Basics of Nexus 7 Tablet E-Mail - dummies

Basics of Nexus 7 Tablet E-Mail

Electronic mail is handled on the Nexus 7 by two apps: Gmail and Email. The Gmail app hooks directly into your Google Gmail account. It’s a copy of all the Gmail you send, receive, and archive, just as you could access on the Internet by using a web browser.

You can also use the Email app to connect with non-Gmail electronic mail, such as the standard mail service provided by your ISP or a web-based e-mail system such as Yahoo! Mail or Windows Live Mail.

Regardless of the app, electronic mail on the Nexus 7 works just as it does on a computer: You can receive mail, create new messages, forward mail, send messages to a group of contacts, and work with attachments, for example. As long as there’s an Internet connection, e-mail works just peachy.

  • Both the Gmail and Email apps are located on the All Apps screen.

  • The Gmail app is updated frequently. Information about changes may be found at Wambooli Dispatch.

  • There’s a shortcut to the Gmail app on the Favorites bar at the bottom of the Home screen. Adding the Email app icon to the Home screen is easy.

  • Although you can use your tablet’s web browser to visit the Gmail website, you should use the Gmail app to pick up your Gmail.

How to set up an Email account on Nexus 7

The Email app is used to access web-based e-mail, or webmail, such as Yahoo!, Windows Live, and what-have-you. It also lets you read e-mail provided by your Internet service provider (ISP), office, or other large, intimidating organization. To get things set up regardless of the service, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Email app.

    Look for it on the All Apps screen.

    If you haven’t yet run the Email app, the first screen you see is Account Setup. Continue with Step 2. Otherwise, you’re taken to the Email inbox.

  2. Type the e-mail address you use for the account.

    There’s a .com key on the onscreen keyboard, which you can use to more efficiently type your e-mail address. Look for it in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  3. Type the password for that account.

  4. Touch Next icon.

    If you’re lucky, everything is connected smoothly, and you see the Account Options screen. Move on to Step 5.

    If you’re unlucky, you have to specify the details as provided by your ISP, which include the incoming and outgoing server information, often known by the bewildering acronyms POP3 and SMTP. Plod through the steps on the screen, though you primarily need to specify only the incoming and outgoing server names.

  5. Set the account options on the aptly named Account Options screen.

    You might want to reset the Inbox Checking Frequency option to something other than 15 minutes.

    If the account is to be your main e-mail account, place a green check mark by the option Send Email from this Account by Default.

  6. Touch Next.

  7. Give the account a name and check your own name.

    The account is given the name of the mail server, which may not ring a bell with you when it comes to receiving your e-mail.

    The Your Name field lists your name as it’s applied to outgoing messages. So if your name is Joe Yanarapalopadopalous and not jy4457, you can make that change now.

  8. Touch Next.

    You’re done.

The next thing you see is your e-mail account inbox. The Nexus 7 synchronizes any pending e-mail you have in your account, updating the inbox immediately.

How to add even more e-mail accounts to Nexus 7

The Email app can be configured to pick up mail from multiple sources. If you have a Yahoo! Mail or Windows Live account, or maybe your corporate account, in addition to your ISP’s account, you can add them. Follow through with these steps:

  1. Visit the All Apps screen and start the Settings app.

  2. Choose Add Account.

    It’s found in the Accounts area, by the big plus sign.

    You see the Add an Account menu, which lists a swath of various account types you can add to the Nexus 7.

  3. If your account type is shown in the list, such as Yahoo! Mail, choose it. Otherwise, choose the Email icon.

    For accessing your evil organization’s Microsoft Outlook Exchange server, choose the Corporate option.

  4. Type the account’s e-mail address.

  5. Type the password for the account.

  6. You can leave empty the box by the option Send Email from This Account by Default.

    Select this box only when you’re adding your primary e-mail account.

  7. Touch Next.

    In a few magical moments, the e-mail account is configured and added to the account list.

    If you goofed up the account name or password, you’re warned: Try again. Or if the account requires additional setup, use the information provided by the ISP or another source to fill in the appropriate fields.

    Upon success, you see the Account Options screen. Or if you’re adding an Exchange Server (a corporate) account, you see the Server Settings screen.

  8. Set any options that thrill you.

    Most of the preset choices are fine for a web-based, or IMAP, e-mail account. For a corporate account, confirm the settings with your corporate IT Benevolent Dictator. (Though that person will probably just set up the account for you.)

  9. Touch Next.

  10. Name the account.

  11. Touch Next.

    The e-mail account has been set up.

You can repeat these steps to add more e-mail accounts. All the accounts you configure are made available through the Email app.

For some corporate accounts, you may be prompted to activate the Device Administrator option. That’s a fancy term for allowing your corporate IT humans access to your Nexus 7 remotely to control e-mail. If you’re shackled to corporate e-mail, you’ve probably already agreed to such a thing when you signed up to be an employee.

Keep in mind that you can always get your corporate e-mail at work and you may not even need to use your Nexus 7 for that purpose.