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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0" 2019 (Wi-Fi) User Manual (PIE)
USER MANUAL
SM-T290
SM-T295
SM-T297
English. 06/2019. Rev.1.0
www.samsung.com
Table of Contents
Basics
Apps and features
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Read me first
Device overheating situations and
solutions
Device layout and functions
Battery
SIM or USIM card (nano-SIM card)
(SM-T295, SM-T297)
Memory card (microSD card)
Turning the device on and off
Initial setup
Samsung account
Transferring data from your previous
device (Smart Switch)
Understanding the screen
Notification panel
Entering text
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Installing or uninstalling apps
Phone (SM-T295)
Contacts
Messages (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Internet
Email
Camera
Gallery
Multi window
Samsung Members
Samsung Notes
Calendar
My Files
Clock
Calculator
Kids Home
Sharing content
Google apps
Table of Contents
Settings
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105
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107
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108
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Introduction
Connections
80 Wi-Fi
82 Bluetooth
84 Data saver (SM-T295, SM-T297)
84 Mobile data only apps (SM-T295,
SM-T297)
85 Mobile Hotspot and Tethering
(SM-T295, SM-T297)
86 More connection settings
88 Sounds and vibration
88 Dolby Atmos (surround sound)
89 Notifications
89 Display
90 Night mode
91 Screensaver
91 Wallpaper
91 Lock screen
92 Smart Lock
93 Security
94 Accounts and backup
94 Users
97 Samsung Cloud
98 Google
99 Advanced features
99 Motions and gestures
100 Digital wellbeing
102 Device care
102 Optimising your device
103 Battery
104 Storage
104 Memory
105 Security
Apps
General management
Accessibility
Software update
User manual
About tablet
Appendix
109 Troubleshooting
115 Removing the battery
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Read me first
Please read this manual before using the device to ensure safe and proper use.
• Descriptions are based on the device’s default settings.
• Some content may differ from your device depending on the region, service provider,
model specifications, or device’s software.
• Content (high quality content) that requires high CPU and RAM usage will affect the
overall performance of the device. Apps related to the content may not work properly
depending on the device’s specifications and the environment that it is used in.
• Samsung is not liable for performance issues caused by apps supplied by providers other
than Samsung.
• Samsung is not liable for performance issues or incompatibilities caused by edited
registry settings or modified operating system software. Attempting to customise the
operating system may cause the device or apps to work improperly.
• Software, sound sources, wallpapers, images, and other media provided with this device
are licensed for limited use. Extracting and using these materials for commercial or other
purposes is an infringement of copyright laws. Users are entirely responsible for illegal
use of media.
• You may incur additional charges for data services, such as messaging, uploading and
downloading, auto-syncing, or using location services depending on your data plan. For
large data transfers, it is recommended to use the Wi-Fi feature. (SM-T295, SM-T297)
• Default apps that come with the device are subject to updates and may no longer be
supported without prior notice. If you have questions about an app provided with
the device, contact a Samsung Service Centre. For user-installed apps, contact service
providers.
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• Modifying the device’s operating system or installing softwares from unofficial sources
may result in device malfunctions and data corruption or loss. These actions are violations
of your Samsung licence agreement and will void your warranty.
• Depending on the region or service provider, a screen protector is attached for protection
during production and distribution. Damage to the attached screen protector is not
covered by the warranty.
• You can see the touchscreen clearly even in strong outdoor sunlight by automatically
adjusting the contrast range based on the surrounding environment. Due to the nature
of the product, displaying fixed graphics for extended periods may result in afterimages
(screen burn-in) or ghosting.
– – It is recommended not to use fixed graphics on part or all of the touchscreen for
extended periods and turn off the touchscreen when not using the device.
– – You can set the touchscreen to turn off automatically when you are not using it.
Launch the Settings app, tap Display → Screen timeout, and then select the length
of time you want the device to wait before turning off the touchscreen.
– – To set the touchscreen to automatically adjust its brightness based on the
surrounding environment, launch the Settings app, tap Display, and then tap the
Adaptive brightness switch to activate it.
• Depending on the region or model, some devices are required to receive approval from
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If your device is approved by the FCC,
you can view the FCC ID of the device. To view the FCC ID, launch the Settings app and
tap About tablet → Status.
• Depending on the region, you can view the regulatory information on the device. To
view the information, launch the Settings app and tap About tablet → Regulatory
information.
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Instructional icons
Warning: situations that could cause injury to yourself or others
Caution: situations that could cause damage to your device or other equipment
Notice: notes, usage tips, or additional information
Device overheating situations and solutions
When the device heats up while charging the battery
While charging, the device and the charger may become hot. During wireless charging or fast
charging, the device may feel hotter to the touch. This does not affect the device’s lifespan or
performance and is in the device’s normal range of operation. If the battery becomes too hot,
the charger may stop charging.
Do the following when the device heats up:
• Disconnect the charger from the device and close any running apps. Wait for the
device to cool down and then begin charging the device again.
• If the lower part of the device overheats, it could be because the connected USB
cable is damaged. Replace the damaged USB cable with a new Samsung-approved
one.
• When using a wireless charger, do not place foreign materials, such as metal objects,
magnets, and magnetic stripe cards, between the device and the wireless charger.
The wireless charging or fast charging feature is only available on supported models.
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When the device heats up during use
When you use features or apps that require more power or use them for extended periods,
your device may temporarily heat up due to increased battery consumption. Close any
running apps and do not use the device for a while.
The following are examples of situations in which the device may overheat. Depending on
the functions and apps you use, these examples may not apply to your model.
• During the initial setup after purchase or when restoring data
• When downloading large files
• When using apps that require more power or using apps for extended periods
– – When playing high-quality games for extended periods
– – When recording videos for extended periods
– – When streaming videos while using the maximum brightness setting
– – When connecting to a TV
• While multitasking (or, when running many apps in the background)
– – When using Multi window
– – When updating or installing apps while recording videos
– – When downloading large files during a video call
– – When recording videos while using a navigation app
• When using large amount of data for syncing with the cloud, email, or other accounts
• When using a navigation app in a car while the device is placed in direct sunlight
• When using the mobile hotspot and tethering feature
• When using the device in areas with weak signals or no reception
• When charging the battery with a damaged USB cable
• When the device’s multipurpose jack is damaged or exposed to foreign materials, such as
liquid, dust, metal powder, and pencil lead
• When you are roaming
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Do the following when the device heats up:
• Keep the device updated with the latest software.
• Conflicts between running apps may cause the device to heat up. Restart the device.
• Deactivate the Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth features when not using them.
• Close apps that increase battery consumption or that run in the background when
not in use.
• Delete unnecessary files or unused apps.
• Decrease the screen brightness.
• If the device overheats or feels hot for a prolonged period, do not use it for a while. If
the device continues to overheat, contact a Samsung Service Centre.
Precautions for device overheating
If you begin to feel uncomfortable due to the device overheating, stop using the device.
When the device heats up, the features and performance may be limited or the device may
turn off to cool down. The feature is only available on supported models.
• If the device overheats and reaches a certain temperature, a warning massage will appear
to prevent device failure, skin irritations and damages, and battery leakage. To lower the
device’s temperature, the screen brightness and the performance speed will be limited
and battery charging will stop. Running apps will be closed and all calling and other
features will be limited, except for emergency calls, until the device cools down.
• If the second message appears due to a further increase of the device’s temperature, the
device will turn off. Do not use the device until the device’s temperature drops below the
specified level. If the second warning message appears during an emergency call, the call
will not be disconnected by a forced shut down.
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Precautions for operating environment
Your device may heat up due to the environment in the following conditions. Use caution to
avoid shortening the battery’s lifespan, damaging the device, or causing a fire.
• Do not store your device in very cold or very hot temperatures.
• Do not expose your device to direct sunlight for extended periods.
• Do not use or store your device for extended periods in very hot areas, such as inside a
car in the summertime.
• Do not place the device in any areas that may overheat, such as on an electric heating
mat.
• Do not store your device near or in heaters, microwaves, hot cooking equipment, or high
pressure containers.
• Never use a damaged charger or battery.
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Device layout and functions
Package contents
Refer to the quick start guide for package contents.
• The items supplied with the device and any available accessories may vary
depending on the region or service provider.
• The supplied items are designed only for this device and may not be compatible
with other devices.
• Appearances and specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
• You can purchase additional accessories from your local Samsung retailer. Make
sure they are compatible with the device before purchase.
• Use only Samsung-approved accessories. Using unapproved accessories may cause
the performance problems and malfunctions that are not covered by the warranty.
• Availability of all accessories is subject to change depending entirely on
manufacturing companies. For more information about available accessories, refer
to the Samsung website.
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Device layout
Speaker (SM-T295)
Front camera
Earphone jack
Light sensor
SM-T295, SM-T297:
SIM card / Memory
card tray
SM-T290: Memory
card tray
Power key
Volume key
Touchscreen
Multipurpose jack
Microphone
GPS antenna
Main antenna
(SM-T295, SM-T297)
Rear camera
Speaker
Speaker
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• When using the speakers, such as when playing media files or using speakerphone,
do not place the device close to your ears.
• Be careful not to expose the camera lens to a strong light source, such as direct
sunlight. If the camera lens is exposed to a strong light source, such as direct
sunlight, the camera image sensor may be damaged. A damaged image sensor is
irreparable and will cause dots or spots in pictures.
• If you use the device with its glass or acrylic body broken, there may be a risk of
injury. Use the device only after it has been repaired at a Samsung Service Centre.
• Connectivity problems and battery drain may occur in the following situations:
– – If you attach metallic stickers on the antenna area of the device
– – If you attach a device cover made with metallic material to the device
– – If you cover the device’s antenna area with your hands or other objects while
using certain features, such as calls or the mobile data connection (SM-T295,
SM-T297)
• Using a Samsung-approved screen protector is recommended. Unapproved screen
protectors may cause the sensors to malfunction.
• Do not cover the light sensor area with screen accessories, such as a screen
protector or stickers. Doing so may cause the sensor to malfunction.
• Do not allow water to contact the touchscreen. The touchscreen may malfunction
in humid conditions or when exposed to water.
Hard keys
Power key
Volume key
Key
Power
Volume
Function
• Press and hold to turn the device on or off.
• Press to turn on or lock the screen.
• Press to adjust the device volume.
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Soft buttons
Home button
Recents button
Back button
When you turn on the screen, the soft buttons will appear at the bottom of the screen. The
soft buttons are set to the Recents button, Home button, and Back button by default. Refer to
Navigation bar (soft buttons) for more information.
Battery
Charging the battery
Charge the battery before using it for the first time or when it has been unused for extended
periods.
Use only Samsung-approved chargers, batteries, and cables. Unapproved chargers or
cables can cause the battery to explode or damage the device.
Connecting the charger improperly may cause serious damage to the device. Any
damage caused by misuse is not covered by the warranty.
To save energy, unplug the charger when not in use. The charger does not have a
power switch, so you must unplug the charger from the electric socket when not in
use to avoid wasting power. The charger should remain close to the electric socket
and easily accessible while charging.
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Connect the USB cable to the USB power adaptor.
Plug the USB cable into the device’s multipurpose jack.
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Plug the USB power adaptor into an electric socket.
After fully charging, disconnect the charger from the device. Then, unplug the charger
from the electric socket.
Reducing the battery consumption
Your device provides various options that help you conserve battery power.
• Optimise the device using the device care feature.
• When you are not using the device, turn off the screen by pressing the Power key.
• Activate power saving mode.
• Close unnecessary apps.
• Deactivate the Bluetooth feature when not in use.
• Deactivate auto-syncing of apps that need to be synced.
• Decrease the backlight time.
• Decrease the screen brightness.
Battery charging tips and precautions
• When the battery power is low, the battery icon appears empty.
• If the battery is completely discharged, the device cannot be turned on immediately
when the charger is connected. Allow a depleted battery to charge for a few minutes
before turning on the device.
• If you use multiple apps at once, network apps, or apps that need a connection to
another device, the battery will drain quickly. To avoid losing power during a data
transfer, always use these apps after fully charging the battery.
• Using a power source other than the charger, such as a computer, may result in a slower
charging speed due to a lower electric current.
• The device can be used while it is charging, but it may take longer to fully charge the
battery.
• If the device receives an unstable power supply while charging, the touchscreen may not
function. If this happens, unplug the charger from the device.
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• While charging, the device and the charger may heat up. This is normal and should not
affect the device’s lifespan or performance. If the battery gets hotter than usual, the
charger may stop charging. If this occurs during wireless charging, disconnect the device
from the charger to let it cool down, then charge the device again later.
• If you charge the device while the multipurpose jack is wet, the device may be damaged.
Thoroughly dry the multipurpose jack before charging the device.
• If the device is not charging properly, take the device and the charger to a Samsung
Service Centre.
SIM or USIM card (nano-SIM card) (SM-T295,
SM-T297)
Installing the SIM or USIM card
Insert the SIM or USIM card provided by the mobile telephone service provider.
• Use only a nano-SIM card.
• Use caution not to lose or let others use the SIM or USIM card. Samsung is not
responsible for any damages or inconveniences caused by lost or stolen cards.
Some services that require a network connection may not be available depending on
the service provider.
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Insert the ejection pin into the hole next to the tray to loosen the tray.
Ensure that the ejection pin is perpendicular to the hole. Otherwise, the device may
be damaged.
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4
Pull out the tray gently from the tray slot.
Place the SIM or USIM card on the tray with the gold-coloured contacts facing
downwards.
Gently press the SIM or USIM card into the tray to secure it.
If the card is not fixed firmly into the tray, the SIM card may leave or fall out of the tray.
5
Insert the tray back into the tray slot.
• If you insert the tray into your device while the tray is wet, your device may be
damaged. Always make sure the tray is dry.
• Fully insert the tray into the tray slot to prevent liquid from entering your device.
Correct card installation
Nano-SIM card
microSD card
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Memory card (microSD card)
Installing a memory card
Your device’s memory card capacity may vary from other models and some memory cards
may not be compatible with your device depending on the memory card manufacturer and
type. To view your device’s maximum memory card capacity, refer to the Samsung website.
• Some memory cards may not be fully compatible with the device. Using an
incompatible card may damage the device or the memory card, or corrupt the data
stored in it.
• Use caution to insert the memory card right-side up.
• The device supports the FAT and the exFAT file systems for memory cards. When
inserting a card formatted in a different file system, the device will ask to reformat
the card or will not recognise the card. To use the memory card, you must format it.
If your device cannot format or recognise the memory card, contact the memory
card manufacturer or a Samsung Service Centre.
• Frequent writing and erasing of data shortens the lifespan of memory cards.
• When inserting a memory card into the device, the memory card’s file directory
appears in the My Files → SD card folder.
► SM-T295, SM-T297:
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2
3
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5
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► SM-T290:
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Insert the ejection pin into the hole next to the tray to loosen the tray.
Ensure that the ejection pin is perpendicular to the hole. Otherwise, the device may
be damaged.
2
Pull out the tray gently from the tray slot.
When you remove the tray from the device, the mobile data connection will be
disabled. (SM-T295, SM-T297)
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4
Place a memory card on the tray with the gold-coloured contacts facing downwards.
Gently press the memory card into the tray to secure it.
If the card is not fixed firmly into the tray, the memory card may leave or fall out of the
tray.
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Insert the tray back into the tray slot.
• If you insert the tray into your device while the tray is wet, your device may be
damaged. Always make sure the tray is dry.
• Fully insert the tray into the tray slot to prevent liquid from entering your device.
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Removing the memory card
Before removing the memory card, first unmount it for safe removal.
Launch the Settings app and tap Device care → Storage → → Storage settings → SD
card → Unmount.
Do not remove external storage, such as a memory card or USB storage, while the
device is transferring or accessing information, or right after transferring data. Doing
so can cause data to be corrupted or lost or cause damage to the external storage or
device. Samsung is not responsible for losses, including loss of data, resulting from
the misuse of external storage devices.
Formatting the memory card
A memory card formatted on a computer may not be compatible with the device. Format the
memory card on the device.
Launch the Settings app and tap Device care → Storage → → Storage settings → SD
card → Format.
Before formatting the memory card, remember to make backup copies of all
important data stored in the memory card. The manufacturer’s warranty does not
cover loss of data resulting from user actions.
Turning the device on and off
Press and hold the Power key for a few seconds to turn on the device.
When you turn on your device for the first time or after performing a data reset, follow the
on-screen instructions to set up your device.
To turn off the device, press and hold the Power key, and then tap Power off.
Follow all posted warnings and directions from authorised personnel in areas where
the use of wireless devices is restricted, such as aeroplanes and hospitals.
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Restarting the device
To restart the device, press and hold the Power key, and then tap Restart.
If your device is frozen and unresponsive, press and hold the Power key and the Volume
Down key simultaneously for more than 7 seconds to restart it.
Power key
Volume Down key
Initial setup
When you turn on your device for the first time or after performing a data reset, follow the
on-screen instructions to set up your device.
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2
Turn on the device.
Select your preferred device language and select
Select a language.
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Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
The Home screen will appear.
If you do not connect to a Wi-Fi network, you may not be able to set up some device
features during the initial setup.
Samsung account
Your Samsung account is an integrated account service that allows you to use a variety of
Samsung services provided by mobile devices, TVs, and the Samsung website.
To check the list of services that can be used with your Samsung account, visit
account.samsung.com. For more information on Samsung accounts, launch the Settings app
and tap Accounts and backup → Accounts → Samsung account → → Help.
Creating a Samsung account
If you do not have a Samsung account, you should create one. You can create a Samsung
account using your email address.
1
Launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Accounts → Add account →
Samsung account.
Alternatively, launch the Settings app and tap
2
3
.
Tap Create account.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete creating your account.
Signing in to your Samsung account
If you already have a Samsung account, sign in to your Samsung account.
1
Launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Accounts → Add account →
Samsung account.
Alternatively, launch the Settings app and tap
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3
Enter your Samsung account ID and password and tap Sign in.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete signing in to your Samsung account.
Finding your ID and resetting your password
If you forget your Samsung account ID or password, tap Find ID or Reset password on the
Samsung account sign-in screen. You can find your ID or reset your password after you enter
the required information.
Removing your Samsung account
When you remove your Samsung account from the device, your data, such as contacts or
events, will also be removed.
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3
Launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Accounts.
Tap Samsung account → → Remove account.
Tap Remove, enter your Samsung account password, and then tap OK.
Transferring data from your previous device
(Smart Switch)
You can use Smart Switch to transfer data from your previous device to your new device.
Launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Smart Switch.
• This feature may not be supported on some devices or computers.
• Limitations apply. Visit www.samsung.com/smartswitch for details. Samsung
takes copyright seriously. Only transfer content that you own or have the right to
transfer.
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Transferring data wirelessly
Transfer data from your previous device to your device wirelessly via Wi-Fi Direct.
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On the previous device, launch Smart Switch.
If you do not have the app, download it from Galaxy Store or Play Store.
On your device, launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Smart
Switch.
Place the devices near each other.
On the previous device, tap Send data → Wireless.
On the previous device, select an item to transfer and tap Send.
On your device, tap Receive.
Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer data from your previous device.
After the data is done transferring, you can view a list of the transferred data on your
device.
Backing up and restoring data using external storage
Transfer data using external storage, such as a microSD card.
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4
Back up data from your previous device to external storage.
Insert or connect the external storage device to your device.
On your device, launch the Settings app and tap Accounts and backup → Smart Switch
→ → Restore.
Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer data from external storage.
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Understanding the screen
Controlling the touchscreen
• Do not allow the touchscreen to come into contact with other electrical devices.
Electrostatic discharges can cause the touchscreen to malfunction.
• To avoid damaging the touchscreen, do not tap it with anything sharp or apply
excessive pressure to it with your fingertips.
• It is recommended not to use fixed graphics on part or all of the touchscreen for
extended periods. Doing so may result in afterimages (screen burn-in) or ghosting.
• The device may not recognise touch inputs close to the edges of the screen, which
are outside of the touch input area.
• It is recommended to use fingers when you use the touchscreen.
Tapping
Tap the screen.
Tapping and holding
Tap and hold the screen for approximately
2 seconds.
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Dragging
Tap and hold an item and drag it to the
target position.
Double-tapping
Double-tap the screen.
Swiping
Swipe upwards, downwards, to the left, or
to the right.
Spreading and pinching
Spread two fingers apart or pinch on the
screen.
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Navigation bar (soft buttons)
When you turn on the screen, the soft buttons will appear on the navigation bar at the
bottom of the screen. The soft buttons are set to the Recents button, Home button, and Back
button by default. The functions of the buttons can change according to the app currently
being used or usage environment.
Home button
Recents button
Button
Back button
Function
Recents
Home
Back
• Tap to open the list of recent apps.
• Tap to return to the Home screen.
• Tap and hold to launch the Google Assistant app.
• Tap to return to the previous screen.
Hiding the navigation bar
View files or use apps on a wider screen by hiding the navigation bar.
Launch the Settings app, tap Display → Navigation bar, and then tap Full screen gestures
under Navigation type. The navigation bar will be hidden and the gesture hints will appear
where the soft buttons are located. To use the soft buttons, drag the gesture hint of the
desired button upwards.
If you want to hide the gesture hints at the bottom of the screen, tap the Gesture hints
switch to deactivate it.
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Home screen and Apps screen
The Home screen is the starting point for accessing all of the device’s features. It displays
widgets, shortcuts to apps, and more.
The Apps screen displays icons for all apps, including newly installed apps.
The screen may appear differently depending on the region or service provider.
A widget
Screen indicator
Favourite apps
Navigation bar (soft buttons)
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Switching between Home and Apps screens
On the Home screen, swipe upwards or downwards to open the Apps screen.
To return to the Home screen, swipe upwards or downwards on the Apps screen.
Alternatively, tap the Home button or the Back button.
Home screen
Apps screen
If you add the Apps button on the Home screen, you can open the Apps screen by tapping
the button. On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, tap Home screen settings, and
then tap the Apps button switch to activate it. The Apps button will be added at the bottom
of the Home screen.
Apps button
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Display the screen in landscape mode
Rotate the device until it is horizontal to view the screen in landscape mode.
Moving items
Tap and hold an item, and then drag it to a new location. To move the item to another panel,
drag it to the side of the screen.
To add a shortcut to an app on the Home screen, tap and hold an item on the Apps screen,
and then tap Add to Home. A shortcut to the app will be added on the Home screen.
You can also move frequently used apps to the shortcuts area at the bottom of the Home
screen.
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Creating folders
Create folders and gather similar apps to quickly access and launch apps.
On the Home screen or the Apps screen, tap and hold an app, and then drag it over another
app.
A new folder containing the selected apps will be created. Tap Enter folder name and enter a
folder name.
• Adding more apps
Tap Add apps on the folder. Tick the apps to add and tap Add. You can also add an app
by dragging it to the folder.
• Moving apps from a folder
Tap and hold an app to drag it to a new location.
• Deleting a folder
Tap and hold a folder, and then tap Delete folder. Only the folder will be deleted. The
folder’s apps will be relocated to the Apps screen.
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Editing the Home screen
On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, or pinch your fingers together to access
the editing options. You can set the wallpaper, add widgets, and more. You can also add,
delete, or rearrange Home screen panels.
• Adding panels: Swipe to the left, and then tap
.
• Moving panels: Tap and hold a panel preview, and then drag it to a new location.
• Deleting panels: Tap
on the panel.
• Wallpapers: Change the wallpaper settings for the Home screen and the locked screen.
• Widgets: Widgets are small apps that launch specific app functions to provide
information and convenient access on your Home screen. Tap and hold a widget, and
then drag it to the Home screen. The widget will be added on the Home screen.
• Home screen settings: Configure settings for the Home screen, such as the screen grid or
layout.
Displaying all apps on the Home screen
Without using a separate Apps screen, you can set the device to display all apps on the
Home screen. On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, and then tap Home screen
settings → Home screen layout → Home screen only → Apply.
You can now access all your apps by swiping to the left on the Home screen.
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Indicator icons
Indicator icons appear on the status bar at the top of the screen. The icons listed in the table
below are most common.
• The status bar may not appear at the top of the screen in some apps. To display the
status bar, drag down from the top of the screen.
• Some indicator icons appear only when you open the notification panel.
Icon
Meaning
No signal (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Signal strength (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Roaming (outside of normal service area) (SM-T295, SM-T297)
GPRS network connected (SM-T295, SM-T297)
EDGE network connected (SM-T295, SM-T297)
UMTS network connected (SM-T295, SM-T297)
HSDPA network connected (SM-T295, SM-T297)
HSPA+ network connected (SM-T295, SM-T297)
/
LTE network connected (LTE-enabled models) (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Wi-Fi connected
Bluetooth feature activated
Location services being used
Call in progress (SM-T295)
Missed call (SM-T295)
New text or multimedia message (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Alarm activated
Mute mode activated
Vibration mode activated
Flight mode activated
Error occurred or caution required
Battery charging
Battery power level
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Lock screen
Pressing the Power key turns off the screen and locks it. Also, the screen turns off and
automatically locks if the device is not used for a specified period.
To unlock the screen, swipe in any direction when the screen turns on.
If the screen is off, press the Power key to turn on the screen. Alternatively, double-tap the
screen.
Locked screen
Changing the screen lock method
To change the screen lock method, launch the Settings app, tap Lock screen → Screen lock
type, and then select a method.
When you set a pattern, PIN, or password for the screen lock method, you can protect your
personal information by preventing others from accessing your device. After setting the
screen lock method, the device will require an unlock code whenever unlocking it.
• Swipe: Swipe in any direction on the screen to unlock it.
• Pattern: Draw a pattern with four or more dots to unlock the screen.
• PIN: Enter a PIN with at least four numbers to unlock the screen.
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Basics
• Password: Enter a password with at least four characters, numbers, or symbols to unlock
the screen.
• None: Do not set a screen lock method.
You can set your device to perform a factory data reset if you enter the unlock code
incorrectly several times in a row and reach the attempt limit. Launch the Settings
app, tap Lock screen → Secure lock settings, unlock the screen using the preset
screen lock method, and then tap the Auto factory reset switch to activate it.
Screen capture
Capture a screenshot while using the device.
Press and hold the Volume Down key and the Power key simultaneously. Captured
screenshots will be saved in Gallery.
It is not possible to capture a screenshot while using some apps and features.
Notification panel
When you receive new notifications, indicator icons appear on the status bar. To see more
information about the icons, open the notification panel and view the details.
To open the notification panel, drag the status bar downwards. To close the notification panel,
swipe upwards on the screen.
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Basics
You can use the following functions on the notification panel.
Search for content or apps
stored on your device.
Quick setting buttons
Launch Settings.
View the notification details
and perform various actions.
Clear all notifications.
Access the notification
settings.
Using quick setting buttons
Tap quick setting buttons to activate certain features. Swipe downwards on the notification
panel to view more buttons.
To change feature settings, tap the text under each button. To view more detailed settings,
tap and hold a button.
To rearrange buttons, tap → Button order, tap and hold a button, and then drag it to
another location.
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Basics
Entering text
Keyboard layout
A keyboard appears automatically when you enter text to send emails, create notes, and
more.
Text entry is not supported in some languages. To enter text, you must change the
input language to one of the supported languages.
View more keyboard
functions.
Additional keyboard functions
Delete a preceding character.
Break to the next line.
Enter uppercase. For all caps,
tap it twice.
Move the cursor.
Enter symbols.
Enter a space.
Changing the input language
Tap → Languages and types → Manage input languages and select the languages to
use. When you select two or more languages, you can switch between the input languages
by swiping to the left or right on the space key.
Changing the keyboard
To change the keyboard type, tap → Languages and types, select a language, and then
select the keyboard type you want.
Additional keyboard functions
•
: Predict words based on your input and show word suggestions. To return to the
keyboard functions list, tap .
•
: Enter emoticons.
•
: Enter stickers.
•
: Attach animated GIFs.
This feature may not be available depending on the region or service provider.
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Basics
•
: Switch to handwriting mode.
Switch to the standard
keyboard.
•
: Change the keyboard mode or size.
•
: Enter text by voice.
•
: Change the keyboard settings.
•
View information about
editing handwriting.
→
: Open the text editing panel.
Copying and pasting
1
2
3
4
Tap and hold over text.
Drag
or
to select the desired text, or tap Select all to select all text.
Tap Copy or Cut.
Tap and hold where the text is to be inserted and tap Paste.
Dictionary
Look up definitions for words while using certain features, such as when browsing webpages.
1
2
3
Tap and hold over a word that you want to look up.
Tap Dictionary on the options list.
If a dictionary is not preinstalled on the device, tap Move to Manage dictionaries, tap
next to a dictionary, and then tap INSTALL to download it.
View the definition in the dictionary pop-up window.
To switch to the full screen view, tap . Tap the definition on the screen to view more
definitions. In the detailed view, tap to add the word to your favourite words list or tap
Search Web to use the word as a search term.
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Apps and features
Installing or uninstalling apps
Galaxy Store
Purchase and download apps. You can download apps that are specialised for Samsung
Galaxy devices.
Launch the Galaxy Store app.
This app may not be available depending on the region or service provider.
Installing apps
Browse apps by category or tap
to search for a keyword.
Select an app to view information about it. To download free apps, tap INSTALL. To purchase
and download apps where charges apply, tap the price and follow the on-screen instructions.
To change the auto update settings, tap → Settings → Auto update apps, and
then select an option.
Play Store
Purchase and download apps.
Launch the Play Store app.
Installing apps
Browse apps by category or search for apps by keyword.
Select an app to view information about it. To download free apps, tap INSTALL. To purchase
and download apps where charges apply, tap the price and follow the on-screen instructions.
To change the auto update settings, tap
then select an option.
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→ Settings → Auto-update apps, and
Apps and features
Managing apps
Uninstalling or disabling apps
Tap and hold an app and select an option.
• Uninstall: Uninstall downloaded apps.
• Disable: Disable selected default apps that cannot be uninstalled from the device.
Enabling apps
Launch the Settings app, tap Apps →
→ Disabled, select an app, and then tap Enable.
Setting app permissions
For some apps to operate properly, they may need permission to access or use information
on your device. When you open an app, a pop-up window may appear and request access to
certain features or information. Tap Allow on the pop-up window to grant permissions to the
app.
To view your app permission settings, launch the Settings app and tap Apps. Select an app
and tap Permissions. You can view the app’s permissions list and change its permissions.
To view or change app permission settings by permission category, launch the Settings app
and tap Apps → → App permissions. Select an item and tap the switches next to apps to
grant permissions.
If you do not grant permissions to apps, the basic features of the apps may not
function properly.
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Apps and features
Phone (SM-T295)
Introduction
Make or answer voice and video calls.
Making calls
1
2
3
Launch the Phone app and tap Keypad.
Enter a phone number.
Tap
to make a voice call, or tap
to make a video call.
Access additional options.
Add the number to the
contacts list.
Search for a contact.
Preview the phone number.
Delete a preceding character.
Making calls from call logs or contacts list
Launch the Phone app, tap Recents or Contacts, and then swipe to the right on a contact or
a phone number to make a call.
If this feature is deactivated, launch the Settings app, tap Advanced features → Motions
and gestures, and then tap the Swipe to call or send messages switch to activate it.
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Using speed dial
Set speed dial numbers to quickly make calls.
To set a number to speed dial, launch the Phone app, tap Keypad or Contacts → → Speed
dial numbers, select a speed dial number, and then add a phone number.
To make a call, tap and hold a speed dial number on the keypad. For speed dial numbers 10
and up, tap the first digit(s) of the number, and then tap and hold the last digit.
For example, if you set the number 123 as a speed dial number, tap 1, tap 2, and then tap and
hold 3.
Making calls from the locked screen
On the locked screen, drag
outside the circle.
Making calls by searching for nearby places
You can easily make calls to places near your current location by searching for their
information. You can search for nearby places by category, such as restaurants or stores, or by
selecting recommended hot places.
Launch the Phone app, tap Places, and then select a category or tap and enter a business
name in the search field. Or, select one from the recommended hot places. The business’s
information, such as its phone number or address, will appear.
Making an international call
1
2
3
Launch the Phone app and tap Keypad.
Tap and hold 0 until the + sign appears.
Enter the country code, area code, and phone number, and then tap
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Apps and features
Receiving calls
Answering a call
When a call comes in, drag
outside the large circle.
Rejecting a call
When a call comes in, drag
outside the large circle.
To send a message when rejecting an incoming call, drag the Send message bar upwards
and select a message to send.
To create various rejection messages, launch the Phone app, tap → Settings → Quick
decline messages, enter a message, and then tap .
Missed calls
If a call is missed, the
icon appears on the status bar. Open the notification panel to view
the list of missed calls. Alternatively, launch the Phone app and tap Recents to view missed
calls.
Blocking phone numbers
Block calls from specific numbers added to your block list.
1
2
Launch the Phone app and tap → Settings → Block numbers.
Tap Recents or Contacts, select contacts or phone numbers, and then tap Done.
To manually enter a number, tap Add phone number, enter a phone number, and then
tap .
When blocked numbers try to contact you, you will not receive notifications. The calls will be
logged in the call log.
You can also block incoming calls from people that do not show their caller ID. Tap the
Block unknown callers switch to activate the feature.
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Options during calls
During a voice call
The following actions are available:
•
: Access additional options.
• Record: Record a call conversation.
• Hold call: Hold a call. Tap Resume call to retrieve the held call.
• Bluetooth: Switch to a Bluetooth headset if it is connected to the device.
• Speaker: Activate or deactivate the speakerphone. When using the speakerphone, keep
the device away from your ears.
• Mute: Turn off the microphone so that the other party cannot hear you.
• Keypad / Hide: Open or close the keypad.
•
: End the current call.
During a video call
Tap the screen to use the following options:
•
: Access additional options.
• Camera: Turn off the camera so that the other party cannot see you.
• Switch: Switch between the front and rear cameras.
•
: End the current call.
• Mute: Turn off the microphone so that the other party cannot hear you.
• Speaker: Activate or deactivate the speakerphone. When using the speakerphone, keep
the device away from your ears.
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Adding a phone number to Contacts
Adding a phone number to Contacts from the keypad
1
2
3
4
Launch the Phone app and tap Keypad.
Enter the number.
Tap Add to Contacts.
Tap Create contact to create a new contact, or tap Update existing to add the number to
an existing contact.
Adding a phone number to Contacts from the calls list
1
2
3
Launch the Phone app and tap Recents.
Tap a phone number and tap Add.
Tap Create contact to create a new contact, or tap Update existing to add the number to
an existing contact.
Adding a tag to a phone number
You can add tags to numbers without saving them to Contacts. This allows you to view the
caller’s information when they call without having them listed in Contacts.
1
2
3
Launch the Phone app and tap Recents.
Tap a phone number.
Tap Add tag, enter a tag, and then tap Add.
When a call comes from that number, the tag will show under the number.
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Contacts
Introduction
Create new contacts or manage contacts on the device.
Adding contacts
Creating a new contact
1
2
3
Launch the Contacts app and tap
.
Select a storage location and tap Select.
Enter contact information.
Select a storage location.
Add an image.
Enter contact information.
Open more information fields.
Depending on the selected storage location, the types of information you can save
may vary.
4
Tap Save.
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Importing contacts
Add contacts by importing them from other storages to your device.
1
2
3
4
Launch the Contacts app and tap
→ Import.
→ Manage contacts → Import/export contacts
Select a storage location to import contacts from.
Tick VCF files or contacts to import and tap Done.
Select a storage location to save contacts to and tap Import.
Syncing contacts with your web accounts
Sync your device contacts with online contacts saved in your web accounts, such as your
Samsung account.
1
2
Launch the Settings app, tap Accounts and backup → Accounts, and then select the
account to sync with.
Tap Sync account and tap the Contacts switch to activate it.
For the Samsung account, tap → Sync settings and tap the Contacts switch to activate
it.
Searching for contacts
Launch the Contacts app.
Use one of the following search methods:
• Scroll up or down the contacts list.
• Drag a finger along the index at the right side of the contacts list to scroll through it
quickly.
• Tap
at the top of the contacts list and enter search criteria.
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Tap the contact. Then take one of the following actions:
•
: Add to favourite contacts.
•
/
•
: Compose a message. (SM-T295, SM-T297)
•
: Compose an email.
: Make a voice or video call. (SM-T295)
Sharing contacts
You can share contacts with others by using various sharing options.
1
2
3
Launch the Contacts app, tap at the top of the contacts list, and then tap Share.
Select contacts and tap Share.
Select a sharing method.
Saving and sharing profile (SM-T295)
Save and share your profile information, such as your photo and status message, with others
using the profile sharing feature.
• To use this feature, you must sign in to your Samsung account.
• The profile sharing feature may not be available depending on the region or
service provider.
• The profile sharing feature is only available for contacts who have activated the
profile sharing feature on their device.
1
2
Launch the Contacts app and select your profile.
Tap Tap here to share your profile and tap the switch to activate it.
• To use the profile sharing feature, your phone number must be verified. You can view
your contacts’ updated profile information in Contacts.
• To change the scope of contacts to share your profile with, tap Select what’s shared,
select an item to share, and then select an option.
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Creating groups
You can add groups, such as family or friends, and manage contacts by group.
1
2
3
4
Launch the Contacts app and tap
→ Groups → Create group.
Enter a group name.
To set a group ringtone, tap Group ringtone and select a ringtone. (SM-T295)
Tap Add member, select contacts to add to the group, and then tap Done.
Tap Save.
Sending a group message (SM-T295, SM-T297)
You can send a group message to a group’s members at the same time.
Launch the Contacts app, tap → Groups, and then select a group. Tap at the top of the
contacts list and tap Send message.
Merging duplicate contacts
When you import contacts from other storages, or sync contacts with other accounts, your
contacts list may include duplicate contacts. Merge duplicate contacts into one to streamline
your contacts list.
1
2
Launch the Contacts app and tap
→ Manage contacts → Merge contacts.
Tick contacts and tap Merge.
Deleting contacts
1
2
Launch the Contacts app, tap at the top of the contacts list, and then tap Delete.
Select contacts and tap Delete.
To delete contacts one by one, tap a contact. Then tap → Delete.
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Apps and features
Messages (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Introduction
Send and view messages by conversation.
Sending messages
You may incur additional charges for sending messages when you are roaming.
1
2
Launch the Messages app and tap
.
Add recipients and enter a message.
To record and send a voice message, tap and hold , say your message, and then
release your finger. The recording icon appears only while the keyboard is hidden.
Recipient
Enter recipients.
Enter a message.
Send the message.
Attach files.
3
Tap
to send the message.
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Viewing messages
Messages are grouped into message threads by contact.
You may incur additional charges for receiving messages when you are roaming.
1
2
Launch the Messages app.
On the messages list, select a contact or a phone number.
• To reply to the message, tap Enter message, enter a message, and then tap
.
• To adjust the font size, spread two fingers apart or pinch on the screen.
Blocking unwanted messages
Block messages from specific numbers added to your block list.
1
2
Launch the Messages app, tap at the top of the messages list, and then tap Settings →
Block numbers and messages → Block numbers.
Tap Inbox and select a contact or a phone number. Or, tap Contacts, select contacts, and
then tap Done.
To manually enter a number, enter a phone number under Enter number and tap
.
Setting the message notification
You can change notification sound, display options, and more.
1
2
Launch the Messages app, tap at the top of the messages list, tap Settings →
Notifications, and then tap the switch to activate it.
Change the notification settings.
Setting a message reminder
You can set an alert at an interval to let you know that you have unchecked notifications. If
this feature is not activated, launch the Settings app, tap Accessibility → Advanced settings
→ Notification reminders, and then tap the switch to activate it.
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Deleting messages
1
2
3
4
Launch the Messages app.
On the messages list, select a contact or a phone number.
Tap and hold a message, then tap Delete.
To delete multiple messages, tick messages you want to delete.
Tap Delete.
Internet
Introduction
Browse the Internet to search for information and bookmark your favourite webpages to
access them conveniently.
Browsing webpages
1
2
3
Launch the Internet app.
Tap the address field.
Enter the web address or a keyword, and then tap Go.
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Apps and features
To view the toolbars, drag your finger downwards slightly on the screen.
Bookmark the current
webpage.
Refresh the current webpage.
Move between pages.
Access additional options.
Close the tab.
View your bookmarks.
Open a new tab.
Open the homepage.
Using secret mode
In secret mode, you can separately manage open tabs, bookmarks, and saved pages. You can
lock secret mode using a password.
Activating secret mode
Tap → Turn on Secret mode. If you are using this feature for the first time, set whether to
use a password for secret mode.
In secret mode, the device will change the colour of the toolbars.
In secret mode, you cannot use some features, such as screen capture.
Changing security settings
You can change your password.
Tap
→ Settings → Privacy and security → Secret mode settings → Change password.
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Deactivating secret mode
Tap
→ Turn off Secret mode.
Email
Setting up email accounts
Set up an email account when opening Email for the first time.
1
2
3
Launch the Email app.
On the list, select an email service or tap Other.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
To set up another email account, tap
→
→ Add account.
If you have more than one email account, you can set one as the default account. Tap
→ → Set default account.
→
Sending emails
1
2
3
Tap
to compose an email.
Add recipients and enter a subject line and text.
Tap
to send the email.
Reading emails
When Email is open, the device will automatically retrieve new emails. To manually retrieve
emails, swipe downwards on the top of the emails list.
Tap an email on the screen to read it.
If email syncing is disabled, new emails cannot be retrieved. To enable email syncing,
→ → your account name, and then tap the Sync account switch to
tap
activate it.
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Apps and features
Camera
Introduction
Take photos and record videos using various modes and settings.
Camera etiquette
• Do not take photos or record videos of other people without their permission.
• Do not take photos or record videos where legally prohibited.
• Do not take photos or record videos in places where you may violate other people’s
privacy.
Launching Camera
Use the following methods to launch Camera:
• Launch the Camera app.
• On the locked screen, drag
outside the circle.
• Some methods may not be available depending on the region or service provider.
• Some camera features are not available when you launch the Camera app from the
locked screen while the screen lock method is set.
• If photos you take appear blurry, clean the camera lens and try again.
Taking photos
1
Tap the image on the preview screen where the camera should focus.
• Spread two fingers apart on the screen to zoom in, and pinch to zoom out.
• To adjust the brightness of photos, tap the screen. When the adjustment bar appears,
drag on the adjustment bar towards or .
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2
Tap
to take a photo.
Camera settings
Options for current shooting
mode
Switch between the front and
rear cameras.
Take a photo.
Preview thumbnail
Current mode
Shooting modes
• The preview screen may vary depending on the shooting mode and which camera
is being used.
• The camera automatically shuts off when unused.
• Make sure that the lens is not damaged or contaminated. Otherwise, the device
may not work properly in some modes that require high resolutions.
• Your device’s camera features a wide-angle lens. Minor distortion may occur in
wide-angle photos or videos and does not indicate device performance problems.
Locking the focus (AF) and exposure (AE)
You can lock the focus or exposure on a selected area to prevent the camera from
automatically adjusting based on changes to the subjects or light sources.
Tap and hold the area to focus, the AF/AE frame will appear on the area and the focus and
exposure setting will be locked. The setting remains locked even after you take a photo.
This feature is available only in Photo or Pro modes.
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Photo mode
The camera adjusts the shooting options automatically depending on the surroundings to
capture photos easily.
On the shooting modes list, tap Photo and tap
to take a photo.
Taking selfies
You can take self-portraits with the front camera.
1
2
3
4
On the shooting modes list, tap Photo.
On the preview screen, swipe upwards or downwards, or tap
camera for self-portraits.
to switch to the front
Face the front camera lens.
Tap
to take a photo.
Applying filter and beauty effects
You can select a filter effect and modify facial features, such as your skin tone or face shape,
before taking a photo.
1
2
On the preview screen, tap
.
Select a filter effect or beauty effects and take a photo.
Video mode
The camera adjusts the shooting options automatically depending on the surroundings to
record videos easily.
1
2
3
On the shooting modes list, tap Video.
Tap
to record a video.
To capture an image from the video while recording, tap
Tap
to stop recording the video.
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Apps and features
Changing the screen ratio for a video
On the preview screen, tap
and select a screen ratio.
Live focus mode
Take photos that focus on the face by blurring the background.
• Use this feature in a place that has sufficient light.
• The background blur may not be applied properly in the following conditions:
– – The device or the subject is moving.
– – The subject has a similar colour to the background.
1
2
On the shooting modes list, tap Live focus.
Tap
to take a photo.
To adjust the intensity of the blur effect, drag the background blur adjustment bar to the
left or right to adjust the blur level.
Background blur adjustment
bar
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Using shooting modes
To change the shooting mode, drag the shooting modes list to the left or right, or swipe to
the left or right on the preview screen.
Select a shooting mode you want.
Shooting modes list
Pro mode
Capture photos while manually adjusting various shooting options, such as exposure value
and ISO value.
On the shooting modes list, tap Pro. Select options and customise the settings, and then tap
to take a photo.
Available options
•
: Select an ISO value. This controls camera light sensitivity. Low values are for
stationary or brightly lit objects. Higher values are for fast-moving or poorly lit objects.
However, higher ISO settings can result in noise in photos.
•
: Select an appropriate white balance, so images have a true-to-life colour range. You
can set the colour temperature.
•
: Change the exposure value. This determines how much light the camera’s sensor
receives. For low-light situations, use a higher exposure.
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HDR mode
Take photos with rich colours and reproduce details even in bright and dark areas.
On the shooting modes list, tap HDR.
Panorama mode
Using panorama mode, take a series of photos and then stitch them together to create a wide
scene.
To get the best shots using panorama mode, follow these tips:
• Move the camera slowly in one direction.
• Keep the image within the frame on the camera’s viewfinder. If the preview
image is out of the guide frame or you do not move the device, the device will
automatically stop taking photos.
• Avoid taking photos of indistinct backgrounds, such as an empty sky or a plain
wall.
1
2
3
On the shooting modes list, tap Panorama.
Tap
and move the device slowly in one direction.
Tap
to stop taking photos.
Stickers mode
Apply stickers to your photos.
On the shooting modes list, tap Stickers.
Continuous shot mode
Take a series of photos of moving subjects.
On the shooting modes list, tap Continuous shot.
Tap and hold
to take several photos continuously.
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Customising camera settings
Options for current shooting mode
On the preview screen, use the following options.
The available options may vary depending on the shooting mode.
•
: Select the length of the delay before the camera automatically takes a photo.
•
: Select an aspect ratio for photos.
•
: Apply a filter effect or beauty effects.
•
: Select an aspect ratio for videos.
•
: Select a metering method. This determines how light values are calculated.
Centre-weighted uses the light in the centre portion of the shot to calculate the
exposure of the shot. Spot uses the light in a concentrated centre area of the shot to
Matrix averages the entire scene.
calculate the exposure of the shot.
Camera settings
On the preview screen, tap
shooting mode.
. Some options may not be available depending on the
Pictures
• Pictures as previewed: Set the device to save photos as they appear on the preview
screen when taken with the front camera without flipping them.
Videos
• Rear video size: Select a resolution for videos you want to take with the rear camera.
Using a higher resolution will result in higher quality videos, but they will take up more
memory.
• Front video size: Select a resolution for videos you want to take with the front camera.
Using a higher resolution will result in higher quality videos, but they will take up more
memory.
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Useful features
• Grid lines: Display viewfinder guides to help composition when selecting subjects.
• Location tags: Attach a GPS location tag to the photo.
• GPS signal strength may decrease in locations where the signal is obstructed,
such as between buildings or in low-lying areas, or in poor weather conditions.
• Your location may appear on your photos when you upload them to the
Internet. To avoid this, deactivate the location tag setting.
• Camera modes: View available shooting modes or edit the shooting modes list.
• Storage location: Select the memory location for storage. This feature will appear when
you insert a memory card.
• Shooting methods: Select additional shooting methods for taking a photo or recording
a video.
• Reset settings: Reset the camera settings.
• Contact us: Ask questions or view frequently asked questions.
• About Camera: View the Camera app version and legal information.
Gallery
Introduction
View images and videos stored in your device. You can also manage images and videos by
album or create stories.
Viewing images
1
Launch the Gallery app and tap Pictures.
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Select an image.
Access additional options.
Add the image to favourites.
Image and video thumbnail
Delete the image.
Modify the image.
Share the image with others.
You can create an animated GIF or collage from multiple images. On the list, tap →
Create GIF or Create collage, and then select images.
Searching for images
Launch the Gallery app and tap
locations, or documents.
to view images sorted by category, such as types,
To search for images by entering keywords, tap the search field.
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Viewing videos
1
2
3
Launch the Gallery app and tap Pictures.
Select a video to play.
Tap Play video to play the video.
Display your
videos.
Capture the
current screen.
Access additional
options.
Rewind or
fast-forward by
dragging the bar.
Create an
animated GIF.
Switch to the
pop-up video
player.
Change the
screen ratio.
Rotate the
screen.
Lock the
playback screen.
Skip to the next
video. Tap and
hold to
fast-forward.
Skip to the
previous video.
Tap and hold to
rewind.
Pause and
resume playback.
Drag your finger up or down on the left side of the playback screen to adjust the brightness,
or drag your finger up or down on the right side of the playback screen to adjust the volume.
To rewind or fast-forward, swipe to the left or right on the playback screen.
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Viewing the details of images and videos
While viewing an image or on the video preview screen, drag upwards on the screen. File
details will appear.
You can also view related content by tapping information on the screen.
Edit information.
File details
People
information
Location
information
Auto created
content
Tags
Viewing photos or videos by category
You can view photos and videos by category.
Launch the Gallery app, tap Pictures or Albums, and then drag the list downwards to select a
category.
• Videos: View the videos saved in your device.
• Favourites: View your favourite photos and videos.
• Locations: View photos and videos taken in the same location.
• Suggested: View recommended content.
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Viewing albums
You can view your images and videos sorted by folders or albums.
Launch the Gallery app, tap Albums, and then select an album.
Hiding albums
You can hide albums.
You cannot hide albums created by default, such as the Camera and Screenshots
albums.
1
2
3
Launch the Gallery app and tap Albums.
Tap → Hide or unhide albums.
Tap an album switch to hide.
Viewing stories
When you capture or save images and videos, the device will read their date and location
tags, sort the images and videos, and then create stories. To create stories automatically, you
must capture or save multiple images and videos.
Launch the Gallery app, tap Stories, and then select a story.
Creating stories
Create stories with various themes.
1
2
3
4
Launch the Gallery app and tap Stories.
Tap → Create story.
Enter a title for the story and tap Create.
Tick images or videos to include in the story and tap Done.
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To add images or videos to a story, select a story and tap → Add.
To remove images or videos from a story, select a story, tap → Edit, tick images or videos to
remove, and then tap Remove from story.
Deleting stories
1
2
Launch the Gallery app and tap Stories.
Tap and hold a story to delete, and tap Delete.
Deleting images or videos
1
2
3
Launch the Gallery app.
Select an image or a video to delete.
To delete multiple files, tap and hold a file to delete on the list and tick more files to
delete.
Tap
or Delete.
Using the recycle bin feature
You can keep the deleted images and videos in the recycle bin. The files will be deleted after a
certain period.
Launch the Gallery app, tap → Settings, and then tap the Recycle bin switch to activate it.
To view files in the recycle bin, launch the Gallery app and tap → Recycle bin.
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Apps and features
Multi window
Introduction
Multi window lets you run two apps at the same time in the split screen view. You can also run
multiple apps at the same time in the pop-up view.
Some apps may not support this feature.
Split screen view
Pop-up view
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Split screen view
1
2
3
Tap the Recents button to open the list of recently used apps.
Swipe to the left or right, tap an app’s icon, and then tap Open in split screen view.
The selected app will launch in the upper window.
On the lower window, swipe left or right to select another app to launch.
To launch apps not on the list of recently used apps, tap the Home button or Back button
and select an app.
Adjusting the window size
Drag the bar between the app windows up or down to adjust the size of the windows.
When you drag the bar between the app windows to the top or bottom edge of the screen,
the window will be maximised.
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Pop-up view
1
2
Tap the Recents button to open the list of recently used apps.
Swipe to the left or right, tap an app’s icon, and then tap Open in pop-up view.
The app screen will appear in the pop-up view.
Minimise the
window.
Maximise the
window.
Close the app.
Adjust the
transparency
level.
Moving pop-up windows
To move a pop-up window, tap the window’s toolbar and drag it to a new location.
Samsung Members
Samsung Members offers support services to customers, such as device problem diagnosis,
and lets users submit questions and error reports. You can also share information with others
in the Galaxy users’ community or view the latest Galaxy news and tips. Samsung Members
can help you solve any problems you might encounter while using your device.
To submit your feedback or post your comments, you must sign in to your Samsung
account. Refer to Samsung account for more information.
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Apps and features
Samsung Notes
Create notes by entering text from the keyboard or by handwriting or drawing on the screen.
You can also insert images or voice recordings into your notes.
Creating notes
1
2
Launch the Samsung Notes app and tap
.
Select an input method from the toolbar at the top of the screen and compose a note.
Enter text using the keyboard.
Insert an image or a voice
recording.
Write or draw with pens.
Paint with brushes.
3
When you are finished composing the note, tap Save.
Deleting notes
1
2
3
Launch the Samsung Notes app.
Tap and hold a note to delete.
To delete multiple notes, tick more notes to delete.
Tap Delete.
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Calendar
Manage your schedule by entering upcoming events or reminders in your planner.
Creating events
1
2
Launch the Calendar app and tap
or double-tap a date.
If the date already has saved events or tasks in it, tap the date and tap
.
Enter event details.
Enter a title.
Change the event's colour.
Set the duration.
Select a calendar to save the
event to.
Set an alarm.
Enter the location.
Add a note.
Add more details.
3
Tap Save to save the event.
Creating reminders
You can create tasks as reminders and receive notifications at the preset time or location for
each reminder. Launch the Calendar app and tap → Reminder.
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Syncing events with your accounts
1
2
Launch the Settings app, tap Accounts and backup → Accounts, and then select the
account to sync with.
Tap Sync account and tap the Calendar switch to activate it.
For the Samsung account, tap → Sync settings and tap the Calendar switch to activate
it.
To add accounts to sync with, launch the Calendar app and tap → → Add new
account. Then, select an account to sync with and sign in. When an account is added, a blue
circle is displayed next to the account name.
My Files
Access and manage various files stored in the device or in other locations, such as cloud
storage services.
Launch the My Files app.
View files that are stored in each storage.
To check for unnecessary data and free up the device’s storage, tap → Storage analysis.
To search for files or folders, tap
.
Clock
Introduction
Set alarms, check the current time in many cities around the world, time an event, or set a
specific duration.
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Alarm
Launch the Clock app and tap Alarm.
Setting alarms
Tap in the alarms list, set an alarm time, select the days on which the alarm will repeat, set
other various alarm options, and then tap Save.
To open the keypad to enter an alarm time, tap the time input field.
To activate or deactivate alarms, tap the switch next to the alarm in the alarms list.
Stopping alarms
Tap Dismiss to stop an alarm. If you have previously enabled the snooze option, tap Snooze
to repeat the alarm after a specified length of time.
Deleting alarms
Tap and hold an alarm, tick alarms to delete, and then tap Delete.
World Clock
Launch the Clock app and tap World Clock.
Creating clocks
Tap
, enter a city name or select a city from the map, and then tap Add.
To use the time zone converter, tap → Time zone converter.
Deleting clocks
Tap and hold a clock, tick clocks to delete, and then tap Delete.
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Stopwatch
1
2
3
Launch the Clock app and tap Stopwatch.
Tap Start to time an event.
To record lap times while timing an event, tap Lap.
Tap Stop to stop timing.
• To restart the timing, tap Resume.
• To clear lap times, tap Reset.
Timer
1
Launch the Clock app and tap Timer.
, set the duration and name, and then tap Add.
To add a frequently used timer, tap
2
Set the duration and tap Start.
3
Tap Dismiss when the timer goes off.
To open the keypad to enter the duration, tap the duration input field.
Calculator
Perform simple or complex calculations.
Launch the Calculator app.
To clear the history, tap Clear history.
To use the unit conversion tool, tap
or temperature, into other units.
. You can convert various values, such as area, length,
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Kids Home
Introduction
You can restrict children’s access to certain apps, set their usage times, and configure settings
to provide a fun and safe environment for children when they use the device.
Using Kids Home
Open the notification panel, swipe downwards, and then tap
(Kids Home) to activate
it. The Kids Home screen will appear. When starting Kids Home for the first time or after
performing a data reset, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
On the Kids Home screen, select the app you want to use.
Access additional
options.
Available apps
Kids Phone
Kids Art Studio
Kids Camera
Kids Browser
Kids Gallery
Your preset screen lock method or your created PIN will be used when activating the
Parental control feature or closing Kids Home.
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Using parental control features
You can configure the settings for Kids Home and view the usage history.
On the Kids Home screen, tap → Parental control and enter your unlock code.
• Kid’s name: Manage your child’s profile.
• Set daily playtime: Restrict the usage time for Kids Home.
• Daily usage: View the daily usage time of Kids Home.
• Activity: View the activity history of Kids Home.
• Frequently contacted: View the frequently used contacts in Kids Home. (SM-T295)
• My kid’s creations: View the works created from the apps in Kids Home.
• Allowed content: Check the apps or content supported by Kids Home and add them.
• Show Content page: Set the device to show the Samsung partners’ content pages on the
Kids Home screen.
Closing Kids Home
To close Kids Home, tap the Back button or tap → Close Kids Home, and then enter your
unlock code.
Sharing content
Share content by using various sharing options. The following actions are an example of
sharing images.
You may incur additional charges when sharing files via the mobile network.
(SM-T295, SM-T297)
1
Launch the Gallery app and select an image.
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2
Tap
and select a sharing method, such as email.
When you have a communication or sharing history, the people you contacted
will appear on the sharing options panel. To directly share content with them via
the corresponding app, select a person’s icon. If the feature is not activated, launch
the Settings app, tap Advanced features, and then tap the Direct share switch to
activate it.
Google apps
Google provides entertainment, social network, and business apps. You may require a Google
account to access some apps.
To view more app information, access each app’s help menu.
Some apps may not be available or may be labelled differently depending on the
region or service provider.
Chrome
Search for information and browse webpages.
Gmail
Send or receive emails via the Google Mail service.
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Maps
Find your location on the map, search the world map, and view location information for
various places around you.
Play Music
Discover, listen to, and share music on your device. You can upload music collections stored
on your device to the cloud and access them later.
Play Movies & TV
Purchase or rent videos, such as movies and TV programmes, from Play Store.
Drive
Store your content on the cloud, access it from anywhere, and share it with others.
YouTube
Watch or create videos and share them with others.
Photos
Search for, manage, and edit all your photos and videos from various sources in one place.
Google
Search quickly for items on the Internet or your device.
Duo
Make a simple video call.
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Settings
Introduction
Customise device settings. You can make your device more personalised by configuring
various setting options.
Launch the Settings app.
To search for settings by entering keywords, tap
.
Connections
Options
Change settings for various connections, such as the Wi-Fi feature and Bluetooth.
On the Settings screen, tap Connections.
• Wi-Fi: Activate the Wi-Fi feature to connect to a Wi-Fi network and access the Internet or
other network devices. Refer to Wi-Fi for more information.
• Bluetooth: Use Bluetooth to exchange data or media files with other Bluetooth-enabled
devices. Refer to Bluetooth for more information.
• Flight mode: Set the device to disable all wireless functions on your device. You can use
only non-network services.
Follow the regulations provided by the airline and the instructions of aircraft
personnel. In cases where it is allowed to use the device, always use it in flight
mode.
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Settings
• Mobile networks: Configure your mobile network settings. (SM-T295, SM-T297)
• Data usage
► SM-T295, SM-T297: Keep track of your data usage amount and customise the settings
for the limitation. Set the device to automatically disable the mobile data connection
when the amount of mobile data you have used reaches your specified limit.
You can also activate the data saver feature to prevent some apps running in the
background from sending or receiving data. Refer to Data saver (SM-T295, SM-T297) for
more information.
► SM-T290: Keep track of your data usage amount.
• Mobile Hotspot and Tethering: Use the device as a mobile hotspot to share the
device’s mobile data connection with other devices when the network connection is not
available. Connections can be made via Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth. Refer to Mobile Hotspot
and Tethering (SM-T295, SM-T297) for more information. (SM-T295, SM-T297)
• More connection settings: Customise settings to control other features. Refer to More
connection settings for more information.
Wi-Fi
Activate the Wi-Fi feature to connect to a Wi-Fi network and access the Internet or other
network devices.
Connecting to a Wi-Fi network
1
2
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Wi-Fi and tap the switch to activate it.
Select a network from the Wi-Fi networks list.
Networks that require a password appear with a lock icon. Enter the password and tap
Connect.
• Once the device connects to a Wi-Fi network, the device will reconnect to that
network each time it is available without requiring a password. To prevent the
device connecting to the network automatically, select it from the list of networks
and tap Forget.
• If you cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network properly, restart your device’s Wi-Fi feature
or the wireless router.
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Settings
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Direct connects devices directly via a Wi-Fi network without requiring an access point.
1
2
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Wi-Fi and tap the switch to activate it.
Tap Wi-Fi Direct.
The detected devices are listed.
If the device you want to connect to is not in the list, request that the device turns on its
Wi-Fi Direct feature.
3
Select a device to connect to.
The devices will be connected when the other device accepts the Wi-Fi Direct connection
request.
Sending and receiving data
You can share data, such as contacts or media files, with other devices. The following actions
are an example of sending an image to another device.
1
2
3
Launch the Gallery app and select an image.
Tap
→ Wi-Fi Direct and select a device to transfer the image to.
Accept the Wi-Fi Direct connection request on the other device.
If the devices are already connected, the image will be sent to the other device without
the connection request procedure.
Ending the device connection
1
2
3
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Wi-Fi.
Tap Wi-Fi Direct.
The device displays the connected devices in the list.
Tap the device name to disconnect the devices.
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Bluetooth
Use Bluetooth to exchange data or media files with other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
• Samsung is not responsible for the loss, interception, or misuse of data sent or
received via Bluetooth.
• Always ensure that you share and receive data with devices that are trusted
and properly secured. If there are obstacles between the devices, the operating
distance may be reduced.
• Some devices, especially those that are not tested or approved by the Bluetooth
SIG, may be incompatible with your device.
• Do not use the Bluetooth feature for illegal purposes (for example, pirating copies
of files or illegally tapping communications for commercial purposes). Samsung is
not responsible for the repercussion of illegal use of the Bluetooth feature.
Pairing with other Bluetooth devices
1
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Bluetooth and tap the switch to activate it.
2
Select a device to pair with.
The detected devices will be listed.
If the device you want to pair with is not on the list, set the device to enter Bluetooth
pairing mode. Refer to the other device’s user manuals.
Your device is visible to other devices while the Bluetooth settings screen is open.
3
Accept the Bluetooth connection request on your device to confirm.
The devices will be connected when the other device accepts the Bluetooth connection
request.
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Settings
Sending and receiving data
Many apps support data transfer via Bluetooth. You can share data, such as contacts or media
files, with other Bluetooth devices. The following actions are an example of sending an image
to another device.
1
2
3
Launch the Gallery app and select an image.
Tap
→ Bluetooth and select a device to transfer the image to.
If the device you want to pair with is not in the list, request that the device turns on its
visibility option.
Accept the Bluetooth connection request on the other device.
Unpairing Bluetooth devices
1
2
3
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Bluetooth.
The device displays the paired devices in the list.
Tap
next to the device name to unpair.
Tap Unpair.
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Data saver (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Reduce your data usage by preventing some apps running in the background from sending
or receiving data.
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Data usage → Data saver and tap the switch to
activate it.
When the data saver feature is activated, the
icon will appear on the status bar.
Data saver feature activated
To select apps to use data without restriction, tap Allow app while Data saver on and
select apps.
Mobile data only apps (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Select apps to always use the mobile data even when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi
network.
For example, you can set the device to use only mobile data for apps that you want to keep
secure or streaming apps that can be disconnected. Even if you do not deactivate the Wi-Fi
feature, the apps will launch using the mobile data.
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Data usage → Mobile data only apps, tap the
switch to activate it, and then tap the switches next to the apps you want.
You may incur additional charges when using this feature.
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Mobile Hotspot and Tethering (SM-T295, SM-T297)
Use the device as a mobile hotspot to share the device’s mobile data connection with other
devices when the network connection is not available. Connections can be made via Wi-Fi,
USB, or Bluetooth.
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Mobile Hotspot and Tethering.
You may incur additional charges when using this feature.
• Mobile Hotspot: Use the mobile hotspot to share the device’s mobile data connection
with computers or other devices.
• Bluetooth tethering: Use Bluetooth tethering to share the device’s mobile data
connection with computers or other devices via Bluetooth.
• USB tethering: Use USB tethering to share the device’s mobile data connection with
a computer via USB. When connected to a computer, the device is used as a wireless
modem for the computer.
Using the mobile hotspot
Use your device as a mobile hotspot to share your device’s mobile data connection with other
devices.
1
2
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → Mobile Hotspot and Tethering → Mobile
Hotspot.
Tap the switch to activate it.
The icon appears on the status bar. Other devices can find your device in the Wi-Fi
networks list.
To set a password for the mobile hotspot, tap → Configure Mobile Hotspot and select
the level of security. Then, enter a password and tap Save.
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3
On the other device’s screen, search for and select your device from the Wi-Fi networks
list.
• If the mobile hotspot is not found, on your device, tap → Configure Mobile
Hotspot and deselect Hide my device.
• If the other device cannot connect to the mobile hotspot, on your device, tap →
Allowed devices and tap the Allowed devices only switch to deactivate it.
4
On the connected device, use the device’s mobile data connection to access the Internet.
More connection settings
Customise settings to control other connection features.
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → More connection settings.
• Nearby device scanning: Set the device to scan for nearby devices to connect to.
• Printing: Configure settings for printer plug-ins installed on the device. You can search
for available printers or add one manually to print files. Refer to Printing for more
information.
• VPN: Set up virtual networks (VPNs) on your device to connect to a school or company’s
private network.
• Private DNS: Set the device to use the security enhanced private DNS.
• Ethernet: When you connect an Ethernet adaptor, you can use a wired network and
configure network settings.
Printing
Configure settings for printer plug-ins installed on the device. You can connect the device to a
printer via Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct, and print images or documents.
Some printers may not be compatible with the device.
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Adding printer plug-ins
Add printer plug-ins for printers you want to connect the device to.
1
2
3
4
5
On the Settings screen, tap Connections → More connection settings → Printing →
Download plugin.
Search for a printer plug-in in Play Store.
Select a printer plug-in and install it.
Select the installed printer plug-in.
The device will automatically search for printers that are connected to the same Wi-Fi
network as your device.
Select a printer to add.
To add printers manually, tap → Add printer.
Printing content
While viewing content, such as images or documents, access the options list, tap Print →
→ All printers..., and then select a printer.
Printing methods may vary depending on the content type.
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Sounds and vibration
Options
Change settings for various sounds on the device.
On the Settings screen, tap Sounds and vibration.
• Sound mode: Set the device to use sound mode, vibration mode, or silent mode.
• Vibrate while ringing: Set the device to vibrate and play a ringtone for incoming calls.
(SM-T295)
• Ringtone: Change the call ringtone. (SM-T295)
• Vibration pattern: Select a vibration pattern. (SM-T295)
• Notification sounds: Change the notification sound.
• Volume
► SM-T295: Adjust the volume level for call ringtones, music and videos, system sounds,
the call waiting tone, and notifications.
► SM-T290, SM-T297: Adjust the volume level for music and videos, system sounds, and
notifications.
• Use Volume keys for media: Set the device to adjust the media volume level when you
press the Volume key.
• System sounds: Set the device to sound for actions, such as controlling the touchscreen.
• Advanced sound settings: Optimise the settings for when media is being played. Refer
to Dolby Atmos (surround sound) for more information.
Dolby Atmos (surround sound)
Select a surround sound mode optimised for various types of audio, such as movies, music,
and voice. With Dolby Atmos, you can experience moving audio sounds that flows all around
you.
On the Settings screen, tap Sounds and vibration → Advanced sound settings → Sound
quality and effects → Dolby Atmos, tap the switch to activate it, and then select a mode.
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Notifications
Change the notification settings.
On the Settings screen, tap Notifications.
• App icon badges: Change the settings for app icon badges.
• Do not disturb
► SM-T295: Set the device to mute incoming calls, notification sounds, and media,
except for allowed exceptions.
► SM-T290, SM-T297: Set the device to mute notification sounds and media, except for
allowed exceptions.
• Status bar: Set the device to display only three recent notifications and whether to show
the remaining battery level in percentage on the status bar.
• Recently sent: View the apps that received recent notifications and change the
notification settings. To customise notification settings for more apps, tap See all →
→ All and select an app from the apps list.
Display
Options
Change the display and the Home screen settings.
On the Settings screen, tap Display.
• Brightness: Adjust the brightness of the display.
• Adaptive brightness: Set the device to save power by adjusting the brightness of the
display automatically.
• Night mode: Reduce eye strain by applying the dark theme when using the device at
night or in a dark place. Refer to Night mode for more information.
• Font size and style: Change the font size and style.
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• Screen zoom: Change the screen zoom setting.
• Screen timeout: Set the length of time the device waits before turning off the display’s
backlight.
• Home screen: Configure settings for the Home screen, such as the screen grid or layout.
• Navigation bar: Change the navigation bar settings. Refer to Navigation bar (soft
buttons) for more information.
• Screensaver: Set the device to launch a screensaver when the device is charging. Refer to
Screensaver for more information.
Night mode
Reduce eye strain by applying the dark theme when using the device at night or in a dark
place.
• The dark theme may not be applied in some apps.
• You can quickly activate or deactivate night mode on the notification panel. Open
(Night mode).
the notification panel, swipe downwards, and then tap
1
2
On the Settings screen, tap Display → Night mode and tap the Turn on now switch to
activate it.
To set the schedule to apply night mode to the screen, tap the Turn on as scheduled
switch to activate it and select an option.
• Sunset to sunrise: Set the device to turn on night mode at night and turn it off in the
morning based on your current location.
• Custom schedule: Set a specific time to turn on and off night mode.
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Screensaver
You can set to display images as a screensaver when the screen turns off automatically. The
screensaver will be displayed when the device is charging.
1
2
3
4
On the Settings screen, tap Display → Screensaver and tap the switch to activate it.
Select an option.
If you select Photo Frame or Photos, a slideshow with selected images will start. If you
select Photo Table, selected images will appear as small cards and overlap.
Tap
to select albums for displaying images.
When you are finished, tap the Back button.
To preview the selected option, tap Preview.
When you tap the screen while your screensaver is displayed, the screen will turn on.
Wallpaper
Change the wallpaper settings for the Home screen and the locked screen.
On the Settings screen, tap Wallpaper.
Lock screen
Options
Change the settings for the locked screen.
On the Settings screen, tap Lock screen.
The available options may vary depending on the screen lock method selected.
• Screen lock type: Change the screen lock method.
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• Smart Lock: Set the device to unlock itself when trusted locations or devices are
detected. Refer to Smart Lock for more information.
• Secure lock settings: Change screen lock settings for the selected lock method.
• Clock style: Change the type and colour of the clock on the locked screen.
• Roaming clock: Change the clock to show both the local and home time zones on the
locked screen when roaming. (SM-T295, SM-T297)
• FaceWidgets: Change the settings of the items displayed on the locked screen.
• Contact information: Set the device to show contact information, such as your email
address, on the locked screen.
• Notifications: Set how to show notifications on the locked screen.
• App shortcuts: Select apps to display shortcuts to them on the locked screen.
• About Lock screen: View the Lock screen version and legal information.
Smart Lock
You can set the device to unlock itself and remain unlocked when trusted locations or devices
are detected.
For example, if you have set your home as a trusted location, when you get home your device
will detect the location and automatically unlock itself.
• This feature will be available to use after you set a screen lock method.
• If you do not use your device for four hours or when you turn on the device, you
must unlock the screen using the pattern, PIN, or password you set.
1
2
3
On the Settings screen, tap Lock screen → Smart Lock.
Unlock the screen using the preset screen lock method.
Select an option and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
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Security
Change the settings for securing the device.
On the Settings screen, tap Security.
• Google Play Protect: Set the device to check for harmful apps and behaviour and warn
about potential harm and remove them.
• Find My Mobile: Activate or deactivate the Find My Mobile feature. Access the Find My
Mobile website (findmymobile.samsung.com) to track and control your lost or stolen
device.
You can also allow the Google location service to provide more accurate information
about the location of your device.
• Security update: View the version of your device’s software and check for updates.
• Install unknown apps: Set the device to allow the installation of apps from unknown
sources.
• Encrypt SD card: Set the device to encrypt files on a memory card.
If you reset your device to the factory defaults with this setting enabled, the
device will not be able to read your encrypted files. Disable this setting before
resetting the device.
• Other security settings: Configure additional security settings.
• Location: Change settings for location information permissions.
• App permissions: View the list of features and apps that have permission to use them.
You can also edit the permission settings.
• Send diagnostic data: Set the device to automatically send the device’s diagnostic and
usage information to Samsung.
• Receive marketing information: Set whether to receive Samsung marketing
information, such as special offers, membership benefits, and newsletters.
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Accounts and backup
Options
Sync, back up, or restore your device’s data using Samsung Cloud. You can also sign in to
accounts, such as your Samsung account or Google account, or transfer data to or from other
devices via Smart Switch.
On the Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup.
• Accounts: Add your Samsung and Google accounts, or other accounts, to sync with.
• Users: Set up additional user accounts for other users to use the device with personalised
settings, such as email accounts, wallpaper preferences, and more. Refer to Users for
more information.
• Backup and restore: Keep your personal information, app data, and settings safe on your
device. You can back up your sensitive information and access it later. You must sign in to
your Google or Samsung account to back up or restore data.
• Samsung Cloud: Manage the content that you want to store securely in Samsung Cloud.
Check the usage status of your Samsung Cloud storage, and sync, back up, and restore
your data. Refer to Samsung Cloud for more information.
• Smart Switch: Launch Smart Switch and transfer data from your previous device. Refer to
Transferring data from your previous device (Smart Switch) for more information.
Regularly back up your data to a safe location, such as Samsung Cloud or a computer,
so that you can restore it if the data is corrupted or lost due to an unintended factory
data reset.
Users
Set up additional user accounts for other users to use the device with personalised settings,
such as email accounts, wallpaper preferences, and more.
Following types of user accounts are available:
• Administrator: The administrator account is created only when setting up the device for
the first time, and cannot be created more than one. This account has full control of the
device including user account management. You can add or delete user accounts only
when using this account.
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• Guest: This account allows guests to access the device. Information and data used during
a guest session is temporarily stored. Each time you use this account, you are asked
whether to continue the previous guest session or reset it.
• New user: This account allows users to access their own apps and content, and customise
the device settings that affect all accounts.
• New restricted account: A restricted account can only access the apps and content
allowed by the administrator account, and cannot use the services that require logging
in. (SM-T290, SM-T297)
Adding users
1
2
On the Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup → Users.
► SM-T295: Tap Add user → OK → Set up now.
► SM-T290, SM-T297: Tap Add user or profile → User → OK → Set up now.
The device will switch to a new user account and the default locked screen will appear on
the screen.
3
Unlock the device and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the account setup.
Adding restricted profiles (SM-T290, SM-T297)
1
2
3
On the Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup → Users.
Tap Add user or profile → User (restricted profile).
If you are not using a secure screen lock method with the administrator account, follow
the on-screen instructions to set one up.
Select the apps and content that restricted users are allowed to access.
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Switching users
Tap the user account icon at the top of the locked screen and select an account to switch to.
Locked screen
Managing users
► SM-T295:
When using the administrator account, you can delete accounts or change account settings.
On the Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup → Users.
To delete a user account, tap
next to the account and tap Delete user.
To change an account’s settings, tap
next to an account.
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► SM-T290, SM-T297:
When using the administrator account, you can delete accounts or change the settings for
restricted accounts.
On the Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup → Users.
To delete a user account, tap
next to the account.
To change the settings for a restricted account, tap
account by tapping .
next to an account. You can delete the
Samsung Cloud
Sync the data saved in your device with Samsung Cloud and view the data you have saved
on Samsung Cloud. You can also back up your device’s data to Samsung Cloud and restore it
later.
To use Samsung Cloud, you must sign in to your Samsung account.
Syncing data
You can sync data saved in your device with Samsung Cloud and access it from other devices.
1
2
3
On the Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup → Samsung Cloud.
Tap → Settings → Sync and auto backup settings → Sync.
Tap the switches next to the items you want to sync with.
You can check the saved data or change the settings by tapping Other synced data
or Samsung Cloud Drive.
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Backing up data
You can back up your device’s data to Samsung Cloud.
1
2
3
On the Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup → Samsung Cloud → Back up this
tablet.
Tick items you want to back up and tap Back up.
Tap Done.
• Some data will not be backed up. To check which data will be backed up, on the
Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup → Samsung Cloud → Back up this
tablet.
• To view the backup data for other devices in your Samsung Cloud, on the Settings
, and
screen, tap Accounts and backup → Samsung Cloud → Restore data →
then select a device you want.
Restoring data
You can restore your backup data from Samsung Cloud to your device.
1
2
3
On the Settings screen, tap Accounts and backup → Samsung Cloud.
Tap Restore data →
and select a device you want.
Tick items you want to restore and tap Restore.
Google
Configure settings for some features provided by Google.
On the Settings screen, tap Google.
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Advanced features
Options
Activate advanced features and change the settings that control them.
On the Settings screen, tap Advanced features.
Excessive shaking or an impact to the device may cause an unintended input for
some features using sensors.
• Smart pop-up view: Select apps to view their notifications via pop-up windows. When
using this feature, you can quickly view the contents via pop-up windows by tapping the
icon on the screen.
This feature is only available in apps that support the Multi window feature.
• Direct share: Set the device to display the people you contacted on the sharing options
panel to allow you to share content directly.
• Reduce animations: Set the device to reduce the screen effects of certain actions, such as
opening or closing apps.
• Motions and gestures: Activate the motion feature and configure settings. Refer to
Motions and gestures for more information.
Motions and gestures
Activate the motion feature and configure settings.
On the Settings screen, tap Advanced features → Motions and gestures.
• Double tap to wake: Set the device to turn on the screen by double-tapping anywhere
on the screen while the screen is turned off.
• Swipe to call or send messages: Set the device to make a call or send a message when
you swipe to the right or left on a contact or a phone number in the Phone or Contacts
app. (SM-T295)
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Digital wellbeing
View the daily usage history of your device. You can see information such as how long the
screen was on and how many times you opened apps or used certain features. You can also
limit usage time or change the notification settings for each app.
On the Settings screen, tap Digital wellbeing.
The time the screen was on
Number of unlocks
Number of notifications
Dashboard
Activate wind down mode.
Change the notification
settings.
Setting timers for apps
You can limit the daily usage time for each app by setting a timer. When you reach the limit,
the app will be deactivated and you cannot use it.
1
2
On the Settings screen, tap Digital wellbeing → Dashboard.
Tap No timer next the app you want and set the time.
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Activating wind down mode
You can activate wind down mode to reduce eye strain before sleeping and prevent your
sleep from being disturbed.
1
2
On the Settings screen, tap Digital wellbeing → Wind down and tap the Turn on now
switch to activate it.
Turn on the switch to activate the feature you want.
• Greyscale: Displays colours on the screen as grey tones.
• Do not disturb
► SM-T295: Set the device to mute incoming calls, notification sounds, and media,
except for allowed exceptions.
► SM-T290, SM-T297: Set the device to mute notification sounds and media, except
for allowed exceptions.
3
To set the schedule to activate wind down mode, tap the Turn on as scheduled switch to
activate it, tap Set schedule, and then set the time.
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Device care
Introduction
The device care feature provides an overview of the status of your device’s battery, storage,
memory, and system security. You can also automatically optimise the device with a tap of
your finger.
Battery
Security
Storage
Memory
Optimising your device
On the Settings screen, tap Device care → Optimise now.
The quick optimisation feature improves device performance through the following actions.
• Clearing some memory.
• Deleting unnecessary files and closing apps running in the background.
• Managing abnormal battery usage.
• Scanning for crashed apps and malware.
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Using the auto optimisation feature
You can set the device to perform auto optimisation when your device is not in use. Tap →
Auto optimisation and tap the switch to activate it. If you want to set the time to perform
auto optimisation, tap Time.
Battery
Check the remaining battery power and time to use the device. For devices with low battery
levels, conserve battery power by activating power saving features.
On the Settings screen, tap Device care → Battery.
• The usage time left shows the time remaining before the battery power runs
out. Usage time left may vary depending on your device settings and operating
conditions.
• You may not receive notifications from some apps that use power saving mode.
Power mode
Select a power mode that suits your device usage purposes.
Tap Power mode and select an option.
• Optimised: Optimised for a balance between the device’s performance and battery
usage.
• Medium power saving: Activate power saving mode to extend the battery’s usage time.
• Maximum power saving
► SM-T295, SM-T297: In maximum power saving mode, the device decreases battery
consumption by activating night mode and limiting the apps and features available.
Network connections, except for the mobile network, will be deactivated.
► SM-T290: In maximum power saving mode, the device decreases battery
consumption by activating night mode and limiting the apps and features available.
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Adaptive power saving
You can set the device to activate power saving mode automatically based on your usage
patterns and the remaining battery power.
Tap Power mode and tap the Adaptive power saving switch to activate it. Your device will
activate power saving mode based on the situation to extend the battery’s usage time.
Managing battery usage for each app
You can save battery power by preventing apps that are running in the background from
using battery power when they are not being used. Select apps from the apps list and tap the
Put app to sleep switch to activate the feature.
Storage
Check the status of the used and available memory.
On the Settings screen, tap Device care → Storage.
• The actual available capacity of the internal memory is less than the specified
capacity because the operating system and default apps occupy part of the
memory. The available capacity may change when you update the device.
• You can view the available capacity of the internal memory in the Specification
section for your device on the Samsung website.
Managing the memory
To delete residual files, such as cache, tap Clean now. To delete files or uninstall apps that you
do not use any more, select a category under User data. Then, tick items to select and tap
DELETE or UNINSTALL.
Memory
On the Settings screen, tap Device care → Memory.
To speed up your device by stopping apps running in the background, tick apps from the
apps list, and tap Clean now.
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Security
Check the device’s security status. This feature scans your device for malware.
On the Settings screen, tap Device care → Security → Scan tablet.
Apps
Manage the device’s apps and change their settings. You can view the apps’ usage
information, change their notification or permission settings, or uninstall or disable
unnecessary apps.
On the Settings screen, tap Apps.
General management
Customise your device’s system settings or reset the device.
On the Settings screen, tap General management.
• Language and input: Select device languages and change settings, such as keyboards
and voice input types. Some options may not be available depending on the selected
language. Refer to Adding device languages for more information.
• Date and time: Access and alter the settings to control how the device displays the time
and date.
If the battery remains fully discharged, the time and date is reset.
• Contact us: Ask questions or view frequently asked questions. Refer to Samsung
Members for more information.
• Reset: Reset your device’s settings or perform a factory data reset. You can reset all your
settings, or only network settings, or accessibility settings. You can also set the device to
restart at a preset time for device optimisation.
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Adding device languages
You can add languages to use on your device.
1
On the Settings screen, tap General management → Language and input → Language
→ Add language.
To view all the languages that can be added, tap → All languages.
2
3
Select a language to add.
To set the selected language as the default language, tap Set as default. To keep the
current language setting, tap Keep current.
The selected language will be added to your languages list. If you changed the default
language, the selected language will be added to the top of the list.
To change the default language from your languages list, drag next to a language
and move it to the top of the list. Then, tap Apply. If an app does not support the default
language, the next supported language in the list will be used.
Accessibility
Configure various settings to improve accessibility to the device.
On the Settings screen, tap Accessibility.
• Screen reader: Activate Voice Assistant, which provides voice feedback. To view help
information to learn how to use this feature, tap Tutorial.
• Visibility enhancements: Customise the settings to improve accessibility for visually
impaired users.
• Hearing enhancements: Customise the settings to improve accessibility for users with
hearing impairment.
• Interaction and dexterity: Customise the settings to improve accessibility for users who
have reduced dexterity.
• Advanced settings: Configure settings for Direct access and notification features.
• Installed services: View accessibility services installed on the device.
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Software update
Update your device’s software via the firmware over-the-air (FOTA) service. You can also
schedule software updates.
On the Settings screen, tap Software update.
If emergency software updates are released for your device’s security and to block
new types of security threats, they will be installed automatically without your
agreement.
• Download and install: Check for and install updates manually.
• Auto download over Wi-Fi: Set the device to download updates automatically when
connected to a Wi-Fi network.
• Last update: View information about the last software update.
Security updates information
Security updates are provided to strengthen the security of your device and protect your
personal information. For security updates for your model, visit security.samsungmobile.com.
The website supports only some languages.
User manual
View help information to learn how to use the device and apps or configure important
settings.
On the Settings screen, tap User manual.
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About tablet
Access your device’s information.
On the Settings screen, tap About tablet.
To change your device’s name, tap Edit.
• Status
► SM-T295, SM-T297: View various device information, such as the SIM card status, Wi-Fi
MAC address, and serial number.
► SM-T290: View various device information, such as the Wi-Fi MAC address and serial
number.
• Legal information: View legal information related to the device, such as safety
information and the open source licence.
• Software information: View the device’s software information, such as its operating
system version and firmware version.
• Battery information: View the device’s battery status and information.
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Troubleshooting
Before contacting a Samsung Service Centre, please attempt the following solutions. Some
situations may not apply to your device.
When you turn on your device or while you are using the device, it
prompts you to enter one of the following codes:
• Password: When the device lock feature is enabled, you must enter the password you set
for the device.
• PIN: When using the device for the first time or when the PIN requirement is enabled, you
must enter the PIN supplied with the SIM or USIM card. You can disable this feature by
using the Lock SIM card menu.
• PUK: Your SIM or USIM card is blocked, usually as a result of entering your PIN incorrectly
several times. You must enter the PUK supplied by your service provider.
• PIN2: When you access a menu requiring the PIN2, you must enter the PIN2 supplied with
the SIM or USIM card. For more information, contact your service provider.
Your device displays network or service error messages
• When you are in areas with weak signals or poor reception, you may lose reception. Move
to another area and try again. While moving, error messages may appear repeatedly.
• You cannot access some options without a subscription. For more information, contact
your service provider.
Your device does not turn on
When the battery is completely discharged, your device will not turn on. Fully charge the
battery before turning on the device.
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The touchscreen responds slowly or improperly
• If you attach a screen protector or optional accessories to the touchscreen, the
touchscreen may not function properly.
• If you are wearing gloves, if your hands are not clean while touching the touchscreen,
or if you tap the screen with sharp objects or your fingertips, the touchscreen may
malfunction.
• The touchscreen may malfunction in humid conditions or when exposed to water.
• Restart your device to clear any temporary software bugs.
• Ensure that your device software is updated to the latest version.
• If the touchscreen is scratched or damaged, visit a Samsung Service Centre.
Your device freezes or encounters a fatal error
Try the following solutions. If the problem is still not resolved, contact a Samsung Service
Centre.
Restarting the device
If your device freezes or hangs, you may need to close apps or turn off the device and turn it
on again.
Forcing restart
If your device is frozen and unresponsive, press and hold the Power key and the Volume
Down key simultaneously for more than 7 seconds to restart it.
Resetting the device
If the methods above do not solve your problem, perform a factory data reset.
Launch the Settings app and tap General management → Reset → Factory data reset →
Reset → Delete all. Before performing the factory data reset, remember to make backup
copies of all important data stored in the device.
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Calls are not connected
• Ensure that you have accessed the right cellular network.
• Ensure that you have not set call barring for the phone number you are dialling.
• Ensure that you have not set call barring for the incoming phone number.
Others cannot hear you speaking on a call
• Ensure that you are not covering the built-in microphone.
• Ensure that the microphone is close to your mouth.
• If using an earphone, ensure that it is properly connected.
Sound echoes during a call
Adjust the volume by pressing the Volume key or move to another area.
A cellular network or the Internet is often disconnected or audio
quality is poor
• Ensure that you are not blocking the device’s internal antenna.
• When you are in areas with weak signals or poor reception, you may lose reception. You
may have connectivity problems due to issues with the service provider’s base station.
Move to another area and try again.
• When using the device while moving, wireless network services may be disabled due to
issues with the service provider’s network.
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The battery does not charge properly (For Samsung-approved
chargers)
• Ensure that the charger is connected properly.
• Visit a Samsung Service Centre and have the battery replaced.
The battery depletes faster than when first purchased
• When you expose the device or the battery to very cold or very hot temperatures, the
useful charge may be reduced.
• Battery consumption will increase when you use certain features or apps, such as GPS,
games, or the Internet.
• The battery is consumable and the useful charge will get shorter over time.
Error messages appear when launching the camera
Your device must have sufficient available memory and battery power to operate the camera
app. If you receive error messages when launching the camera, try the following:
• Charge the battery.
• Free some memory by transferring files to a computer or deleting files from your device.
• Restart the device. If you are still having trouble with the camera app after trying these
tips, contact a Samsung Service Centre.
Photo quality is poorer than the preview
• The quality of your photos may vary, depending on the surroundings and the
photography techniques you use.
• If you take photos in dark areas, at night, or indoors, image noise may occur or images
may be out of focus.
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Error messages appear when opening multimedia files
If you receive error messages or multimedia files do not play when you open them on your
device, try the following:
• Free some memory by transferring files to a computer or deleting files from your device.
• Ensure that the music file is not Digital Rights Management (DRM)-protected. If the file is
DRM-protected, ensure that you have the appropriate licence or key to play the file.
• Ensure that the file formats are supported by the device. If a file format is not supported,
such as DivX or AC3, install an app that supports it. To confirm the file formats that your
device supports, visit www.samsung.com.
• Your device supports photos and videos captured with the device. Photos and videos
captured by other devices may not work properly.
• Your device supports multimedia files that are authorised by your network service
provider or providers of additional services. Some content circulated on the Internet,
such as ringtones, videos, or wallpapers, may not work properly.
Bluetooth is not working well
If another Bluetooth device is not located or there are connection problems or performance
malfunctions, try the following:
• Ensure that the device you wish to connect with is ready to be scanned or connected to.
• Ensure that your device and the other Bluetooth device are within the maximum
Bluetooth range (10 m).
• On your device, launch the Settings app, tap Connections, and then tap the Bluetooth
switch to re-activate it.
• On your device, launch the Settings app, tap General management → Reset → Reset
network settings → Reset settings → Reset to reset network settings. You may lose
registered information when performing the reset.
If the tips above do not solve the problem, contact a Samsung Service Centre.
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A connection is not established when you connect the device to a
computer
• Ensure that the USB cable you are using is compatible with your device.
• Ensure that you have the proper driver installed and updated on your computer.
• If you are a Windows XP user, ensure that you have Windows XP Service Pack 3 or higher
installed on your computer.
Your device cannot find your current location
GPS signals may be obstructed in some locations, such as indoors. Set the device to use Wi-Fi
or a mobile network to find your current location in these situations.
Data stored in the device has been lost
Always make backup copies of all important data stored in the device. Otherwise, you cannot
restore data if it is corrupted or lost. Samsung is not responsible for the loss of data stored in
the device.
A small gap appears around the outside of the device case
• This gap is a necessary manufacturing feature and some minor rocking or vibration of
parts may occur.
• Over time, friction between parts may cause this gap to expand slightly.
There is not enough space in the device’s storage
Delete unnecessary data, such as cache, using the device care feature or manually delete
unused apps or files to free up storage space.
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The Home button does not appear
The navigation bar containing the Home button may disappear while using certain apps or
features. To view the navigation bar, drag upwards from the bottom of the screen.
The screen brightness adjustment bar does not appear on the
notification panel
Open the notification panel by dragging the status bar downwards, and then drag the
next to the brightness adjustment bar and tap the
notification panel downwards. Tap
Show control on top switch to activate it.
Removing the battery
• To remove the battery, contact an authorised service centre. To obtain battery
removal instructions, please visit www.samsung.com/global/ecodesign_energy.
• For your safety, you must not attempt to remove the battery. If the battery is not
properly removed, it may lead to damage to the battery and device, cause personal
injury, and/or result in the device being unsafe.
• Samsung does not accept liability for any damage or loss (whether in contract or tort,
including negligence) which may arise from failure to precisely follow these warnings and
instructions, other than death or personal injury caused by Samsung’s negligence.
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