You’ve got questions about your Samsung Galaxy S5. I’ve got the answers. Wondering if there’s a problem with your Samsung Galaxy S5. Here are the solutions for the Common Problems associated with the Galaxy S5.
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The Galaxy S5 is water resistant not water proof. That means it can withstand the occasional spills and maybe an accidental drop in the pool as long as its retrieved quickly.
Running water, flowing water, pressured water of any type is bad news for your Galaxy S5.
If your Galaxy S5 has already taken a swim do not turn it on.
If you really want to take underwater pictures try out the DandyCase Waterproof Case for your Galaxy S5. For $11 you can ensure you’re Galaxy S5 will be protected.
If you get any amazing pics of your dog fetching his favorite toy in the pool. You’ve got to send them to me. I would love to see them.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with Picture Stabilization activated. Its designed to help in low light situations.
Many people have found success; including me. By turning it off. Once I turned off Picture Stabilization the camera was much more enjoyable.
To turn off Picture Stabilization open the Camera app. Tap on the Gear icon.
Now locate Picture Stabilization. It should be in the top row of Options. Tap on it to turn it off.
Tap on the Back Arrow key to exit the Settings Menu.
Samsung has added additional voice commands to the Galaxy S5 in an app called S Voice. To activate S Voice you press the Home key 2 times. So when you press the Home Key, your Galaxy S5 is waiting to see if you’re going to press it again.
You can turn off S Voice activation by pressing twice on the Home Key. When S Voice opens tap on the 3 Dots Menu in the upper right corner.
Tap on Settings
Tap on the checkmark next to “Open Via the Home Key”. No checkmark means this feature is already turned off.
It could be the Homescreen and Lockscreen Animations making your Galaxy S5 seem sluggish.
Turn off animation effects when switching between Homescreen panels and Lockscreen Unlock Effects.
Long press on a blank spot on your Homescreen. Tap on Homescreen settings
Tap on Transition effects
Tap on None
Swipe down on the Notifications bar. Tap on the Gear icon to open the Settings menu.
Tap on Lockscreen
Tap on Unlock effect
Tap on None
Tap on the Back Arrow key to exit the Settings menu and return to your Homescreen.
All smartphones come with software required by the Carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc) and from the manufacturer (Samsung). Most of these apps are redundant with apps you already use and enjoy. Ideally, you would just uninstall like any other app.
Disabled apps are not removed so you can always turn them on again in the future.
The Galaxy S5 comes will all sorts of sounds and feedback mechanisms. They can be really cool at first. After a while they tend to get a little annoying. Your friends and coworkers will really appreciate if you turn off the keyboard sounds. Do you really need a sound every time you touch a key?
Skip typing all together by using Speech to text on your Galaxy S5.
Turn off the sound option for the keyboard. Here’s how you do it:
Open the Settings menu by pulling down on the Notifications bar. Then tap on the Gear Icon.
Scroll down and tap on Sound
Scroll down to Sound when tapped. Remove the green checkmark by tapping on it.
Your friends and coworkers will thank you.
The default display timeout for the Galaxy S5 is insanely quick. Fortunately, you can change it.
Open the Settings menu by pulling down on the notifications bar. Tap on the Gear icon.
Scroll down and tap on Display
Scroll down and tap on Screen timeout
Tap on the time frame that works best for you.
Tap on the Back Arrow key to exit the Settings menu and save your changes.
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If you purchased the 16 GB model of the Samsung Galaxy S5 then you might be running out of space. Talk about frustrating.
Once you’ve added a SD Card make sure you follow these instructions so you don’t lose all your albums when moving your pictures to the new storage location.
Then you’ll want to change the default storage location to Memory card in the Camera App so any new pictures you take get stored there.
This means that your GS5 couldn’t load the system software. Start with a soft reboot of your Galaxy S5 by:
If that doesn’t work then you’ll have to do a factory reset. WARNING: A factory reset will erase all of your personal data on you Galaxy S5.
Anything you haven’t backed up – will be deleted.
You’ll have to re-setup all of your accounts (Gmail, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc) on your phone . Photos and such will also be deleted.
If not, then a factory reset can be a real pain. Unfortunately, In some cases its the only option.
To do a factory reset:
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