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Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies

By: Dan Gookin Published: 01-30-2019

Welcome to the Galaxy

Popular for both work and play, Android tablets fill a useful niche between smartphone and computer. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab kicks it up a notch, offering both hardware and software technology beyond its competitors. Samsung enhances the basics—web, email, eReader, navigation, music, video, camera—and offers unique tools such as the Bixby assistant and the high-tech S-Pen. Coupled with an envious design, Galaxy Tab is a formidable contender to other devices, offering features you won’t find anywhere else. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab For Dummies helps you take full advantage of everything this sweet device has to offer. Whether you’re looking to keep in touch with friends and family on social media, want a portable way to stay connected to your work, or desire to read the latest potboiler or catch-up with the latest streaming TV drama, the Galaxy Tab makes it possible—and this book shows you how.  

  • Set up and start using your new tablet
  • Connect with email, video chat, and explore social media
  • Play games, enjoy music, watch movies and streaming TV
  • Browse digital magazines and enjoy ebooks 

A whole new galaxy awaits! Get ready to soak it all in! 

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Social Networking on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Article / Updated 04-29-2019

Armed with your Samsung Galaxy tablet, you can keep your digital social life up-to-date wherever you go. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab Facebook app and other social media, you can communicate with your friends, followers, and buddies; upload pictures and videos you take on the tablet; or simply share your personal, private, intimate thoughts with the mass of humanity. Face-to-Face with Facebook Of all the social networking sites, Facebook is the king. It's the online place to go to catch up with friends, send messages, express your thoughts, share pictures and videos, play games, and waste more time than you ever thought you had. Though you can access Facebook on the web by using the tablet’s web browser app, I highly recommend that you use the Facebook app, described in this section. If your Tab doesn’t have the Facebook app preinstalled, obtain it from Google Play. You can use the Facebook app to sign up for a Facebook account, or you can sign in with your existing account. After signing in to Facebook the first time, you must perform configuration. I recommend choosing the option to synchronize Facebook with your Android’s Contacts app. You must grant permission for the app to access your contacts; tap the ALLOW button when prompted. Running Facebook on your Galaxy tablet The main Facebook screen has several tabs, shown here. The primary tab is the News Feed. Options for interacting with Facebook appear at the bottom of the screen. To set Facebook aside, tap the Home navigation icon to return to the Home screen. The Facebook app continues to run until you either sign out of the app or turn off your device. To sign out of the Facebook app, tap the More icon and choose the Log Out action (from the bottom of the list). Tap the LOG OUT button to confirm. To update the News Feed, tug downward on the screen: Swipe from just below the status bar to the center of the touchscreen. Use the Like, Comment, or Share icons below a News Feed item to like, comment, or share something, respectively. Existing comments appear only when you choose the Comment item. The Facebook app generates notifications for news items, mentions, chats, and so on. This notification icon looks similar to the one shown. To send instant messages on Facebook, you must obtain a separate app. The Facebook app bugs you to install the Messenger app, prompting eternally until you do so. Setting your status on the Galaxy Tab Facebook app The primary thing you live for on Facebook, besides having more friends than anyone else, is to update your status. It's the best way to share your thoughts with the universe and is far cheaper than skywriting and far less offensive than a robocall. To set your status, follow these steps in the Facebook app: Switch to the News Feed. Tap the News Feed icon. Tap the status update area. It typically shows the text What’s on your mind? Upon success, you see the Create Post screen, where you can type your musings as well as perform other activities, as illustrated in the following figure. Set the post’s visibility. The two main options are Public and Friends, where Public makes the post visible to anyone on Facebook and Friends limits viewing to only your friends. Tap the What’s On Your Mind field to type something pithy, newsworthy, or typical of the stuff you read on Facebook. When you can't think of anything to post, take off your shoes, sit down, and take a picture of your feet against something else in the background. That seems to be really popular. Tap the POST button to share your thoughts. To cancel the post, tap the Back navigation icon. Tap the Discard Post button to confirm. If you’ve added the Facebook widget to the Home screen, you can use that widget to share a quick post. The color palette below the post text lets you set a background color for the post. Other options include adding a photo, setting a location, and so on. When you tap one of these icons, you see a complete list of potential actions and activities. Uploading a picture to Facebook from the Galaxy Tab One of the many things your Galaxy Tab can do is take pictures. Combine that feature with the Facebook app and you have an all-in-one gizmo designed for sharing the various intimate and private moments of your life with the ogling throngs of the Internet. To share a picture or video in the Facebook app, follow these steps: Update your status. You don’t need to type any text if you just want to post a photo or video. Tap the Add Photo icon. After you tap the icon, you see a long slate of potential actions. Select an image stored on your phone or tablet. You can, optionally, tap additional images to share an album. Tap the DONE button. The images or videos are presented in the post. Tap the POST button to share. You can also snap a picture or record a video on the spot: In Step 4, tap the Add Photo or Add Video icon, both of which are shown in the margin. Use the device’s camera to shoot the image or record a video snippet. I find it easier to use the Camera app to take a bunch of images or record video and then choose that item later to upload it to Facebook. If you’re unhappy with the photo you took, tap the Retry button to take another image, or tap Done / OK and get ready to post the image or video to Facebook. Tap Cancel (in the upper left corner of the screen) to abandon your efforts. Another popular photo-sharing option is 360 Photo, which lets you capture a wider panoramic shot or the entire area around you. Not every device shows this option in the Facebook app. The Facebook app appears on the various Share menus available in other apps on the tablet. Tap the Share icon to send to Facebook a YouTube video, an image, a web page, some music, and so on. Going live on the Galaxy Tab Facebook ap When you opt to share a video on Facebook, you have several options. You can Share a video that was already recorded and saved. Record a video and then share it. Go live, and share the video as you record it. The first two options are covered in the preceding section. To go live, choose the Go Live option instead of Photo/Video: Before typing text, look for the Go Live entry in the long list of actions you can perform or add to a Facebook post. Going live involves using the Tab’s camera. You can switch front and rear cameras before or during the recording. Tap the Record icon to start; tap the Stop icon to end the broadcast. The video is presented live to anyone who’s on Facebook at the time. You can, optionally, save the video for playback later: Read the prompts after you stop recording. All A-Twitter with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Twitter is a social networking site, similar to Facebook but far briefer. On Twitter, you write short spurts of text that express your thoughts or observations, or you share links. Or, you can use Twitter just to follow the thoughts and twitterings, or tweets, of other people. If your Android didn’t come with the Twitter app, obtain it from Google Play. Install and run the app to sign in to Twitter using an existing account, or create a new account on the spot. This figure illustrates the Twitter app’s main screen, which shows the current tweet feed. The Twitter app is updated frequently, so its exact appearance may change. To read tweets, choose the Home category, shown in Figure 10-3. Recent tweets are displayed in a list, with the most recent information at the top. Tug the list downward to update the tweets; swipe from just below the status bar to center screen. To tweet, tap the New Tweet icon, shown in Figure 10-3. The “What’s happening?” screen appears, where you can compose a tweet. A tweet has a limited number of characters. An indicator on the New Tweet screen informs you of how many characters remain. Tap the Tweet button to share your thoughts with the twitterverse. A message posted on Twitter is a You can post messages on Twitter and follow others who post messages. Twitter is a good way to get updates and information quickly, from not only individuals but also news outlets and other organizations. Even More Social Networking The Internet is nuts over social networking. Facebook may be the king, but lots of landed gentry are out for that crown. It almost seems as though a new social networking site pops up every week. Beyond Facebook and Twitter, other social networking sites include, but are not limited to Google+ LinkedIn Meebo MeWe Myspace Apps for these services are obtained from Google Play. You can use the app itself to sign up for an account or log in by using an existing account. Google+ is Google's social networking app, which is related to the Hangouts app. The HootSuite app can be used to share your thoughts on a multitude of social networking platforms. As with Facebook and Twitter, you may find your social networking apps appearing on Share menus in various apps. That way, you can easily share your pictures and other types of media with your online social networking pals.

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How to Browse the Google Play Store on Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Article / Updated 04-29-2019

The place to find more stuff for your Samsung Galaxy Tab is the digital marketplace known as the Google Play Store. You can obtain music, books, movies, TV shows, and, most importantly, apps. A lot of the stuff that’s available is free. Some of it costs money, but not as much as you would expect. Bottom line: The Google Play Store is the place to go when you need to expand upon your Tab’s capabilities. Google Play may sound like a place to go for buying nerdy children’s outerwear, but it's really an online bazaar where you pick up new goodies for your tablet: apps, games, music, magazines, movies, TV shows, and books. You can browse, you can get free stuff, or you can pay. It all happens at the Play Store. Though it’s called Google Play, the app is titled Play Store. These terms are used interchangeably. You obtain items from Google Play by downloading them from the Internet to your tablet. This file transfer works best at top speeds; therefore: If you have an LTE Tab, I highly recommend that you connect it to a Wi-Fi network if you plan to obtain apps, books, or movies at Google Play. Wi-Fi not only gives you speed but also helps you avoid data surcharges. The Play Store app is frequently updated. How to Browse Google Play Store To access Google Play, open the Play Store app. A launcher icon for the Play Store app might also be available on the Home screen; otherwise, look on the Apps screen. After opening the Play Store app, you see the main screen, similar to the one shown. If not, tap the Left Arrow icon in the upper left corner of the screen until you see the main screen. Or, if you see the Side Menu icon (shown in the margin), tap it and choose Home from the navigation drawer. To browse, tap a category atop the screen. Available categories include apps, games, movies, TV shows, music, books, and magazines. For example, to browse for an app, you choose the Home category and then Top Charts to see what’s hot. Further categories, such as Top Free Apps, help you refine your search. When you have an idea of what you want, such as an app's name or even what it does, searching works fastest: Touch the Search (magnifying glass) icon at the top of the Play Store screen. Type all or part of the app's name or perhaps a description. To see more information about an item, touch it to view a detailed description, screen shots, a video preview, comments, plus links to similar items, as shown in Figure 16-2. The first time you enter Google Play, or immediately after an upgrade, you have to accept the terms of service; tap the ACCEPT button. You can be assured that all apps that appear in Google Play can be used with your Galaxy Tab. There's no way to download or buy something that's incompatible. Pay attention to an app's ratings. Ratings are added by people who use the apps — people like you and me. Having more stars is better. You can see additional information, including individual user reviews, by selecting the app. Another good indicator of an app's success is how many times it's been downloaded. Some apps have been downloaded 100 million times. That's a good sign. In the following figure, the app’s description (on the right) shows the INSTALL button. Other buttons that may appear on an app's description screen include OPEN, UPDATE, and UNINSTALL. The OPEN button opens an app that's already installed on the tablet; the UPDATE button updates an already installed app; and the UNINSTALL button removes an installed app. How to download items from Google Play Store After you locate something you want from Google Play, the next step is to download it; the app, music, book, or movie is copied from Google Play on the Internet to your Galactic tablet. Apps are installed immediately. Books, music, and movies become available at once. Good news: Most apps are available for free. Electronic versions of classic books are free. Occasionally, free movies and music are offered. Even when you pay for something, the cost isn’t outrageous. The goal is to build your Tab’s media library. I recommend that you download a free app or eBook first, to familiarize yourself with the process. Then try your hand at a paid app. Free or not, the process of obtaining an app works pretty much the same. Follow these steps: Ensure that the Tab is connected to the Internet on a Wi-Fi network. You want to avoid mobile data surcharges for an LTE Tab. Open the Play Store app. Find the item you want and open its description. The description screen looks similar to the one shown on the right side in the figure, even for eBooks, music, and movies. Tap the button to obtain the item. A free app features an INSTALL button. A free eBook features an EBOOK FREE button. For a free movie or TV show or music, look for a FREE button. You might also see a FREE SAMPLE or FREE TRIAL button for some items. In that case, tap the button to view or listen to a free sample of the media. Paid items feature a button that shows the price. For movies and TV shows, you may see a Rent or Purchase button. Tap the Accept button, if prompted. The Accept button appears on an access card. It describes which device features the app uses. The list isn’t a warning, just a summary. Even so, you’re prompted later as the app runs and it requests permission to access various items. For a paid item, tap the Buy button. Wait for the item to download or to become available. Media items are available instantly. Apps are downloaded and installed, which may take some time. Feel free to do something else while the app downloads. Installation takes place automatically. Tap the OPEN, PLAY, LISTEN, READ, or similar button to run the app, watch a video, listen to music, or read a book, respectively. Media arrives quickly to your Tab because it’s not actually copied to the device. Instead, the item is streamed, or made available only when you request it. This process works as long as an Internet connection is available. The Play Store app prompts you for payment information if you haven’t yet supplied it. This prompt appears even for free items, in which case you can skip the prompt: Tap the SKIP button. You can always supply payment information the first time you actually buy something. If you chose to do something else while an app downloads, refer to the status bar to check for the Successfully Installed notification. Choose that notification to open the recently obtained app. Apps you download are added to the Apps drawer, made available like any other app on your phone or tablet. Additionally, you may find the app on the Home screen. Media you’ve obtained from Google Play is accessed from a specific app: Play Music for music, Play Books for books, and Play Movies & TV for video. After obtaining an item from Google Play, you receive a Gmail message confirming your purchase, paid or free. Google Play doesn’t currently offer refunds on purchased media, which includes music, books, and movies. Keep an eye out for special offers from Google Play. These offer a great way to pick up some free songs, movies, and books. How to purchase something from Google Play Store When you purchase something at Google Play, you tap the Buy button. A card appears, listing available payment methods, similar to what’s shown here. In the figure, the app cost $6.99. The chosen payment method is a VISA card, though if you tap this item, you see more options for making the purchase. The selected payment method is used automatically after the Buy button is tapped. Here’s how that operation works: Tap the BUY button. For security, you’re prompted to type your Google password. Type your Google password. I strongly recommend that you do not choose the option Never Ask Me Again. You want to be prompted every time for your password. Tap the Confirm button. Type the credit card’s security code. This is the CVC code, found on the back of the card. Tap the VERIFY button. The app is downloaded or the media made available to your phone or tablet. To select another payment method, choose Payment Methods and select another credit or debit card or use your Google Play balance. After another payment method is selected, continue with Step 1 in this section. Information about any potential refund is provided in the Gmail message you receive after the purchase. Review the message for details. Be quick on that refund: For a purchased app, you have only two hours to get your money back. You know when the time limit is up, because the REFUND button on the app's description screen changes to UNINSTALL. The credit or debit cards listed in Google Play are those you’ve used before. Don’t worry: Your information is safe. All music sales are final. Don't blame me; I'm just writing down Google's current policy for music purchases. How to rent or purchase videos When it comes to movies and TV shows available at the Google Play Store, you have two options: Rent or purchase. When you desire to rent a video, the rental is available to view for the next 30 days. Once you start watching, however, you have only 24 hours to finish — you can also watch the video over and over again during that time span. Purchasing a video is more expensive than renting it, but you can view the movie or TV show at any time, on any Android device. You can also download the movie so that you can watch it even when an Internet connection isn’t available, as described in the later section “Keeping stuff on the device.” One choice you must make when buying a movie is whether to purchase the SD or HD version. The SD version is cheaper and occupies less storage space (if you choose to download the movie). The HD version is more expensive, but it plays at high-definition only on certain output devices. Obviously, when watching on your Tab only, the SD option is preferred. Google Play Tricks You may have no desire to be a Google Play expert. Just get the app you want, grouse over having to pay 99 cents for that must-have game or $4.99 to rent the latest blockbuster, and get on with your life. When you’re ready to get more from the Play Store, peruse Google Play Store Tricks for Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

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Wireless Networking and the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Article / Updated 04-29-2019

Your Samsung Galaxy Tab’s battery allows it to wander away from a wall socket. Wireless networking is what keeps a gizmo such as your Galaxy Tab connected to the Internet. The digital cellular signal offers Internet access pretty much all over. Other types of wireless communications are available, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. These features ensure portability. How to use the Samsung Galaxy Tab mobile data network The LTE Tab uses the mobile data network to connect to the Internet, the same network type used by smartphones. Several types of digital cellular networks are available: 4G LTE: The fourth generation of wide-area data network and the fastest. 3G: The third-generation network, which is the fastest network when a 4G signal isn’t available. 1X: The original, slo-o-ower cellular data signals, many of which are still available. An LTE tablet always uses the best network available. So if the 4G LTE network is within reach, that network is used for Internet access. Otherwise, the 3G network is chosen next, and then 1X in an act of last-ditch desperation. A notification icon for the type of network being used appears in the status area, right next to the Signal Strength icon. Accessing the digital cellular network isn't free. Your tablet most likely has some form of subscription plan for a certain quantity of data. When you exceed that quantity, the costs can become prohibitive. Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Wi-Fi The digital cellular connection is nice, and it's available pretty much all over, but it costs you moolah. A better option, and one you should seek out when it's available, is Wi-Fi, or the same wireless networking standard used by computers for communicating with each other and the Internet. Making Wi-Fi work on your Galactic tablet requires two steps. First, you must activate the tablet's Wi-Fi radio. Second, you connect the tablet to a specific wireless network. The next two sections cover both of these steps. Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity. It's brought to you by the numbers 802.11 and various letters of the alphabet. Activating and deactivating Wi-Fi for your Galaxy Tab Follow these carefully written directions to activate Wi-Fi networking on your Galaxy Tab: Open the Settings app. The app is found on the Apps screen, or you can use the shortcut on the Notifications shade. Choose Connections. Ensure that the master control by the Wi-Fi setting is on. To disable the Wi-Fi radio, repeat these steps but set the master control to the Off position. Turning off Wi-Fi disconnects the tablet from any wireless networks. And now, the shortcut: Pull down the notifications shade and use the Wi-Fi Quick Setting to turn Wi-Fi on or off. When the icon is highlighted, the Wi-Fi radio is on. When activated, the Tab connects automatically to any known Wi-Fi networks. So, when you saunter back to the same café, the connection is established automatically. Using Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet doesn't incur data usage charges. How to connect your Samsung Galaxy Tab to a Wi-Fi network After you've activated the tablet's Wi-Fi radio, you can connect to an available wireless network. Heed these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Connections tab. On the right side of the screen, choose Wi-Fi. Choose a wireless network from the list. Available Wi-Fi networks appear on the right side of the screen, as shown. (As shown in the figure, I chose Imperial Wambooli, which is my office network.) When no wireless networks are listed, you're out of luck regarding wireless access from your current location. If the network requires a password, type it. Tap the Enter Password text box to summon the onscreen keyboard. Tap the Show Password button to see what you're typing; some of those network passwords are long. Tap the CONNECT button. The Tab is immediately connected to the network. If not, try the password again. Finding a wireless network. When the Tab is connected to a wireless network, you see the Wi-Fi status icon, shown in the margin. This icon indicates that the tablet's Wi-Fi is on, connected, and communicating with the network. Some public networks are open to anyone, but you must use the web browser app to access a login page before you’re granted full access: Open the web browser app, browse to any page on the Internet, and the login page shows up. To remember a Wi-Fi network, and automatically reconnect the next time your Tab is in range, tap the Auto Reconnect option when typing the network password. (Refer to Step 5 in this section.) That way, you need not retype the password the next time the tablet uses that network. Not every wireless network has a password. They should! Generally speaking, I don't avoid connecting to any public network that lacks a password, but I don't use that network for shopping, banking, or any other online activity that should be conducted securely. To disconnect from a Wi-Fi network, turn off the tablet’s Wi-Fi radio. Unlike a cellular data network, a Wi-Fi network's broadcast signal goes only so far. My advice is to use Wi-Fi whenever you plan to remain in one location for a while. If you wander too far, your tablet loses the signal and is disconnected. How to connect the Galaxy Tab to a hidden Wi-Fi network Some wireless networks don't broadcast their names, which adds security but also makes connecting more difficult. In these cases, choose the Add Network option located at the bottom of the list of available Wi-Fi networks. Type the network name, or SSID, and choose the type of security. You also need the password if one is used. You can obtain this information from the person in charge of the wireless network at your location, such as the girl with the nose ring who sold you coffee. How to connect the Galaxy Tab to a WPS router Many Wi-Fi routers feature WPS, which stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. It’s a network authorization system that’s fast and quite secure. If the wireless router uses WPS and you can find the WPS icon shown in the margin, you can use this feature to quickly connect your Tab to the network. To make a WPS connection, obey these steps: Open the Settings app and tap the Connections tab. Choose Wi-Fi. Tap the ADVANCED button. Choose WPS Push Button for a push-button router, or choose WPS PIN Entry if the router requires you to type a PIN. Follow the onscreen directions to complete the connection.

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How to Connect the Samsung Galaxy Tab to TV and Other Ways to Share

Article / Updated 04-29-2019

Despite the device’s wireless and mobile nature, you may desire to share information stored on your Samsung Galaxy Tab with other devices. Likewise, you might want to access from your tablet information stored elsewhere. Several methods are available to accomplish these tasks, although osmosis doesn’t seem to be as effective as others. How to Connect the Samsung Galaxy Tab to TV It’s possible to view videos displayed or audio played on your Galaxy Tab S on an HDMI TV or monitor. As long as that TV or monitor has the Google Chromecast gizmo installed, screen sharing or casting is a snap. It’s how I watch movies from Play Movies & TV, Netflix, and Hulu Plus on the big screen. Here’s a general idea of how casting works: Ensure that both the Tab and the casting gizmo access the same Wi-Fi network. Open the app that has the media you want to play. For example, open HBO Now to watch Game of Thrones or Spotify to listen to tunes. Ensure that the HDTV or monitor is on and the input with the Chromecast dongle is selected. For example, on my Big, Expensive TV, Chromecast is on HDMI Input 1. Tap the Chromecast icon. If it doesn’t appear, redo Step 2. When multiple Chromecasts exist on the same Wi-Fi network, choose one from the list. Start playing the media. The item you select appears on the HDTV or monitor. Use the tablet to control the media: play, pause, and so on. With some apps, you may see additional details on the tablet, such as actor’s names or other trivia. To stop casting, tap the Chromecast icon again and choose DISCONNECT, or you can just turn off the TV or monitor. How to share files from the Galaxy Tab in the cloud A wireless way to share files between a computer and the Galaxy Tab is to use one of several online storage apps, such as Google Drive or Dropbox. These apps grant your tablet access to Internet file storage, also known as cloud storage. Any other device that uses the online storage also has access to the files. That makes Dropbox an ideal way to share and swap files. The Tab comes with Google Drive. Dropbox is obtained, as well as other cloud storage apps, from the Play Store. Beyond installing those apps on your tablet, install their desktop counterparts on your computer or laptop. You get a modicum of free storage with your account, and you can pay to add more. The files and folders accessed on cloud storage are available to both your computer and tablet. Copy, move, or create a file in one of the folders, and all your devices have access — provided an Internet connection is available. File management on the Galaxy tablet is handled by the My Files app, in case you're into that sort of thing. See the later section “Managing files.” You can configure the tablet so that pictures and videos you take are instantly uploaded to your Google Drive or to Dropbox. How to print files from the Samsung Galaxy Tab You may not think of it as “file sharing,” but using a printer with the Galaxy Tab is another way to get a file from here to there. It just happens that “there” is a printer, not a computer. Printing on your Galaxy Tab works like this: View the material you want to print. You can print a web page or photo or any number of items. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose the Print action. If the Print action isn’t available, choose Share. On the list of sharing items, choose Print. Choose a printer from the Select Printer list or the action bar. Any printer available on the Wi-Fi network that the Tab is using shows up in the list. To view printers from the action bar, tap the bar, as illustrated. Change any print settings. For example, tap the Pages item to set the pages you want to print. Or change the number of copies. These are common print settings, similar to those you’d find in a computer’s Print dialog box. Tap the big ol’ Print button. The material you’re viewing spews forth from the printer. Not every app supports printing. The only way to know is to work through Steps 1 and 2. If you don’t see the Print action, you can’t print. If the printer service for your printer isn’t available, the Tab prompts you to download it. Proceed according to the directions presented on the screen. How to transfer files by using the USB connection The point of making the USB connection between your Galaxy Tab and a computer is to exchange files. You can't just wish the files over. Instead, I recommend following the advice in this section. A good understanding of basic file operations is necessary before you attempt file transfers between your computer and the Galaxy tablet. You need to know how to copy, move, rename, and delete files. It also helps to be familiar with what folders are and how they work. The good news is that you don't need to manually calculate a 64-bit cyclical redundancy check on the data, nor do you need to know what a parity bit is. I can think of plenty of reasons why you would want to copy a file from your computer to the tablet. You can transfer pictures and videos, music, or audio files or copy vCards exported from the computer’s email program, which helps build the tablet's address book. Follow these steps to copy files between a computer and the tablet: Connect the Galaxy Tab to the computer. On a PC, if the AutoPlay dialog box appears, select the Open Folder/Device to View Files option. When the AutoPlay dialog box doesn't appear, press the Win+E keyboard shortcut to open a File Explorer window. Choose This PC from the navigation drawer and locate your Galaxy Tab’s storage icon(s) in that window. The tablet's folder window you see looks like any other folder in Windows. The difference is that the files and folders in that window are on the Galaxy Tab, not on the computer. On a Macintosh, the Android File Transfer program should start and appear on the screen. On the PC, open the folder that contains files you want to copy to the tablet, or into which you can to copy files from the tablet. Open the folder that contains the files, or somehow have the file icons visible on the screen. Drag file icons between the two folders. The figure illustrates two folder windows that are open on a PC: one on the Galaxy Tab and the other on the PC. Use the mouse to drag icons between the two folders. The same file dragging technique can be used for transferring files from a Macintosh. Drag the icons to or from the Android File Transfer window, which works just like any folder window in the Finder. Close the folder windows and disconnect the USB cable when you're done. If you don’t know where to copy files to your Tab, I offer these recommendations: Copy music or audio files to the Music folder. Even then, a better way to copy music is to use a jukebox program on your computer to make the transfer. Copy images to the Pictures folder. As with music, a better option is to use a photo management program to transfer images to the tablet in an organized fashion. Copy all other files to the tablet’s Download folder. After all, you’re technically downloading files from the computer, so that seems like an obvious choice.

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How to Organize and Manage Samsung Galaxy Tab Apps

Article / Updated 04-28-2019

At last estimate, more than 2.6 million apps are available at the Google Play Store. Why not collect them all for your Samsung Galaxy Tab? Organization is the key word, and organizing and managing your Samsung Galaxy Tab apps is a rather painless experience. Samsung Galaxy apps on the Home Screen Lots of interesting doodads bespeckle your tablet's Home screen, like bugs on a windshield after a long trip. The two items you'll notice the most are apps and widgets. How to add an app to the Galaxy Tab Home screen When new apps are installed on the Galaxy Tab, a launcher icon is automatically affixed to the Home screen representing that app. You can perform this action manually, which helps put the apps you use most within easy reach. Here's how that works: Swipe the screen upward from the bottom. You see the Apps screen, home to all the apps on your tablet. Some of the apps are held in folders. Long-press the app icon you want to add to the Home screen. After a moment, a list of actions pops up, similar to what’s shown in the figure. Choose Add to Home. The app is placed on the Home screen. For more precise action, after Step 3, drag the icon up to the top of the Apps screen, where you see the text Drag Here to Add to Home Screen, or you can continue to long-press the icon and eventually the Home screen appears. Continue to drag the icon to a specific location. Lift your finger to place it at that spot. The app hasn't moved: What you see is a launcher, which is like a shortcut. You can still find the app on the Apps screen, but now the app is — more conveniently — available on the Home screen. Keep launchers on the Home screen for the apps you use most often. You can't stuff more icons on the Home screen than will fit in the grid, but the Tab gives you solutions for that crowded situation. One solution is to create an app folder. A second solution is to add another Home screen page. How to build Samsung Galaxy app folders A great way to keep similar apps together on the Home screen is to bundle them into folders. For example, I have a Watch folder on my Tab full of apps that show movies and TV shows. To create an app folder, follow these steps: Long-press an app launcher icon. A pop-up bubble appears, as shown in the following figure. Choose Select Items. Tap other launchers, those that you want to add to the folder. You can swipe left or right to view different Home screens from which you can also select apps. If you change your mind at this point, tap the Back navigation icon to flee from the folder creation process. At the top of the screen, choose the Create Folder icon. The folder appears, listing the apps you selected. Type a name for the folder. Tap the Enter Folder Name field. Be short and descriptive, such as Social Networking, Music, or Samsung Stuff I Don’t Use. Tap the Back navigation icon when you’re done. Once a folder is created, you can add another launcher quickly by long-pressing its icon and dragging it into the folder. To remove a launcher from a folder, tap to open and view the folder’s contents. Long-press the icon and drag to the text at the top of the screen: Drag Here to Remove from Folder. Folder icons are managed just like other icons on the Home screen. You can drag them around by long-pressing them, and you can delete them. Change a folder's name by opening the folder and then tapping the folder's name. Use the onscreen keyboard to type a new folder name. When the second-to-last icon is removed from a folder, the folder is also removed. How to manage your Samsung Galaxy apps The good news is that you really don’t have to worry about managing apps on your Galaxy Tab. The Android operating system deftly handles that task for you. The bad news is that occasionally you may need to delicately dip your big toe into the app management sea. That’s why I wrote this section. How to update Samsung Galaxy apps App updates happen all the time. They’re automatic. Occasionally, you’re called upon to perform a manual update. How can you tell? The Updates Available notification appears. Here’s how to deal with that notification: Open the Play Store app. Tap the Side Menu icon to view the navigation drawer. The Side Menu icon appears in the upper left corner of the screen. You may have to tap the Left Arrow icon (in the upper left corner of the screen) a few times before you can see the Side Menu icon. Choose My Apps & Games. Tap the Update All button. If prompted, tap the Accept button to acknowledge an app’s permission. You may need to repeat this step for each app in need of an update. The apps are individually updated. You can view the progress in the Play Store app or go off and do something else with your Tab. Yes, the Tab must have an Internet connection to update apps. If the connection is broken, the apps update when the connection is reestablished. Tap the STOP button on the My Apps screen to halt the updates. How to uninstall a Samsung Galaxy app I can think of a few reasons to remove an app. It's with eager relish that I remove apps that don't work or somehow annoy me. It's also perfectly okay to remove redundant apps, such as when you have multiple eBook readers that you don't use. Whatever the reason, follow these directions to uninstall an app: Start the Play Store app. Tap the Side Menu icon to view the navigation drawer. Choose My Apps & Games. Tap the Installed tab. Choose the app that offends you. Tap the Uninstall button. Tap the OK button to confirm. The app is removed. The app continues to appear on the All tab on the My Apps screen even after it's been removed. After all, you installed it once. You can always reinstall paid apps that you've uninstalled. You aren't charged twice for doing so. You can't remove apps that are preinstalled on the tablet by either Samsung or your cellular provider. I'm sure there's probably a technical way to uninstall the apps, but seriously: Just don't use the apps if you want to remove them and discover that you can't. You can also uninstall any app by long-pressing its launcher on the Home screen or its icon on the Apps screen: Choose the Uninstall option after long-pressing. One way to avoid apps you don’t like is to place them into an Apps screen folder. How to choose a default app to open a file Every so often, you may see the Open With or Complete Action Using prompt, similar to the one shown here. Multiple apps are available that can deal with your request. You pick one and then choose either ALWAYS or JUST ONCE. When you choose ALWAYS, the same app is used for whatever action took place: compose email, listen to music, choose a photo, navigate, and so on. When you choose JUST ONCE, you see the prompt again. My advice is to choose JUST ONCE until you get sick of seeing the prompt. At that point, after choosing the same app over and over, choose ALWAYS. The fear, of course, is that you’ll make a mistake. Keep reading in the next section. (The technology industry uses the word default way too often.) How to clear a default app Fret not, gentle reader. The settings chosen for the Complete Action Using prompt can be undone. For example, if you select the Docs app from the preceding screen, you can undo that choice by following these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Apps. Choose the app that opens as the default. For example, if you chose the Docs app, locate Docs in the list of apps and tap its entry. On the App Info screen, choose the item Set As Default. Tap the CLEAR DEFAULTS button. After you clear the defaults for an app, you see the Open With or Complete Action Using prompt again. The next time you see it, however, make a better choice. How to set a default Samsung Galaxy app Beyond apps that open files, the Galaxy Tab also has default apps for completing some system-wide tasks. For example, if you tap a web page link and the Tab has more than one web browser installed, you can choose which one to use. To peruse default apps, heed these directions: Open the Settings app. Choose the Apps category. Tap the Action Overflow and choose Default Apps. The Action Overflow icon appears in the upper right corner of the screen. If you desire to change one of the defaults, such as the Browser App, tap that item and select a new app from the list. Beyond the Browser app, you can choose which app to run as the Home screen, and the Device Assistance app. How to shut down a Samsung Galaxy app run amok It happens. Sometimes, an app goes crazy and just won’t stop. Although Google tries to keep unstable apps out of the Play Store, not all technology is perfect. If you need to smite an errant app, follow these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose the Apps category. Tap the app’s entry. Tap the FORCE STOP button. If you see a warning, tap the OK button to stop the app. Only stop an app that you truly cannot halt in any other way. If the app you want to halt appears as a launcher on the Home screen, long-press it to see a pop-up bubble appear. Choose the action Disable from the list. The problem with randomly quitting an app is that data may get lost or damaged. At the worst, the tablet may become unstable. One way to fix that situation is to restart the device. How to organize the Samsung Galaxy Tab Apps Screen The go-to place for apps on your Galaxy Tab is the Apps screen. It lists all available apps on your tablet — plus, it’s something you can customize to make accessing your apps easier. How to rearrange apps on the Apps screen Apps appear on the Apps screen in any old order, with new ones you add showing up on the far right page. Two options are available to change their organization. First, you can sort the apps. Heed these directions: On the Apps screen, tap the Action Overflow and choose Sort. Choose Alphabetic Order. The apps are rearranged from A to Z, with app folders appearing first on the far left page. If you instead choose the Custom Order option, the apps appear as originally presented. Second, you can drag app icons to change their order, though this operation is tricky: Long-press an app icon, and then slide it to a new position on the current page or to the far right to add a new Apps screen page. This operation can get you into trouble, as dragging the icon too far may set it on the Home screen, or you might unintentionally create an Apps Screen folder. All changes made take effect immediately. How to work with the Samsung Galaxy apps screen folders Just as you can have an apps folder on the Home screen, the Apps screen can sport apps folders. These folders help organize apps on the Apps screen, which may help you locate certain types of apps. The good news is that working with folders on the Apps screen works exactly like working with folders on the Home screen. I prefer to stick seldom-used apps into Apps screen folders. That way, they don’t clutter the list when I’m looking for a specific app. Apps screen folders can be added to the Home screen just like any app.

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How to Customize Your Samsung Galaxy Tab

Article / Updated 04-28-2019

It's entirely possible to own the amazing Galaxy Tab for the rest of your life and never even once bother to customize the gizmo. It's not only possible, it's sad. That's because there exists great potential to make the tablet your own. You can alter so many things, from the way it looks to the way it sounds, from the Galaxy Tab lock screen to the Galaxy Tab wallpaper. The reason for customizing is not simply to change things because you can but to make the tablet work best for how you use it. After all, it's your Galaxy Tab. Samsung Galaxy Tab Home screen settings The Home screen is where the action happens on the Galaxy Tab. To help hone the Home page to meet your demands, several customization options are available. You can change the background image, but more importantly, you can add and remove Home screen pages. How to hang new wallpaper on the Samsung Galaxy Tab You can set wallpaper for the Home screen, Lock screen, or both. Your choices are any image you’ve taken or stored on the tablet or preset images supplied by Samsung’s team of dedicated wallpaper artisans. To set a new wallpaper for the Home screen, obey these steps: Long-press any empty part of the Home screen. The empty part doesn't have a shortcut icon or widget floating on it. Tap the Wallpapers icon. Select a wallpaper from the list, or choose From Gallery to choose an image stored on the Tab. Swipe the list left or right to peruse your options. You’ll see the preset wallpaper images supplied by Samsung, plus any photos you’ve used previously as wallpaper. On the far right you’ll find the live wallpapers. Choose where to apply the wallpaper: Home screen, Lock screen, or Home and Lock screens. You see a preview of how the wallpaper will appear. For larger or oddly proportioned images, you can adjust the preview to select which portion to use as wallpaper. Tap the Set Wallpaper button to confirm your choice. The new wallpaper takes over the Home screen, Lock screen, or both. Additional wallpapers are available online as well as from the Play Store; search for Android wallpaper. How to manage Home screen pages on the Galaxy Tab How many pages can you find on the Home screen? I stopped tapping the Add icon after 12, so the maximum value is probably a lot! To add another Home screen page on your Tab, follow these steps: Long-press a blank part of the Home screen. Swipe the screen from right to left until you see the blank screen with the large plus sign on it. The figure shows what the Plus icon looks like. If you don’t see it, you can’t add more Home screen pages. Tap the Plus icon. The new page appears, empty and ready for more icons and widgets. Tap the Back navigation icon to end Home screen editing. If you don’t like the Home screen page's position, move a page: Edit the Home screen (refer to Step 1), and then long-press a page to drag it to a new position. To remove a Home screen page, tap the Delete icon in the upper right corner of the page. If the page has icons and widgets on it, you’ll be asked to confirm. There’s no way to undo a Home screen panel deletion. You must add a new blank panel and then repopulate it with icons and widgets. How to set the primary Home screen page on the Samsung Galaxy Tab The wee Home icon on the page previews (refer to the figure) indicates the primary Home screen page. This page is summoned when you tap the Home navigation icon while viewing any Home screen page. To set the primary Home screen page, follow these steps: Long-press a blank part of the Home screen to edit the Home screen. Swipe to the Home screen page you desire to make the primary Home screen page. Tap the Home icon atop the screen. How to adjust the screen timeout on the Galaxy Tab To manually lock your Galaxy Tab at any time, press the Power Lock key. That's why it's called the Power Lock key. When you don't manually lock the tablet, it automatically locks itself after a given period of inactivity. The automatic-lock timeout value can be set from 15 seconds to several minutes. To set the timeout, obey these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Display. On the right side of the screen, choose Screen Timeout. Select a timeout value from the list. I prefer 10 minutes. The standard value is 30 seconds. The screen timeout measures inactivity; when you don't touch the screen or tap an icon or a button, the timer starts ticking. About 5 seconds before the timeout value you set (in Step 4), the touchscreen dims. Then it turns off, and the tablet locks. If you touch the screen before then, the timer is reset. The Lock screen has its own timeout. If you unlock the tablet but don’t work the screen lock, the tablet locks itself automatically after about 10 seconds. Samsung Galaxy Tab Lock Screen Configuration The Lock screen is different from the Home screen, though the two locations share similar traits. As with the Home screen, you can customize the Lock screen. You can change the background, add app launcher shortcuts and info cards, and do all sorts of tricks. How to add Lock screen app shortcuts You have the option of placing two app launcher icons on the Lock screen. You can use these Lock screen shortcuts to both unlock the tablet and immediately start the app: Swipe the app launcher icon on the Lock screen. If a secure screen lock is set, you must still work the lock to proceed. As an example, to unlock the tablet and instantly use its camera, swipe the Camera app icon when you unlock your Tab. To configure Lock screen shortcuts, heed these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Lock Screen. On the right side of the screen, tap App Shortcuts. Choose Left Shortcut and select an app from the list displayed. Choose Right Shortcut and select an app. To disable a shortcut, tap the On master control (atop the screen in Steps 4 and 5). How to display FaceWidgets A FaceWidget is a handy card that displays useful information on the Tab’s Lock screen. It’s like a Home screen widget, but its contents are visible when you press the Power Lock key and before you unlock the touchscreen. To add a FaceWidget to the lock screen, follow these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Lock Screen. Choose FaceWidgets from the list of items on the right side of the screen. Activate the master control by the FaceWidget you want to add to the Lock screen. The FaceWidgets appear in the same location as the time display on the Lock screen. To peruse the FaceWidgets, swipe the time left or right. Continue swiping to cycle through all available FaceWidgets. Various Adjustments for the Samsung Galaxy Tab You have plenty of things to adjust, tune, and tweak on your Galaxy Tab. The Settings app is the gateway to all these options, and I'm sure you could waste hours there if you had hours to waste. My guess is that your time is precious; therefore, this section highlights some of the more worthy options and settings. How to customize the Sounds and Vibration screen of your Samsung Galaxy Tab The Sounds and Vibration screen is where you control which sound the tablet plays as a ringtone, but it's also where you can set volume and vibration options. To view this screen, open the Settings app and choose the Sounds and Vibration category. Here are the worthy options to set as found on the Sound and Vibration screen: Notification Sounds: Choose which sound you want to hear for a notification alert, or choose the Silent option to mute all notification sounds. Touch Sounds: Set this item to On if you prefer that the tablet provide audible feedback when you tap the screen. Keyboard sound and vibration: Set these two items to provide audio and haptic feedback when using the onscreen keyboard. Vibration Feedback: Use this item to activate tablet vibration. Sound options are set by using the Tab’s internal media controls. You can, however, install a special media app to set sounds for your device. If so, you’ll be prompted to use that app when you choose notification and other sounds. Individual apps often sport their own notification sounds. For example, Facebook and Twitter set their sounds by using the Settings action in those individual apps. How to change the visual settings on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Probably the key thing you want to adjust visually on your Galaxy Tab is the screen’s brightness. To set how bright or dim the touchscreen appears, follow these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Display. Adjust the brightness slider. Left is dim; right is bright. Activate the master control by the Auto Brightness item to direct the Tab to automatically adjust its brightness based on the ambient light. To make the Tab easier to see at night, activate the master control by the Blue Light Filter item, also found on the Display screen in the Settings app. Having this feature active removes some of the blue spectrum from the display, making it easier to see at night as well as easier for you to make the transition to sleep. A Quick Settings shortcut for the Blue Light Filter is also available. A shortcut to setting the brightness can be found in the notifications shade, just below the Quick Settings. The screen timeout is also considered a visual setting. Refer to the earlier section “Adjusting the screen timeout.”

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How to Set Up Your Samsung Galaxy Tab for Multiple Users

Article / Updated 04-28-2019

Your Samsung Galaxy Tab can handle several users. Computers have long had the capability to allow multiple users on the same device. Each person has his own account and customized items in his account. It’s a good idea for a computer, but for a tablet? It's not always practical for everyone to have their own Samsung Galaxy Tab. A better solution is to give all the folks, including the kiddies, their own user accounts on the device. How to add another Galaxy Tab user When someone else desires to use your Galaxy Tab, don’t just hand it over! Instead, create a custom user account for that person. First, apply a screen lock to your account on the Tab. See the earlier section “Lock Your Tablet.” Ensure that the screen lock has at least medium-level security; PIN or Password locks are preferred. Second, get together with the other human and follow these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Cloud and Accounts from the left side of the screen. Choose Users from the list of items on the right side of the screen. Choose Add User or Profile. Choose User. See the later section “Configuring the Tab for a kid’s account” for information on the Restricted Profile account type. Tap the OK button after ignoring the Add User info. Tap the SET UP NOW button, and then hand the Tab over to the other person. The other person can continue configuring the device just as you did when you first set up the Tab. Setting up an account includes specifying a Google/Gmail account and setting other options. Once this task is completed, the other user can use the Tab under his own account. All settings, apps, email, and other items are unique to his account. And he cannot access your account unless he knows how to work your screen lock. I recommend that each user on the Tab have an account protected with a medium- to high-security screen lock. The tablet’s first user (most likely you) is the main user, the one who has primary administrative control. Remove an account by following Steps 1 through 3 in this section. Tap the Delete (trash can) icon on the account you want to remove. Tap the DELETE button to confirm. How to switch among Samsung Galaxy Tab Multi Users Multiple accounts on the Galaxy Tab appear in the upper right corner of the Lock screen. The current account is shown as a bubble. To select another account, tap the bubble, as illustrated in the following figure. Choose the account from the list, and then work the Lock screen to gain access. When you’ve finished using the tablet, lock the screen. Other users can then access their own accounts as described here. How to configure the Galaxy Tab for a kid’s account Don’t just hand over your Galaxy Tab to Peanut! Craft a kid's account for him to use. That way, you can set which apps are allowed or denied, as well as prevent him from downloading millions of dollars of apps, music, and video. To add a kid’s account, follow the steps in the earlier section “Adding another user.” Choose the Restricted Profile account type. Yes, you need to apply a secure screen lock to your own account before you add the kid's account. After creating the account, you see the Application/Content Restrictions screen. Here’s what to do next: Tap the account name, New Restricted Account, to replace it with your child’s name — or whatever name he chooses. Place a check mark by the Location Access item if you want his location tracked as he uses the tablet. Most parents prefer to keep this item unchecked. Swipe through the list of programs and place a check mark by the ones you would allow your wee one to use. These would include various games or whatever other apps you deem appropriate. Some apps, such as Google, Netflix, and Play Movies & TV, feature a Settings icon. Tap this icon to make further adjustments, such as determining what level of entertainment would be appropriate for your child.

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10 Samsung Galaxy Tab Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

Article / Updated 04-28-2019

This article offers some amazing tips, tricks, and shortcuts as you learn how to use your Samsung Galaxy Tab. Explore Multi Window apps and Samsung Galaxy Tablet features like Do Not Disturb mode and the blue light filter. Make Some Multi Window Apps Magic Your Galaxy Tab features a multitasking tool called Multi Window. It allows you to view two apps side-by-side on the touchscreen. This view is opposed to how apps normally run, which is full-screen. You activate Multi Window from the Overview: To start, tap the Recent navigation icon. Look in the Overview for open apps that feature the Multi Window icon, as illustrated in Figure 24-1. Tap that icon to open the first app, which plops into the leftmost window. The Overview remains in the right window, from which you can choose the second app. This figure illustrates two apps running side-by-side with Multi Window active. To use either app, tap in its window. You can scroll each app independently. Long-press the separator between the apps to adjust its position. Tap the center of the separator to see the pop-up. To exit Multi Window, long-press the separator and tap the Close (X) icon, as illustrated. Only certain apps can run in Multi Window. Android tablets always run multiple apps at a time. The only benefit to Multi Window is that you can view two apps at the same time. Snooze with Do Not Disturb Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Tab I enjoy falling asleep with my Galaxy Tab handy, reading a book or playing a game. When I set it aside, however, I don’t want it to bother me with notification sounds or alerts. Because I can’t control when those items fly in, I activate Do Not Disturb mode. Follow these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Sounds and Vibration. On the right side of the screen, choose Do Not Disturb. You could just slide the master control to the On position, but I recommend instead that you schedule Do Not Disturb mode. Choose Turn On As Scheduled. Slide the master control to the On position. Tap the Set Schedule button to set the hours that you don’t want to be bothered. I prefer 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM (next day). Do Not Disturb mode mutes any alarms you've set. If you really need to be up by 4 a.m., disable this mode so that you hear the alarm. Configure Auto Restart on the Samsung Galaxy Tab You know how they say that you can restart technology to fix some issues? Apparently, Samsung agrees, which is why it offers the Auto Restart feature. When this feature is active, your Tab automatically restarts itself according to a given schedule. Heed these directions: Open the Settings app. Choose General Management. On the right side of the screen, choose Reset. Choose Auto Restart. Slide the master control to the On position. Tap the Time and Day items to set when the Tab restarts. This setting may not cure all ills, but it may also avoid some issues when you leave your tablet on for extended periods. Because all the information on the Tab is backed up, you won’t lose anything when the device restarts itself once a week. Activate the Blue Light Filter on Samsung Galaxy Tab The light coming from the Tab’s screen can be garish. In fact, the blue part of the screen’s spectrum could keep you up at night or otherwise disrupt your sleep cycle. To help avoid this condition, you can activate the screen’s Blue Light Filter. Obey these directions: Open the Settings app. Choose Display. Choose Blue Light Filter. You can slide the master control to the On position to activate the filter immediately. Otherwise, tapping the Blue Light Filter item lets you set a schedule, which I prefer. Choose Turn On as Scheduled. If prompted, tap ALLOW to access the device’s location. The location data helps the Tab recognize the time so that the filter can be activated automatically between sundown and sunrise. Choose Sunset to Sunrise. After the Blue Light Filter is active, you see the tab’s color temperature fade from blue to a golden hue as the sun goes down. This change helps you better adapt to sleep when you use your Tab during the evening hours. You can instantly activate the Blue Light Filter by choosing the Blue Light Filter item from the Quick Actions shade. Avoid Display Timeouts with Smart Stay on the Galaxy Tab Please don’t be frightened, but your Galaxy Tab knows when you’re looking at it. I don’t believe that it actually stares back at you, but it can look for your eyeballs. The advantage is that the display won’t automatically lock as long as you’re looking at the Tab, providing you’ve activated the Smart Stay feature. Laying aside your fears, activate Smart Stay by following these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Advanced Features. Slide the master control by Smart Stay to the On position. For the Smart Stay feature to work, you must look at the screen, and the area must be light enough for the Tab to see your face. (No other app should be using the front-facing camera.) I’ve had mixed results with this feature, though keep in mind that you can always tap the screen to prevent the display timeout from kicking in. Watch the Samsung Galaxy Tablet Dream Does a Galaxy Tab fall asleep when the screen locks? A locked tablet seems rather restrictive, so I prefer to think of the tablet as taking a snooze. But does it dream? Of course it does! You can even see the dreams, if you’ve activated the Screen Saver feature — and if you keep the tablet connected to a power source or in a docking station. Heed these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Display. On the right side of the screen, slide the master control by Screen Saver to the On position. The Daydream feature is activated. Now you choose a daydream type. Tap the Screen Saver item to view the various types of daydreams available. I'm fond of Colors. Some screen saver items feature the Settings icon, which can be used to customize the daydream. The daydreaming begins when the screen would normally time-out and lock. So, if you set the tablet to lock after 5 minutes of inactivity, it daydreams instead. To disrupt the tablet's dreaming, swipe the screen. The tablet doesn't lock when it daydreams. To lock the tablet, press the Power Lock button. Add Spice to Dictation on the Galaxy Tab I feel that too few people use dictation, despite how handy it can be. Whether or not you use it, you might notice that it occasionally censors some of the words you utter. Perhaps you're the kind of person who won't put up with that kind of s***. Relax, b******. You can lift the vocal censorship ban by following these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose General. On the right side of the screen, tap Language and Input. Choose Onscreen Keyboard. Choose Google Voice Typing. Slide the master control by the option Block Offensive Words to the Off position. And just what are offensive words? I would think that censorship would be an offensive word. But no, apparently the words s***, c***, and even innocent little old a****** are deemed offensive by Google Voice. What the h***? Restore the Samsung Galaxy Tab Apps Icon The new, Android way to summon the Apps screen is to swipe up the Home screen, from bottom to top. Back in the cave-droid days, Android gizmos such as the Galaxy Tab featured the Apps icon; tap the Apps icon to view the Apps screen. If you want this icon back, follow these steps: Long-press a blank part of the Home screen. Tap the Home Screen Settings icon. Choose the Apps Button item. Choose the option Show Apps Button. Tap the APPLY button. Tap the Home navigation icon to return to the Home screen to see what you’ve wrought. The Apps icon appears on the far right end of the Home screen dock, looking similar to what’s shown. Hide the Samsung Galaxy Tab Navigation Bar The navigation bar is the strip of icons that appears at the bottom of every screen and app on the Tab, illustrated in the following figure. I didn’t even know the bar had a name, but that one dot on the far left bothered me. As it turns out, that dot is used to hide the navigation bar, making it disappear just as it does in some games: Double-tap the dot, and the navigation bar, along with the navigation icons (Recent, Home, Back), disappears! Actually, the bar slides down and out of the way. To see the navigation bar again, swipe up the screen slightly from the bottom. Double-tap the dot again to lock the navigation bar back into place. The button to show or hide the navigation bar can be disabled. In the Settings app: Choose Display and tap Navigation Bar on the right side of the screen. Use the master control by the Show and Hide Button item to control whether the button is visible. Check Your Data Usage on the Galaxy Tab Whether you have an LTE Tab or a Wi-Fi Tab, you can use the Data Usage screen to check Internet activity and even control how much data is sent and received. To visit the Data Usage screen, heed these steps: Open the Settings app. Choose Connections. On the right side of the screen, choose Data Usage. Choose Wi-Fi Data Usage. You see a graph charting data usage over time. The apps that use Wi-Fi are listed, along with their online data consumption. The LTE Tab features a category for mobile data usage. You can adjust the red and orange limit bars to set warnings when your mobile data usage gets too close to the monthly limit.

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How to Text in Hangouts on Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Article / Updated 04-18-2019

The most basic form of communication in the Hangouts app on your Samsung Galaxy tablet — and one of the oldest forms of communications on the Internet — is text chatting, in which people type text back and forth at each other. It can be most tedious. You start text chatting by obeying these steps: Touch a contact in the Contacts list. If you want to chat with several friends, keep selecting them. Selected friends have a check mark next to their account name or image. To deselect a contact, touch the contact's account icon again. Choose Message from the bottom of the screen. Type your message. Touch the Send icon to send your comment. The Send icon replaces the Photo icon when you type a message. You type, your friend types, and so on until you grow tired or the tablet’s battery dies. When you’re text chatting, or “hanging out,” with a group, everyone in the group receives the message. Resume any conversation by choosing that same contact from the Previous Conversations list. Adding more people to the hangout is always possible: During a chat, touch the Menu button, and choose the New Group Hangout command. Touch a friend (only available friends are listed) to invite him in. When someone sends you a text message by using the Hangouts app, you’ll see a notification. Select that notification to review the message and begin a conversation.

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Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-15-2019

It’s a device that just can’t be described in a single sentence. The Samsung Galaxy Tab presents the latest solution to the problem of carrying around too many electronics. This tablet offers so many features that gentle hand-holding and careful explanation is required. Therefore, use this Cheat Sheet as your quick-and-dirty guide to Galactic tablet tips and tricks you just can’t find anywhere else.

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