How to Manage Friends on the Nexus 7 Tablet People App - dummies

How to Manage Friends on the Nexus 7 Tablet People App

Don’t let your friends just sit there, occupying valuable storage space inside the Nexus 7 tablet! Put them to work. Or, actually, you do the work: Lots of things can be done with your tablet’s digital address book.

How to edit contact information on Nexus 7

To make minor touch-ups on any contact, start by locating and displaying the contact’s information. Touch the Edit icon, shown in the margin, to start making changes.


Edit or add information by touching a field and typing on the onscreen keyboard.

If the contact has been joined (so that it’s a single entry but contains information combined from more than one source), you see additional contact information by scrolling down. Sometimes, that information may not be editable.

When you’re finished editing, touch the Done button in the upper-left corner of the screen.


How to take a picture of a Nexus 7 contact

Nothing can be more delicious than snapping an inappropriate photo of someone you know and using the snapshot as his contact picture on your Nexus 7. Then every time he contacts you electronically, that embarrassing, potentially career-ending photo comes up.

You could use nice pictures as well, but what’s the fun in that?

To use the Nexus 7 to snap a picture of a contact, follow these steps:

  1. Locate and display the contact’s information.

  2. Touch the Edit icon.


  3. Touch the Contact Picture icon.

  4. Choose the command Take Photo.

    If you’re replacing a photo, choose the command Take New Photo.

  5. Use the Nexus 7’s camera to snap a picture.

    Both the front and rear cameras can be used (but not at the same time). Touch the blue Shutter icon to take the picture.

  6. Review the picture.

    Nothing is set yet. If you want to try again, touch the Refresh icon and start over in Step 5.


  7. Touch the Check Mark icon to confirm the new image.

  8. Crop the image.


  9. Touch the Save button to crop the image.

  10. Touch the Done button to finish editing the contact.

    The image is now assigned, and it appears whenever the contact is referenced on your Nexus 7.

To remove a contact’s picture, choose the Remove Photo command in Step 4.

You can also choose the command Select New Photo From Gallery in Step 4 to use for the contact any preexisting photo found on the tablet.

How to choose a contact as a favorite on your Nexus 7

A favorite contact is someone you stay in touch with often. The person doesn’t have to be someone you like — only someone you (perhaps unfortunately) contact often, such as your bookie.

Favorite contacts are kept in the Favorites group, which can be chosen from the Contact Groups button menu.

To add a contact to the Favorites group, display the contact’s information and touch the Star icon by the contact’s image. When the star is blue, the contact is one of your favorites and is stored in the Starred group.

To remove a favorite, touch the contact’s star icon again, and it loses its color. Removing a favorite doesn’t delete the contact but instead removes it from the Favorites group.

By the way, a contact has no idea whether he’s one of your favorites, so don’t believe that you’re hurting his feelings by not making him a favorite.

How to join identical contacts on Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 can pull contacts from multiple sources, such as Gmail, Google+, and even other apps such as Skype. You may, therefore, discover duplicate contact entries in the People app. Rather than fuss over which entry to use, you can join the twins. Here’s how:

  1. Wildly scroll the Contacts list until you locate a duplicate.

    Well, maybe not wildly scroll, but locate a duplicated entry. Because the Contacts list is sorted, the duplicates appear close together (though that may not always be the case).

  2. Select one of the contacts to view it on the right side of the screen.

  3. Touch the Edit icon as though you were editing the contact.

  4. Touch the Menu icon.


  5. Choose the Join command.

    The Join Contacts window appears. It lists suggested, similar contacts.

    If you see no matching contacts, scroll the list of all contacts to find a match.

  6. Touch a matching contact in the list to join the two contacts.

    The accounts are merged. Well, they appear together on your Nexus 7.

  7. Touch the Done button to finish editing.

Joined contacts contain multiple sets of information. You can see the different sets when you edit the contact — each set features its own header that lists the contact’s source, such as Google Contact or Google+ Contact.

To split up a contact, edit the entry and choose the Separate command from the Menu icon. Touch the OK button to burst the single entry into multiple contact entries.

How to remove a contact from your Nexus 7 tablet

Every so often, consider reviewing your contacts. Purge the folks whom you no longer recognize, or whom you’ve forgotten, or whom you flat-out dislike. It’s simple:

  1. Display the contact you want to get rid of.

  2. Touch the Menu icon.

  3. Choose Delete.

  4. Touch OK to remove the contact from your Nexus 7.

Because the Contacts list is synchronized with your Gmail contacts for your Google account, the contact is also removed there.

Removing a contact doesn’t kill the person in real life.