How to Adjust Audio and Video Settings on Your Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Adjust Audio and Video Settings on Your Nexus 7 Tablet

You have plenty of things to adjust, tune, and tweak on the Nexus 7 tablet. The Settings app is the gateway to all those options, and could waste hours there if you had hours to waste.

How to change audio settings on the Nexus 7 tablet

The Sound screen is where you control which sound the Nexus 7 plays for its notification alert, but it’s also where you can set the volume and vibration options.

To display the Sound screen, choose Sound from the Settings app screen. You see the Sound screen. Here are some worthy options:

  • Volumes: Though you can set the Nexus 7 volume by using the Volume keys on the side of the gizmo, the Volumes command on the Sound screen lets you set the volume for three types of sound events.

    Volume Setting Sounds That It Controls
    Music, video, and so on Just about everything that makes noise on the Nexus 7, except
    for notifications and alarms
    Notifications New notifications, such as new e-mail messages, calendar
    appointments, or whatever else produces an alert
    Alarms Warnings set by the Clock app

    For example, if you want the alarms to be loud and all those notification sounds to be rather muted, adjust the sliders accordingly.

  • Default Notification Sound: Choose which sound you want to hear for a notification alert. Choose a sound, or choose Silent (at the top of the list) for no sound.

    One way to get more sounds into the Nexus 7 is to use an app such as Zedge. When you choose the Default Notification item, you’re prompted to choose between Media Storage (the Nexus 7) and Zedge Ringtones. Touch Zedge Ringtones and then the Always button to use Zedge as your source for tablet sounds.

  • Touch Sounds: Put a blue check mark by this item so that you hear a faint click whenever you touch the screen. It’s good for feedback.

  • Screen Lock Sound: This item it lets you hear when the screen has locked.

Another noise item is the Sound On Keypress setting, but you have to choose the Language & Input item in the Settings app to get there. Touch the Settings icon by the Google Keyboard item and ensure that there’s a blue check mark by the item Sound On Keypress.


  • There’s no vibration option on the Nexus 7 — when you silence the tablet, it’s truly silent.

  • You can put the Nexus 7 in Silent mode by pressing the Volume key all the way down until the sound is set to zero, or silence.

How to change visual settings on the Nexus 7 tablet

Probably the key thing you want to adjust visually on the Nexus 7 is screen brightness. In the Settings app, touch the Display entry to view the Display screen. Choose the Brightness item. Move the slider to the left to make the screen dim; move the slider to the right to brighten the screen.

If you touch the Auto button, the tablet automatically adjusts its brightness based on the ambient light in the room.

Brightness can also be set by using the Quick Actions shade or the Power Control widget, which you can add to the Home screen. Another item worthy of note is the Sleep setting. Choose this option to see the Sleep menu, from which you can set the inactivity duration, after which the Nexus 7 touchscreen locks itself automatically. The tablet is preconfigured for 10 minutes.