software available for my phone?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini runs on Android Jelly Bean and this is currently the most recent version available.

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.

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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 Phones 4u 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
Click here to read our guide on how to set up a Google account on your phone.

How to set up social network feeds
Click here to read our guide on how to set up a social network feed on your phone.

Does my phone have an app store?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is serviced by the Google Play Store. Click here to find out more about smartphone app stores.

How to download an app

  • 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 delete 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 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.

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Camera and Multimedia

How to take a picture or video 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 or tap the camera icon to capture video.
  • To stop recording, tap the red button.

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