Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Tips, Tricks, FAQs & Useful Options

by Ganesh Mundhra 3

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016

Samsung has recently launched a new smartphone, i.e., the Galaxy A5(2016) priced at Rs 29,400. It is powered by Exynos 7580 SoC Octa-Core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB as its internal storage and can be expanded to 128 GB using an external Micro SD card. The device is powered by a 2900 mAh Li-Ion battery and runs on Android Lollipop 5.1. It sports a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and 5 MP Selfie shooter. If you are purchasing the device then here are few tips & tricks that will help you in exploring your device with ease.

Before we proceed with the Tips & Tricks, you can know how to set your device. If you are booting the device for the first time, Welcome window appears on the screen. Now select the language and click on the Next Button. It will show you Wi-Fi connectivity where you need to enter the password and proceed further by tapping the next button. Now you need to agree on the terms and conditions by tapping on the Agree Button and adjust the date and time as per your location. Further, you need to enter your Name, which helps in better customization of Apps on your device. Once your are done with this, you can protect your device by setting a screen lock, or you can skip the process by tapping on Skip Anyway button. It will ask for Samsung Account, Add Fingerprint; Easy Mode feature you can either set them, or you can skip them by tapping on the Skip button and need to press the finish button at the end. You are done with the basic setup of your device.

  • How to insert the SIM card on your device?
  • What is the type of SIM supported on this device?
  • How to share your Data network via Tethering on the device?
  • How to take a Screenshot on my Samsung Galaxy A5 2016?
  • How to check for the Android Updates on the device?
  • How to Install external apps with apk files on the device?
  • How to customize the Quick Settings in the Notification Panel?
  • How to use the Power saving modes on the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016?
  • What are the sensors available on the phone?
  • Are there LED notification lights on the device?
  • How to use the Screen pinning feature on the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016?
  • What are the Pre-installed Apps on the device?
  • Can I Move apps from phone storage to SD card on this device?
  • What are the bloatware applications on the device?
  • Can I remove the bloatware apps from the device?
  • How much is the internal storage on the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016?
  • Does the device support OTG?
  • How much free RAM is available on the device if no apps are running?
  • What is the SAR value of the device?
  • What are the benchmarking scores on the device?
  • Will the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 get Android Marshmallow 6.0 Update?
  • What is Smart Manager and how to use this on your device?
  • What are the Motion and Gestures available on the device?
  • How to enable the Developer Mode on your device?
  • How to insert the SIM card on your device?

    Samsung Galaxy A5 2016

    To insert a SIM card on your device, you need to push the SIM in the hole adjacent to SIM card tray and remove the tray. Now, place the SIM card on the tray and push it back. You have successfully inserted the SIM card on your device. The device comes with two SIM card trays where the SIM 1 Tray is on the top edge, and SIM 2 Tray comes with a memory card slot and is available on the right edge of your device.

    What is the type of SIM supported on this device?

    Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 is a dual SIM smartphone supporting dual standby. The SIM card supported by the device is Nano SIM card along with 4G connectivity support.

    How to share your Data network via Tethering on the device?

    Sharing of the data network can be done using the tethering mode on your device. To share the Data network on your Samsung Galaxy A5 2016, you need to tap on Mobile hotspot and tethering and click on Mobile hotspot. In the new window, you need to toggle the off button to enable that on your device. The password and the SSID name can be set by tapping on More button which is on the top right of the screen.

    How to take a Screenshot on my Samsung Galaxy A5?

    There are two ways in which you can capture a screenshot on your device.

    Method 1: This is the normal method of capturing a screenshot where you need to press the power button along with the physical home button at the same time to capture the screenshot on your device.

    Method 2: This is the gesture method which is to be enabled in the Motion and gestures option using which you can capture the screenshot just by swiping the palm from left to right on your home screen.

    The screen in both the methods is captured and saved to the gallery window on your device. For quick access, you can use the screenshot from the notification panel immediately after the capture.

    How to check for the Android Updates on the device?

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    Android Updates help in fixing the bugs on your device thus help in improving the performance of your device. To check for updates on your device, you need to open the settings and tap on About Phone in the System section. In the new window, tap on System Updates and click on download updates. The device checks for updates and if there is no new update then a message stating “The latest update is already installed” is displayed on the screen.

    How to Install external apps with apk files on the device?

    Android system is designed in such a way that it doesn’t all you to install any external apps without users permission. To install an external app on your device, you need to open the settings and tap on Lock Screen & security in the personal section. Further, you need to tap on Unknown sources option in the security sections and click on the OK button in the pop-up to enable the option on your device. Now you can install any app with an external apk on your device.

    How to customize the Quick Settings in the Notification Panel?

    The quick settings in the notification pannel can be customized by tapping on the edit button in the notification panel. Now you need to drag the apps among themselves and set them in an order. Once your done with the customization, you need to tap on the done button which is on the top right of the screen. You have successfully customized the notification panel on your device and at max, you can add ten options in the notification panel which appear in two layered modes.

    How to use the Power saving modes on the Samsung Galaxy A5?

    Power saving mode is used when you have low battery on your device. To use this on your device, you need to open the Settings and tap on Battery in the System section. In the new window, you will find power saving mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode in the Power saver section. Now you need to tap on any of the power saving modes and toggle the off button to enable them on your device. If you are selecting the Ultra power saving mode them, you need to accept the terms and conditions to enable that option on your device.

    What are the sensors available on the phone?

    Acceleration, Geomagnetic Rotation vector, Gyroscope Uncalibrated, Light Sensor, Magnetic field, Orientation, Proximity, Significant Motion, Step Counter, Step Detector are the sensors available on the device and helps in automating the device.

    Are there LED notification lights on the device?

    No, there are no LED notification lights available on this smartphone.

    What are the Motion and Gestures available on the device?

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    The device comes with three motion and gesture options, i.e., Smart Alert( warns you about the missed calls and messages when you pick your device), Mute( to mute the calls and alarm on your device) and Palm swipe to capture( Capture a screenshot on your device). To use these options on your device, open the Settings and tap on Motion and Gestures in the device section and further toggle the off button adjacent to each of the options to use them on your device.

    How to use the Screen pinning feature on the Samsung Galaxy A5?

    Screen pinning features is available on the devices with Android Lollipop 5.0. The device comes with Android Lollipop 5.1.1 so use this on your device, open the Settings and tap on Lock Screen & security. In the new window, you need head to the bottom of the screen and tap on other security settings. Further, head over to the Advanced section and click on Screen Pinning and toggle the off button to enable that on your device. To use this on your device, you need to open the overview button and tap on the Pin button to pin an application on your home screen. Further, you need to press the back button and the overview button at the same time for about 2-3 seconds to unpin your pinned screen.

    What are the Pre-installed Apps on the device?

    The device comes with pre-installed apps like Phone, Contacts, Messages, Internet Browser, Gallery, Camera, Music, Video, Radio, Email, Calculator; Tools like Memo, My Files, Voice Recorder; Clock, S Planner, S Health, S Voice, Galaxy Apps, Smart Manager, Google related apps and few bloatwares pre-installed on your device.

    Can I Move apps from phone storage to SD card on this device?

    Yes, there is an option available on the device using which you can move apps from internal to external storage on your device. To move an app on your device, you need to open the settings and tap on Applications and click on application manager. In the new window, click on the app that you want to move and tap on Move to SD card in the app info window. Yo have successfully moved an app from internal to external SD card on your device.

    What are the bloatware applications on the device?

    The device comes with bloatware applications like Microsoft’s Word, Powerpoint, Excel, One Note, One Drive, Skype; MixRadio, My Galaxy, Opera Max, USB Backup pre-installed on your device.

    Can I remove the bloatware apps from the device?

    No, the bloatware applications cannot be removed from your device, but they can be disabled from your device if you don’t want to use them on your device. To disable an app on your device, you need to press and hold the app until the disable option appears on the screen. Once the options appear on the screen drag the app onto the disable button and click on the ok button in the pop-up to disable the app on your device.

    How much is the internal storage on the Samsung Galaxy A5?

    The device comes with Android 16 GB as its internal storage, and around 10.83 GB of free space is available for the end user, and rest of space is occupied by pre-installed apps and OS.

    How much free RAM is available on the device if no apps are running?

    The device comes with 2 GB of RAM where 0.88 GB of RAM is used by the system, 339 MB is used by pre-installed apps and around 605 MB of free RAM is available when no apps are running on the device.

    Does the device support OTG?

    Yes, both the devices, i.e., Samsung Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 supports the USB OTG drive and helps in easy transferring of the data from device to drive and vice-versa.

    What is the SAR Value of the device?

    The radio wave exposure guidelines employ a unit of measurement known as Specific Absorption Rate(SAR). The SAR limit recommended by the International Commission on Non-ionizing radiation protection is 2 W/Kg averaged over 10g tissue. The Head SAR value of the Galaxy A5 2016 is 0.286 W/Kg.

    What are the benchmarking scores on the device?

    Benchmarking tools are used to After testing the device with various benchmarking tools here are their respective scores.

    Antutu benchmark score:41110
    Vellamo Multicore score:1584
    Vellamo Metal score:1074
    Chrome Browser Score:2895
    Geekbench Single-core score:682
    Geekbench Multi-core score:3397
    Quadrant Standard score:22107

    Will the Samsung Galaxy A5 get Android Marshmallow 6.0 Update?

    The device comes with Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box. There is no information about the device getting the Android Marshmallow Update; you can check the list of the device that comes with Android M out of the box. If you are using any other smartphone, then you can check whether your device is listed or not for the Marshmallow Update.

    What is Smart Manager and how to use this on your device?

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    Smart Manager is the application which is used to control few of the options on your device. It comes with four options, i.e., Battery, Storage, RAM and device security. Now you need to open the smart manager app and click on the clean all button which is at the bottom of the screen to clear the junk storage and cached RAM on your device and thus help in boosting the performance of your device.

    How to enable the Developer Mode on your device?

    Developer Mode is generally activated when you want to use the USB debugging options and become a developer using your smartphone. To enable this option on your device, open the Settings and tap on about phone in the system section. Further tap on the Software info window and tap on the build number for about 7-8 times to activate that on your device.

    These are the general questions that a user search for when he purchases a new smartphone. If you still have any queries related to the device then pass your message in the comment section, we will get back to you.

    • Vishnu Mulloor

      I can’t delete videos on memory card always shows failed and not move any thing

    • Mauricio Fernandez

      They indicate that has uncalibrated gyroscope.
      How to calibrate the gyroscope?
      It is to use the Pokemon GO AR

    • Tanvir Parcy

      when i play any game,it run good for 5min.But after 5 min the game lag a lot.what can i do? device sm galaxy A5 6