Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies
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On your Samsung Galaxy tablet, there’s nothing to downloading, other than understanding that most people use the term without knowing exactly what it means. Officially, a download is a transfer of information over a network from another source to your gizmo. For a Galaxy Note or a Galaxy Tab, that network is the Internet, and the other source is a web page.

  • The download notification appears after the tablet has downloaded something. You can choose that notification to view the download.

  • There’s no need to download program files. New software for your tablet is obtained from the Google Play Store.

  • Most people use the term download to refer to copying or transferring a file or other information. That’s technically inaccurate, but the description passes for social discussion.

  • The opposite of downloading is uploading. That’s the process of sending information from your gizmo to another location on a network.

How to grab an image from a web page on your Samsung Galaxy tablet

The simplest thing to download is an image from a web page. It’s cinchy: Long-press the image. You see a pop-up menu, from which you choose the Save Image command.

To view images you download from the web, you use the Gallery app. Downloaded images are saved in the Download album.

  • Technically, the image is stored in the Download folder in the tablet's internal storage.

How to download a file on your Samsung Galaxy tablet

The web is full of links that don’t open in a web browser window. For example, some links automatically download, such as links to PDF files, Microsoft Word documents, and other types of files that can’t be displayed by a web browser.

To save other types of links that aren’t automatically downloaded, long-press the link and choose the Save Link command from the menu that appears. If the Save Link command doesn’t appear, the file cannot be downloaded, either because the file is an unrecognized type or because there could be a security issue.

To review the items you’ve downloaded, open the Downloads app, which is found on the Apps screen. You’ll see the list of downloads sorted by date.


To view a download, choose it from the list. The appropriate app is then opened so you can view the download.

Should your tablet not have a Downloads app, you can choose the download notification to view the file. If prompted, choose an app to use for viewing, such as Gallery or Polaris Office, and then touch the Just Once button.

  • To remove an item from the Downloads list, select its box. Touch the Trash icon at the top of the screen to remove that download.

  • Sharing a downloaded item is done by placing a green check mark by the downloaded file and choosing the Share icon at the top of the screen.

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Dan Gookin combined his love of writing with his gizmo fascination nearly 30 years ago to produce more than 160 informative, entertaining books demystifying technology. Perhaps his most famous is DOS For Dummies, published in 1991, which became the world's fastest-selling computer book and launched the entire For Dummies franchise.

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