How to Use the Nexus 7 Tablet People App - dummies

How to Use the Nexus 7 Tablet People App

You may already have some friends in your Nexus 7 tablet. That’s because your Google account was synchronized with the tablet when you first set things up. Because all your Gmail and other types of contacts on the Internet were duplicated on the tablet, you already have a host of friends available. The place where you can access these folks is the People app.

Most apps on the Nexus 7 use contact information from the People app. These apps include Email and Gmail as well as any app that lets you share information such as photographs or videos.

Basics of the Nexus 7 tablet People app

To peruse the Nexus 7 address book, start the People app: Touch the All Apps icon on the Home screen and then touch the People app icon.

The People app shows a list of all contacts in your Nexus 7, organized alphabetically by first name.


Scroll the list by swiping with your finger. Or you can drag the blue scrollbar on the left side of the screen to quickly scan the list.

To do anything with a contact, you first have to choose it: Touch a contact name, and you see detailed information on the right side of the screen. The list of activities you can do with the contact depends on the information shown and the apps installed on the tab. Here are some options:

Place a phone call: No, the Nexus 7 isn’t a phone, but when you install Skype, touching a contact’s phone number activates that app, and you can use the tablet to make a call.

Send email: Touch the contact’s e-mail address to compose an e-mail message by using either the Gmail or Email app. When the contact has more than one e-mail address, you can choose to which one you want to send the message.

View address: When the contact has a home or business address, you can choose that item to view the address by using the Google Earth app or Maps app. When you choose the Maps app, you can then get directions, look at the place by using the Street View tool, or do any of a number of interesting things.

View social networking information: Contacts who are in your Google+ circles, or who may be Google+ users, feature the Connections heading. You can use the items there to start a conversation, hang out, or add them to a circle, for example. Other social networking apps feature connections as well, providing that you’ve synchronized those contacts with the People app when you first setup social networking.

Some tidbits of information that show up for a contact have no associated action. For example, the tablet doesn’t sing Happy Birthday when you touch a contact’s birthday information.

How to sort your contacts on the Nexus 7 tablet

Your contacts are displayed in the People app in a certain order: alphabetically by first name, first name first. You can change the order if you like. Here’s how:

  1. Start the People app.

  2. Touch the Menu icon.


  3. Choose Settings.

    The Settings screen appears, showing you the settings for viewing your contacts.

  4. Choose the Sort List By command to specify how contacts are sorted: by first name or last name.

    The People app is configured to show contacts by first name.

  5. Choose View Contact Names to specify how the contacts appear in the list: first name first or last name first.

    The People app shows the contacts listed by first name first.

There’s no right or wrong way to display your contacts — only whichever method you prefer.