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Samsung Galaxy S10 For Dummies

Bill Hughes
Published: May 29, 2019


The bestselling guide to your new Samsung 

This book documents all the features and capabilities of Samsung Galaxy S10 device, approaching them from the point of view of a user who is intimidated by the technology and baffled by the documentation and online support that comes with the phones. All aspects of the suite of devices are covered, from setup and configuration, to extensive use of the phone features and capabilities:  texting, e-mailing, accessing the Internet, maps, navigation, camera and video, social networking, taking pictures, watching movies, downloading apps, synching with a PC, and expanding the phone's potential with new software releases.

The accessible and fun writing style provides clear direction and doesn't hinder the book's important content and coverage. Readers will keep this book close by, referring to it often as they explore the features of their new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone. 

  • Navigate your phone
  • Use mobile data technology
  • Send and receive messages
  • Have fun with apps 

If you’re baffled by the documentation and online support that comes with your phone, your solution is here!

The bestselling guide to your new Samsung 

This book documents all the features and capabilities of Samsung Galaxy S10 device, approaching them from the point of view of a user who is intimidated by the technology and baffled by the documentation and online support that comes with the phones. All aspects of the suite of devices are covered, from setup and configuration, to extensive use of the phone features and capabilities:  texting, e-mailing, accessing the Internet, maps, navigation, camera and video, social networking, taking pictures, watching movies, downloading apps, synching

with a PC, and expanding the phone's potential with new software releases.

The accessible and fun writing style provides clear direction and doesn't hinder the book's important content and coverage. Readers will keep this book close by, referring to it often as they explore the features of their new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone. 

  • Navigate your phone
  • Use mobile data technology
  • Send and receive messages
  • Have fun with apps 

If you’re baffled by the documentation and online support that comes with your phone, your solution is here!

Samsung Galaxy S10 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Your Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone allows you to do many of the same things as previous versions of the Galaxy. You can change the font size for texting conversations and take selfies. You can also access Galaxy applications while you’re talking on the S10. Use this Cheat Sheet as a handy reference for some of its popular functions.

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Your Video Options on the Samsung Galaxy S10

The Play Music app allows you to play music files on your Samsung Galaxy S10. Similarly, you use the Video Player app to play video options. The Video Player is in your Application list and might even be on your home page. In most ways, playing videos is the same as playing audio with some exceptions:

  • Many people prefer to buy music, but renting is more typical for videos.
  • Video files are usually, but not always, larger.
Otherwise, as with music files, you can acquire videos for your phone from an online video store — and you need to have an account and pay for the use. In addition, you can download video files to your phone, and the Video Player will play them like a DVD player. There is a great selection of videos on the
Google Play Store and Amazon Prime Video. Each of these has great video selections that you can rent or buy. The following figure shows the Home screens for the Google Play Store and Amazon Prime Video.

Using the three screens

If you have a subscription to Amazon Video, I hereby grant you permission to watch any and all of the Amazon Video options on your Galaxy S10 (once you sign in and comply with all the terms and conditions set forth by Amazon). Once you install the Amazon Prime Video app from the Play Store, sign in with the email and password associated with your account, and all the content is there for you to stream. It is that simple. If you don’t believe me, give it a try. If you take a look at the Amazon Prime Video home page on the Internet, seen in the following figure, it shows your options for access to the content to which you subscribe. The original term for this was called serving the three screens. Three screens referred to in the strategy included your television at home, your PC or laptop, and your smartphone. The idea is that you get one subscription and have access to the same content and, importantly, can pick up where you left off. So, if you’re watching a video on your television, you can pick up where you left off on your smartphone. Amazon Prime Video is taking this one step further to ensure as many of its subscribers as possible have access. If you have a Smart TV that has an Internet connection, the chances are that Amazon Prime Video will run on the TV. If you have an old and/or a dumb TV, you can get Amazon through streaming media players, game consoles, set-top boxes, or Blu-ray players. Amazon is not the only organization to do this. Many cable companies offer this kind of solution, as do many of the video subscription services. The mainstream video services compete with having a broad range within their libraries that seek to appeal to as many customers as possible. Keep in mind that there are specialty video providers that offer curated videos for their subscribers. For example, TeacherTube is a site dedicated to K-12 education, as seen in the following figure. If we continue down this path further, there are a great number of options for online education. Many of these sites do not consider themselves to be video aggregators, but that’s exactly what happens when they take recorded lectures and provide them to students. The best-known online education service is the University of Phoenix. There are dozens more online universities. Education is just one curated video service. Others exist for videos of Bollywood movies, British sitcoms, Portuguese game shows, and many other art forms.

How to view your own videos

You can watch any video you’ve shot on your phone. From the Google Play application, scroll over to the Personal Video section.

Your phone can show the following video formats: MPEG-4, WMV, AVI/DivX, MKV, and FLV.

To play your video, simply tap the name of the file. The app begins showing the video in landscape orientation. The controls that pop up when you tap the screen are similar to the controls of a DVD player.

The reality of virtual reality

Video games can be immersive, and a good movie can really suck you into its reality. The idea of virtual reality is to take this one step further. The basic idea behind virtual reality is to create a simulated world by having you wear a pair of goggles and presenting images that change the screen based upon movements of your head and body. We can explore the concept by taking it in steps. At the most basic level, you can use your phone with a pair of virtual reality goggles. Samsung is offering virtual reality goggles that are designed to work with your Galaxy S10. What you do is insert your Galaxy S10 into the goggles. Then you use the little remote next to the goggles to navigate to the application. The remote is very convenient because, without it, the only way to communicate with the screen is by turning your head to commands and then holding it there for a few seconds. That little device allows you to navigate the screen while the phone is inserted in the goggles. What happens is that your field of view is entirely taken up by the screen of your Galaxy S10. Imagine the most basic scenario, where the camera on the back of your phone shows you what is in front of you. This kind of experience is more or less comparable to using a pair of eyeglasses. When you walk forward, things come closer. When you look down, you see the floor. When you turn your head to the right or the left, you see things that were not in your range of vision. So far, this is not very interesting. So, let’s take it up a level. Now let’s let your phone and all its processing capacity and intelligence tell you what you’re looking at. You turn your head, and you see a picture. Presto chango, you see a little pop-up next to the picture that tells you that this is a print of Edward Hopper’s The Nighthawks. You look out the window, and a pop-up appears with current weather conditions and a forecast for today. Now you take your virtual reality goggles to the grocery store. As you get your cart, a familiar face comes up and starts talking. For the life of you, you cannot remember who this person is or how you know him. In just a moment, the face recognition system recognizes this person, and a pop-up identifies that this person is your old neighbor Bif Wellington. After chatting, you walk the store aisles looking for deals. You get a pop-up letting you know when this grocery is giving you a good deal on Honeycrisp apples, or if you can get them cheaper at the other store. This capability is called augmented reality. Let’s take it up another notch. Imagine a world where, instead of seeing a slightly modified version of your reality, you are transported to a beach. You can look around and see palm trees and jungles behind you. Why stay earthbound? You are virtually transported to the space around Mars. As you look around, it is as if you are there on Mars. The following figure looks like two images of the same planet. When your phone is inserted in the goggles, you get a 3-D image of the planet. You can also look around and navigate throughout the solar system. Trust me, this is a lot more convenient than space travel. Why stay in the mainstream opinion of what is reality? Now we can all have an “Alice through the Looking Glass” experience. You can grow and shrink and see all kinds of unusual visions which are limited by your imagination. There are some very, very cool demonstrations that leverage the capabilities of your phone. The Samsung offering comes at a great price compared to some of the other options out there. For that matter, you may have received the Samsung virtual reality goggles for free for preordering your phone. There are additional VR applications and content in the Play Store. This is a rapidly changing area of the Play Store where new content is constantly being added. Be sure to check the Play Store regularly. This should make your friends who own iPhone technology suitably jealous. What needs to happen is further application development to really take us to where this technology can go.

Some of us unfortunately have the unpleasant experience of what is called virtual-reality sickness. This is similar, but not identical, to seasickness and car sickness. The most common symptoms are nausea and headaches. If this happens to you, some of the medicines that help seasickness may help you avoid this unpleasant sensation. Some say it also helps to be seated when using virtual reality. Plus, symptoms tend to diminish over time as your brain gets used to this experience. If the symptoms are too severe, virtual reality may just not be for you.

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How to Use Samsung Pay on the Galaxy S10

The first step in the process is to make sure that you have Samsung Pay on your Galaxy S10. As cool as this app is, there are many options to this technology, and your carrier may have preferred to not have it preloaded. No problem. You can download applications from the Play Store. The Samsung Pay logo is seen here.

It is easy to confuse Samsung Pay and Google Pay. These are two different applications. Google Pay is nice, but it does not have the Magnetic Secure Transmission capability that allows you to use mobile payments at many more retailers.

The app page description is shown here. When you tap Install, you get the image on the right. The Samsung Pay app works a little different than most other apps. The first time you open Samsung Pay, you will be given information on how to use it and be asked to put in your credit card information (in a very convenient way, by the way) and asked all kinds of permissions and agreements. Once you have given all this information, Samsung Pay waits patiently at the bottom of your home pages, ready to meet your payment needs with nothing more than a quick swipe from the bottom of the screen. Most people would simply not use this app if they had to go digging through their screens to find the app. This way, you do not have to search to find the app and wait for it to come up. The following figure shows the Home screen with the Samsung Pay launch button sitting at the bottom ready to appear with a quick flick. The launch button is also there on the Lock screen, so you don’t even need to unlock your phone because you’ll be using the exact same security steps before you can use your credit card.

How to set up Samsung Pay

When you open the Samsung Pay app, you’re greeted with a series of pages before you get to the Home screen seen in the following figure. These pages include marketing introductions (which you don’t need because you read this article), permissions and agreements (which you should give if you want to move forward), and some pages that verify that Samsung Pay can work on your phone. The app wants to make sure that your phone has the right parts (your Galaxy S10 does, but that is not the case for every Android phone) and that you are in one of the 24 countries where Samsung Pay is accepted. You’re set if you’re in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, or China. You’re out of luck if you’re in, say, Yemen. Being in these countries is important for this app because each country has its own set of laws for payments, and Samsung may not have all the arrangements in place if you are not in one of these countries. New countries will be added as quickly as possible.

Read the agreements. In all likelihood, they are the same kind of agreements that exist in the fine print in your existing credit card and every time you sign your name to a credit card charge slip that affirms you won’t pull any shenanigans.

The next part of the initial setup process is to step through how you want to set up security. You have two security options when you are making a transaction: using your fingerprint or entering a PIN. There are a few scenarios where using a Samsung Pay PIN rather than a fingerprint might make sense. In most cases, using your fingerprint is exceptionally convenient. If you’ve already set biometric security options up in your phone, you see the following screen. If you haven’t set these up yet, the Samsung Pay application will walk you through the steps to do so. It’s quick and easy. The next step is to enter your credit card information. When you tap the link that says Add Payment Card, you will be taken to a screen that lets you take an image of your credit card. The left image is when the screen first comes up and the right image is when you have the desired credit card in the viewfinder. The app then interprets the information on the front of your credit card and populates as many screens as possible with your credit card information. It will ask you to fill out the form seen in the following figure if it can’t figure out the information on your card or the information is on the reverse side of the card.

Not every company that offers credit cards is signed up with Samsung Pay. You can check the Samsung website or tap the link in the figure to check before you proceed. Otherwise, just go ahead and see whether things go through.

Tap Next, and Samsung Pay will seek to confirm things with your credit card company. This does not cost you anything. It just wants to make sure that when you do make a charge, everything will flow smoothly. One of the things the company will want to verify is that you are authorized to use that credit card. This means that either you need to be the primary cardholder or you need to coordinate with that person.

Keep in mind that scanning your fingerprint and tapping your phone on a credit card reader has the same legal implications as actually signing a credit slip.

When the credit card company verifies that everything is on the up and up, you get an acknowledgement like the one shown.

How to use Samsung Pay

First, pick something to buy at a store. Have a clerk ring it up and tell him you will pay with a credit card. Swipe the screen upward. You see the screen seen here. Enter your fingerprint by pressing the icon, and you see a screen similar to the one shown here. As seen in the figure, you should either hold your phone against where the credit card reader would read the magnetic stripe or where there is the contactless payment system logo if it is available. The semicircle above your signature will start counting down, and your phone will vibrate to let you know that it is transmitting. You will hear a beep if it all goes through. If it fails for some reason, you can try again simply by reentering your security option.

This process works with the vast majority of credit card readers. This does not work well, however, with credit card readers where you insert your card into the machine and pull it out quickly. This type of reader is mostly used on gasoline pumps. Sorry.

How to manage Samsung Pay

As long as you pay your credit card bills and keep your credit card account at the bank, this app is relatively self-sufficient. Still, you will need to access the app settings from time to time. You get there by tapping the Samsung Pay logo on the app screen. To add a new credit or debit card, tap the Add link. Adding a second card is easy, and the images will stack up when above each other on this page. The quick launch link brings up whatever card is on the top. If you want to change to use a different credit card, you can flip through the options. You tap the three dots to get a pop-up for the settings of Samsung Pay and select Settings. The settings page is shown in the following figure. If you want to change the settings for or delete a credit card, all you have to do is tap on the Manager Favorite Cards link. All the information associated with that card will appear in the screen. Enjoy your spending!

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The Google Play Store: The Mall for Your Samsung Galaxy S10

The Play Store is set up and run by Google, mainly for people with Android phones. Adding an app to your phone is similar to adding software to your PC. In both cases, a new app (or software) makes you more productive, adds to your convenience, and/or entertains you for hours on end — sometimes for free. Not a bad deal. There are some important differences, however, between installing software on a PC and getting an app on a cellphone:

  • Smartphone apps need to be more stable than computer software because of their greater potential for harm. If you buy an app for your PC and find that it’s unstable (for example, it causes your PC to crash), sure, you’ll be upset. If you were to buy an unstable app for your phone, though, you could run up a huge phone bill or even take down the regional cellphone network. Can you hear me now?
  • There are multiple smartphone platforms. These days, it’s pretty safe to assume that computer software will run on a PC or a Mac or both. On the other hand, because of the various smartphone platforms out there, different versions within a given platform aren’t always compatible. The Play Store ensures that the app you’re buying will work with your version of phone.

How to get to the Google Play Store

You can access the Play Store through your Galaxy S10 phone’s Play Store app or through the Internet. The easiest way to access the Play Store is through the Play Store app on your
Galaxy S10 phone. The icon is shown in the following figure.

If the Play Store app isn’t already on your Home screen, you can find it in your Apps list. To open it, simply tap the icon.

When you tap the Play Store icon, you’re greeted by the screen looking something like what is shown. As new apps become available, the highlighted apps will change, and the Home page will change from one day to the next. In addition, the good folks at Google spend a lot of time thinking about what is the best way to help the hundreds of millions of Android users find the best application from the selection of 3.5 million apps. This is no small task. Some of those users are very experienced and know just what they want. Others are walking in the door for the first time while still others are just coming to browse and see whether anything strikes their fancy. The goal for Google is to make every user who comes in find what they want. The goal in this book is to give you enough information so that you can be comfortable downloading your first app and then comfortable finding other interesting apps as you become more familiar with the layout.

What’s available: shopping for Android apps

The panorama that exists for the Google Play home page is very extensive. You can swipe to the right a long way and you can swipe down dozens of levels.

Do not be surprised if you open up the Play Store home page one day and find that it has a completely different layout. Google tries different formats from time to time to solve one problem or another and keep things fresh. The chances are good that the lower level categories are still there, and you can find what you are looking for, even if the structure described is no longer exactly accurate.

The preceding figure shows several top-level categories (plus a few more that are off to the right):
  • Home: This is a catch-all category. It includes the apps for productivity, information, social connection, or enjoyment.
  • Games: Games are applications in which you’re are an active participant.
  • Movies & TV: The Google Play Store is a great source for video entertainment.
  • Music: Likewise, the Google Play Store is a great source for audio entertainment.
  • Books: This is the section for audiobooks and e-books. Audiobooks are the smartphone version of books on tape, where a person reads you the book. E-books allow you to use your smartphone as an e-reader.
  • Newsstand: This section is where you can subscribe to your favorite newspaper, magazine, or other periodical.

Navigating the Google Play home page

When you’ve decided that you want to look at apps, you see the following options when you tap the link for one of the top-level categories:
  • Top Charts: These are the best-selling apps. This is often a good indication that you may want to give it a try.
  • Family: If you’re looking for apps suitable for kids, go here.
  • Categories: This option takes you to a hierarchy of application types that is useful if you already know what you want to add. There is more on these different categories later in this chapter.
  • Editors’ Choice: While relying on sales volumes in Top Charts is one way to find apps you may find valuable, this section is curated, hopefully with people who think like you.
  • Early Access: Let’s say that you’ve reviewed 3.4 million apps, and you just haven’t found the right one for you. You can look at the apps that have just been added to the Google Play virtual shelves by accessing this section. These are the newest apps in the store.
Google is doing its best to help you find the app you need among its inventory of hundreds of thousands of choices. Today’s version of the Play Store has a link called Categories where you can start digging by app type.
  • Art & Design: These apps let you exercise the powerful graphics process to make some cool images, from the abstract to the practical, such as floorplans.
  • Augmented Reality: These apps give you the chance to use your camera lens and see things that are not there (in a good way).
  • Auto & Vehicles: We love our cars. These apps help you buy them for less, enjoy them more, and enjoy them for a longer time.
  • Beauty: These apps offer tips and techniques on how to look that much better.
  • Comics: These apps are meant to be funny. Hopefully, you find something that tickles your funny bone.
  • Communication: Yes, the Galaxy S10 phone comes with many communications apps, but these Play Store apps enhance what comes with the phone — for example, tools that automatically send a message if you’re running late to a meeting or text you if your kids leave a defined area.
  • Dating: This the modern way to meet that special someone, or at least someone more interesting that Saturday night TV.
  • Education: To quote Emil Faber, “Knowledge is good.”
  • Entertainment: Not games per se, but these apps are still fun: trivia, horoscopes, and frivolous noisemaking apps. (These also include Chuck Norris facts. Did you know that Chuck Norris can divide by 0?)
  • Finance: This is the place to find mobile banking apps and tools to make managing your personal finances easier.
  • Food & Drink: Here is the place to find the best restaurants and obtain the best recipes.
  • Health & Fitness: This is a category for all apps related to mobile medical apps, including calorie counters, fitness tracking, and tools to help manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes.
  • Lifestyle: This category is a catchall for apps that involve recreation or special interests, like philately or bird-watching.
  • Maps & Search: Many apps tell you where you are and how to get to where you want to go. Some are updated with current conditions, and others are based on static maps that use typical travel times.
  • Multimedia: The Galaxy S10 comes with music and video services, but nothing says you have to like them. You may prefer offerings that are set up differently or have a selection of music that isn’t available elsewhere.
  • News & Weather: You’ll find a variety of apps that allow you to drill down until you get just the news or weather that’s more relevant to you than what’s available on your extended Home screen.
  • Productivity: These apps are for money management (such as a tip calculator), voice recording (such as a stand-alone voice recorder), and time management (for example, an electronic to-do list).
  • Reference: These apps include a range of reference books, such as dictionaries and translation guides. Think of this section as similar to the reference section of your local library or bookstore.
  • Shopping: These apps give you rapid access to mobile shopping sites or allow you to do automated comparison shopping.
  • Social: These are the social networking sites. If you think you know them all, check here just to be sure. Of course, you’ll find Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest, but you’ll also find dozens of other sites that are more narrowly focused and offer apps for the convenience of their users.
  • Software Libraries: Computers of all sizes come with software libraries to take care of special functions, such as tools to manage ringtones, track app performance, and protect against malware.
  • Sports: You can find sports sites to tell you the latest scores and analyses in this part of the Play Store.
  • Themes: Your phone comes with color schemes, or This part of the Play Store offers a broader selection.
  • Tools: Some of these apps are widgets that help you with some fun capabilities. Others are more complicated and help you get more functionality from your phone.
  • Travel: These apps are useful for traveling, including handy items, such as currency translations and travel guides.
Then there are the curated categories, which change over time. The Google Play Store does its best to keep these categories fresh and customized for your needs and tastes.

The Play Store’s algorithms aren’t always perfect. For some reason, they keep showing me curated apps related to fashion, personal hygiene, and self-grooming. This has to be a mistake.

Many of your favorite websites are now offering apps that are purpose-built for your phone. You can use the full site with your high-resolution screen or use the mobile version. An alternative is to download the app for that website, and it will present the information you want from that website on your phone in a way that is even easier to access. In fact, when you enter a website, your phone will look to see if you have the corresponding app. If so, you phone automatically opens the app for you. Cool!

Navigating the Google Play games page

There are lots and lots of options for entertainment in this section, which you access by tapping the Games link shown in the preceding figure. They’re categorized as follows:
  • For You: This is Google, so they have computers that take what they know about you so far and make a list of what may appeal to you based on that information.
  • Top Charts: As with apps, these are the best sellers among games. It’s a good place to start.
  • New: This is like Early Access for apps, but for games.
  • Premium: These are the games that you can use for a price. Some are one-time fees; others involve ongoing charges. The benefit of paying for some game titles is that you don’t have to ignore ads. In other cases, the free games offer you just a taste of what you would get, and all the really cool things are only available when you pay the piper.
  • Categories: This option takes you to a hierarchy of application types — useful if you already know what you want to add. I offer more info on the different categories later in this chapter.
  • Family: This is an entire section for games to keep the kids happy.
Your Galaxy S10 phone takes interactive gaming to a new level. Games in this section of the Play Store fall into the following categories:
  • Arcade & Action: Think of games that are based on what you find in arcades: shooting games, racing games, and other games of skill and/or strategy.
  • Brain & Puzzle: Think crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other word or number games.
  • Cards & Casino: You can find an electronic version of virtually every card or casino game. (If you know of any game that’s missing, let me know so that I can write the app and sell it to the three people who play it.)
  • Casual: This crossover category includes simpler games, some of which are also arcade, action, or cards, but are distinguished by the ease with which you can pick them up, play them, and then put them down. Solitaire may be the most widespread example of a casual game.
  • Educational: Who says games can’t be educational, too? That would not include anyone who has browsed this section!
  • Music: Here are the music-based games you were looking for.
  • Racing: Who needs one of those game consoles to race cars when you have your S10?
  • Role Playing: This is the place to look if you want an immersive game that will take you to a new world.
  • Sports: You can find sports sites to tell you the latest scores or find you fantasy sports leagues.
  • Strategy: If you want to find how clever you are (or aren’t), strategy games are for you. Think chess or bridge, but on your S10.
  • Trivia: What was the name of the high school in Welcome Back, Kotter? Which is larger: the moon or Pluto? If these questions capture your imagination, this is your new favorite category.
  • Travel: These apps are useful for traveling, including handy items, such as currency translations and travel guides.
Below the subcategories are rows of curated game categories. If you find a row that you like, you can start scrolling to the right to see the options within that curated category. Hopefully, the curator thinks like you do and can offer you lots of suggestions. This is particularly handy if you’re not sure what you want.

Free apps are great. But don’t be afraid of buying any apps that you’re going to use frequently. Apps usually cost very little, and the extra features may be worth it. Some people have an irrational resistance to paying $1.99 monthly for something they use all the time. Frankly, this is a little silly. Let’s all be rational and be willing to pay a little bit for the services we use.