How to Download on the Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Download on the Nexus 7 Tablet

There’s nothing to downloading to your Nexus 7 tablet 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 your Nexus 7, the network is the Internet, and the other source is a web page.

  • The Downloading Complete notification appears after the Nexus 7 has downloaded something. You can choose that notification to view the download.


  • There’s no need to download programs to the Nexus 7. If you want new software, you can obtain it from the Google Play Store.

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

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

How to grab an image from a web page on the Nexus 7 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 appear, 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.

The image is stored on the tablet’s internal storage. It can be found in the /storage/sdcard0/download folder.

How to download a file on the Nexus 7 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 or Microsoft Word documents or other types of files that a web browser is too a-feared to display. Such links are automatically downloaded.

To save other types of links that aren’t automatically downloaded, long-press the link and choose the Save Link As command from the menu that appears. If the command doesn’t appear, the Nexus 7 cannot save the file, either because the file is of an unrecognized type or because of a security issue.

You view the saved file by using the Downloads app.

How to review your downloads on your Nexus 7 tablet

The Chrome app keeps a list of all the stuff you download from the web. To review a history of your downloaded stuff, open the Downloads app on the All Apps screen. You see the list of downloads sorted by date.


To view a download, choose it from the list. The Nexus 7 opens the appropriate app to view the download.

  • The Download Manager also lists any web pages you’ve downloaded.

  • To remove an item from the Downloads list, place a blue check mark in 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.

  • You can quickly review any download by choosing the Download notification.