So, you've visited the phone store, mangled your way through the mess of network and tariff options and finally, you're home with your brand new Samsung Galaxy S4. You've unboxed the phone, and you're ready to check out the new features. But wait! We have to get that phone set up! Let's walk through your first steps with the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Step 1: Insert your Battery, SIM and MicroSD Card
To use your smartphone on your operator's network, you'll need a SIM card, which they should have provided. The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses the Micro SIM format (which is the same as the iPhone 4 and 4S). If you don't install the SIM, you'll see this screen pretty quickly when setting up.
Whilst you're installing the SIM, it makes sense to also install a MicroSD storage card – this is a tiny memory card (available from most good electronics retailers, and a bunch of rubbish ones too) that can boost the Galaxy S4′s storage by up to 64GB. That's a lot of storage.
Remove the back cover of the Galaxy S4 to expose the inner sanctum. Drop in your battery in the large rectangular slot, taking care to align the metal pins. Above, you should see the slots for the MicroSD card and SIM.
Insert the MicroSD card into the left hand slot, with the metal elements pointing down. MicroSD cards tend to click in and click out with a locking mechanism – push in as far as it'll go, then release and it will lock in with a click. Next, push the SIM card into the right hand slot vertically, again with the metallic elements pointing down and the diagonal corner or the SIM on the top left. This should slide in – there is no locking mechanism.
Replace the cover, and power on the phone.
Step 2: Select Your Language and Accessibility Settings
First step is nice and easy – choose your language from the drop down panel, and tap Next. If you need to configure settings for visual impairment or hearing support, then you can do so here. Tap Next to continue.
Step 3: Connect to Your Wireless Network
You'll be shown a list of available wireless networks – select your preferred option and enter your Wi-fi password.
Once connected, tap Next to continue.
Step 4: Set Up Date and Time
You can manually choose your date and time settings, but handily, there's an option to have it set automatically. Tap the option you'd like (we're going Auto) and then Next to continue.