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How to Use Google+ on the Nexus 7 Tablet

What irks Google is that no one really takes its own social networking site, Google+, seriously. Because you have the Nexus 7 tablet, which is a Google tablet, you’re given the Google+ app preinstalled to help you begin your social networking journey. No other social networking apps are preinstalled, so the message is clear.

How to set up Google+ on the Nexus 7 tablet

Even though you may already have a Google account, you may still have to endure the pain of setting up and configuring Google+ on your Nexus 7. Do so: Start the Google+ app. Obey the setup directions on the screen. Generally speaking, just accept whatever settings are offered and fill in any blanks as appropriate to your Gmail account. You can always customize things later if you like.

After the initial setup, you next see the main Google+ screen, which (amazingly) shows lots of information, news items, and updates, even when you’ve never used Google+.

  • To change settings in the Google+ app, touch the Menu icon in the upper-right corner of the screen. Choose the Settings command to access the Settings screen.

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  • To return to the main Google+ screen, touch the app icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.

How to use Google+ on the Nexus 7 tablet

Google+ appears on your tablet. Touch the App button in the upper-left corner of the screen to see the sidebar. The Home item is the main place to go for news updates, posts, and such.

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To compose a new message to your Google+ pals, touch the green pencil icon at the bottom of the screen. If you don’t see that icon, swipe up toward the first post.

Google+ provides a gateway to text and video chat available through the Hangouts app. You can choose Hangouts from the sidebar or run the Hangouts app directly.

  • To quit Google+, touch the Home navigation button.

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  • To sign out of Google+, touch the Menu icon and choose the Sign Out command.

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