Getting Started – Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 Android phone thoughts, tips and upgrading

Last week I brought a new mobile phone, and it is a Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 and was running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread when I received it. This blog post is a ‘getting started’ style post covering a lot of areas, which I hope you find useful.

The blog post isn’t just applicable to people who own the same phone as me, but should help people with other Android mobile phones.

Note: You do any updates / upgrades to your phone at your own risk!

Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570

My phone’s overview

This phone was brought off ebay for about half the cost of buying it from the mobile service ‘Three’ directly. I appreciate the battery has already been used, but I’m happy with my purchase.

I’m already a Three mobile customer in the UK, and just took the sim from my phone and placed it in this phone already locked to Three.

Now I’ve read reviews where people say this is a good phone for the price etc, but the screen resolution isn’t good. Well it looks good to me! I didn’t want an expensive phone, but it doesn’t mean I don’t intend to squeeze every last drop of performance and usability out of the phone!

What to do first

I’ve tried to make the steps below of upgrading and tweaking the Android phone easy, by using headings and numbered bullet-lists. So whilst this blog post looks complex, it should be relatively easy to follow.

Install a microSD card

In my case I needed to install a microSD card into the phone to get started (it didn’t come with one). Without the memory card the phone won’t install software, and I installed a 2GB microSD card I had previously brought with another phone.

Connect to a wireless network

Next it is important to connect to a local and trusted wifi network. This will save you money during all the installation and upgrade processes.

How to upgrade the Samsung software and the Android operating system

Whilst it is tempting to move to a third-party Android solution, I want to stick with what Samsung provide, and below is how I upgraded the phone’s operating system and software.

Note: It is best you connect to a local wifi network first, so to save money whilst updating your phone. You should also make sure you have charged your mobile phone’s battery before continuing.

I did all these phone updates with no credit on my Three (UK mobile network) account.

Signing up for a Samsung account and updating software

  1. Visit https://account.samsung.com/account/check.do and sign up for an account.
  2. Select the ‘Samsung Apps’ application on your phone and it might want to update the application.
  3. If the application updated, run again and it might then find new updates for existing packages.
  4. If you choose to, you can sign-in with your newly created account and download new software.

Updating the Android operating system

  1. Select on settings → About phone → Software update.
  2. Type in your Samsung account details.
  3. Once signed in, select Update.

Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 software update

How my upgrade went.

My phone apparently downloaded just over 23MBytes of OS updates to install. This process took about thirty minutes, and at one stage I thought it had stalled!

Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 Android OS update

The process bar looked complete, but after ten minutes of it appearing not to be active, it suddenly said ‘SUCCESS’ and rebooted itself. You have to let it finish as you don’t want to ‘brick’ your mobile phone.

All the software that was previously installed, was still present and it had upgraded from 2.3.4 to Android version 2.3.6.

Installing ‘Skype on 3’

This advice is for those using the ‘Three’ mobile phone network in the UK. I wanted to install Three’s version of the Skype software, to enable me to have ‘free’ Skype to Skype calls and IM. It took me a while to find Three’s own version of the application and the website address I used was: http://mobile9.three.co.uk/personalise/apps/other

You see there are two versions of Skype, the one you can get from Three’s website to benefit from their ‘Skype to Skype’ offer, and the version of Skype you can obtain from Google Play which I believe doesn’t utilise Three’s Skype offer.

You will have to disconnect from your ‘wifi’ network and be on the Three network to download their version of Skype.

Note: You can download Three’s version of Skype and use Skype to Skype via their service for free, without having any credit on your ‘Three’ mobile phone account.

Installing software using ‘Google Play’

The Android Marketplace has been superseded by the ‘Play Store’, which is a good service, but you need to sign-in with a Google account to use. So for example if you use Gmail or another other Google service, you can use that account. I always make sure I am connected to my wifi network before using the ‘Play Store’.

Depending on how you intend to use the phone, you might want to setup a Google account specifically for mobile use. However I want to access many of the services I already use via a tablet and laptop, so opted to use my Google account I also use elsewhere.

Extending battery life

It is incredibly easy to eat your battery life on this Android phone. The most important way to help extend battery life is to moderate your use of the phone, especially if you know you can’t charge it up for a number of hours.

So when I first got this phone I was eating battery like no tomorrow! However I’ve since calmed down, and with a few tweaks, my battery lasts longer now.

Turn off features when not in use

  1. Hold you finger down on the top area and drag down.
  2. Turn off features you are not using, such as wi-fi, bluetooth and auto rotation.

Note: Don’t turn off any features that jeopardise your safety or ability to be contacted.

Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 Features

Reduce the brightness setting

  1. Select on Settings → Display → Brightness.
  2. Reduce the brightness of the screen (I turned mine all the way to low).

Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 Screen Brightness

Look at and adjust applications running

  1. Select on Settings → About Phone → Battery Use
  2. Uninstall or disable applications that are listed that are not essential to your phone use.

Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 Battery Usage

I didn’t feel the need to change anything as my phone is new, and none of the applications I’ve recently installed seemed to be eating up precious battery life.

I’m sure there are many other ways to help extend the life of your battery, but as a newbie Android phone user, the above methods are what I’ve deployed.

Setting a pattern, pin or password for access

My Android phone holds holds my Google password, and whilst I probably should of setup a password just for this mobile phone, regardless I don’t want somebody to be able to easily access the phone. I’ve set my phone to require someone to type in a pin, to bring it out of standby mode.

  1. Select Settings → Location and security → Set screen lock.
  2. Select your lock option. i.e. none, pattern, pin or password.

Software I’ve installed

I’m not interested in logging into Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter on my mobile phone. So far I’ve installed:

  • Chess Free (game)
  • WC Toilets (to find nearest toilets)
  • Reader (to check RSS feeds)
  • Skype on 3 (to annoy people)
  • Smart Voice Recorder (records notes)

Conclusion

Whilst I’m relatively new to using the Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 Android phone, I quite like it, especially as I brought it almost half priced via ebay. It connects to wifi networks quickly, is reasonably light and I have plenty of Android applications available to use.

I hope people find this blog post helpful and I’m sure I will blog again about the phone, and how I’m using it.

18 thoughts on “Getting Started – Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 Android phone thoughts, tips and upgrading

  1. Lwal
    August 13, 2013 at 6:37 am

    What do i do when it says “connection failed”

    1. August 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Hello,

      Sorry to read about your phone issues. I’m presuming Kies won’t connect to your phone? If you just wish to move files to your phone there are numerous ways, such as bluetooth, sdcard reader, email, dropbox, network sharing etc. If you are trying to update your phone’s rom, then there are a few ways. I just published a new blog post about updating the GT-S5570 with a custom rom, which you might want to read.

  2. Tanvir Rahman
    October 22, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I have a problem. When i need to update my phone then i going to update it and it says no update available & it need wifi. is ti need wifi connection.? Please help me.

  3. October 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Tanvir,

    I’m hoping you don’t have a wifi hardware issue. I’ve not ‘reinstalled’ a ‘stock’ rom on the GT-S5570, so can’t advise you.

    If you want to find out about updating to a non-stock rom without using Kies, please read this blog post: https://www.8bitmammoth.com/how-to-install-a-new-rom-on-a-samsung-galaxy-mini-gt-s5570-android-phone/

    Secondly you should only look to update a Samsung rom with a fully charged battery and via a ‘wired’ connection. You do not need a wifi connection to update your mobile phone, via the details in the blog post I’ve linked to above.

    Best Regards

    Andrew

  4. Tanvir Rahman
    October 24, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Hi brother,
    I already root my device to use update.zip but i cant open my phone in android system recovery. when i press power+Home button it dont open android system recovery it open phone normaly. how can i get android system recovery. please help me. i need to update my phone. my phone model is Samsung galaxy mini GT-S5570i. please brother………….

  5. Tanvir Rahman
    October 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Hello Sir,
    My Name is Tanvir. My phone model is Samsung galaxy mini 5570i. I need to update my phone. I already root my phone to use update.zip. it is successfully rooted but it doesn’t open clockworkmode recovery V5.0.2.8. when i press power button+Home button it is not open clockworkmode recovery system it open phone normaly. sir please help me. i need to update my phone. can you please told/give me advice. Thanks……

  6. October 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Hello Tanvir,

    Sounds like you might need to use the ODIN software to install replacement firmware. I’ve just written and published on this site a guide on updating a GT-S5570 running Froyo to Gingerbread. Please take a look at that recent guide, which should be able to point you in the right direction.

    Please note that I’ve only used the GT-S5570 and not a ‘i’ model. So I don’t know if there are any differences in procedures and the files you need.

    All the best

    Andrew

  7. TIgger
    November 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    nice job there but it still does not work for me either.

  8. November 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    After TIgger,

    Cheers. I’ve also written additional blog posts for the GT-S5570 which you might find useful. One is a guide for upgrading from Froyo to Gingerbread, and another is how to install a custom rom. Please use the blog’s search facility. i.e. Search for ‘GT-S5570’ to find those posts, and I hope you are able to resolve the specific hurdle you are experiencing.

    All the best

    Andrew

  9. Heather
    March 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Hi.
    I am an older user and I have arthritis. The GT55570 is good – BUT – I can only hold the phone in my left hand which means the ‘HOLD/UNHOLD’ button is in the top left hand corner of the screen – just where my ear presses is I am not VERY VERY careful.
    Can the hold/unhold feature be disabled and if so could I do it myself.
    I look forward to hearing your solutions.
    Thank you.

  10. March 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Heather,

    Other than using a bluetooth solution, which probably isn’t ideal, I don’t know the answer.

    Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you have a great weekend.

    Andrew

  11. Despe
    April 5, 2014 at 2:05 am

    HI ANDREW,

    :x: NOW, MY PROBLEM IS,,,

    :X: I DONT FIND THIS “FAVOURITES” IN MY S5570, OR THAT QUICKLINKS, OR THAT LAUNCHER…
    I DONT UNDERSTAND WHERE TO FIND IT,,,

    :x: CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE ME EXACT PROCEDURE HOW’D’YOU GET THE SKYPE ON 3?
    THIS LINK THAT YOU GAVE: http://mobile9.three.co.uk/personalise/apps/other THERES NOTHING YOU CAN FIND TO DOWNLOAD THE SKYPE ON 3… ALL YOU CAN SEE IN THIS LINK IS EXPLANATION BETWEEN SKYPE ON 3 AND SKYPE (ANDROID)…

    PLEASE HELP..

    – Commented edited due to duplicate content.

  12. April 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Despe,

    I had to edit your comment, because of the ‘duplicate content’ you copy and pasted. Also please don’t write a reply using capital letters, as in the internet world it means you are shouting.

    Since writing this blog post over a year ago I’ve moved to another mobile service provider and rarely use Skype now. I did however put my old 3 sim into a phone and visit the link.

    I found a Skype icon on the page to the right of ‘Windows Live Messenger’, but it didn’t enable me to download the software. I then found a second link, selected this model phone and whilst it said the Galaxy mini was compatible it also said “Sorry, there’s been a problem. We know about it and are working hard to fix it.”

    So my advice is for you to contact 3 directly and ask them where the latest software is.

    Best Regards

    Andrew

  13. Abegail De Guzman
    May 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Hi i can’t really open my phone samsung galaxy mini s5570. The situation is this: It is opening just until the “samsung” which is highlighting huhuhuhuhu pls help me. my phone is updated already into jelly bean. Thank you. i dont know what to do.

  14. May 19, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Hi Abegail,

    Sorry for the late reply.

    I would do the following two things:
    1. See if I could enter ‘Android System Recovery’ or ‘CWM’ by holding the power and bottom middle button at the same time. If so, you might want to try wiping data, cache and performing a factory reset etc.
    2. I would install a new ROM via the ODIN software, which I blogged about here: http://bit.ly/MqhFie

    Sorry that your phone isn’t working, and best of luck resolving the problem.

    Best Regards

    Andrew

  15. Olga
    May 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Hi Andrew,

    I have a silly problem with my GT-S5570. I have to google accounts. I started with the one I use the most and in the sign-in after i enter my username and password the phone says that they are not correct. However I have tried a hundred times and yes I am typing everything correctly. I was even able to sign-in and add my other google account.

    Thank you very much for your time in advance.

    Best regards,

    Olga

  16. May 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi Olga,

    Blimey, that must be annoying! Never experienced the problem but I’ve got a few ideas, so hopefully we can resolve the problem.

    I would do the following in this order:
    1. I would change the Google password and wait an hour or two.
    2. Double check the old account isn’t listed in ‘Accounts and sync’ via the ‘Settings’ area.
    3. ‘Clear data’ for any Google application listed in the ‘Applications’ section under ‘Settings’.

    Failing all the above, I would reset the phone to factory settings via ‘System Recovery’, but that will wipe data, so I would only do that as a last resort.

    Best of luck and please let me know if you resolve the problem.

    Andrew

  17. Olga
    May 22, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to look at my problem.

    Changing the password is a little daunting right now as I have another phone and tablet with that account but what you say makes sense.

    I’ll give it a try and let know how it went.

    Thanks again!

    Olga 🙂

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