SM-A300F/DS SM-A300G/DS SM-A300F SM-A300G SM-A300H/DS SM-A300HQ SM-A300H User Manual English (EU). 12/2014. Rev.1.0 www.samsung.com...
Table of Contents Read me first Network connectivity Mobile data Wi-Fi Getting started Tethering and Mobile hotspot Package contents Device layout Personalising Using the SIM or USIM card and battery Managing the Home and Apps screens Using a memory card Setting wallpaper and ringtones Turning the device on and off Changing the screen lock method...
Table of Contents Messages & email NFC (NFC-enabled models) Screen Mirroring Messages Mobile printing Email Device & data manager Camera Upgrading the device Basic shooting Transferring files between the device Shooting modes and a computer Camera settings Backing up and restoring data Performing a data reset Gallery Settings...
• D efault 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.
Read me first Instructional icons Warning: situations that could cause injury to yourself or others Caution: situations that could cause damage to your device or other equipment Note: notes, usage tips, or additional information...
• A ppearances and specifications are subject to change without prior notice. • Y ou can purchase additional accessories from your local Samsung retailer. Make sure they are compatible with the device before purchase. • U se only Samsung-approved accessories. Using unapproved accessories may cause the performance problems and malfunctions that are not covered by the warranty.
Getting started Device layout Microphone Proximity/Light sensor Earpiece Front camera Power button Touch screen SIM card / Memory card tray (dual SIM models) Memory card tray Home button (single SIM models) Recent apps button SIM card tray Microphone Back button Headset jack Multipurpose jack GPS antenna...
• D o not cover the antenna area with your hands or other objects. This may cause connectivity problems or drain the battery. • U sing a Samsung-approved screen protector is recommended. Unapproved screen protectors may cause the sensors to malfunction.
Getting started Using the SIM or USIM card and battery Installing the SIM or USIM card Insert the SIM or USIM card provided by the mobile telephone service provider. • O nly nano-SIM cards work with the device. • S ome LTE services may not be available depending on the service provider. For more information about service availability, contact your service provider.
Getting started Pull out the SIM card tray gently from the SIM card tray slot. ► Dual SIM models: ► Single SIM models:...
► Single SIM models: Place the SIM or USIM card on the SIM card tray with the gold- coloured contacts facing downwards. 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.
Getting started Insert the SIM card tray back into the SIM card tray slot. ► Dual SIM models: ► Single SIM models:...
Getting started Removing the SIM or USIM card Insert the ejection pin into the hole on the SIM card tray to loosen the tray. Pull out the SIM card tray gently from the SIM card tray slot. Remove the SIM or USIM card. ►...
Getting started Using dual SIM or USIM cards (dual SIM models) If you insert two SIM or USIM cards, you can have two phone numbers or service providers for a single device. Activating SIM or USIM cards On the Home screen, tap Apps → Settings → SIM card manager. Tap one or both of the switches for the SIM or USIM cards to activate them.
Use the charger to charge the battery before using it for the first time. A computer can be also used to charge the battery by connecting them via the USB cable. Use only Samsung-approved chargers, batteries, and cables. Unapproved chargers or cables can cause the battery to explode or damage the device.
• I f the device is not charging properly, take the device and the charger to a Samsung Service Centre. After fully charging, disconnect the device from the charger. First unplug the charger from the device, and then unplug it from the electric socket.
Getting started Using a memory card Installing a memory card Your device accepts memory cards with maximum capacities of 128 GB. Depending on the memory card manufacturer and type, some memory cards may not be compatible with your device. • S ome 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.
Do not remove the memory card while the device is transferring or accessing information. Doing so can cause data to be lost or corrupted or can damage the memory card or device. Samsung is not responsible for losses that result from the misuse of damaged memory cards, including the loss of data.
Getting started Turning the device on and off Press and hold the Power button 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.
Basics Using the touch screen • D o not allow the touch screen to come into contact with other electrical devices. Electrostatic discharges can cause the touch screen to malfunction. • T o avoid damaging the touch screen, do not tap it with anything sharp or apply excessive pressure to it with your fingertips.
Basics Tapping and holding Tap and hold an item or the screen for more than 2 seconds to access available options. Dragging To move an item, tap and hold it and drag it to the target position. Double-tapping Double-tap on a webpage or image to zoom in. Double-tap again to return.
Basics Flicking Flick left or right on the Home screen or the Apps screen to see another panel. Flick up or down to scroll through a webpage or a list of items, such as contacts. Spreading and pinching Spread two fingers apart on a webpage, map, or image to zoom in a part. Pinch to zoom out.
Basics Home screen layout Home screen The Home screen is the starting point for accessing all of the device’s features. It displays widgets, shortcuts to apps, and more. Widgets are small apps that launch specific app functions to provide information and convenient access on your Home screen. To view other panels, scroll left or right, or tap one of the screen indicators at the bottom of the screen.
Basics Home screen options On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, or pinch your fingers together to access the available options.
Basics Apps screen The Apps screen displays icons for all apps, including newly installed apps. On the Home screen, tap Apps to open the Apps screen. To view other panels, scroll left or right, or select a screen indicator at the bottom of the screen. To customise the Apps screen, refer to Managing the Apps screen.
Basics 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.
Basics Icon Meaning Alarm activated Mute mode activated Vibration mode activated Flight mode activated Error occurred or caution required Battery power level Notifications panel Using the notifications panel When you receive new notifications, such as messages or missed calls, indicator icons appear on the status bar.
Basics You can use the following functions on the notifications panel. Activate or deactivate options. Launch Settings. Tap and hold a button to view more detailed settings. Adjust the brightness. Select a SIM or USIM card. (dual SIM models) Tap a notification and perform Clear all notifications.
To close all running apps, tap → Installing or uninstalling apps Samsung GALAXY Apps Use this app to purchase and download apps. Tap GALAXY Apps on the Apps screen.
Basics 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 Free. To purchase and download apps where charges apply, tap the button that shows the app’s price. →...
Basics Enabling apps On the Apps screen, tap → Show disabled apps, select apps, and then tap Done. Alternatively, on the Apps screen, tap Settings → Application manager, scroll to DISABLED, select an app, and then tap Enable. • H iding apps: Hide apps in the Apps screen only. You can continue to use hidden apps.
Basics Changing the keyboard layout , select a language under INPUT LANGUAGES, and then select a keyboard layout to use. On 3x4 keyboard, a key has three or four characters. To enter a character, tap the corresponding key repeatedly until the desired character appears. Using additional keyboard functions Tap and hold to use various functions.
Basics Screen capture Capture a screenshot while using the device. Press and hold the Home button and the Power button simultaneously. The image is saved in the Gallery → Screenshots folder. After capturing a screenshot, you can edit the image and share it with others.
Basics Power saving feature Use this mode to extend the device’s battery power. In ultra power saving mode, the device performs the following: • D isplays colours on the screen as grey tones. • R estricts the available apps to essential and selected apps only. •...
Network connectivity Mobile data Connect the device to a mobile network to use the Internet or share media files with other devices. Refer to Data usage for additional options. ► Dual SIM models: On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Data usage → a SIM or USIM card, and then tick Mobile data.
Network connectivity Tethering and Mobile hotspot About tethering and mobile hotspots Use this feature to share the device’s mobile data connection with computers and other devices if an Internet connection is unavailable. Connections can be made via Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth.
Network connectivity Using USB tethering Share the device’s mobile data connection with other devices via a USB cable. On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Tethering and Mobile hotspot. Connect your device to the computer via the USB cable. Tick USB tethering. appears on the status bar when the two devices are connected.
Personalising Managing the Home and Apps screens Managing the Home screen Adding items Tap and hold an app from the Apps screen, and then drag it to the Home screen. To add widgets, open the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, tap Widgets, tap and hold a widget, and then drag it to the Home screen.
Personalising Managing panels On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area to add, move, or remove a panel. To add a panel, scroll left to the last panel, and then tap To move a panel, tap and hold a panel preview, and then drag it to a new location. To remove a panel, tap and hold a panel preview, and then drag it to Remove at the top of the screen.
Personalising Setting wallpaper and ringtones Setting wallpaper Set an image or photo stored in the device as wallpaper for the Home screen or the locked screen. On the Home screen, tap and hold an empty area, and then tap Wallpapers. Alternatively, on the Apps screen, tap Settings →...
On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Lock screen → Screen lock, and then select a screen lock method. The device requires an unlock code whenever unlocking it. If the unlock code is forgotten, take the device to a Samsung Service Centre to reset it. Pattern Draw a pattern by connecting four dots or more, and then draw the pattern again to verify it.
Backing up and restoring data for more information. Using Samsung Kies Import a backup of your data from your computer via Samsung Kies to restore data on your device. You can also back up data to the computer via Samsung Kies. Refer to Connecting with Samsung Kies for more information.
Phone Making calls Tap Phone on the Apps screen. ► Dual SIM models: Tap Keypad, enter a phone number, and then tap to make a voice call, or tap to make a video call. View call and message logs. View favourite contacts. Enter the number using the View the contacts list.
Phone ► Single SIM models: Tap Keypad, enter a phone number, and then tap to make a voice call, or tap to make a video call. View call and message logs. View favourite contacts. Enter the number using the View the contacts list. keypad.
Phone 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 reject message bar upwards. To create various rejection messages, open the Apps screen and tap Phone →...
Phone During a video call The following actions are available: • → Hide me: Hide your image from the other party. • → Outgoing image: Select an image to show it to the other party. • → Capture image: Capture the other party’s image. •...
Contacts Adding contacts Moving contacts from other devices You can move contacts from other devices to your device. Refer to Transferring data from your previous device for more information. Creating contacts manually On the Apps screen, tap Contacts → Contacts. and enter contact information.
Contacts Searching for contacts On the Apps screen, tap Contacts → Contacts. Use one of the following search methods: • S croll up or down the contacts list. • D rag a finger along the index at the right side of the contacts list to scroll through it quickly.
Messages & email Messages Sending messages Send text messages (SMS) or multimedia messages (MMS). You may incur additional charges for sending or receiving messages when you are roaming. Tap Messages on the Apps screen. Add recipients and enter a message. ►...
Messages & email ► Single SIM models: Access additional options. Enter recipients. Select contacts from the contacts list. Enter a message. Send the message. Attach files. ► Dual SIM models: Tap to send the message. ► Single SIM models: Tap to send the message.
Messages & email Email Setting up email accounts Tap Email on the Apps screen. Set up an email account when opening Email for the first time. Enter the email address and password. Tap Next for a private email account or tap Manual setup for a company email account.
Messages & email Reading emails Tap Email on the Apps screen. , select an email account to use, and new messages are retrieved. To manually retrieve new messages, tap Tap a message to read. Delete the message. Access additional options. Add this email address to the contacts list or view other options.
Camera Basic shooting Taking photos or recording videos Tap Camera on the Apps screen. Tap the image on the preview screen where the camera should focus. to take a photo or tap to record a video. • S pread two fingers apart on the screen to zoom in, and pinch to zoom out. •...
Camera • T he camera automatically shuts off when unused. • M ake sure that the lens is clean. Otherwise, the device may not work properly in some modes that require high resolutions. • T he front camera lens is suitable for taking wide-angle photos. Minor distortion may occur in wide-angle photos and does not indicate device performance problems.
Camera Shooting modes Auto Use this mode to allow the camera to evaluate the surroundings and determine the ideal mode for the photo. On the Apps screen, tap Camera → → Auto. Beauty face Use this mode to take a photo with lightened faces for gentler images. On the Apps screen, tap Camera →...
Camera Wide selfie Use this mode to take a wide self-portrait using the front camera. The device identifies the in Gallery. photo with On the Apps screen, tap Camera. to use the front camera. → Wide selfie. Show your palm to the screen or tap to take a photo of yourself.
Camera Continuous shot Use this mode to take a series of photos of moving subjects. On the Apps screen, tap Camera → → Continuous shot. HDR (Rich tone) Use this mode to take photos with rich colours and reproduce details even in bright and dark areas.
Camera Camera settings On the Apps screen, tap Camera → . Not all of the following options are available in both still camera and video camera modes. • : Activate or deactivate the flash. • : Invert the image to create a mirror-image of the original scene, when taking photos with the front camera.
Camera • R ecording mode: Change the recording mode. • L ocation tags: Set the device to attach the location tag to the photo. • T o improve GPS signals, avoid shooting in locations where the signal may be obstructed, such as between buildings or in low-lying areas, or in poor weather conditions.
Gallery Viewing content on the device On the Apps screen, tap Gallery and select an image or a video. Video files show the icon on the preview thumbnail. To hide or show the menu bar and the preview thumbnails, tap the screen. Send the image to others.
Useful apps and features S Planner Creating events or tasks Tap S Planner on the Apps screen. . Alternatively, select a date with no events or tasks in it and tap the date again. If the date already has saved events or tasks in it, tap the date and tap Select either event or task and enter details.
Useful apps and features Syncing events and tasks with your accounts Tap S Planner on the Apps screen. To sync events and tasks with your accounts, tap → Sync. To add accounts to sync with, tap → Calendars → Add account. Then, select an account to sync with and sign in.
Useful apps and features Video Playing videos Tap Video on the Apps screen. Select a video to play. Change screen ratio. Adjust the volume. Access additional options. Pause and resume playback. Move forwards or backwards by Rotate the screen's dragging the bar. orientation.
Useful apps and features Clock Alarm On the Apps screen, tap Clock → Alarm. Setting alarms 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 activate or deactivate alarms, tap next to the alarm in the alarms list.
Useful apps and features World clock On the Apps screen, tap Clock → World clock. Creating clocks and enter a city name or select a city from the cities list. Deleting clocks Tap → Select, select clocks, and then tap Stopwatch On the Apps screen, tap Clock →...
Useful apps and features Calculator Use this app for simple or complex calculations. Tap Calculator on the Apps screen. Rotate the device to landscape orientation to display the scientific calculator. If Screen rotation is disabled, tap → Scientific calculator. Memo Use this app to create memos and organise them by category.
Useful apps and features Voice Recorder Recording voice memos Tap Voice Recorder on the Apps screen. to start recording. Speak into the microphone. Tap to pause recording. To cancel recording, tap . Tap to finish recording. Access additional options. Recording elapsed time Display the list of voice memos.
Useful apps and features Radio Listening to the FM radio Tap Radio on the Apps screen. Before you use this app, you must connect a headset, which serves as the radio antenna. The FM radio scans and saves available stations automatically when running for the first time.
Useful apps and features Scanning radio stations Tap Radio on the Apps screen. Tap → Scan, and then select a scan option. The FM radio scans and saves available stations automatically. Select the radio station you want from the stations list and tap to return to the FM radio screen.
Useful apps and features Play Movies & TV Watch videos stored on your device and download various content to watch from Play Store. Play Books Download various books from Play Store and read them. Play Newsstand Read news and magazines that interest you in one convenient location. Play Games Download games from Play Store and play them with others.
• D o 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 On the Apps screen, tap Settings →...
Connecting with other devices Select a device to pair with. If your device has paired with the device before, tap the device name without confirming the auto-generated passkey. If the device you want to pair with is not in the list, request that the device turns on its visibility option.
Connecting with other devices Unpairing Bluetooth devices On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Bluetooth. The device displays the paired devices in the list. next to the device’s name to unpair. Tap Unpair. Wi-Fi Direct About Wi-Fi Direct Wi-Fi Direct connects devices directly via a Wi-Fi network without requiring an access point. Connecting to other devices On the Apps screen, tap Settings →...
Connecting with other devices 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. Sending an image On the Apps screen, tap Gallery. Select an image.
Connecting with other devices NFC (NFC-enabled models) About NFC Your device allows you to read near field communication (NFC) tags that contain information about products. You can also use this feature to make payments and buy tickets for transportation or events after downloading the required apps. The device contains a built-in NFC antenna around the rear camera lens on the back of the device.
Connecting with other devices Making a purchase with the NFC feature Before you can use the NFC feature to make payments, you must register for the mobile payment service. To register or get more information about the service, contact your service provider.
Connecting with other devices Screen Mirroring About Screen Mirroring Use this feature to connect your device to a large screen with an AllShare Cast dongle or HomeSync and then share your contents. Screen mirroring -enabled devices (AllShare Cast dongle, HomeSync) •...
Connecting with other devices Viewing content on a TV Before you connect your device to a TV, connect the screen mirroring-enabled device to the TV. To set up the connection, refer to the device’s user manual. The following actions are an example of viewing content on a TV connected via an AllShare Cast dongle.
Connecting with other devices Mobile printing 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. Adding printer plug-ins Add printer plug-ins for printers you want to connect the device to. On the Apps screen, tap Settings →...
Kies and connect the device to the computer. Samsung Kies automatically recognises the device and shows available updates in a dialogue box, if any. Click the Update button in the dialogue box to start upgrading. Refer to the Samsung Kies help for more information about how to upgrade.
Transfer files between your device and the computer. Connecting with Samsung Kies Samsung Kies is a computer app that manages media contents and personal information with Samsung devices. Download the latest Samsung Kies from the Samsung website. Connect the device to the computer using the USB cable.
Device & data manager Backing up and restoring data Keep your personal information, app data, and settings safe on your device. You can back up your sensitive information to a backup account and access it later. Using a Google account Tap Settings on the Apps screen.
Settings About Settings Use this app to configure the device, set app options, and add accounts. Tap Settings on the Apps screen. Supported features may differ or be labelled differently depending on whether your device is a single or dual SIM model. CONNECTIONS Wi-Fi Activate the Wi-Fi feature to connect to a Wi-Fi network and access the Internet or other...
Settings Bluetooth Activate the Bluetooth feature to exchange information over short distances. On the Settings screen, tap Bluetooth, and then tap the Bluetooth switch to activate it. To use more options, tap . • V isibility timeout: Set duration that the device is visible. •...
Settings To use more options, tap . • D ata roaming: Set the device to use data connections when you are roaming. • R estrict background data: Set the device to disable sync in the background while using a mobile network.
Settings NFC (NFC-enabled models) Activate the NFC feature to read or write NFC tags that contain information. On the Settings screen, tap NFC, and then tap the NFC switch to activate it. • A ndroid Beam: Turn on the Android Beam feature to send data, such as webpages and contacts, to NFC-enabled devices.
Settings Mobile networks • M obile data: Set the device to use data connections on any mobile network. • D ata roaming: Set the device to use data connections when you are roaming. • A ccess Point Names: Set up access point names (APNs). •...
Settings Display Change the display settings. On the Settings screen, tap Display. • W allpaper: – Home screen: Select a background image for the Home screen. – Lock screen: Select a background image for the locked screen. – Home and lock screens: Select a background image for the Home screen and the locked screen.
Settings Lock screen Change the settings for the locked screen. On the Settings screen, tap Lock screen. • S creen lock: Change the screen lock method. The following options may vary depending on the screen lock feature selected. • D ual clock: Set the device to show the dual clock. •...
Settings • A dditional settings: – Caller ID: Display your caller ID to other parties for outgoing calls. – Call forwarding: Divert incoming calls to another number. – Auto area code: Set the device to automatically insert a prefix (area or country code) before a phone number.
Settings PERSONAL Add account Add email or SNS accounts. On the Settings screen, tap Add account. Backup and reset Change the settings for managing settings and data. On the Settings screen, tap Backup and reset. • B ack up my data: Set the device to back up settings and app data to the Google server. •...
Settings • S ingle tap mode: Set the device to control incoming calls or notifications by tapping the button instead of dragging it. • S ERVICES: View accessibility services installed on the device. • T alkBack: Activate TalkBack, which provides voice feedback. To view help information to learn how to use this feature, tap Settings →...
Default Select a default keyboard type for text input. Samsung keyboard To change the Samsung keyboard settings, tap The available options may vary depending on the region or service provider. • E nglish(UK): Select a default keyboard layout. • S elect input languages: Select languages for text input.
• V ibration: Set the device to vibrate when a key is touched. • C haracter preview: Set the device to display a large image of each character tapped. • R eset settings: Reset Samsung keyboard settings. Google voice typing To change the voice input settings, tap •...
Settings Text-to-speech options • P REFERRED TTS ENGINE: Select a speech synthesis engine. To change the settings for speech synthesis engines, tap • S peech rate: Select a speed for the text-to-speech feature. • L isten to an example: Listen to the spoken text for an example. •...
Settings Ultra power saving mode Extend standby time and reduce battery consumption by displaying a simpler layout and allowing limited access to an app. Refer to Power saving feature for more information. On the Settings screen, tap Ultra power saving mode, and then tap the Ultra power saving mode switch to activate it.
• R emote controls: Set the device to allow control of your lost or stolen device remotely via the Internet. To use this feature, you must sign in to your Samsung account. • S IM Change Alert: Activate or deactivate the Find my mobile feature which helps locate the device when lost or stolen.
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: •...
• R estart your device to clear any temporary software bugs. • E nsure that your device software is upgraded to the latest version. • I f the touch screen is scratched or damaged, visit a Samsung Service Centre. Your device freezes or has fatal errors If your device freezes or hangs, you may need to close apps or turn off the device and turn it on again.
The battery icon is empty Your battery is low. Charge the battery or replace it if the battery is user-replaceable. The battery does not charge properly (For Samsung-approved chargers) • E nsure that the charger is connected properly.
• F ree some memory by transferring files to a computer or deleting files from your device. • R estart 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 •...
• I f you are a Windows XP user, ensure that you have Windows XP Service Pack 3 or higher installed on your computer. • E nsure that you have Samsung Kies or Windows Media Player 10 or higher installed on your computer.
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.
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