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How to Use Your Nexus 7 Tablet for Video Entertainment

It’s not possible to watch “real” TV on the Nexus 7 tablet, but a few apps let you come close. The YouTube app is handy for watching random, meaningless drivel. And then there’s the Play Movies app, which lets you buy and rent real movies and TV shows from the Google Play Store.

Though you may not be able to pick up and enjoy the local Action News team every day at 5 p.m., you’re not bereft of video enjoyment on your tablet.

How to enjoy YouTube on your Nexus 7 tablet

YouTube is the Internet phenomenon that proves real life is indeed too boring and random for television. Or is it the other way around? Regardless, you can view the latest YouTube videos by using the YouTube app on your Nexus 7.

Search for videos by touching the Search icon. Type the video name, a topic, or any search terms to locate videos. Zillions of videos are available.

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The YouTube app displays suggestions for any channels you’re subscribed to, which allows you to follow favorite topics or YouTube content providers.

To view a video, touch its name or icon in the list.

  • To view the video in a larger size, tilt the tablet to the horizontal orientation.

  • You can instantly share YouTube videos with other Android users if their phones or tablets sport the Android Beam feature. If so, just touch the back of your Nexus 7 to your friend’s mobile device. When prompted, touch the text on the screen to send your friend the video.

  • Use the YouTube app to view YouTube videos rather than use the Chrome app to visit the YouTube website.

  • Because you have a Google account, you also have a YouTube account. You should log in to your YouTube account when using YouTube on the Nexus 7: Touch the Menu icon button and choose the Sign In command. Log in if you haven’t already. Otherwise, you see your account information, your videos, and any video subscriptions.

  • Not all YouTube videos are available for viewing on mobile devices.

How to buy and rent movies on the Nexus 7 tablet

You can use the Google Play Store to rent movies. Open the Play Movies & TV app, found on the All Apps screen.

Renting or purchasing a movie is done at the Play Store, and it works just like purchasing an app. Choose a movie or TV show to rent or buy. Touch the price button and then choose your method of payment.

Movies and shows rented at the Play Store are available for viewing up to 30 days after you pay the rental fee. After you start the movie, you can pause and watch it again and again during a 24-hour period.

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