It can be intimidating to switch to a new phone, particularly when you’re entering a completely new ecosystem. The prospect of having to move all of those apps, images, contacts, and messages is enough to persuade many people to extend the life of their aging smartphone for another six months.
Fortunately, Samsung’s Smart Switch app has made the process of switching easy. Simply connect your old phone to your new Galaxy system using your charging cable and the convenient on-the-go adaptor, choose what you want to move, and Smart Switch will take care of the rest. To learn how to watch this video or download this step-by-step guide.
But what comes after that? What should you do first to set up your new Galaxy smartphone and begin using some of Samsung’s special productivity features?
Here are some steps to help you get started with your new Samsung smartphone. All of these tips take less than 30 minutes to set up and will help you save time while keeping your smartphone secure. If you finish all of them, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Galaxy smartphone expert.
Secure Your Device
Make sure your new smartphone is safe before you go out with it. Set up a PIN or password and register your fingerprint on your Galaxy smartphone to keep it secure.
You should have been prompted to do this during the setup process when you first turned on your phone, but if you missed it or just want to change your password, go to the Settings menu and tap “Lock screen.” Then, under “Screen lock sort,” select pattern, PIN, or password as your preferred choice. Choose a password that includes upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters for added protection.
Your biometrics can also be registered here or under the “Biometrics and protection” menu. Choose a biometric to use, which is usually either facial recognition or fingerprints. Then, to record your face or fingerprint, obey the prompts. When compared to facial recognition, fingerprinting provides a higher degree of security.
Make a Secured Folder
Secure Folder is similar to a file cabinet with a steel padlock securing it. It creates an encrypted folder on your phone to secure private content and applications that only you have access to.
Open the Settings menu and select “Biometrics and protection” to set up your Secure Folder. If you haven’t already done so, sign in to your Samsung account and choose from a number of Secure Folder unlock options, including PIN, password, facial recognition, and fingerprint.
You can begin moving your apps and content into your Secure Folder once it has been developed. Simply tap “Add apps” or “Add files” inside the Secure Folder and choose what you want to transfer into the folder. You can pick images to pass in from your Gallery app outside of the Secure Folder.
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Organizing Home screen
Take advantage of the opportunity after moving content to your new Galaxy smartphone to do some “spring cleaning” and organize your home screen. This is also a good opportunity to get a feel for the various customization choices if you’re new to Samsung and Android.
Long-press an app to delete it from the home screen, then pick “remove from phone” or “uninstall.” The apps will still be available in the apps tray if you pick “delete from home” (which you access by swiping up or down on your home screen). If you want to uninstall, the app will be deleted from your account, but it can still be reinstalled from Google Play later.
You can also use folders to organize a set of related apps. For example, you may want to group all of your social media apps into a single folder. Simply long-press an app and drag it onto another app to build a folder. This will build a folder for you; you can name it and even change the icon color of the folder icon.
You’ll probably want to make additional home screens if you have a lot of applications — the average American has more than 80. To do so, hold down the long press button on your home screen to bring up the customizer. To add a new screen, swipe left and tap the plus button. You can then drag applications from your home screen or the apps tray to your newly created home screen by long pressing on them. You can organize them as you want; some people choose to have all of their work apps on one screen and all of their personal apps on the other.
Last but not least, the home screen customizer allows you to customize your Wallpaper (the backdrop on your home and lock screens), Themes (app icon and typeface styling), Widgets (previews of items like weather forecasts or alarm clocks), and Home Screen Settings (for changing the layout and more). It’s a perfect way to give your new phone a personal touch.
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