How to Use the People App on Your Nexus 7

To peruse the Nexus 7 address book, start the People app: Touch the All Apps button on the Home screen, and then touch the People app icon. The People app shows a list of all contacts in your Nexus 7, organized alphabetically by first name.

Scroll the list by swiping with your finger. Or you can drag the blue thumb button on the left side of the screen to quickly scan the list.

To do anything with a contact, you first have to choose it: Touch a contact name, and you see detailed information on the right side of the screen. The list of activities you can do with the contact depends on the information shown and the apps installed on the tab. Here are some options:

  • Place a phone call: No, the Nexus 7 isn’t a phone, but when you install Skype, touching a contact’s phone number activates that app and you can use the tablet to make a call.

  • Send e-mail: Touch the contact’s e-mail address to compose an e-mail message using either the Gmail or Email app. When the contact has more than one e-mail address, you can choose to which one you want to send the message.

  • View address: When the contact has a home or business address, you can choose that item to view the address using the Google Earth app or Maps app. When you choose the Maps app, you can then get directions, look at the place using the Street View tool, or do any of a number of interesting things.

  • View Google+ information: Contacts who are in your Google+ circles, or who may be Google+ users, feature the Connections heading. You can use the items there to start a conversation, hang out, or add them to a circle, for example. If a contact isn’t a Google+ member, you can use the Add Connection button to invite them or start a new connection.

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Some tidbits of information that show up for a contact have no associated action. For example, the tablet doesn’t sing Happy Birthday when you touch a contact’s birthday information.

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