Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies

Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies
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A colorful, entertaining, and informative guide to the Samsung Galaxy family of tablets

Samsung"s bestselling Galaxy Tabs may come in multiple sizes, but they all share the wildly popular Android operating system and are packed with tons of top-notch tablet features. This full-color book shows you how to enjoy all the things your Galaxy Tab can do, regardless of model: browse the web, handle e-mail, manage your social media, make phone calls and video chat, read e-books, take and share photos, play music, and more. Author Dan Gookin, famous for his skill in demystifying technology, takes you on a tour of the Galaxy, explaining hidden tablet tricks and showing you how to make your Tab your own.

Walks you through every element of the popular Galaxy Tab models, illustrated with full-color screen shots that show you exactly how to use your new tabletCovers the unique elements of this amazing Android tablet that give the Galaxy Tab a competitive edge as well as more common tablet features like the touchscreen interface, web browser, camera, social media, e-mail, apps, and moreIncludes tips for filling your Galaxy Tab with music, movies, TV shows, books, games, photos, videos, and other cool content from Google PlayShows you how to type successfully on the Tab keyboard, get directions, manage your content, connect wirelessly, travel with your Tab, and customize its features

Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies is the perfect guide for getting started and getting around the Galaxy like a pro.

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 2

Icons Used in This Book 3

Beyond the Book 4

Where to Go from Here 4

Part I: A Galaxy in Your Hands 5

Chapter 1: A Quick Orientation 7

Set Up Your Galaxy Tablet 7

Opening the box 8

Charging the battery 8

Know Your Way around the Galaxy 9

Finding things on the tablet 9

Inserting and removing a microSD card 12

Getting optional accessories 14

Where to Keep Your Tablet 15

Making a home for the tablet 15

Taking the tablet with you 16

Chapter 2: The On and Off Chapter 17

Hello, Tablet 17

Turning on your Galaxy tablet (for the first time) 18

Turning on your tablet 20

Working the various lock screens 21

Unlocking the tablet 22

Unlocking and running an app 23

Account Creation and Configuration 23

Obtaining a Google account 23

Adding accounts to the tablet 24

Farewell, Tablet 26

Locking the tablet 26

Controlling the lock timeout 26

Turning off your Galaxy tablet 27

Chapter 3: Find Your Way around the Galaxy 29

Basic Operations 29

Touching the touchscreen 30

Changing the orientation 31

Controlling the volume 32

Behold the Home Screen 33

Touring the Home screen 33

Accessing multiple Home screens 35

Using common buttons and icons 35

Home Screen Chores 37

Starting an app 37

Accessing a widget 38

Reviewing notifications 38

Making Quick Settings 39

Visiting the Apps screen 40

Reviewing recent apps 41

Playing with Multi Window 42

The Magical S Pen 44

Understanding the S Pen 44

Using Air Command 45

Doing some S Pen tricks 46

Chapter 4: Typing and Text 47

This Is a Keyboard? 47

Using the onscreen keyboard 47

Accessing special keyboard symbols 49

The Old Hunt-and-Peck 50

Typing one character at a time 50

Typing quickly by using predictive text 51

Adding SwiftKey Flow 52

Scribbling text with the S Pen 53

Google Voice Typing 53

Activating voice input 53

Dictating input 54

Uttering sâ â â â words 55

Text Editing 55

Moving the cursor 55

Selecting text 56

Cutting, copying, and pasting 57

Part II: Tablet Communications 59

Chapter 5: All Your Friends in the Galaxy 61

Meet the Tablet s Address Book 61

Using the Contacts app 62

Sorting your contacts 63

Searching contacts 64

More Friends in Your Galaxy 64

Creating a contact from scratch 64

Creating a contact from an e-mail message 66

Importing contacts from your computer 67

Grabbing contacts from your social networking sites 68

Manage Your Friends 68

Editing contact information 68

Taking a picture of a contact 68

Building contact groups 70

Making a favorite 72

Joining identical contacts 72

Separating contacts 73

Removing a contact 73

Chapter 6: Mail of the Electronic Kind 75

Galactic E-Mail 75

Setting up an Email account 76

Adding even more e-mail accounts 77

You ve Got E-Mail 78

Getting a new message 79

Checking the inbox 79

Reading e-mail 80

Write That Message 82

Composing a Gmail message 82

Crafting an Email message 83

Sending e-mail to a contact 84

Message Attachments 84

Dealing with attachments 85

Sending an attachment 86

E-Mail Configuration 86

Creating a signature 87

Configuring the manual delete option 87

Setting the primary e-mail account 88

Chapter 7: Web Browsing 91

Mobile Web Browsing 92

Viewing the web 92

Visiting a web page 93

Browsing back and forth 94

Working with bookmarks 94

Managing web pages in multiple tabs 95

Searching in and on the web 96

Sharing a page 96

The Art of Downloading 97

Grabbing an image from a web page 98

Downloading a file 98

Internet App Controls and Settings 100

Setting a home page 100

Changing the way the web looks 100

Setting privacy and security options 101

Chapter 8: The Digital Social Life 103

In Your Facebook 103

Setting up your Facebook account 104

Getting the Facebook app 104

Running Facebook on your tablet 104

Setting your status 106

Uploading a picture to Facebook 107

Configuring the Facebook app 109

Tweet Suite 110

Setting up Twitter 110

Tweeting 111

Even More Social Networking 112

Chapter 9: Text Chat, Video Chat, and Even Phone Calls 115

Let s Hang Out 115

Using Hangouts 116

Typing at your friends 117

Talking and video chat 118

Connect to the World with Skype 120

Getting Skype for your tablet 120

Chatting with another Skype user 121

Seeing on Skype (video call) 121

Placing a Skype phone call 122

Part III: Everything in the Galaxy 125

Chapter 10: Getting from Here to There 127

There s a Map for That 128

Using the Maps app 128

Adding layers 129

It Knows Where You Are 131

Finding out where you are 131

Helping others find your location 131

Find Things 133

Looking for a specific address 133

Finding a business, restaurant, or point of interest 134

Searching for favorite or recent places 135

Locating a contact 136

The Galaxy Navigator 136

Getting directions 136

Adding a navigation Home screen widget 138

The Whole Google Earth 139

Chapter 11: It s a Big, Flat Camera 141

Your Galactic Camera 141

Capturing the moment 142

Doing a self-portrait 143

Taking in a panorama 144

Doing a screen shot 145

Camera Settings and Options 146

Deleting an image immediately after you take it 146

Setting the flash 146

Changing the resolution 147

Setting the image s location 149

Choosing the storage device 150

Adjusting the camera 150

Chapter 12: Image Madness and Management 153

Where Your Pictures Lurk 153

Visiting the Gallery 154

Finding a picture s location 155

Setting an image as wallpaper 156

Image Editing 158

Cropping a picture 158

Trimming a video 159

Rotating pictures 160

Deleting pictures and videos 160

Selecting multiple pictures and videos 161

Set Your Pics and Vids Free 162

Accessing your Picasa Web account 162

Uploading to Dropbox 163

Printing your pictures 164

Posting a video to YouTube 166

Sharing images with other apps 167

Chapter 13: Music, Music, Music 169

Your Hit Parade 169

Browsing your music library 170

Playing a tune 171

Pinning your music 173

Being the life of the party 174

Add Some Music to Your Life 175

Borrowing music from a PC 175

Buying music at the Google Play Store 177

Organize Your Music 178

Reviewing your playlists 178

Creating your own playlists 179

Removing unwanted music 180

Soap, No Soap, Galaxy Radio 180

Chapter 14: What Else Does It Do? 183

It s an Alarm Clock 183

It s a Very Big Calculator 185

It s a Calendar 186

Browsing your schedule 187

Reviewing appointments 188

Creating an event 189

It s a Game Machine 191

It s an E-Book Reader 191

It s Google Now 194

It s Your Video Entertainment 195

Enjoying YouTube 195

Buying and renting movies 196

Chapter 15: A Galaxy of Apps 197

Welcome to the Play Store 197

Browsing the Google Play Store 198

Obtaining a new app 200

Installing apps from a computer 202

App Management 101 203

Reviewing your apps 204

Sharing an app 205

Updating an app 205

Uninstalling apps 206

Part IV: Nuts and Bolts 207

Chapter 16: It s a Wireless Life 209

Wireless Networking Wizardry 209

Using the cellular data network 210

Understanding Wi-Fi 210

Activating and deactivating Wi-Fi 211

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network 212

Using Wi-Fi Direct 213

A Connection Shared 214

Creating a mobile hotspot 215

Sharing the Internet via tethering 216

The Bluetooth Experience 217

Understanding Bluetooth 217

Activating Bluetooth 218

Pairing with a Bluetooth device 218

Chapter 17: Connect, Share, and Store 221

The USB Connection 221

Connecting the tablet to a computer 222

Dealing with the USB connection in Windows 222

Connecting your tablet to a Mac 224

Configuring the USB connection 224

Disconnecting the tablet from a computer 225

Files from Here, Files to There 226

Transferring files to the tablet 226

Copying files to your computer 228

Connecting wirelessly with Kies Air 228

Sharing files with Dropbox 230

Galactic Storage 231

Reviewing storage stats 231

Managing files 233

Chapter 18: Taking the Galaxy with You 235

Before You Go 235

Galaxy Travel Tips 236

Into the Wild Blue Yonder 237

The Galaxy Goes Abroad 238

Traveling overseas with the tablet 238

Disabling data roaming 239

Chapter 19: Customize Your Galaxy 241

Home Screen Decorating 241

Hanging new wallpaper 242

Adding apps to the Home screen 243

Building app folders 244

Putting an app on the Favorites tray 246

Slapping down widgets 246

Moving and removing icons and widgets 248

Managing multiple Home screen panels 249

Lock Your Tablet 250

Finding the locks 250

Removing the screen lock 251

Setting a PIN 251

Assigning a password 252

Creating an unlock pattern 252

Unlocking the tablet with your face 254

Setting face and voice unlock 255

Adding owner info text 255

Various Galactic Adjustments 256

Singing a different tune 256

Changing visual settings 258

Chapter 20: Maintenance and Troubleshooting 259

Regular Galactic Maintenance 259

Keeping it clean 260

Backing up your stuff 260

Updating the system 261

Battery Care and Feeding 262

Monitoring the battery 262

Determining what is sucking up power 263

Extending battery life 264

Help and Troubleshooting 265

Fixing random and annoying problems 265

Getting support 267

Valuable Galaxy Tablet Q&A 268

I can t turn the tablet on (or off)! 268

The touchscreen doesn t work! 268

The battery doesn t charge! 269

The tablet gets so hot that it turns itself off! 269

It doesn t do landscape mode! 269

Part V: The Part of Tens 271

Chapter 21: Ten Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts 273

Add Widgets to the Lock Screen 273

Smart Screen Tricks 274

Watch the Tablet Dream 275

Add Shortcuts to the Home Screen 276

Add Spice to Dictation 276

Command the Tablet with Your Voice 277

Use the Galactic TV Remote 277

Enter Location Information for Your Events 278

Use the Task Manager 279

Check Your Data Usage 280

Chapter 22: Ten Things to Remember 281

Summon a Recently Opened App 281

View Multiple Apps at Once 282

Take Quick Actions 282

Use Dictation 282

Lock the Orientation 283

Use the Keyboard Suggestions 283

Avoid Things That Consume Lots of Battery Juice 284

Make Phone Calls 284

Keep Up with Your Schedule 284

Snap a Pic of That Contact 285

Chapter 23: Ten Great Apps 287

Chrome 287

Google Finance 288

Google Gesture Search 288

Movies by Flixster 288

Netflix 289

Notepad 289

Sky Map 289

TuneIn Radio 290

Voice Recorder 290

Zedge 291

Index 293

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