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I am a senior and just acquired a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 after using just a basic cell phone for many years. I have spent hours trying to learn how to use it other than making calls, but all the tutorials online seem to be for more advanced users and do demonstrations too quickly for me to understand them. Do you know of a guide for beginners that explains how to do some of the simpler things like deleting those face icons and strange numbers (I don't see the trash can icon) and putting in contacts I really want?

I think the best thing is to just take each item one at a time and then look up each item. You could also go into your local store where you got your device and ask them to help you with some basics. Regarding deleting items on a smartphone, there isn't a trash basket like on a computer. Typically you simply just touch the horizontal lines at the top right of a message and there is a drop down to delete. You and also just swipe to the left on the message when you are in the list of messages and trash is an option. You can add contacts manually or when you receive a call or text from someone. I hope this helps.  

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I can answer questions on cellular phones, the physical device, the network, contracts, billing, ordering, porting and what to look for when purchasing cell phones. I am located in the United States. I am an expert on BlackBerrys, Treos, HTC devices and iPhones as well as cellphones and aircards. I have over 15 years of experience in both the wireless and wireline world with the carriers. I have a lot of knowledge regarding the wireless providers - their services, prices and policies, both GSM AT&T and T-Mobile) and CDMA (Verizon, Sprint/Nextel). I am very familiar with the individual devices and their specifications. I can also answer questions regarding BlackBerrys, iPhones and other PDAs, both Palm-based and Windows-based. I can troubleshoot most any problem someone is having with their cellular device or with the provider.


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