Samsung Galaxy TAB S5e

First look – Samsung Galaxy TAB S5e

Let’s get started.

First of all, let’s make sure you have everything you need. Inside the box* you should find:

  • 1 x Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
  • 1 x power adapter
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x USB-C to 3.5mm Adapter
*some box contents may vary

We’ll guide you through certain key features and refer you to Samsung’s User Guide for other features.

Note: software updates happen frequently, so your tablet may look a little different.

Get to know your Samsung Galaxy TAB S5e

Device Layout

Connect to Wi-Fi

You can connect your tablet to a Wi-Fi network to access the Internet without using your mobile data.

To connect to Wi-Fi, do the following:

Go to Settings>tap on Connections>Wi-Fi, and then tap to turn on Wi-Fi and scan for available networks. Tap the desired network and enter the password, if necessary.


Your Samsung Galaxy S5e does not have cellular connectivity and therefore does not have a SIM card slot. It connects to the internet through Wi-Fi only.


You can answer and make calls with your tablet if you also have a Samsung smartphone. This feature is called “Call and message continuity.”

For this feature to work, both your Samsung tablet and smartphone must be signed into the same Samsung Account. If you don’t have a Samsung Account, you will need to create one:

• Go to Settings>tap Accounts and backup>tap Accounts>tap + Add account>tap on Samsung Account, then follow the instructions to create a new account.

• After you have added Samsung accounts to both your Samsung tablet and your Samsung smartphone, do the following: tap on Settings>tap on Advanced Features>select Call & text on other devices>tap to turn on the feature. You must do this on both your tablet and smartphone.

• You can place phone calls by tapping the phone app and then using the dialer.

Tip: In addition to allowing you to make and answer calls from your tablet, this will allow you to receive and send text messages from your tablet. To send and receive text messages, use the Messages app


If you want to receive calls with your tablet you can select your ringtone. To change the default ringtone, do the following:

• Got to Settings>tap Sound>tap ringtone, then select the desired ringtone. As you select various ringtones, your tablet will play them for you.

Set Up a Google Account

A Google account is needed for many functions, including downloading applications from the Google Play Store, accessing Google Cloud Storage and using many of android’s features.

To add a Google account, do the following:

• Go to settings>tap Accounts and backup>tap Accounts>tap + Add account>tap on Google, then follow the instructions to sign into an existing account or to create a new account.

Tip: Note that a Google Account is not the same thing as a Gmail account. A Google Account is a username and password that can be used to log in to Google applications like Docs, Sites, Maps, and Photos, but a Google account doesn’t necessarily end with Think of it this way: all accounts are Google accounts, but not all Google accounts are accounts.

To add a Gmail account, do the following:

• Go to settings>tap Accounts and backup>tap Accounts>tap + Add account>tap Email>tap Gmail>tap + New Accounts, then follow the instructions.

Status Bar

The status bar is located at the very top of the display and provides device information, via status icons, on the right side of the status bar and notification alerts on the left side.

Here are examples of status icons on the right side of the status bar:

You can see that the status icons provide device information such as battery status, whether Wi-Fi or Bluetooth are turned on, and more.

On the other hand, notification icons generally let the user know that there is new activity with a particular application. For example, whether you have a new email or text message.

Here are examples

If the user wants more detail on the notifications, he or she can swipe down from the top of the device and a panel will appear with additional information regarding the notifications. For example, if there is a new email alert, it will specify who the email is from and the subject of the email.


Using Apps

The Apps list displays all preloaded and downloaded apps. Apps can be downloaded from Galaxy Apps and the Google Play store.

• From a Home screen, swipe the screen upward to access the Apps list.

Uninstall or disable apps

Installed apps can be removed from your device. Some apps that are preloaded (available on your device by default) can only be disabled. Disabled apps are turned off and hidden from the Apps list.
• From Apps, touch and hold an app, and tap Uninstall/Disable.

Search for Apps

If you are not sure where to find an app or a setting, you can use the Search feature.

1. From Apps, tap Finder search, and enter a word or words. As you type, matching apps and settings appear as results on the screen.
2. Tap a result to go to that app.

TIP: You can customize the search settings by tapping More options > Finder settings.

Sort Apps

App shortcuts can be listed alphabetically or in your own custom order.

From Apps, tap More options > Sort for the following sorting options:

• Custom order: Arrange apps manually.
• Alphabetical order: Sort apps alphabetically.

TIP: When apps are arranged manually (Custom order), empty icon spaces can be removed by tapping More options > Clean up pages.

Create and Use Folders

You can make folders to organize App shortcuts on the Apps list.

1. From Apps, touch and hold an app shortcut, and then drag it on top of another app shortcut until it is highlighted.
2. Release the app shortcut to create the folder.

Enter folder name: Name the folder.
Palette: Change the folder color.
Add apps: Place more apps in the folder. Tap apps to select them, and then tap Add.
3. Tap Back to close the folder.

Copy a folder to a Home screen

You can copy a folder to a Home screen.

From Apps, touch and hold a folder, and tap Add to Home.

Delete a folder

When you delete a folder, the app shortcuts return to the Apps list.
From Apps, touch and hold a folder to delete.
Tap Delete folder, and confirm when prompted.

Access Settings

There are a couple of ways to access your device settings.

Drag down the Status bar, and then tap Settings.
From Apps, tap Settings.


You can pair your device to other Bluetooth®-enabled devices, like Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth-enabled vehicle infotainment system. Once a pairing is created, the devices remember each other and can exchange information without having to enter the passkey again.

1. From Settings, tap Connections > Bluetooth, and then tap to turn on Bluetooth.
2. Tap a device and follow the prompts to connect.

TIP: When sharing a file, tap Bluetooth to use this feature.

Rename a paired device

You can rename a paired device to make it easier to recognize.

From Settings, tap Connections > Bluetooth, and then tap to turn on Bluetooth.
Tap Settings next to the device name, and then tap Rename.
Enter a new name, and tap Rename.

Unpair from a Bluetooth device

When you unpair from a Bluetooth device, the two devices no longer recognize each other.

1. From Settings, tap Connections > Bluetooth, and then tap to turn on Bluetooth.
2. Tap Settings next to the device, and then tap Unpair.

TIP: You will need to pair with the device again in order to connect to it.

Advanced options

Additional Bluetooth features are available in the Advanced menu.

1. From Settings, tap Connections > Bluetooth.
2. Tap Advanced for the following options:

Media volume sync: Sync the volume level set on the connected Bluetooth devices to your device.
Bluetooth control history: View apps that have used Bluetooth recently.

Airplane Mode

Airplane mode disconnects your device from all networks and turns off connectivity features.

From Settings, tap Connections > Airplane mode.
Tap to enable this feature.

Data Usage

Check your current mobile and Wi-Fi data usage. You can also customize warnings and limits.

From Settings, tap Connections > Data usage.

Monitor Wi-Fi data

You can restrict Wi-Fi data access by customizing usage limits and networks.

From Settings, tap Connections > Data usage.
Tap Wi-Fi data usage to view data usage over Wi-Fi connections over a period of time. You can view total usage as well as usage by app.

Sound Mode

You can change the sound mode on your device without using the volume keys.

From Settings, tap Sound > Sound mode, and then choose a mode:

Sound: Use the sounds, vibrations, and volume levels you have chosen in Sound settings for notifications and alerts.
Vibrate: Use vibration only for notifications and alerts.
Mute: Set your device to make no sounds.
 – Temporary mute: Set a time limit for muting the device.

TIP: Use the sound mode setting instead of the volume keys to change the sound mode without losing your customized sound levels.

Easy mute

Quickly mute sounds by covering the screen or turning the device over.

From Settings, tap Advanced features > Motions and gestures > Easy mute, and tap to enable.

Notification Sounds

Customize notification sounds for certain apps or choose a default for all notifications.

From Settings, tap Sound > Notification sounds and tap a sound to choose it.


Set the volume level for notifications and other audio.

From Settings, tap Sound > Volume, and drag the sliders.

TIP: You can also use the Volume key to adjust the volume. Slide the volume controls to customize all volume options.

Use Volume keys for media

Set the default of the Volume key to control the media volume.

1. From Settings, tap Sound.
2. Tap Use Volume keys for media to enable this feature.

System Sounds

Customize your device’s sounds and vibrations for actions like tapping the screen and charging the device.

From Settings, tap Sound > System sounds for the following options:

• Touch sound: Play tones when you touch or tap the screen to make selections.
• Screen lock sound: Play a sound when you unlock the screen.
• Charging sound: Play a sound when a charger is connected.
• Keyboard sound: Play a sound when typing with the Samsung keyboard.

Screen Brightness

Adjust the screen brightness according to lighting conditions or personal preference.

1. From Settings, tap Display.
2. Customize options under Brightness:

• Drag the Brightness slider to set a custom brightness level.
• Tap Adaptive brightness to automatically adjust the screen brightness based on the lighting conditions.
Reset usage patterns: Clear your brightness adjustment history. Your device begins learning your preferences again after the reset.

Blue Light Filter

The Blue light filter can help you sleep better if you use your device at night. You can set a schedule to automatically turn this feature on and off.

From Settings, tap Display > Blue light filter, and then choose one of the following options:

• Drag the Opacity slider to set the opacity of the filter.
• Tap Turn on now to enable this feature.
• Tap Turn on as scheduled to set a schedule for when Blue light filter should be enabled. You can choose Sunset to sunrise or Custom schedule.

Night Mode

Night mode allows you to switch to a darker theme to keep your eyes more comfortable at night.

From Settings, tap Display > Night mode for the following options:

Turn on now: Put your device in Night mode.
Turn on as scheduled: Configure Night mode for either Sunset to sunrise or Custom schedule.

Font Size and Style

You can change the font size and style to customize your device.

From Settings, tap Display > Font size and style for the following options:

• Drag the Font size slider to adjust the size of text.
• Tap Font style to choose a different font.
– Tap a font to select it, or tap Download fonts to add fonts from Galaxy Apps.
• Tap Bold font to make all fonts appear with bold weight.

Screen Zoom

Adjust the zoom level to increase or decrease the size of content on the screen.

1. From Settings, tap Display > Screen zoom.
2. Drag the Screen zoom slider to adjust the zoom level.

Screen Timeout

You can set the screen to turn off after a set amount of time.

From Settings, tap Display > Screen timeout, and tap a time limit to set it.

Screen Saver

You can display colors or photos when the screen turns off or while charging.

1. From Settings, tap Display > Screen saver.
2. Tap to enable the feature and configure the following options:
Colors: Tap the selector to display a changing screen of colors.
Photo table: Display pictures in a photo table.
Photo frame: Display pictures in a photo frame.
Photos: Display pictures from your Google Photos account.
3. Tap Preview for a demonstration of the selected Screen saver.

TIP: Tap Settings next to a feature for additional options.

Screen Lock Types

You can choose from the following screen lock types that offer high, medium, or no security: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password, and None.

NOTE Biometric locks are also available to protect access to your device and sensitive data on your device. For more information, see Flexible security.

Set a secure screen lock

It is recommended that you secure your device using a secure screen lock (Pattern, PIN, or Password).

1. From Settings, tap Lock screen > Screen lock type and tap a secure screen lock (Pattern, PIN, or Password).
2. Tap to enable showing notifications on the lock screen. The following options are available:

View style: Display notification details or hide them and show only an icon.
Hide content: Do not show notifications in the notification panel.
3. Tap Done when finished.
4. Configure the following screen lock options:
Smart Lock: Unlock your device automatically when trusted locations or other devices have been detected. A secure screen lock is required for this feature.
Secure lock settings: Customize your secure lock settings. A secure screen lock is required for this feature.

Find My Mobile

You can protect your device from loss or theft by allowing your device to be locked, tracked online, and for your data to be deleted remotely. For more information, visit

TIP: A Samsung account is required, and Google location service must be turned on in order to use Find My Mobile.

Turn on Find My Mobile

Before you can use the Find My Mobile feature, you must turn it on and customize the options. To access your device remotely, visit

From Settings, tap Biometrics and security > Find My Mobile.
Tap Add Samsung account and follow the prompts. The following options are available:
Remote controls: Turn on to access your device remotely.
Google location service: Turn on to enable Google location service to find your device.
Remote unlock: Allow Samsung to store your PIN, pattern, or password, allowing you to unlock and control your device remotely.
Send last location: Allow your device to send its last location to the Find My Mobile server when the remaining battery charge falls below a certain level.

Screen Reader

Use special controls and settings that let you navigate without needing to see the screen.

From Settings, tap Accessibility > Screen reader and tap an option:
Voice assistant: Receive spoken feedback when using your device, such as what you touch, select, or activate.
Tutorial: Lean how to use Voice assistant.
Settings: Configure Voice assistant to better assist you.

Visibility Enhancements

You can configure Accessibility features to assist with visual aspects of your device.

Colors and clarity

You can adjust the colors and contrast of text and other screen elements for easier viewing.

From Settings, tap Accessibility > Visibility enhancements and tap an option:
• High contrast fonts: Adjust the color and outline of fonts to increase the contrast with the background.
• High contrast keyboard: Adjust the size of the Samsung keyboard and change its colors to increase the contrast between the keys and the background.
• Show button shapes: Show buttons with shaded backgrounds to make them stand out better against the wallpaper.
• Negative colors: Reverse the display of colors from white text on a black background to black text on a white background.
• Color adjustment: Adjust the color of the screen if you find it difficult to see some colors.
• Color lens: Adjust the screen colors if you have difficulty reading the text.
• Remove animations: Remove certain screen effects if you are sensitive to motion.

Size and zoom

You can increase the size of supported screen elements and create shortcuts for accessibility features on your device.

From Settings, tap Accessibility > Visibility enhancements and tap an option:
• Magnifier window: Magnify content shown on the screen.
• Magnification: Use exaggerated gestures such as triple-tapping, double pinching, and dragging two fingers across the screen.
• Large mouse/touchpad pointer: Use a large pointer for a connected mouse or touchpad (accessories not included).
• Font size and style: Configure screen fonts.
• Screen zoom: Configure the screen zoom level.

Hearing Enhancements

You can configure Accessibility features to assist with audial aspects of the device.


You can adjust audio quality when using hearing aids or earphones.

From Settings, tap Accessibility > Hearing enhancements and tap an option:
• Sound detectors: Receive alerts when the device detects a baby crying or a doorbell.
• Mute all sounds: Turn off all notifications and audio for privacy.
• Left/right sound balance: Use the slider to adjust the left and right balance when listening to audio in stereo.
• Mono audio: Switch audio from stereo to mono when using one earphone.

Text display

You can watch closed captions when viewing multimedia.

From Settings, tap Accessibility > Hearing enhancements and tap an option:
• Samsung subtitles (CC): Use Samsung subtitles with multimedia files when available.
• Google subtitles (CC): Use Google subtitles with multimedia files when available.

Interaction and Dexterity

You can configure Accessibility features to assist with limited dexterity when interacting with your device.

Alternate input

You can control your device using different kinds of inputs and controls.

From Settings, tap Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity and tap an option:
• Universal switch: Control your device with your customized switches.
• Assistant menu: Improve device accessibility for users with reduced dexterity.
• Click after pointer stops: Automatically click on an item after the pointer stops over it.


You can simplify the motions needed to respond to notifications and alarms.

From Settings, tap Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity and tap an option:
• Interaction control: Customize areas of screen interactions, hardkeys, and the keyboard.

Touch settings

You can adjust your screen to be less sensitive to taps and touches.

From Settings, tap Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity and tap an option:
• Touch and hold delay: Select a time interval for this action.
• Tap duration: Set how long an interaction must be held to be recognized as a tap.
• Ignore repeated touches: Set a time duration in which to ignore repeated touches.


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