Switch Between Standard and Easy Modes on Samsung Galaxy S5

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Steps

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    To start, press the power button on the right side of the phone
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    Slide your pattern to unlock your phone, or enter your PIN or whatever method of unlocking you're comfortable using
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    Next, go to the top of the screen with your finger and swipe down, which will open the Notifications Panel
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    When you open the Notification Panel, you will see a gear-shaped icon at the top. Tap it to access the Settings.
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    Alternatively, press the home button, then tap on Apps
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    That will open up the applications menu.
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    Here we have our Settings
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    Tap it.
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    Now we are in our Settings, how you access it is entirely up to you
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    Scroll down and look for the Personalization section
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    Tap on Easy Mode. Easy Mode increases the font size and simplifies quite a few of the functions and other options available on the phone. Many people use it for an elderly parent, younger child, or someone who is just learning how to use a smartphone. Once you've figured out how to use the phone and you're more comfortable, you can switch back to Standard Mode.
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    As you can see, we can't change any settings because we don't have Easy Mode enabled
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    Tap on the circle next to Easy Mode
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    That is going to open up Easy Mode, which will be enabled as soon as we tap done. We can also press cancel to close out of Easy Mode.
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    Now we're going to scroll down and we can select all of the different features that are going to appear on our home screen or other areas for someone to use in Easy Mode
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    These are all fine, we don't necessarily need to uncheck any of them, but you may choose to do so. Tap on Done.
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    When you tap on done, your phone is going to switch to Easy Mode, it will just take a moment
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    Now we have a very simple set of very large icons. We've got a built-in Magnifier, Flashlight, and basic, easy, simple stuff.
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    Here you can add Contacts
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    To add a contact to the home screen, just tap it.
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    You can create a contact or add an existing contact
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    I'm going to add my favorite person in the world, Lika
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    I can use my magnifier
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    This will let you zoom in and enlarge things with your phone. For example, here are my fingers, quite large in the magnifier. This is helpful for those who may be visually impaired or require assistance in seeing smaller objects. Now I'm going to tap the back button to get back to the home screen.
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    You should know what the rest of the icons are
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    Phone, Messages, Internet, Camera. We can add more apps if we would like to add from our list of apps. For example, I can add the Calculator.
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    Now my Calculator app is there
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    If I want more apps, I can tap on More Apps and it will show me a list of all my apps
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    I will press the back button to go back.
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    You can always tap your menu options on the top right
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    It is the three dots. Here you can edit the things, or you can get help. I'm going to edit.
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    Edit is going to allow me to remove some of these icons
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    For example, if I don't want the Email icon, I can tap the black circle with a minus sign. The phone will pop-up and say the shortcut will be deleted from the home screen. Tap OK. I also don't want the Samsung Galaxy Apps icon, so I'm going to tap the minus icon, it will confirm, tap OK.
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    I can scroll through if I want to add more Windows and apps, but at the moment I don't want to do that so I'm going to press the back button
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    Now I can tap on Settings to get the Easy Settings
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    We can also swipe down for the notifications panel just like we did before and tap the Settings gear to access Easy Settings
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    It's very simple but it's a different method than we normally use because we're not tapping Applications then Settings, we're just simply tapping Easy Settings.
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    Here we have a selection of Settings to access
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    We have the Sound Mode, Font, Brightness, and Ringtone and Volume right in the beginning because those are very important things for people. We also have Easy Mode, in case you decide you want to turn off Easy Mode. We only have this page of Settings, nothing else. If you decide you want to turn off Easy Mode, you can just tap the icon.
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    Here we can select Standard Mode
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    Tap Done, then the phone will cycle itself back through.
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    Now we are back in Standard Mode
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    We can tap Apps then Settings, and it takes us right back to where we were, and we can go back to Easy Mode with just one tap
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    If you have questions, comments, or if you need additional help with Easy Mode, please let us know in the section below and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible
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    Thank you for choosing VisiHow, have a great day and enjoy Easy Mode.
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Video: Switch Between Standard and Easy Modes on Samsung Galaxy S5

More How-To

For an experienced Android user, especially followers of the Samsung Galaxy lines, Samsung Galaxy S5's graphical user interface are very familiar and intuitive. However, if you are someone who has just switched to your first Android phone, or you may be giving a Galaxy S5 to someone who may find its complex icons and features too much, then you can switch the Samsung Galaxy S5 to Easy Mode. Under Easy mode, the number of screen are minimized, icons are enlarged, and the Galaxy S5 is simplified to its basic functions. You can switch back to the Standard Mode if there is a need to.

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Switch to Easy Mode on Samsung Galaxy S5

By default, Samsung Galaxy S5 is set to Standard Mode. If you feel the need to switch to Easy Mode and simplify the basic functions of your phone, follow these procedures:

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    Get to Samsung Galaxy S5's Home screen
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    You can either tap on the Back key for a few times or press the Home key once to get to the Home screen.
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    From your Galaxy S5's Home screen, pull down the Notification panel by pulling down the notification bar from the top of the phone's screen to the lower part of it.
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    From the Notification Panel, tap on the Settings icon located on the second icon from the upper-right part of S5's notification panel.
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    From Settings, tap on Easy mode to get to the next page.
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    From the Switch Mode page, tap on the tick box for Easy mode
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    • You can choose the applications that you want for your Easy mode. Simply put a check mark on the tick box to choose what applications can be used when phone is on easy mode.
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    Tap on the Done button located on the upper-right part of the screen and completely switch to Easy mode.
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    You will be taken to the Home screen where only icons ticked will be shown.
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    You have just learned how to switch to Easy Mode on Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Switch to Standard Mode on Samsung Galaxy S5

If you are now familiar with Samsung Galaxy S5's Easy Mode, then it may be time for you maximize your phone's functions and features by switching back to Standard Mode. To switch to Standard mode, follow these procedures:

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    Get to Samsung Galaxy S5's Home screen
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    You can either tap on the Back key for a few times or press the Home key once to get to the Home screen.
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    From your Galaxy S5's Home screen, pull down the Notification panel by pulling down the notification bar from the top of the phone's screen to the lower part of it.
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    From the Notification Panel, tap on the Settings icon located on the second icon from the upper-right part of S5's notification panel.
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    From Settings, tap on Standard mode to get to the next page.
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    You will be taken to the Home screen where all icons and features are now back to normal procedures.
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    You have just learned how to switch Standard mode on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Questions and Answers

Do you get the same functions on both easy and standard?

I want to know, if everything on standard mode is available in easy mode in a Samsung.

No, everything in Standard mode is not available in easy mode. In fact, easy mode is targeted towards children, and people who are not tech savvy. While you can easily switch back and forth between the two modes, as described in this guide, you will not have access to the full range of features available in Standard mode while you are in easy mode.

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Settings are "stuck" on Easy mode?

I have tried Standard mode back and forth Easy mode and I would like to get back to Standard. Thank you.

Sometimes your phone can glitch, or hang, which will leave you 'stuck' in a particular mode. To get out of this, and go back to Standard mode, please reference the first answer in this Q&A, which will show you how to get out of easy mode, and back into Standard mode.

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When I try to go to standard settings I don't see the screen that you show after pulling down the notifications bar and hitting the settings button. I just get the easy mode screen?

I don't see the screen that you show after pulling down the notifications bar and hitting the settings button. I just get the easy mode screen.

If you have S5, perform the actions below once you open the notification panel.

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    Tap on the gear-shaped settings icon at the top.
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    Scroll down or up to find the "Easy Mode" icon
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    To scroll down, do the swipe motion from the bottom to the top.
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    Tap the "Easy mode" icon.
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    Tap on the "Standard mode" option.
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    Tap on "DONE".
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For other Samsung phones, for example, S4 mini, you have to:

  • press the home button;
  • swipe left;
  • tap on "Easy settings";
  • tap on "Home screen mode";
  • tap on "Standard mode", which is located at the top;
  • tap "Apply";
  • In "Turn on Standard mode", tap "OK" to confirm the change.
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How to choose between AM / PM I can't find it?

Where's your AM/PM indication?

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    Press the home button.
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    From the home screen, tap on "Apps".
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    Swipe left or right to find "Settings".
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    Tap on "Settings".
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    Tap on "Date and time".
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    Check or uncheck the "Use 24-hour format" box
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    Checking it will witch to the 24-hour format. Unchecking it will use the AM-and-PM format.
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    Press the home button.
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If I have made changes to my easy mode in personalizing it then I switch to normal mode, if I switch back to easy, all changes are still as I left them?

If I have made changes to my easy mode in personalizing it then I switch to normal mode, if I switch back to easy, all changes are still as I left them

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There's no guidelines in my camera setting. The setting my phone has in standard mode?

There are no guidelines, I can't turn ON the guidelines in camera settings. How to install it

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    Press the home button.
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    Tap on the "Apps" icon.
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    Tap on Camera.
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    From the Camera screen, tap on the Camera gear-shaped settings icon.
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    Then, tap on the gear-shaped advanced settings icon.
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    Tap on the gear-shaped "General Settings" icon.
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    Tap on "Guidelines" to enable guidelines.
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    Tap on the back button until you are back to the Camera application.
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Can I have the Google with microphone on when using Easy mode?

Google with microphone symbol like what is in the homepage of Google

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Does easy mode make the keyboard bigger for texting?

Does easy mode make the keyboard bigger for texting

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Hello, I've somehow lost the way my home screen used to look?

I had the screen with my folders and now they are gone and the easy / standard mode is there instead. I've been unsuccessful in getting back to the mode (not sure if I'm calling it the right way) that I used to have. The phone asked me to choose between two different options (sorry I don't remember what they were) and I didn't know what they were asking me, and now I have the phone in easy mode and I want to have it back the way it used to me. Sorry if I"m not being detailed enough.. I have tried: Tried restarting the phone but it remained in the easy mode. I don't see a difference between easy and standard mode at all.. I think it was caused by: Mentioned earlier

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    Swipe down your finger from the top of the screen
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    Your notification bar will be shown.
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    Tap on the gear-shaped settings icon at the top.
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    Scroll down or up to find the "Easy Mode" icon
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    To scroll down, do the swipe motion from the bottom to the top.
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    Tap the "Easy mode" icon.
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    Tap on the "Standard mode" option.
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    Tap on "DONE".
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I have Galaxy grand2,,it was working perfectly fine till I inserted a new SIM from different service provider. Now it starts with easy mode. Why is that?

I have Galaxy grand2,,it was working perfectly fine till I inserted a new SIM from different service provider. Now it starts with easy mode. Why is that?

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