How To: Set Up Your Grandma's Samsung Galaxy S5 for Easier Use (& Less Questions for You)

Set Up Your Grandma's Samsung Galaxy S5 for Easier Use (& Less Questions for You)

The Galaxy S5 is a flagship-level device with some pretty advanced features, like its 4K video recording capability, water-resistant casing, fingerprint sensor, and KitKat running out of the gate.

Most of us can utilize and truly appreciate what this device has to offer, but what about those less accustomed to such an advanced phone—like your parents or grandparents? To them, the Galaxy S5 may look like a strange extraterrestrial artifact.

Personally, I get a little annoyed with the constant questions my mom asks, like "how do I make a call?" or "why can't I see my new messages?". Because of this, one of the first things I did with my mom's new S5 was place it in Easy Mode. Without sacrificing any of the phone's functionality, you will be able to facilitate a simpler experience for your parents, or anyone that's a little less tech-savvy.

Enabling Easy Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Go into the device's Settings and locate the Personalization section, then tap the blue icon with Easy mode underneath it. Now, enable Easy Mode and scroll down to select the applications the user will most likely need (others can be added later) and tap Done at the top of the screen.

Navigating the Simpler Home Screen

With Easy Mode enabled, the home screen will now have larger icons, weather, and time presentations. Also added to the home screen are two new apps—Torch (a flashlight app) and Magnifier (let's the user zoom in and out to see text or images more easier).

Creating Favorite Contacts for Easy Access

Scrolling to the left of the main home screen will bring up a dedicated contacts list. New contacts can be added by tapping on the empty spots. Once added, this will make calling and messaging the user's favorite twelve contacts even easier.

Adding Apps They'll Need to the Home Screen

Navigate to the right of the home screen to view more apps. This is also where you will add any new app, like Facebook or YouTube. Tap on the plus sign, scroll through any of the apps on your device, then select the application you wish to add to their home screen.

The New Simplified Settings Panel

The setting will now also be easier to navigate and understand. The user can easily adjust brightness, view data usage, change wallpapers, adjust volume, and more, like enlarging or shrinking font size throughout the device.

The Samsung Galaxy S5, Grandma-ified

There's no need to miss out on such a great phone simply because it has a learning curve and can get a little overwhelming. Easy Mode can serve as training wheels for any user until they're confident enough to utilize the S5 on normal mode.

Once they get proficient enough with their new S5, you can change it back to how it's supposed to be. To revert back, simply go into the Settings again and tap on Easy Mode to disable the function. Hopefully this enables novice users to enjoy the S5 and ditch their flip phones.

Grandparents image via Shutterstock

10 Comments

So I am one of these older users who is using this simpified setting and screen view. HOW DO YOU MOVE THE FLASHLIGHT and the MAGNIFIER to a different place? I can change the location and view on all other APPs but not those two. Thanks!

Moving those apps isn't possible. Unfortunately, it's part of the simplicity.

That was my question exactly, about moving the flashlight & magnifying glass. The only other thing was I lost the ability to schedule my text messages for the next day. Say for instance it was late at night & I dated the text to be sent the next day at 10 a.m. Totally appreciate your write up on the Easy Mode, Very Helpful, Thank you! Nancy E.

Thank you so much....I'm only 50, this has just made my new phone so much easier for me to use. I'm new to Samsung and was having a bit of trouble navigating my way around. All good now!

Awesome! And yup, sometimes simple is the best.

The Flashlight is in Widgets. Select a page other than your home page and press down on it. Widgets will show at the bottom of the screen. Open Widgets and search through it. Then just press on it and drag it to the front page or where ever you want it.

How do you add the Facebook app if it's not there to select?

After installing it from the Google Play Store, you would then go to More Apps to access it, or you could tap an empty slot with the + sign so you can pin it to a home screen page.

Can you delete the empty spots not used on the contact page. I hate all those empty + markers.

I'm using my new S5mini on easy mode (being a grandmother!) and have lost the contacts page you get by swiping from th left. Is there a way to get this back?

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