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27 problems with Samsung’s Galaxy S5, and how to solve them

You pay hundreds of dollars for the latest smartphone tech only to find that it’s not working as expected. We feel your pain. Life’s not fair, but don’t give up on your Samsung Galaxy S5 just yet. With a little tinkering you can probably find a decent workaround or a solution, in fact, that’s why we’re here. Behold our roundup of common Galaxy S5 problems and the fixes you need to get past them.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S5 review, best Galaxy S5 cases, and GS5 accessories.

Updated on 11-3-2015 by Simon Hill: Added new solutions for contacts and lag issues, and new problems with apps crashing, and MicroSD card.

Problem: No notifications or music controls on lock screen

A lot of people have been frustrated by their notifications, music controls, and other widgets disappearing from the lock screen after the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Thankfully it’s easy to get them back again.

Solution:

  • Go to Settings > Sound & Notification and tap on When device is locked and then choose Show all notification content or Hide sensitive notification content. If your music controls aren’t back straight away, then try restarting the phone. Unfortunately, the music control notification in Lollipop is scaled down compared to some widgets that you may have been using, but Google has ditched lock screen widgets in Lollipop.
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