How do I start my Samsung Galaxy S® III in Safe Mode?

Safe Mode

You can boot up your device in Safe Mode if you wish to troubleshoot whether or not added applications are causing problems with the device. Safe mode will load only basic system software.

  1. Make sure your device is turned off.

  2. Press and hold the Power/Lock key to turn on the device.

  3. Once the animation displays, press and hold the Volume down key until the lock screen appears.

When the Lock screen is displayed, Safe mode is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen. To boot your device into normal mode again, restart your device.

Can I change the Keyboard Input options on my Samsung Galaxy S® III?


You can change the keyboard settings on your device; from the Home screen, touch Menu Menu key > Settings Settings Shortcut > Language and input. Your device comes preloaded with the Samsung keyboard and Swype® keyboard. Touch Default to adjust which keyboard is used as your default option.

Samsung Keyboard

Touch Settings Shortcut next to Samsung keyboard. You can also touch and hold Keyboard Microphone Settings and then touch Settings Settings Shortcut on the Samsung keyboard when you are entering text. You can customize the following keyboard settings:

  • Portrait keyboard types: Select from either a Qwerty keyboard or 3×4 keyboard when holding your device in portrait orientation.

  • Input language: Select the input languages you want your device’s keyboard to support. When you select more than one language here, you can quickly switch between languages by swiping your finger across the space bar. By default, the Use system language option is selected.

  • Predictive text: Touch the slider Slider Off to turn Predictive text on Slider On. Touch Predictive text to edit the following predictive text settings:My word list: Shows you the list of custom words you have added to your list. You can touch Plus Sign to manually add words to the list.

    • Word completion: Mark this option to have your device recommend complete words based on the characters you have entered so far.
    • Word completion point: Set the number of characters you want to enter before Word completion should offer you suggestions.
    • Spell correction: Mark this option to have your device correct misspelled words.
    • Next word prediction: Mark this option to have your device predict the next word based on what you have already typed.
    • Auto-append: Mark this option to have your device automatically add new words to your My word list. When you type a word that is not in your dictionary, you will receive suggested words you may mean in blue, and the word you typed in white. When you meant to type the word you entered, touch the word in white to use that word and add it to your dictionary.
    • Auto-substitution: Mark this option to have your device suggest alternative words to those you typed.
    • Regional correction: Mark this option to have your device adjust words based on regional dialect.
    • Recapture: Mark this option to enable XT9® recommendations.
    • Auto substitution list: Shows you a list of auto substitutions your device allows you to use when you are entering text. You can type the word in the shortcut list and your device will correct it to the substitution. You can touch Plus Sign to manually add substitutions.

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What’s the Notification Light on my device, and what do the colors mean?

LED Indicator

Your mobile device has an LED indicator in the top-right corner on the front of your device. The LED indicator notifies you of a missed Notification, Low battery, when the device is Charging, or when you are Voice recording. The following are the types of events and their associated colors:

  • Blue:

    • Pulses in multi-color blue while the device is turning On or Off.
    • Blinks blue for a missed call, message, or other notification.
    • Blinks blue when you are recording voice.
  • Red:

    • Glows red when the device is connected to a charger and is charging.
    • Blinks red when the device is connected to a charger but there is a problem with charging.
    • Blinks red when the battery is low.
  • Green:

    • Glows green when the device is connected to a charger and the battery is fully charged.

You can edit which types of events your device should notify you of. From the Home screen, touch Menu Menu key > Settings Settings Shortcut > Display > LED indicator. Mark the events you would like your device to notify you of.

Note: LED will light up only when the screen is off.

What version of the Android platform does my Samsung Galaxy S III use?

Future Android™ Platform Updates

Currently, this mobile device operates on Android™ version 4.1.1, Jelly Bean (I747UCDLK3).

Update History


Date Released




AT&T and Samsung have released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S III (i747). This software package updates the operating system to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). This article provides an overview of Android 4.1 enhancements, and instructions for updating your phone with the latest software.

How to update your Samsung Galaxy S III

  1. Customers will receive an alert and be prompted to download the update when connected to a Wi-Fi network. To initiate the update manually, go to Settings > About device > Software update > Check for updates.

  2. The device will automatically start downloaded the software update. Once complete, the device will restart.

  3. A confirmation message will be displayed upon successful update. Touch OK.

  4. To verify the updated software version, go to Settings > About phone. The following information will be displayed:

    • Android version: 4.1.1
    • Baseband version: I747UCDLK3
    • Build number: JR003L.I747UCDLK3

This update is also available using the Samsung Kies software. Please click the link below for detailed instructions.

This update will address the following:

OS upgrade to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

What’s new in Jelly Bean*

*Please note: not all features on your device will have the Jelly Bean features explained in this article.

New Features and improvements:

  • Home screen mode is added.

  • Blocking mode is added.

  • Swype is added

  • Music Hub is added.

  • Setting menu is modified.

  • Quick panel UI is updated.

  • Facebook support is updated.

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How do I connect my Samsung Galaxy S III to my TV using the HDMI Adapter?

HDMI Adapter Cable

Your mobile device can connect to your HDTV using the Samsung HDMI® Smart Adapter available for purchase separately on the Samsung Accessories page. The adapter provides you with a standard HDMI connection; HDMI cable is not included.

Using HDTV Adapter

The HDTV Adapter allows you to view videos and other media stored on your phone via a compatible HDTV. To connect the HDTV Adapter to your device, follow these steps:

hdtv adapter

    1. Connect one end of a universal HDMI cable into the HDTV Adapter.

    2. Connect the other end to the HDMI port on your TV.

If your TV has multiple HDMI ports, you may use any of the ports. Ensure your TV input settings have the right HDMI port selected. See your TV owner’s manual to get more information.

Note: Universal HDMI cables are sold separately.

  1. Connect your Travel Charger to the HDTV Adapter.

  2. Connect your Travel Charger to an approved power source.

  3. Connect the HDTV Adapter connector into the Power/Accessory Interface port on your device. This is the same port you normally use to connect your Travel Charger. The TV screen will instantly display what is on your device Home screen.

    Note: Most DRM-protected content cannot be displayed using the HDTV smart adapter.

  • Please ensure the HDTV is compatible with viewing videos or other media stored on your phone using the HDTV Adapter. Refer to your TV owner’s manual for correct HDMI settings.

  • Your HDTV may not display an image when connecting the HDTV Adapter to a desktop dock.