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Samsung Galaxy

Volume 2


The ultimate guide to using every Samsung Galaxy device

For every Galaxy device


Samsung Galaxy
The Samsung Galaxy range of Android devices continues to go from strength to strength, and in terms of desirability is now on equal footing with Apples iDevices. And why? Well, its simple. Samsung have proven themselves to be adept hardware manufacturers who are not afraid to disrupt the status quo by introducing radical new features. Neither are they afraid to completely replace services like AllShare Play to bring in better ways of looking after your Galaxy and its content. More than that, though, they just get it. Theyve made some stunning apps, phones and tablets that cater for exactly the needs we have, and this book teaches you all about them. Enjoy.

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Samsung Galaxy

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Your life and Samsung
10 Discover the Samsung Galaxy

Page 10 Your life & Sam See how yo sung ur Galaxy dev
28 Phone
28 29 30 30 32 32 34 34 Make and receive calls Add and edit contacts Set up speed dialing Manage your contacts Create and edit groups Work with multiple calls Manage your calls and logs Import and export contacts

ice can ben efit you life at work , at home r and on the go

38 38

Start group messaging Get delivery and read reports

18 Settings
18 19 20 20 22 22 24 24 26 26 Learn the Settings interface Access your settings Manage connections Personalise your device Change your device settings Set up accounts Use the Device Manager Control app permissions Enable Developer Options Make your device efficient

40 Google Play
40 41 42 42 The Google Play Store Purchase an app Manage your apps Update your apps

36 Messaging
36 37 Send, receive and delete messages Attach files to messages 44 44

44 Play Movies
Meet Play Movies Rent a film for the night

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44 46 Play Music
46 47 Listen with Play Music Explore a genre

58 58 60 60

Music Hub Games Hub Reading Hub Learning Hub

76 78 78

Mange messages with labels Perfecting Gmail use Enjoy the extra features

48 Play Books
48 48 Discover Google Play Books Navigate the book interface 62 63

62 Music Player
Play your music Explore extra functions

80 S Note
80 81 82 82 Learn the layout and functions Master the input tools Add multimedia View, sort and export files

50 Play Magazines
50 51 Browse Play Magazines Subscribe to a magazine 64 65

64 Video Player
View your videos Play a clip

84 S Planner
84 85 86 86 87 89 Navigate the S Planner interface Schedule appointments Set reminders Manage multiple calendars Sync birthdays from contacts Find additional options

52 Samsung Apps
52 53 Search for apps Maintain your apps 66 67 68 68 70 70

66 Internet
Learn the Internet interface Navigate and use gestures Save bookmarks Voice search and multitask Save and share Alter the settings

54 S Suggest
54 55 Set up S Suggest View ratings

90 Google Maps
90 91 92 92 95 95 96 96 98 99 Access a map anywhere Turn your device into a GPS Get directions Share directions Search a particular area Find out about Places Use different map styles Open up Street View View My Maps Learn to live without Latitude

56 Samsung Hubs
56 57 Join the Samsung Hub Video Hub

72 Email
72 73 74 74 76 Set up an account in Email Manage multiple accounts Customise and format emails Move and organise messages Set up a Gmail account

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100 Google Earth 114 Gallery
100 101 102 102 Explore the world View the Earth Galleries See landmarks in 3D Share a location 114 115 116 116 117 Open the Gallery Share images Sync with Picasa Organise images View slideshows


104 YouTube
104 105 105 106 Watch the worlds videos Make and edit playlists Comment, like and dislike Share videos

120 Paper Artist

120 Experiment with fun effects 121 Add creative touches 128 129 130 132 132

128 Google+
Create and edit your profile Manage your Circles View the content stream Start video Hangouts Understand Communities

108 Camera
108 Shoot photos 109 Capture videos 110 Add effects to photos and videos 110 Vary your shooting modes 111 Pick up the Camera jargon 112 Shoot for sharing

122 Facebook
122 123 124 124 125 126 126 127 Sign up and log in to Facebook Edit your profile Navigate Facebook Search for and add friends Update your status Find and play games Start a Facebook Chat Use the Facebook widget

134 Hangouts
134 Learn the Hangouts interface 135 Customise the settings

136 ChatOn
136 Chat and share without restriction 137 Personalise and share

138 Skype
120 Create and edit your profile 121 Make video calls to contacts

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122 Call mobiles and landlines 122 Send pictures, videos and files

142 Google Drive

128 129 130 130 132 132 Create and upload documents Formatting your documents Share and collaborate View files offline Integrate with other apps Using the Drive widget

158 Save files to Link 160 Download and share files 160 Change Link settings

166 Manage your connections and updates 168 View your multimedia 168 Browse the Podcast store

162 Find My Mobile

162 Set it up 163 View app features

170 Essential Accessories

168 Get the best for your device

148 Dropbox
142 143 144 144 View and edit files Upload your media Play music on Dropbox Export files from Dropbox

164 Samsung Kies

164 Get started 165 Back up data 166 Sync your device

driving o Bluet ooth kits an d stylu discov e r accesso the best ses, ies for Galaxry our devicy e

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152 Google Now

152 Start using Google Now 153 Look at Google Now cards


154 S Voice
154 Discover S Voice functions 155 Understand the Settings

156 Samsung Link

156 Connect your device 157 Register your computer 158 Register a storage service

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Your life & Samsung

10 The Samsung Galaxy Book Your life & Samsung

Work Rest Play

Your life &
Regardless of whether you want to work, rest or play, there is only one thing youll need: your Galaxy device

here is no doubting the popularity of Samsung. The Korean manufacturer has gone from strength to strength in the last few years and is now the biggest producer of Android phones and tablets around the world. Not only is it regarded as a major player in the hardware business, its custom OS TouchWiz is regarded as one of the best custom softwares available for Android users. At the heart of Samsungs dominance in the smartphone industry is its Galaxy range of devices. Although some may argue that Samsung has oversaturated the market with the amount of Samsung Galaxy devices it has brought out, its actually a great move on its part to set its stall out as one of the best distributors of Android devices. If youre on the lookout for a new Android device, you really shouldnt look past Samsung for your smartphone or tablet needs. No matter what your tastes are, or the budget youre on, youll find the best Android device to be a Samsung.

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Your life & Samsung

Samsung phone or tablet is akin to having a computer on you at all times. You already know the basics: you can make phone calls, send text messages and check and write emails on the go, all of which are vital for enhancing your professional life. But there is much more you can do using the wide variety of apps available to you and there are few more vital services than Dropbox. With this fantastic app on your tablet or phone, you will have access to vast amounts of cloud storage into which you can save documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images and so much more. Although its great that your files will sync up with any computer that has Dropbox installed, the best part is the ability to edit and create these work-related tasks from within the app, too. Dropbox is closely linked with Polaris Office and it offers all of the functionalities of that popular service. Essentially, you get the full power of an office suite and storage facilities. Files can be uploaded and shared, you can collaborate on projects, view PDFs and take photos of printed text to be converted to a document. Dropbox is not the only cloud storage facility either. The popular Google Drive app is also available for Galaxy devices and again you can open and view compatible files which youve stored within it on other computers and devices. You will even find that you can

Its time to banish your laptop and turn your device into the best portable workstation youll have ever owned
open PDFs, with the fantastic Adobe Reader app being particularly adept at that, just as you would expect. Having facilities such as Polaris Office or other excellent alternatives including Documents To Go on your mobile phone or tablet will ensure that you can work on the go, having your files on you at all times and giving you the ability to check and change them whenever you wish. It will help you become more productive and organised, too. You will wonder, for example, how you lived without the Expensify app, which allows you to keep an eye on your expenses including any mileage costs you want to claim back. And the first time you use an app such as CamCard to take a photograph of a business card and see the crucial information on it magically recognised and stored as a contact, you will realise just what a handy device you own. Google Goggles also allows you to add contacts from business cards. As another exclusive for Android, it also allows you to translate text from one language to another, which will be wonderful for productivity and save you time looking up translations. Another very useful function of a Galaxy device is the ability to take notes. Evernote is the perfect, free solution which syncs with your computer. You can save web pages, jot notes, keep photographs and so much more, placing them in folders for ease of reference. You can also include voice memos. It is worth bearing the Any.DO To Do List app in mind as well. It ensures you will never forget anything again, sorting tasks by date, folder or priority and having them categorised according to today, tomorrow, this week and later so you know what is coming up. There is a widget that can be added to the home screen and there is a Google Task import function to make life even easier. Theres plenty more, too. With the likes of Calendar Sync, you can sync your Outlook calendar on your PC with your phone (of course, you can get S Planner builtin as well) and you could use Skype for international business calls or WordPress to update a company website if your firm uses this method. So pick up your Galaxy device, put away the documents and get working!

Using your Galaxy device for work purposes can help increase your productivity and efficiency

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Ways to improve your work life

1:Create a PDF using eZPDF 2:Print via the cloud

PDFs are the perfect way to share documents. Use the eZPDF app from the Samsung Apps store to quickly and efficiently change any document or image in to a fully usable PDF that you can come back to time and time again.

The excellent Cloud Print app allows you to print from your Samsung phone. It needs to be set up and then you can send files directly to your printer.

an 3: Send attachment

The default Samsung Email app can be used to send attachments to your friends and colleagues with ease. Just make sure you stick to the 10MB limit.

typing 4:Start faster

Although the brilliant Swype app goes to making typing easier, SwiftKey X has a good memory and it will predict what you are trying to type. It knows the types of words you use and it can even plug into your different blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

5:Protect from viruses

As well as being able to find your Galaxy phone or tablet in case it gets lost, the Lookout app will also protect your phone from damaging malware and spyware via the in-built antivirus protection. It has a back-up facility as a safety net, too.

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Your life & Samsung

We show you how to transform your Samsung smartphone into the ultimate entertainment portal

hether its playing games check out the brilliance of Dead Trigger, ShadowGun or Grand Theft Auto III for console-style gaming on your Galaxy or enhancing your exciting entertainment

options, your Samsung phone or tablet will ensure that your relaxation time is a blast. As well as providing you with a host of productivity apps to help boost your working life, your Samsung is equally at home when it comes to enhancing your life and that of friends and family. Of course, you can keep in touch with people via the phone but there is so much more to your Samsung device than that. To see your Samsung phone make existing home technology even better, check out the offerings from Sky. The Sky+ app for Android gives you the television providers full programme listing with the ability to remote record individual shows or an entire series. And if you cant wait, then the Sky Go app lets Play console-style games on the go

subscribers watch television there and then, streaming all six Sky Sports channels, Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and 11 Sky Movies channels straight to your phone or tablet. A good alternative service is Netflix which allows you to watch TV shows and movies on your phone for a monthly fee. And if it is console-style games you want on a subscription basis then try OnLive, which streams blockbusters straight to a compatible Samsung device. For music, try the Rocket Music Player, which lets you sync with an iTunes library or check out TuneIn Radio for a fully featured digital radio that pulls in stations from across the world. You could also use Spotify, which gives you access to millions of songs in return for a monthly fee. And why not team up your music library with a fitness regime? Use MyFitnessPal to keep an eye on your progress and that of your family and get some great dietary advice, too. There are lots of apps which help you to keep

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fit and healthy, not least WebMD, providing you with vital information that will ensure you remain in tip-top shape and discover what may be wrong with you when you feel ill. You will soon find that your Samsung device is an integral part of your home life. It can even save you money. The British Gas app lets you submit readings and also highlights where youre using energy around your home. TopCashBack lets you buy items and receive money back. There are voucher apps that offer discounts on products for the home, too. And when you want to get creative, you can unleash your talents. Try the Photoshop Touch app which takes all of the best bits of Photoshop such as selection tools, adjustments, filters and layers and enables you to produce some outstandingly professional artwork that can be saved and even shared with friends on Facebook. Above all, your phone will become a vital tool. The DIY Calculator app, for example, will work out how much material youll need when carrying out home maintenance and Jamies 20 Minute Meals will ensure you never go hungry with its inspirational recipe ideas. At night, you can use your phone to drop off to sleep with dozens of apps tailored for this very purpose. Alarms such as Bedside (Night Clock) show you the time in a clear and bright manner and they will also ensure that you wake up when you need to. All the while, you will be able to take photographs of friends and family and produce videos that you can share via email or social media. You can also use your Samsung device to catch up with the news via the BBC, Sky, CNN and many more or pick up the latest football and sports results when youre out and about.

British Gas has a great app for its customers

Apps to use on your Galaxy around the house

Record TV 2: remotely

4:Watch films
The movies section of Google Play not only has some cheap films to watch there are special offers on a frequent basis but you can pick up some more up-to-date movies, too, as well as TV episodes . They can be bought with a simple tap on the video of your choice.

Even if you dont have Sky television at home, the Sky+ app makes for a great TV planner. But subscribers to the satellite service see the most benefits with functions to record your favourite shows as long as they have not already started.

3:Read books 1:Stream live radio

Using TuneIn Radio, you can not only listen to lots of different digital radio stations, but you can also grab some great podcasts, too. Stick your Galaxy phone into a decent pair of speakers and you will have yourself a great listening setup.

There are a plenty of reading and book apps available to download on the Samsung Apps Store. Comic lovers are also covered and the best app you should read comics on is the Dark Horse Comics app which is free to download right now.

the 5:Read news

Flipboard is a brilliant app that comes preloaded on many Galaxy devices. You can choose which kinds of articles you like to read about and then simply flip from page to page, tapping on anything that grabs your fancy to read the full article. Its one of the best readers around.

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On the go
No matter where you go, your Samsung device will soon become an indispensable part of your travelling kit
amsung devices, by their very nature, are portable, so it goes without saying that you will be taking them out and about with you. Although some Samsung tablets such as the Galaxy Tab 7.0 require you to have Wi-Fi (use the brilliant Wi-Fi Finder to locate nearby hotspots), the 3G connectivity of many Samsung devices ensures that they are more than suitable for all kinds of entertainment and productivity while on the go. We have already looked at the delights of Dropbox, which not only helps you with your work but also ensures that your files are with you at all times. And we have seen the wonderful movies and books which you can download to your Galaxy device both brilliant when you are out and about. We have also shown just how you can stream music on your phone or tablet, although this would be better in a Wi-Fi area so that you dont eat into your data. And we have also seen how you can access the latest news. But there is so much more. Google Maps, for instance, has 3D vector maps for certain cities (for those who are running at least Android 2.0). It gives users the ability to zoom right in and see a city come to life in a way that a simple 2D map simply cannot. Its compass mode orientates automatically to your direction so navigation becomes much easier and there is offline caching of certain areas, too. With a handy satnav function, you wont be getting lost in a hurry. Google Maps is not the only location service you will encounter. Location services are used by the likes of Facebook, allowing you to tell others where you are. They are also used as part of Google Now, giving you the weather in your specific location as well as the traffic and train information and so much more. App developers have access to this function and you will be asked if you wish to

You can use your Galaxy for almost everything, from keeping track of your fitness regime to getting directions

allow a program access. Granting it massively increases the usability of some apps. Take a fitness app such as RunKeeper, for example, which taps into your Samsungs GPS capabilities. Aimed at runners, you can record a route, track the time, distance and speed of a run and save your data to the handset. It works out where you are and that is key to the way it all works. Twitter is also closely linked into the Android operating system. Its integration means you can instantly share an image, for example, with all of your followers and it makes it simpler to keep in touch and work with Twitter while you are on the go. In order for it to work, you will need to install Twitter but, like a host of other apps from Goggles and Cloud Print to Mail and Dropbox, you will

With a Galaxy youll have everything you need when youre out and about
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find that many other programs work with it. Pressing the Menu button will call it up as a Share option. With a Samsung phone or tablet you will have everything you need when youre out and about. You will be able to check travel arrangements, see gig guides, catch cinema times and use a barcode scanner to work out if an item you are looking at in a shop can be picked up for cheaper elsewhere. You will be able to take photographs of the amazing places you visit, too. It will also allow you to have a killer games console in your pocket and, as we have seen, remove the need for a separate satnav device altogether. It will become your multipurpose survival tool, making use of restaurant and hotel apps such as TripAdvisor to avoid making costly mistakes one minute and finding a voucher to get money off the next. Theres never been a better time to invest in a Samsung Galaxy device, and you certainly wont regret your decision. Your life & Samsung

Top tips for using your Galaxy on the go

Get more with 1: Google Maps
Google Maps offers a whole host of extra features that will aid you in your navigation. Delve down into the options and youll be able to view locations in pinsharp detail, jump to parts of the world and much more.

with The Translator 2:Translate

If youre travelling the world, then youll want to make sure you have a decent translation app from the Samsung App Store. The Translator is one of the best currently available to download, and should help you out no matter where you are in the world.

location services 4:Use

Your Samsung device makes use of location services and this is great not only for running apps, but anything that requires knowing where you are.

Wi-Fi locally 3:Find

Use the Wi-Fi Finder app to find Wi-Fi hotspots. Although most Samsung devices will allow you to tap into 3G capabilities, using Wi-Fi protects your data and it also ensures a faster connection. The Wi-Fi Finder app takes the effort out of walking around in vain.

5:Take photos

Twitter is integrated into most Android devices

Your Samsung phone comes with a built-in camera, so make great use not only of that but the Gallery into which your images will be stored. You can take a photograph and have it sent straight to friends or family.

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Your Galaxy device is packed full of useful settings and controls to help you configure it



Navigate various settings


Get to your toggles instantly Keep accounts linked to your favourite apps in order Demand more power from your device Keep tabs on updates

Fig 1 (top left): Features such as NFC live within Settings; they are then utilised through otherapps Fig 2 (top middle): Portable Wi-Fi hotspot is an important feature that is hidden away in your Settings app Fig 3 (top right): Each category has several subheadings, each with several settings in their own sections

Configure your device

Get more control over your Galaxy through the Settings menu
Learn the Settings interface
Your Galaxy devices Settings menu offers a lot more than the ability to change ringtones and adjust screen brightness; it is in itself an application on your device and, within it, many features can be found (Fig 1). It may sound strange to think of accessing functions through a devices settings, but using tools like S Beam or Wi-Fi Hotspot comes down to switching them on and letting them run (Fig 2). Thats why it is important to know what is available to you and your device in your Settings screens. Each Galaxy device categorises its settings slightly differently, but it generally comes down to these categories: Network Connections, which covers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, data connection and NFC; Personalisation, where you can adjust how your device behaves, sounds and looks. Input and Control, covering language, motion and gesture controls, as well as voice options; Accounts, where you can manage, add and delete all accounts linked to various apps such as Skype or Dropbox; Backup Options, with settings to back up your device or restore


Customisable settings to make your device your own

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Quick Settings
Personalise the panel

1: Personalisation settings
Fig 5: Quick Settings in your Notification Panel are great for making fast changes

From the home screen, tap the Menu button, then Settings>My Device.

2: Notification settings

Tap Display>Notification Panel, to see all of your Quick Settings buttons.

Fig 4: The current screen or app you are on will determine which settings window is accessible from your Menu button

Fig 6: Long-press a Quick Settings icon to reveal its own window with more options

previously backed-up data; Permissions can configure location services (Fig 3) and security; finally, Device Manager lets you manage your applications and storage, as well as more advanced settings such as Developer Options.

Access your settings

A devices settings can be accessed through the Settings app, or from the home screen by tapping Menu then Settings (Fig 4). You can also access a series of Quick Settings from the Notification Panel (Fig 5). With the panel dragged down from the top bar, a row of On/ Off buttons are displayed. You can scroll along through them to view the full catalogue of tools, which can be turned on and off quickly.

If you press and hold on any one of these icons youll be taken to that particular tools settings page, giving you access to more options (Fig 6). From your main Settings menu, navigate through the various categories to get a feel for where things are. You will find a difference in interface between Galaxy tablets and phones. The Galaxy Tab 2 has a fixed navigation menu which lists all categories and subcategories, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 has four core categories Connections, My Device, Accounts and More which are the broken up into a series of subcategories, each offering a collection of relevant settings. Each app has its own settings screen too, which can usually be accessed by tapping the Menu key from within the app.

3: Arrange buttons

Press and hold on any button, then drag it to where you want it positioned.

Open your notification panel to show the rearranged Quick Settings buttons.

4: View Quick Settings

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Call rejection
Create a call rejection message
Use both primary categories and subheadings to intuitively navigate to the relevant settings window. Each setting has its own window

Quick Settings
To reveal your Quick Settings panel and brightness adjustment, tap and drag on your top notification bar

1: Set up call reject messages

Under your Personalisation settings, tap Call. Tap Set up call reject messages.

Settings window
Each device has a different navigation system for its settings. Most come with several primary categories

On/Off switch
Some settings come with switches; tap the switch to interact with it. Tap on the settings title to reveal more options

2: Create a new message

Tap the + icon, type a new message to send when rejecting calls. Tap Save.

Manage connections
Network Connections is a subheading within the settings panel. Here youll manage Wi-Fi, mobile data, Bluetooth and NFC (Near Field Communication) settings. Newer devices such as the S4 have categorised NFC, as well as S Beam and DLNA settings, into its own subheading of Connect and Share, but both Connect and Share and Network Connections come under the primary heading of Connections (Fig 1). Tap Wi-Fi to be presented with all available and favourite Wi-Fi networks. Tapping any one of these will reveal details about that network (Fig 2). From the Network Connections menu, tap More Networks for further settings. Tap Tethering and Portable Hotspot, then turn on Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot to allow other devices to connect to your device via Wi-Fi and use its mobile data (3G/4G) to provide them with internet. Tap Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot to display the necessary password to log into the hotspot as well as permission options and configuration settings. You can also share an internet connection through USB and Bluetooth. When it comes to NFC and S Beam, these are two different features that provide similar functions, and they are only found in the main Settings screens. Simply turn them on and find something NFC-enabled to tap your device against.

Personalise your device

Personalisation is the key to making your device your own. All Galaxy devices come with a world of options to help you 0do just this, from deciding how your LED indicator behaves to telling your device what to do when you shake it. Device settings come under two categories: Personalisation and Input and Control (Fig 3). Under Personalisation, tap Lock Screen. Here you can set a locking mechanism for your device, as well as personalise your lock screen widgets, where you can input a personal message to be displayed from your lock screen (Fig 4). Tapping Display from your Personalisation menu presents a huge array of options to configure screen mode, wallpapers, brightness, auto-rotate, timeout options, font size and style, and even touch sensitivity on some devices so you can use them while wearing gloves. It is worth looking over your display options, as they can greatly improve how you interact and view your device, as well as helping with battery drainage, when taking into consideration adjustable screen brightness and how long your screen stays turned on for when you are not looking at it. Tap Accessibility to open a series of options to help cater to how you touch, see and hear your device. These options allow the device to be adapted to anyones needs.

3: Edit an existing message

You can have up to six call rejection messages; tap a saved message to edit it.

4: Send your message

When called, swipe the bottom tab upwards and select a message to send.

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Data Usage
Manage your data plan

1: Open Data Usage settings

In Network and Connections settings, tap Data Usage. Tap Mobile Data on.

Fig 1: Locating and connecting to devices and networks wirelessly is done though your Network Connections settings

Fig 2: If your device repeatedly attempts to connect to networks you dont use, tap them and then tap Forget to remove them

2: Turn on mobile data limit

Tap Set a Mobile Data Limit. A movable red line will appear on the graph.

3: Set a data limit

Your mobile data will cut out when your usage reaches the red horizontal line.

4: Set app restrictions

Fig 3: Personalisation settings have expanded greatly in recent years, giving users complete control of their device Fig 4: Here you can change the display widgets, personal message and wallpaper of your lock screen

Tap an app below the graph, then tick the Restrict Background Data box.

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Quick Settings
Tap an icon to turn it off. Press and hold one to access the screen for each icons settings

Custom layout
You can reposition your Quick Settings icons to put the ones you use most right at the front of the list

Use auto brightness to help reduce battery wastage or adjust manually when your screen is not clear enough

Music player
Some apps, like Play Music, will place a controls widget in the top half of your Notifications Panel

You can change your devices language, as well as choose its keyboard and voice options
Change your device settings
The Galaxys Input and Control settings are in place to let you determine precisely how your device reacts to your input and movements. Tapping Language and Input, you can change your devices language, as well as choose its keyboard and voice options (Fig 1). Most of these options are split between Samsungs own settings and the settings of any other accounts that you may be logged into on your device, such as Google. Under Input and Controls, tap Motions and Gestures. These options will be limited to devices that cater to them. Some devices allow for you to calibrate them to enhance their motion and gesture awareness; tap Gyroscope Calibration, then place your device on a flat surface. Tap Calibrate if successful, your device is now fully ready for some gesture controls. There are three gesture types available, the first being Air Gestures (Fig2). These make your device react to a variety of ways in which your hand interacts with and around the device; an example of this is Air Call Accept, where you wave your hand over the screen to accept an incoming call. Motion Gestures create a response form your device with more natural movements, while Palm Motion lets you control your device through palm gestures. Setting up a series of motion gestures can speed up and ease the way you interact with your device.

This area will show you any text or email messages youve received, available app updates and more

Set up accounts
Every one of your devices apps has its own settings, created to determine how it behaves on your device. Its important to review these settings, especially with your most used and important apps, because you can often find ways to increase their efficiency. In your Settings screen, tap on My Accounts or, depending on your device, scroll down to the list under Accounts (Fig3). Every single

app that you have an account with will be displayed here. If you want to log out of an account or log in as another user, or you have changed a password to an account on another device, you can fix that through these settings. Tap on an app to view its options (Fig 4). Each app will offer a different set of options, but most will provide a sync option and the ability to change accountdetails. Your account options also cater to any cloud services you may be running. Tap Cloud to view your cloud services. These back up and store information from your device to an external server. The Samsung account you set up when you turned on your Galaxy device automatically links your device to Samsungs cloud service, backing up contacts, memos, logs and messages. Other cloud services such as Dropbox will back up pictures, videos and documents. In the cloud settings, you can adjust your cloud sync settings and review your cloud storage usage.

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Backup & Reset

Back up your data, then reset

1: Enter Backup and Reset menu

Open up the Settings app. Under Backup Options, tap Backup and Reset.

Fig 1: Change your keyboard settings, including language and predictive text plus punctuation and formatting options

Fig 2: Air Gesture creates motion-detectable shortcuts for common activities on your device

2: Add a backup account

Tap Backup Account. Log in or create a Google account, where your backups can be stored.

3: Perform a factory data reset

From the Backup and Reset menu, tap Factory Data Reset. Tap Reset Device.

4: Restore backup
Fig 3: Any device that requires an account to be logged into can be configured from this window Fig 4: Settings for each account will vary. Tapping Account Settings will take you to the in-app settings for more options

After the reset, turn on your device. Sign into your Google account to restore backup data.

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Save battery
Make apps energy efficient

1: Select an app to configure

Under Device Manager, tap Application Manager. Tap on one of the displayed apps.

Storage settings are found under your Device Manager settings. The colour chart represents the total space used and total space available

Space management
Scroll through the different coloured categories, tapping on each to manage how much space they use

Use the Device Manager 2: Adjust power use

Under the Adjust Power Use heading, tap the button that will take you to the apps settings. Now that you have explored the front-end settings of your device, its time to look at the virtual cogs and screws keeping it together and functioning. The Device Manager provides you with complete, customisable control over how your device performs. Back in your Settings app, underneath the Device Manager subheading, tap Application Manager. Here you can see a list of all of your apps, categorised as Downloaded, Running and All (Fig 1). At the bottom of the Running window you can review your devices current RAM (random access memory) usage. The more apps you have running, the more RAM will be used, so shut down any unneeded apps to free up some memory, enhancing the performance of your device. From the Device Manager you can check up on your battery usage, seeing which apps drain your battery most; and storage, which is split between applications, pictures, videos, audio, downloads and any kind of data or information which requires space. Tapping on any one of these storage subheadings will take you straight into the app that manages those specific files; for example, tapping Pictures will take you to the Gallery app. Tap About Device to review the current status of your device, as well as check for software updates and change your device name, as well as providing information like build and model number (Fig 2).

Control app permissions

Its important to feel secure with your device, and know that it isnt sharing information and data without your knowledge or consent. Your permissions settings provide you with options relating to your location services and security. The functionality of your Location Services is quite simple. Tapping it, you are presented with the Location Services menu (Fig 3). Firstly you have an on/off switch for deciding whether your devices apps have access to your location. If you turn this off, locationbased apps such as Google Maps will lose certain functions such as directions and places; social networks will also lose the ability to use your location for posts or searches. Allowing access to your locations will allow you to choose from two Location Sources one being GPS to locate your position, the other being Wi-Fi and mobile network connections to locate you (Fig4). My Places is a really useful option that enables you to save and share locations from any device where you can log into a Google account. In your Settings screen, underneath the Permissions category, tap Security. Here you can encrypt your device to better protect your data, as well as enable tracking and alert systems in case your device goes missing or is being tampered with using options such as Remote Controls, SIM Change Alert, Find My Mobile and SIM Card Lock. It all helps to give you greater peace ofmind.

3: Change the app settings

In the case of Google Maps, turning off GPS when not in use will reduce battery drain.

4: Review battery life

From the Battery settings, tap the battery graph to see if battery life improves.

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Stop apps

Free up more memory

1: Application Manager
From your Settings menu, under Device Manager, tap Application Manager.

Fig 1: Your Application Manager should be the first port of call if your device is running a little slowly

Fig 2: Tap Auto Update, in Software Update, so that you dont need to keep on checking for device updates in the future

2: Review memory usage

At the bottom, see how much memory has been used and how much is left.

3: Clear app data

Tap on an app, then tap Clear Data or Cache to free up storage space.

4: Shut down an app

Fig 3: Location services are connected to a lot of the apps on your device in one way or another Fig 4: Turning on GPS services means you wont be dependent on a Wi-Fi connection to utilise your location services

Tap Force Stop. The more apps you stop, the more memory you will free up.

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My Places
Add personal locations
Blocking features
Access Blocking Mode from your personalisation settings; tap here to select which features of your device you want blocked


1: Open My Places
In the Settings, under Permissions, tap on Location Services, then tap My Places.

Blocking Mode can be set to Always, or you can create a schedule to enable and disable it

2: Select a place
Tap a preset location or tap the + sign to create a new location.

A key benefit of Developer Options is information on how your device is behaving

Enable Developer Options
A large majority of the more advanced settings can be found inside your Developer Options, located in your Device Manager settings (Fig 1). If Developer Options isnt visible In the settings menu under Device Manager, tap About Device. Then tap Build Number six times consecutively (Fig 2); now, under Device Manager, Developer Options will be visible. Note that certain changes to settings in Developer Options could cause problems with your device and you should only change these settings if you know exactly what you are doing. A key benefit of Developer Options is the ability to get more information on how your device is behaving, as well as change that behaviour in terms of processor power and speed. Everything on your device relies on its processor and memory in order to perform its tasks. In Developer Options, under Drawing, you will find a series of options to help you monitor and configure your processor and memory performance. Tap Show GPU (graphics processing unit) Overdraw this option will show a coloured boundary around your screen, displaying GPU usage. This can be a useful tool for showing you which apps demand the most processing power from your device. Tap on Window Animation Scale. By turning it off, as well as Transition and Animator Scale, you will be reducing the amount of processing power and memory that your device requires in order to run.

3: Select location method

Tap Select Method, tap Map, then tap OK. Input a location address, then tap the tick icon.

Make your device efficient

Tools like Power Saving Mode (Fig 3) which can be found under your Personalisation settings can be used to reduce battery wastage, while Application Manager (found

4: Save the location

Tap the tick icon in the My Places window to save your location.

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Set wake-up
Wake with a command

1: Lock screen settings

Under Personalisation settings, tap Lock Screen. Tap Set Wake-up Command.

Fig 1: The Developer Options can seem a little overwhelming, but within this menu are some really handy tools

Fig 2: Some Galaxy devices hide the Developer Options menu due to its advanced settings, which could cause problems

2: Select a wake-up function

Tap Wake-up Function 1, then choose a command from the list.

under your Device Manager settings) can be used to successfully free up device memory and storage space. Galaxy devices are built to run as smart an efficiently as possible; however, within your settings there are a bunch of options available to increase the efficiency of your device even more. Under Device Manager, tap Developer Options; under the Apps subheading, tap Limit Background Processes. By imposing a limit here, you can stop your device from getting clogged up by trying to run multiple apps at once, thereby helping it to keep running smoothly. Tap Force GPU Rendering to see a noticeable increase your devices performance; this, however, will come at the cost of battery life, but you will notice your device working a lot smoother when running certain apps and in your general use of the device. Each Galaxy device has its own GPU modifying settings to be explored. If you have battery-draining features within your settings such as Screen Mirroring, Air Gesture or GPS which you use often, modify your Quick Settings so that these apps can be accessed quickly from it. That way, you can easily open your Notification Panel and then turn them on and off quickly, depending on whether theyre needed at the time.

3: Speak your command

Speak a command word four times; once the word is recognised, tap Done.

4: Wake up in lock screen

Fig 3: GPU performance and screen brightness are the first things to be reduced when battery life is low

Check Wake Up In Lock Screen, then say your command from the lock screen.

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It enables your devices most basic function, but there is a lot more to the Phone app. Here, we help you explore calling, creating and exporting contacts, speed dialling, forwarding and more



Chat quickly and easily

Chat to friends & family

Fig 1 (top left): By default, your Phone icon will be positioned at the bottom of the home screen for easy access Fig 2 (top middle): Your logs will provide you with a list of all the calls the you made, received and missed Fig 3 (top right): You also have the option of sending text messages straight from the Phone app

Use received numbers to create new contacts

Speak freely with your feature-packed Phone app

Make and receive calls
What with the sheer number and scale of tasks that your modern Galaxy phone is able to perform, it is easy to forget that ultimately it is still that a phone. To make calls through the Phone app, simply tap on the Phone icon on your home screen and you will be presented with a keypad (Fig 1). Type in the number that you wish to call, and then tap the green receiver icon in order to start calling it. To end the call, tap the same button again by now it will have moved and turned red. There are also tabbed options across the top of the screen, which will access your call logs (the calls made and received Fig 2), your contacts (to save you having to input a number one digit at a time) and your favourites (friends and family who you are likely to call often, making it easier to access them in the app). You can also send messages from the Phone app by tapping on the envelope icon, which is located on each contacts page, or via your devices Menu button. Once this has been done, choose a messaging service to use and youll be able to compose quick messages, which is perfect if you need to send a message regarding something you have just spoken about on the phone (Fig 3). See page 36 for more details on the Messaging app.

Juggle multiple calls at once

Let people down gently with a call you later

Set tones to specific contacts

Use the Logs section to manage your calls

Back up your contacts for safe-keeping

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Silent mode
How to kill that ringtone

1: Turn down the volume

The quickest and easiest method is to simply hold the volume down button.

Fig 5: When creating a contact, input as much information into the fields as possible

2: Notifications menu
Alternatively, swipe down on your screen for the Notifications menu.

Fig 4: All your contacts are listed alphabetically on this screen

Ensuring that you have an up-to-date contacts list is vital

Add and edit contacts
Ensuring that you have an up-to-date contacts list is vital if you are to get the most out of the Phone app, because you will be able to select names from your database to start calling significantly quicker than if you had to track down a number scrawled in a physical address book and then manually input it. Since the two apps are closely linked, you can access the Contacts app from within the Phone app by tapping on its button, situated at the top of the screen (Fig 4). To add a new contact to your database, simply tap on the + icon next to the search field and then select a destination to save the contact to. Now, fill in

Fig 6: If you have linked different accounts for a contact, you will see them as tabs while editing

3: Tap Sound/Vibration
Tap the Sound/Vibration option at the top to kill the sound.

all of the fields of information that you know at the very least a name and phone number and tap Save (Fig 5). When you have images in your gallery, assign a picture to that particular contact by tapping on the portrait icon. This looks particularly good when it is displayed on your phone screen during a call. Also, once you have added a contact to your list, you can swipe to the right on their name in order to call them, or swipe left to text them instead. To edit a contact, open up their page by tapping on their name in the list, then press the Menu key and choose Edit (Fig 6). You will then be able to make any necessary changes just tap Save when youre done.

4: Icon change
The icon on your status bar will show that it is now vibrate only.

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The default page for the Phone app is the keypad, into which you can type in numbers

If youve set a contact as a favourite, theyll appear in their very own list in this menu, accessible from both the Phone and Contacts app

This section will list all of the outgoing and incoming calls another good source for a quick phone number

You can access your database of contacts by tapping on this icon. You may also be able to access them from the home screen


Speed up the process of calling people even further by implementing speed dialling
Set up speed dialling
As if making a call on your device isnt fast enough, you can speed the process up even further by implementing your devices speed dialling capabilities to call people in even less time than it takes to find them in Contacts. To set up and start using speed dialling, tap the Menu key while in the Keypad setting and then select the Speed Dial Setting from the selection of options. You will now be presented with a very basic-looking keypad. Tap on a number, and you will be able to assign a person from your Contacts to that particular button so that when you hit that button on your keypad, you will start calling that person straight away (Fig 1). This is where its good to ensure that you have photos assigned to all of the contacts that you want to add to speed dialling, because you can start filling up that primitive-looking keypad with the smiling faces of your friends and family. When it is all set up, you can also use the speed dialling service as a quick way of making video calls and sending messages simply tap on a face on the speed dialling screen and options will appear (Fig 2). Once you get the hang of the system, youll be making speedy calls in quite literally no time.

As well as use the numbers, you can type a name by using the letters on each key and Phone will pull up the contact

You can make a video call straight from the Phone app by tapping this key, only if both phones have that function

Manage your contacts

Your contacts database is likely to be a sprawling hive of social interaction with varying levels of information logged and stored, but you can manage your list easily in just a few simple stages. Start off by opening the Contacts app and pressing the Menu key (Fig 3). Here, you will

see options to delete, sync, import or export and merge with Google, but for now tap on More and scroll to Display Options. You can select new ways to sort and display your contacts. After making changes, tap the Done button, or if you later find that you preferred the default display method, simply tap Revert. To mark a contact as a Favourite (which will automatically add them to your Favourites menu, accessible from the Phone app, allowing you to select them the list and call them quickly), open up a contact in your database and then tap on the star icon in the top-right corner (Fig 4). Now, just press the Favourites icon in the top corner of the screen and tap on the person in the list to get calling them in seconds. Its an intuitive system that makes talking to those nearest and dearest to you a whole lot easier.

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Delete contacts
Saying goodbye

1: Open contact
Open the Contacts app and tap on the person you want to delete.

Fig 1: Tap a number on the keypad to assign a contact to it number one will likely be set to your voicemail by default

Fig 2: You can also tap on a contacts face that is assigned to a key to bring up a menu of quick options to contact them

Its possible to manage your contacts database with a few easy steps

2: Press Menu key

Give the Menu key a tap and then choose the Delete option.

3: Confirm
A message will appear confirming the deletion of the contact tap on OK.

4: No longer present
Fig 3: From your main database, tap the Menu key in order to manage all your contacts Fig 4: To add a person as a favourite, simply open their contact page and tap on the star icon

The contact you chose to delete will be instantly removed from your database.

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Call forwarding
Direct your calls elsewhere
Call logs
Manage your call history by tapping this tab. You can see both recent incoming and outgoing calls

Keypad options
Press the Menu key while in the Keypad section to bring up options, including those to set up your speed dialling service

1: Launch Settings
Open the Phone app. Tap Menu on your phone and select the Call Settings category.

Pause and wait

You can force the phone to pause or wait halfway through dialling a number, which is handy when dealing with extensions

2: Call forwarding
Scroll down the list of options and then select Call forwarding from the bottom.

Tap Merge and two calls will be spliced together

Create and edit groups
If you have a number of people that you often wish to get in touch with, it can be frustrating to repeatedly go through and select all of the recipients. Luckily, the Phone app allows you to create groups quickly and easily. To kick things off, open the Contacts app and select the Groups tab across the top (Fig 1). To begin with you wont have any contacts added to the groups, but you may have some ready-made categories such as Family and Friends available, to which you can then simply add contacts. However, if you wish to create a new group, just tap the Menu button and choose New Group. You will then be taken to a screen where you can name your group (Fig 2). From here, you can also add members. Select this option and youll be taken to your Contacts. Tap on each contact you wish to add to the group (you can add as many as you like), and when youre happy with the members, tap Done. You can then save your group, and when youre taken back to the Groups screen, youll see your new group in the available list. You now have quick access to whatever groups you speak with often.

Work with multiple calls

Depending on your line of work and your general phone habits, you may have reason to make conference calls on your phone. If so, you will be glad to know that this is just as painless as using any of the other functions connected to the Phone app. To make a conference call, first make a call as you normally would, and then tap on the Add Call button (Fig 3). Select the person you wish to call from your Contacts, or enter the number you wish to ring. When the person on the end of the second call answers, you will see a visual representation of both calls (Fig 4). Now, tap on either call to switch to the corresponding line, allowing you to pinball between them at will by tapping each respective contact. If you would then like to go on and make a conference call, tap on the Merge button and then two calls will be spliced together to form one conversational forum where everyone connected can chat. To end the call, hang up. It will take a few attempts to get the system nailed, but before long youll find it second nature to juggle calls and talk to more than one person simultaneously.

3: Voice call
You will be presented with two options: tap on Voice call for now.

4: Select option
Go through the appearing options and then set alternative phone numbers.

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Reject messages
Let someone down gently

1: Launch Settings

Open up the Settings app and then select the Call category from the list of options.

Fig 1: Access the Contacts app, tap the Groups tab, hit the Menu key and choose New group to form a new group

Fig 2: Youll be able to name your group, and select the members from your Contacts that you wish to add

The Phone app allows you to create groups quickly and easily

2: Set reject messages

From the list of available options, tap on Set Reject Messages.

3: Choose a message

You will be then presented with a list of responses. Choose one of them.

4: Make your own

Fig 3: When on a call, you can tap the Add call button to start a new conversation at the same time Fig 4: Once the second person picks up, the two calls will be displayed, and you can swap between conversations

Alternatively, you can compose your own call rejection message instead.

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Share details
Pass on a contacts info
Your favourites
Any contacts that you star will be added to the Favourites section, accessible via the icon at the top of your Phone apps interface

Frequent callers

1: Open a contact
Trawl through your contacts database and open the one you want to share.

To make life easier, numbers that you call frequently will also be added to this list under the Frequent header

Quick gestures
As with your logs and main contact list, you can swipe right on a contact to call them and swipe left to send them a text

2: Press Menu
Next, tap the Menu key to bring up a selection of other options.

Your phone keeps track of every call you have made or received
Manage your calls and logs
As you would expect, your phone keeps track of every call that you have received and made, and stores all of the info inside the Logs section, which is accessible by tapping on this option from the bar of options at the top of the window (Fig 1). If you tap on this section, you will see the calls divided into two sections calls and messages. If an incoming or outgoing call has been received or made to an existing contact from your database, then you can tap on it to get instant options to call them, message them or video call them (you can also star them from this page and add them to your favourites, too) just tap on the corresponding icon to perform the task. If the log lists a number that doesnt have a contact entry associated with it then tap on the contact to open the info page and, as well as all of the options available for contacting an existing contact, youll see two options at the bottom of the page that allow you to Create Contact or Update Existing (Fig 2). Tap Create Contact to use the number as a basis for making an entirely new contact, adding in any additional info that you have. If the number has been received from an existing contact, perhaps one who has changed their number, then use the other option to merge it with an existing contact and replace the number.

3: Choose More
Tap on More and then choose the Send Namecard Via option.

Import and export contacts

Backing up data is always a good idea because, as much as we covet our phones, they certainly arent invincible, and are prone to going missing from time to time. Although

4: Choose a medium
Choose a mode by which to share the namecard, and then send it off.

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Set ringtones
Know who is calling

1: Go to Contacts
In the Phone app, open the Contacts section and select a contact.

Fig 1: This section will list all of the calls that you make or receive, as well as incoming and outgoing messages

Fig 2: You can tap on a name or number to bring up a selection of instant call, message or video call options

Backing up your contacts database regularly is a must

your data is important, none is more so than your contacts, because your database could be steadily built up over a number of years, so backing that up regularly is a must. You can do this from your phone by opening the Contacts app, tapping the Menu key and then choosing the Import/Export option. Next, select the Share Namecard Via option, tap Select All and then Send before choosing a method to export the namecards (Fig 3). You can also import or export contacts via USB by connecting your device to your computer and then downloading and installing special desktop software in the case of Samsung Galaxy phones, were talking the Kies app. Once connected, you can click on the Contacts tab and load your contacts list. You can then select all of your contacts make or individual selections, and then click on the Save to PC option to create an SPB file. To then import these to your library, navigate to the Contacts category under Library and then open the SPB file to back up the contacts. If you want to reverse the process, click on the Transfer to Device button in your Contacts library, and they will be transferred back to your phone.

2: Tap on Ringtone
Scroll down the page and tap on the arrow next to the Ringtone section.

3: Select the tone type

Next, choose to assign either a ringtone or a sound from another file.

4: Assign tone
Fig 3: Tap on the Send Namecard Via option, or cancel the process if you no longer feel the need to create a backup

Finally, navigate to the tone or sound in question, select it and tap OK.

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Discover how text messaging is taken to a whole new level of extravagance with your Galaxy device, on which you can send all kinds of media and ensure that your messages get read


First and foremost, its great for simple texting

Managing messages
Fig 1 (top left): All of your text message conversations will be listed in the main Messaging interface in order of date Fig 2 (top middle): When typing in recipients, what you write will be matched to people from your Contacts app Fig 3 (top right): Delete messages by tapping the Menu key and tapping Delete Threads

Send photos, videos, locations pretty much anything

Get to grips with the most feature-rich texting app around

Send, receive and delete messages
Your Galaxy devices Messaging app does everything required from a text messaging service, and then some. First and foremost, you can create and send new text messages by launching the app and then tapping on the envelope icon in the topright corner of the screen (Fig 1). From there, you simply enter a recipient by either typing a name (the app will automatically match letters as you type them with possible name matches from your Contacts app, so when you see a match or a phone number, simply tap on it from the list (Fig 2). Once you have entered the recipient, you can tap on the main text field to start typing your message. When you are done, simply hit Send, and then away your message will fly. When receiving text messages, you will receive a notification on your home screen and youll be able to launch the Messaging app to go straight to the new message conversation. If you end up with rolls of text messages, you can spring-clean your inbox by backing out to the main Messaging interface, tapping the Menu key and then choosing the Delete Threads option (Fig 3). Alternatively, while inside a conversation, tap

Create groups of contacts to message at once

Find messages of great importance, quickly

Adorn your messages with fancy skins

Manage and delete your messages with ease

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Get searching
Find a message quickly

1: Access the interface

Go to the Messaging app interface, which displays your text conversations.

Fig 5: When you want to attach files, tap the paperclip attachment icon

2: Tap the Menu key

Tap the Menu key and choose the Search option.

Fig 4: You can choose Messaging when opting to share certain files from other apps, such as photos from the gallery

The list of items you can attach to your messages is staggering

the Menu key, choose More and then tap Delete Messages. Easy.

Fig 6: A list of file types will be displayed. Pick what applies to what you want to send

3: Enter keywords
Enter specific keywords into the search field at the top and hit Go.

Attach files to messages

In the modern age, you have the means to share pretty much anything you want with other people through a basic text message and this is one area where Galaxy devices excel, because the list of items that you can attach to your messages is quite staggering. As most apps are woven together, the quickest way to send a picture is by taking it with your Camera app, tapping on the

thumbnail of the image you have just taken in the lower-left corner of the camera interface to access your Gallery app, choosing the Share Via option and then selecting Messaging from the extensive list (Fig 4). If you want to send pictures, locations, contacts, videos, audio files, memos and more, start by tapping on the paperclip attachment icon when composing a message (Fig 5). This will bring up a list of options that relate to the type of files that you can send (Fig 6). So pick one, navigate to the file you wish to send and select it, after which it will become embedded as an attachment within the main message window, leaving you free to type in a message

4: Browse results
The search will doubtless throw up a plethora of possibilities.

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Choosing recipients
Type a phone number or start entering a contact name into this field. What you write will be matched with possibilities from your Contacts app

Go straight to Contacts
Tap on this icon to browse through the names in your Contacts app in order to find the intended recipient

MMS Text field

This is the main space in which you will be entering your message text. When you have finished writing what you want, hit the Send button The character count on the left decreases as you type. After filling three pages of SMS youll switch to MMS

Add attachments Predictive text

As you type, the predictive text feature will place suggestions in this row. The centre word is generally the most accurate Tap on this button to attach a file to your message. The possibilities for the files you can attach are practically endless

Input options

Nowadays, theres no excuse for not reading your text messages

and then send the whole thing off. The possibilities, as they say, are endless. Messaging app. Then, when composing a new message, tap on the portrait icon to select your Contacts database, tap the Groups tab and choose the name of the group (Fig 2). Next, tap on Select All (if you want to include everyone from the group if not, just tap on the tick boxes next to the names you do wish to include) and all of your selected contacts will show up in the message as recipients. Finally, finish composing your message and hit Send.

Tap on this button to switch to handwriting input, or longpress to find an option to use the mic for input instead

Start group messaging

If you have something to say to a wide range of people in your Contacts database and dont fancy sending individual messages to each and every one of them, you should consider group messaging. This feature works in conjunction with your Contacts app, letting you construct groups and then choose them for selection via the Messaging app. Start off by launching the Contacts app, then tap on the Groups tab at the top of the screen (Fig 1). Now, hit the Menu key and choose Create, give your group a name and save it. Then tap on the group from the list and start adding contacts to it. Once done, close the Contacts app and launch the

Get delivery and read reports

In the modern age of text messaging there really is no place to hide, and a blank stare followed by a stuttering but I didnt get it response when asked why your friends didnt respond to your text plea to help you move house wont cut it now. This is all thanks to

delivery and read reports. When you send a text message on your Android device, you can get a note confirming that it was (a) sent and (b) read. To utilise this Big Brother feature in your Messaging app, press the Menu key in the main interface and choose Settings from the available options. Now, under the Text Message (SMS) Settings heading, you will see an option called Delivery Reports ensure that this is ticked (Fig 3). Now scroll to the Multimedia Message (MMS) Settings. Here, you will see two options: one called Delivery Reports and one called Read Reports. Ensure that both are ticked, and then back out to your interface again. When you send messages, a notification will appear to confirm when it was sent and subsequently received (Fig 4). When the message is then read by the recipient (if it genuinely is), a date stamp will confirm that it has been read, too.

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Group text
Using your contacts

1: Launch Contacts
Launch the Contacts app, select the Groups tab and press the Menu key.

Fig 1: Access the Contacts app, tap the Groups tab then hit the Menu key and choose Create to form a new group

Fig 2: Choose your newly formed group and select the people you would like to add to it

When a message has been read, a notification will appear confirming this

2: Create a group
Choose Create, then name and save a new group to your database.

3: Add contacts
Select people to add to your group and launch the Messaging app.

4: Compose a message
Fig 3: Ensure that all of the options that relate to Delivery and Read reports are ticked Fig 4: When you send text messages, you will get a notification confirming when they are delivered

When composing a message, tap the Contacts icon, select a group and send.

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If you want to kit your phone out with the latest apps, music, games, movies, magazines and books, then youll need to know your way around the Play Store

Google Play

There are loads available

Watch the latest films

Fig 1 (top left): The front end of Google Play is packed full of enticing offers and links to specific sections Fig 2 (top middle): Tapping on a section link from the front page will take you to a Featured page for that specific category Fig 3 (top right): Swipe across the screen to access the various charts for a category so that you can see whats hot

Your virtual megastore

Navigate around Androids bustling marketplace
The Google Play Store
So, youre in the market for some apps, right? Well youve come to the right place, because Google Play is a heaving hive of app activity that is bursting at the seams with all manner of digital downloads to enhance and personalise your phone and finding your way around really couldnt be easier. When you launch the Play Store app, the front page will be packed with enticing apps to tempt you straight into buying, and a series of simple categories will help you navigate your way around with ease (Fig 1). These categories relate to apps, movies, books and games, and you can tap on one to start browsing that particular category in more detail, whereby youll be taken through to a Featured page that relates to the biggest apps of the moment for that category (Fig 2). From there, you can swipe across the screen to access the top charts for paid-for and free apps (Fig 3). When you see one you like, tap the name to go to its info page. From there, you can download and install it if you want. If you cant find the app you are looking for, you can also tap the magnifying glass icon at the top of the interface and enter specific keywords to get what you want.

Grab yourself a librarys worth of reading material

Ensure your apps are the best they can be

Provide feedback

Recommend to friends

Find what you want quickly

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Refund an app
Get your money back

1: Go to app page
If fewer than 15 minutes have passed since you purchased it, return to the apps page.

Fig 5: After accepting the terms, your app will start downloading to your device

2: Tap on Refund
Tap on the Refund button, which is where the Install button used to be.
Fig 4: Give the Install button at the top-right of the app info page a tap to get your download started

There are thousands of apps some great, some not so much

Fig 6: Ensure your payment details are up to date. If not, tap Add Card and update them

3: Confirm refund
A message will appear asking if you are sure that you to refund the purchase. Tap Yes.

Purchase an app
There are two ways to purchase and install apps from Google Play: either find a free one and then grab it without hassle, or opt to actually pay money for an app. There are thousands of free apps some of them great, some of them bad but without having to pay out for the privilege of downloading it, you can afford to take a punt on it and if it turns out to be bad, all you need to do is simply delete it. In order to download a free app, simply tap on its name to access its info page, and then tap on the Install button, which is located at the top of the page (Fig 4). After that, hit

Accept & Download to pull the file from Play (Fig 5). You can then launch it straight from the download page or quit Google Play and launch it from your home screen. Paying for apps is a slightly different process, but not by much. On the apps info page, tap on the price and then check that your payment details are up to date (Fig 6). If not, tap on the Pay With section and then choose Add Card. When you are good to go, tap on Accept & Buy, and your app will start downloading. Dont worry about the security of your transaction, as your payment details are safe from unscrupulous internet criminals.

4: Complete refund
The app will be uninstalled and your money will then be refunded.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 41 Google Play

Product categories
Tap on one of the six product categories to look for individual products in apps, music, books, magazines, movies or games

Cant find what youre looking for? Tap on the magnifying glass icon to start searching for specific items

The front page of Google Play is packed full of enticing offers and categories to start searching

App updates can improve your apps functionality

Get scrolling
Theres a lot more to the store front than meets the eye. Scroll down for even more exciting offers

Manage your apps

The apps you download from Google Play will have varying levels of importance in your life and your day-to-day business, so once you have installed them, you may wish to move them to a more prominent place on your phone for easy access when you need them. By default, all your apps will be stored in the App Drawer, but you may want to consider moving them to the front of a home screen to save you having to navigate your way to them every time you need them. To do this, navigate your way to the home screen and ensure that there is a space available to slot your new app. This may involve deleting another app not entirely, just from your home screen which you can do by pressing and holding on the app icon and then moving it to the trash can. Navigate to your new app inside the App

Drawer of your phone and then press and hold on it (Fig 1). Now, simply move the new app to the vacant space on your home screen and release to slot it into place. Alternatively, you can add app shortcuts and widgets to your home screen (Fig 2). To do this, ensure that there is space available and then press the Menu key. Select Add and then choose either the Widgets or Shortcuts option, find what you want and then add it.

Update your apps

App developers never stop working. They take on board feedback from their customers and testing department, then devise ways on which to improve apps whether its fixing bugs or giving the entire interface a massive overhaul. You may find that the app you are

currently using isnt the most up-to-date version, and that there may be an update available that can improve their functionality. To check for updates, tap the Menu key while on the front page of Google Play and then choose the My Apps option (Fig 3). All the apps you have installed on your device that need updates will now be listed tapping on one takes you to the info page. Here, you will see the option to Update at the top of the page (Fig 4). Tap on this and your app will instantly begin updating. Best of all, app updates tend to be free, so its unlikely that youll ever have to pay for the privilege of keeping up-to-date with your apps. If you have time (and space on your data plan) to spare, you can also update all of your apps by tapping on the Update All button at the top-right corner of the list.

42 The Samsung Galaxy Book Google Play

Rate apps
Provide feedback for others

1: Tap on the app

Tap on the app to access its main info page and then scroll down to Rate & Review.

Fig 1: Find the app you wish to add, press and hold on it to pick it up, then slot it into place on your home screen

Fig 2: When you release your finger, the app will snap into place in the position that you moved it to

You can also add widgets and shortcuts to your home screen

2: Add comments
Type your text into the Title and Comment fields using the on-screen keyboard.

3: Rate with stars

Tap on the stars to highlight them and count them towards an overall rating.

4: Submit
Fig 3: Hit the Menu button in the app or on your device, then tap My Apps to see your apps that need updating Fig 4: You can update an individual app simply by tapping Update on the apps info page, accessible from My Apps

When you are done, tap on OK and your review and rating will be submitted.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 43 Play Movies

Rent and buy your favourite films and TV episodes

Google Play Movies

Although you will probably land on the Featured tab, by swiping left or right you can access more categories in the store

Watch an episode directly on your Samsung Galaxy device

The quickest way to find the movie you want is to search for it, which you can do by tapping here

Find great discounts on many blockbuster titles

Leave reviews on all the movies youve seen

The films
Tap on a film, and you will go to the films product page. Here you can rent it in either standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) format. HD is usually more expensive

Recommend films and episodes to your friends and family

Stream films
Purchase your favourite movies in one place
As well as a portal for purchasing apps, Google Play is also an online entertainment store from which you can purchase or rent movies. The storefront features its own dedicated Movies section; tap on this and youll be taken through to a home page packed with banners and offers for all the latest flicks. You can swipe left or right to access specific areas such as Categories, where you can browse for movies based on genre, Top Selling, where you can see whats hot and New Releases, where new additions to the store will be flagged up (Fig 1). By tapping on a specific movie you will find options to rent and/or buy it (Fig 2). Youll also be able to view a plot synopsis, read up on the cast and credits, and check out the user reviews to see if its any good (Fig 3). Other info

Google Play features its own dedicated movies section for users to enjoy
such as the running time and the age rating will also be included, and if youre still unsure if its the film for you then you can watch a trailer courtesy of YouTube. As you will be watching the trailer through YouTube, all of the video streaming websites features will be accessible, including options to like, dislike and share. You might consider renting the movie from the service. To do this, tap on the name of the movie to access its info page, and you will see the option to Rent. Tap on this, and then Accept & Buy, and you will be able to start watching your movie (or TV show there is a wide selection of those, too) any time within 30 days of purchase. If you stop watching at any point then you have 48 hours to continuing watching your selection. Any videos you choose to rent will be added to and viewable through the Play Movies app, which is free to download from the Apps section of Google Play (Fig 4).


Having fully explored the Movies section, read up on the plot, checked out whos in it and read all of the user reviews, the choice is yours on how you wish to proceed.

44 The Samsung Galaxy Book Play Movies

Share a movie
Share all the new trailers

1: Find a movie

Browse the movie section of the store and then tap on one you like the look of.

Fig 1: The tabbed sections of Google Play Movies help you quickly find the latest and greatest videos to watch

Fig 2: The rent and buy links are up in the top panel. You can choose between HD and SD after tapping, if HD is available

Any videos you rent can be viewed through the Google Play Movies app

2: Watch trailers

Tap on the video link to start watching a trailer via YouTube.

3: Share movie

While watching, tap on the More button and then choose Share.

4: Choose a method
Fig 3: The page for each movie is packed with info, including reviews, a plot synopsis, running time and age rating Fig 4: Movies you choose to rent can be viewed through the Google Play Movies app, which is free to download

From the list provided, choose a method of sharing of the movie.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 45 Play Music

Google Play Music

Googles Play Music service is a serious rival to Apples iTunes, mixing an online store, a mobile player and a cloud service

Use it to:
See a selection of popular and new music

Read reviews before buying

Fig 1 (top left): Expand the band biography to get more detail about their discography, their history, and also their sound Fig 2 (top right): Search for a band or artist to see their top songs and available albums. Click play to hear samples Fig 3 (top right): Press on Similar Artists to get a list of related music to explore. Tap any of the listed artists to get more information

Buy music online

Store, stream and shop for music with Googles music service
Listen with Play Music
Google Play Music catalogues songs in many ways. You can look for genres, albums, individual tracks or themes, and also all the music by a band. Drilling down into a bands Play page, youll be able to read a biography, and a list of their top five songs as well as albums, singles and EPs you can buy (Fig 1). You can see how long a track is, along with the option to buy and add it to your collection. Each track can be previewed, with a snippet of streaming music, and you can choose to play all the samples on a page to help your decision (Fig 2). If you want several songs, its often cheaper to buy a whole album especially if the album is on special offer. At the bottom of the page is a selection of similar artists for you to explore further. Google Play Musics recommendations are pretty good, and if you tap the More button just at the top of this selection then you can follow chains of artists that can take you to new and very different types of music (Fig 3). Google Play also lets you share your musical discoveries, with a Google+ button to share a link to the band to your Google+ social circles.

Try searching similar artists to find new music

Play a short snippet of a track to see if you like it

Play snippets of every track on an album

Choose your favourite type of music

46 The Samsung Galaxy Book Play Music

Buying a song
Its quick and easy

1: Search for an artist

Start by searching for an artist, using the search box in the top left of the app.

Fig 5: Google Play Music gives you several different ways to view the albums and songs from a genre

2: Choose a track to buy

Pick a track from the list of songs, and tap the blue button to purchase.
Fig 4: Theres a long list of musical genres to explore. Fancy a bit of reggae or metal?

Albums can be rated and reviewed. You can also read other reviews
Fig 6: Clicking on a song takes you to the album its from, so you can buy either one

3: Confirm your purchase

Agree to the Terms & Conditions and tap Accept and buy.

Explore a genre
While its easy to search for bands and artists you know and love, Google has a lot of music on its Play Music service millions of tracks in fact. That can make it hard to find new artists, and while the related artists tool is useful, sometimes its good to be able to take a look at whats popular in one particular style of music, as that can then help you to find something new and you can always listen to the samples to investigate further. Swipe to the left in Google Play Music to open up the Genre view (Fig 4). Here you can scroll down the list of different musical genres, before selecting one to explore.

Each genre section is split into Top Albums, Top Songs, Staff Recommendations and New Releases (Fig 5). Theres also the option to drill down into additional sub-genres; so if you want to find just dubstep tracks, you can pick it as a sub-genre of dance/electronic. Subgenres make it easier to explore tracks. Tap any album or track to go into more detail (Fig 6). Albums can be rated and reviewed, and you can read other users reviews as well as see an overall star rating. If you pick an individual track youll be sent to the appropriate album page, where you can decide to buy the entire album, or just the track youve been looking for.

4: Buy a whole album

Buying an album is just the same as buying a track.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 47 Play Books

Google Play Books

Put your feet up and enjoy a good book

Use it to:
Switch between your mobile and desktop readers as needed

Display options
Here you can change how the app will display, including the size of the font and the space between the lines of text

Book information
Tap on the small arrow in the corner of the books title and you will find out how many pages it has and when it was published

Find classic novels and other works of fiction

Use the recommendation feature to find new authors

Get your favourite books for a discounted price

There are three themes available: Day contains an off-white background with black text, Night is the opposite. Sepia has a pale yellow background

Manage your library

Add books to your collection
Google also serves up literature. You can access the ebook wing of the store by tapping on the Books link on the storefront page, after which you will be bombarded with enticing offers and categories to start searching (Fig 1). Scroll down the main page to get staff recommendations and offers and swipe left or right to view the various book categories, topsellers and new arrivals. Like everything else in Google Play, you can use the search function (by tapping on the magnifying glass icon) to find what you want. To find out more about a particular book, tap on the title to be taken through to its main info page, where you will find descriptions, reviews and possibly a free sample that you can use to try to gauge if you like the book before shelling out the full asking price. When you purchase a book through Google Play, you will be able to read it through the Play Books app (Fig 2). This comes with a wide range of options to allow you to tailor the reading experience to suit your own tastes. If you are unsure of whether you will enjoy reading a digital book through your phone, there are plenty of free books available to help you road-test the reading interface.


So youve decided to download books from Google Play. Now, you will need to get accustomed to the Play Books interface. This is the app through which you will read your digital literature and, to be honest, if youve

ever seen or tried apps such as Kindle or iBooks, then youll know what to expect. Books you purchase will be automatically added to this app and made available from the dashboard when you open it. From here, tap the cover of a book to open it; the Play Store icon to jump straight back to the books wing of Google Play; the magnifying glass icon to search your virtual library or access various other options via the Menu key. When reading a book, tap the page to see options to return to your library or scrub your way through the book by moving your finger along the slider (Fig 3). Tapping the Menu key will bring up a separate list of options that let you tailor the display to your current lighting situation, make the book available to read offline and even get it read aloud (Fig 4).

48 The Samsung Galaxy Book Play Books

Your wishlist
Build a list of books

1: Search for a book

In the Google Play search box type in the name of a book .

Fig 1: The Books wing of Google Play is just as vibrant and feature-packed as the other sections

Fig 2: When you choose to read a book, you will do so through the Play Books app, which is packed full of options

Google Play serves up a generous helping of digital literature to read on your device

2: Open a book listing

From the search results tap to open the book page.

3: Adding to a wishlist
Tap the bookmark icon in the top-right to add the book to your wishlist.

4: Check your wishlist

Fig 3: Tap the screen to bring up various pieces of furniture, including the option to scrub through the book Fig 4: The Display options allow you to adjust the lighting, font size and much more to make reading as intuitive as possible

Open your Google Play wishlist to see the book you just added.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 49 Play Magazines

The last arrival to Google Play, Magazines lets you buy and read magazines on your devices

Google Play Magazines

Fig 1: Google Play Magazines opens in the Featured titles view. Choose a section or explore categories to find your perfect magazine Fig 2: Open a magazine page to read more details and reviews, or to buy an issue. Buying issues is a straightforward experience Fig 3: Use Google Plays brilliant search tools to find the magazine you want. Tap on it to open and find out more information

Search for magazines on any topic

Save by subscribing to a magazine for a year

Find the latest issues of your favourite magazines

Get older issues of a magazine without a special order

Read on Galaxy phones and tablets of all sizes

Redeem codes for downloads

Create a wishlist of magazines you want to read

Buy magazines
Use Google Play Magazines to find and buy magazines online
Browse Play Magazines
Launched in late 2012 in the US and UK, Google Play Magazines gives you access to a catalogue of magazines across a wide range of categories. Its a newsagent on your phone or tablet. Like the other Google Play stores, it gives you a curated selection of titles and issues alongside a wider range of magazines from UK publishers. Youre also able to quickly see the current top sellers, as well as new arrivals in the store (Fig 1). Click on any title in the store to see details of the magazine and sample pages from the latest issue (Fig 2). Tap on a sample page to expand the image, and slide left and right to scroll through the samples. Remember to search for your favourite print editions (Fig 3). Youll find pages show best on a tablet, so you may prefer to use one for magazine content. The description shows what youll find in most issues, and what devices itll display on, as well as how many issues youll get a year if you take out a subscription. You can rate and review titles, as well as share links to Google Play via Google+. Scroll down the magazine details page to see star ratings and user reviews, which you can vote up or down based on your personal experiences. A bar chart gives a quick overview of the ratings, so you can get a feel for how readers felt after purchasing that title.

50 The Samsung Galaxy Book Play Magazines

Your magazines
Subscribe to a magazine

1: Go to Magazines hub

Navigate to the Play Magazines section of the Google Play store.

Fig 5: All subscriptions are handled by Google Wallet, so youll need to set up an account

Fig 4: Tap the Subscribe button to take out a subscription to a magazine. Youll get a 30-day trial first

2: Find magazine

Use the search tool or the categories to find a great magazine.

Subscribing can save you a lot of money, with the best deals available for annual subscriptions
Fig 6: Youre not limited to the current or future issues. Google Play Magazines also keeps a library of back issues

3: Subscribe button

Subscribe to a magazine

Click on the Subscribe button located near the top of the listing.

Google Play Magazines also supports subscriptions, which are usually available with some brilliant 30-day trials (Fig 4). For some magazines youll need to fill out your name and address, which will be passed on to the publisher, as well as use your Google Wallet account to pay for the subscription (Fig 5). Subscribing to a magazine can save a lot of money, with the best deals usually available for annual subscriptions. Theres also the option of redeeming a code from a gift card to pay for issues and subscriptions. Youre not limited to buying the latest editions, either, with a library

of back issues (Fig 6). In fact, thats one of the biggest differences to traditional newsagents youre not limited to mail order. However, as Google Play Magazines is relatively new there arent many back issues available yet. The Similar Magazines section shows you titles bought by other users who bought the magazine, as well as titles from the same publisher. Other search tools include the Categories section of Play, which bundles titles that cover the same areas together. Depending on the applications you have installed you can share to Facebook, Twitter and email, as well as via Google+.

Choose a subscription from those provided and confirm to proceed.

4: Confirm details

The Samsung Galaxy Book 51 Apps

Enhance the capabilities of your device by shopping for games and apps in Samsungs store

View categories like business, entertainment or finance Use Staff Picks to find apps


Read what other users think Check the charts for the top downloads See all free apps together Keep track of the apps youve purchased

Fig 1 (top left): Samsung Appss main screen gives you a handpicked selection of the best games and apps Fig 2 (top middle): See what others are downloading by viewing the charts, which are split into different types of category Fig 3 (top right): Narrow your search by scrolling to the Categories tab and then looking through relevant apps

Buy Samsung Apps

Find and purchase apps to work harder and have more fun
Search for apps
Samsung Apps comes pre-installed on all Samsung smartphones and is an online store for buying extra apps for your device. To launch it for the first time, simply tap on its icon in your app drawer. While you do need a Samsung account to be able to buy and manage your Samsung apps, you dont need to have one set up to see whats on offer. The apps main screen opens onto a page entitled Staff Picks (Fig 1). This page showcases the best of whats on offer according to Samsung. These apps are constantly updated but are a good place to start if you dont know what youre looking for, and need a little inspiration. Swipe to the right in order to reveal a tab called Chart; this shows you which apps are currently the most popular. If you scroll down on this screen then you can see options for Top Paid apps, Top Free apps and Top New apps (Fig 2). Slide to the left of the main screen and youll see apps listed in categories such as Finance or Entertainment (Fig 3). If you know exactly what you want then you can simply tap on the



52 The Samsung Galaxy Book Samsung Apps

Buy an app
Make a purchase

1: Search for an app

Type to search for a specific app, such as Photo Editor.
Fig 5: Remove apps by tapping the Remove option and selecting ones to delete

2: Tap to purchase app

Open the app info and tap the price of the app to purchase it.

Fig 4: Select Purchased from the Menu options to see a list of apps you own

Fig 6: Choose the connection type with which apps can automatically update

search icon in the top-right corner and type in the name of the app to look for.

Maintain your apps

Once you start searching for and buying apps (see the tutorial just over to the right), youll start building up a collection thats linked to your Samsung Account. To see a list of the apps you own, tap the Menu button on your device and then choose Purchased. (Fig 4). From this screen you can launch an app or, if you dont want it any more, you can tap Remove at the top of the screen and then select which apps you would like to delete (Fig 5). Since apps are constantly being improved upon, theyll need updating periodically.

You can control when apps may update by heading into the Settings menu. Tap the Menu button, then choose Settings and from there choose Update Notification. (Fig 6). Here you can specify whether an app should update when youre connected to Wi-Fi, mobile data or neither. If you choose neither, you should update your apps manually every so often. From the Purchased screen, youll be able to see whether apps need updating. Tap the Updates tab to reveal a list of those apps that have updates available. Once youve performed the update, the screen will be empty One handy option in Samsung Apps is the Wishlist option. Go back to the Menu and choose Wishlist. Here you can compile a list of apps that you would like to buy in the future.

3: Sign into account

If you havent done so already, sign into your account or create a new one.

4: Choose payment method

Choose Phonebill or Credit Card, then tap Accept and Pay to start downloading.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 53


S Suggest
Let this intuitive app build a collection of recommended apps for you to make life easier

Receive suggestions based on current downloads Look up apps according to their function View recommended games and apps separately Search apps from both the Play Store and Samsung Apps


Fig 1 (top left): First-time users need to agree to terms and conditions before starting to use the application Fig 2 (top middle): View app recommendations that are tailored to your device specifications or to things you like Fig 3 (top right): In order to see recommendations on a specific type of app use the Categories tab to find them

Start using S Suggest

Sign up to start being offered tailored app suggestions
Set up S Suggest
S Suggest comes pre-installed on your device. To start using it for the first time, youll need to agree to terms and conditions. Since the point of S Suggest is to give you app recommendations based on things you like, itll need access to your information to work correctly. Scroll down on the terms and conditions pop-up menu to read the full list of whats entailed by signing up, and then click Agree (Fig 1). Once you get to the main screen, youll be shown a list of recommended apps that you might be interested in. If youve just started using the app, it could be vague. For example, if your device has an S Pen youll be shown apps that work well with it (Fig 2). Tap the Categories tab to see related apps grouped together in categories like Camera and Image or Kids. (Fig 3). When you tap a category youll notice that apps you already have appear at the top of the selection. This is because S Suggest has learned what you have and will make suggestions based on that. Tap the Games tab to see categories related to


See what apps your Facebook friends are using

54 The Samsung Galaxy Book S Suggest

Link Facebook
See what your friends Like

1: Tap the Friends tab

Open the app and slide over to the right, to open up the Friends tab.
Fig 5: Look at the number of likes that an app has received to gauge its quality

2: Agree to T&Cs
Give the app the go-ahead to connect to your Facebook account.

Fig 4: Connect your account to Facebook to see your friends that also use Samsung apps and share reviews

Fig 6: Reading comments from other users is helpful to decide whether to get an app

games. Tap a category to scroll the entire list of recommended games, along with their price and how many people have liked a game.

View ratings
One of the most useful things about S Suggest is the recommendations from others that you can see underneath every app. Once youve connected your Facebook account (see the tutorial on the right) to the app, you can also see what apps your friends are using and how they rate them. Tap the Friends tab to see other Samsung users that have connected their S Suggest account to their Facebook account (Fig 4). To see detailed information on an app, simply tap on one. At the top of

the Detail View, the first thing that you can see is how many likes an app has received (Fig5). If an app has a very low count then be wary of downloading it. Each app detail page has a comment section where other users can say what they think about that (Fig 6). If youre looking at a paid app, its worth reading these to see what others think about value for money. If you really like an app or have had a major problem using it then write your own comment and add it to the conversations. Under the Friends section of the Detail View youll see a list of your friends that use the app and any comments theyve made about it. If you like an app, tap the Download button and youll automatically be directed to the Play Store where you can buy it.

3: Log into Facebook

On the next screen, type your email address and password to log in.

4: Grant permission
Grant permission for Samsung to view your profile and information.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 55 Hub

Samsung Hub
The Samsung Hub is your gateway to a plethora of music, movies, games, books and learning

Use it to:
Share your purchases across all of your devices Buy or rent new releases on the Video Hub Take interactive courses to improve your skills Download quality games design for mobile devices

Fig 1 (top left): The home Hub is your starting point for downloading. It will also recommend content for you Fig 2 (top middle): You can add up to five Samsung devices to your Hub, distributing your purchases to all of them Fig 3 (top right): The Learning Hub is an education programme offering a wide variety of courses to study

Purchase content from your device

Your Samsung Hub provides all the entertainment you need
Join the Samsung Hub
The Samsung Hub is your portal to movies, TV shows, music, games, books and interactive courses (Fig 1). Its Samsungs approach to on-demand content and enables you to download any purchases made onto up to five separate Samsung devices (Fig 2). If you have a Samsung account then you are ready to dive into its huge catalogue of content. Samsung Hub has been divided into five sections: the Video Hub, which allows rentals as well as purchases of movies, the Music Hub, Games Hub, Book Hub and Learning Hub. You can buy content using a debit/credit card or Hub vouchers. Any purchases you make through the Hub will be remembered, so even if you have to delete some content to free up space on your device, you can always re-download it.



Merge your Hub songs with your computers musiclibrary

56 The Samsung Galaxy Book Samsung Hub

Set up the Hub

Enable instant purchases

1: Access the Hub

Open the Hub and tap Menu>Sign In. Sign in or create a Samsung account.
Fig 5: On synced devices, you can resume playback from where you left off

2: Add a payment method

Once signed in, tap the Menu button> Payment Methods; then Credit Card.

Fig 4: The main screen of your Video Hubs store displays a range of recommended viewing, from most popular to new releases

Fig 6: The download progress bar shows how much of the video you can view so far

Each Hub consists of a store, as well as a My Page for each Hub where you can access and manage all of your content (Fig 3). Set up a shortcut for your favourite Hubs by tapping the Menu button, then Add Shortcut to Home, enabling quicker access to your content.

Video Hub
On entering the Video Hub you are presented with a massive array of movies, TV shows and videos to browse through (Fig 4). You can also choose between high-definition (HD) or standard-definition (SD) downloads SD videos are cheaper than HD and take up less room, so this can be really useful if you have limited storage space on your device.

If you are watching a movie at home on your Samsung TV but have to head out before it ends, you can pick up right where you left off on your device (Fig 5). You can also start watching video content as soon as it begins downloading; so as long as your internet connection is fast enough, you can watch it without interruption (Fig 6). From the Video library, tap on a movie you want to buy, select a definition and choose whether you want to buy or rent it. If you are renting, you will have 30 days to download the movie and once you start playing it youll have 48 hours to finish watching it. Once purchased, tap the Menu button on your device, then tap Purchased to access your video collection.

3: Add your payment details

Now add your credit card details, or a gift card or voucher.

4: Managing your purchases

Tap the Menu button, then Payments. Tap a purchase to access it.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 57 Hub

Tap on the search button to help you refine your browsing to a specific piece of content

Whats New
In the top-right corner of the other Hub pages, theres an icon that looks like a wrapped gift. Tap it to see the newest content

Home Hub
From the Home Hub screen you can access all five of Samsungs Hubs; just tap the one you want to enter

Browsing Hubs
Press and drag from the righthand side of your screen to browse the different Hubs, each displaying their newest content

Recommended listing
The Home Hub recommends content from all five Hubs. Within each Hub it will recommend content specific to that Hub

Featured content
Each of the Hub pages, such as the Music page immediately to the right of the home page, prominently display great media

No Samsung Hub
The Samsung Hub app only exists in the latest Galaxy devices like the S4. Older devices will have separate Video Hub, Games Hub, etc applications

Music Hub

The Samsung Music Hub is likely to be your number-one Hub for any of your portable devices. It offers over 19 millions tracks for purchase and download, allowing you to preview a section of any song before purchase (Fig 1). Purchases are downloaded straight to your device and can be found in any of your music apps. From the Home Hub, tap the Music option. You will then be taken to the Music Store. If you tap and drag from right to left on your screen then you can slide to Radio, which is a service available if you register for Music Hub Premium. Press and drag the screen left again to be taken to My Music, where all of your purchases as well as any other music on your device can be found (Fig 2). Songs can be categorised by Playlists, Songs, Albums or Artists. If you press and hold on any song, you can tap Add To in order to add that song to a playlist, or create a playlist for it. Here you can also tap Favourite, which adds your song to your favourites playlist, or tap Info in order

The Music Hub offers over 19 millions tracks for purchase and download
to get the title, album, genre, size and track duration details for thetrack. Music can also be downloaded onto your computer, meaning you can merge any music purchases with your current collection, keeping all of your songs in one place. via any relevant social apps so you can get your friends playing alongside you, You can also Heart a game or write a review for it. Tap Free (if the game is a free download) or Buy to purchase it. Before download begins you will have to agree to the permissions that the game requires to run on your device. Since you are granting the game certain permissions, it is advised that you download games that have a good star rating, or at least seem legit. Tap Accept and Download to begin downloading your game. Some games will download completely; others will download a downloader file, which must be opened to download the full game. Be aware that certain games will take up a lot of space, memory and battery power when youre playing them, and some may not even run on your device at all.

Games Hub

Mobile gaming is getting better and better, and the Samsung Games Hub offers a great choice of content for your device (Fig 3). Within the Game Store, tap on a recommended game or search by category. Once you have found a game that youre interested in, take a look at its details screen. The Game Hub is set up in such a way that users can interact and share with other users (Fig 4). Tap the Share icon to share the game

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Watch movies
Buy or rent films and shows

1: Select a movie or TV show

Tap a video to purchase. If its available in both HD and SD, select a format.

Fig 1: The ability to preview songs, read reviews and other recommendations makes browsing for music a pleasure

Fig 2: Your Music Hub audio library lets you order and arrange your devices entire music collection

2: Playing after purchase

Tap Buy or Rent. Confirm the purchase, and then tap the Download icon.

3: Watch while downloading

Go to Purchases. Tap the Play button on a downloading video to play it.

4: The Samsung Video app

Fig 3: Browse through free, free-to-try and premium titles, ranging from puzzle games to RPGs Fig 4: A games success is often determined by the word of mouth created by its players, so get reviewing

Videos will open in the Video app. Tap the screen to bring up further options.

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Configure download settings

Download courses to teach you how to cook, learn a language and more
Hub Categories
All Hub stores are broken down into easy-to-browse categories, including new releases, most popular and by genre

1: Access your settings

Within the Music Hub, tap the Menu button on your device, tap Settings, then Download.

Top charts
Wherever you are in Samsung Hub, youll always see a Top Charts listing just below the main content carousel

Browse while listening

Any song that you preview in the Music Hub will play at the bottom of the screen while you browse

2: Adjust download settings

Tap Download to Memory, then set WiFi Only as your preference. Tap OK.

Reading Hub
Samsungs Reading Hub offers a variety of fiction and non-fiction content. If you have yet to convert to reading on a device, you can give it a try by downloading a free collection of books (Fig 1). From the Book Store, you can browse the recent bestsellers or, by tapping Select Category, you can browse through a selection of genres, as well as search by authors names, book titles and keywords. Each book can be previewed prior to purchase, taking into account that if you were in a bookstore you could pick a book up off the shelf and have a flick through it. User reviews are also provided under the review section of every book. As with a real book, its also possible to make annotations, notes and highlights of text; unlike a physical book, you can erase notes, as well as enlarge and change the font to your liking all this can be done from the toolbar found at the top of your screen when reading through a book. Any purchases will be downloaded to your device and made available through your Book app or the Book Hub itself from the Purchases window. You can sync your reading history, including bookmarks, between devices (Fig 2).

Learning Hub
The Samsung Learning Hub presents itself much like the Book Hub. Its content can be previewed, purchased and downloaded to your device. Its content is more like a course than a book. Here you can download courses to teach you how to cook, play a musical instrument, learn a language and more (Fig 3). Once you find a course you like, tap Buy and it will be downloaded. Go to your Purchases screen to view all downloaded courses. Tap on a course to view its details. Tap Contents; here you can see all of the chapters of your course, including all of the multimedia content linked to it (Fig 4). Often you will be required to watch clips and listen to audio tracks in your course. Tap the download icon to download all multimedia content to your device, to avoid streaming issues when working with a slow internet connection. Courses also require you to answer questions and complete tasks; the beauty of this is you can track your progress, review incorrect answers and revise to retake certain parts of your course again. From the Course Details, tap Q&A; this allows you to post questions relevant to your course, which can then be answered by fellow students.

3: Adjust power settings

Tap Only Plugged In in order to only allow downloads when your device is charging.

4: Begin a download
In the Music Hub, tap Menu, then Download Queue to review all pending downloads.

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Course progress
Keep track of how youre doing

1: The My Courses window

All purchased courses show their current progress here; tap one to open it.

Fig 1: Download a free book so that you can see how you like reading on your Galaxy device

Fig 2: Syncing your reading history means that you can pick up where you left off from any device

2: Start course

From the course details screen, review your progress. Tap View to continue your course.

3: Incorrect answers

Tap Incorrect Answers to see your weak spots. Tap any page listed to return to that page.

4: Revise from notes/bookmarks

Fig 3: There are a huge variety of courses that require you to interact with them in order to complete the course Fig 4: Multimedia content consists of the videos, images and audio tracks used to help you with your studies

You can also return to sections of the course via saved notes and bookmarks.

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Use Samsungs native player to keep your mobile music collection organised and ready to go

Access tracks by playlist, album or artist

Music Player pulls in all the files saved on your phone

Fig 1 (top left): View all your audio files by track name, and listed with colourful album art Fig 2 (top middle): Pick the categories to organise your music by ticked options will show as tabs in the app Fig 3 (top right): Tap a track to start playing it and view full info; it will keep playing if you navigate away

Listen to music
Learn to search, store and play your favourite music tracks
Play your music
The Samsung Galaxys built-in Music Player app is set up to automatically pull in music tracks that you store on your device. If you have tracks saved on your SD or your phone youll see them waiting for you in the player when you launch it. The first screen you see is labelled All. Scroll down and youll see all the tracks you have, including music and voice tracks such as podcasts, listed according to track name (Fig 1). At the top of the app screen youll see additional tabs. Use these to view your tracks organised in a different way, such as by Artist or Album. In the apps Settings menu you can choose which categories appear in the top tabs and add options such as genre (Fig 2). In each screen, use the easy search alphabet on the right-hand side to quickly skip to a letter and narrow down the results. Tap a track to start playing it (Fig 3). Once its started, itll continue to play as you navigate around the rest of the app, scroll through your tracks or even exit the app to perform another function, like check your email. When the player is in use,


Enjoy colourful covers beside each track Play tracks in random order Skip to an initial letter Use presets to alter sound


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Create a playlist
Compile favourite tracks

swap for correct hardware

1: Open Menu options
Tap the Menu button on your device and select Add to Playlist.
Fig 5: Let the app choose a track for you based on your current mood; select a tile

2: Select tracks
Scroll the list of songs and tap to select the ones to add. Tap Done.

Fig 4: Show your friends what youre listening to by sharing songs via email, messages or social networks

Fig 6: Mix your perfect sound by choosing one of the presets or making your own

the Notification Panel on your device shows a mini player, where you can see which song is currently playing and also skip or pause tracks.

Explore extra functions

Samsungs Music Player has plenty more to offer than just playing music. A little look around the interface reveals some very useful options. Smartphones were designed to make sharing easy, and the capability to send files is built into most apps on Samsung Galaxy devices. This is no different with the Music Player. To share a track via email, WhatsApp, Messaging or any third-party app you might have installed, simply tap the Menu button while the track is selected and then tap the

Share Via option (Fig 4). You can also share whole playlists. If you want your music to match your mood then tap the Music Squares tab and choose a square that reflects your state of mind (Fig 5). This fun feature will choose a track from your library thats Joyful, Exciting, Passionate or Calm. Make multiple selections to build up a mood-inspired playlist. To view full information about a track, hit the Menu button and then select Details. Once you have your playlist going, make sure each track sounds its best by heading to the Settings menu and choosing Sound Alive. A list of presets makes it easy to find a setting to match your track, whether its jazz or vocal (Fig6). If none is quite right, choose Customise and make your own with the built-in equaliser.

3: Tap to create new list

Add tracks to an existing list, or tap to create a new one and give it name.

4: Play your list

Tap the Playlists tab to see your new list and tap to start playing songs.

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Use this elegantly designed app to search your video files and folders and play video content

View available videos as lists or thumbnails Thumbnails play video Send clips to friends Watch a video on the devices home screen See content stored in your device folders Keep clips coming


Fig 1 (top left): In Thumbnail view, each video will play to help you to identify what the clip is about Fig 2 (top middle): Switch to List view to see a smaller image of each video; scroll down to see your entire collection Fig 3 (top right): The app pulls content from different folders on your device as seen here in the Folder view

Play and share videos on your Samsung Galaxy device

View your videos
Video Player is the built-in Samsung app that plays the video content that you have on your device. Any video clips that you film on your phones camera will automatically appear here. Also, any video clips you have stored on your device can be accessed through the app. When you launch the app by tapping the icon in your app tray, youll be presented with a screen of thumbnails playing video clips (Fig1). The live view is useful to see what happens in each clip and especially useful if you have a few different clips that are similar. To see your video content in a different layout, tap the List view tab at the top of the screen (Fig 2). The smaller thumbnail picture on the side of each listed item is helpful for identifying a clip; the length of each video is also shown next in the list information. The third and final view is the Folders tab. Here you can see where each video clip is stored; for example, youll see your Camera folder of videos you shot yourself, or Video folder of those youve saved from elsewhere (Fig 3). Tap a folder to see a full list of videos saved in that location. Any video content on

Watch a video



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Edit and share

Send clips to friends

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1: Open edit options
With the video open, tap the Menu button and choose Trim.
Fig 5: The skip buttons will play the next/ previous video saved on the device

2: Trim your video

Use the slider to trim frames off your video. Use the preview to check it.

Fig 4: Use options in the player screen to control the video, such as stopping and starting play

Fig 6: Turn up the volume with the built-in control on the player screen

your device will automatically be pulled into the Video Player.

Play a clip
To a play a clip, simply tap it from any screen in the Video Player app and it will launch into the player screen (Fig 4). Clips will begin to play automatically when they are opened. To pause a clip just tap the play button at the bottom of the screen, and then tap again to resume watching. Note that the two buttons either of the play button dont fast-forward or rewind the clip rather, they skip to the next clip or to the previous one (Fig 5). Adjust the volume of the video as you watch by tapping the speaker icon in the top

right-hand corner and then sliding the volume button up or down (Fig 6). You can view the video in full-screen by tapping the icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the player screen. Its usually best to rotate your device to get a landscape view of your video. One unusual feature built into the app is the ability to play the video clip on the home screen of your device. From the player view, tap the icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. The video will pop out and begin to play in a small square. You can position this square anywhere on the home screen and you can move it by simply dragging from one location to another. Once its finished playing, the clip will close automatically.

3: Trim as new video

Tap Trim and then choose Trim As New Video to preserve the original.

4: Share with friends

Tap the Menu button, select Share Via and pick an option such as Facebook.

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Connect to and browse the web from your smartphone with Samsungs native browser, which enables you to have multiple web pages open at once by using tabs


Type in the top bar to search Remember favourite pages See your previous searches Read pages without an internet connection See bookmarks saved on your Google accounts Send web pages and articles to others


Fig 1 (top left): Samsung Apps will appear as the default main screen when you first launch the Internet app Fig 2 (top middle): Use the keyboard to type the URL of the web page you want to visit and then tap Go toconfirm Fig 3 (top right): Once you open a page, the top bar and options will disappear, leaving the page to fill the screen

Connect to the web with Samsungs built-in browser

Learn the Internet interface
To start surfing the internet, find the Internet application in your App Drawer and tap it once. When you launch the app for the first time, youll see the default Samsung Apps main page display (Fig 1). The basic layout of the app is similar to most mobile browsers, with the search bar and options at the top and the web page loading below. To enter the URL of a site you want to visit, tap the top bar once and then use the keyboard to type out the address (Fig 2). Tap Go. Once your page

Browse the internet

has loaded, the top bar and menu disappear, meaning the page displays in full-screen (Fig3). To bring the top bar back, tap the Menu button on yourdevice. To open another page, tap the icon to the right of the search bar once, then tap the + icon in the next screen. As before, type in the URL of the web page you would like to open or search for it and tap Go. Next to the top bar, the icon to the left will display a number 2 in place of the number 1 it showed before you opened this tab. This is an indication of




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Google search

Use the native search bar

1: Type in your search

Type the question or subject you want to look up in the top search bar.
Fig 5: Close tabs by tapping the small red minus sign next to a page in the tabs view

2: Automatic redirect
Google will open automatically and give you results for your search.

Fig 4 Search through thumbnails of the tabs you currently have open in the Internet app using a swipe gesture

Fig 6: Tap the back and forward arrows to see pages previously viewed in a window

how many tabs are open in the Internet app at the same time. Another way to open a new window is to tap the Menu button and then choose New Window.

Navigate and use gestures

Working between multiple tabs is really easy with the Internet app keeping track of what you have open at all times. The application does not reset itself when you close it down, meaning that if youre looking at a web page and then navigate away from the app, it will still be there the next time that you launch it. This is the same for tabs that you open. To switch between tabs, tap the same icon you use to create a new tab, to the left of

the search bar. Here youll see the number of tabs open indicated by the small dots at the bottom of the screen. Use a swipe gesture to look through the tabs you have available (Fig 4). To open a tab, tap the icon once. If you want to close a tab, then tap the small red sign at the top of the thumbnail view (Fig 5). In the main browser screen, the usual gestures of swiping up and down will get you from the top to the bottom of the page and the arrows in the top menu will take you back to the previous page you looked at in the window, or move you forward if youve gone back already (Fig 6). Long-press on a web page to bring up a magnifying glass or to copy text on a page so you can paste it into another app.

3: Scroll and open web page

Scroll results and open the one you want to view by tapping the title once.

4: Search images and video

To see multimedia content results, tap the Images or Videos options.

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Back and forth

Navigate between web pages youve opened in a window with the back and forward arrows

Bookmarks and more

Tap the star icon to reveal settings such as bookmarks, browsing history and saved pages

As with most modern desktop browsers, the URL field is actually a unified search bar too

Tab count
See the number of open windows by looking at the number next to the search bar

Refresh page Stream content

The Internet app is loaded with all the features necessary to stream most things from websites Tap the circular icon beside the multibar to refresh a page if it takes a while to load or if you want to update live news

Depending on the site, you may find that Share and Like buttons are configured for mobiles

Save bookmarks
A bookmark is a web page whose URL is remembered by the Internet app so that you can then easily access it again later. Its especially useful to save bookmarks if you visit the same sites often. Itll save you the hassle of typing the web pages URL every time (or searching) and you can open it by simply clicking one link. View your saved bookmarks by tapping the bookmark icon at the top of any page in the Internet app (Fig1). Youll see a bookmark tab for your device and, if you have Google or Samsung account connected to your device, youll be able to see the bookmarks saved under these accounts too. To view the bookmarks, tap the arrow to expand (Fig 2). To open up an existing bookmark, just tap the icon and the page will appear. To add a bookmark, tap the + icon. If you have a lot of bookmarks to manage, its a good idea to create folders to organise them. To create a new folder, tap the Menu button, select Create Folder and then give it a name

View your saved bookmarks by tapping the bookmark icon at the top of any page
for example, News Sites. To move individual bookmarks into the folder, tap the Menu button again and this time select Move To Folder and tap to select the pages you want to move. Choose the named folder you want to move them into and then tap Done to complete the process. the device doesnt recognise what you said, a message will come up to ask you speak again. Otherwise the phrase that you spoke will appear in the search bar if this is correct, then tap to start the search (Fig 4). If the phrase has been misheard, then go back to the voice search and try again. While the search bar is an easy way to access web pages on a smartphone, the most common way to open a web page is to follow a link from an email, message or even a tweet. By using the pop-up browser, you can continue to use the application youre in while reading the web page. For example, if youre using Twitter and you want to click a link, select Popup Browser and then view the contents of the link in a small movable window while still keeping Twitter open in thebackground.

Voice search and multitask

Samsung developers have integrated the voice feature seen in applications such as SVoice and Messaging into the Internet app. With this feature you can make a search by talking into your phone instead of typing. To use the voice search, tap the small microphone icon next to the search bar; this will bring up the voice interface (Fig 3). Speak your search term into your phone. If

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Two ways to save a page

1: Open a web page

Type the page URL into the top bar and tap Go to open it.

Fig 1: Tap the bookmark icon next to the top search bar to view your existing bookmarked pages

Fig 2: View bookmarks saved on your device as well as other accounts such as Google or Samsung

2: Bookmark via menu

Tap the Menu button, then choose Bookmark This Page and hit Save.

3: Save via Bookmarks page

Or, from any page, tap the bookmark icon and choose Add Bookmark.

4: Type in bookmark URL

Fig 3: Tap the microphone icon to use your voice to perform an internet search its quicker and easier than typing it Fig 4: Check your devices recognition of your spoken phrase before tapping Go to start the search

Type in the name and the web address of the bookmark, then choose Save.

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Set home page
Change the starting web page
Saved pages
Different from bookmarks, Saved Pages are cleaned up versions of pages that are mucheasier to read

Folder view
Open up a bookmark folder to view related saved pages to visit with a simple tap

1: Open Settings menu

Tap the Menu button on your device, scroll down the menu and select Settings.

Bookmarks by account
Browse bookmarks on your device as well as those saved under your Google or Samsung accounts linked to your phone

2: Navigate to General Settings

Tap the General option at the top of the screen and then tap Set Home page.

Tap the Menu key and select Save For Offline Reading
Save and share
As an internet connection isnt always guaranteed, the Internet app has a feature that lets you save pages for offline access. This means you can build up a collection of articles you want to read and then access them later when you dont have a connection. To save a page, open it up in a new window and then tap the Menu key and select Save For Offline Reading (Fig1). To view your saved offline pages, tap the bookmark tab and then the Saved Pages tab. Here you can see available saved pages and tap to read them even if youre offline (Fig 2). To share a page with a contact, open the menu options while on the page and then choose the Share option. From here you can choose to send the article to a contact via Facebook, Messenger and Email, or a third-party app such as Dropbox. Another option for easily accessing a web page is to create a link on the home screen of your phone. To do this, first create a bookmark for the desired page, then long-press on that bookmark and tap Add Shortcut To Home Screen. On your home screen youll see an icon that will automatically launch the browser and link to the article.

Alter the settings

Access the Settings for the Internet app via the Menu button; its split into six sections. The Privacy & Security section includes settings for remembering passwords and autofilling forms. Scroll down the menu and then either check or uncheck these options (Fig 3). If the browser does not remember your password, youll have to log into individual services each time you access them, but its safer for if your phone falls into the wrong hands. Tap the Accessibility options to change how large the font in the browser displays and invert the screen rendering if you have difficulty reading text on it (Fig4). The Bandwidth Management settings also allow you to specify how images are loaded and which connections the app accepts. Adjust the brightness of the screen to make reading easier by tapping the Menu button and selecting Brightness and then either moving the slider up or down or choosing Auto Brightness. Another handy feature is the Find On Page option which opens a small search menu and then highlights where your search term has been used in the article youre viewing.

3: Type in URL
Choose the Other option on the next screen and then type in the website URL.

4: Test it out
Relaunch the Internet app and check that your specified home page is displayed.

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Clear history

Delete your browsing history

1: Open the History tab

When viewing a web page, tap the bookmark icon and then the History tab.

Fig 1: Save web pages to read offline by selecting the option from the menu list

Fig 2: Navigate to the Saved Pages tab to see pages that are available for viewing offline

2: Scroll through history list

Your history is organised by date and also by favourites; scroll down to view the full list.

3: Tap Menu button

Select Clear History from the Menu button options and then confirm to delete it.

4: View empty search history

Fig 3: Head to the Settings menu to specify how the app handles your passwords and input data Fig 4: Make the screen more readable by changing the font size and scaling the text

Once the process is complete, your search history page will be empty.

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You might not know it yet, but youll be using your phone to email rather a lot, so here we show you how to set up accounts and manage your personal electronic postal system


Firing off a few emails is a quick and easy process.


Manage your mail

Set up and send out emails within a matter of minutes
Fig 1 (top left): Enter an email address and a password for the account you want to add Fig 2 (top middle): It may take a few moments to verify the email account Fig 3 (top right): You can select accounts by tapping the email address at the top

You can now attach pretty much any file you want.

Set up an account in Email

One of the first things youll want to use with your new Samsung Galaxy is to get to grips with the stock email app available to you free of charge. With email on your phone you can also keep one foot in the office if you are working remotely or on the go, which is a really useful feature. Setting up a new email account on your device is incredibly quick and easy. You will be guided through the process when you are initially setting up your device, and it can be completed in just a few minutes (Fig 1). If you wish to add another account to the existing ones in your Email app, then you

Add you own signatures and format your emails.

Several accounts, one inbox with all your messages.

Set alerts for receiving new emails from specific sources.

Effortlessly sync your accounts between all your devices.

can start off by using the Menu button and venture into the Settings option. This will provide a general overview of your existing account (number of messages and drafts) and also display the account that you are currently logged in to. While you are on this screen, tap the Menu key, choose Settings and then Add Account. Enter the email address and password for the account you wish to add to your device and then tap Next to set it up its worth noting that this may take a minute or so to verify (Fig 2). Once the verification process is complete, tap Done and you will automatically go to that account and get all available emails delivered to your device (Fig 3).

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Set a signature
Add signature text to emails

1: Tap the Menu key

While inside your inbox, press the Menu key and then choose the More option.

Fig 5: Get all of your emails from all of your accounts streamed into the same inbox

2: Go to account settings
Go to Account Settings and then tap on the Add Signature option.

Fig 4: You can switch between your email accounts effortlessly

Switch between accounts easily by tapping on the name

Manage multiple accounts
So, now that we have explored just how you can go about adding additional accounts to your Email app, its time to think about how you go about managing them. As it turns out, with very little time and effort! While youre in the Email app, tap on the account name in the top centre of the screen and youll see a list of all the accounts that you have enabled on your device. You can switch between them simply by tapping on the name of the account (Fig 4). Before you make the switch, though, you will first need to make sure that your secondary account has been

Fig 6: You can bring up options for individual messages by long-pressing on them

3: Type new signature

Type in your new signature email signoff into the text field and then tap OK.

properly synced, else you will find that certain messages will be missing (Fig 5). Again, you can change the setup and revert to just using each of the singular inboxes at any time simply by tapping on the account name in the top-left corner of the screen and choosing an individual account. If its an account you rarely use, you may find the account is overrun with various spam and phishing emails, so your best bet is to delete emails through the app. To delete a message, simply long-press on a specific email and choose the Delete Email option from the menu that pops up (Fig 6).

4: Add signature
Ensure the Add Signature box is ticked and then start composing your emails.

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Quick contacts
Tap on the Contacts app icon to find recipients or groups from your Contacts app, possibly saving you time

To add an attachment to your email, such as a photo, movie, location, etc, then tap on the Attach button and navigate to the file

Composing an email
When composing an email, tap on the various text fields to add recipients, subject headers and, of course, your message

Your signature
You can set a signature by tapping the Menu key while in your inbox, choosing More and then going to Account settings

Change the view to Conversation view, which handily groups emails together
Customise and format emails
Lets face it, most email clients tend to be quite conservative, stuffy affairs. Thankfully, however, there are numerous ways in which you can customise the views and tailor the app to your own needs. For example, you can hit the Menu key to find the option to switch between Standard and Conversation view, with the latter grouping messages together (Fig 1). Youll also see an option to quickly change the size of the text in your emails to make it easier to read. There are also plenty of hidden options to employ while composing a message. Simply type in what you want and then press and hold on a word, or do the same on a word in an email youve received. An options menu will now appear at the top from which you can select various editing options, allowing you to cut, copy and paste (Fig 2). Theres also a small More button that holds options to share and search the word. While composing emails you will see a bar containing even formatting options, as well as an Insert button that can add anything from photos to locations into your emails theres certainly more to this app than meets the eye.

Quick .com
Depending on the keyboard you are currently using, you may have a .com button here. Longpress it to see and more

Move and organise messages

If you wish to move messages between your accounts, do this by tapping on the Combined View option at the top of the window (Fig 3). Now select the message you wish to move and tap the icon of a folder with an arrow up in the top-right. This will bring up a list of other accounts that you can move the message to,

plus the option to trash it. To head straight to your folders once youve organised your messages into them, you can dimply tap the Menu key and then hit Folders to bring up a list of all the one you have set up, giving you a quick way to store and navigate. If you just want to mark a message quickly and come back to it later, you can also consider starring it (Fig 4). To do this, tap on the star icon while in the message or your inbox and then youll be able to access all of your starred emails easily by going to the labels screen. Although starring your emails may seem like a good idea at first, please remember that your starred messages will all go into the same inbox, unless you prioritise differently. You can go into the starred side menu and move the emails around to suit your needs.

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Learn how to attach files

1: Compose email
Start composing your email by tapping on the envelope icon in the top-right.

Fig 1: Change your view by pressing the Menu key and changing it to Conversation view to group related emails together

Fig 2: By highlighting an individual word you can also bring up a floating menu of additional editing options

If you just want to mark a message quickly and come back to it later you can star it

2: Choose Attach
Now press the Attach button thats third from the left, just above the keypad.

3: Choose your medium

Choose the type of file to attach. There are more options than the Gmail app.

4: Attach file
Fig 3: In the Email app you can combine your messages from different email accounts all in one place Fig 4: You can mark messages with stars to make them stand out and also access them quickly from a separate menu

Now navigate your way to the file in question and then simply select it.

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Mark messages
Important emails in Gmail
One inbox
You can get all of your emails from all of your inboxes delivered to one place, ensuring that youll never miss an important one

1: Open a message
In the Gmail app, open up one of your messages by tapping on it in your inbox.

Those who prefer a little more organisation with their emailing would be better suited to using the Gmail app as it has an altogether more in-depth filing system

2: Tap the Menu key

Tap the Menu key and then you can choose the Mark as important option.

Set up a Gmail account

There are a wide variety of benefits to setting up an email account on your phone. For one it offers a great way to track incoming messages and also enables you to reply while on the go. To set up an account in the Gmail app (or, to be more specific, add an account, since the app will guide you through the process of setting up your initial account when you first open it), tap the Menu key and then choose the Accounts option. Youll be taken through to an account management screen (Fig 1). Here, you can toggle the account settings of existing accounts (by pressing the Menu key and choose that option) or, quite simply, tap the Add Account button. From there you have to choose the account type (in this case, Google), and then sign in to an account or create a new one from your device (Fig 2). Either way its a case of entering an email address and password although if youre creating one then you can be sure that the first ten email addresses you propose to use may be taken! Going back to the account settings, once you select this option, youll be able to sync your accounts and determine if your phone runs background data or not.

Manage messages with labels

Filing your emails is a big part of what makes the Gmail app great, and this goes right form the use of smart labels and folders through to the ability to swipe over an email to delete or archive it in less than a second. Open up and read an email, tap the Menu key and you will see an option called Change Folders (Fig 3). Tap on this and you will be presented with a list of possible labels, including Notes, Personal, Receipts and Work. Tap on the one you wish to assign to the email and then tap OK. Now return to your inbox and tap the Gmail icon up in the top-left corner. This will slide out a panel containing all of your labels, including Inbox, Starred, Chats and, if you scroll down, any labels that you have already set up in Gmail (Fig 4). Tap on the corresponding label and the emails that you chose to label will be there for quick-and-easy reference. Also, while viewing a message, you can tap the Menu key followed by More, then Settings, to access the various settings for each of your accounts. Tap on the email account name to bring up an array of available options, including determining how the app notifies you to specific emails from particular sources.

3: Make it important
The message will be marked and accessible by pressing Menu and choosing Go to labels.

4: At a glance
You can see whether an email is important or not by checking to see if it has a yellow arrow.

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Send to spam
Banish unwanted mail

1: Open spam mail

While in your inbox, open an email that you suspect is of the spam variety.

Fig 1: When on the accounts management page, tap on the Add account button at the bottom of the page

Fig 2: You can sign in to an existing account or you can create a brand-new one from within the Gmail app

Tap on the email account name to bring up an impressive array of available options

2: Flag it up
Hit the Menu key and then scroll down to find the Report Spam option. Give it a tap.

3: Check spam
After marking several emails as spam, Gmail will start to recognise the repeat offenders.

4: Spam folder
Fig 3: Use the menu button to set a category for the app to go in to Fig 4: You can assign specific labels to certain emails so that you essentially file them, making them easier to find

Open the Spam folder by using the side menu found by pressing the Gmail icon.

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Colourful letters The last update

introduced these identifying letters, which can be tapped to select multiple emails

A useful strip
The options at the top let you create new emails, search through your inbox and folders and refresh your account. Tap the top-left icon for more

Any emails that you have exchanged with someone in a series will be collected together into a single conversation for easier reading

Use labels
Labels will make searching through a large inbox much quicker and a lot more logical process. They can make a huge difference

Gmail on Android will offer all of the familiarity you are used to on a desktop and creating new emails is exceptionally easy
Perfecting Gmail use
Gmail on Android will offer all of the familiarity you are used to on a desktop, and creating and sending new emails is exceptionally easy at times very obvious. On top of all the basics, however, are some superb customisation options to help you really perfect your Gmail experience. For one thing there is a brilliant search function, which enables you to find a specific email either by name or the sender (Fig 1). You can even save your searches to use them at a later date, if necessary. Where the real customisation of your Gmail exprience happens is within the fantastic settings menu. Unlike other apps, the Gmail settings are all clearly labelled and easy to find and use (Fig 2). As with the native Samsung Email app, implementing a signature into your emails is as simple as heading into your accounts settings menu, but you can also add a bit of colour to them in Gmail. There are also options to set up a specific range of notifications that are used when you receive a new message. Although these may seem a bit basic, when you add them altogether youll be able to tell what type of message youve received and by whom just by listening to the alert sound.

The settings
There are a variety of useful settings hidden below this button. Use them to personalise the experience for whatever your needs

Enjoy the extra features

There are many features in Gmail for Android that may not be obvious at first, but they can help you to use the service in any way you like. Its easy for an inbox, and especially folders, to become large and difficult to use, but a quick tap of the magnifying glass at the bottom will bring up the keyboard and a search field which is highlighted in the first image on the

following page. You can even go into the settings menu and make it possible to browse through your archived emails on your device, which is handy if you need to quickly search for an address or policy number that you were sent a couple of years ago. Just tap on Archive & Delete Actions from within the General Settings screen (Fig 3). What really stands out from the latest Gmail update, however, is the range of new gestures that have been implemented in the app to make it easier than ever to fully control your inbox. A lot of the gestures are pretty simple affairs, but some are incredibly useful. The best one that weve found is the archived feature, which lets you simple swipe a specific message to archive it forever in the app (Fig 4). With so many changes on board, Gmail is an app that youll want to start exploring as soon as possible.

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Add accounts
Use multiple addresses

1: Set up the account

In Gmail settings, tap the Add Account option at the top of the screen.

Fig 1: The search mechanism is easy to activate and very fast in operation. It just works

Fig 2: There are many settings that can be tweaked for your needs for every Gmail account you use

There are many features in Gmail for Android that may not be obvious at first

2: Finish the setup

Sign in to the account and choose what you want to synchronise.

3: Where are the accounts?

In the Gmail app, all accounts will be available. Tap the address at the top.

4: Separated accounts
Fig 3: The settings has so many things for you to change; including archiving options Fig 4: You can swipe each email to archive it or delete it, which makes managing your emails more efficient

Once an account is selected, everything you do will be kept separate.

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S Note

Collect your mind maps, to-do lists, study notes and work ideas all in one place with this handy productivity and organisation app that combines text with multimedia


Jot down simple to-do lists Skip typing and talk instead Import a picture to your note Access maps and add to notes Put live links into a document Let the app help with layout Pick an existing template


Fig 1 (top left): Placing notes in folders makes them easier to find and keeps the apps main screen tidy Fig 2 (top middle): View the example notes to see what the app can do and how templates can be used Fig 3 (top right): Templates give you a helping hand towards create a specific type of note such as arecipe

Use the S Notes options to make memorable notes and pages

Learn the layout and functions
To launch S Note, find the icon in your App Drawer and tap once to open. The main screen of the app contains four folders marked Business, Education, Ideas Sketches and Lifestyle (Fig 1). Each folder contains a selection of documents to give you some ideas of what you can make. Tap the folder once to see its contents and then tap a document to see the full layout on your screen (Fig 2). To create a new document, give the + icon in the top right-hand corner a tap. You will then be presented with a selection of different templates to choose from, ranging from Meeting Notes to Recipes, Diary Entries and Travel (Fig 3). To get started with a simple note for now, just choose the firstoption. S Note offers a host of ways to input text, more of which well look at later. The most familiar is to tap the type icon and then input text through your keyboard. Once youve typed your note, hit the Save button at the top of the screen and name your document. When you navigate back to

Create beautiful notes




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Brainstorm an idea

1: Choose idea template

Create a new document and select the Idea Note template.
Fig 5: Tap the pen tool to choose a writing instrument and its thickness and colour

2: Select shape match

Tap Productivity Tools and select Shape Match to help you draw even shapes.

Fig 4: Record voice memos and add them to an existing collection of notes or create one on its own

Fig 6: Tap the eraser tool and wipe over mistakes youve made with the pen tool

the apps main screen, youll see it appear as a single document next to the folders. To move it into a folder, long-press it and select Move, then choose the folder you want to add it to and then tap the Move button again.

Master the input tools

S Note is much more than simply a place to jot down notes. While it is good for that too, there are so many tools available in the app to create stunning documents that its worth taking a deeper look at some of them. You can choose from a variety of ways to enter information into a new note. As mentioned, tapping the type tool and then using the keyboard to enter text is the simplest

option. However, you can also attach a voice note to a message by tapping the small microphone icon that sits at the top of the edit screen. Tap once to open and then again to start recording. The voice memo will be attached to your note and you can listen to it directly from the note screen (Fig 4). For more informal notes or to draw diagrams on a note, tap the pen icon and choose the type of instrument you want such as a pencil, pen or paintbrush then specify the colour and use your S Pen to draw (Fig 5). To undo any mistakes as you write or draw, tap the eraser tool (Fig 6). If you want to use your S Pen but want a typed result, then simply switch on the handwriting-to-text feature and let the app interpret your handwriting.

3: Draw your shapes

With the tool selected, draw shapes for your mind map.

4: Fill in text
Either type or hand-write your ideas to complete the mind map.

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S Note

Add media Undo and Redo

Use the undo and redo commands to revert your note or redo your previous action Tap the multimedia icon to add images and video to your note by selecting existing media on your phone or shooting new material on the spot

Pen tool
Give this button a tap to set the size of your digital pens nib and set its colour too

Finger touch
Enabling the finger touch option lets you draw shapes and write text with your finger. If youre working with an S Pen, disable it to prevent smudging with your hand

Add a page
Tap the plus icon to add a new page to your note book. The number at the bottom will show you how many pages are in the book

Multiple pages
If your note has more than one page then these arrows will become active and you can use them to navigate pages

Add multimedia
S Note has a host of options for adding multimedia to your document, from simple shapes and clip art to images, video and maps. The add option is available in the edit screen of an app; this is the screen youll automatically be taken to when you create a new note. If youre editing an existing note, tap to open it and then tap the edit button to edit it. Tap the plus image icon at the top-right of the screen to reveal available options(Fig 1). Adding a map to a note is useful if youre planning a meeting or even a trip. Simply tap the map option and youll be taken to a Google Map screen within the app; search the location and then tap Capture (Fig 2). The map will imported into your document where you can resize and position it. If youre not a budding artist, you might want some help producing sketches. In SNote the Idea Sketch feature is wonderful for adding images to your document. Select it from the multimedia list and then write the

Adding a map to a note is useful if youre planning a meeting or a trip

word you want to sketch, such as cat. Your word will be recognised and youll be given sketch options to use. Tap to add to your note. To add video, tap the option and select a clip. Once youve saved your note, you can play the video directly in it. The default view in the S Note app is to see all of your folders and files as thumbnails. To change this view from any screen, simply tap the Menu button and this time choose List View; scroll down the page to view the full collection of notes (Fig 4). Keeping your notes saved on your phone is very useful, as you constantly have them with you, but you can also share your notes with others and use them in situations outside of your Samsung device. There are two ways to do this. The first way is to tap the Menu button again while the note is open and select Share Via. From here you can select what format to share the note in, such as an image. The other option is to select Export and then save the image as a PDF to your phone. From here you can email it or use it as a document on your computer too.

View, sort and export files

As your collection of notes begins to grow, youll find that keeping them organised and easily accessible is vital to maintaining good productivity with the S Note app. Sticking to the folder organisation is an easy way to group similar notes and be able to access them quickly. To create a new folder, tap the Menu button on your device and then tap the Create Folder option (Fig 3). Give your folder a name and tap Save.

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Make a recipe

Keep beautiful recipe notes

1: Select recipe template

Tap + on the main screen for a new note, then select the recipe template.

Fig 1: The drop-down menu shows the multimedia options available in S Note

Fig 2: Create a map by searching location, zooming in and then pasting it directly into your S Note document

2: Tap to add title

Select the type tool, then tap the text box to write the name of your recipe.

3: Add images from gallery

Tap and hold the image markers to replace it with a photo from your gallery.

4: Type the instructions

Fig 3: Organise your work in folders and create your own by tapping the Menu button and selecting the option Fig 4: Switch between thumbnail or list view for your folders and for viewing individual documents

Tap the type tool and enter your recipe. Long-press the type tool for formatting.

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The S Planner app is a versatile appointment scheduler that syncs with the cloud. Its a great tool for syncing your events between mobile devices, desktop computers and with other users

S Planner


Calendars are automatically backed-up online.

Save dates and events

Fig 1 (top left): Press on the Calendar option to see a monthly calendar for you to look at

Organise appointments, store them and create reminders

Navigate the S Planner interface
The focus of S Planner is to be both an appointment manager and calendar app, which can be used to track appointments on a daily basis (Fig 1). Theres a wide variety of views that you can implement within the S Planner app, including a monthly, weekly or daily schedule. You can even pinch on the screen to zoom in on the Today view (Fig 2). Use the calendar menu accessible through the top-right arrow icon to go through weekly, daily and monthly listings, as well as an agenda menu to see the appointments that need to be taken care of in the next few hours based on your input. You can also view events that are coming up in the weeks ahead through the Month menu, which contains a grid with each section representing one day. Tapping a day takes the app to the Day view for that selected day. While in the Month view, its also possible to move from one month to the next by swiping up and down the screen. One thing to note is to make sure all your calendars are in the same place so that you can properly track all your upcoming appointments (Fig 3). Whichever view you are in, the calendar can be set back to the current time by tapping the Today button in the top-left of the display.

Access from various devices.

One for work, another for play.

Create an appointment and add in reminders.

Let others see you calendar.

Fig 2 (top middle): Focus on events on your calendar by pinching it

Invite people to events.

S Planner works with Outlook, iCal and more.

Fig 3 (top right): Manage your calendars into one accessible format

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Create events
Add to your calendar

1: Open the week view

Tap the arrow in the top-right corner to see the tabs, then tap on Tasks.

Fig 5: When adding an event, make sure the correct Calendar is selected in the top menu

2: Adding an all-day event

Check at the top to make sure that youre on the Add Event screen.

Fig 4: Create new appointments and add them to your schedule

Move from one month to the next by swiping up and down the screen
Schedule appointments
Tap on the + icon in the top menu bar to open up the Add event screen (Fig 4). This screen provides a simple set of menus that can be used to name appointments, set their duration and add other features such as alerts or inviting others. The top of the screen dictates which calendar the new entry will be added to (well cover multiple calendars later on) you can also select a calendar to add the event to (Fig 5). Next are the various markers for deciding the duration of an appointment, tap the date or time options to set the start and end times of this new entry (Fig 6).

Fig 6: Tap the date and time tabs for a simple menu use these to set your starting time

3: Add the event details

Now just enter in all the details pertaining to your event.

Below this is the Day option; this converts an appointment into an event that spans the entire day. Following this is the Time Zone setting, which is simply used to apply a time zone to an event. The Add Contacts tab is used to invite other people to an appointment. Simply type the name of someone and, if theyre in your contacts list as an email address, they will appear on the screen. Tap them to add them to this particular event. The Description section can be used to add more information regarding a specific event; this is useful for when inviting other people as it will then provide a better idea regarding what has been scheduled.

4: Save the information

Select Save once youve filled it in. Your event will now appear in the calendar.

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Select your calendar view type

Tap the date in the top-left of the screen to reveal a drop-down menu. Use this button to switch between the many different views

Go back to the current date

Long-press on any date to highlight it to add, edit or remove events from that specific day.

All-day events
When you begin creating a range of events, youll find the all-day option really useful for events that will last a few hours.

Days with appointments

A day with an appointment is represented by a small word on the day, the position and colour roughly indicate the appointment time

S Planner includes a handy reminder system that keeps you updated

Set reminders
It may seem useful to fill up your cloud-based calendar with appointments but youll still need to be able to stay on top of everything. Thankfully, S Planner includes a handy reminder system that keeps you updated on your scheduled events so you dont miss anything out. Reminders and notifications can be added to any created event (Fig 1). This process happens towards the end of creating an appointment. There is a section labelled Reminders, and this consists of a time setting and a notification type. The time setting offers a selection of minute based intervals leading up to the start of an appointment. This determines how soon before an event the reminder is sent out. The notification type determines whether S Planner will alert you via a pop-up notification or by sending you an email. The former sends a reminder via the standard Android pop-up notification; the latter does the same but via email instead, which, although useful, can get annoying when receiving numerous S Planner related emails. This feature is useful for setting up an appointment on one device but catching the reminder somewhere else. If an event has already been set up, its even easier to add a reminder to it. Simply select the appointment in the calendar and an Add Reminder button will appear below the event description. Multiple events can be added or removed as necessary.

Manage multiple calendars

An excellent feature of S Planner is that it is capable of handling more than one calendar.

These calendars can be then synced together through a single menu without you needing to press more than a few buttons. This means that transitioning from your Google Calendar, for example, is completely painless, and you can integrate Facebook too. All you need to do is head into any of your Calendar views and then hit the Menu key. Select Settings and then scroll down to the bottom of the first section to tap Calendars, right at the very bottom. Youll then see a list of all the calendar accounts that have currently been added to the S Planner app. At the very bottom of this screen youll see an Add Account button give this a tap and then follow through the various instructions in order to get the account up and running. Once youve done so, anything youve added to it will be viewable in your Calendar view.

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Keep a memo
Link with S Memo

1: Create event

Scroll to the bottom of a new task or event screen and tap on Memos.

Fig 1: The Reminders section for each of your events can be found towards the bottom of the Add Event window

Fig 2: Use S Memo to add a visual element to your events by incorporating them via the Events/Tasks screens Memos option

This handy app lets you have one calendar for work and another for social events
You can then simply tick these accounts on and off as needed. Remember to integrate your calendars and make use of the S Memo app too (Fig 2).

2: Select memo

Tap on the Create S Memo (or S Note) option to open up the app.

Sync birthdays from contacts

Once youve added, for example, your Facebook account, youll find that peoples birthdays will be added to your calendar, but you can go one step further than this. Information that is saved to a Samsung-stored contact can then be read by Samsung and extracted into S Planner, including birthdays youve inputted. The actual process of adding the birthdays is easy enough: venture into the settings menu and choose the Calendars option again. If you then scroll to the bottom of the list of options, youll find the Contacts Birthdays option that you can simply tick on and off (Fig 3). Your phone will then begin to sync with the app. This syncing process can take a while to complete, based on the amount of birthdays youve stored. Its also important to make sure that you avoid duplicate contacts because this can heavily clog up your calendar.

3: Write out a memo

Write down the memo you want to add, customise the look of it and tap Save.

4: Save it to the event

Fig 3: The option to display birthdays on your calendar can be found at the bottom of the Calendars settings menu

Once finished, apply the rest of the details to the event and save.

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Add a task
Apply tasks to events

1: Choose task menu

While creating an event, select the Add Task menu from the top.

Fig 1: You can add images to your events and appointments

Fig 2: Reminders can become regular occurrences, if you want

2: Enter details
Enter all the basic details of the task that you want to add to your event.

S Planner offers extra options with regards to what others users are able to see

3: Group them up
You can choose to put your task in a specific group, if you so wish.

4: Save changes
Once youve finished, press the Save icon and go back to your event.
Fig 3: You can even add maps to your events so that you can see where you need to be at a glance Fig 4: Youll be able to fully edit all of your events once theyve been created and stored within S Planner

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Link with S Memo
The best thing about S Planner is that it can be linked with a variety of other Samsung apps. One of these is the S Memo app

Dictate notes Edit text

Theres a variety of different tools you can use to customise how the memo looks on your event As well as being able to handwrite notes, you can tap the mic to record a few thoughts

Create memos
Theres no limit to how many memos you can create to your events, but dont go over the top

Memos for S Planner

One fantastic use of a memo within S Planner is to create a visual summary of the event to hold all the important info

Find additional options

When it comes to creating events and appointments, S Planner offers plenty of extra options with regards to how they are used and what others users are able to see. First of all, if you scroll down through the available fields inside a new event page, youll see an Images button right at the very bottom. Give this a tap and you can then give yourself a visual reminder of whats going on. S Planner is also very useful in the fact that it accommodates the kind of events that happen on a regular basis. These can be set as recurring events by simply selecting the Repeat option, which is just below the time details (Fig 2). The app offers a wide range of frequencies from daily events right up to

annual occurrences, and even has the option to select whether monthly events repeat on a certain date or on a particular day of a specified week (eg Thursday of week two). The Location option, which is just below Reminder, allows you to add a map to your event, which is brilliant for when you are noting down meetings that are a week or two away; that way, when you get the reminder, all you need to do is glance at the image to remember exactly where you need to be and how best to get there. To get started, give the button a tap and then either use the search bar to fly across to your destination or hit the locate button to zoom in on yourself (Fig 3). Once youve finished setting up your event, it will be added to your Calendar views. If

anything comes up, though, and you find that you need to make a couple of changes, you can simply long-press on the event itself to bring up a number of options. You can then go in and edit it, delete it and start again, or share it with people once its all set. All of these handy settings make S Planner a versatile app that will help you to take control of your life and manage your to-dos.

You can also add the birthdays of your Facebook friends into your calendar
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Learn how to make the most of the best maps application on any mobile device


Scroll around the interface.

Find places by keywords.

Discover places of interest.

Fig 1 (top left): Learn to use the Maps app by moving around the screen using your finger and pinching and expanding your fingers to zoom in and out Fig 2 (top middle): You can grab the bottom-left handle (three lines) to pull out an options menu Fig 3 (top right): The latest update to Google Maps brings live traffic information

Get directions & more

Discover this brilliant feature-packed navigational tool
Access a map anywhere
The Maps app on your Galaxy device is a wonderful tool with a multitude of different uses that extend far beyond what you would probably expect from a mere navigational app. First and foremost, of course, it provides our planet, intricately mapped out in its entirety. Your current position is pin-pointed on the map and you can zoom in or out by pinching or reverse-pinching (Fig 1). If you are looking for a particular place then you can enter keywords or post codes into the search field and you can scroll around the map by moving your finger across the screen, and even intuitively zoom in and out by pinching the screen. Then there are the other functions, most of which are tucked away. The directions feature can be accessed by tapping the icon in the search bar, and the one beside it takes you to your own page where you can see your history, reviews and more. Whenever youre enjoying a day out somewhere, you can explore the area through your smartphone. Give the lower-left icon a tap and a pane will slide out which holds the options for traffic, cycling, satellite and even Google Earth views (Fig 2). The new and updated traffic feature, in particular, is brilliant because the information updates in real time and allows you to plan journeys (Fig 3).

Never get lost again.

Let the app direct you.

See where the heavily congested roads are.

Check in with Latitude.

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Check in
Tell friends where you are

1: Head to Settings
Slide the options panel out and tap Settings, and then Location Settings.

Fig 5: You will bring up an info page packed with options. Tap Directions to find your way

2: Turn on Location
Make sure that Access Location is enabled and the other two are On.

Fig 4: Find a location on the map and then tap to get directions

Ensures you reach your destination quickly and efficiently

Turn your device into a GPS
One cool feature about your phone is that it can be turned into a sat-nav that ensures you reach your destination quickly and efficiently and using it is really easy. Start off by typing a destination or postcode into the search field in Maps and then when the place in question is revealed on the map, tap on it to be presented with a new screen of options (Fig 4). Youll see a host of information about the place, but the icon to the right of the name of the place opens the directional menu (Fig 5). Tapping on this will generate a pop-up menu containing some options, including driving, public transport, cycling and walking

Fig 6: No matter how long or short, your journey will be broken down into simple steps

3: Open Google+
Now head into the Google+ app and tap Check In at the very bottom.

directions. The driving option can provide audio instructions on how to reach your chosen destination, which is ideal for when youre behind the wheel, and also provides step-by-step directions to outline every turn you need to take in your journey (Fig 6). When tapping on a location, the last icon on the screen where you access the directions feature provides more options to view the location in Street View, share it, search nearby and add the location as a contact all of which well come to later in this feature. And remember, to access your phones GPS features on the move you will need to check that they are activated by going to your

4: Choose location
Youll see a list of available locations to check in with. Pick one.

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Add a favourite
Mark your most-loved places
It wouldnt be a Google app without the ubiquitous search bar. As usual, you can also dictate searches using the mic

You can spin the map around by placing two fingers (or a thumb and finger) on the screen and twisting them. Tap this icon to reset the orientation back to north

1: Find the location

Using the search function, find the location of the place on the map.

Options panel
This is the little button that you need to tap in order to display all of the information that used to be in Layers

Find me
Its easy to get lost in Google Maps (when youre exploring, that is!), so just give this a tap to fly back to your current location in a jiffy

2: Tap on the place name

Once you have found the place, tap on its droplet on the map. Settings app and tapping on the Location Services section. your journey to see exactly where you are on the main map and then use the left and right arrows to advance to the next step or go back to the previous step (Fig 4).

Get directions
Long gone are the days when you have to rely on the kindness of strangers to help you out with directions, because these days your phone has got the lot and can help you get to wherever you need to go, anywhere in the world. To get directions in the Maps app, you first need to enter in the name or postcode of the place you need to get to. Tap on the Search Maps field and then enter in the known information (Fig 1). Now tap on the place as it appears on the map and then tap the directions button beside its name (Fig 2). Ensure your start point is your current location and the end point has been determined, and then choose the mode youll be travelling by. Once everything is in place, tap on the Get directions button (Fig 3) and you will be provided with an extensive list of directions that outline every road, every turn and the distance you will need to travel at each stage of your journey. As you follow the list of directions, you can also tap on each part of

Share directions
One of the cool features about the Maps app is that you can discover new places and then share them with your friends. To do this, tap on the name of the place on your map and you will be presented with a screen of options. Look to the main bar of buttons and choose the Share option, then, from the extensive list, choose the medium by which you wish to share the place. If you are using email, for example, then the name of the place will form the subject header and a link to the address will be embedded into the main body text. Once your friends receive these details, they can then open it in the Maps app and then get directions on how to reach you. Its a great way to make your travels more sociable and pass on interesting places as you find them. If you are logged into Google+ then the process is even easier. Simply boot up the Google+ app and then, from the main options

3: Add a star
On the page of options, tap on the Save icon in the centre of the options bar.

4: Easy access
The location will then be marked as a star on the map for easy access.

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Find your location

Discover where you are

1: Search Maps
Explore the map by zooming out, scrolling with your fingers and finding new places.

Fig 1: Use the apps search function to find a location that you would like to get directions to

Fig 2: Once you have found the place, tap the Menu key to bring up a list of options, including one called Directions

Ensure that your start and end points are correct, then select a mode of transport

2: Tap the compass

Tap on the compass icon to jump straight to your current location.

3: Star a location
If you like a place that you have found then tap on it and add a star.

4: Find stars
Fig 3: Ensure that your start and end points are correct, then select a mode of transport and hit Get directions Fig 4: You will be provided with a handy list of step-by-step directions to help you reach your destination

Tap the Menu key and then choose My Places to get a list of your favourites.

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Street View
Add a place to a contact

1: Locate a place
Find the place you wish to add on the map and then tap on its name.

Fig 1: Start typing text into the search field and the app will start throwing out possibilities based on what you type

Fig 2: When you see an option that matches what youre looking for, tap on it in the list to go straight there

2: Open the info

On the information page, tap on Street View button at the bottom (the panorama).

You can also search for places by voice. To do this, tap on the microphone icon

3: Turn around
You can tap the arrows to step around the street as you would on the desktop.

4: Mobile control
With your Galaxy device, though, you can also drag on the screen to look around more freely.
Fig 3: You can also search for places by voice. To do this, tap on the microphone icon in the top corner of the screen Fig 4: When prompted, speak your place name into your phone and, hopefully, it should start searching

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Delete history
Google Earth
If you have the Google Earth app installed on your device then you can tap here to hop across

Get rid of old locations

For those of you wondering what happened, tap here

1: Go to Google+
Head to the Locations page of the Google+ app and tap to open Settings.

Your layers
The information that is prominently displayed here used to be filed under Layers in the old version of the Maps app

2: Location sharing
In the Location Sharing menu, make sure that your toggle is set to On. panel (again, it slides out from the left) pick Locations. On this page youll be able to see the current locations of anyone who is sharing it with you, and theyll accordingly be able to see your own. Alternatively, tap the Check In button at the foot of the main page. device fails to detect the place name that you said, a message will appear saying No matches found, in which case tap on Speak again to try saying the place name again or tap Cancel and try performing the search manually by entering words. Either way, the Maps app will find the place youre looking for and transport you there.

Search a particular area

Exploring your surrounds in the Maps app is a simple process and, as such, you can search for places by entering keywords or post codes and find them in a matter of seconds. To start the process, tap on the search field at the top of the window and then enter in keywords or post codes. If the place exists then you should see it listed before you finish entering the text (Fig 1). In that case, simply tap on it in the list to be transported to the destination (Fig 2). Another cool way to search for places is by voice. To activate this service, tap on the search field once more and then tap on the microphone icon in the top-right corner of the screen (Fig 3). When prompted, speak a place name loudly and clearly into your phone and, if recognised, you will instantly be taken to the place in question on the map (Fig 4). If your

Find out about Places

If you are out and about on a day trip then you can put your phone to work seeking out all of the places of interest nearby not least the best establishments to eat out at or enjoy a refreshing drink. To start commanding your phone to search, tap on the map icon in the top-left corner of the window and then choose the Local option. The next screen will then provide a quick overview of whats in the area and you can narrow your options down by tapping on the icons at the top of the page so that only the places relevant to that particular category are displayed. After your phone throws up options, pick one that you like the look of from the list and youll be taken to a main

3: Enable location history

Return to Maps, go to Location Settings and then tap on Location History.

4: Hit delete
Tap to delete your history. With the options enabled, you can start afresh.

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Your page
You can access this screen by tapping on the profile icon thats just to the right of the search field at the top. This is the hub for the data Maps has on you

Home and work

To make it even easier to find get directions, you can preset your work and home locations in this menu, so that you dont have to search by postcode each time

Recently saved places Recently accessed places

A little different to Recently Saved Places, this list contains absolutely everything that youve searched for recently, which is handy if you cant remember what you found a day or two ago Any places that youve saved recently (by tapping on the place to bring up its information menu and then using the big star button) will be listed here for quick access

This view will transform your standard image into a detailed birds eye view
information page that features the full address, its location on a map, directions on how to get there, the option to phone direct from the app, various reviews and a Street View link. If you like the place after visiting then you can also star it as one of your favourites and subsequently access it quickly and easily from the My Places link in the map menu and share it with other people. additional views available, the first of which is Satellite. This view will transform the standard, somewhat baron perspective, into a detailed, birds eye image as if you were actually looking down on where you are, just like you would in Google Earth. This view is handy for getting your bearings and seeing certain landmarks that may be around you, although it does make minor roads harder to see (Fig 3). The other view, Google Earth, is a fantastic new integration that enables you to hop over to the sister app at the same location that you were in before, with all the benefits of 3D buildings and fancy navigation (Fig 4). Viewing maps in this way is clearer on the eye than the Satellite view and you can use the terrain that is indicated on the map to get your bearings. You can return to the default view at any time simply by hitting your Back key a few times to close down Google Earth and move over into Google Maps again.

Open up Street View

We have a lot to thank Google for. If it wasnt for its army of vans travelling the length and breadth of the world photographing every square inch of terrain, then we wouldnt have arguably the coolest feature of the Maps app Street View. This feature allows you to visit any place and actually stand on the ground and look around, as if you were actually there. To access Street View, you first have to find a location on your map, so search around and then press and hold on a street or place to bring up an address. Once this address has

Use different map styles

If you arent happy using the default view in the Maps app then you can always change it to factor in more detail (Fig 1). To do this, all you need to do is tap on the menu button at the bottom-left and then tap a different view from the list (Fig 2). There are two

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Key traffic info

Check for congestion

1: Hit the traffic

Open up your options panel and give Traffic a tap, right at the top.

Fig 1: The default view is nice and clear, but slightly devoid of detail, dont you think?

Fig 2: Tap on the menu button to see the various views and layers that you can apply to your map

The Terrain view shades in the hills so you can accurately gauge the lay of the land

2: Colourful roads
Roads will, aptly, be traffic-lighted according to how heavy the traffic is.

3: Further info
You can tap on the triangular road sign icons to view specific information about traffic.

4: Get up close
Fig 3: The Satellite view provides a detailed overview of the area in question Fig 4: The Google Earth integration means you can switch over and then see 3D buildings in your chosen area

The traffic info updates in real time and is very specific, so be sure to zoom right in to see it all.

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Find alternates
Get another route with ease

1: Get directions
Use the directions function to get a route map on the screen in front of you.

Fig 1: Tap the Settings button to bring up a whole host of options you can change to improve your Maps experience

Fig 2: You can delete individual items of your maps history if you dont want to remove the whole lot

2: Check route options

Tap the route info at the bottom to open this page, then tap Route Options.

You can also create custom maps to share with your friends and family
loaded, tap on it to bring up the info page, and at the top, you will see an option called Street View. Tap on this and, as if by magic, you will be transported right there. You can now press on the screen and move your finger around to look all around the place you have visited and pinch and expand to zoom in. In the bottom-left corner of the screen you may also notice a small icon representing a person this is Street Views Pegman and you can drag him to any spot at the location to go there. So if you want to move further up the street, drag Pegman there and the view will instantly update. Magic!

3: No tolls allowed
Use the tickboxes to set whether or not you want to avoid motorways and/or tolls.

View My Maps
My Maps is a useful feature of Google Maps that lets you create custom maps to share with your friends and family. One way you can use this is to take an existing Google map perhaps that of your home town or local area and then mark on annotations of places of interest that everyone in your social circle should check out. You cant create these maps through this app, instead you have to log into your Google account on a computer and then

4: Select a route
Below the Route Options youll see alternate routes. Tap on one to select it.
Fig 3: The ability to set home and work addresses makes finding directions very simple

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Get more info

Use Wikipedias knowledge
GPS on
It always advisable to switch your GPS to on when using Google Maps. Switch it off once done, as GPS consumes battery

Youll see a load of small icons scattered across your map these are places of interest that you can tap to learn about

1: Tap the search field

If you scroll down a little after tapping on the search field youll see Explore. Tap it.

Tilt it
As well as being able to pan around and twist the map, you can place two fingers on it and drag up and down to tilt the view

2: Food, drink and more

Youll see a beautifully put together screen offering you a range of things to find.

A map-based social network that makes it easier to find your friends and family
build up your maps through a web browser there is a step-by-step tutorial feature in Google Maps that will take you through the fairly straightforward process. Once you have created your own map, be sure to save it and then it will be stored in your own Google cloud and made available elsewhere like in the Maps app on your Galaxy device! To access your personal maps on your Galaxy smartphone, tap on the Layers icon and then scroll down to the My Maps option and tap on it to select it. Any maps that you have created and saved through your desktop computer will now become available, so tap on one to load it and youll be able to explore it through the application on your phone. so that if they are nearby, you could hook up with them quickly and easily. This hasnt all been done away with, but the majority of this social functionality has migrated across to the Google+ app. If you head over there then you will find that the Locations option from the main menu will bring up a map showing you the current locations of all of your friends, and yourself (if youre sharing), just as the Latitude layer used to do in the last version of this app. Likewise, you can find the Check In button right at the foot of the main Google+ page when you launch it. The loss of Latitude, however, isnt really much of a blow. With the social functions living in Google+ now, the app is much cleaner and more direct. Furthermore, the excellent Explore function has been rolled out, and this more than replaces Latitude as a means of discovering the best new places to eat, drink and shop in the surrounding area. You can access this by tapping the search field.

3: Popular places
Tap on one of the categories and then scroll down to see some popular options.

Learn to live without Latitude

Google Latitude was a fun map-based service that enabled you to see where your friends are at any given moment in time on a map

4: Tap on a link
Once youve found somewhere you like, tap it to see the map view and directions button.

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Take a virtual journey to any location on the planet using the amazing Google Earth app


Some landmarks feature a range of linked images, which you can click on to see A W tag on a landmark takes you to the relevant web page Certain landmarks are shown as a 3D model Move around the world in a natural manner
Fig 1 (top left): You can tilt and pan around the globe by using a series of gestures Fig 2 (top middle): You can cover a large amount of space in a short time by flicking across the screen Fig 3 (top right): To return to your current location, select My Location from the menu

Browse the world

Search the world for your desired location and then zoom in to examine the area in more detail
Explore the world
Navigation in Google Earth is accomplished via a series of gesture movements. For example, the movement of the Earth follows the path of your finger, while a two-finger gesture will adjust the angle of the viewpoint. More specifically, to navigate the globe place one finger on the screen and move it to check out a 360 degree view from that specific point (Fig 1). If you prefer to pan the screen then place one finger on the screen and drag it in the appropriate direction. You can also quickly view a large expanse by flicking the screen quickly (Fig 2). In this way, the screen continues to move with an element of inertia. Looking in other directions, if you want to tiltup, then touch the screen and drag downward.Alternatively, to tiltdown, touch the screen and drag upward. If you want to move the map to your current location, click on theMenubutton and then selectMy Location (Fig 3). Google Earth will fly you to your location and mark your exact point with a blue dot. Finally, it is easy to become rather disoriented when you are moving around the map in complex ways. To reorient yourself on the current map, hit the Menu button and select the Reset To North option.



Touch the screen to enter an information screen Some landmarks trigger a brief aerial circular tour


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Change layers
Show geospatial data

1: Find the Layers button

To access Layers, press the Options button at the top-left of the screen.

Fig 5: Click on the image to activate a location movement or a sequence such as tour

2: Choose your layers

Layers include Places, Businesses and 3D Buildings. Select/deselect any of them.

Fig 4: Enter the Gallery and select the genre of maps from the list situated on the left-hand portion of the screen

With Google Earth, you can view other peoples content

View the Earth Galleries
With Google Earth, you can view other peoples content, produced with the aid of the utility. To do this you will need to click on the options icon, which is situated right up at the top-left of the screen. Select the Earth Gallery from the very bottom of the menu that slides out. To view the Gallery content, press View or click on the screenshot of the content. All of the user-made maps in the Gallery are broken down into categories (Fig 4). You can select other genre types from the adjacent menu. When you are happy with your content selection, click once on it to maximise the content button. Here, you will see a summary

Fig 6: During the tour, spot graphics appear on a menu to provide more details on the location

3: Find more on screen

of what is available. When you click on the content, you may be taken to a location for more detailed viewing or a graphic overlay may provide information on a specific aspect of the area you are examining such as current earthquake activity or you may be given a 3D tour of a location. In Amsterdam, for instance, the content takes you on a tour of significant locations in and around the city. During a tour, you will be flown around from one location to the next, pausing to see the sites en route (Fig 5). Here, additional icons will appear on the map which, upon pressing, will put additional information onto the screen (Fig 6).

Once enabled, you can touch the icons in the main view to see more info.

4: Take a closer look

Zooming in and out may vary the icons that you see for a given area.

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Top bar
Any interface changes can be managed here, such as Layers, the Earth Gallery, My Location and Reset To North. The three dots at the end of the bar will enable you to access the menu on devices without a Menu button built into the hardware

Main window
Here, you will see the map of your chosen location, whatever the scale of that location may be world or local. You can make pinching and spreading movements with your fingers to zoom out and in respectively

The 3D imagery provides an immersive experience as you explore

The yellow stickman enables you to drop into Street View, while the compass above it shows which way north is, depending on how much youve spun your map about

Clicking on the main window icons will trigger additional content such as street views or landmark information. There are several to learn, so be sure to check out the appropriate Help section for a full list of definitions

Pop-up menu
If your map is in the vicinity of a landmark of significant landmark, further pictorial and textual information can be accessed from here

Search and fly

The search icon works in a graphically lovely way. Tap in a destination and watch the world turn under you

See landmarks in 3D
With the latest version of Google Earth for Android, you can see complete 3D representations of buildings and terrain throughout certain metropolitan areas. It has to be said that the 3D imagery provides an immersive experience as you explore, just like the view you would have if you were flying over the city in a helicopter. As you zoom into a location, the buildings and terrain will start to appear in 3D (Fig 1). Once you can see the buildings, you can manoeuvre around them. You can pan, zoom, tilt and rotate to explore the 3D environment (Fig 2). Movement commands are based on gestures. Hence, to pan, place one finger on the screen and drag. To rotate, place two fingers on the screen and twist to spin the view around a centre point on the globe. To zoom in, place two fingers on the screen and

move them apart. Pinch your fingers together to zoom out. To tilt up, touch the screen with two fingers and drag downward. To tilt down, touch the screen with two fingers and drag upward. Its all very intuitive. There is one downside with the attractive 3D feature: it isnt available for all locations. The 3D texturing is being added to more locations all the time, however.

Share a location
With Google Earth for Android, you can share an image of your view with friends via a wide variety of methods such as Facebook, Gmail, Google+, Picasa, SMS and Twitter plus the associated Bluetooth technology. To share an image of your view, touch the Menu button or the More icon in the top menu bar, on the right-hand side of the screen.

A drop-down list of extra options will appear (Fig 3). Now select Share from the list. Be careful to manoeuvre the view into the correct place because, once selected, the software will take a screenshot of the current view. Youll be prompted to select how you want to share an image of your view the screen will change and a list of options will appear on it (Fig 4). When you have decided which sharing method you want to use, press the icon once. You are not committed to select this service if you change your mind, select another service instead. When you are happy, press one of the two buttons at the base of the window. If, for example, you select the Gmail email service, you will then be taken to a new email window and your selected screenshot will already be attached, ready to send. So just complete the details and send your email to share the picture.

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Image quality
How to improve the view

1: Access the More menu

You can access the Image option by pressing the More button.

Fig 1: Zoom into a compatible location and the 2D terrain becomes 3D before your eyes

Fig 2: Gestures are used to tilt, pan, zoom and rotate the view to explore the 3D environment

You can share an image of your view with friends via a wide variety of methods

2: Access the Settings menu

Tap on the Settings option to be transferred to a new menu list.

3: Find Image Quality option

Find the Image Quality selection halfway down. Access the image options.

4: Choose image quality

Fig 3: You can access the Share option by pressing the settings button situated in the top-right corner Fig 4: When you decide upon what service to use to send the screenshot, the icon will be highlighted in blue

A new menu will offer image quality at Low, Medium or High.

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The popular video web service has made social network superstars out of millions of ordinary people, and its easier to use than ever on your Galaxy device


Use it to:

Search and watch millions of videos from all over the world on your smartphone

Shoot and upload videos straight form your device

Fig 1 (top left): The home screen shows all the latest videos that may be of interest to you based on your viewing habits

Watch videos online

The instant broadcasting video service is now on your smartphone. Discover how you can get the best from it
Watch the worlds videos
Anyone familiar with the popular YouTube web service will instantly be able to get to grips with the YouTube app. You simply launch this app from your phones home screen and, using the intuitive interface, be able to do everything you can on the web essentially watch videos clips of just about anything you care to search for. There are two icons at the top of the interface. The YouTube icon will launch your phones Camera app in video mode, so you can instantly point and shoot to capture video to upload straight to the site. The other icon allows you to enter keywords to search for specific videos (Fig 2). This mode also features a voice search, so you can tap the microphone icon and speak keywords into your phone so that it may perform the relevant search the reliability of this feature is somewhat questionable, though. You can watch videos from a variety of categories and this will throw up a variety of possibilities. From there, tap on a video and it will instantly start buffering prior to streaming (Fig 3). You can increase the size of the window by tapping the video screen

Share great finds with your friends easily

Fig 2 (top middle): Enter keywords into the search field to find particular videos

Cast an instant vote to boost or halt trending videos


Provide a little extra feedback on videos

Add your favourite videos to your own playlist

Fig 3 (top right): Tap on a video and, after a few seconds, of buffering it will play. Move your phone to landscape to view to watch it full screen

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Never miss out on a video

1: Find a video
When you find a video you like, scroll down to see the available options.

Fig 5: You can categorise your videos using the side menu

Fig 4: Tap on the More button in the top-right corner and then choose the Save to option to save a video to a playlist

and then read up all of the info that relates to the movie as well as get a list of related videos, watch more videos from the member who uploaded the current one and read the comments left by other users. Its a simple user interface to master that will provide you with endless hours of entertainment on your Galaxy smartphone or tablet.

Make and edit playlists

Creating playlists on YouTube is a great way to tailor your viewing material into an ultimate collection and you can start the process by creating your own YouTube playlist. To do this, press the Menu key while logged into YouTube and then choose My Channel. Then scroll through to the Playlists tab and then choose Create New. Give your playlist a name and it will be set up and ready to add videos to. To add a video to your playlist, tap the

screen while the video is playing to display the playback controls. At the top of the screen are icons, tap More and then Add To and then choose a playlist to save the video to (Fig 4). To view your playlists, press the Menu key and choose My Channel, then scroll across to the Playlists tab and then choose a playlist. You can add other peoples channels too (Fig 5). All of the videos that you added will be displayed as a list and you can tap on an individual video to play it or tap on the Play All option in the top-right corner to play all of them in sequence. You can also add videos to your Favourites list in much the same way. Tap the screen when a video is playing and then tap the More option, now select the Favourites icon to add a video to your Favourites and repeat as many times as you want to compile a list of your best bits.

2: Tap user name

Under the Info tab will be the name of the person who uploaded it, tap on this.

3: Subscribe
Press on the tick located at the top-right of the app to subscribe.

Comment, like and dislike

Everyone gets a voice on YouTube and, to prevent a deluge of dross clogging up the service, you can cast a quick vote on whether you like or dislike a particular video. The vote you cast will be added to the existing

Creating playlists on YouTube is a great way to tailor your viewing material

4: Go to Subscriptions
Press on their Activity tab to see their latest uploads and liked videos.

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Video screen
Your video is best viewed in landscape mode in HD. Tap on the video to access the scrubbing bar, from where you can navigate and pause

Search and share

Search for a video you want using the search icon. Share allows you to share the video on social and other platforms

Comment and Like Related videos

Fig 1: Tap the small arrow to the right of the videos name to expand the info area

Scroll down for a list of all the related videos. Tap on a video if you want to stop your current video and play that one

Click this dropdown to view and add to the Likes, Dislikes and video comments. You can also subscribe to channels

numbers that are displayed next to the title of a video and ultimately prove its popularity. To cast your own vote on a video, ensure that it is shrunk down to display all of the playback controls (Fig 1). Youll see options across the top of the screen that allow you to either Like or Dislike the video (Fig 2). Tap on an option to cast your vote and it will count towards the overall percentage of how many people like the video. You can also leave your own comments on a video, describing what you think of it and leaving praise or ridicule for the member who posted it. To do this, tap on the Comments tab underneath the video and then enter your text in the Respond to this video field (Fig 3). Once you are done, hit Post and your comments will be added to the list.

Share videos
Fig 2: Once the info area is opened out, you can tap the Like or Dislike button

The sheer variety of videos available to watch through YouTube means that some will

Perform the sharing action without having to cut and paste anything
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undoubtedly trigger some sort of reaction when youre watching them. Whether its laughter, disbelief, whatever, your natural response will often be to want to show the video to other people to see what they think and you can. While watching a video, pinch to shrink the screen and youll see the More option in the top-right corner of the viewing window (Fig 4). Tap on this and another row of options will appear underneath. These include Flag, Save to, Favourite, Share and Copy URL. Tap the Share option and a menu of sharing methods will appear, the most popular and direct of which include email, Facebook and Twitter (Fig 5). If you choose the Email option you can send out an email directly from within the YouTube app with the video title as the subject and a link to access the video contained within (Fig 6). Choosing one of the many social network options means that you can perform the sharing action without having to cut and paste anything first, and also without leaving the app, making it very quick and easy to share your favourite YouTube moments with your friends and family. YouTube

Like or Dislike
Cast your vote

1: Shrink video
Press on the arrow just beneath the video to bring up some options.

Fig 3: Enter your thoughts into the space provided and then hit the Post button when youre done

Fig 4: Tap the More button in the top corner of the screen to reveal the option to Share the video

Using a tweet is a quick and easy way to share videos in-app

2: Voting options
You will see buttons to Like and Dislike at the top of the viewing window.

3: Tap to vote
Tap on either option to cast your vote and rate the video.

4: Move on
Fig 5: Using a Twitter tweet is a quick and easy way to share videos in the YouTube app, but you need a Twitter account Fig 6: If you share a video via email then the title of the video will form the header and a link will be embedded in the message

Your vote will immediately updates the Like and Dislikes count below the bar.

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Since the built-in camera is such a high-profile item, the Camera app of any Galaxy device is one of its most important features. Heres a guide to getting the most from it


Many devices enable you to take fantastic images

The image can be zoomed in or out with your finger

Fig 1 (top left): The Camera app is one of the central programs of the Samsung Galaxy experience

Shoot pictures & video

Android allows you to take great pictures and videos by utilising a range of genuinely useful photo features
Shoot photos
The Camera app is, on the face of it, a pretty simple program. Upon further examination, though, it is a quite complex app in its own right, as it features not one but two cameras: one pointing away from you and pointing at you. The camera apps features will be different from Galaxy to Galaxy, but most will include the same or similar features. Were using the Samsung Galaxy S III as our example. To take pictures and videos, you will need to locate and touch the Camera icon, which can usually be found on your main home screen (Fig 1). When Camera opens, taking your first picture is simple; point the camera at your subject. It is best to wait for a second, or touch the screen, so that the cameras automatic focusing facility comes into play (Fig 2). Touch the button at the bottom of the screen and you may see, depending on the surrounding light, the built-in flash spring into life, which will then illuminate the subject just before the photograph is taken. To view the picture youve just taken and any others in the Gallery app, touch the picture in the bottom-left corner, where you can then share them (Fig 3).

Take a picture in widescreen

Video sequences record to the built-in memory

Instant access to the most recent files

Fig 2 (top middle): Point the camera but wait a few moments while the camera focuses. On-screen lines will provide an indication

Some devices use shortcuts

Customise your experience

Fig 3 (top right): When you take your photograph it is automatically stored in the Gallery app for future viewing

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Add GPS tags

Pin down final locations

1: Trigger Location Services

Enter Settings and press the Location Services. Turn all the location options to on.

Fig 5: Pressing the large red button tells the video app to begin the recording sequence

2: Turn GPS tag on

Go to the Camera app and press Settings> Options. Change GPS tag to On.

Fig 4: The Camera app is also available from your App Drawer menu, as well as the home screen

Use the apps zoom facility to take close-up sequences

Once youre finished, back out of Gallery into Camera or open it via your App Drawer (Fig 4).

Fig 6: The longer the video runs, the more memory that you will be using

3: Take a quick picture

Return to your camera screen. Take a picture of your chosen subject.

Capture videos
Most people think of the phones camera and link that with taking photographs but, of course, it can do more than that. One of its secondary duties is the ability to take videos. The default setting for the Camera app is the camera mode itself. You will need to change that to the video mode; tap the photo/video toggle in the bottom-right. Youll notice that the play button changes colour to red.

Touch the red button and the video begins to record (Fig 5). You can see how long the video has been running by monitoring the live clock situated at the top of the screen (Fig 6). Use the apps zoom facility to take close-up sequences. On some devices including the one were using you can spread your fingers on the screen to zoom in, and pinch to zoom out. A box on the screen will appear, telling you how far youve zoomed. Other devices will have a zoom slider function instead, which you can move to alter the zoom level. When you have completed your video, press the red button to stop and store it.

4: View your photo details

Go to the Gallery. Hit the menu button and tap details to find the location.

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Depending on your device, you may have a shortcut bar at the top of the screen. These can be edited to suit your individual tastes

Fig 1: Check which mode you are in a simple yet often-made mistake which can waste time and memory

Photo screen
The centre screen is where the current live image appears, effectively becoming your viewfinder. Tap on an area to auto-focus there

To change the autofocus target, touch the screen

Photo/Video Trigger
The big button, situated at the base and centre of the screen in portrait mode, is the trigger to take images In the bottom-right corner is the option to switch between photo and video mode. Make sure you select the right one before you do anything else

Add effects to photos & videos

To add effects, open the Camera program and then check to see if you are in camera or video mode (Fig 1). Touch the Photo Settings icon (Fig 2). In Flash mode, you can turn the flash off or on for camera and video but also auto for camera. For White Balance in both modes, you can adjust for the type of ambient light in your location: Incandescent, Daylight, Fluorescent or Cloudy. To let the camera adjust automatically, touch Auto. For the Exposure setting in Camera, you can adjust up or down from the automatic exposure reading. To let the camera set the exposure without adjustment, touch 0. For Scene mode, adjust lighting effects to simulate Action, Night, Sunset, or Party; auto lets the camera decide. You can apply quick filters through the options menu in the centre of the top bar, which is a great way of adding some instant warmth to your outdoor shots, and set shooting modes through the Settings menu (Fig 3). Also, in the Camera Settings, you may be able to decide where your location should be stored with each photo that you take, along with the resolution (device dependent). The greater the number of pixels, the higher the

resolution will be and the more storage each photo requires. You can also restore all default settings from here.

Vary your shooting modes

Taking photographs can be done in different ways with different support elements to enhance the process. For example, when in camera mode, you can zoom in or out of the subject by dragging the zoom slider or pinching the screen (Fig 4). To change the auto-focus target, touch the screen. Green brackets appear around the spot you touched, and Camera adjusts the focus and exposure for that location. To take a panoramic photo, make sure Camera is open and in panorama mode (Fig 5). The Panorama frame should be highlighted. Focus on one side or the other of the scene you want to include in the panorama. Touch the shutter button and slowly start panning across the area you want to include in the panorama. When you reach the end of your shot, it will begin to process. The panorama appears immediately and Camera displays a progress indicator while it saves the image. To

Fig 2: The Settings menu offers a wide range of options for both camera and video to suit your photographs and video footage

Fig 3: The Camera Settings allow you to alter features such as the type of resolution you need to use and the shooting mode

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Set the flash

Light up your images

1: Enter the camera mode

To adjust the flash settings, make sure Camera is open and in camera mode.

Fig 4: Youll find that youll need a steady hand, but your Camera apps zoom function is a great way to get up close

Fig 5: The Panorama mode allows you to sweep the camera to encompass a very wide angle image

Continuous mode takes several images rapidly allowing you to pick the best one
view the image, just touch the Gallery apps thumbnail in the lower-left corner. You can now share the photo by touching the Share icon in the top bar of the app, beside the delete button (Fig 6). There are several more shooting modes on newer devices, including Burst/Continuous mode, which takes several images in a short amount of time, and enables you to pick the best one.

2: Open the Photo Settings

To open the Settings menu, touch the Settings icon on the main Camera screen.

Pick up the Camera jargon

One of the hurdles you will have to tackle when utilising the many features of your Camera app is the preponderance of jargon. Some of the jargon involves the type of shots you can take. Panoramic, for example, refers to the very wide angle photograph that Android allows you to take, utilising a panning or tracking shot to achieve the results. Some items of jargon may be familiar to you, such as zoom. Nothing to do with speed, the zoom provides a gradual close-up of your photographic subject while offering the ability to reverse the process. Auto-focus refers to the cameras ability to focus on the subject you are aiming at with your camera. The camera

3: Enter the Flash mode

The setting icons appear. Touch the Flash mode option and a new window opens.

4: Choose your Flash mode

Fig 6: Final images can be shared with your family, friends and colleagues via a host of communication and social networks

There are three choices: Auto, On and Off. Auto will do the hard work for you.

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Both cameras
Use front and back options
Photo settings
Adjust the flash, exposure, white balance, scene settings and camera settings to change where the images are stored and more

Flash mode
The small icon situated at the top bar of the photo screen indicates what flash mode you are currently in


1: Enter camera mode

Before you change camera types, make sure Camera is open and in camera mode.

These are a collection of basic but useful filters for changing the red, green and blue values of photos

Shooting mode
You can take pictures in a number of different ways, including Burst Shot, Best Face, Buddy Share and more

Sending an image has never been easier than via a Galaxy

2: Find the camera change icon

In camera mode, decide which camera you want. The camera facing away is the default. will automatically bring the subject into focus without you having to twiddle any knobs or press switches. Another is White Balance which reflects on the light conditions that you find yourself in (Fig 1). The camera adapts to alter the exposure. Other buzzwords include cross-processing (changing the normal colour selection), posterising (produce an image in a few shades of grey), lomography (emphasised colour) and vignetting (reducing an images brightness or saturation). Scene modes automatically alter the cameras settings, depending on what youre shooting (Fig 2). So if youre shooting in Sports mode the camera will adapt to take high-speed images with little effort. You can email that image via email or post it onto a number of social networking sites such as Facebook. The principal problem when sharing photographs is the size of the things. Its often the case that in-phone cameras have the ability to supply a high quality image. High quality, however, also means large in size. Many Galaxies have the ability to produce high resolution images but the file size for such pictures will not only take a large amount of space, it will take longer to send and receive. Hence, shrinking the size of the image may be a useful option. Enter the Camera mode and click on the Camera Settings menu. Look for a Resolution or Picture Size option (Fig 3). Basically, the lower the resolution the lower the picture file size. On some devices you can also change image quality from the Settings, as well as resolution. To check to see if your image is a decent size to share, go to the Gallery, and check the photo details. It should be between 100-200KB (Fig 4).

3: Change the camera direction

To choose the camera direction press the camera icon up in the top-right corner.

Shoot for sharing

Its often the case that, when you take a photo, youll want to share it. Sending an image has never been easier than via a Galaxy phone.

4: Take a photo of yourself

The screen will change to face you. Press the shutter button to take a photograph.

If youre shooting in Sports mode, the camera will adapt to take high-speed images

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Edit shortcuts
Customise the Camera app

1: Open Settings
Open up your apps settings, and look for Edit shortcuts or something similar.

Fig 1: Light is important in achieving the perfect photo. Your Camera app will help to generate the right lighting conditions

Fig 2: Scene modes enable you to select the best scene for your situation. There are several on offer

Your Android camera app will help you generate the best lighting conditions

2: Your options
Now youre greeted with a list of options. Pick the ones youre most likely to use.

3: Tap, hold, and drag

Drag each icon you want, one by one, and replace the shortcuts that are already there.

4: Tap to use
Fig 3: Look for the Resolution options to change the size of your photograph Fig 4: By changing the resolution, we have turned a 1MB photo into a 113KB one

Now all you need to do is tap your new shortcut at the top of the screen to use it.

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Where do your photos go once you have taken them? Into a stunning Gallery app that is packed full of exciting options, thats where. Here we guide you through it

Tap to enlarge

Send out pictures

Fig 1 (top left): The Gallery app lets you view your photos by album and manage them however you see fit

Manage your photos

We guide you through the versatile photo management app
Open the Gallery
When you take pictures on your phone they will appear in your Gallery app and, through this feature-packed versatile app, you can manage your images and share them across a variety of mediums. When you open your Gallery app, you will be presented with a collection of albums that include images that you have taken through the Camera app, downloads, screen captures, as well as all of the photos that you have uploaded to your Google Picasa account (Fig 1). Tap on an album to open it and view all of the images inside. Then by tapping the Menu key youll be able to start sharing or deleting images. By tapping on individual images you can then tap on the More option to bring up a full menu of additional features, including options to set an image as a home screen wallpaper or assign it as a contact, print it and even perform basic edits on the image (Fig 2). The Gallery app is an essential place to visit when sorting back through your images as you can view your photos by the date on which they were taken or, if you have your phones location services enabled, via the

Perform basic edits

Arrange by date or location

Sync your images with Google Picasa

Fig 2 (top middle): Perform basic edits to your photos, such as crops and rotations

Sit back and view your images in a slideshow

Send out pictures quickly and easily

Fig 3 (top right): The cvommon sharing options like Dropbox, Bluetooth and Google Drive are featured at the head of the list

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Assign a photo
Add a face to your contact

1: Open the image

Open the photo that you want to assign, hit the Menu key and select Set As.

Fig 5: Once you select a means, such as email, your images can be fired off and shared within seconds

2: Tap Contact Photo

Tap on the Contact Photo option up in the top-left hand corner of the dialog.

Fig 4: If you want to highlight multiple images to share then long-press on one inside a folder to reveal checkboxes to select them

It is also incredibly simple to share your pictures with other people

location they were taken at, meaning that youll always be able to find photos and be presented with a wide array of options to see the date they were taken and general stats. Every devices Gallery app is different, but most features described in this piece should still apply to yours.

Fig 6: Choose the options setting to have a look at the details regarding the image or album

3: Choose a contact
Scroll through your Contacts app until you find the person you want.

Share images
The seamless integration of cameras into smartphones has meant that snapping events has never been easier. And by association, with your phones numerous connection methods,

it is also incredibly simple to share your pictures with other people (Fig 3). To do this, open your Gallery app after taking pictures and then tap on the album that contains the pictures you would like to share by default, your main Camera album will be displayed in the top-left corner of the screen. Once you have done this, find a photo that you want to share and long-press on it (Fig 4). As soon as you have done that, you should notice some little tick boxes appear in the top-right corner of each photo. Tap on each photo that you would like to share so that the tick box becomes highlighted, and then tap on the

4: Resize and save

Move the blue box around to resize your images and then tap Save when done.

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Your camera pics
All of the images that you take on your phone will be stored in a section called Camera. Tap on an album to display the images within

Launch Camera
You can launch your Camera app from within your Gallery app by tapping on the camera icon handy if a photo moment rears its head suddenly

Fig 1: On your computer, you can upload images to your Picasa account simply by dragging and dropping

Picasa pics
Images synced to your Picasa account will also be viewable through the Gallery app, making it a great one-stop for all your image needs

Downloaded assets
Any media, such as pictures or movies, that you download from the internet will also be displayed in your Gallery app

Fig 2: You can also upload images to Picasa straight from your phone. Press the Menu key, tap Share via and Picasa

Share Via option that can be found right at the bottom of the screen. You will now be provided with a list of possible ways to share your images, which include Google Drive, Dropbox, Skype, Wordpress or good ol email. Select your desired means and youll be able to fire off your hand-picked images within seconds (Fig 5, page 115). If you want to check the size of the image to make sure that its small enough to fit inside an MMS, for example, just tap the Menu key and then scroll right to the bottom to find the Details option, which will provide you with this information and a bit more besides (Fig 6, page 115).

Sync with Picasa

You may be familiar with Picasa. It is a web-based photo storage and sharing facility owned by Google that allows you to effortlessly upload your images to the web and share them with other people. Its a popular app, and its easy to see why. The good news is that if you are using an existing Google account on your phone, then you will automatically be connected to

your Picasa account and the two will sync, without you having to lift a finger, whenever changes are made. You can monitor this easily by logging into your Google account on a computer, clicking on Photos and then uploading images (Fig 1). Seeing as the Gallery app on your phone will display your Picasa albums, as well as the images that are on your phone, within a minute or so it will sync with Picasa and the new images that you uploaded on your computer will appear on your device. Naturally, its a two-way system, and you can upload images to your Picasa account straight from your phone. To do this, open the album that the image resides in and then tap the Menu key. Tap the image to select it and choose the Share via option (Fig 2). You will be presented with a list of sharing options, so choose Picasa to upload your image.

Organise images
The Gallery app is useful when sorting through your images as it allows you to view them by date or location. By default, the Gallery app will organise your images into albums, usually based on their source (Fig 4).

Fig 3: You can also give your uploaded images captions to tell your friends what they are seeing

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Email an image
The fastest way to share

1: Locate image
Open the Gallery app and locate the image that you would like to share.

Fig 4: You will find that your photos will turn up in a Camera folder, while other images will bein WhatsApp Images, etc.

Fig 5: Group your images together in various different ways to organise them the way you want

Move the slider and all of the images within the album will be arranged by date
However, from the main screen of the Gallery app you have the option to scroll through a couple of different folder view options. If you tap on the drop-down in the top-left, which should say Albums, youll be able to choose to view your images by date, location and even the people tagged inside them. To view images by locatio, however, you will need to have your location options enabled in the main settings.. To do this, go to your Settings app and then tap on Location and Security. Ensure that all of the options under My location are ticked and then go ahead and take photos (Fig 6). Now your images will be arranged by location. When viewing an image, tap on the photo number at the top of your phones screen to display the name of the image and you can also press the Menu key and then More to get details of the image. Tap on Details and you can see the date it was taken as well as the location.

2: Tap Menu key

When the image is open, tap the Menu key and then choose Share via.

3: Choose email
Select the Email option from the list of sharing possibilities.

View slideshows
Every artist needs to sit back and marvel at their work occasionally, and you can also
Fig 6: Ensure that the various location services are activated to sort your images by location

4: Send email
The image will then be automatically attached to an email. Send it as normal.

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Crop an image
Eradicate clutter

Image options
When you open an image and tap your devices Menu key, various options will be available, including ones to share and delete

1: Open an image
Open your Gallery app and then locate the image that you wish to edit.

Edit images
You can perform basic editing by tapping on More and choosing options such as Crop and Rotate left or Rotate right

2: Press Menu key

Hit the Menu key and scroll down to find the Edit option, usually about half-way down. impress other people by turning your phone into a digital picture frame that will steadily scroll through your photos. Creating a slideshow is easy to start the process, open an album of photos and then press the Menu key on your handset. Three options: Share via, Delete and More will appear at the bottom of the screen and little tick boxes will appear over each image that you have selected (Fig 2). Tap on the images that you want featured in the slideshow so that little green ticks appear and then tap on the apps More option. In the menu that appears up the rightside will be the Slideshow option (Fig 3) tap on this and the slideshow will immediately kick in. As the slideshow is playing, the app will slowly zoom in on your selected images and then subtly blend them into each other to great, artistic effect. Its a great feature. Your slideshow will loop by default, creating an endless flow of photo mastery, but you can call a halt to the proceedings at any time by pressing the back button, which will take you back to the main Gallery and allow you to choose different images to feature in your next slideshow (Fig 5).

3: Crop image
Choose the Crop option from the menu and then position the guidelines.

4: Save image
When you are done, tap Save to complete the cropping process.

Fig 1: At any point you can make an album offline by simply selecting it from the main Galllery screen

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Delete images
How to remove pictures

1: Open an album
Launch your Gallery app and then tap on an album to open it.

Fig 2: When opening albums you will see a slider in the top right-hand corner of the screen

Fig 3: Tap on the More menu and choose the Slideshow option, then sit back and enjoy the show

Choose the Slideshow option, then sit back and enjoy the show

2: Press Menu key

Press the Menu key and then tap the image or images that you wish to delete.

3: Tap Delete
Once the images have been highlighted, tap on the Delete option.

4: Confirm delete
Fig 4: Your selected images will then scroll through and the app will stylishly zoom in and out Fig 5: The slideshow will loop, so press the back key to abort the process and return to your albums

Finally, confirm that you wish to delete the image and it will vanish.

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Unleash your creativity with this app that combines photography with effects and artistic fun


Choose from 34 effects Use the in-app camera Select a pic from your Gallery Colour in with a paintbrush Pencil in a message Fix mistakes as you work Send your image to others

Fig 1 (left): Use the help option to remind you of what features are available in Paper Artist and what they do Fig 2 (middle): For Real is the most realistic filter available, adding an extra touch of colour and an artistic edge Fig 3 (right): Old Poster imitates aged paper and has a rusty twist that looks fantastic on portraits


Create an artistic photograph

Use Paper Artists effects to give your image a creative edge
Experiment with fun effects
Paper Artist is a fun and additive app that gives you the tools to turn an ordinary photo into a really creative image. All its features are there on the screen. Tap the Menu button, then Help to view labels on each feature of the app to familiarise yourself with it (Fig 1). Many effect options are available, shown at the bottom of the screen swipe left to see them all. Tap each one to get an idea of what the effect will look like. Options range from the very bright and sunny For Real filter through to a more subdued look called Old Poster (Figs 2 & 3). Different images will suit some options better than others. When using the camera function in Paper Artist, you can see what the image looks like with a certain filter at the same time as you



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Edit an image
Add some flair to a photo

1: Choose an image from your Gallery

Fig 5: Use the pencil tool to write a message on your image; it offers different sizes

Tap the upper left-hand icon and select an image from your device.

2: Start getting creative

Choose an effect, add colour and finish with a border.

Fig 4: Tap the brush icon to select a brush size and use your finger or the S Pen to add colour to your image

Fig 6: Select the eraser tool to undo text or colouring in the image

snap it. While the camera is live, tap through the options to see the same scene in lots of different shades.

Add creative touches

You can add an image to the Paper Artist app by either adding one from your Gallery or by snapping one with the in-app camera. Once youve got your image and youve added your chosen effect, there are still plenty of tools to play around with. The first tool is the paintbrush, which you can use to add colour to your chosen image either by using your finger or an S Pen if you have one. Tap the brush icon to choose different size brushes(Fig 4).

The next option along is a pencil tool thats good for adding text to an image if you like, or to redraw lines in the image. Like the brush tool, you can tap to reveal different-size pencils and choose one suitable for the job (Fig 5). Drawing freehand can be quite difficult so youll need an eraser tool in case you make a mistake. Select this tool from the top, then draw over your mistake to get rid of it. The app has no undo button, so the eraser is your best bet(Fig 6). Add a border to your edit by using the drop-down menu and selecting an option that suits you image and effect. As well as the solid borders youll also find negative borders that give images a nice casual washed-out feel and add a nice touch.

3: Save your edited image

Tap the save icon from the top bar to save your image to your Gallery.

4: Share with your friends

Post to Facebook or Instagram with the Share option.

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Discover how to access the worlds most popular social network through your Android device. Get connected, find friends and chat freely with this versatile app



Post your thoughts

Find old or new friends

Fig 1 (left): You are able to log in to an existing Facebook account, or create a new one using the app

Connect with friends

Enjoy the benefits of Facebook on your phone with the awesome free app. Here we guide you through it
Sign up and log in to Facebook
Since Facebook is the most popular social networking service in the world, chances are that you already have an account but even if you dont, the free app that you can download for your Android device allows you to create one. After downloading and launching the app, the first screen will invite you to log in using your email address and password (Fig1). If you have an account, you will know these and will be able to enter them by tapping on the respective field. However, if you dont have an account, you need to tap on the Sign Up for Facebook option at the bottom of the page and then go through the steps required to create an account. If you need to log out of your Facebook account at any time from your phone, tap on the list icon in the top-left corner of the window and then scroll down the list to the Account section. When you tap on this. a floating menu will appear; tap on the Logout option and a message will appear stating that all of your personal information will be removed from the phone (Figs 2 & 3). Tap on Yes and your account will be removed.

Send free text messages

Download free games to play against your friends

Let others know where you currently are

Fig 2 (middle): Tap on Account and then choose Logout from the pop-up menu to sign out of your Facebook account

Post pics from your gallery or take new ones in-app

The free widget makes Facebook more intuitive

Fig 3 (right): When logging out, a message states that all of your data will removed from the phone

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Privacy settings
Reveal the info you want to

1: Tap list icon

From the main Facebook interface, tap on the list icon at the top left.

Fig 5: You can update your status from practically anywhere in the app

2: Scroll down to Account

Scroll down to the bottom of the list to find an option called Account. Tap on it.

Fig 4: You can check your existing details by accessing your profile and tapping on the various categories

You can add as much or as little info as you want to your profile
Edit your profile
When setting up your Facebook account, you can add as much or as little information as you want to your profile. Obviously, the more you add, the more chance there is of old friends and family being able to track you down. However, many like to keep their personal details, such as date of birth, under wraps through fear of identity theft. If you wish to edit your profile whether its for adding details or removing them tap on the list icon in the top-left of the interface and then tap on your name, which will be displayed at the top of the activity column. This will take you

Fig 6: You can add photos to posts, by choosing them from your gallery or by taking them in-app

3: Choose Account Settings

From the pop-up menu, choose Account Settings and then tap on Privacy.

through to your profile page that displays your recent posts, as well as photos and friends. Tap on the About section and youll be able to see the personal details, including your work and educational background, that you have added so far (Fig 4). If you wish to edit your details, press the list button again and then scroll down to the bottom where you will find a section called Account. Tap on this and then choose Account Settings from the popup menu; now you can tap on the various sections and edit the information contained within, as well as tinker with the settings of your Facebook app.

4: Edit your options

View the privacy policies, then review your information by tapping on Edit Settings.

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Customise your settings
App options
The list icon will access all of the options that relate to Facebook, including your profile, apps, groups, friends and more

Check in
If you want to use your phones location services to geotag your current position, then tap on the Check In icon and let your friends know where you are

1: Press the list icon

While in the main Facebook interface, press the list button in the top-left corner.

Updating your status

If you want to post a comment or thought on Facebook, tap this icon and then write what you want and post it online

The icons at the top of the window notify you when you have received new messages, friend requests, comments and likes

2: Tap on Account
From the list, scroll down to the bottom and tap on the Account section.

Navigate Facebook
The Facebook app interface has been designed for ease of use and with just a few quick taps of the screen you can update your current status, upload a photo, geotag your current location and know the minute that someone sends you a friend request, a message, or comments on your status. When you first log into the Facebook app, your screen will display your News Feed, which is all of the comments and pictures posted by your friends. To start with, you can share your status with Facebook by tapping on the Status button and then entering some text (Fig 5, previous page). If you wish to add a photo, you can tap the camera icon for this purpose after which your phones Camera app will be launched and youll be able to take and upload an image without leaving the Facebook app, or choose an image to upload from your photo gallery (Fig 6, previous page). The third main option, Check In, allows you to geotag your location so friends know where you are handy for when others are in the area and you fancy meeting up. The only other thing you need to know about the interface is what the icons at the

top represent. From left to right, these will notify you when you get a friend request, a message or when someone has commented or liked your activity.

Search for and add friends

There are two ways to find friends in the Facebook app, both of which are accessible by pressing the list button at the top left. After pressing this, youll see a Search field at the top of the column, into which you can input a name or other keyword (Fig 1). The app will then throw back a list of people who match the search criteria and you can add them to your friends list simply by tapping the + icon next to their name. Another way to find friends is by scrolling down the column until you come to the Find Friends option (Fig 2). This will present an extensive list of people based on your current friends list so it will comprise friends and acquaintances from the friends lists of your friends! If that still doesnt throw up possible people to add to your own list, there are a couple of other options: Find Friends on your Phone searches the contacts database on your

3: Choose App Settings

From the pop-up menu, tap App Settings and scroll down to Notification settings.

4: Choose your settings

Tap on the various options to enable the notifications and press Back when done.

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Checking in
Tell friends where you are

1: Check in
From your main Facebook interface, tap on the Check in option at the top.

Fig 1: To start searching for friends, tap on the list icon and then enter keywords into the search field

Fig 2: You can also search for friends based on places you have worked and schools you have been to

There are plenty of extra options available to you when updating your status
phone for possible matches, while Other tools searches school and work organisations that you have frequented. So there are lots of options in place to help you find long-lost friends and pack your Facebook app out with a wealth of names, many of which you would probably never even consider emailing. Remember though: keeping a small, culled group of friends is all the rage these days.

2: Choose a location
All of the places nearby will appear in a list; tap on the one that matches.

3: Add a message Update your status

This is what Facebook is all about saying whats on your mind and sharing your thoughts and feelings with your friends and family. As this is such an important feature, it takes a very prominent place in the app and can be accessed from your profile page or news feed (Fig3). To update your status, tap on the Status button and a new window will appear that asks Whats on your mind?. Type your text into the field provided and then hit Post to share it with the world. It is also worth knowing that there are plenty of extra options available to you when updating your status, which are represented by icons at the bottom When checking in, add a status update to say what you are doing at this place.

4: See whos around

Fig 3: To start updating your status, simply tap on the Status link within the news feed or on your profile page

Check if any of your friends are nearby by tapping the list icon and choosing Nearby.

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Set a login code
Make your account secure
News Feed
To return to your news feed from any page, simply open up the menu panel and then give this icon a tap to head over there

Menu panel
Tapping the menu icon provides you with a wealth of options relating to your account, including News Feed, Messages and Events


1: Tap on the list icon

From the main Facebook interface, tap on the list icon in the top-left corner.

This link takes you to Facebook Messenger, also available as its own app. Its worth it for Chat Heads

Whos nearby? Pages

Helpfully, the app lists your Liked pages and shows any recent updates to them, so you can keep tabs easily If you opt to Check In, then you will geotag your current location. Tapping the Nearby option from the list will provide updates on where your friends are

2: Select Account
Scroll down and select the Account option at the bottom of the list.

3: Choose Code Generator

From the pop-up menu that appears, choose the Code Generator option.

of the window. The first option lets you tag in a friend, if any from your list are with you; the second option lets you tag a location of where you are; the third option lets you attach a photo (that you can pick from your photo gallery or take in-app through your phones camera); and the fourth option lets you choose an audience which can be everyone on your friends list, a select few, or only you. You arent limited to a certain number of letters like some other social networks we could mention, so go ahead and write what you want.

be taken through to the Google Play store where you will be presented with all of the app versions of the games that you can play through Facebook (Fig1). Browse the list and it will even tell you which of your friends play and use each app. When you see an app you like the look of, tap on the Play option and then you will go through the process of downloading and installing the app on your phone as normal. Once the app has been installed, it will be added to the Apps list within the Facebook app and you will be able to open and play it from there.

Find and play games

As well as being a social hub to stay in the loop of the lives of all your friends, Facebook enables you to take them on at various games and post their humiliation all over the internet. There are loads of games that can be played through Facebook and finding games to play really couldnt be easier. Start off by tapping the list icon in the top-left corner of the app interface and then scroll down to the Apps section. At the top of this list is an option called App Centre, select this and you will

Start a Facebook Chat

One of the best features of Facebook is the way in which you can get in touch with your friends and family through the app instantly, using the Chat feature. This allows you to chat away freely for free and conduct quick and instant conversations. To start using this feature, press the list icon in the top-left corner of the window and then scroll down to the Apps section. Here you will see an option called Chat; select this and you will be presented with a list of all of your friends who

4: Activate the service

Tap on Activate and then follow the procedure to protect your account.

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Block a user
Stop people bothering you

1: Tap on Account
Tap on the list icon and scroll down to the Account section.

Fig 1: You will be taken to the Google Play service where all compatible games will be listed

Fig 2: Your chat conversations will be arranged in a neat window so that theyre easy to track

Finding games to play is easy

are currently online (indicated by a green dot). Select a person and then enter a message into the field provided. When you are done, hit Send and your message will be displayed in a two-way list that will be added to with each new addition to the conversation (Fig 2). You can also attach photos to your conversations, as well as your current location. To engage in group conversations, tap on New Group Conversation at the top your friends list when you select the Chat option and then enter the names of all of the people you wish to include in the field at the top of the message. You can then write your message as normal and hit Send so that it is relayed to all of the intended recipients in the group.

2: Choose Account Settings

From the pop-up menu that appears, choose Account Settings.

Fig 3: To install a widget, press and hold on a space on your home screen and then select the Widgets menu

Use the Facebook widget

An even quicker and easier way to use your Facebook app is through the free widget that comes with it. To add this widget to one of your devices home screens, scroll left or right through your various home screens and then press and hold on an empty space. From the menu that appears, choose Widgets and swipe through until you come to the

Facebook one and then tap on it to add it to your home screen (Fig 3). Through the widget you can instantly update your status by tapping on the Whats on your mind? field, entering some text and hitting the Share button. The widget will also stream in your news feed, providing one status update from one of your friends in the window. You can cycle through news feeds by tapping the left or right arrows at the bottom of the widget. So, although the majority of the Facebook features arent accessible through the widget, you can keep your friends in the loop of what youre up to and, in turn, see what they are up to. And if you want to access more of Facebooks features quickly, then simply tap on the Facebook logo within the widget and it will instantly launch the app.

3: Go to Privacy settings
Tap on Privacy and then scroll down to Blocked People & Apps.

4: Block people
Tap Manage Blocking and then enter names and email addresses.

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Add the free Google+ app to your Android device to get a whole new social network for you to explore, which also adds some great new features



Share with your friends

Get involved with Androids favourite social networking app
Create and edit your profile
Fig 1 (left): You can use an existing Google account or create a new one Fig 2 (middle): Choose who you want to add to a Hangout

Upload links, photos and videos to share online Search Google+ to discover new content online


Instant messaging with friends and other users

Enjoy video conversations with friends

Google+ can display posts from local users

Invite other users to your own events

Fig 3 (right): The app will suggest some initial people and groups to begin

Google+ has been around for a while now, offering users new and improved ways of contacting their friends, while also using the Hangouts feature to start free video chats. This means that anyone with a Samsung device can jump straight into Google+ by using the Google account credentials on their device. If your Google account isnt already connected to Google+, it can become a part of the social network during the app setup. Some newer Samsung devices will have Google+ installed by default, but if this isnt the case for your own device, it is simply a case of downloading it from Google Play.

Once the app is installed, run it and then select the Google account that we created earlier in the Settings tutorial (Fig 1). The app will then search for contacts to add; its exactly the same process for the Hangouts feature, which now has a separate app icon. (Fig 2). Once your account is connected to Google+, the app will suggest some people for you to follow in order to help get you started (Fig 3). If you see someone youd like to connect with, tap the + icon next to their name. Google+ will then open up a new screen asking which Circle (filed under People in Google+) youd like to place them in. Highlight a Circle and select OK.

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Create a post
Share your thoughts

1: Tap the Share a post icon

The speech bubble icon or the Write button are used for posting.

Fig 5: You can send posts with people outside your Circles

2: Type your post

Type your message; the icon in the top right sends the post to Google+.

Fig 4: Google+ allows you to create and name circles so you can keep track of people that you follow

Circles are the main advantage of Google+ over competitors

Manage your Circles
Circles are the central mechanic of Google+: mastering them is the key to getting the most out of it. Circles are essentially groups of contacts that are chosen by the user (Fig 4). By default the app creates Circles based on suggestions such as Family, Friends and Acquaintances. To create your own Circle, press the Peoples tab on the main screen (Fig 5). From here you can and manage your Circles and add new additions to them (Fig 6). Circles are one of the main advantages of Google+ over other social networks, and they provide you with easy control over precisely who sees your posts and when.

Fig 6: Add new people to your circles to control who sees your posts

3: Choose your Circles

Decide which Circles will see your post by tapping the Your Circle + icon.

Say, for example, that you had a rather risqu post which your friends would find hilarious; you may not want to have your parents or people from your workplace see it. With Google+, the post can be sent just to your Friends Circle. This means that only those people in that Circle will see that particular post, while any other user will be none the wiser. Beyond controlling what you share, Circles can also be used to decide what kind of content you would like to view yourself. The main interface includes a drop-down menu that lists any Circles you have set up. Select a Circle and the posts from that group will appear on your device.

4: Add a photo
Photos can also be added to a post via the camera or photo gallery.

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The G+ icon
The G+ icon opens the main dashboard. This contains links to your profile, photos and other important aspects of Google+

Refresh your news feed

The refresh icon can be found towards the top right. Tap it to load new posts into your news feed

Search Google+ posts

Scroll downwards to search through your posts, where you can also +1 and share them

Creating posts
The four main icons are used for sharing posts, photos, your current location or your mood with your friends on Google+

The All Circles stream also includes posts currently getting a lot of attention
View the content stream
The stream is the main flow of information in Google+. Its here that your interactions with other users take place. By default the app opens your All Circles stream (Fig 1). This includes posts from users who have either shared specifically with you, or shared with groups youre within. The stream also includes popular posts that are currently getting a lot of attention on Google+. Its also possible to focus on a single post by simply tapping on a specific post you come across. Tapping on a post opens it up inside a screen of its own. If a photo has been shared with a post, this will take up the majority of the space (Fig 2). The post itself and any other comments can be viewed by dragging them up from the bottom of the screen. You can add your own comment to a post by tapping the Add a comment dialog box below the comment window. If you like a particular post, you can +1 it by tapping the greyed-out button next to the details of the original poster. This is the Google+ equivalent of Facebooks Like button. Posts can also be shared with your own friends via the arrow icon at the top of the screen. are shared with other users on the Google+ social network. Auto-backup can be activated either when Google+ is initially started or by going into the Settings menu and then selecting the Autobackup option (Fig 3). This feature works with video and photos alike, and the upload via Wi-Fi only option is ideal for users with limited data plans on their mobile network (Fig 4). Uploaded photos can be viewed from the app by tapping the G+ icon and selecting Photos from the side-loading menu. This opens up your online photo albums; tap an album and the photos inside it will be displayed. The photos within an album can also be removed or used for other purposes. To do this, tap on a photo and then press the menu icon. This will bring up a number of options including deleting the image or saving to the device as wallpaper.

Manage your photos

Google+ is capable of having an active relationship with both the photos taken on a device and also with those already stored on it. The main aspect of this is Auto-backup, a feature that uploads any new or existing images to Google+. When Auto-backup is activated, any new images are sent to a private folder titled Auto-backup within your Google+ account. Once these photos have been uploaded they will remain private until they

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+1 a post

How to like a post

1: Find what you like

Scroll through your news feed until you see a post that you like.

Fig 1: The default stream lets you track the latest posts made by your family and friends.

Fig 2: Tap a post to open it. If it includes a photo, this will be the initial focus of the post

The +1 feature is the Google+ equivalent of Facebooks Like

2: The +1 button

Tap the +1 icon towards the right side of the post in order to +1 it.

3: Change to red

The icon will now turn red to signify that it has been +1d.

4: Re-share with friends

Fig 3: You can use the Auto-backup feature in Google+ for both photos and videos Fig 4: You are able to embed videos in your posts by linking them directly from YouTube

Tap the arrow icon to re-send the post to your friends.

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Edit G+ notification settings
Profile settings
The Profile section in the main menu includes your recent posts and shows how your profile appears to other users

Tap here to find out events in your Google+ People. You can also sync from Google Calendar

1: Access the Settings menu

From the home screen, tap Menu>Settings. The Notifications section is at the top.

Here you can find people with similar opinions and hobbies like yours to share your thoughts

The main menu also includes your notifications. Drag the menu upwards to see the list of your most recent updates

2: Choose your alert type

Use the Settings menu to apply a ringtone, vibration or neither of these.

Start video Hangouts

Hangouts are a standout feature of Google+. A hangout is an online video chat session that can take place between yourself and up to nine other users. On the desktop version of Google+, the main screen is taken up with the current talker while the bottom row contains a strip of the other participants. Google+ is also capable of automatically switching the main view between whoever is talking at the time. The mobile version of hangouts is a slightly more stripped down affair, but it still contains the same approach. The main caveats with Video Hangouts are whether your device is capable of performing the task and whether your network can handle the bandwidth. With regards to handsets, you will need to ensure that you have at least Android 2.3 installed on your device. More importantly, itll require a front-facing camera to facilitate the video call process. If these features arent available then Google+ will not include the video hangout options in the main menus. To begin a Hangout, tap Hangout from the G+ menu and search for the person that youd like to chat with. As soon as youve found them, press Start Hangout to begin the video call (Fig 1). Make sure you send out an invite to any contact you want to include in the Hangout (Fig 2).

Understand Communities
Although there are a ton of new posts to discover by simply venturing onto your Google+ stream, one area you should make sure to check out is the Communities tab. This is where youll find various groups and topics of interest to follow. These topics are all filled with like minded people who enjoy the same thing and you can create posts around them. Following a specific community is easy enough and all you need to do to find a community is to search for them within the Communities tab, which can be accessed through the side menu. When you first open up the Communities tab, youll find the groups that are most recommended to you, but unless youre an avid user of Google+, these recommendations will largely be pointless (Fig 4). Instead youll want to scroll through the various topics and follow things you really are interested in. When you then venture back on to your daily stream, youll regularly see posts that were created within your Communities. If at any point you want to unfollow a specific community, no problem simply head over to their dedicated page and then hit the unfollow button. From then on in, you wont receive any posts from them in the future and your stream will become just that little bit clearer for the time being.

3: Choose what alerts are sent

Tag the Google+ events that you wish to be notified about, and turn off those you dont.

4: Switch off all notifications

If youd rather have no alerts at all, just flick the switch at the top of the screen.

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Best streams
Get the news that you need

1: The drop-down menu

Next to the G+ icon is the stream menu; on some devices it may be in the Home menu.

Fig 1: When youre ready to go hit Start Hangout and you will be placed into the conversation

Fig 2: You will need to make sure to invite people to your video hangout

Hangouts are online video chat sessions where you can chat with up to nine users

2: Select a People group

Use the People menu to see the latest posts made by your friends.

3: Whats hot on Google+

The Whats hot stream is a great way of finding new content and other Google+ users.

4: Google+ users in your area

Fig 3: You can see a history of all the messages and videos you created Fig 4: Use the Communities tab to find new groups and topics that are of interest to you

The nearby stream highlights public posts by other users in your area.

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Change the way you chat, call and message your Google contacts with this free service that takes video calls to a very stylish new place


Use it to:
Speak to your friends for free Add up to ten friends to one conversation Message friends even if theyre not logged on Share photographs Conversations sync across your devices Be left alone when busy


Fig 1 (top left): When you first launch the app, your history will be empty as it wont carry over chats from Talk Fig 2 (top middle): See a list of your regular Google contacts available to chat with in the new Hangouts app Fig 3 (top right): Invite contacts that arent yet using Hangouts to connect with you and your friends

Make video calls to contacts and message at no cost

Learn the Hangouts interface
Hangouts is the replacement for Google Talk and it comes with exciting new features and a slick new design. Like Talk, the app allows you to have conversations with contacts on your Google account, but you can now also contact those in your Google+ circles. Upon launching the app youll see all your current Hangout conversations none are carried over from Talk so if youve just updated the app, this will be empty (Fig 1). Swipe left to view your Google contacts, including those youre connected to through Google+ (Fig2). Scroll down the contacts screen to reveal all the contacts stored on your phone. If someone is not on Google, tap their name and then send an invite SMS or email (Fig3). To start chatting with a contact, tap their name and then choose Message or Video Call. If the contact isnt online theyll receive your message when they log on. Use the keyboard to type a message in the chat screen. The latter comes with a host of custom emoticons you can use. You can also add images by

Chat with friends



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Video calling
Start a video chat

1: Search for friend

Type the name of the contact you want to call in the top bar of Hangouts.
Fig 5: Open the Archived Hangouts folder to view old conversations

2: Tap the call

Tap the green video icon to commence a video call.

Fig 4: Start a group conversation by adding multiple contacts and then sending one message or calling them all simultaneously

Fig 6: Set a snooze on notifications to give you a break from calls and messages

tapping the camera and either shooting an image within the app or attaching one from your Google+ images or Gallery.

Customise the settings

The most useful function in chat is the ability to connect with up to ten friends at once. To start a group chat, swipe to the contacts screen and add as many contacts as you want to interact with. Any messages that you send will go to everyone at once and any replies you receive will be displayed to the entire group (Fig 4). Once youve completed a conversation, you can archive it to keep your conversations screen neat and easier to navigate. To archive, open a conversation and

then tap the Menu button on your device and tap Archive. The conversation will be moved to a separate archive folder (Fig 5). Delve into the Settings menu to set up how you want to app to work by tapping the Menu button on your device from any screen and then choosing Settings. Because your smartphone is constantly on, youll be available for Hangout calls at all times. To give yourself a break, switch on the Snooze notification setting, which lets you specify an amount of time you wish to be left alone for. Choose up to 72 hours without notifications (Fig 6). In Settings, customise who can contact you in Hangouts by defining your circles. For example, you could opt to only be contacted by Friends and Family and not Acquaintances.

3: Wait to connect
Itll ring until the other party picks up; if they dont theyll get a missed call.

4: Connect and talk

When they pick up, you can talk and use the settings to tweak volume.

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Add buddies, get chatting and start sharing using Samsungs ChatON, an app that connects all your friends in one place


Use it to:
Add contacts from your device


Fig 1 (left): Locations or event info that is sent to buddies will open up in the appropriateapp Fig 2 (middle): Doodles are broken up into sections to create an animation that your buddies can play Fig 3 (right): From ChatONs main screen you are able to access your buddies, profile and chathistory

Chat and share with your mates from any device using ChatON
Chat without restrictions
ChatON brings you and your friends, or buddies, together in one place where you can text, talk and video-chat no matter what kind of device or computer you are using. It takes communication with friends to the next level where you can share not only photos, video and audio but also information such as event dates, locations and animessages (Fig 1). Animessages are a kind of craftable animated emoticon, allowing you to draw and design your own personalised doodles and animations, sending them to buddies (Fig 2). ChatON also appears as a sharing option for a variety of your Galaxy apps, letting you send files or info from Google Maps, Gallery etc. Open ChatON and hit Next; your device should automatically log you in with your Samsung account if not, just sign in or sign up with an email address. From the apps main screen, tap the grey + icon to start adding buddies (Fig 3). ChatON will use your account details to find suggestions of people you may know; you can also find buddies by doing a

Chat and share

Send pictures, videos, locations and more No chat restrictions, no cost Broadcast a message or chat with multiple buddies Show what you are up to Make a personalised page




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Send an animation

1: Add an animessage
Fig 5: A buddys page allows you to IM or call them, and shows their latest updates

From a buddys IM window, tap the paper-clip icon, then Animessage.

2: Create a new animation

Use a template or tap the + symbol to create a new animation.

Fig 4: Log in from any device with your Samsung account to access all your ChatON data

Fig 6: My Page contains profile images, status updates and recent messages

shout out to them to join via a message or social networks, as well as entering a contacts phone number or search by ID.

Personalise and share

At the bottom of your Buddies page, tap Contact Sync, input your phone number and wait for a confirmation text message with a four-digit PIN code to input, activating your number on your ChatON account (Fig 4). This will sync any contacts on your device who are registered to ChatON with your buddies list. Once you have some buddies added, you can start chatting. Theyll appear under the Buddies tab on the main screen; tap on a name to bring up chat options (Fig 5).

These allow you to instant-message a buddy; broadcast a message, which is useful for sending a single message to multiple buddies; as well as start a voice or video chat. Just tap on a buddy and decide how you want to chat with them. Tap My Page to access your own profile and then the pencil icon to add a status message, tap on the image box to add a profile picture, and use the text box at the bottom of the screen to type a message to all your buddies (Fig6). On your Buddies page, tap on a buddys name to view their profile. To share with a buddy, tap the speechbubble icon on their profile to open the IM window, tap the attachment icon, choose what to share, then tap Send.

3: Draw an animation

On the canvas, draw a doodle in sections each becomes a part of the animation.

4: Send your animessage

Tap the speech bubble, then Send as animation to send it to your buddy.

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Skype is one of the best apps for communicating via audio and video chat over the internet. Make the most of it with our app guide


Send instant messages to other Skype users

Make free video calls

Get the most out of the Skype app on your Android device
Create and edit your profile
Fig 1 (left): Grab Skype for free by searching the Google Play Store Fig 2 (middle): With your account created, access your profile so you can edit it Fig 3 (right): Add a photo and welcome message to your profile

Call other Skype users over the internet for free

On selected mobiles you can participate in video calls

Use Skype Credit to call/SMS standard phone numbers

People can call your Skype number if you buy one

A group of Skype users can talk at the same time

As with any other Android application, your first point of call is to download the app from the Google Play Store. This should be a simple process, but if you need to find the app just use Google Plays search system or select the Apps category and then scroll to the Top Free apps page to locate and install Skype its practically a permanent feature (Fig 1). After running Skype, the next phase is to accept the Terms & Conditions (after reading through them, of course) and then click on the Create an account icon at the bottom. You will then proceed by keying in your details which include your mobile number in

the +44 format, a valid email address and your Skype username. Note that, as with other apps, if your Skype name is already taken, you will need to rectify this before clicking the Create an account icon at the base of the screen. Select Continue when prompted in order to get to the main interface. From here you can click on the large Profile icon to start editing your profile, which will help others to identify you (Fig 2). So to start with, click on the large icon under your name and choose a picture from either your gallery or camera. Once selected, just tap on the message field box next to

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Add a contact
Get people to call

1: Search & add a contact

Fig 5: You can also search your existing Android phone book for multiple Skype contacts to add

Tap the large Contacts icon. Press the Menu button and tap Add contacts.

2: Choose where to search

Tap the Skype Icon, then select Skype directory or your phones Contacts.

Fig 4: Even if your phone is not on the list of compatible devices, you can enable the video call function in the Settings menu (its worth a try!)

Fig 6: Select your contact from your Skype address book and then click on Video call to initiate the call

your image to add a greeting (Fig 3). You can then click on the Profile tab to add/change additional info (such as About Me) by tapping on each field box. Press the Back button when you have finished.

Make video calls to your contacts

If your Galaxy device supports it, you will be able to make video calls to friends. A list of compatible devices can be found on the Google Play store page just underneath the Skype apps description. However, if you press the Android Menu button from the main interface and choose Settings, you can then scroll down to the bottom and click Enable video calling (and set Video quality) regardless. Once enabled, we recommend you visit our Add a contact tutorial (right), as this is required

to make the video call. You can use the Search address book option instead of Add contacts (from step 1 of the tutorial) to add multiple contacts to your phone (Fig 4). Either way, when a Skype user has been added/accepted, you can then tap on the Contacts icon from the front page to select your contact. If the user can accept a video call, itll be listed in the options below, so just tap Video call to start the call process (Fig 5). Skype will now attempt to call the user. Once they have answered, you will be able to access a range of options at the base of the screen. This will then allow you to switch between your devices cameras during the video chat (just press the first icon on the left), or you can tap on the third icon (with a + in the middle) to start text chatting (Fig 6). When you want to end the call, just on tap the red call-end icon to end the connection.

3: Search for contacts

In the top field, enter a search term and press the search icon next to the name.

4: Add to contacts

Select the name from the list, tap +. Fill in a contact request, tap Add contacts.

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Mute the call

By pressing the Mute Call icon you can stop your recipient hearing your voice during the call, which will come in handy if you need to speak to someone you are with

Call initialising
While waiting for the recipient to answer, you will find the callers and recipients icons displayed on screen. Your avatar/display icon is below

Switch cameras
The first icon on the left will allow you to switch between your phones rear and front cameras (if you have them both on your device). Youll more than likely be using the front camera for Skype

End the call

Similar to the way you conduct a phone conversation in your Androids phone app, the red callend button will allow you to finish the call and hang up

Once you get some Skype Credit, you can start calling landlines and mobiles
Call mobile and landline numbers
Skype provides a means to call standard mobile/landline numbers using Skype Credit. Payments via the app start from 11.50, or there are different deals available from the main website ( However, in order to purchase credit on your phone you need to click on the Profile icon from the main interface. Under the Account tab, this will give you an overview of how much credit you have (Fig 1). If you then tap on Skype Credit, you can start the payment process. At some point youll need to decide if you want to enable the Auto-recharge option this will take payment if your credit gets below a certain threshold. Click Continue once you are happy and then pick your method of payment (which includes PayPal, Fig 2). Once you have got some Skype Credit, you can now call landlines and mobiles. So head back to the main interface and click on the Call phones icon. You will now see a flag with the international dialling code next to it. If you tap this, you can change the country to which you want to call (Fig 3). Now all you need to do is key in a phone number or tap the # icon at the top to choose a number from your phone book. Press the green call button to place the call. During a conversation you can perform some additional functions such as mute the microphone, send the call to your external speaker or bring up your phones keypad. As youd expect, pressing the red call-end button will finish the call.

Send pictures, videos and files

You can send pictures, videos and files (eg music) to another Skype user in real-time, either during a video call or IM chat. However, we will show you how to send a file from scratch. The first port of call is to select the large Contacts icon from the main interface. After selecting your contact, a long list will then appear. If you scroll down to the base

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Set a status
Keep your pals informed

1: Status icon

From the main interface, tap the status icon (now a tick) to get a list of choices.

Fig 1: Before you can make calls to standard telephone numbers, youll need to check if you have any Skype Credit

Fig 2: When you decide to buy credit, you have various payment options that you can use, including PayPal

You can send pictures, videos and files (eg music) to another Skype user in real-time
of the list you will see an option called Send file; select this and a small box will pop up, offering options for how to send the file. Note that this box may differ slightly depending on your device. For now, choose the Gallery option and pick a picture/video from your phone. Instantly, once you have done this, the screen will change to show one outgoing file. You can press the X next to the name to cancel it if you think the file is too large, but its best to wait because until the recipient chooses to save the file on their own device, the Outgoing indicator will appear to be stuck. Youll know when they have the file because the word Open will appear below the filename to indicate that the recipient has got the file. Optionally, once the file has been sent, you can quickly type a message in the chat field below to explain what the file is. Or you can press your devices Menu button and choose Send file to pick from the list of choices. The latter will then take you back to the send options in the pop-up box (this time you could pick Music/MP3 files, perhaps). Reserve file-sending for Wi-Fi networks only.

2: Away status

Select Away and the status icon alters to show youre not by your phone.

3: Do not disturb

Tap the status icon, then Do not disturb. This should stop others bothering you.

4: Invisible status
Fig 3: You can use Skype to call other Skype devices for free, or standard phone numbers at a cost

Tap the status icon, then Invisible. Youll appear offline but can still view contacts.

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Use the free cloud service to create and store documents and get others to collaborate on them


You get 5GB of free space to store your important files Create new text files and spreadsheets in-app


Fig 1 (left): To create a document choose Document or Spreadsheet from the menu Fig 2 (middle): Give your document a name and start working on it itll be uploaded automatically Fig 3 (right): To upload other types of media, choose Upload from the document menu and then choose the category

Create, share and store files for free

A guide to Googles incredibly versatile cloud storage service
Create and upload documents
Google Drive is a free service that allows you to store all of your files in one place and access them from anywhere. Using this app you can upload files to your personal cloud or get access to files you may have uploaded elsewhere. You can also create new documents in-app and either share them or upload them to your drive this means that you can create a document on your commute into work, upload it to your Google Drive, then access it from your office PC by using the web browser. To start creating documents, simply tap the document icon (top right), then choose either Document or Spreadsheet (Fig 1). You can then give your document a title and start working on it (Fig2). Once youve finished, tap Done (top left). If you wish to continue working on the document again later, tap on My Drive, select your document and then pick up where you left off. You dont need to

Invite other users to view and collaborate on documents Utilise the free widget to make accessing the app even easier You can work on files offline Use bold, italics and underline



Convert photos and other files to the Google Doc format

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Delete a file
How to clear documents

1: Go to My Drive

From the main menu, tap on the My Drive option to access your documents.

Fig 5: Tap the screen to bring up a blue marker that can be used to insert text or copy a section

Now press and hold on the name of the document that you wish to delete.

2: Press and hold

Fig 4: The letters on the top bar allow you to bold, italicise or underline your text (or all three simultaneously)

You can use a built-in array of formatting and editing options

worry about manually uploading documents that you create to your Drive: thats done automatically. But if you wish to upload other types of media from your phone, such as music or photos, tap on the document icon and then choose Upload from the list (Fig 3).

Fig 6: Once youve finished editing, tap the tick button in the top-left to save your work

3: Choose Remove

Format your documents

When creating documents using the Google Drive app, you can use a built-in array of formatting and editing options to make your text look more exciting. To start formatting, open a document (an existing or new one) and double-tap on a word to highlight it.

A floating bar of options will appear, which allows you to select the text, cut, copy and paste. You will notice that the top bar of the document screen also has various formatting options. Once a word or selection of text has been highlighted, tap on the B to bold the text, I to italicise it or U to underline it (Fig 4). If you press and hold the screen, youll also bring up a blue marker that you can move around with your finger (Fig 5). If you copied or cut a word, then the paste icon will also appear next to the blue marker, indicating that you have text on your pasteboard to insert. Once you have finished, tap the tick button and your changes will be saved (Fig 6).

From the list of options, scroll down and then choose Remove.

4: Confirm remove

Choose Yes to confirm that you want to delete the document.

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Your drive
When you launch the app you will be presented with a list of categories that relate to your drive. Tap on My Drive to access your uploaded files

Search for documents

You can search for specific documents or items on your drive if you have many uploaded by tapping on the search icon and entering keywords

Collaborate on documents
You may be granted permission to work on shared documents with other users; these will be stored in the Shared with me section of the Google Drive menu

Just like your Gmail app, you can add a star to any of your saved Drive files in order to add them to your Starred list for quick access. Its a great way to keep files you use often to hand

As you may have guessed by the appearance of the Pin icon that you see in the Play Music app, you can store your Drive files on your device so that they can be accessed offline too

One of the best things about Google Drive is that you can give other people access to files that youve uploaded

Share and collaborate

One of the best things about Google Drive is that you can give other people access to certain files that youve uploaded so that you can work on them together. To grant another user access, tap on My Drive, then tap on the arrow next to the name of the document you wish to share. Now scroll down and youll see a section on the overview page called Sharing, which shows you as the owner of the document. Tap on Add a Collaborator, then enter the email address of the person you wish to grant permissions to (Fig 1). You can select if they can edit or simply view the document (Fig 2). If you grant them full editing access, then they can collaborate on it and any changes that they make will instantly be saved and reflected in the document on your Google Drive.

Likewise, other users can grant you permission to access their documents and when this happens you will be notified. From the main menu, select the Shared with me option and any documents that you have been granted permission to view or collaborate on will be displayed in a list. Simply tap on the name of a document to open it and start working on it.

View files offline

Essentially, Google Drive is a web-based cloud storage service that, naturally, requires an internet connection. However, as this may not always be possible, you can make your documents available for offline use in just a few simple taps. This is handy for when youre away from home and need access to files.

To do so, tap on My Drive from the main menu and then tap on an arrow next to the name of a document to access the document overview page (Fig 3). The first section on this page, under the name of the document, is Offline and comprises a checkbox next to an option called Available offline tap on this to enable offline use for that document and repeat the process on any others you wish to access offline. Now return to the main menu by tapping the Back button and, on the main menu, youll see an option called Offline; tap on this (Fig 4). Any documents that you have flagged up for offline use will be listed here, so tap on one to open it, then continue working as normal. Tap Done when finished and the changes will be uploaded to your online document when an internet connection is re-established.

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Extra space
How to buy storage

1: Go to main menu
First, ensure that you are at the main menu of your Google Drive.

Fig 1: Tap on the arrow next to a document on your Drive and scroll down to add people

Fig 2: You can choose whether folk youre sharing the document with can edit it or only view it

You can make your documents available for offline use with just a few simple taps

2: Tap Menu button

Tap the Android Menu button, then choose Settings from the list.

3: Tap Buy more storage

Scroll down until you see an option called Buy more storage; tap on it.

4: Choose storage plan

Fig 3: Select a document from the My Drive section by tapping on the arrow to be taken through to its main overview page Fig 4: Documents that you have flagged for offline use will appear in the list in the Offline section

Youll be taken to the Google website. Choose one of the storage plans there.

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Sort your files

Arrange your Drive files

Flag for offline use

Tap this option to make certain documents available for you to work on offline. Changes made to the documents will be uploaded when an internet connect is re-established


1: Access your drive

From the main menu, select My Drive or Recent sections.

Anyone you have shared the file with will be listed here, so you can see your fellow collaborators at a glance

Like all good apps, Google Drive comes with a widget

Tap to open
For a details page, this really is quite smart. Once youve sorted your collaborators out, just tap here to open up the file

Share with others

You can add people to collaborate on documents by entering their email addresses and setting certain permissions

2: Tap Menu button

Tap the Android Menu button and then choose the Sort By option.

Integrate with other apps

As well as allowing you to create documents, Google Drive acts like a kind of telephone operator, bridging the gap of accessibility and using other apps to let you handle and view your files. For example, if you have images uploaded to your Drive, you can tap on it and a box of compatible apps will appear that lets you complete the process of viewing for example, your Gallery app. The app integration goes a lot further, though, because using your phones camera, you can take a picture of a page of text and then opt to share it via the Google Drive app. When selecting this method there will be a box that allows you to convert the image to a Google Docs document select this and then when you come to view the file in your Google Drive app, provided the text is clear enough, the app will strip the text out into a plain text document! Youll notice that as you try to share documents and files through a wide range of native and downloaded apps, the option to share via Google Drive is there, so you can upload a selection of files and access and view them through your Google Drive app (Fig 1).

Using the Drive widget

Like all good apps worth their salt, Google Drive plays well with others (Fig 2). It also has its own widget, making accessing and using your Drive account even easier and quicker. To install the widget, navigate to a home screen and then press and hold on an empty space (Fig 3). Select Widgets from the menu and then scroll through and find the Drive Widget. You will be invited to choose a Google account if you have multiple accounts associated with various apps on your device and, once selected, a strip will sit on your home screen that allows you to access you main Drive dashboard, instantly jump to your starred documents, dive straight into the Camera app so that you can take images and upload them to your Drive, and create new documents on the fly (Fig 4). Using this widget is a great way to save a lot of time launching the app properly and going through the usual channels to access and upload files. If there ever comes a time when you no longer require the widget, then you can get rid of it as easily as you set it up: simply press and hold on the widget and then drag to the trash can.

3: Choose an option
From the pop-up menu that appears, choose an option to sort by.

4: Review list
The sorting method that you selected will be instantly applied.

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Non-native files
Open a file in another app

1: Access your Drive

Tap on the My Drive option from the main dashboard at the front end of the app.

Fig 1: When opting to share files in other apps, the Google Drive option will be apparent choose this to upload files to your Drive

Fig 2: When selecting alien files that you have uploaded, it may take a few seconds to open them

The widget makes accessing and using your Google Drive account even easier

2: Open a file
Open a file either by tapping on it or tapping the arrow icon then choosing Open.

3: Choose an app
If Google Drive cant handle your file, a list of compatible apps will be listed.

4: Choose and open

Fig 3: Press on a blank space on your home screen, tap the Widgets option and then select the Drive widget to add it Fig 4: Perhaps the best feature is the Create new one that lets you create new Google Docs on the fly

Tap on an alternative app and your chosen file will be displayed in it.

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If you want to have access to your files from any device or computer, Dropbox is the tool you need. It provides free online storage space and more

Access your files from your Galaxy, Windows or Mac

Dropbox adds extra features to other apps

Fig 1 (left): Dropbox mirrors the contents of a folder on your computer and makes them available on a phone or tablet Fig 2 (middle): Many documents stored online can be viewed or even edited as Dropbox works very well with other apps Fig 3 (right): Text files, Office documents, PDFs and other documents on your computer in the Dropbox folder can be easily viewed

Use Dropbox for online storage

Get up to 18GB of free online storage and access files anywhere
View and edit files
Dropbox is a great service that provides online storage and file syncing between computers and devices. You can upload files from your Galaxy phone or tablet or download files to your device. Run Dropbox on a computer and files on the disk drive are synced with your online storage and this means they can be accessed from a Galaxy phone or tablet, even when your computer is switched off all you need is an internet connection. Start Dropbox and it displays the files and folders stored online (a copy of whats on your computer) (Fig 1). You can tap folders to open them and files to view them. Photos, text files, PDFs and even Microsoft Office documents can be viewed. Some types of documents can be edited too. Dropbox itself doesnt have a lot of features, but you can use it to organise your folders and backed-up content (Fig 2).

Browse photos like they were stored locally

View files stored on your PC or Mac

Always see the latest versions of files

Files can be uploaded or downloaded and saved

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Link to files
Create a link to a file

1: Find the file to share

Start the Dropbox app and go to the folder containing the file to share.

Fig 5: Dropbox makes it easy to upload photos. You only need to select the option on the menu

Fig 4: Browse to the folder you want to upload files to, such as Photos, then tap Upload here on the menu

This enables you to view PDF documents and photos, play music and edit text files (Fig 3). It can be incredibly useful to be able to access files on your computer from your tablet or phone. It means you can take your files with you without lugging a big and heavy laptop with you everywhere you go.

up space, but Dropbox has superior media handling. It recognises media file types as special and it handles them appropriately. Uploading files from the device is straightforward and you can navigate to the Dropbox folder you want to upload to, such as the Photos folder (Fig 4). Uploading photos is very useful and they are safer online than on your device (Fig 5). They are also synced to your computer if you have Dropbox on it. This is a handy way of transferring files over to your desktop PC or Mac.

2: Show the action menu

Press and hold on the file and a menu of useful actions are displayed.

Upload your media

Portable devices dont always have a lot of memory and it can soon fill up with photos, videos and music. The solution is to use Dropbox to store media files, instead of on the phone or tablet. This will enable you to free up a lot of memory which can then be used to shoot more photos and videos, or to install apps from the Google Play Store. Of course, you could move files to Google Drive to free

Play music on Dropbox

We briefly mentioned earlier that it was possible to store music on Dropbox and to play it from there instead of the tablet or phone. This is a great idea if you have a device that doesnt have a lot of memory because it frees up space for other things. The question is, how do you get music into the online storage that Dropbox provides? One way is to use your computer. There are a variety of programs that convert a CD to MP3 or other

3: The sharing method

Select Share and a list of methods is displayed. Select the one to use.

It can be incredibly useful to be able to access files on your computer from your tablet or phone

4: Send the link

We chose Gmail and a new message is created with a link to the file.

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Camera uploads
If you enable the auto backup option, any photos you take will show up in here

Search button
If you have a lot of files in many different folders, just search for the one that you need

Share items Public folder

Fig 1: Tap the photo icon up at the top-left to see thumbnails of your uploads

If you want to distribute things to the world at large, drop them in here and share the URL on your website

Folders that have a little people icon inside them are currently being shared with others

common music file formats. All you need to do is copy your CDs to MP3 files and place them in the Dropbox folder on the PC or Mac. They quickly appear on your phone or tablet. Another way to move music from the device to Dropbox is to upload it. Using Dropboxs Upload function and the Other files option, you can browse to the Music folder on the device and upload the audio files. They could then be deleted off the device freeing up space. Dropbox recognises common audio file types and it is able to stream them. When a music file, or podcast for that matter, is selected in Dropbox it displays all the options for playing it, such as Google Play Music, Amazon MP3 or other media players you have installed on the device (see Figs 3-6).

Export files from Dropbox

Fig 2: The Export option will allow you to send your stored files to other services

Dropbox will not be the only online storage service you use and there are others. A natural

Browse to the Music folder on the device and upload your audio files
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one to use with any Android device including your Samsung Galaxy is Google Drive (see page 142). It is not quite the same as Dropbox, although there is some overlap in what they offer because they both allow you to store files online. Google Drive is mainly used to support Google Docs, of course, and there may be files stored in Dropbox that you would like to use in a document, spreadsheet or presentation. Similarly, you may want to import photos from Drive, as they look great in Dropbox (Fig 1). Show the action menu for a file in Dropbox and one of the options available is Export (Fig 2). First of all, you will need to make sure that Google Drive is running and synced, then switch to Dropbox and select a file that you want to transfer. When the Export option is chosen there is a long list of destinations. The contents will depend a lot on the apps you have installed on your device, so dont expect to see everything in our screenshots. You may have more or fewer export options. They will certainly be different. Select Drive and you can choose the file name and the folder on Google Drive to transfer it to. It is all straightforward and quite easy to do. Dropbox

Upload new photos

1: Go to Settings
Start Dropbox and tap the menu button in the top-right. Select Settings.

Fig 3: Use the menu to create a Music folder if you dont have one and then select Upload here

Fig 4: There is a choice of Photos or videos, or Other files. Select Other files because this includes music

Navigate to the Music folder and then select the files that you want to upload

2: Enable Camera Upload

If you have not yet done this, turn on the Camera Upload feature in Settings.

3: Take a few photos

Now switch to the camera app and take some photos of various subjects.

4: See photos in Dropbox

Fig 5: Navigate to the Music folder on the device and then select the files that you want to upload Fig 6: After uploading some audio files you can try listening to them. Select one and choose a player

Go to Dropbox and after taking photos you will see them in Camera Uploads.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 151 Google Now

This revolutionary Jelly Bean-only app will help your life go smoother by observing your lifestyle

Google Now

Use it to:
The current weather will always be displayed by Google Now
Fig 1 (left): The current weather for your location and a forecast are always presented by Google Now Fig 2 (middle): Local points of interest and travel schedules are shown as you move around with your phone Fig 3 (right): Google Now sits on top of a huge amount of easily accessible information

Get info at the right time

Google Now will benefit you in a multitude of ways everyday
Google Now will offer you detailed information on various aspects of your needs whenever you need them. It automatically uses your calendar, location and recent searches to decide what you need and will present them in an easy-to-understand format. When you open Google Now, you will always see the current weather for your location plus a forecast for the days ahead (Fig 1). Local places of interest are also shown and include travel details such as scheduled departures for buses and trains the more you use your phone, the more information Google Now can present to you (Fig 2).

Traffic conditions for your daily commute are always at hand The traffic to your next meeting location is automatically shown

Start using Google Now



Recent flight searches will highlight current delays at relevant airports As you travel around with your phone, nearby places are automatically displayed


At any time, you can open up the Google Now screen by holding your finger on the virtual Home button and pushing upwards. This makes the feature not only incredibly informative, but also extremely easy to get to when you are in a hurry. Remember that the cards in Google Now are merely portals for a great deal of related information that is available. Tap any card and you will be taken to a Google search page showing information that is related to the card in question (Fig3). For example, the weather card links to an interactive weather monitor plus search results detailing other sources of data. Google Now can do whatever you want it to.

152 The Samsung Galaxy Book Google Now

Personalise it
Edit Google Now settings

1: Access Settings
Tap the menu icon bottom-right and choose the Settings option.

Fig 5: Your next flight will be highlighted, showing any delays that may impede your plans

2: Tweak every card

Youre presented with a list of Google Now categories that you can tweak.

Fig 4: Traffic information will be available to you before you even leave the house for the daily commute

The cards in Google Now are portals for related information

Look at Google Now cards
The variety of cards built into Google Now is impressive and each has a specific purpose in mind. The idea is to give you the information you need without the need for searching and the Traffic card is the perfect example (Fig 4). Google Now will learn your daily travelling habits and automatically offer up the latest traffic information for you before you even leave the house. The Flights card shows information on any flight that you have recently searched for, with the status, departure and arrival times all clearly noted for easy reference (Fig5). When you arrive in a foreign country, Google

Fig 6: You will always be aware of interesting places to visit in your local vicinity

3: Be specific with changes

Choose a category, then tap options to change the way Google Now behaves.

Now impresses even more because there are a variety of travel-related cards readily available. The Translation card will pop up when you arrive, armed with the tools to help you converse in the native language of your current location. It works in tandem with the Currency and Time Back Home cards. Perhaps, however, the most useful card of all is the Places card, which shows interesting places to visit in your local area and also includes links that offer contact information and descriptions of an event or venue so you can decide if it is worthy of your time (Fig 6). As more cards become available, Google Now will impress even more.

4: So many personal options

Take some time to set up each card to your exact specifications.

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S Voice

Tick tasks off your list by asking Samsungs voice assist to give you a hand calling contacts, writing messages and saving memos

S Voice

Use it to:
Ask S Voice to call a contact Dictate a message Ask for todays report Ask it anything


Fig 1 (left): The S Voice interface is simple and so the app is incredibly intuitive and easy to use even if you are new to it Fig 2 (middle): Get an instant answer to a question; if the app cant answer you, it will launch a webpage Fig 3 (right): Give the call command, selecting from multiple contacts if needed, and it will start instantly

Talk to S Voice
Hone your commands to get S Voice to work for you
Discover S Voice functions
Having a voice assistant to hand is an incredible tool for productivity if you know how to use it right. While you might feel silly at first making demands from your Samsung device, S Voice is incredibly accurate at hearing what you are saying so the conversation is never one-sided. While the app interface looks simple when you launch it, the software is powerful and if you know what it can and cant do, itll really help to improve your workflow (Fig 1). Start off by giving a simple command such as asking a question, for example Where is the Nile? (Fig 2). First the app will type out your question and then promptly give you an answer. By default the app will tell you the answer; if you turn off Voice feedback, you can read it on the screen. The app will go to sleep if you dont talk back; to get it to become responsive again, simply say Hi Galaxy. Try out functions such as asking the app to call a contact or to set your alarm for the next morning (Fig 3). As you use the app more, youll get used to the level of


Use it to set a timer or alarm Tell your phone what to play Find a restaurant or local bar



154 The Samsung Galaxy Book S Voice

Send a text
Speak to send a message

1: Wake Galaxy up
Use a wake-up command to make the app responsive.
Fig 5: Select which language you would like the app to understand and respond in

2: Use simple command

Tell the app to send a text message is interpreted as email.

Fig 4: Choose whether you want the app to talk back to you or if you prefer to just read its answers on screen

Fig 6: Check the Location option to allow the app to make suggestions based on it

response and learn which commands work best to perform which action.

Understand the settings

The functionality of S Voice improves a lot when you start the customise the settings and get it set up to suit you. The first setting youll want to adjust is the voice feedback. As mentioned, by default the app speaks back to you, first repeating your command then giving you the answer. To turn this feature off, simply tap the icon at the bottom-left corner (Fig 4). You can open the full Settings menu by tapping the Menu button on your device. The Settings menu is fairly extensive and most options require you to simply

check or uncheck a box. Start by choosing which language you would like the app to be set up in (Fig 5). Even if you work in English, picking United Kingdom or United States English will make a difference to what the app understands you saying. Another setting you might want to look at is Location Data. If you allow the app to read where you are, it can make better suggestions for questions such as which restaurant to visit or where to catch public transport from (Fig 6). There is also an option to input a home address so the app can navigate you home. Another setting to look at is how you want to wake the app up. Change the default Hi Galaxy command to your own by recording a word or phrase you want to use instead.

3: Name the recipient

Tell S Voice who to send your text message to.

4: Dictate your message

Speak your message and if youre happy with it, say Send.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 155 Link

Share and access your content across smart devices, making everything from documents to music and films accessible on every device you have, no matter where you are


Access photos from your computer on your phone Play a video file remotely Back up videos and images Watch content from your phone on your TV Register your Dropbox or Google Drive account Save PC files on your mobile

Fig 1 (left): On first launch, tap to either start using the app if signed in or sign into your Samsung account if not Fig 2 (middle): Sign into your account or follow the prompts to create one to use across all Samsung apps Fig 3 (right): The main screen shows your recent content and includes images, video and audiofiles

Share & play with Link

Register your smart devices and share content between them
Connect your device
To benefit from all of Samsung Links features youll first need to connect your mobile device by registering it. Launch Samsung Link by tapping the icon in the app drawer. This feature was previously known as All Share Play but if your phone has updated, Link and its new features will be available. When you first open the app youll be presented with a screen that prompts you to sign into your Samsung account if youre not already (Fig 1). Follow the prompts to sign into your account or set up a new one and then tap Sign In (Fig2). The main screen when you open Link will show you your recent content. This will include any images, music or video you have saved on your phone. Swipe down to see all your content (Fig 3). Swipe once to reveal a screen entitled Devices & Storage. Here youll see your device listed as being connected to the service. Tap the device name to see all your content separated out into Images, Music, Video and a Folder that includes all documents and other information you have



156 The Samsung Galaxy Book Samsung Link

View PC files

See files saved on the PC

1: Open Devices & Storage

Launch Link and then swipe to view the Devices & Storage tab.

Fig 4: To register your computer, open up a browser and sign into your account at

2: Select registered PC
Youll see two items under Registered Devices; tap the PC option.

Fig 5: Once youre signed into the account, click to start the Link file downloading to your PC

Fig 6: Follow the prompts on the Link download and then wait while the file installs

stored on your device. The idea behind Link is to add as many devices as you have, to be able to share between them. Once youve added your mobile, add a PC or tablet to make use of the sharing function.

Register your computer

To register a computer with Link youll need to open a browser and visit the website. The software is only currently available to work on PCs, not Macs. Open and then sign in with your existing Samsung account (Fig 4). Then click the Start option on the left-hand side (Fig 5). The file will download to your PC. Once it appears in your download folder, double-click to launch and

then follow the prompts to install the file. Depending on the speed of your PC and the connection youre running, the file might take some time to install (Fig 6). Once installed, a Link Notification will pop up to say that a nearby device is trying to access your PC. This is your phone searching for your PC. Click the Yes option to allow your device to access the contents of yourcomputer. To complete your registration, head back to the website you downloaded the software from and log in again. This time youll find that the name of your PC has been picked up and that you can see your mobile device also listed under Registered Devices. Now that you have two devices registered, you can start to send and share content between them.

3: View PC files
Scroll through files that are saved on your PC and available on your phone.

4: Tap to view
Tap an image from your PC to view it full-screen on your mobile device.

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Search for a file

Tap the search icon to type in the name of a file and look for it within your available content across devices

Recent content
If you swipe to the left from this main Devices & Storage page then you will see a Recent Content area. Any images and videos youve uploaded will be displayed as large thumbnails

Register storage device

Tap to add a storage device to your Link options; content will be stored automatically as soon as its saved on your device

Further devices
The great thing about Link is that you can link as many other Galaxy devices as you like

Available PC
Once youve registered your PC, it will appear under Registered Devices; tap to view a list of files available from your computer

Registered phone
View details of the mobile device youve registered to your link account; tap to view a list of contents saved on your phone

Add a storage device that will automatically back up your images and videos

Register a storage service

Besides linking your computer to your mobile and adding your Samsung TV, if you have one, you can also add a storage device that will automatically back up your images and videos as you capture them. Open the Devices & Storage tab in the Link app and tap the + icon under the Registered Storage section. Choose your preferred storage account, such as Dropbox or SkyDrive and then tap the Sign In option (Fig1). Fill in the account details you would usually use for that particular storage option, such as Dropbox. You will be asked if you want to allow Samsung Link to access the contents of your Dropbox account; tap Allow to proceed (Fig 2). Once youve completed the process, your Dropbox account will appear under the Devices & Storage tab of the Link app. Next to the app icon youll be able to see how full your account is and how much storage space you have left. Note that linking your Dropbox or other storage account to Link does not give you access to the full contents of your storage files.

A folder called Samsung Link is created in your directory and only files saved in here will be accessible from the Link interface. When you save items to your Dropbox, be sure to save them to this folder if you want to have them accessible between your mobile and PC.

Save files to Link

When you have a computer and storage service registered with Link, you will be able to view and share files across both services as well as your mobile device. But, there are specific files you can access on each service and knowing where to save your content is important to be able to access it. In your registered storage account, such as Dropbox, youll see a newly created file called Samsung Link. In the file are subsections labelled Files,

Music, Photos and Videos. Only files saved in these locations will be accessible in Link. To move a file or folder, tap the arrow icon next to it, select Move and then choose a folder in Link (Fig 3). Similarly, content on your PC will only be accessible if its saved in the Libraries folders under Documents, Music, Pictures and Video. To move items, simply drag and drop them into these folders. If you have items stored on your computer that you dont want accessible on other devices, remove them from these folders and save them elsewhere. On Link on your mobile, tap into an account such as Dropbox or your PC to check what content is available to access remotely. Each device interface is split into the same categories, which include Pictures, Music, Video and then an extra folder for documents and other files (Fig 4).

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Extra storage
Connect a cloud account

1: Click to view Settings

From any screen in Link, tap the Menu button and then tap Settings.

Fig 1: Link has the capability to connect to a few different storage services, including SkyDrive and Dropbox

Fig 2: Grant permission for Samsung Link to access the contents of your Dropbox or alternative storage account

2: Registered storage
Tap the top option to reveal the settings for your registered storage.

3: Add new storage account

Tap the + icon and select from the two remaining storage account options.

4: Grant permission
Fig 3: Move folders into the designated Link folder to be able to view them on connected Link devices Fig 4: View content by remote connection by tapping into the device or service and scrolling through available tabs

Sign into your account and allow the app to access your storage.

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Watch a video
Remotely view a PC video

1: Tap into connected PC

From the Devices & Storage screen, tap your connected PC to view its contents.

Search for devices

Click the refresh button to search for nearby devices, such as your Samsung TV which you use to play videos and view images

Online account
Access files from your PC, mobile and storage services through your online account at and adjust online settings

2: Open video content tab

In your PC contents, tap on the video icon to view contents and tap a video to play.

As you capture an image or video, that file is automatically backed up as soon as you have a connection
Download and share files
The beauty of using Samsung Link is that you can view content on other devices without having to save the individual files. For example, you can watch a video stored on your PC from your phone without actually downloading the file. But, if you want to download a file from one location to another, its easy to do so. Open up the device you want to access files from in the Devices & Storage screen of your Link app. Tap the download icon at the bottom, tap the individual items you want to download to your device and then tap Done (Fig 1). The files will begin to download and you can see the progress in the notifications drop-down menu. If you are downloading a large amount of data or large images, then the download will take a while to complete. You can share content including music and video through the usual Share Via option that is found in most Samsung applications. Select the device or storage service you want to access and then tap the file to open. With the individual file open, tap the Menu button on your device and then tap the Share Via option (Fig 2). Share the file via applications such as Email and Skype or to another device via Wi-Fi.

Change Link settings

To tweak the way that Link performs, head to the Settings menu by tapping the Menu button on your device from the main screen or Devices & Storage. Tap the My Device option to change the way your Samsung phone appears on your PC or over networks. Tap the option and then type a new name for your device (Fig 3). Note the Auto Upload function this automatically saves video and images to a location that you specify, such as Dropbox or your PC. This means that as you capture an image or video, that file is automatically backed up as soon as you have a connection. Move the slider of the Auto Upload option to the right to enable it, then choose a location to automatically backup your content to. At the bottom of the screen, select whether you want to back up over a mobile network or wait for a Wi-Fi connection before sending large amounts of data (Fig 4). To protect the data stored on your computer and your storage services, add a password to your Link account. Move the slider on the option to the right; you will then need to sign in with your Samsung account password every time you access the app.

3: Wait to load
Depending on your connection speed, wait for your video to start streaming to your mobile.

4: Watch video remotely

Tap the play button to watch the video from your PC without downloading to your phone.

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Save pics to PC

Save photos from your phone

1: Open new browser tab

On your PC, launch a new browser and visit the website.

Fig 1: Make a selection from the available images or files to download to your mobile device

Fig 2: During a video, tap the Menu button, then choose Share Via to share it with friends via another app or service

2: Sign into Samsung account

Enter the username and password of your Samsung account to sign into it.

3: Click on mobile device

Find your mobile device under Registered Devices and click to view its contents.

4: Select and download

Fig 3: Rename your device by tapping into the My Device option in the Settings menu Fig 4: Instruct Link to automatically back up images and video to a specified location such as your computer

Click on all the files you want to transfer to your PC, then tap the Download button.

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Protect your data by registering your device and setting controls to track your mobile, call it or wipe your sensitive data if your phone goes missing

Lock your device remotely See where you mobile is through your account Call your phone from a PC Set up a number to forward calls and messages to Delete its contents remotely See what calls are made from your device

Fig 1 (left): The Find My Mobile options can be found under the Security section within the Settingsmenu Fig 2 (middle): Log into your Samsung account or create one to be able to use the Find My Mobile feature Fig 3 (right): Move the slider on the Remote Controls page to activate the remote controls option for your phone

Protect your phone

Use Find My Mobile to control your phone from a computer
Set it up
Samsungs Find My Mobile is a secure way to track and manage your phone remotely. As a smartphone is used for so many processes in our lives, its increasingly the place we store sensitive data, so the need to protect it is growing. This app lets you find, call and track your phone remotely and also wipe the data if you think its been stolen. To start using it, first set up the feature in your security settings. Open the Settings menu, scroll down to Security and then look at the Find My Mobile settings (Fig 1). To enable remote controls youll need to sign in with your Samsung account. To do this tap, Add Account and then register or sign in to start (Fig 2). Once youre logged in youll see your account displayed under the Remote Controls section. To enable the service, move the slider to the right (Fig3). If you want to switch this service off youll need to re-enter your account information. This means that if someone does get hold of your phone they wont simply be able to turn off the service you subscribe to in order to



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Call your phone

Ring your missing device

1: Log in remotely
Open Find My Mobile in a web browser and log into your account.
Fig 5: View your account details at the top of the Find My Mobile screen

2: Choose Ring My Mobile

Select the option, then Ring. The phone will ring for a minute at max volume.

Fig 4: You can log into Find My Mobile through the browser on your phone or through a computer

Fig 6: Search for your device and then zoom in on the map to see exactly where it is

track it. With this set up, youll need to head to the Find My Mobile webpage to complete the settings. Tap the option in the Security page.

View app features

To log in, simply enter your Samsung account details onto the site, either through your mobile browser or a remote computer (Fig4). Once logged in youll see the model of your phone and your phone number at the top of the Find My Mobile screen (Fig 5). To alter your mobile number, click the small edit icon at the top right of the screen. The Find My Mobile options are listed on the main screen of the webpage. If your phone goes missing, you can decide the best course of action

from the list. Choose the Locate My Mobile option to see where your phone is. The first time you use this youll have to agree to terms and conditions. Once the search has been completed youll be able to see where your device is on a map (Fig 6). Other features such as retrieving call logs let you see calls that have been made to and from the device. If someone else is using your phone youll be able to see who theyve called, too. A notification will appear on your phone letting you know that a search or call log retrieval has been performed. If youre sure that your phone is in the wrong hands, you can completely wipe your data too. The process can not be undone, so use this feature only if youre sure you want to delete everything.

3: Switch it off
Once you find your phone, turn it off as normal. No number appears as the caller.

4: Lock stays secure

Once the ring has been silenced, your screen lock will still protect your phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 163 Kies

Manage your device from your desktop with this easy-to-use app that lets you back up important information and sync your contacts, calendar and media

Stay current with latest firmware versions Import and save key info Move documents between device and computer Get your favourite podcasts automatically Sync and connect via Wi-Fi Keep important data safe

Fig 1 (main): Download the Kies software to start using it on your computer

Download and use Kies to keep your device and PC in sync

Get started
To start using Kies youll need to download the application from the Samsung website to your PC or Mac. Open up the Samsung Kies page in the web browser on your computer and click the download link for your machine (Fig 1). Follow the Installer instructions, which include agreeing to the terms of use, to complete the software installation. Once installed, open the program to the main screen (Fig 2). Plug your device into your computer with a USB cable. With Kies you can connect wirelessly or by USB, but some features, such as uploading music, are only available when plugged in. The device will take a moment to connect; once it does, you will see the model of your device and your phone number at the top of the screen as well as a tally on your memory capacity (Fig 3). To disconnect your device, click the cross next to the model name in the top-left corner and then unplug. The tabs labelled Music, Video, Photo and Podcast under your device name will show you the content you have on your device. Under the

Connect with Kies

Fig 2 (top right): Once installed, launch Kies on your computer to view the mainscreen



Fig 3 (bottom right): After youve connected your device youll see basic information such as model number and storage capacity

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Restore contacts
Get lost contacts back

1: Connect your device

Use a USB cable to connect your device to your computer .

Fig 4: Click the Back up/ Restore tab on the main screen of the Kies interface to reveal backup options

2: Navigate to Restore tab

Click on the Back up/Restore tab and then again on Restore.

Fig 5: Check the items you want to backup, such as music or contacts, or Select All to back up everything

Fig 6: Its important to keep your device plugged into the computer while Kies backs up its contents

Library heading youll see the content saved to your computer. If its your first time using Kies then these tabs will be empty.

Back up data
The most basic use for Kies is to back up your data to it for safe keeping and to have the option to restore the data to your phone if you accidentally wipe it, or if you lose your phone and want to restore your data to a new device. Make sure that your device is selected at the top left of the window to be able to see the Back up/Restore tab at the top of the screen. Click the tab to reveal the options (Fig 4). You can choose to back up the entire contents of your device or make a selection of the

data to save, such as Contacts and Calendar. Either check the Select All Items option in the Backup tab or make an individual selection (Fig 5). Checking Select All Items means that youll also back up email accounts you have set up, such as a Yahoo or Gmail. Its important not to unplug your device while its being backed up. Depending on how much data you have to back up, the process could take a while to complete (Fig 6). The icons on the backup screen will show which items are currently being uploaded and youll see a tick next to them once the process is finished. Once the backup has been completed, you will be shown a confirmation screen that tells you how much data has been backed up. Click the OK button to finish.

3: Select item to restore

Check the Contacts item in the list of items to restore.

4: Proceed to restore
Tap Restore and wait for it to complete while keeping your device plugged in.

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Device data
View and scroll through the photos, music, video and podcasts that you have stored on your Samsung Galaxy device

Create a library for your computer content and sync and transfer to and from your device

Check auto-sync to synchronise your data as soon as your device is connected to Kies

Back up/Restore
Create a backup of your important data and restore if your phone is damaged or lost

Sync your device

Kies provides an easy way to sync and distribute content to all of your Samsung devices, keeping your music, videos and photos nicely ordered. Through the Kies interface you can upload and download files between your device and your computer. By choosing to Sync both items youre ensuring that what appears on one is mirrored on the other. If you add new pictures or videos on your Galaxy device, once synced they will be on your computer. Similarly, you add new music to Kies and when you perform a sync it will appear on your phone too. To start syncing, connect your device to Kies either through a USB connection or wirelessly. Click on the Sync tab to reveal available options (Fig 1). As with the backup menu, you have the option to sync all items or just a selection of them. The top Personal Information items allow you to sync the contents of your iCal with your Samsung calendar. Similarly you can sync your Address Book contacts with your Samsung contacts. To sync the multimedia options such as Music, check the box and then choose whether you

To start syncing with your computer, connect your device to Kies either through a USB connection or wirelessly
want to sync All Music or only specific items. Once youve selected your options, click Sync; a small pop-up window in the bottom-right corner will give you an update on the status of the sync. & Networks section. Scroll down on the screen until you see the Kies settings (Fig 2). If you see Kies via Wi-Fi, its possible to use the wireless feature. Tap through to the next screen and wait while the device searches for your computer (Fig 3). Both need to be on the same Wi-Fi connection to find each other. Once connected you can use Kies as normal, though functions such as updating firmware are not available with this type of connection. To upgrade firmware, plug your device into your computer. If it doesnt pick up, go to USB PC connection in your Settings menu and check the Connect as Media device option. If your firmware is up to date, the Kies front page will display a note to tell you that the latest firmware is installed. To manually check for upgrades, click the Tools option in the top panel and select Firmware upgrade settings.

Manage connections and updates

Kies works by connecting your device by USB or through a wireless connection. To connect with Kies via USB, simply plug your device into your computer with a USB cable and wait for Kies to detect it. Youll see a message on the screen of your phone saying its connected as a media device. To connect with wireless, your device will need to be enabled with the correct option. To check, open the Settings menu on your phone and tap More Settings under the Wireless

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iTunes import

Move playlists into Kies library

1: View the file menu

Click the Kies File option and scroll down to Import iTunes Playlist to Library.

Fig 1: The sync screen gives you options to sync individual items such as music or podcasts, or all items at once

2: Import all playlists

The import will take a few moments and tracks will appear in your Kies library.

3: Delete tracks from playlist

Select tracks in the Kies library, then click the dustbin icon at the top of the screen.

4: Enter thumbnail view

Fig 2: If your phone is enabled with the Kies via Wi-Fi setting, you can connect without using a cable Fig 3: To connect to Kies wirelessly, wait while your device scans available connections and picks up your computer

Switch views from list to thumbnail by clicking icons next to the search bar.

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Upload music
Transfer music tracks to Kies

1: Select Library Music folder

From the Kies main screen, click Music. If you havent uploaded anything, it will be empty.

Multimedia sync

Personal information
Mac users can sync their address book contacts and iCal schedule with their Samsung counterparts

2: Select music to upload

Click Add Music File, browse your computer and choose tracks to add.

Choose individual files and folders on your Kies interface to sync with your Samsung device

View your multimedia

When connected to Kies, your devices memory status is shown at the top of the screen. If you have an SD card in your phone, this will be shown as external memory. The fuller your internal memory, the slower the device will perform so its important to always keep only necessary files stored on your phone. Click the folder icon next your internal memory to view everything on your phone. Go through each app to view the files it contains; for example, WhatsApp will contain all the images, video and voice notes that youve shared with your contacts. If youre running low on memory, go through each folder and flag any apps that are taking up a lot of memory. To manage multimedia on your device, open the tabs directly under your connected device. Here you can see all the photos, videos and music you have saved. See your content displayed in either list view or thumbnail view and sort folders by date, year and folder (Fig 1). To delete content directly from your device, select items by clicking and holding down the Shift key. Click the small bin icon at the top of the screen and then Confirm to delete.

Browse the Podcast store

Samsung Galaxy devices have been set up to act as multimedia hubs and a way to enjoy content on the move. In the Kies interface youll notice a store section called Podcast Channel. The store contains a vast collection of audio and video podcasts and via Kies you can subscribe to channels and download individual podcasts to your account and then sync them with your device. The home page of the store presents podcasts in different categories, such as News and Entertainment (Fig 2). Use the top tabs on the store to see the most popular current podcasts and newly recommend ones. The store stocks audio and video podcasts and by default shows a list of both together. To separate this out, click the Audio or Video option in the top-right corner. If you know the name of the content youre looking for, type it into the top search bar and then hit Enter to bring up a list of results (Fig3). Use the results sorting function to view podcasts by their popularity or the date they were uploaded. All podcasts you download or subscribe to will appear in the Podcasts tab of the Library. To move their podcasts to your Samsung device, perform a multimedia sync.

3: View music in Kies

The tracks will be added to your Kies account. Look under Music or Recently Added Music.

4: Sync to Samsung device

Perform a sync and youll see these new tracks added to the music collection on your device.

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Add podcasts
Subscribe to channels

1: Add URL for first-time podcast

Click the Podcast tab and enter the URL of the podcast you want to subscribe to.

2: Add extra podcast URLs

Tap the + icon on the Podcast screen and enter the new URL into the pop-up window.
Fig 1: View your video, image and music content by list view or by thumbnails and sort by date or by folder name

If youre running low on memory, go through each folder and flag any apps that are taking up a lot of memory
3: Scroll Podcast Channel
Find podcasts by scrolling through the built-in Podcast Channel store.

4: Select to download
Fig 2: View podcasts by category, from Business to Science & Technology. Click the category to view the full list Fig 3: Search for only audio or video content, or see both file types together in the results list

Open a channel and select podcast episodes to download to your collection.

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Essential accessories

Get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy device by using some of the best accessories around from styluses to speakers, we explore them all here

Your Galaxy device can certainly do plenty of things, but with the added bonus of a few accessories you can empower it to do so much more. Accessories come in all shapes and sizes, and although some are large, complicated products and some are ridiculously small, they all have killer features. Different kinds of accessories do different things, and finding the right thing for your device rests entirely on how you want to use it. Cases, for example, are the best way to

protect your device, but nowadays you can find waterproof cases, tough terrain cases and designer cases. With so much choice, its ultimately your decision to determine the type of case you really want. This sort of choice is what makes finding the right accessory for your phone a great experience. In this guide well show you through a wide variety of different types of accessories, highlighting all of their best points. Weve featured the best external keyboard

options for you to explore wireless as well as Bluetooth. With the amount youll be using your phone, cases are a definite must-have, and so are headphones to enjoy your multimedia content on the go. Speakers can convert your device into a mini entertainment hub. With the right apps, styluses can invoke your creativity. Sadly a common smartphone complaint is poor battery life, so weve also thrown in the best charging units for you to counteract this.

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is dramatically different. Connection via Bluetooth can sometimes cut out, rendering the keyboard useless, and forcing you to reconnect it. Youll also find the battery life on your phone will be affected; itll drain a whole lot quicker with Bluetooth enabled devices. To counter this, its definitely a good idea to only use a Bluetooth keyboard in sporadic bursts. Wi-Fi-connected keyboards are usually more secure and maintain connection a lot easier. Your battery life shouldnt suffer too badly when using a Wi-Fi keyboard, either. What kind of keyboard should I get? There are a variety of different wireless keyboards that are compatible with Android devices, so the choice is really up to you. Budget keyboards are great for people who are looking for something that they can do the odd bit of typing on, but lack the quality and finesse that many wordsmiths will look for. More expensive wireless keyboards are usually far more reliable and better designed than their cheaper compatriots. If you plan to travel around with your keyboard, then youll want to invest in a folding keyboard that you can easily put in a backpack or satchel.

Wireless keyboards
Its a good idea to purchase a decent wireless keyboard for your phone to use when your laptop isnt on hand
What ways are there to connect a wireless keyboard to my Galaxy device? There are a few different ways you can connect a wireless keyboard to your device. The most common youll find for Galaxy devices is establishing a Bluetooth connection between the keyboard and device. Most of the time, Bluetooth keyboards have tiny switches that enable them to be scanned by any Bluetooth-enabled Android device. The second option is via Wi-Fi. This is a little trickier to set up and requires you to manually connect your keyboard to your Wi-Fi hub, before connecting them to one another. What will it have on device performance? Depending on how you connected your keyboard to your device, general performance

Connect your Bluetooth keyboard

1: Open up Bluetooth
Access your settings and navigate to the Bluetooth sub-section within it. Press on the switch to turn it on.

2: Start a scan
Go to the Scan for Devices section within the Bluetooth page. Once your phone has found the keyboard, connect to it.

3: Start typing
Once youre connected, open up an app that requires typing and try out your new keyboard to see if it works.

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A good, solid case is the perfect way to protect against scuffs and scratches
and rugged, however, as these are occasions where your phone could easily get damaged. Many well-known designers have their own range of Galaxy cases nowadays, so for the fashionistas among you, take a look at some of the more colourful designs these designers can offer your device. How can I protect my screen from getting damaged and scratched? Although cases are the best bet for protecting the sides and back of your device, they offer little protection when it comes to your phones most important feature: its screen. Applying a screen protector to your device can stop your screen getting scratched and scuffed when youre using it, or when you drop your device. They are very thin, and are generally cheap to pick up.

What are the benefits of using a case on my device? Although it may look like a very simple piece of kit, a case should be the very first thing you buy for your device. Their main function is to fully protect your device from scratches. Many phones have plastic shells, meaning that scratches appear very easily, especially with budget devices, so using a case will keep your phone scratch free. Its important to note that some Galaxy devices will have more case options available to them than others. There are so many kinds of cases what should I be looking for? First and foremost you want to look for a case that offers the kind of protection you need. If youre a casual user then youll want a thin case that will let you keep your phone in the pocket. People who like to take to the great outdoors will want something far more thick

A case should be the very first thing you buy for your device

Get the best sound from your device
What sort of headphones are compatible with Galaxy devices? In theory, most headphones you can buy will be compatible with your device as long as it has a 3.5mm audio input somewhere on it. Although there are few different ones available on the market, you may also find headphones that are specifically made for Galaxy devices. As long as your device is Bluetooth-enabled, youll also be able to use wireless headphones. Cant I just use the standard earphones that came with my device? If youre purely a casual music listener who just wants to listen to the occasional song, then the standard earphones that come with most Galaxy devices should be fine. If, however, you want a truly great audio experience, then they simply wont cut it. Most of the earphones that come with devices as standard offer very tinny sound, and they often feel uncomfortable in your ear. Theyre also terrible at blocking out outside noise as you listen to music through them. Check out alternative options available online.

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Enhance your audio experience and turn the volume up with a speaker for your Android device
What if I want speakers that I can take with me on holiday, or just to use casually in the garden? If you dont want a mammoth speaker then dont worry, there are a variety of portable speakers for you to choose from. These speakers are very small, but most of them dont lower the sound quality at all. There are some fantastically designed portable speakers on the market, and youll have no problem tucking them away for when you really need them. Price-wise you can expect to pay a fraction of the price youd pay for a full speaker, but in return you wont get the sheer power the a full speaker can offer. Will I be able to use the speakers I purchase with any of my other devices? There are a few speakers out there that youll only be able to use with your Galaxy phone or tablet, but most can be used on other Android devices. If you buy one of these, youll be able to connect it to your games console, TV or any other electrical device that can have

its sound quality boosted by the speaker. Ultimately it depends on each individual speaker, so make you do some research to see how flexible the one you want is. There are really expensive speakers out there; are they worth the money? With speakers its safe to say that the more money you invest in them, the better sound quality youll get in return. Some of the biggest speaker manufacturers in the world, including Bose and Sonos, have Galaxycompatible speakers that will really transform the way you listen to your music. If youve got the money available and really care about your audio, then splashing the cash on an expensive speaker is highly recommended.

Perfect your sound with the Equalizer app

1: Select a preset
From the list of presets that Equalizer offers, select the one that suits the type of music youll be streaming through your speakers.

2: Adjust your EQ
The EQ screen will let you perfect your devices audio. Once done, press the save icon at the top of the app.

3: Boost the bass

If your speaker is compatible, take full advantage of bass booster feature in the Effects tab of the app.

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Bluetooth headsets
Use a Bluetooth headset when youre driving or out and about to wirelessly take calls and respond to emails
How do Bluetooth headsets work? If youve ever used the Bluetooth function to send and share things with another device before, youll have no trouble in connecting your Bluetooth headset to your device. To put it simply, the headset is connected to your device via Bluetooth, from which you can then receive calls without needing to use your hands to control your phone. This offers the perfect solution for people who tend to use their phone while driving, or for people who are generally out and about. What sorts of things can I do on Galaxy when Im using one of these headsets? As previously mentioned, youll be able to use your Bluetooth headset to receive and start phone calls. Moving on from that, youll also be able to take advantage of your devices voice recognition system to speak into your headset and type out a text to send to someone, although this feature is primarily only on newer devices. Some Bluetooth headsets also have a headphone function, meaning you can Bluetooth some songs over to listen to while youre out and about. Can I use my Bluetooth headset to control some of the apps on my device? The most common types of apps that people use their Bluetooth headsets with are video messaging apps. Skype is the perfect example for this, as you can video call someone and use your Bluetooth headset as a microphone. Similar apps that work in the same way are Fring, Tru App, Vopium and Nimbuzz. You can also use this with Google+.

How to stay hands-free when using a headset

1: Download Auto Bluetooth

Download the Auto Bluetooth app from the Play Store. Open it up and select the Settings option.

2: Activate the service

In the apps Settings menu, select Activate Service. Your device will accept calls on your behalf when the headset is paired.

With a Bluetooth headset, you can receive calls without needing to use your hands to control your phone
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3: Pair your device

Pair your device to your headset, and a notification will appear indicating that all calls will be automatically accepted. Accessories


Dont leave fingerprints on your screen use a stylus to control your device instead
your stylus to jot them down as long as you can read your virtual handwriting! The worst type of apps to use a stylus with are anything that includes touchscreen controls, which are much easier to control with fingers. Are there any Galaxy devices that come with a stylus? The only devices on the market that have a stylus packaged are the Samsung Galaxy Note, Note II and its tablet compatriots, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and 8.0. These devices come with an S Pen, which you can use to control the device, and use in conjunction with the S Pen-exclusive apps like S Planner and S Memo.

I have a capacitive-screened device, will a stylus work? Having a capacitive screen over a resistive screen is great news when it comes to buying a stylus. With a capacitive screen youll be able to swipe normally with your stylus, when with a resistive screen you need to hold your stylus in one place for it to work properly. What sort of apps are compatible with a stylus? Youll find the best types of apps that work with styluses are work and productivity apps. For example, apps like S Note and Evernote let you make quick notes by simply using

The only devices on the market that come with a stylus packaged are the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note II, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 and 8.0

Charging units
There are many different chargers available for Android devices, so picking the right one is essential
Im nowhere near my computer or an electrical outlet, so can I still charge my Galaxy device? If youre going on holiday, and wont have access to your computer or an electrical outlet, then you need to buy a travel charger. These are usually small square tabs that you charge before you leave. You can then connect them to your device when youre running out of battery life. Not only are they cheap, their size means you can easily travel with them. Are there chargers I can use to charge multiple devices? Some of the larger (and usually more expensive) chargers will have multiple USB ports from which youll be able to charge more than one device on at the same time. Although this is great if youve several devices that are low on battery power, itll take longer for the devices to fully charge. Youll also need

Larger chargers will have multiple USB ports to charge more than one device
to make sure youve got several USB cables on hand to connect to. Can I recharge using other accessories? Although it isnt their primary function, there are plenty of other accessories that you can use that will charge your device. Portable speakers are a great example of this type of accessory. Most have charging facilities when you connect to them, and although they wont charge your device nearly as quick as a proper charger will, theyre still very useful.

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