Samsung Galaxy S5 Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials

The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't new but it still has a lot of useful features

Samsung Galaxy S5

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The Samsung S5 may not be the latest model of Samsung available on the market today, but it's a cheap alternative you can purchase on eBay. The Samsung S5 has lots of features that are still very useful, including the ability to take fast screenshots, and quick battery or memory card replacement.

Instructions in this article apply to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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How to Take a Screenshot with the Samsung Galaxy S5

Taking a screenshot with the Samsung Galaxy S5 is as easy as pressing two buttons.

Unlike phones such as the HTC One M8 and the LG G Flex, where you press the Power and Volume Down buttons to take a screenshot, the Galaxy phones use a method similar to the iPhone. To take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5, press and hold the Power and Menu buttons until you hear an audible click.

The Power button is located on the right upper side of the phone and the Menu button is the rounded rectangular button below the screen.

Because the Power and Menu buttons are located at opposite ends of the phone, it may be easier to use two hands to press both buttons. Once you hear the click, the screen image is automatically saved in the photos folder.

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Take a Screenshot with the Samsung Galaxy S5 By Swiping

In addition to the classic method, you can also take a screenshot with the Samsung Galaxy S5 by swiping your hand across the screen.

The addition of gestures to the Galaxy S5 interface made it possible to use swiping motions to interact with the phone. The built-in Swype keyboard that you can use to spell words by swiping instead of tapping each letter is a great example. Just like Swype, you can also take a screenshot by using a simple gesture.

To use a swiping motion to take a screenshot, shape your hand like you’re about to do a karate chop, then swipe it from the right edge of the screen to the left edge to take a screenshot.

If this feature is disabled, it’s easy to turn on. Open the Settings app, go to Motions and gestures, and turn on the Palm swipe to capture toggle.

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How to Remove the Back Cover of the Samsung Galaxy S5

Removing the back cover of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is quite easy.

When you need to change the battery, add a memory card, or swap the SIM card in your phone, take off the back cover.

To take off the back cover, look for a slit on the edge of the phone. Traditionally, this was located at the bottom of older phones such as the Galaxy S Vibrant, for example. For the Galaxy S5, the slit is located on the upper-right side of the phone just above the Power button.

When removing the cover, it’s easy to accidentally press the Power button.

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How to Change the Battery, SIM, and MicroSD Card of the Samsung Galaxy S5

With the back cover of the Samsung Galaxy S5 removed, you can access the battery, SIM and microSD card.

After the cover is removed from a Samsung Galaxy S5, you have access to the battery, SIM card, and microSD card.

  • To remove the battery, lift the battery up from the lower recess.
  • To remove the SIM card, remove the battery, then push on the exposed part of the SIM card and slide it out.
  • To add a microSD card, slide it into the slot above the SIM card.