How to Get Started Using S-Voice on the Galaxy S6

By Bill Hughes

S-Voice, an app that comes with the Galaxy S6, can handle some basic functions on your phone, including making a phone call, sending an e-mail or a text, searching the Internet, or even updating your Facebook status.

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To get started, all you need to do is tap the S-Voice icon. After you agree to the terms, including a pinky swear that you will use this app responsibly when you are driving, you get the pop-up screen shown here.

The S-Voice Start screen.

The S-Voice Start screen.

Now ask for what you want. Say you want to call someone.

In the old days, high-end mobile phones would require you to train the voice-recognition software to understand the basics of how you speak. No more. Just tell it who you want to call, by saying, “Call Bill.”

Be ready. In just a moment, it calls Bill. It’s that easy.

However, if you know several people named Bill, your phone asks you (in a semi-pleasant female voice) which “Bill” you want to call.

You may have heard of “Siri” on the iPhone. Siri responds to questions you ask it. The S-Voice app is the same idea, only it responds to the name “Galaxy.”

If you want to call Bill Boyce, a person from your contact list, say “Call Bill Boyce.” Within a moment, his phone rings.

A few pointers for using S-Voice. If you hesitate, S-Voice assumes that you are not ready to talk and goes into a sleep mode. To wake it up, just say “Hi, Galaxy.” It wakes up, ready to resume listening.