How to Turn on a Samsung Phone (6 Steps)

By C. Taylor

Samsung phones all turn on by holding the power button.
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Before turning on your Samsung phone for the first time, there are a few things you need to do. If your phone operates on GSM network, it requires a Subscriber Identity Module, or SIM, card to function. The phone will still power on without the card, but you will not be able to send or receive calls. You also have to install a battery and fully charge it before powering up the phone. Once all that is accomplished, the phone is ready to be turned on.

Step 1

Apply pressure to the back cover of the Samsung phone and slide it down to remove it. On some models, use your fingernail along the edge of the back plate to pop it off.

Step 2

Slide the SIM card into the SIM slot. The card's metallic contacts should be pointed down during insertion. If a battery is already installed, pull it up and away from the phone to remove it. If your Samsung phone does not require a SIM card, skip this step.

Step 3

Insert the battery into the battery compartment. Make sure the battery's metallic contacts align with the prongs in the compartment.

Step 4

Replace the battery cover.

Step 5

Plug the charger into a wall outlet and insert the smaller end into the charging port on the Samsung phone. Allow the phone to charge for several hours before using it for the first time. When charging is complete, detach the charging cable.

Step 6

Press and hold the "Power," "End" or "Lock" button to turn on the Samsung phone. This button may be located on at the top of the keypad or on the side of the phone.