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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Android Phones and Tablets, 2nd Edition

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Android Phones and Tablets, 2nd Edition

Guy Hart-Davis

ISBN: 978-1-119-11677-6 June 2015 320 Pages

 E-Book

$19.99

Description

Experience all your Android device has to offer!

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Android Phones and Tablets, 2nd Edition is the perfect resource if you are a visual learner who wants to master the ins and outs of the Android operating system. With step-by-step instructions driven by targeted, easy-to-understand graphics, this informative book shines a light on the features, functions, and quirks of the Android OS—and shows you how to use them. With the guidance provided by this easy to follow resource, you will quickly access, download, and enjoy books, apps, music, and video content, as well as photos, emails, and other forms of media, right from your phone or tablet! This book is perfect for Android users at beginner to intermediate levels.

The Android operating system is graphics intensive, which is why a visual guide is the best way to navigate your Android device. Now that the Android OS is available on both phones and tablets, you can maximize the productivity and convenience of your devices by mastering the features, functions, and quirks of this operating system.

  • Explore the latest Android features and functions
  • Peruse full-color illustrations that walk you, step-by-step, through instructions for using the Android operating system
  • Discover how to access, download, and enjoy multimedia content
  • Sync your Android devices to maximize their capabilities

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Android Phones and Tablets, 2nd Edition is the top resource for visual learners wanting to further explore the capabilities of Android devices.

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Android

Discover the Types of Android Devices 4

Meet Your Device’s Controls 6

Perform the Initial Setup for Your Device 8

Connect to a Wireless Network 12

Download and Install Companion Software 14

Transfer Files from Your PC to Your Device 16

Transfer Files from Your Mac to Your Device 18

Explore the User Interface and Launch Apps 20

Understanding Skinned Versions of Android 22

Navigate with Gestures 26

Work with Notifications 28

Using Google Now 32

Chapter 2 Customizing Your Phone or Tablet

Find the Settings You Need 36

Choose Which Notifications to Receive 38

Configure Interruptions and Downtime 42

Choose Volume and Sound Settings 44

Set Display Brightness and Wallpaper 46

Choose Location Access Settings 48

Secure Your Phone or Tablet with a PIN 50

Encrypt Your Phone or Tablet for Security 52

Choose Language and Input Settings 54

Customize the Home Screens 56

Set Up Sleep and Daydream 60

Install Credentials 62

Chapter 3 Sharing Your Device with Others

Using Screen Pinning 66

Using Guest Mode 68

Add a User to Your Phone or Tablet 70

Create a Restricted Profile on a Tablet 72

Switch Users on a Multiuser Device 74

Configure or Remove a User Account 76

Chapter 4 Working with Text, Voice, and Accessibility

Using the On‐Screen Keyboard and Gesture Typing 80

Edit Text and Use Cut, Copy, and Paste 84

Give Commands with Voice Actions 86

Dictate Text into Apps 88

Gather Information with Voice Search 90

Set Up Accessibility Features 92

Using TalkBack and Explore by Touch 94

Chapter 5 Setting Up Communications

Set Up Your E‐Mail Accounts 98

Choose Settings in Gmail 106

Remove an E‐Mail Account 110

Set Up and Use Priority Inbox 112

Choose Which Contacts to Display 114

Import Your Contacts into the Contacts App 116

Choose Calendar Notifications and Reminders 118

Choose Week and Time Zone Settings 120

Chapter 6 Networking and Communicating

Control Wi‐Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular Access 124

Connect Bluetooth Devices 126

Control Data Roaming and Cellular Usage 128

Connect Your Device to a Different Carrier 130

Connect to Your Work Network via VPN 132

Using the Tethering Feature 134

Using the Portable Hotspot Feature 136

Manage Your Wireless Networks 138

Log In to Wi‐Fi Hotspots 140

Transfer Data Using Android Beam 142

Make Payments with NFC 144

Chapter 7 Phoning, Messaging, and Social Networking

Make Phone Calls 148

Make Phone Calls with a Headset 150

Make a Conference Call 152

Call with Speed Dial, Recents, and History 154

Send and Receive Instant Messages with Hangouts 156

Manage Your Hangouts and Instant Messages 158

Using Video Chat with Hangouts 162

Install and Use Skype 164

Set Up Google+ 166

Navigate Google+ 168

Navigate Facebook 170

Send Tweets 172

Chapter 8 Working with Apps

Run Apps and Switch Quickly Among Them 176

Explore Google Play and Download Apps 178

Update Your Apps 180

Remove Apps You No Longer Need 182

Choose Which Apps to Update Automatically 184

Move Apps to the SD Card 186

Manually Install an App 188

Chapter 9 Browsing the Web and E-Mailing

Browse the Web 192

Using Bookmarks, Most Visited, and Other Devices 194

Create Bookmarks for Web Pages 196

Configure Your Default Search Engine 198

Fill In Forms Using Autofill 200

Tighten Up Your Browsing Privacy Settings 202

Navigate in the Gmail App 206

Read Your E‐Mail Messages 208

Reply to or Forward an E‐Mail Message 210

Label and Archive Your Messages 212

Write and Send E‐Mail Messages 214

View Files Attached to Incoming Messages 216

Browse by Labels and Search for Messages 218

Chapter 10 Taking and Using Photos and Videos

Take Photos with the Camera App 222

Using Zoom and Manual Focus 224

Using the Flash and the HDR Feature 226

Take Panorama, Photo Sphere, and

Lens Blur Photos 228

Choose Settings for Photos and Videos 230

Edit Your Photos 232

Capture Video 236

Share Your Photos and Videos 238

Chapter 11 Using Maps, Clock, Play Music, and Videos

Find Your Location with the Maps App 242

Find Directions with the Maps App 244

Rotate, Zoom, and Tilt the Map 246

Make a Map Available Offline 248

Explore with Street View 250

Share a Location with Others 252

Using the Clock App 254

Copy Your Music and Videos to Your Device 258

Play Music 260

Adjust the Sound with the Equalizer 262

Create a Playlist 264

Customize the Music Settings 266

Watch Videos 268

Find Videos on YouTube 270

Watch, Rate, and Flag YouTube Videos 272

Chapter 12 Troubleshooting Your Device

Close an App That Has Stopped Responding 276

Update Your Device’s Software 278

Extend the Runtime on the Battery 280

Reset Your App Preferences 282

Check Free Space and Clear Extra Space 284

Back Up Your Phone or Tablet Online 286

Back Up and Restore with a Computer 288

Restore Your Device to Factory Settings 290

Troubleshoot Charging Problems 292

Troubleshoot Wi‐Fi Connections 294

Index 296