Cheat Sheet

Samsung Galaxy S 5 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Samsung Galaxy S5 For Dummies

By Bill Hughes

The new Samsung Galaxy S 5 smartphone comes loaded with features, and we can help you make the most of them. For example, you can add local weather information or monitor the latest stock prices and financial information. You can also find great tips on how to manage the shortcuts on your phone’s Home screen, and how to navigate the phone’s many features.

Localize the Weather Page on Your Samsung Galaxy S 5

Knowing the weather in Bellevue, WA is very important for the people who live there, but for those who live in Indianapolis, that information has less value. You can make sure the weather info that appears on your phone always pertains to you. To change the city for which you receive forecasts, do the following:

  1. Tap the AccuWeather.com link.

  2. Tap the Select City link to bring up the Edit City List screen.

  3. To add a city, tap the Add button to bring up the city search screen.

  4. When you find the city that you want, tap it.

Monitor the Finance Page on Your Samsung Galaxy S 5

From the Yahoo! Finance page, you can use your Samsung Galaxy S 5 to monitor the price of stocks or indices delayed by the standard 15-minute lag time that financial news organizations are obligated to use. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Y! Finance link.

  2. Tap Select Stock to add financial instruments, such as stocks, mutual funds, and stock indices.

  3. Tap the Add button to add stocks and then enter the name of the stock you’re interested is.

  4. Select the check box for what you want to see and then tap Save.

Add Shortcuts to the Home Screen of Your Galaxy S5

Your Samsung Galaxy S5 home screens are versatile; and you can add, move, or remove icons any time you wish. Among the items that you can add to your Home screen are:

  • Contacts that you can quickly call or text

  • Directions to a favorite place

  • Folders where you’ve stored Microsoft Office files

To get started, go to the Home screen and follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Menu.

  2. Tap Add.

  3. Tap Shortcuts.

  4. Tap the Shortcuts selection you want.

By tapping the option you want, you can add shortcuts until the pages of your extended Home screen are full. The shortcut is then placed on that page.

Taking a shortcut off your Home screen is simple. Press and hold on the screen until a garbage can icon appears at the top of the screen. Drag the doomed shortcut to the garbage can, and off it goes to its maker.

It is gone, but if you made a mistake, you can get it back easily enough. To re-create it, simply go to the App list, find the icon for the app you just deleted, and press and hold on it. It reappears on your Home screen.

Navigate Your Samsung Galaxy S5 Phone

Even if you’ve used a smartphone in the past, you’ll probably still need a bit of guidance to get around your Galaxy S 5. Here’s your guide to your phone’s buttons, its touchscreen, and the keyboard:

  • The Power button: The Power button is on the top-right side of the phone. Press it for a second, and the screen lights up. Press it for a second while the phone is on and the phone goes into sleep mode. To shut down the phone completely, simply press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. Then choose the Power Off option from the menu.

  • The Volume button(s): There are two Volume buttons located on the top-left side of the phone: one to increase the volume, and the other to lower it.

  • The touchscreen: The Galaxy S 5 phone offers one of the highest-resolution touchscreens, the Super AMOLED, on the market. It’s sensitive enough to allow you to move the screen carefully, but not so sensitive that it’s hard to manage.

  • The extended Home screen: This is the first screen that you see. You actually have several screens. The extended Home screen is where you can organize icons and other functions to make the phone convenient for you. You’ll find your extended Home screen has some apps already preloaded for you by Samsung and your cellular carrier. Here’s what you’ll find on your Home screen:

    • The notification area: The notification area is located at the top of the phone and presents you with small icons that let you know if something important is up, like low battery life.

    • The primary shortcuts: These five icons at the bottom of the screen remain stationary as you move across the Home screens. Samsung and your cellular carrier have determined that these are the most important applications on your phone.

  • The Device Function keys: These keys (Menu, Home, and Back) reside on the bottom of the phone and control essential phone functions, regardless of what else you have going on at the moment.

  • The keyboard: All Galaxy S phones come with a software keyboard. It pops up onscreen when you need to enter text. Otherwise, it goes away to give you the maximum amount of useful screen real estate.