Samsung Galaxy S5 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials

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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. Image © Jason Hidalgo

So you finally got that shiny, new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone you’ve been pining for. Now what? After marveling at its nice clean design and colorful user interface, you may be pondering how to do a few things with your phone. Sounds like the perfect time to go through some quick tips such as battery, microSD, and SIM card replacement. Before that, though, let’s start with one of the basics: taking a screenshot with your Galaxy S5. There are actually two ways to do it, starting with the classic two-button press method that users of older Samsung Galaxy phones will be quite familiar with. Unlike phones such as the HTC One M8 and the LG G Flex, which require pressing the Power and Volume Down buttons to take a screenshot, the Galaxy phones use a method similar to the iPhone. This means you will need to press the POWER and MENU buttons at the same time.

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In case you’re not familiar with them, the power button is located on the right upper side of the phone while the menu button is that rounded rectangular button on the front lower face of the S5. You’ll need to hold both buttons until you hear an audible click as simply tapping them quickly won’t initiate a screenshot. Feel free to use two hands when pressing the buttons as it will make it much easier. The only reason I’m using one hand in the photo above is because I need to take a picture and, well, I don’t have three hands. Once you hear that click, your image will be automatically saved in your photos folder. Then again, there’s another nifty way to take a screenshot as well. Head to the next page to find out.

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Taking a Screenshot with the Samsung Galaxy S5 via 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. Image © Jason Hidalgo

Button clicks are neat and all, but a big part of user interfaces for touch screen these days involve gestures. The built-in Swype keyboard that lets you spell words by swiping instead of tapping each letter is a great example. Just like Swype, you can also take a screenshot via a simple gesture. Just make sure you’ve got that Justin Bieber photo you’ve been secretly pining for on your screen and do what many folks secretly want to do with the guy and slap him across the face to take that screenshot.

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Well, actually, what you need to do is 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 you’ve got this feature disabled for some reason, it’s pretty easy to turn on. Just tap on your Settings app, scroll down to Motions and gestures and make sure that Palm swipe to capture is turned on. Voila! Easy screen capturing via a quick swipe. Up next, I’ll show you how to remove the back cover in order to access your SIM, microSD card or change the battery of your Samsung Galaxy S5.

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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. Image © Jason Hidalgo

One of the things I’ve always liked about Samsung’s Galaxy phones is how easy it is to take off the back cover. For power users, this is great because of a few reasons. One is that it allows easy swapping of batteries and memory cards. Another is access to your SIM card, another useful feature for advanced users who need to swap cards when going overseas. To take off the back cover, you simply need to look for a slit on the edges 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, however, the slit is located on the upper right-hand side of the phone just above the power button. Guess they ended up moving it due to the chunkier port that the S5 uses. The downside is that it’s easier to accidentally press the power button so just be on the lookout for that. Otherwise, removing the cover is as easy as prying it off. To see what the exposed back of the S5 looks like and how to change the battery, SIM and microSD card, head on to the next page.

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Changing 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. Image © Jason Hidalgo

Once you’ve got the back cover off, this is what you end up with. I don’t have a microSD card installed in this particular phone but using one is as easy as sliding it into that slot just above the SIM card. To remove the battery, just lift it up from the lower recess. With the battery out, you also can remove the SIM card by pushing down on the lower exposed part then sliding it out. And that’s it for now. For more about Samsung devices and accessories, check out our list of Samsung Galaxy articles.