Setup Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for First-Time Use

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The Samsung Galaxy Note3 is an awesome device. Before you can start using and enjoying its great features, you need to set it up. This article will guide you through setting up your device for first time use. To start using your device, you need to power it on. Once the phone starts for the first time, you will be asked to setup your Note3. Simply and follow the procedures below to properly and successfully set-up your device:

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Setup Samsung Galaxy Note3 for First-Time Use

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    Welcome!
    The first screen that greets you is the welcome screen. Here, you can change the language should need to do it. This is a great start so you can go through the rest of setting up without problems with language. To change the language, simply tap on the language scroll down menu and tap your preferred language. Also, if you are having sight and hearing problems, you can tap on the Accessibility button to change the accessibility settings to your convenience. You can tap on Next to proceed to the next page. However, take note that tapping on Next means that you agree to Samsung's terms and conditions. You can tap on Learn more to read the terms of use.
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    Date and time.
    The second screen is the date and time screen. Here, you can choose to manually change on the date and time by tapping on their corresponding portions or set the phone to the network's time and date to automatically update date and time. You can also change your time zone to fit your current location. Click on Next if you are done.
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    Samsung account.
    The third screen is the Samsung account login screen where you can login using an existing Samsung account or you can create a new one if you do not have it yet. This is an optional step and you can quickly tap on Skip to proceed to the next page. However, we recommend that you sign in or make a new account as some of Samsung Galaxy Note3's feature requires a Samsung Account. To sign in, simply tap on the Sign in button and enter your Samsung account and password. To make a new account, tap on Create new account button.
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    Create new account.
    If you choose to create a new account, this page will require you to input the following details:
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    1. Email address. Enter a valid email address.
    2. Password. Enter a secure password.
    3. Confirm password. Enter the same secure password. Tap on the "Show password" button if you are having problems with password confirmation.
    4. Date of birth. Enter birthday on the format: MM/DD/YYYY
    5. First name. Enter your first name.
    6. Last name. Enter your last name.
    7. Zip code. Enter your address's zip code.
    8. Tap to put a check mark on Receive notices box if you want to receive updates from Samsung on your email address.
    9. Tap on "Signup" to proceed.
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    Terms and conditions.
    This screen shows the terms and conditions, special terms and privacy policy with regards to your Samsung account. Click on each, read them and understand.
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    Agree.
    When you are done and you agree to all of the terms and conditions, you can tap on the box before the I accept all the terms above and tap on the Agree button. If you do not agree to at least one of them, tap on the Decline button. You can still continue using your Note3 if you tap on "Decline".
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    Welcome to your Samsung account.
    This page will show once you have successfully made a new Samsung account. A verification link has been sent to your registered email address which you can verify later. Tap on the Next button to proceed.
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    Backup and restore.
    This is the backup and restore page, where you can restore previously backed up text messages, multimedia messages, logs and wallpaper. Tap on the check box to the right of Restore to start restoring. If you have not made backup, you can tap on "Auto backup" so your phone will perform Auto backup. Click on the Next button to proceed.
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    Got Google?
    This is the page where you need to link your Galaxy Note3 to your Google account. If you already have one, tap on Yes. You can then proceed with entering your Google account details. If you do not have a Google account yet, tap on the No button.
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    Back up without restoring.
    You will be prompted with a warning that if you do not restore your account before backing up your date, all previously backed up data will be overwritten with the new backup data. Tap on Cancel if you want to restore first or tap on Continue to get to the next page.
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    Make it Google.
    This is the page where you can opt to make a new Google account or proceed with the next page without creating one. We recommend you to make one to be able to perform backup, restoration and other useful functions. Also, Play Store will require you to make a Google account before you can download content using it; you may not want to miss that. To make a new Google account tap on Get an account.
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    Your name.
    Enter your first and last name on this page. Your name will be used to personalize your Note3 and other services.
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    Choose username.
    Enter a unique username of your choice. Tap on the "Next" button (triangle arrow to the right) to continue.
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    Create password.
    Wait for the device to communicate with Google to confirm if your chose username is still available. If it is already taken by someone else, you will be given with suggested similar usernames or you can opt to completely change it again. If you have already a verified unique username, you will be required to enter a secure password that has at least eight characters and that includes numbers and special characters. You will also be asked to confirm your password. Tap on the "Next" button to proceed with the next page.
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    Google password recovery.
    This page will allow you to set up recovery options whenever you forget your password. You can opt to use your phone and receive your password via SMS or use your email address for password recovery. Though this is an optional feature, it is highly recommended to set up recovery options.
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    Join Google+.
    This page will allow you to join the Google+ network. Google+ allows you to share things about you through your circle of friends, instantly upload photos to your Google+ account and communicate with people on your circles. Tap on Join Google+ on Not Now to proceed to the next page.
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    Google services.
    This page will allow you to choose the Google services that you want. You can use your Google account to back up your phone's data, or allow Google to estimate your location using Google's location service. Simply read and tap on the check box to allow Google to enable the service on your device. Tap on the "Next" button to go to the next page.
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    Finish account.
    If you agree to Google's Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, Chrome Terms of Service and Privacy Notice, and Google Play Terms of Service, tap on the I accept button to finish your account or tap on Don't create account if you do not agree to one of the terms. You can tap on the underlined words to be able to see the whole terms of services.
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    Authenticating.
    Simply type in the captcha image on the provided tab to confirm that you are human. This is to avoid automated account creation. Tap on the "Next" button to proceed.
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    Entertainment.
    This page allows you to purchase multi-media files using Google Play. You can Set up credit card or tap on Not now to get to the next page. We recommend that you skip this step for now and tap on Not now.
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    This phone belongs to.
    Enter your name and surname on the tabs provided. This will allow your phone to personalize some of your applications.
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    Dropbox.
    This page will allow you to add a Dropbox account or create a new one for your phone. Dropbox automatically saves your photos and videos to a cloud storage so you can access it anywhere and anytime as long as you have an internet connection. Dropbox gives you a 50 GB free space for two years. Tap on the desired button or tap on "Skip" to skip Dropbox.
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    Thank you.
    This page is an indication that you have successfully set up your Samsung Galaxy Note3 for first-time use. You can set your device name to your preference. This will be shown when you use Bluetooth, WiFi direct, share WiFi connection and other connections. Tap on Learn more to know more about your phone or tap on Finish to start using your Note3.
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    You will now be taken to your home screen.
    Congratulations! You have just successfully set up and used your Samsung Galaxy Note3 for the first time.
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Questions and Answers

How to use phone for first time?

Do I charge fully first, or just start using and abusing it?

As a general rule of thumb, you should always fully charge your phone before starting to use it. However, you can start using it while it is plugged into the charger. We have an article on understanding and charging your Samsung Galaxy S4 battery, which also applies to the battery status of the Note3. You can reference this article for more information on batteries.

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My new Galaxy Note3 has a problem with the network always out of reach

How can I get it working? I bought it a few days ago now it's always telling me no network registration.

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How do I enter the name and last name to personalize?

Skipped entering the name and last name the first time I started the device. How can I go and enter the info

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New phone Galaxy Note3 can't get the setup wizard to work?

Stuck on welcome page of the setup wizard

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