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Samsung Galaxy S6 for beginners: How to do all of the basics

Just got a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge? Here’s our simple guide to doing all of the basics, from getting your accounts set up to managing your apps and desktops.

Step one: How to insert your SIM card into the Samsung Galaxy S6

Your first action with your new Samsung Galaxy S6 should be inserting your SIM card in to the phone. Inside the Galaxy S6’s box, you’ll find a stabby pin device. You can use either this or an unfurled paperclip to gain access to the Galaxy S6’s SIM drawer, located on the right edge of the phone beneath the power button. Just insert the tip into the hole and gently push until the drawer pops open.

You’ll need to insert a nano SIM into the drawer, then close it back up again and you’re done. If you don’t have the correct size of SIM card, you’ll need to contact your network (Three, Vodafone or whoever else you pay your phone bill to) and ask them to send you one. Or, if you’re in a rush, you can just pop into a store and they’ll sort you out there and then.

Step two: How to set up your Samsung Galaxy S6

Next, turn on your Galaxy S6. Samsung’s handy tutorial will walk you through the setup process and it’s a good idea not to miss any steps if possible.

Make sure you connect to your home Wi-Fi network when prompted, as this will allow you to download apps and get online without blowing your mobile data allowance. You’ll also be asked to either log into your Google account, or sign up for one. Again, if you don’t have a Google account, it’s well worth signing up for one, as this allows you to download apps from the Google Play store. All you need to do is follow the instructions.

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Step three: How to manage your desktops on the Samsung Galaxy S6

When you’re all set up, the first thing you’ll see is your Galaxy S6’s main desktop, known as the home screen. You actually have a number of desktops, which you can fill with shortcuts to your favourite apps and useful ‘widgets’ – just swipe left and right across the screen with your finger to switch between them.

You’ll already have some apps and widgets sat there on your desktops when you boot up for the first time. To move them around, just hold your finger on one until you feel a vibration, then drag it to a new position. You can also remove it from your desktop by dragging it up to the ‘Remove’ box that appears at the top of the screen and releasing. Note that this doesn’t delete the app from the phone.

And if you drag one app onto another app (which causes a green box to appear around the second app) and then release, you’ll create a folder with those two apps as the contents. You can then add more apps by dragging them over the folder and releasing, to tidy up your desktops.

If you want to add an app shortcut to your desktop, just tap the ‘Apps’ icon in the bottom right and scroll left and right until you find the app you want. Then, press your finger on it and hold until the phone vibrates. You’ll be taken back to your home page and you’ll have the app beneath your finger still. Now just drag it to the spot where you want to drop it, and release your finger. You can move to a different desktop by dragging the app to the edge of the screen and waiting for the phone to swap desktop.

Step four: How to remove Flipboard from the Samsung Galaxy S6

If you swipe your finger right from the home screen, you’ll see that Flipboard is inhabiting an entire page, without your permission. If you don’t want the news feed to take up so much space on your Galaxy S6, here’s how to get rid of it.

All you need to do is find a spare bit of desktop space where you have no apps or widgets, and then press your finger on that spot and hold until the phone vibrates and the view zooms out. Now, flick your finger right until you’re on the Flipboard page. You should see a tick box above it. Tap that so the tick disappears and the page becomes shaded. Flipboard should now be gone from your desktops.

Step five: How to download apps onto the Samsung Galaxy S6

If you want to download more apps, tap the Google Play icon on your desktop and you’ll be taken to Google’s online store. You’ll need a Google account to download new apps, and if you haven’t already set up or signed into your Google account, you’ll be asked to do so now. Just follow the instructions.

If you’re after a specific app, type the name into the search bar at the top of Google Play. Otherwise, you can browse the catalogue by tapping the Apps button. There’s a chart of the most popular free and paid-for apps, which is a great place to start looking for new downloads.

When you find something you want, just tap on it and then tap ‘Install’ (if it’s free) or the price button if it’s paid-for. If you need to pay, make sure you’ve got your credit card details ready to go.

With that done, your app should download onto your phone. Just tap the ‘Apps’ icon in the bottom right of The Galaxy S6’s desktop and scroll right until you find it.

Step six: How to delete apps on the Samsung Galaxy S6

First, go to the phone’s settings by dragging down your finger from the top of the screen, to bring up the notifications menu. This is where any important messages pop up (emails, texts and other alerts), and you can also access the settings menu by tapping the cog icon at the top right corner of the screen.

In the settings menu, scroll down to Applications and give it a tap, then tap Application Manager. You will now see a long list of all of your downloaded apps. Choose the one you wish to remove and poke it. You should see a button labelled ‘Uninstall’, and the app will be removed from your Galaxy S6 by tapping that.

Bear in mind that you can’t remove most of the apps that come pre-installed on the Galaxy S6, including Samsung’s and Google’s own apps.

Step seven: How to change the lock screen and set up a password/register your fingerprints on the Samsung Galaxy S6

Go to the phone settings by dragging down the notifications bar from the top of the screen and tapping the cog icon. Scroll down the settings menu until you find ‘Lock screen and security’, then give that a tap.

From here you can set up your lock screen, which is the first thing you see when you wake your phone up by pushing the power button. We recommend starting by registering your fingerprints, for extra security. To do this, tap ‘fingerprints’ and follow the set-up process. You can then unlock your phone by pressing your registered finger against the Galaxy S6’s home button, just beneath the screen.

If you’d rather enter a password or PIN than use your fingerprint, just tap ‘Screen lock type’ at the top of the Lock screen and security menu instead. Then tap ‘PIN’ or ‘Password’ and enter your chosen code.

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