Tips & Tricks: Galaxy S II (AT&T)

Designed to deliver stunning images, blazing speed and powerful computing, the Galaxy S II™, available at AT&T, is loaded with features. From setting up shortcuts to managing your notifications, find out how to get the most out of your smartphone with these helpful hints.

Media HubMedia Hub Sharing: Connect up to five devices on a single Media Hub account to share movies and shows.

Sharing a Media Hub Account: Because you can authorize up to five devices to use a single Media Hub account, it’s easy to share purchased content between the Galaxy S II and the original Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and other Media Hub-capable devices. View and edit linked devices at Applications > Media Hub > Menu key > My Account > Manage My Devices.

Mini Diary Make a Mini Diary to Share on Facebook®: Prepare rich Facebook notes and updates ahead of time with the Mini Diary app. Mini Diary lets you write an entry and pair it with a photo and location. To make a Mini Diary entry for posting to Facebook, touch Applications > Mini Diary. Create a new entry by adding a photo, location and text, and touch Save. To publish, touch Menu key > More > Publish > Facebook. Diary entries can also be shared via email or messaging.

Kies AirKies Air lets you wirelessly manage phone content via any web browser—including photos, music, video and contacts. You can even send text messages from your PC.

Kies Syncing on Mac® Computers: Kies Air is now compatible with Macintosh® computers to sync multimedia and personal information. In the Mac version, contact information is synced with your Address Book and calendar events are synced with iCal®.

Task Manager Recently Used Apps: Touch and hold the Home key to open the Recent Apps menu, a thumbnail display of previously used apps. Touch any app icon to navigate to the app, or touch Task Manager to open the app management tool. You can also access the Task Manager widget on home screen #7.

AndroidGetting More Out of Maps™ with Latitude™: With Compass mode, you can see the map in 3D and easily orient and rotate the map through touch. You can sign in to Latitude for more map-based functions, like tracking friends in real time or seeing the location where they spend the most time.

eReading Save Battery While Reading: To preserve battery life, you can change the background on the Amazon Kindle™ eBook to black. This saves power because Super AMOLED™ Plus does not use the screen backlight when displaying the color black. To change the background while reading an eBook on the Kindle app, touch Menu key > View Options and select Black.

Notifications Opening the Notifications Panel: The Notifications Panel provides information about missed calls, new messages and voicemails, download progress and more. The panel also offers quick access to on/off switches for WiFi®, Bluetooth®, GPS, Flight Mode and Screen Rotation. To open the panel, touch the top of the screen and sweep down.

Avoid Duplicate Email Notifications: When using Social Hub’s unified inbox, you should deactivate notifications in the Gmail™ app to avoid getting duplicate “new message” notifications. To adjust this feature, touch Applications > Gmail. Touch the Menu key > More > Settings. Uncheck the box next to Email Notifications.

ShortcutsDirect Dialing & Messaging: If there are certain contacts that you call or message frequently, you can add those contacts as a direct dial or direct message shortcut on a home screen. Then, with one touch and without opening the dialer or composer, the you can call or message your contact. To add a direct dial or message contact, from the home screen, touch Menu > Add > Shortcuts.

Browser Bookmarks: Any website that’s been bookmarked in the browser can also be added to the Home screen as a one-touch shortcut. To add a shortcut to a favorite website, from the Home screen, touch Menu key > Add > Shortcuts > Bookmark. Touch the thumbnail of the website to select it.

Battery Management Battery Management Tools: You can better understand battery life and how to optimize it with tools found in the Settings menu. Touch Applications > Settings > Applications > Battery Usage to see what programs are currently using the battery and the estimated remaining charge. You can also go to Applications > Settings > Power Saving Mode to set preferences that reduce battery usage.

Music PlayerBuilt-in Music Player: While a song is playing on you phone, the built-in music player can be controlled from the app, the notifications panel, and even from the lock screen. Simply touch the play/pause, skip forward or skip back icons to control the music. Within the app, you can search the web and YouTube™ to find more info on a song or band by touching the name of the currently playing song.

Voice CommandsVoice Talk allows users to give voice commands, including voice dial, text message, navigation, music, Web browsing and search. When docked into the car dock, the Galaxy S II automatically defaults into Voice Talk mode.

Voice Talk at the Ready: When a green light appears in the Voice Talk app, the program is ready to receive a command through either the Tap & Speak button or by saying “Hi, Galaxy.” Keep in mind that leaving Voice Talk in this ready-to-listen state for an extended period can drain the phone’s battery.

Voice Talk Bluetooth® Launching: Turn on the Launch on Bluetooth® option in the Voice Talk settings menu to automatically launch the Voice Talk app when a Bluetooth headset is active.

Super AMOLED™ Plus The Superiority of Super AMOLED Plus: The Super AMOLED Plus display technology uses up to 50 percent more subpixels than Super AMOLED, resulting in crisper text and smoother graphics. Power consumption, response time and screen thickness are reduced compared to competing displays. The Super AMOLED Plus display also boasts improved transparency and color gamut, better viewing angle, and less reflection than conventional LCD screens.


Photo Editor Photo Editor gives you the ability to apply fun effects to your photos such as motion blur, warp and composite images. With the editing tools, you can rotate, crop, flip, adjust contrast, sharpness and saturation.

Selecting Items in the Photo Editor: To apply effects to an area of a photo in the editor app, it must first be selected. To select an area of a photo, touch the selection tool and choose New Selection. The tool works best when you drag your finger across the middle of the desired area like a paintbrush, rather than trying to outline the area. Selections can be fine-tuned with the Add To and Remove From options in the Selection menu.

AppsSharing Apps: Have a favorite app? Recommend it to friends via Bluetooth®, email, messaging or Wi-Fi Direct™. Go to Applications and touch the Menu key > Share App. Select the app from the list and touch Done. Follow the prompts to send a link to download the app.

CameraCustomizing Camera Shortcuts: The camera toolbar can be customized with shortcuts chosen by you. To add specific shortcuts, touch Camera > Settings > Edit Shortcuts. Drag the preferred shortcuts to the toolbar.

Sharing Photos from the Galaxy S II: Sharing photos from your Galaxy S II is simple with several built-in tools. If you have a compatible Samsung Smart TV, you can take advantage of the Smart Show feature to stream images and video wirelessly from your handset. If you have another HDTV, you can stream via an optional MHL adapter, which converts the phone’s MicroUSB port to an HDMI port. To share online, you can upload photos directly to Picasa™ or add the Google+ application (available in Google Play™) and share photos with your social circle.

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Pre-Loaded Apps Deletable AT&T Apps: Many of the preloaded apps can be deleted, a feature that was not available on previous AT&T handsets. To remove an app, while in the Applications menu, touch the Menu key > Edit. Touch the minus sign next to the app to be deleted. To restore deleted apps, download them from Google Play, or restore the phone to factory settings.

microSD™ Card Why You Need a microSD Card: Though a microSD card isn’t mandatory for most phone uses, one can be used to add your existing media and entertainment to the device. The use of a microSD card is not necessary for the use of the music player and camera. The Galaxy S II accepts microSD cards up to 32GB.


Clipboard Using the Clipboard: When you copy text or an image from a message, the gallery or the browser, the item is stored on the Clipboard and can be pasted into any kind of composer, including email, memos and messaging. To open the clipboard while in a composer, double-tap the text box, touch the blue arrow, and select Clipboard. Touch a Clipboard item to paste it into the composer.


Motion Interaction Motion Settings: The Galaxy S II can support four motions—turn over, tilt, panning and double tap—to control certain functions of the phone. Turning the phone over mutes incoming calls and sounds, tilting reduces or enlarges screen image in the Gallery or Browser, panning moves widget and shortcut icons from page to page in the Home and Applications screens, and double tap prepares the phone for voice commands. To activate these features and learn more about them, touch Applications > Settings > Motion.

Dual Cameras
Switching Between the Two Cameras: During photo sessions or video recordings, you may want to switch between the rear-facing and front-facing cameras. While in the camera application, touch the Switch icon to toggle between the two cameras. In the Camcorder application, touch Recording Mode > Self-Recording.

WidgetsResizing Widgets: Many of the Home screen widgets can be resized by long-pressing the widget and then releasing it. Yellow lines show the available sizes for the widget. Grab the lower right corner of the widget to resize it to fit one of the yellow outlines, or briefly touch the widget again to cancel the resize.

Getting the Most Out of Live Panel Widgets: The Samsung Live Panel user experience is designed to keep your most relevant information easily accessible on the Home screen. You can add widgets that you find most engaging or important and remove those that you rarely use.

Social Hub
Synced Social Networking: The Galaxy S II can be a powerful social networking tool when you add your preferred social networking accounts to the phone. Go to Applications > Social Hub for full social networking integration and syncing, including feeds, messages and the ability to post status updates, comments, tweets and more.

Social Hub vs. Individual Apps: While you still have access to many individual messaging and social networking apps—either because they are preloaded like Gmail™ or because they’re available in Google Play—Social Hub brings the function of all these apps together into one easy-to-use application with a unified inbox for email, messaging and aggregated networking feeds.

USB Host
Attaching USB Devices to the Galaxy S II: With the optional USB adapter, you can connect devices such as keyboards, mice and thumb drives to the Galaxy S II. High-powered devices and charging another device from the Galaxy S II’s port are not supported.

Internet Calling
Internet Calling: Android™ 2.3 supports internet calling on the Galaxy S II. You must set up your own provider on the phone to use the service, because SIP accounts are not provided as part of the Android support.

Screen Capture
Capturing a Screen: To capture a photo of the phone’s current screen, touch and hold the Home key and Power key at the same time. Screen captures are saved in the ScreenCapture folder in the Gallery.

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